Roger-I agree with you. Most of those films are favorites of mine and I love Lynch(except Inland Empire). Altho I’m the one who didn’t like Jules & Jim-altho I love Truffaut otherwise.
You’re all wrong, these are the best movies ever!
(of course I’m only kidding, I like some of these, but I wouldn’t step on people’s opinions)
hahaah this is funny, I could fight with a lot of you guys. In my case I would say some Cronenerg and some Lynch. Juno. That’s all I can think of right now
I think Boondock Saints is the perfect litmus test for making sure any of your friends or loved ones aren’t douche bags. It’s sort of like that episode of ‘Strangers with Candy’ where Jerri Blank is put on a secret mission to figure out whether her lockermate or not is retarded.
I too perform that litmus test.
I’ve mentioned this in other threads, but the charms of Forrest Gump have eluded me for years. I’ve tried, God knows, but my Whimsy Meter must be on the blink.
Anything by Michael Haneke, Ulrich Seidl (except Import/Export), Michel Gondry
Blow-Up. It’s the most terrible “good” movie I’ve ever seen.
Donnie Darko. One day, I would find out why some people like this film.
If it’s one film in the past 10 years or so, it’s Memento. I’ll take Irreversible (even Following) every time.
If it’s one director, it’s Guillermo del Toro. I respect him and his process, but I don’t appreciate the work.
I think the bigger issue here is when people go off the deep end concerning certain directors/films without being honest about that director’s/film’s faults. Every great director puts out a crap film from time to time. Most films have a scene or two that miss the mark. This ever-growing Fanboy culture is not helping matters much either.
Don’t ask me why so many people hail this as “the mother of all chick flicks.” Yeah, I guess it was kinda sad (but I called the ending so far in advance that when it actually happened I was glad the movie was finally ending) but I wouldn’t classify it as good (hell, I wouldn’t even say it was one of the best “chick flicks” I’ve seen). I just didn’t enjoy it at all, and I got a lot of crap from women AND men for not liking it.
I’m sure I have a lot more examples of movies I get crap for not liking, but this one popped into my head first because one of my friends actually defended this movie to me a few days back, so its fresh in my mind.
Kudos to M. Wood on pointing out the problems created by “fanboys.” Its depressing that almost all of them are adults and seem incapable of producing a considered opinion/reaction OF THEIR OWN. I have problems with students in my english classes who are still stuck picking out themes etc., habits they picked up through years of poor education in the humanities, rather than focusing on producing a considered reaction of their own to the work.
The same films (MEMENTO, THE DARK KNIGHT, BOONDOCK SAINTS) keep coming up. All the people I know who loved them were guys I went to college with, perhaps they outgrew it. And we’ve all faced the argument “you just don’t ‘get it,’” as though movies and art etc. exist merely to be “gotten” (as if artists create works with the intention of an audience “getting” it rather than experiencing it). My follow up question for this forum is: what films are you always accused of “not getting.” Mine are the same as my first post.
and I happen to Love JULES AND JIM.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Anything by Kevin Smith(except Dogma, I liked Dogma). And the last three Star Wars movies, particularly the last one.Also, people think it’s weird that I’ve never seen De Palma’s ‘Scarface’.
I always respond to accusations of not “getting” something by saying, “Of course I get it. I just think it is bad.”
I got accused of not getting THE DARK KNIGHT in particular. What’s to not get? It isn’t exactly a complicated movie. It just sucks.
Almost everything by Kislowski (except the White film)
Almost everything by Lars Von Triers
Rocco and his brothers by Visconti (although a big fan of neorealism)
Braveheart by Mel Gibson (to my opinion the worst film ever to win an Oscar)
Jude by Michael Winterbottom
Mal Educacion (Bad Education) by Pedro Almodovar (great fan of Pedro but this one is,well, boring!!! which is not sth u associate Pedro with)
Planet of the Apes by Tim Burton (a great wasted chance from a true visionary, fortunately he delivered S. Todd afterwards)
Say what you will about Chris Nolan, but I don’t think anyone in their right mind would compare Memento or The Dark Knight to Boondock Saints.
Anyway, I recently, eh, caught some shit, I suppose, for claiming that Mel Brooks has never directed a funny movie.
I like Zizek’s analysis of the Dark Knight, where he says something like “I hate how people react to these movies like Batman or Spiderman.These movies have these one dimensional characters, and now they’ve decided to given these characters feelings recently and people think that it some how makes the movies deeper or more complex.”
Amarcord (1973) – I’ve seen it a few times, and the candy store scene is the only thing that sticks in my mind for obvious reasons.
À bout de souffle (1960) – Self consciously abstract film making anyone?
Crash (2004) – We get it: racism is a persistent, intractable problem in the US. Stringing together all the stereotypes and reinforcing them while violating them with over-the-top drama isn’t a solid basis for a film.
The Damned (1969)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Week End (1967)
Caveat: I love, or at least enjoy most, other Fellini films. Godard, I can take or leave, except Alphaville, which is brilliant.
I live in the South and many people here worship Braveheart, The Patriot and Gladiator. I feel that they are all sadly overrated. In my circle of friends, I get much shit for not liking Juno since every teenage girl I come in contact with loves it.
almost anything by Altman…definitely overrated. (except for Nashville)
Outside of America, not many people know Wes Anderson by name, I don’t mean cinephiles but the common filmgoer. Many have seen Royal Tenenbaums, few have seen Life Aquatic and Darjeeling Limited, but they wouldn’t know him like they know other stateside directors like Scorsese or Spielberg. And after watching any Wes Anderson film, they are quick to brand him, or rather, his films as ‘arty-farty’ and overly eccentric. In fact, sometimes, I get shit for LIKING Wes Anderson.
Oh and Jeunet’s Amelie, albeit a great film, is the only French film many’ve seen in all their life. Tell them you’re not too fond of it and they’ll look at you like you’re tasteless and uncultured.
Israel, you must not have seen Short Cuts, MASH, The Player, Popeye, or Brewster McCloud. All of which are amazing. Specifaically Short Cuts.
Saving Private Ryan: I’m in the army and everyone else loves it. I get more crap about hating this film. It turns into a friggin western at the end! I’d rather watch Kelly’s Heros. The hand held camera work also annoys me after a while.
Forrest Gump: A moron runs through life getting everything handed to him while his left wing girlfriend is shown to lead a sorry life.
Most of Tarantino’s work: Talk talk talk talk talk talk.
Gone with the Wind: Boring and long. Everyone assumes I would love this one. Nope.
2001: A Space Odyssey: Also long and mostly pointless. As with most of Kubrick’s films it stays on dead scenes for too long. Eventually the movie dies. By the time we make it to infinity I feel like I’ve been dragged there.
Life is Beautiful: I really hated this movie. A man lies about the holocaust, and that’s a good thing?! And he’s a jew!
forrest gump and pretty much all tom hanks films; i always get told “how can you not like tom hanks? he’s such an amazing actor”… for me he is overrated, he only know how to act retarded or slow… and he only has one face… really not a fan; there are so much better actors out there. I also get lots of crap for not liking the incredibles; sorry, but it’s definitely not pixar’s best or one of the best.
I’ll echo Ron B on The Notebook. God, how awful. I do not understand why it’s consider one of the best chick flicks. Personally, all the cut backs to present time, especially at the end when she miraculously gets her memory back just completely took me out of the experience. It didn’t work. Just don’t tell my girlfriend I hated it that much.
A film i get shit for not liking is Pixar’s Finding Nemo.
yeah the notebook…i like the rachel mcadams/ryan gosling part and just fast forward through the gena rowlands parts. bah.
and Finding Nemo makes me cry. don’t diss it.
The movies i don’t get as being great are Aronofsky films. Still don’t get why they are good. My friend and I couldn’t even finish Pi.
Wes Anderson’s films are just so cute. They’re the cutest and quirkiest films out there. They’re so quirky and cute that they make me puke my guts out. Never again, after that inane ROYAL TENENBAUMS thing.