Films you admire, but don't like

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Chz, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Inspired by Mark Kermode:
    BBC Blogs - Kermode Uncut - Piano Lesson

    The Piano is definitely on that list. Birdman is another.
    I think 2001 is on a lot of peoples' list, but I actually quite like it.
     
  2. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    Eraserhead
     
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  3. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    ...and I am with Kermode on 2001. I love Silent Running, but I know 2001 is a far superior film, yet I'll take Silent Running every time thanks.
     
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  4. hot air baboon

    hot air baboon Well-Known Member

  5. gosub

    gosub ~#

    Citizen Kane
     
  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Blade Runner, an important film in many ways, but it's well boring
     
  7. bemused

    bemused Well-Known Member

    Howard the Duck
     
  8. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I'm going to go out on limb here, throw caution to the wind and say:
    2001 is the most overrated film of all time!
    There, I've said it. Now somebody convince me that it isn't shit. Not with "Oh you just don't understand it" or "Read the book!", or anything along those lines. Someone give me a convincing argument as to why it isn't shit.
     
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  9. Lupa

    Lupa .

    2001 A Space Odyssey...
    It was boring.
     
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  10. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Yes, but if it is that bad, do you still admire it? Overrated films are done to death, but this is more about the films that you just can't stand even though you can see the greatness in them.

    I gather you just think 2001 is rubbish.
     
  11. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    It's great. But if you don't like it I honestly don't give a fuck.

    As to the OP. Scarface.
     
  12. treefrog

    treefrog Tauiwi

    I remember watching 21 Grams in the cinema and thinking "this is a Good Film but I'm not enjoying it". Haven't watched it again and have no idea what it was about beyond people crying lots :D
     
  13. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I remember quite liking it, but for no good reason I think I won't now. :hmm:
     
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  14. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I admire it because it has the gall to pretend it isn't shit.
     
  15. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    It'd be easier to persuade you if you could enumerate some things you dislike about it.
     
  16. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    Traffic

    Titanic
     
  17. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Unintended gear-stick action

    Un chien andalou

    La grand bouffe

    Bicycle thieves

    Everything by Jacques Tati

    and many more
     
  18. gosub

    gosub ~#

    We got asked to leave the cinema for laughing at it
     
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  19. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    All of it. from the monoliths to HAL singing Daisy Bell.
    I'd watched it as a child, and only recently thought "was it really as shit as I thought it was", and downloaded it again. Turns out I was wrong. It was much worse. It was far more pretentious than I'd remembered, and if it was the book I was reading, I'd have said half as many pages would still have been too many. It was impossible for me to engage with the film or the characters. 2 and 3/4 hours of self-indulgent meh.
     
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  20. Jon-of-arc

    Jon-of-arc Fully self-actualised

    Requiem for a Dream

    Tyrannosaur

    And any other movie that sets out to make the viewer feel depressed/uneasy and expertly succeeds. There's definitely a few more out there, but can't think of them off the top of my head.
     
  21. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Right I think I might just not bother. :D:p
     
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  22. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Do you always have to feel uplifted by a movie to like it?
     
  23. Jon-of-arc

    Jon-of-arc Fully self-actualised

    Not at all. I wasn't uplifted by The Wire or The Sopranos or Goodfellas or Reservoir Dogs. All great shows/movies, that I thoroughly enjoyed and made me question human nature or society on some level.

    They didn't leave me feeling flat out depressed, though. Or set out to.
     
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  24. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Fair fucks. I do enjoy being left utterly destroyed once in a while
     
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  25. Lupa

    Lupa .

    Lincoln...
    Great film...according to everyone.
    But I'm pretty sure that
    I fell asleep watching it.
     
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  26. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    You could try, but I think you might be fighting a losing battle. :D
     
  27. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Yeah as I said what's the point of that. Although I do get a bit irate if people slag off the first three Star Wars movies :hmm:
     
  28. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    A number of recent award-winning, critically acclaimed films over the last decade. I would agree that the acting might have been superb, but still found the actual product joyless if not boring. Annoyingly I cannot think of the titles now, but will return when they come to mind. As an opener though I submit No Country for Old Men. And Apocalypse Now. Enjoyable first half, insufferable one they go hunting for Marlon Brando.
     
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  29. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    And anything else by Orson Welles.
     
  30. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I suppose you've got to give it to Dr Zhivago, it does manage to..er..keep going.
     

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