Directors Name your big disappointments..

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  1. KathyS

    KathyS Auditioning

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    If you are like me, people recommend movies to you right? They rave about it and convince you the film is a must see. Please list your biggest recent disappointments that came from recommendations or ratings as well as movies that were surprisingly good when you were not sure if you would like it.

    My recently seen disappointments are:

    1. Anchorman
    2. Murder of Crows
    3. The Incredibles (not a bad movie, just disappointed)
    4. King Arthur
    5. Fallen
    6. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban
    7. I, robot
    8. Collateral
    9. The Terminal
    10 Paycheck
    11. Open Water

    My recent pleasant surprises:

    1. Man on Fire
    2. Shaun of the dead
    3. Soldiers girl
    4. Mean girls
     
  2. LanieParker

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    This is a list of movies that I recently saw (either by recommendation or just blind rental).

    Anchorman ~ Worst movie I have seen recently. Not funny. Not even the tiniest bit entertaining.

    Dodgeball ~ A very, very close second to Anchorman. For all the same reasons.

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ~ This one shoule be sharing the number one spot with Anchorman and Dodgeball. Piece of shite.

    Envy ~ I saw this because Jack Black was in it. God was it horrible.

    Napolean Dynamite ~ It had it's moments, but all in all it was boring and not really worth the rental.

    Lady Killers ~ For a Tom Hanks movie this stunk. I was just bored all throughout.

    Mean Girls ~ People were raving about this one and I finally rented it. It was cute, but I really didn't get the huge ruckus people were making over it.


    On a good note:

    I recently saw Garden State and it is one of my top three facorite movies now (along with Life Aquatic and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
     
  3. Elinor

    Elinor Supporting Actor

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    Disappointments:
    LOTR 1
    LOTR 2

    Both were like long long long commercials for the video game.

    Hannibal

    Just hideous.
     
  4. Fred Bang

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    The biggest disapointements in my life (movies I dreamt about and let me down):

    1- Batman
    2- Independance Day
    3- Star Wars Episode I


    The biggest surprises (movies that I knew nothing about before seeing them)

    1- Back to the Future (wasn't expecting anythin at all)
    2- Lost in Translation
    3- Forrest Gump
    4- Memento
    5- The Matrix
     
  5. Jefferson Morris

    Jefferson Morris Supporting Actor

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    1. The French Connection. I know, I know...this one comes recommended by everyone. I suspect it hasn't dated well, particularly when we can see equally hard-boiled crime drama on network television every week. I just didn't get the hub-bub.

    2. The Phantom Menace. Not the worst film ever, by any means, but certainly the cinematic disappointment of the century as far as millions of fans were concerned. A textbook example of a powerful filmmaker losing the edge he possessed in earlier, leaner times.

    3. The Imposters. A good friend of mine recommended this one highly. I turned it off less than halfway through (and I never turn movies off halfway through). This sort of cartoonish farce with characters constantly chasing each other a la Benny Hill just isn't my cup of tea, I guess.

    4. Another vote for Batman. I'm just not a fan of this series overall, I guess. I can only stomach Batman Returns.

    5. Eyes Wide Shut. The fascinating, frustrating, ultimately disappointing final film from the man whom I consider to have held the title of greatest living film director from 1968 to the time of his death in 1999. I'm reminded of a comment from Terry Gilliam, who said that he almost wished Kubrick had died halfway through the production. Then EWS could have remained his tantalizing last "unfinished masterpiece."

    6. Casino. Now, I actually really like Casino, but I still felt it was a letdown after a string of unqualified masterpieces from Scorsese - The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence. Well, maybe I'd qualify Cape Fear a little bit, but it's still a hell of a ride.

    That's all that comes to mind for the moment.

    --Jefferson Morris
     
  6. Jeff_Standley

    Jeff_Standley Supporting Actor

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    MI-2 :: This movie sucked so bad, I actually liked the first one alot and was looking forward to this sequel. John Woo is mindless when it comes to slow motion shots. I mean come one a 2 minute slow motion shot of the bad guy grabbing the scarf blowing off her neck. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    And....um... well after that I cant think of any more, I'll get back.[​IMG]
     
  7. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

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    Watch it again. I first saw it in 2001 and would have agreed with you at that time - I felt disappointed. I watched it again a couple of years later and REALLY liked it.

    Recently-seen disappointments: Backbeat and Meet the Fockers.

    Recently-seen pleasant surprise: Friday Night Lights.
     
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    Rob P S Cinematographer

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    LOTR 1
    The Thin Red Line
    Good Will Hunting
    The Terminal
    Rear Window
    Key Largo
     
  9. Jefferson Morris

    Jefferson Morris Supporting Actor

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    Will do. I'm certainly willing to give Friedkin another chance, as I consider the film he did right after French Connection (the one about that troubled little girl in Georgetown) to be a humdinger.

    --Jefferson Morris
     
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    Star Wars The Phantom Menace
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    Signs (This sucked so bad I was actually angry after I saw it)
    LOTR The Two Towers
    The Matrix
    The Sixth Sense
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    The Crying Game
    Titanic
    Devils Advocate (One of the stupidest films ever made)
    True Lies
    UTurn (I expected more from Oliver Stone)
    AI (Hated the last 15 minutes)
    Chinatown
    Crumb
    Blue Velvet (Lynches worst IMHO)
     
  11. Colin Jacobson

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    Ionically, Exorcist is part of the reason Connection initially disappointed me. I liked Exorcist so much that I went into FC with enormous expectations. Of course, I didn't think it would be the same KIND of film, but I thought it'd have a similarly strong impact. It wasn't until the second viewing that I could see it on its own terms...
     

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