agree about manhanter
when Ratner can outdo yr version of a film (red dragon) it is time to give it up
Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Darjeeling Limited
Yeah…i agree with Den xD…
I almost forgot to mention that the Oscar season is plagued with that deception feeling.
2008 was the year of dissapointment for me.
I didn’t like Gran Torino, Changeling, The Reader, Milk and a lot more.
The worst is that those are the movies who received more media attention.
Te best in that award season was The Wrestler.
James Ivory’s The City of Your Final Destination
I’m still baffled by all the praise Inglorious Basterds has been getting. I wouldn’t call it a ‘terrible’ movie but given the positive word of mouth it received, I at least expected a semi-return to form from Tarantino. Sometimes I think I saw a different film than everybody else.
I agree Jeff and I would add Kill Bill and Grindhouse
It has been a long time since he made a decent film
I didn’t mind the first Kill Bill. The second one was too draggy and he was just slumming for the two grindhouse flicks.
The Life Aquatic – sounded so good on paper.
agree about aquatic
I would also throw in Kurasowa’s Dreams
Casablanca, Avatar, Saw 2 (havent seen a saw film since), Kill Bill 1, Inglorious Basterds, Grindhouse (what happened with Tarantino?) Double Jeopardy, Dawn of the Dead, Pelham 123 (remake), Poseidon (remake), King Kong (remake).
Why do so many people here hate Jules et Jim and virtually every French New Wave film ever made?
That may be the first time Casablanca has ever been found on a list with Saw 2.
When I heard they were making a movie of The Da Vinci Code, I thought it would be great – well, maybe not great, but certainly a fun popcorn movie. The book wasn’t very good, but I kept thinking it would make a great movie while I was reading it. Boy was I ever wrong. It’s possible that the wrong director chose the wrong cast and that ruined it, but… dear lord, that movie was awful on just about every level. (And don’t get me started on Angels & Demons, which I was dragged to kicking and screaming)
how can you be dissapointed with Kill Bill? what were you expecting? I dont mind if you didnt like the film but you cant possibly have been dissapointed…
I knew that warren beatty had almost starred in kill bill so I thought maybe it had some substance coming in
The Devil Probably (1977) – Loved Au hasard Balthazar and really liked Pickpocket, so I had high hopes.
The Invisible Frame (2009) – Sounded great and was happy I could watch it here for Free. Found it terrible.
Benny’s Video (1992) – Liked the first 20 minutes or so, then lost interest, also what an obnoxious kid.
Stand by Me (1986) – The less said the better.
Donnie Darko (2001) – It came highly recommended from friends who used words such as ‘dark’ and ‘weird’ in convincing me to watch it. Perhaps one of the worst films I have ever seen.
Edit Forgot Schindler’s List.
Who dissapointed me the most i think is Cronenberg. I can’t stand seeing movies like Rabid, Shivers, Fast Company… Has anyone has such a bad beggining?? (besides master Uwe Boll xP)
Miracle at St. Anna
The new Star Trek movie
Last Year at Marien(bad)
Waltz with Bashir
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Dancer in the Dark (the absolute worst – I loathed it)
Birth of a Nation
some of the later Marx Brothers films
reminds me I need to see The Reader
Akira and Slumdog Millionaire on the same sentence..wow..totally irrelevant!
whoever expected Slumdog to be great is beyond my imagination!
terrible is a harsh word but the first movie which comes to my head that wasn’t as thrilling as i expected it to be is arguably L’Argent by Bresson and another which i don’t really value much is North by Northwest by Hitchcock…
The Dark Knight
Bonnie and Clyde
I agree about North by Northwest, and also The 39 Steps.
Also Rules of the Game, Boogie Nights, Nashville. Any movie where the camera appears to hate or otherwise condescend the characters.
Some movies other people have mentioned I really liked:
Pan’s Labyrinth, Sunrise, Waltz With Bashir, Jules et Jim.
i think you’re right on that one! casablanca was a real let down for me. every damn person near me told me that this film would change the way i see cinema, specifically actor performance. however all i got was the most interesting character (stimpy) getting cut out in the first 10 mins and the repetition of the elusive passport papers
im glad someone other than me liked jules et jim. i really want to see waltz with bashir.
“Also Rules of the Game, Boogie Nights, Nashville. Any movie where the camera appears to hate or otherwise condescend the characters.”
You must have been watching the Rules of Attraction or something. The Rules of the Game is the Renoir film. He loved his characters and never condescended to them or the audience.
C’mon, can anyone hate Rules of the Game?
I just hate Fahrenheit 451 by Truffaut.
“Atonement” came out being touted as a big, serious drama. It turned out to be a shallow unsatisfying film, punctuated by the biggest directorial “look at me” moment in recent memory (the enormous tracking shot on the beach, completely out of style with the rest of the film, and which the director snottily admitted was there ‘just so he could do it.’)
Despite their reputation, I have yet to sit through a complete Pasolini film except for “Salo”
I tried with “Teorema” and again I find his work to be uninvolving in ways I can’t yet put my finger on.
His shooting style is sloppy and ugly; neither ‘docu’ enough nor ‘straight drama’ enough.
“Fahrenheit 451” is amazingly flat and uninteresting despite the good source material; the mood is wrong.
A director like Truffaut should never attempt Science Fiction for the same reason opera singers shouldn’t sing rock.
Finally, “Doubt” seemed like a winner: pedophilia, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep…pity the film didn’t have a director less close to the material.
Streep plays the nun like a Gothic horror character, and the structure of the plot is off-balance relative to the film’s run time.
After you got over the good scenes and the “star buzz”, you start to realize how much better it could have been.
Ivan the Terrible (which is actually a good thing)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) was a great disappointment for me. I was expecting it to be a masterpiece based on comments from friends & family, but instead, I saw one of the most syrupy, melodramatic and stereotyped poor-innocent-falsely-accused-victim films ever made! It’s still watchable, but it leaves me quite frigid (and slightly disgusted too).
Goodfellas(1990), what a boring and nauseating movie! (I know I’m going to anger all of the Scorsese fans, hahaha!; I do like Taxi Driver, though). So much hype about this one, but about what? This film is filled with cliches that we’ve seen millions of times before; the characters (except for DeNiro’s) are all detestable; and the plot is very weak and simplistic.
I do like Doubt but there’s obviously a problem with the direction. The idea was traslate the play to the screen, but wasn’t more than a copy-paste process.
Same thing with Watchmen.
This take us to create the topic Bad “Adaptations”.
Me and You and Everyone We Know, Network, Eraserhead