I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it... "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Favorite Scene From A Movie
The first 30 minutes or so of "2001 A Space Odyssey" plus the overall build-up to the ending. The Resturant Shooting scene in "The Godfather" and mostly the baptism scene where you get a glimpse of all the assasanations. I could go on...
8 1/2,2001: A Space Odyssey,Rashomon,Blade Runner-The Final Cut,The Godfather Part 1 & ll,12 Angry Men,Raging Bull,Vertigo,Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?,Taxi Driver,Paths Of Glory,Seven Samurai,American Beauty,Persona...
Al Pacino,Robert De Niro,Jack Nicholson,Toshiro Mifune,Tom Hanks,Marlon Brando,James Stewart,Denzel Washington,Morgan Freeman,Takashi Shimaru...
Akira Kurosawa,Stanley Kubrick,Martin Scorsese,Alfred Hitchcock,Steven Speilberg,Brian De Palma,Francis Ford Coppola,Sidney Lumet,Quentin Tarantino,Ridley Scott..
Posted on 08/04/11 04:56 PM | Last edited on 08/04/11 04:56 PM
So yea i'm putting these into three catergories there's the acclaimed films that I don't even think are good then the one's that are allright or good and even great in one way or another but just not on the level I was led to believe and then the one's i'm still kinda unsure about . I'm trying my hardest not to use the word "overrated" as it's possible that I just didn't enjoy these films as much as everyone else and since many of my favourites have been called overrated by some I know how ignorant that term can seem. I do need to re-watch some of them so i'm just simply saying that when I saw these certain films I just wasn't completely blown away like most.
So with these three catergories ive decided to choose five films for each I could honestly go for much more but these are prehaps the one's that disatisfied me the most and I don't wanna make you read too much nor can I be bothered writing an essay, i'm not gonna put anything on that's mostly just great to fans but mostly critics and ones that appear in many of the apparent "greatest movies of all time" lists. Please share your thoughts and feel free to let me know if I simply missunderstood something because I would like to re-watch some of these if I haven't yet.
The one's I didn't even consider "Fresh"...
X-Men First Class(2011)
This was well recived by critics which is even more suprising then the RT users giving it mostly 90%/100% ratings I haven't lost repsect for any of you but i'm still waiting for someone to convince me this is even good let alone great lol. This was beyond cheesy and highly flawed, the characters took these over the top ideas so seriously i couldn't even get any fun out of this check my review out for it if you haven't. Honestly out of every highly acclaimed film this one suprised me the most I think i'd say it's one of the worst so far this year and these been many bad ones...
My review for this was one of the first non one-liner reviews I remember writing on this site and it's probably the first negative review on a apparent "classic" I remember writing it's also been my lowest rated ever since. I don't mind having a review with like 26 thumbs down, I completely understand people love this film. I'm also not one of those horror snubs, I love horrors alot of my favourites are indeed horror films and the director of this "Tobe Hooper" also made "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" which is the very defintion of horror, "Poltergiest" on the other hand is a beyond cheesy ghost story pakced with way to many "Special effects" for it's own good just look at the technique required to make "Texas Chainsaw" and then watch this am I the only one that thinks this is a bad horror film?
The Usual Suspects(1995)
Oh don't get me started, i'm not sure if anyone remembers my review I wrote for this recentely but yea I actually think this is a ridiculous film. Imbd users have it at number 24 of all time, I have it at 50% lol. Too predicitable, too corny a solid cast that just could have resulted into a great movie but I just dissagree have a look at my review if you haven't yet...
The American Film institute actually considers this one of the top 100 best american movies ever made and I really must say to my suprise I pretty much hated this film. I'm not gonna deny the fact that since i'm not American there's a chance I didn't understand the films humor but I didn't feel like any of these characters really did anything to make this film interesting in the least. Even "Donald Sutherland" an actor who I like alot in films such as "Don't Look Now" and "Invasion Of the Body Snacthers" just came across as incredibely dull. I laughed a couple of times prehaps but most of the time I was just hoping the film would end, I seriosuly can't even recall what it was about or what really happened in it, it completely lacked characterization imo...
Dial M For Murder(1954)
"Alfred Hitchcock" is easily one of my very favourites and it wouldn't take a genius to figure out he's one of the very greatest. I do hate to do this but in all honesty this one film that appears on imbd's list and one that is considered one of his best by quiet alot of people is the only Hitchcock film ive given a rotten rating to. The tension was there as usual but the subject matter was not very interesting or engaging like you would expect, I do wana see this again though...
Films that were allright/good and even great in a certain way but still not near the level that people suggest (imo)...
Well this is a film that's very well directed and has some great cinematography with somewhat of an interesting premise throughout but I feel that people only call this a masterpiece because it's so unique. Just because somethings different I can't say that makes it a masterpiece, ive seen this twice now and both times ive felt that it just seems quiet uneven most of the time and it's allmost like "Lynch" was just trying to make the film as sick as he possilby could just for the sake of doing so. The whole mystery with the ear doesn't even seem to have a purpose to the story and I just have had no feeling of greatness either time ive watched this I just felt empty at the end. Like really I think this film is allright at times it's just over the top sick and I don't really see why people love this film and claim it to be a masterpeice as for Lynch, "The Elephant Man" and "Mullholland Drive" are 1000 times better and "Hopper" was much greater in "Easy Rider" and "Apocolypse Now"...
This film was defintiely not what I was expecting that was a good thing though, however I felt like this was seeming so great for about the first hour and a half but it really fell apart in about the last thirty minutes. It was engaging and "Norton" and "Pitt" were great together but I felt that the way it lead up to the ending and the way it did end was actually ridiculous and just ruined it, not completely but I do really think that the film is flawed and very good but not perfect like so many seem to say.
Full Metal Jacket(1987)
This is defintiely a great war film but for me great as in 80%, not a masterpiece but it does have flashes of a masterpiece. "Kubrick" was indeed a perfectonist and i'm defitneily a big fan but I have to admit to not feeling as satisfied as I hoped with this one. It's one of those films where people just automatically give 100% prehaps becuase it's Kubrick. Then there's the few people that say the first half is alot better then the second and i'm one of them, after watching 9 "Kubrick" films ive noticed how this is actually one of his weaker efforts whilst still being very good and as for vietnam based films I actually consider "Apocolypse Now","Platoon" and "The Deer Hunter" to be alot better.
The Dark Knight (2008)
It's a very good action film but even when it was first in the cinemas I didn't tink it was the masterpeice alot of people say, ofcourse it's very good but when people say this is one of the greatest movies of all time and even put it above so many classics (imbd) I just have to wonder how many films certain people have seen. I honestly feel that there's only one interesting character in this ofcourse "Legers" Joker is a great villan but that alone can't make a great overall film. Besides him the rest of them are poorly written and they move so fast to different characters and the actual "Dark knight" seems to not even be the main attraction, it should have been called "The Joker".
Like "The Dark Knight" this is very good and is a great modern-day sci-fi but once again it's not an all-out masterpiece and is not even close to being among the best films ever made. Thankfully the hype has died down a bit but remember when it came out and everyone was saying it was one of the greatest movies ever made? and hell it's number 8 on IMBD voted by so many people, I just don't see how this is anything more then one of the best of 2010. There's actually no characterization in this film at all which is the most improtant thing in film imo, the reason for this must be because of dreaming but in order for a film to hold someones interest you need to be able to connect with the characters somehow and the characters on this were wooden. "Dicaprio" was good because he allways is anyway but the lack of characterization makes this such an unpleasent watch on the first veiwing and "Nolan" threw so many random ideas together then made the finishing product uneven and alot of the action was put there becuase he must have been afraid of people not liking it and after all these possiblites it ends on one simple note. A masterpeice get's better with every veiwing and it has to have done something vital for cinema but really, has this?
Films i'm still kinda unsure about...
A Clockwork Orange(1971)
When I first saw this I actually hated it, I thought there was nothing more too it then a group of guys going crazy to the sound of Beethoven and rapping and killing women and beating bums to death and I even gave it a rotten review. Anyway ive seen it again since and I deleted my review since I could clearly see there was more to it then I once thought but i'm still not sure if I would call this the perfect masterpeice people say. To me both times the ending was kinda unsatisfying allthough I relaise there's a message here it kinda seems a bit uneven overall. But then I have to ask myself if I can never forget this film and if "Malcom Mcdowell's" performence is one of the most memorable ive ever seen and the film is really like no other then prehaps ive just really missunderstood the film overall.
Now all of those last four films are basicly highly acclaimed movies ive seen at some stage that just completely flew right by my head so i'm basicly planning on re-watching each of them before I can get a valid opinion as I must have just not been in the mood or they just aint great...