"Hot topic" might not be a suitable description, but anyone who frequents the HTF Movies and/or Polls forums will undoubtedly be familiar with what I mean. There are certain films that seem to cause a lot of dissent and debate among the HTF Film Freaks, and I thought we could discuss them in a flame-free environment. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arguably the most revered movie among the active HTFers. I'd never knock this movie, but I must admit to being one of its less passionate supporters. Yes, it truly is an excellent movie and it broke a lot of new ground...but is it really that good? Best sci-fi ever or overrated and artsy tootling? Gladiator - Seemingly despised because it was a critical fave and Oscar darling. I think it's an excellent film, though I can clearly see the seams that others may point out as 'less-than-brilliant' filmmaking. Effectively exciting period piece or depressingly derivative hero epic? Armageddon - Admit you enjoy this one and you may as well be signing a Declaration of Ignorance. Personally, I can't see why this one's thrashed so resoundingly yet Pearl Harbor goes relatively unscathed. Is it loud, bombastic, non-sensical, and essentially stupid? Sure. But so were The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, and those films are now protected by Nostalgia Power. Colorful comic-book hysterics or over-edited schlock-heap? Miller's Crossing - Categorized by some (myself included) as the Coen's finest film. Does this overwhelming praise have something to do with the fact that its still unavailable on DVD, or is it really one of the best gangster flicks ever made? The Phantom Menace - This one doesn't seem to come up all that often any more, and for that I'm relieved, as I consider it a pretty damn good movie. Supporters point to a rousing space adventure that sets the stage quite capably for future installments, nay-sayers cite a proliferation of mealy-mouthed plot politics and pointlessly inane characters. Worthy entry to the SW canon, or evidence of a filmmaker long past clueless? The Blair Witch Project - Debate has kind of died down on this one as well, but if ever there were a film that divided movie fans right down the middle, this is the one. Personally, I think it's a creepily effective experiment and a great movie, though I can certainly see the complaints that others have with it. Experimental horror classic or indulgent rambling with a clever ad campaign? Dark City - Lots of people adore this one and even cite it as a partial inspiration for The Matrix, while others who heed the effusive recommendations often come back thinking "It wasn't all that!" Underrated modern masterpiece, or unduly praised sci-fi silliness? Fight Club - Hailed as a masterpiece by many, dismissed by others as a simplistic and transparent bash on the easy target of consumerism. Hardcore classic with wit and brutality to spare, or indulgent and pandering mess? D.C. Cab - Mr. T in a tour-de-force perf... OK, just kidding. Lawrence of Arabia - Is it possible for an intelligent and open-minded movie fan to find this movie unbearably boring? Clearly and justifiably adored the world over, but for some reason it's not as 'embraced' by the newer generations. Immortal classic or digital sleeping pill? Spider-Man - Is it possible for a computer-generated man-spider to look 'too real' or 'too fakey/really CGI-ish'? I dunno, but early enthusiasms were quickly tempered by cries of 'not enough action' and 'soap-opera dramatics'. I've only seen the flick once so far, but I quite enjoyed it. "Classic" status uncertain, but likely. Rousing and faithful adaptation of a beloved superhero, or simplistic and uninvolving CGI conglomeration? Briefly state your overall opinion of these flicks, and feel free to include any 'hot topic' titles I've overlooked. Your comments here can then be cross-referenced whenever you participate in a future discussion or vote in a future poll. Also, what makes certain movies the topic of such heated debate, while other movies (be they large or small) rarely get 'argued over'? Expense, accolades, and popularity seem to be factors, but surely those qualifications apply to hundreds of movies. For extra credit: True or False: Urban Cowboy is so bad that it makes Howard the Duck and Ishtar look like Oscar nominees by comparison.