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Movies You Try Hard To Like But Simply Can't

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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   cineMANIAC



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Posted October 06 2010 - 01:13 AM

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Went to see it twice when it came out, hoping it was better the second time. Still had the same empty feeling after I got the DVD and watched it again in the comfort of my own home - it just didn't work for me. When the film was first announced I remember being ecstatic - what could go wrong, I asked myself. It's Indiana Jones! Steven Spielberg is directing it! Harrison Ford is in it! Talk about a huge letdown. Quantum of Solace. Same thing - it's a Bond film - it has to be good, right? Man, what a crock. Who ever heard of a Bond film that continues the storyline from the previous entry? Preposterous. And headache-inducing editing - come on! I want to SEE the action and not have to hit slo-mo on the remote to see what just happened. Miami Vice. Nobody remembers anything about this movie now. But I bet if they would've kept to the feel of the TV series and even brought back some of the original cast more people would've enjoyed (and liked) the update. Land of the Dead. Waited almost 20 years for a new entry in this series only to be hit with an abysmal, totally forgettable movie-of-the-week from a fast-fading director. Of course, I've gotten all of these on DVD and they're part of my collection. Once in a while I even pop some of them in and try to get through them -- I suppose this what it means to be a completist. The hope is that eventually I'll get to appreciate these films a little more than I do now.
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Posted October 06 2010 - 02:13 AM

I admit, "Quantum of Solace" and  "Hotel Royale" are films I just didn't like.  I wanted to like them, a lot.   But I just find them to be Bond redone with a more Jason Bourne sensibility, and I didn't care for either one.   I guess I enjoyed the Bond of wacky gadgets and some crazy fun along with the action.  Lose that wacky sensibility, and I just couldn't get into either. "The Color Purple" would be another.  I know of several who proclaim it to be fantastic.. it just doesn't work for me at all.  I find myself constantly looking at my watch.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 03:08 AM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: Considered one of the great works of cinema and David Lean's finest hour. I can respect it and I can see what others see in it but I don't like it, not really. It's a long drawn out bore. DR. STRANGELOVE: Painfully unfunny and nowhere near as clever as it likes to think it is. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: I feel I should like it. I mean it's a perennial classic right. EVERYBODY loves IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It's un-American not love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. So why do I detest its sentimentality. KING KONG (1933) Actually I think it's okay. Well done but ... well, it creaks. I much prefer the 1976 remake with Jessica Lange and yes, even the bloated Peter Jackson version. I could go on but I suppose I've done enough damage.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 03:09 AM

Yeah, QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The popular-for-whatever-reason editing style adapted for the film numbed me. I loved CASINO ROYALE, and I bought SOLACE hoping I would warm up to it. I have, sort of. The second half of the film calms down enough editing-wise that I can enjoy it now. Others (nice topic, by the way): THE DEER HUNTER. Color me in the minority here, I guess. Slow first and final thirds. Wonderful mid-section, but too brief. Slightly pretentious. Emotionally cold. Just not the masterpiece to me that it was for others. CHARIOTS OF FIRE. Sure, another Oscar-winner. Just didn't do it for me, in spite of Alice Krige. ROCKY. Well, I liked the film, but that goddam theme song "Gonna Fly Now" is as irritating to me as the Disney theme, "It's A Small World." It was way-y-y overplayed on the radio in its day. THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Nice score by Gabriel Yarad, nice cinematography. Beyond that, this one leaves me cold. And confused. RAIN MAN. I dunno. Most people rave about it. I cherish many of Dustin Hoffman's performances, but this one felt phony and self-conscious to me. Not one of Levinson's finer moments, IMHO. GIGI. Maurice Chevalier to me is like chomping down on a lemon slice. I just can't stomach the man, and he is so pervasive in this film. I ought to start a thread about actors we try to like but can't. He'd be among the first few on my list. And those are just the Oscar-winning films I think were wildly overpraised. I'll drop back in later with others.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 03:54 AM

A number of Stanley Kubrick movies fall into this category for me. I find 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange to be about as interesting as watching paint dry and I think The Shining is vastly overrated. And it's not that Kubrick doesn't do it for me either because I find The Killing, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut to be excellent.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 03:57 AM

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Posted October 06 2010 - 04:13 AM

I may get flamed for this one, and I'm a "Bogey" fan, but I've never liked "The African Queen". "Casablanca" is ok but I don't have that one either.  I know, weird.  I like other Bogey films a lot better for some reason. Also, "2001, Space Odessy". "Gone with the Wind", is ok, but I never collected it, watched it only once. John Wayne is another strange situation for me as well.  I really like his later films but some of the realier very popular ones, I don't collect either.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 04:48 AM

Raging Bull: I love Scorsese and I know Raging Bull is generally listed as his greatest work but, if you were to ask me which of his movies I wanted to watch again right now,  I could list about 20 others before this one.  I just find it to be a painfully depressing experience.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 06:28 AM

Whoever listed It's a Wonderful Life...  thank you.  My memory puts it in the early 1970s that I first learned of it and started to watch it one evening on TV.  Got maybe a third of the way through it.  Of course one can't avoid seeing clips, especially of the last scene, but to this day, I haven't seen the complete film.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- same, though there might have been a few scenes that were enjoyable enough the one time I caught, uh, most of it.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 07:32 AM

Please don't hit me. I will state up front that I really love sentiment and and my tastes run toward the romantic .  I cry every time I see GONE WITH THE WIND, I get shivers every time I hear the opening music of THE WIZARD OF OZ and I am thrilled with each viewing of the 1930's version of SHOW BOAT. However, THE SOUND OF MUSIC just doesn't do it for me. And I'm a big fan of Julie Andrews. First of all, it's not R&H's best score by a long shot. The huge production is way out of proportion to the story which is soooo treacly that I want to go into sugar shock. And it bothers me that the movie really plays with historical fact too.  If you delve into the histories of the main characters, you find out that they weren't such goodie-two-shoes in real life. Evidently Maria was a real tyrant and caused a lot of family unrest and as for Von Trapp, his politics weren't necessarily very pure. And I really want to smack those kids!!! There, I've said it -- I've really tried to like this movie ever since I was a kid. I will watch it, but I just can't LOVE it. NO HATERS PLEASE!!!

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Posted October 06 2010 - 07:45 AM

Lawrence of Arabia: Labled as a classic masterpiece, I can see how it is such... but it is WAAAAAAYYYYY too long and I too find myself checking the time.

Lets face it... the Academy rarely picks the right film each year, and some times they've just gotten it dead wrong. Pick Lawrence of Arabia over To Kill a Mockingbird must have been a hard descion.

As I am watching all 475 Best Picture nominees in 365 days, I find myself stuck in the middle of many films that are slow, plodding, and plain boring.

here are some of them:

Nashville (The best character in the film is the propaganda election van)

The Deer Hunter (The first hour is pointless and needless, making for an exceptionally long film. The Russian Roulette scenes are powerful; had the film cut the first hour, I'd fully enjoy it.)

The Best Years of Our Lives (The BORING Years of Our Lives)

Mrs. Miniver or: How to win the local rose growing competition

The Hours (Nicole Kidman was convincing as Virginia Woolf, but that nose on her looked simply frightful and obviously fake.)

This is just some of the films... after I have watched more, I will add to my post.

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Posted October 06 2010 - 08:00 AM

As an addendum to my prior post about SOM, I would like to rephrase my comment about Von Trapp's politics. It wasn't so much that his politics weren't well-intentioned. I am wrong about that. However, he was not obliged (as intimated in the plot) to serve with the Nazi's as he was, officially, an Italian citizen.

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