The Matrix and The Dark Knight
It doesn’t bother me when people say they like the films, so much as when people say the films are deep.
Donnie Darko owns this thread. Every time someone brings it up as their favorite film, I quickly recommend a similar film.
It’s not a bad film. But it’s really not half as deep or visually stunning as people make it out to be.
Anything post Chasing Amy Kevin Smith
Tim Burton, except Ed Wood and Mars Attacks
Any Atom Egoyan
Haha… well I liked Darko a lot the first time I saw it. But I can understand why some people hate it. Southland Tales was a fine mess… I used to admire Burton circa Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks. Now I totally loathe his overused and abused “gothic style”. Alice in Wonderland was the final blow.That was it. I will never watch a Burton film again. I tend to squirm every time someone says he or she likes “art cinema” and proceeds to cite The Three Colors Trilogy by Kieslowsky or Carlos Reygadas. I specially hate Reygadas´ films with a passion.-they illustrate perfectly the term “pretentious” and are totally overrated.
Oops. My Profile image is a still from DD…
oh god, how could i forget donnie darko
Fight club, if I had a nickle every time I hear this…
I teach high school kids. I spend a lot of time cringing… and remembering that someday they will evolve into more interesting creatures. (I liked a lot of crap when I was 16, too.)
Toy Story 1, 2 & 3
Woof. I’m feeling the hate here. Way to go, guys!
I’m not a fan of putting down what other people like. Even to say something is the “best” or the “worst” and it’s “good” or “bad” is completely suggestive. I have “stuff I love” and “stuff I don’t like so much,” and that’s it. Feel free to disagree, man. An opinion is an opinion. Why do you give a shit if someone thinks The Dark Knight is “deep”? What does that even mean?
That being said, if you like Avatar we can’t be friends.
The Hangover, Scarface(83)
Juno. The Hangover. District 9.
I cringe when someone uses awards season attention as a way to justify watching a film, regardless of the film’s quality.
Seems like the average age of people who love this movie is 14
A good friend of mine once cheerfully claimed he loved Norbit.
We haven’t spoken in nearly a year.
Haha, well I think it’s pushing things to end a friendship because of film tastes.
When acquaintances tell me any of the following are their favorite films, I smile and nod, trying not to sigh too loudly.
1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
3. Donnie Darko
4. Before Sunrise, or Before Sunset
5. Perfect Blue
7. Battle Royale
9. The Notebook
10. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Why Breathless? It’s not my favorite film but I wouldn’t cringe if someone told me it was there favorite. It’s an important film and contributed a lot to film unlike those other films you mentioned. Juno, Donnie Darko, and Life Aquatic are all cringe-worthy for sure.
Any pre-1970 Godard other than Contempt and maybe Alphaville depending on what I had for breakfast that morning.
I no longer “cringe” if someone tells me they love a movie I hate, and I certainly won’t reduce myself into a pretentious douche bag by smiling and nodding patronizingly, as if my standards of taste where superior to theirs. That doesn’t exist. All you can do is get into a conversation about why they like or dislike as ROSSI is semi illustrating with his( sorry, or her) inquiry and request to REDLETTER for an exception to this “cringe worthy” rule. Anything can be cringe worthy to anyone, thus everything is cringe worthy.
I see no problem with disagreeing after they explain why some film is their favorite, but looking down on them simply because you think you’ve got them all figured out and you understand with all your omnipotent foresight why they think the way they do is ridiculous. The tone of this thread is cringe worthy
It’s not what people like that makes me cringe so much as what people dismiss. There are some people who will outright refuse to watch a film or listen to a band, just because they haven’t heard of it, or because it hasn’t been advertised on television, or because it’s not a carbon copy of what they’ve already seen or heard.
They seem to have this idea that the process that gets a movie shown or a song played it somehow entirely based on quality, therefore anything not presented to them through mainstream channels must be unworthy.
Even the worst movies aren’t as cringe-worthy as the worst television shows though. Anything that airs from 10-11 on Comedy Central other than South Park is almost certainly going to be awful and definitely going to be disgusting. Then there’s three camera sitcoms like Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, that are even worse than the disgusting comedy central shows. Then there’s this whole genre of reality shows where people just run around drinking, screwing and acting like entitled douchebags. I don’t see how anyone can even sit through them.
i second Synecdoche New York
About five major broadcasting companies control the market so its not at all surprising that If you don’t like one show from a network, you’re likely to not like many others from their network since broadcasters now own the shows they release. The result is homogenization and muscling out of independent venues for shows. Before 1992, a creator owned his show and law protected broadcasters from any copyright on the work, thus less control. If you had a pilot and CBS didn’t like it or thought it too racy, you could simply bring it to another. Nowadays, after deregulation, there are far fewer options. If one company tells you to tone it down, you either comply, get fired or never get hired at all.
So you guys just don’t like movies then….THAT’S COOL
I thought more people would be with me on cringing from the mention of Almodovar.. Perhaps not :/
I like so many of the films listed here. I guess you would all cringe if you met me! I can’t say that much would actually make me cringe, but there are certain films that usually mean I wouldn’t be able to have much of a conversation with that person (tastes too vastly different). This includes:
- Most Coen Brothers films
- Most Tarantino films
- Citizen Kane
- Knocked Up, 40-year Old Virgin
It’s not that I hate these films, and some I can give credit for in certain areas, but for the most part I’m ‘eh’ about them. And when people mention them as their favorites it tends to suggest a certain opinion of movies that I’m just not in line with and can’t talk about.
All of the French New Wave.
To write off the entire French New Wave I think is a bit extreme. The 400 Blows, Last Year at Marienbad, My Night at Maud’s, Contempt, Vivre Sa Vie are all fine films. To write off an entire movement is pushing it in my book.
I just wanted to perform the two functions of these thread: Poke fun at other’s tastes and to imply that I have superior tastes.