What's new

Great Movies Almost Ruined By A Single Performance (1 Viewer)

ManW_TheUncool

His Own Fool
Premium
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2001
Messages
12,277
Location
The BK
Real Name
ManW
I think all those comedian-types can be all over the map depending on what exactly they're asked/needed to do (and how they're handled) in whichever particular films. You can include Robin Williams for instance... though most do love his particular antics enough most of the time... and he can certainly be great in straight roles (while some just either never get good, straight roles or just can't actually play them at all).

I also used to think I probably wouldn't/couldn't stand Will Ferrell (or Jim Carrey amongst some others) in films, but I did warm up to (a fair amount of) his works when I gave him some real chance(s). The same might happen w/ Adam Sandler I guess.

_Man_
 

ManW_TheUncool

His Own Fool
Premium
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2001
Messages
12,277
Location
The BK
Real Name
ManW
Heck! I know some can't stand Tom Cruise at all -- maybe it's his signature grin that might grate on some, LOL! :D

_Man_
 

Christian D66

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Oct 8, 2018
Messages
205
Real Name
Christian
Christopher Jones in Ryan’s Daughter.

My God, his performance was stiffer and dragged more than his characters right leg.
I've always been fascinated by Jones and this part. He could definitely act as shown in WILD IN THE STREETS doing one of the best James Deans ever (and Shelly Winters worked with him at the actor's studio) but Lean thinking his dubbed role in THE LOOKING GLASS WAR was him makes me laugh. He looks GREAT on film but Lean had to dub him over as well. Jones seemed incredibly mercurial and not fit for the business. Even Tarantino couldn't talk him into PULP FICTION.
 
  • Like
Reactions: PMF

Christian D66

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Oct 8, 2018
Messages
205
Real Name
Christian
FTR, they reach the island in about 50 minutes and Kong shows up at 70 minutes in the 187 minute film.

Thats about a third of the way into the film as opposed to the orginal Kong who showed up 47 minutes into the 104 minute 1933 film.
It felt like two hours getting to the island. Jack Black is not Robert Armstrong. And Black is fine in the role just miscast and not memorable. Even Charles Grodin had more flair as a sleazier Denham.
 

Christian D66

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Oct 8, 2018
Messages
205
Real Name
Christian
I'm OK with Jack Black in the film - though Jackson could have made a better choice. But that ice skating scene royally stinks and causes the film to drag. Whenever I watch this one, which is not very often, I fast forward through that scene. I've often wondered if it were there as a concession/bathroom break scene.
In the theater I almost groaned. Kong just killed dozens of people but let's have this warm ice-skating bonding scene! Lo and behold!
 

Christian D66

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Oct 8, 2018
Messages
205
Real Name
Christian
an aside - Have you seen Sandler in the Safdie Bros. film Uncut Gems ? It's really good. Very 70s cinema vibe.
I'd like to dislike Sandler more (I once saw Albert Brooks rip apart his comedy at a WGA event) but he can be good with a good director. I find PUNCH DRUNK LOVE overrated since opening day (the movie felt like a nerd fanboy trying to make a hip intellectual Sandler comedy) but he's great in UNCUT GEMS. And my guilty pleasure is HAPPY GILMORE. Ben Stiller is hilarious in his few moments.
 

mskaye

Screenwriter
Joined
Apr 16, 2021
Messages
1,157
Location
USA
Real Name
Michael Kochman
I'd like to dislike Sandler more (I once saw Albert Brooks rip apart his comedy at a WGA event) but he can be good with a good director. I find PUNCH DRUNK LOVE overrated since opening day (the movie felt like a nerd fanboy trying to make a hip intellectual Sandler comedy) but he's great in UNCUT GEMS. And my guilty pleasure is HAPPY GILMORE. Ben Stiller is hilarious in his few moments.
Robert will be unhappy that we've hijacked this thread but I just want to say that my Sandler guilty pleasure is the remake of The Longest Yard.
 

Mikael Soderholm

Screenwriter
Joined
Apr 5, 1999
Messages
1,149
Location
Stockholm, SWEDEN
Real Name
Mikael Söderholm
Vince Vaughn is legitimately good in the criminally underrated second season of True Detective and he's funny in recent seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Apparently, when you get that dude on HBO, he's good.
I was just about to write that, I hold TD S2 as the best, so far, although that is stiff competition.
 

SD_Brian

Screenwriter
Joined
Nov 14, 2007
Messages
1,598
Real Name
Brian
I find PUNCH DRUNK LOVE overrated since opening day (the movie felt like a nerd fanboy trying to make a hip intellectual Sandler comedy) but he's great in UNCUT GEMS.
I absolutely despised Uncut Gems and Adam Sandler in it. In my yet-to-be-created fan edit of that movie, it would cut immediately from the opening
colonoscopy
scene to the moment when
his character is shot and killed
.
 

Tino

Taken For Ballast
Premium
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Apr 19, 1999
Messages
23,992
Location
Metro NYC
Real Name
Valentino
In the theater I almost groaned. Kong just killed dozens of people but let's have this warm ice-skating bonding scene! Lo and behold!
I thought it was a beautiful lyrical respite from the craziness going on with Kong. A sweet and powerful bonding scene between Ann and Kong. Loved it.
 

Jeffrey D

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2018
Messages
5,404
Real Name
Jeffrey D Hanawalt
Robert will be unhappy that we've hijacked this thread but I just want to say that my Sandler guilty pleasure is the remake of The Longest Yard.
I still haven’t watched that one yet- a bit afraid to. I know I’ll be directly comparing it to the original, and will likely be hugely disappointed (I rate the Reynolds version as the best football movie, and right up there in best sports film).
 

Walter Kittel

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Dec 28, 1998
Messages
9,898
I still haven’t watched that one yet- a bit afraid to. I know I’ll be directly comparing it to the original, and will likely be hugely disappointed (I rate the Reynolds version as the best football movie, and right up there in best sports film).

Not the biggest Sandler fan (although I did enjoy The Waterboy for its goofiness) but I have avoided the remake of The Longest Yard for the same reasons. The 1974 film is a favorite from that era. It is a fine sports film that really embodies a lot of the characteristics I associate with that time in cinema.

- Walter.
 

mskaye

Screenwriter
Joined
Apr 16, 2021
Messages
1,157
Location
USA
Real Name
Michael Kochman
Not the biggest Sandler fan (although I did enjoy The Waterboy for its goofiness) but I have avoided the remake of The Longest Yard for the same reasons. The 1974 film is a favorite from that era. It is a fine sports film that really embodies a lot of the characteristics I associate with that time in cinema.

- Walter.
The original is total fave of mine and I even wrote a paper about it in film school. But Burt R being in it gives it credibility. It's also really funny. It plays way more than a remake than a typical "Adam Sandler comedy."
 

Colin Jacobson

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Apr 19, 2000
Messages
13,328
The original is total fave of mine and I even wrote a paper about it in film school. But Burt R being in it gives it credibility. It's also really funny. It plays way more than a remake than a typical "Adam Sandler comedy."

IMO, Reynolds is nearly the only saving grace in the original "Longest Yard". As a movie, it's a mess, but Burt carries it.
 

PMF

Premium
Senior HTF Member
Joined
May 6, 2015
Messages
6,008
Real Name
Philip
I've always been fascinated by Jones and this part. He could definitely act as shown in WILD IN THE STREETS doing one of the best James Deans ever (and Shelly Winters worked with him at the actor's studio)
Shelley Winters worked with everyone, everybody and everywhere. Such a great career.
 
Last edited:

BobO'Link

Senior HTF Member
Joined
May 3, 2008
Messages
11,620
Location
Mid-South
Real Name
Howie
Shelley Winters... Another that's always rubbed me the wrong way. She's always reminded me of an aunt who's 4 years older than me and lived with us a few years when I was a teenager - abrasive and annoying. I try to avoid anything in which she appears.
 

KPmusmag

Screenwriter
Joined
Sep 9, 2011
Messages
1,681
Location
Henderson, NV
Real Name
Kevin Parcher
I am not a big fan of Adam Sandler either, however I was impressed with his acting in Spanglish. Without question that movie fairly deserves some of the criticism leveled at it, but I truly believed his emotional pain and helplessness in not knowing how to help his family, his desire to escape, and his strength in not giving in to that temptation.

Back in the late 1990s, I was lucky enough to be on the Sony (old MGM) lot for a small job. I was in a golf cart with a studio employee, and we drove by a soundstage and there was Adam Sandler, standing around drinking a Coke with the crew. The supervisor told me that he was quite well-liked and generous with everyone on the set.
 

WillG

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Jan 30, 2003
Messages
7,572
I am not a big fan of Adam Sandler either, however I was impressed with his acting in Spanglish. Without question that movie fairly deserves some of the criticism leveled at it, but I truly believed his emotional pain and helplessness in not knowing how to help his family, his desire to escape, and his strength in not giving in to that temptation.

Back in the late 1990s, I was lucky enough to be on the Sony (old MGM) lot for a small job. I was in a golf cart with a studio employee, and we drove by a soundstage and there was Adam Sandler, standing around drinking a Coke with the crew. The supervisor told me that he was quite well-liked and generous with everyone on the set.

I’ve never heard a single negative thing about Sandler as a person
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Sign up for our newsletter

and receive essential news, curated deals, and much more







You will only receive emails from us. We will never sell or distribute your email address to third party companies at any time.

Latest Articles

Forum statistics

Threads
357,832
Messages
5,144,107
Members
144,493
Latest member
Hanestoot
Recent bookmarks
1
Top