Just seems I’m not cut out for Tarkovsky’s movies which is sad because I like his movies’ plots.
I mean I like the synopsis and even random screenshots of his movies like Stalker, Zerkalo etc but have a hard time watching the movies.
2. The Social Network
3. The Departed
5. Vanilla Sky
7. The Artist
8. The Shining
10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
11. Boogie Nights
I must say I try not to invest too much into a film before seeing it, but I have to admit these self-disappointments. De Palma’s The Black Dahlia, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, Ferrara’s ’R Xmas, Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers…
I feel like I’m in the minority of people who love Gladiator…
@lover: Looks like you are… :P
I try to stay as neutral as possible before I watch a movie, but here goes…
A recent one would be Prometheus. I thought it was going to be developed and all, but man, it was just a string of gorgeous and, at the same time, empty visuals.
Others:A Clockwork OrangeMonty Python’s The Meaning fo LifeSynechdoche, New York
i can get behind once. i heard/read wonderful things about this but it was an excruciating experience for me
I finally watched De Palma’s Scarface this weekend, thinking it would at least be good since I really like De Palma and everybody loves Scarface, but it was really awful. Now I see that it’s not very well-regarded here. Within 20 minutes, I knew everything that was gonna happen, which isn’t a problem, but watching it unfold was pretty boring because there were none of the stylistic flourishes I’ve come to expect from De Palma. Al Pacino’s performance was pretty grating, but I think that’s more the fault of the one-note script Oliver Stone wrote for him.
Oh well, I watched Murder a la Mod yesterday to cleanse my palate. Even though that wasn’t great, it was at least the style of De Palma that I like.
People like Scarface?
The Artist. I found it extremely shallow and gimmicky. It would’ve made a nice short, but it overstayed its welcome really early on.
yeah no one likes scarface but gangsta rappers
DFFOO does live near HOTLanta
Yeah, my roommate likes it a lot, and my other friend who I watched it with thought it was really good, too… I had just heard generally good things about it. Oh well, I’m happy I at least got it out of the way. Worst De Palma I’ve seen so far.
Tree of life, Shame
Though a HUGE Kurosawa fan I cannot for life of me understand all the love given to both Rashomon and Ikiru.
Same goes for Buddu Saved from Drowning.
Hey! I will not accept Scarface hate! I normally hate films like that, but Scarface is great.
Shame was a big one for me.
While certainly not terrible, none of the following really did much for me despite the fact that they’re widely considered great films:
Au Hasard Balthasar
But I did expect to love Terence Davies’ Of Time and the City, and it was truly terrible.
@ ROS10 and TAKAAWESOME
Just for clarification, which Shame are you referring to? The Bergman or the McQueen?
Yeah, I actually did not like Sunrise much at all. It’s tone was all over the place, the beginning set up this whole Expressionism thing that in contrast the ‘lighter’ middle areas made into kitsch, then after you start getting used to that abrupt tangent it suddenly becomes melodrama, and in the end I couldn’t really see what was the point of all of it.
It’s like, “This is a dark, brooding movie about the destruction of love at the hands of lust when NEVERMIND, tralala we’re at a circus! tweedily chase the pig! hooray OH NOES THE WIND AND THE RAIN! WILL THESE TWO BELOVED SURVIVE THE FORCES OF NATURE???!!! Join us next time for — Ahhh, they did! so remember gentlemen, don’t sleep with women from the city, naughty naughty!”
Definitely Antichrist, which is a pretentious mess.
Also Mulholland Drive, which I think is Lynch’s worst.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
It was bound to happen sooner or later. With a style as visually well-defined as Anderson’s, it was only a matter of time until the substance of his films dissipated. I get nothing from The Life Aquatic that I didn’t get with Bottle Rocket or Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums (all of which are far, far, far superior to this mess). I can’t believe I’m saying it, but it seems like Anderson really missed Owen Wilson’s contributions to the script. Noah Baumbach is simply not right for Anderson’s sensibilities (especially given that Baumbach’s sensibilities are usually more wrong than right in his own films). I bought the Criterion DVD of this because I love Criterions, and I try to like this film each and every time I watch it, and each and every time I just feel nothing, not entertained, not enlightened, not anything.