Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Short Movie Survey - When Your Tastes Don't Jive With Everyone Else's

1. Has there been a movie lately that you looked forward to seeing for months, only to find that it was a total dud? Perhaps a movie that was really touted in reviews or "top ten" lists, and you see it and go "huh"?

What was it? For me, the latest one was THE TREE OF LIFE. Fifteen minutes into it, I had totally lost all patience in it and turned it off.

2. What about really popular movies that everyone tells you is great, best thing ever, and you go and find it less so? For me, everyone told me that CRAZY STUPID LOVE was wonderful and better than the average romance movie. If that's the case, the average romance movie much be really bad.

3. What do you do when after the movie, everyone's going, "oh, that was SO good" and you're gritting your teeth? Do you say something or, for fear of being viewed as negative, a snob, or a wet blanket you say nothing?

4. And finally, when was the last time you went to a movie with someone and it's their turn to pick the movie and they pick something that you expect to be either a crashing bore or ridiculous, but you end up loving it? For me, that was BRIDESMAIDS.

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Walker Martin said...

I may have stopped going to the movie theater completely. It's been a year since I went to see a movie on the big screen. Admission is too much, popcorn is too expensive plus it's bad for me. People who attend the movies annoy me with their lights on while texting plus talking, etc.

I have thousands of movies on dvd and watch one or two each day, usually at dinner and midnight. The rest of the time I'm reading.

Usually I'm into old films from the 1930's through 1950's, especially film noir, crime and westerns. But every now and then I see something recent. Normally I would never have watched BRIDESMAIDS but while visiting my daughter in NC, we watched it and I found it funny.

Everyone has different tastes, for instance I've loved the films of Ingmar Bergman since I was a teenager. Most of my friends don't like him at all. Same thing with the German film director, Fassbinder.

The people who really get me are the ones who say they don't like black and white films and subtitles. Some of the best movies ever made are in black and white and foreign.

Laurie Powers said...

Walker, I don't go as much as I used to either. I could probably count on one hand how many times I've gone to a theater this year. Compared to a few years ago when I went all the time. The reasons are like yours, but also I find the majority of movies released nowadays into mainstream theaters don't interest me. thanks to Netflix and being able to record on my DVR, I'm watching the movies at home. A lot cheaper. I find myself recording a lot of files from the 30s through the early 50s, too, mainly noir.

Barry Traylor said...

I have found that discussing films with people to be a bit like discussing religion. Seldom have I agreed with critics, etc. I remember recommending The Matltese Falcon (the one directed by John Huston) to a co-worker and they then proceeded to tell me how boring the film was?!?
Odd you should mention Crazy Stupid Love, my wife disliked it but I liked it.
To say the least my tastes are bit eclectic as I enjoy Downton Abbey but also The Walking Dead on AMC.
Ok, I finally thought of a film I enjoyed in the theater even though it did poorly at the box office and critics did not like it. Cowboys & Aliens. Unless some might think I have low taste my favorite film by Ingmar Bergman is The Virgin Spring. I rewatched it last year for the first time since it came out and was stunned at how good it is.

Eric Jamborsky said...

Love The Seventh Seal, found The Virgin Spring to be the most depressing movie of all time. I really hate, dislike, or other choice verb a pair of "classic" westerns, The Wild Bunch and High Noon. Both are rotten at their very cores and leave me wanting to disinfect my DVD player. Admittedly High Noon has some good acting but nothing in the movie feels right. The Wild Bunch is just a tantrum by an emotional toddler with a camera.

Cap'n Bob said...

I hated The Departed and Gangs of New York, which many people seem to like. I didn't care for Gladiator and Master and Commander, either, because of the damnable MTV effects. In fact, I can't watch many modern movies and TV shows because of those effects. Like Walker, I prefer an old movie to a new one.

Alfred Jan said...

Many critics liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but I read the book first, and was disappointed because the American movie left out (or changed) critical elements of the story.

Barry Traylor said...

Alfred, I can't speak for the American one directed by David Fincher as I have no plans to see it. I liked the Swedish version so much I really saw no need for the film to be remade.
Speaking of films that some people dislike and others like I submit "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I loved this film and have watched it twice.

Laurie Powers said...

Eric, that suprises me about High Noon - I think it's one of the best Westerns. The Wild Bunch - meh.

I liked The Departed because of the story - it kept me riveted to the end. Never saw the Gangs of New York, tho. The exaggerated splattering of blood in some of these movies is unnecessary and gratitutious.

I saw The Help last night, and while I loved the story line and the acting, I felt some of the characters were one-dimensional (the white women) and the editing to be weird. There. I said it.

Barry Traylor said...

I had read The Gangs of New York years ago and like the film quite a lot. Directed by Martin Scorsese and Daniel Day-Lewis is fantastic as Bill the Butcher (a nativist)this is in my permenant dvd collection.
High Noon is one of my favorie westerns, the only thing that has always bothered is that Grace Kelly as Gary Cooper's new bride looks like she married grandpa. Coop was 51, she was 22. The film was controversial when it was released due to its political overtones. After all it came out during the McCarthy Era.

Barry Traylor said...

It just occured to me that you'd have to put a gun to my head for me to sit and watch THE TREE OF LIFE. After suffering through The New World and The Thin Red Line I decided I'd waste no more time on his films. His degree is in philosophy, no wonder I find him boring.

Cap'n Bob said...

Two more I didn't like: The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now.

Laurie Powers said...

I couldn't stand The Deer Hunter either. Apocalypse Now I think is a masterpiece in its own weird way.

Another current movie I saw last night that I was ho-hum about: Beginners, the one for which Christopher Plummer won a GG. It had it's moments and it could be profound at times, but man was it depressing.

Cap'n Bob said...

I had a followup comment that seems to have disappeared. To repeat, I liked the first half of Apocalypse Now, but once they went upriver it was a shambles.