After seeing the polarized opinions of Moulin Rouge, I got to thinking about the movies that cause the most Internet arguments. I came up with The Blair Witch Project, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Phantom Menace, Titanic and Moulin Rouge. I'm sure there are more, but it's currently 4:30 AM. With movies like this, we generally have two sides: The PRO group, which often implies that the film's detractors "didn't get" the movie, or that they're simply too unintelligent or uncultured to enjoy the show. The CON group often counters by deriding the PRO group's skills at gauging what a "good movie" is, or imply that they're feigning their favor in order to seem smarter. Any of these (totally made-up) quotes sound familiar? CON: "Forgive me if I don't take movie advice from someone who enjoyed Armageddon." PRO: "People who bash Armageddon have no idea how to turn their brains off and enjoy a popcorn flick!" --- PRO: "All of the Blair Witch bashers are simply unable to see the movie for the brilliant independent film it so obviously is." CON: "I know for a fact that The Blair Witch Project is a pile of crap and anyone who thinks different knows nothing about good moviemaking." --- CON: "The Phantom Menace is George Lucas at his most clueless. Anyone who supports this movie does so only out of loyalty to the original trilogy, as the movie on its own is a pile of crap." PRO: "Whoever hates The Phantom Menace is simply looking for the new pinata to whack on. Think for yourself, people, and you may just find a really fun and exciting movie." etc., etc., etc. I'm a guy who's pretty damn confident in his own opinions. (Not confident that my opinions are RIGHT, but confident that I can state my case on any movie in a thoughtful and intelligent style.) And I really do enjoy the flame wars that flare up from time to time when something controversial hits town. Most of these arguments continue for eternity - NOT because people are having heated and interesting debates - but because the bulk of the discussions consist of bullying, posturing, subtle digs, outright rudeness and everyone's desire to get in the legendary "last word". But you gotta figure that the internet community (especially the people at a site like HTF) could eventually evolve past the "I'm right and you're wrong" style of cinematic discussion. I'd love to hear opinions on this topic, and remind me of some of the other 'flame war' movies I forgot.