I was talking to my RL friend the other night and had this idea.
Movies others thought were bad but you liked.

So what are some of yours? I like SO many bad movies it might be hard to pick some right off the bat.

Also, as a consolation, another small GA hidden behind a jigidi.

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There's plenty for me, but probably the biggest example is Matrix Resurrections, which most people disliked but it just might be my favorite movie ever. It was the perfect conclusion to the story, the same way the first Matrix was the perfect start. But anyway, just looking at the IMDB reviews I know I'm not the only one who liked the movie. There are plenty others out there who like it just as much.

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I recently watched that, and thought it was quite good. I could very easily watch it again.

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Street Trash is one of my favourite movies, most people either hate it or doesn't know of it.

The VelociPastor and CarousHELL, but it seems like most people like them when/if they stumble upon them.
Furious (1984) and Robot Ninja (1989) is crazy goofy.

Oh, and Skins (2017) as one of the biggest WTFs in newer cinema. Absolutely perf.

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Skins and Street Trash are def going on my watchlist!

while looking up Street Trash I saw that the director was also dp on Crash (2004), but at first I thought its was Crash (1996), which would've been just perfect 😅

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I am sure I have a few but one that comes to mind is John Carter.

Let's be clear, it's not a masterpiece and it's not my favorite movie ever but I enjoyed it as what it was intended to be: scifi pop corn fun.
For some reason though, before it even hit the screen, the media had gone to town about the "terrible marketing strategy" and the movie got torn to shreds by critics and anyone who was near a computer and it became cool to hate it.

Another one is probably Stardust. Although it was mostly ignored and generally underrated, critics seem to dislike it mostly but I thought it was really good. Flawed, sure but I watch it every year.

Thanks for the Jigi

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+2. Fun movies!

Edit: waaait, my mind read "Stargate", maybe because I associate it with John Carter...Was "Stardust" so badly received?

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I think the people who actually saw it mostly liked it but the critics tore it down (I think they thought it was a kids movie for some reason)

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Neil Gaiman's stories can be borderline children's stories AND dark as hell at the same time. I love him for this ^^

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It's very true. I think there's an innocence to the way he portrays even his dark themes, and the dichotomy in some of his characters and stories that make them feel like they could be fables for children, in the best way, but he tells them from a place of darkness and through a mature lens.
When you think about it, it's also true of a lot of stories that are now considered children stories, in a more minor way perhaps in Andersen's work but very definitely in the Grimms "fairytales" for example. The fact they have been neutered by Disney and that's the version most people are familiar with doesn't make them less brutal, even violent and bloody, and dark in their original form.

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I remember liking John Carter and being confused about why the reception was so negative, it's not a great movie or anything but it's definitely enjoyable for what it's trying to do. Had forgotten about that weird pile up from the critics, should probably rewatch since it's on streaming now.

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Believe it or not, there's even a book about how bad the marketing strategy was. That's how stupid the whole thing has become.

I remember being in New York when the movie promotion started and there were huge posters all over the subway with only "John Carter" on a vague picture of Mars, and people wondering wtf was that "John Carter".
I think the biggest problem is that the writer/director, Andrew Stanton, was a huge fan of the book, and most likely misjudged how few people even knew about it. Also he was fresh from Pixar and he misunderstood how having the Pixar label on anything made it a natural go-to for a lot of people, even if they had no idea what the movie was about.

I think a lot of people resented being made to feel like they were illiterate for not knowing the book even existed. And their natural reaction was bitterness, and it became this avalanche of negative publicity. Most people I know who liked the movie didn't even see a trailer back when the movie was released because they had heard so much bad shit about it, they avoided it like the plague.

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That's some interesting context that I was lacking, simply put I had no idea that the whole thing had started due to marketing. While I like consuming content in English, and that includes reviews, my only real connection to the language comes from the internet. So I basically get the echos of what goes on in English speaking countries but with most of the context subtracted from it, and in the case of movies it means I get the opinions but not why those opinions exist, if it's something intrinsic to the thing itself is easy to reconstruct where they're coming from but if it's something like the irl marketing going on in the US I have no clue of what happened.
About the book the movie is based on, I was under the impression it was a cult hit that never made it into mainstream popularity.

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Heh context is increasingly hard to find these days online. If it exists at all, it tends to be drowned out by the commentary and then commentary reporting (like "people on twitter are mad about this or that" that seems to be 85% of all online reported "news" now) so I get it.
And indeed, that's also pretty much what happened with the movie. So much ink was devoted to talking about the marketing strategy, that little was said about the actual movie at the time or since.

About the book the movie is based on, I was under the impression it was a cult hit that never made it into mainstream popularity.

Well, it's literally Pulp fiction. I think the series was very popular when you know... television was called books. But it's also a book from the first decade of the 20th century, with all that entails in terms of controversial views (especially imperialist and colonial attitudes) and a genre series at that so it didn't really stand the test of time.
It was, however, the first in several subgenres of scifi and fantasy, and it did inspire a whole lot of 20th century scifi writers from Bradbury to Sagan and Lovecraft. And it's been praised for inspiring a lot of scientists working in the space program. So I'd say its legacy got way bigger than the books themselves.

I think the genre was also a factor. Princess of Mars (the first of the series, which was published as a serial) was Burrough's first published work and although it was immensely popular at the time, especially with younger audiences (way back before YA novels were a thing), Tarzan, while populated with the same problematic views, has remained very widely known, whereas John Carter isn't.

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That movie got such an unfair rap :( I mean, it wasn't GREAT or really memorable, but It was really fun to watch. I bet more than 80% of people who shit on it probably never even watched it.

Now I wanna give it a re-watch.

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I bet more than 80% of people who shit on it probably never even watched it.

That's most definitely the case. Every time the conversation takes me there with someone and they say "come on!", they admit to never having watched it. The ones I manage to convince to give it a try usually end up surprised. It's fun, nothing wrong with that. Not every movie has to be Shawshank Redemption or Inception or the Godfather to be a good watch.

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Wha... how?! Stardust is phenomenal!

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Right? I guess it's one of those things.
It feels like a lot of critics thought it was supposed to be a kids movie and felt it was too dark and had too much mature humor for a kids movie, which it really wasn't meant to be so I don't know where they got their wires crossed.

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Ok, between those I just liked the first one "John Carter" but the other isn't too bad.

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There are tons of independent movies that I absolutely loved, but that got rather low rating by mainstream audience, does that count? Like Annett or Antichrist.

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Of course they do. Antichrist was an amazing movie.

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all trier like linch are not for the masses

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some movies according to imdb:
Fateful Findings (2013), Chopping Mall,Color Out of Space,The Editor (2014), Faust: Love of the Damned, Joe Versus the Volcano, Miami Vice(2006), The Neon Demon , Only God Forgives, Punisher: War Zone, Rad, Samurai Cop, Streets of Fire, Xtro,

to be fair most of these films are objectively bad, but far more entertaining than most movies with a rating of 70%

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Chopping Mall and Joe VS the Volcano.

I see you are a person of taste.

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I'll throw in my hat to vouch for Joe Versus the Volcano.
"I'm not arguing that with you."

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The one that comes to mind is Alex Garland's Men (2022). Not his usual kind of work and I thought it was cool

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Yep, apparently Garland is perfectly competent not only when it comes to sci-fi, and I absolutely adore both actors.

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I love Jessie Buckley in basically everything she's in, but because of the mixed reviews I've kind of avoided this film for now
also the writing in Annihilation really fell flat for me.. probably another discouraging reason

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Don't think Annihilation (that one is mediocre indeed), think Ex Machina. And even if writing will turn out to be not your cup of tea, it's still worth watching for actors alone.

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yeah I think I'll give Men a watch when I get the chance, definitely liked the visuals and overall setting of Annihilation and Ex Machina was great!

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Green lighter

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Off the top of my head... I enjoyed Signs (2002) (Metascore = 59)... and I am one of the people which did NOT like "The Sixth Sense" very much.

Oh, and I really liked Passengers (2016) (Metascore = 41), and I found the, hm, "unsettling" aspects of it very interesting and well handled.

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I think these are better links. And +1 for signs. I like that movie.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286106/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1355644/

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Shorter, you mean? Replaced, thanks! :D

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Check it out (open it). This is one of your previous links.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1355644/reference/

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Hm, for me they both take me to the same place (that "reference" page).... Wait, it must be some setting in my IMDB account?...

Oh, ok, I just tried "incognito mode", I see what you mean -- a more "graphic" page, probably more suitable for mobile access, I guess? Strange, why don't I get here normally?

Cheers!

Edit: Ok, just found it -- there is something called "content settings" inside IMDb, and I have "Show reference view with full cast and crew (advanced view)" ticked, so I always get to the reference page in "normal" mode.

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Oh, wow. I had never seen this "reference" page before. lol

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signs was probably the first horror movie I saw as a kid and while I was having nightmares because of it for weeks,
I guess that's the reason why I love it so much now

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I can't recall much because I'm hyper picky about what to watch and movies under 7 stars usually deserves their ranks and I don't have all time in the world to watch them all. So there is two movies: The Hunt and Under Silver Lake, they are both like 6.5 stars in charts, and I would without any doubts give them solid 8 stars, maybe a bit higher to the lake thingy.

UPD: Lobster. I couldn't find how I rated it back in a days but the movie is absolute killer, pretty close to perfection.

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The Hunt was really fun, The Lobster is also an amazing movie, both of these are 8-9 stars imo :)

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Twilight

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I think you have that reversed.

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I'd have to agree.. at least the first two are guilty pleasures for me

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john carter so good why old disney movie always didn't get sequel

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The only films I can think of right now are Zombeavers which really isn't as bad as it sounds 😅
popped this on as something campy to watch in the background with a mate, but eventually we were quite impressed by the film

Shrooms on the other hand I'm not quite sure how I would feel about today.
I guess it's quite all over the place and while watching it as a kid or lets say teen I was kind of amazed by the film, just because it was horror at the same time I remember it being pretty boring in parts
but recently somehow I was thinking about the film again, and I plan on rewatching it soon

edit: Stitches just came to mind as well, that one was a really fun time

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Zombeavers is fucking lit!

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When rating movies, it is common to think between 2 close ratings (5 or 6, 8 or 9,...). In Zombeavers, I was between 1 or 10.
And in answer to the original question, for me it is the movie Arachnophobia.

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I can kind of understand where you're coming from with the Zombeavers rating haha

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I really liked Resident Evil: Afterlife. The first one was decent too. The rest are kinda meh but I legit enjoyed Afterlife. It was fun and silly.

I also liked Terminator Genisys. Of course it's not better than T1 or T2 and I don't consider it or the other movies after T2 canon but it was alright.

Others include Demolition Man (love this), World War Z, Ghosts of Mars...

Some movies that I don't like or think are overrated that others seem to really like are Skyfall, Hellboy (2004), the Dark Knight movies, Guardians of the Galaxy 1, and a movie I recently saw, the original 1965 Flight of the Phoenix.

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Yes, but what about the other way around? I guess it happens often too.

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I really liked the Silent Hill movie. Since I'm too much of a wuss to play horror games but LOVE horror movies, I think it was great. Maybe because I had nothing to compare it to. (Though, I did watch a let's play of the first two games.)
The sequel, however, doesn't exist

Also thanks for the jig and giveaway. Haven't done one of these in a long time

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It's among my favourite movies, though I haven't played the games. It may be inaccurate, but it has insanely good, oppressing atmosphere.

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Silent Hill movie is legit underrated. It's far from perfect, but as far as game adaptations go, it's easily one of the best (and a pretty decent movie overall).

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I haven't played much of the games, but I did enjoy the movie quite a bit. The creepy atmosphere was great and... omg, that poor woman cop. Cybil, I think? Awww. :(

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I enjoyed Silent Hill aswell.
And now that I've seen it there, I wanna watch it again...

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One of my favorite movies to watch during the spooky season! Enjoy :)

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Finally got around to watching Bill & Ted Face the Music today, and I found it to be dumb, nonsensical, and absolutely hysterical, just like the first two. My partner and I loved it and were in stitches just about the entire time.

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Resident Evil movies. I also think they are bad. But they are entertaining enough to say I like them :P
While I agree with [almost every point this video makes(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXF0sYOGy7E) about the new Hellboy], it was an entertaining watch, with incredible monster designs sprinkled over the breakneck speed of the plot.

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Postal was pretty okay. One of the better video game movies for sure.

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Movies that I rated at least 8/10 and that got somewhat/substantially lower ratings from the public:
Before We Go
Hard Rain
Things We Lost in the Fire
Letters to Juliet
Non-Stop
The Girl on the Train
5 to 7
The Family Man
Red Sparrow
Noelle
Tomorrowland
Their Finest
Elizabethtown
Hart's War
While You Were Sleeping
Truth

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Starship Troopers is a masterpiece

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Absolutely. But, as it often happens, the mass audience was just not intelligent enough and didn't even understand it was pure satire. It looks like the movie is much more appreciated now than it was on release though.

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Sometimes i forget that movies like Starship troopers or almost everything by John Carpenter were poorly received in theaters.
Because when i watched them for the first time, these films were already consider classics.

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The book was way better, IMO.

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The movie is the book's antithesis, so there probably aren't too many people that like both. Personally, not a Heinlein fan at all

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John Carpenter's The Thing is definitely one of my all-time favorite horror flicks so I was pretty shocked when I learned that it initially received pretty crappy reviews when it was released. I... could not understand the animosity.

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He is still really bitter to this day over that.

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Is he? O_o I don't know, I've never read any of his interviews. It sounds like the guy can hold a grudge for a very long time.

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Masters of the Universe, the 1987 live action film. Yea it was cheesy, and could have been better given the source material, but I still enjoyed it. :)

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I'd say Cube, liked the whole Trilogy. Yeah, even that Cube Zero.

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+1 I enjoyed Cube Zero more than the original. Cube 2, though, isn't good.

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Oh, i think that I mixed Zero and Hypercube together. Enjoyed both to be honest.

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Agreed, they're all pretty fun flicks.

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I really liked Pandorum but a lot of people didn't.

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Stop talking to them! :p
In the same year and in the same category, Splice was also enjoyable.

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Pandorum is a great film.

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😂 count me as one of those people. And I like Event Horizon/Ben Foster!

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