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So, in contrast to my other topic, lets try the reversal.
You know what to do so.....
I have to admit that people loved Avatar (not the Last Airbender) but I think it was just awful. It's actually the second worst movie I have ever see.
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I am on the hate wagon with Avatar (my girlfriend calls it Dances With Smurfs). It seems it's pretty polarizing though. Everyone I know who saw it either looooved it or hated it.
I really am not going to list everything else because I am not usually fond of the popular movies but Pulp Fiction comes to mind.
I feel like when it was released that's what eeeeeveryone could talk about for hours. Maybe it set high expectations I don't know. When I watched it, all I could see was plagiarism, dreadful acting and clichés.
The mummy 2 movie is all good till the last part where the scorpion king cgi comes out which completely ruined the movie for me :p
Hate is kind of a strong word, and I'm not a big movie gal, so I only have a few. Yes, I'm totally over superhero movies (I actually thought the first Avengers movie sucked, even by the standards of a big, dumb action flick), but that's hardly a hot take at this point; I stupidly watched the Carnage movie, thinking it might be worth it, and 95% of the movie was making jokes about how Venom and his host are a gay couple, like the script writer was 13 or something. And no disrespect to 13-year-olds, but that wasn't the target audience. Anyway, I've got 2:
Cloud Atlas is a movie that everyone was trying to get me to see, including my best friend: the only person in the world who understands how my mind works. When I finally sat down to watch it, it was just a sobering reminder that she and I absolutely do not have the same taste in movies (or music, for that matter). What I remember is a bunch of pointless stories that went nowhere and had nothing to do with each other and visual effects so bad that it took me a while to figure out what they were even supposed to be; guess they blew the budget paying all those big-name actors, but COME ON, are you really expecting me to take Hugh Grant seriously as a big villain!?
The worst movie I've ever seen by far, though, is Pi. I don't remember where I was, but I'd been part of a discussion about this movie and how it had this really intricate plot about using the Hebrew alphabet to crack the code of the future, and this guy uses that to play the stock market and make incredible money. A friend lent me his copy (I should really stop taking movie advice from friends) and NONE of this was obvious until maybe toward the end. Most of it was just him entering these hallucinations, then coming out, popping pills, and some vague conversations that had little to do with anything. Also, there were a lot of ants and earwax? Now, I don't need to have ever detail fed to me directly, but the storytelling was so incoherent that not even the basic plot was ever really explained; if I hadn't been part of that conversation beforehand, I never would've been able to follow it. And if you're just going to make something weird and leave everything up to interpretation, like in Eraserhead, then do that.
damn.. i love PI. Aranofsky genious.
btw the eraser head is also cool. I think you just missed the genre
Hate is a very strong word. There are many popular movies that I did not enjoy, but there are not many popular movies that I would say that I hated. Take Avengers: Endgame for an example, I found it pretty boring and would not rate it very highly, but I did not hate it (I did enjoy Infinity War by the way). Movies that I would say I hate are generally regarded as utter trash anyway, like say Disaster Movie or Meet the Spartans.
That said, there a few movies that seems to have generally been well regarded that I just can't stand like:
Ace Ventura - I just found it painfully unfunny and annoying
Dumb Dumber - Dito, just painfully unfunny and annoying
Star Trek Into Darkness - Shocked to see that this one got a 7.7 on IMDB, found it to be considerably worse than the stinker that is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Appleseed - Not sure how widespread the love for this one is, but according to the anime watchers I know it's pretty well regarded among people who watch a fare bit of anime. The most fun I had with this movie was nitpicking its flaws...
Oh, forgot all about "Grown Ups". Another movie that was just aggressively unfunny and annoying.
despite the fact that I saw this film in the cinema and in the company of good friends ... it just finished me.
Pearl Harbor - well directed and visually appealing mish-mash of overly dramatized events with an out of place and by the numbers romantic plot.
300 - To be fair, this movie looks great and is well paced. It might also not be Snyder's fault that sometimes Frank Miller writes like an angsty teenager.
Avatar - yep...
Most of the first movies of this Marvel universe, most of the early Avengers and probably anything that came after Endgame.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Dad movie
Cloud Atlas - You could just watch it chronologicaly
Terrence Malick cures insomnia
Forrest Gump - Being able to ground the insanity that is the book is no small feat. However a foul mouth and out of shape Bruce Wayne, would make a far more entertaining movie. Book is insane.
Sideways. ET, honestly half of Steven Spielberg movies and the other half are masterpieces
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Yeah, Avatar sucks... other kind of popular movies I didn't like are Constantine, Mr. Nobody, James Bond movies, LOTR, The Revenant.
I'm not a big fan of action movies in general.
I also just fall asleep at movies which are either too slow or tries too hard to be "intellectual".
Ready Player One. As a book & avid video game lover I felt like this film was a personal attack - of course, it looked stunning but it had no soul at all.
I also didn't enjoy Ready Player One; the characters and script was just too bland, even though the concept seemed to be very promising. Everything was predictable as if it was written by people who never actually played a video game before.
Joker. Joaquin Phoenix is a great actor but I just can't stand his movie picks in the last few years, the ones I watched were bland and tasteless and offered nothing but an over-amplification of psychological states, a style over substance kind of movies.
And I do not watch horror films. The stories are generally shit, the acting terrible, and just cheap gore thrills for weird people to enjoy. XD
And I do not watch horror films. The stories are generally shit, the acting terrible, and just cheap gore thrills for weird people to enjoy. XD
Don't really care what people like or don't, but this comment is pretty ignorant, plenty of very well written/acted horror out there
Most new movies I saw. And hate might be a strong word for the feeling; I just really didn't like them. A few that comes to mind:
The Matrix Resurrections
Any of the **Star Wars sequels
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (And about everything that's Marvel and came after Endgame.)
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
So basically very late remakes / reboots / sequels and the newest superhero flicks.
I can't say I truly "hate" many movies, I've seen way too many to put that much negative emotion into them.
If I had to pick some despite that, I'd probably say most of Disney's modern catalogue. That includes Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel.
Special shout out to the "live action" remakes which can all die in a fire and be eternally forgotten.
Do note: I've never seen Avatar, which seems to be the popular choice here.
Avatar is basically a retelling of Pocahontas. I went to see it in 3D and it was beautiful. But, the story is just as I said, Pocahontas. lol
Donnie Darko....I don't get it. It makes no sense, even after reading explanations. It's likes it's just weird for the sake of being weird, and everyone is afraid to say they didn't get it when it was over.
but do people always have to get everything? does every single scene or storyline have to be verbally explained by a character?
to me the movie doesn't make sense either even after having watched it around 10 times and that's why I love it so much
every time I watch it, I have something else to wrap my mind around, especially when showing the film to people that haven't seen it before and then talking with them about it.
edit: best scene of the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpWg3QdDSm0
I get people like it, but I actively hate it. I'm okay with weird movies that are difficult to follow. I'm ok with being lost and then by the end it starts to make sense, or even requires a second watching to get it. Mulholland Drive or 21 Grams are movies that can take multiple viewings to really understand what's going on. I've read synopsis and rewatched Donnie Darko, and am still like "how do I get that explanation from that movie?"
That said I don't like largely symbolic movies, I don't like 2001: A Space Odyssey either. The Hal story is interesting (if oddly different from the rest of the film), but the overarching evolution of man symbology is dull at best.
While I'm hating on a Kubrick movie, A.I. Artificial Intelligence is the most painfully boring movie I've ever seen in the theater. It has 3 or 4 endings...and then it just keeps going. I may hate this one more than Donnie Darko.
ok but I'd argue that there is no way that anybody understands Mulholland Drive after a couple of viewings 😅
I'd even say Donnie Darko is easier to comprehend in it's themes
I get that it's not for everyone, but I love it when movies don't spoon feed you the information
I think the movie leaves a much better impression if you were around the same age as Donnie back then. It also helps if you haven't rewatched it since then. At least that is the case for me
Hate is strong, usually I just don't spend money/waste time if I don't think I'll enjoy something.
Any and all James Bond, FnF, tentpole action movies in general really.
Braveheart I do legitimately hate because it is so inaccurate.
A few more recent ones that come to mind:
Almost everything by JJ Abrams, including his tv shows.
The new Dune movie, they failed the book yet again somehow. Cast was fine;some were better than Lynch's cast, but I still like his version better. However, I still want Jodorowsky's Dune.
Any live-action Batman other than Keaton or Bale.
The Hobbit trilogy.
Harry Potter in general.
Top Gun series, I like less propaganda in my films.
Talladega Nights, Stepbrothers, The Other Guys, etc
alright.. while I wasn't a big fan of Avatar either, second worst is a bold statement.. where would you place The Last Airbender then? 😁
and funnily enough the first conventionally liked movies, that I was not a fan of, that come to mind now are both from Denis Villeneuve, one of my favorite directors..
I was kind of bored throughout Sicario.. didn't feel like anything special
and I don't get why Blade Runner 2049 was loved by so many, was way too long and I just couldn't get into it
oh and the LotR films are not my thing at all
Memento - I understand the novelty, but I actively dislike the movie.
Also - Toy Story - I'm not hating it, but for a cult status... nah. I'm not a big fan of the plot.
Juno. Watching it is like listening to nails on a chalkboard, home skillet
Star Wars. Like scifi, like trashy acting in trashy movies, should love them. But they're just the most unfun, gratingly uninspired films to watch, put them together and it's six hours of nothing interesting happening to paper thin, barely coloured in characters. Sitting down to watch all three in a row with someone who insisted I just hadn't got them almost ended a friendship. Not just joyless, not just poorly written but aggressively bad in a way that felt like they were digging into my brain and still makes me furious I wasted calories engaging with them.
But some people love them, so that's nice.
Which Star Wars films?There are a lot more than 6 hrs worth.
I'm going to have to say 2:
On the other hand I understand one may not love Avatar but I don't get how you can hate it. It is so refreshing to see a movie INVENTING something and taking the time to build a coherent and novel world! The morality is all pretty positive (FINALLY a big budget american movie that is anti imperialism and anti millitary) and that is sufficiently rare to be noted. No unecessary sex scenes. No cringy american protagonist making jokes in the face of danger. No killing without consequences. It also looks stunning.
The morality is all pretty positive (FINALLY a big budget american movie that is anti imperialism and anti millitary) and that is sufficiently rare to be noted. No unecessary sex scenes. No cringy american protagonist making jokes in the face of danger. No killing without consequences. It also looks stunning.
I generally agree with you about Avatar, although I would argue that Cameron's Terminator films also emphasized anti-imperialism and anti-military themes and of course his fantastic ALIENS was a deep criticism of capitalism and very anti-corporate authority.
I still like his other films a lot more than Avatar but I definitely think a lot of the critique stems from people disliking those themes being so present.
I have not had the chance to see either Alien or Terminator (I know, I know!) so I cannot compare it to them. It kinda surprises me that Alien touches on these topic not knowing much about it but that does spak a lot more interest for me to watch it! (I'm usually not a fan of horror/gore/disgusting stuff).
Well, I suppose I'll get around to watching both series at some point! (these are classics so I imagine I'l find myself in a situation where they're on the menu sooner or later lol)
ALIENS, that's the Cameron one. Ridley Scott's Alien is a masterpiece, too, but not as explicitly focused on those other things.
Ohh alright I was thinking "wait is Jame's Cameron the person behind Alien??".
I have never hard of Aliens so I will look into it :)
That is very surprising to me, but then a lot of people these days have missed out on a lot of classics.
They're part of a shared universe and have the same badass protagonist, Ellen Ripley.
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Wild
Natural Born Killers
Anything MCU apart from Guardians
Anything Fast & Furious except the 1st and 3rd which were just ok.