Some films come garnered with awards, great word-of-mouth and an endless stream of people, be it friends or critics, telling you that a certain film is a stone-cold must see classic. But sometimes, films which ‘everyone’ likes just don’t do it for ME. I suggest it is often the hype that surrounds such films that always means I will be dissapointed. But here they are, in no order…this is NOT a dig at Russell Crowe, I came to Gladiator after much hype, which the film did not live up to. same ABM, ‘Best Film?’ No way! Ron Howard has made many better films than this, such as ‘Cinderella Man.’ Sorry Russell. Here are my reasons:
1. The Birds: Seems to haved dated badly and has none of the complexity or characters of other Hitchcock works such as Psycho, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North By Northwest or Vertigo.
2/3: As I said above, these films were overhyped for me, I ownn Gladiator on DVD, need to visit it again. I enjoyed it a lot, but not the ‘masterpeice’ people say. A Beautiful Mind is a mess, has a meandering plot and did not deserve the praise heaped on it. I got more out of Ron Howrad’s ‘Angels and Demons.’ (not much more, granted).
04. Donnie Darko: Was nowhere near as dark or as quirky as I was led to believe. I will revisit, but I think I will get more from ‘Southland Tales’, Kelly’s much-malingned follow-up.
05. Dail M For Murder. Understood by many as a flawed experiement in long-take shooting, it didn’t have the urgency or tension of similar long-take piece ‘Rope.’ Can’t like everything the H-ster does, surely I’m not alone with this one?!
06. Battle Royale. Just didn’t seem as violent or as harrowing as people had led me to think, although may have been my mistake in watching ‘Ichi The Killer’ first.
07. La Dolce Vita. THIS. FILM. IS. TOO. LONG. Supposedly a classic, but Fellini didn’t know when to shout ‘cut.’ I wondered if it was part of his genius to have the film go on and on and on to emphasise that empty hedonism is neverending, but by the end, I had ran out of patiience, and this spoiled the redemptive ending on the beach and I was glad the whole thing was over.
08. Ratatouille: Yes, gorgeously animated and funny in parts, but as a kids film, boring, and I wasn’t the only one who said so. Fine-dining in a children’s film? This is a middle-aged pursuit of the affluent. Garnered with five-star reviews, but how many of those came from children?
09. Rachel Getting Married. (sigh). Great idea, Love Anne Hathaway. The family outcast comes home resonated with me. But once the wedding starts, it become interminable scenes of people dancing, laughing, eating and drinking that go on FOREVER and I was so numb by the end of it I have no idea how it ended. Self-indulgent twadlle that undermined Hathway’s work and the promising start.
10. The trailer looked so good. The reviews were great. I couldn’t wait for this. But what happened? The kid runs away to the woods, meets strange creatures, and they spend the rest of the film playing games, THAT’S IT! There is no development, no drama, save from the mild threat that he will be eaten, it meaders until the kid goes home, was annoyed and bored by the end.
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