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Old 01-13-2012, 11:50 PM
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Here are the 10 most overrated movies of all-time

10. Avatar

There’s no denying that Avatar was a grand achievement…in special effects. But much like a stellar light show at a concert by an otherwise ****ty band, CGI isn’t enough to compensate for a three-hour borefest of a movie. At it’s heart, that’s what Avatar is.

Sure, there’s some pretty epic battle scenes near the end, but they weren’t enough to make up for the dull, two-hour love story that leads up to them. We’ve seen that movie before, it was called Titanic. And, honestly, even that bathroom break-friendly period piece was easier to sit through, Celine Dion theme song and all. How this ever got nominated for Best Picture will forever remain a mystery to us.

9. Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is a lot like Nirvana’s Nevermind. At the time, it shook the world and seemed like a revolution. Now, it’s just an average work that speaks more to the overwhelming less-than-averageness of everything it was competing against.

Pulp Fiction today plays like a disjointed series of tales forced to uneasily tie together at some point, with a whole bunch of shock and gore thrown in for the sake of shock and gore alone. Just as Nirvana would eventually make a real masterpiece a few years later (1993′s In Utero), Tarantino has done much better work. But, just like Nirvana and Nevermind, this is the one he’ll always be most remembered for, and that’s a shame.

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Award nominations can sometimes be a good indicator of the quality of a movie, but they can also be a good indicator of an overrated movie. Take Raiders of the Lost Ark, for example. In 1982, the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won four awards, in the following categories:

Best Sound
Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Much like Avatar, this wasn’t a film propelled to classic status on the strength of the story. It was just a technological marvel by 1982 standards that had the added bonus of Harrison Ford’s off-the-charts charisma on board to carry an otherwise unremarkable script to the promised land.

7. Inception

Once again, a classic example of style over substance. Inception was gorgeous to look at, but we’re still trying to figure out exactly what it was that we watched. Did the central drama in the movie really revolve around Leonardo DiCaprio trying to get back to the United States to be reunited with his kids? We’re no scientists, but hasn’t the technology that would allow old man Caine to bring his kids TO HIM been invented already? You don’t need Juno to erect a dream maze to solve that problem. Book a flight and call it day.

6. Lord of the Rings (All of Them)

Sometimes, the book is better than the movie. Scratch that, the book is almost ALWAYS better than the movie. And any Tolkien geek worth his weight in virginity will attest to the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy translates far better on paper than it does on the big screen.

We understand that it had to happen, but did it have to happen in such a pretentious way? Yeah, probably. We’re just glad it’s all over now.

5. Fargo

First of all, aside from the first ten minutes or so, this movie doesn’t even take place in Fargo. But that’s just a minor complaint on our part. Our real gripe is that, while it was a slightly entertaining story, the plot of Fargo is a wholly unbelievable one. Masking the hack story telling in quirky Nordic accents was a nice touch, but at the end of the day, this movie should have been called Hey, Look, People From Minnesota Are Funny!

4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson playing a crazy person? No. This is Jack Nicholson playing Jack Nicholson, just like he does in every movie. It’s considered one of his greatest roles because it’s one of his first roles that people remember. He’s been doing the same thing ever since, it’s just that, when this turd of a movie was released, it was fresh and interesting. When viewed in the context of all of his other identical performances, it’s just another hammy Nicholson character. Big deal.

3. On the Waterfront

Talk about a movie in need of a gritty reboot. Cinema snobs would likely cry bloody murder at the thought, but if any movie could benefit from being retooled to appeal to the sensibilities of the moder moviegoer, it’s On the Waterfront. Kill the black and white, ratchet up the violence and sit back and enjoy the benefits of a great story finally receiving the visual treatment it deserves.

2 . LA Confidential

Look, we love graphic violence as much as the next man, but it’s no reason to fawn over a movie like it’s the second coming of Deer Hunter. This movie succeeds by deftly inserting brutal scenes of murder and assault at just the right moment to make you forget that, without them, you’d be bored to tears. And it also made Russell Crowe a household name, a sin beyond forgiveness.

1. Star Wars (All of Them)

Sorry nerds, your beloved Star Wars may have rocked the world in the 70s and 80s. But it’s 2011, and this **** has not aged well. We understand it’s tantamount to treason to say it, but we’d rather watch the damn prequels at this point. At least Jar Jar Binks looked kind of real with the added benefit of modern technology. That’s more than we can say for Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:48 AM
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If you're going to post a list from a different website, you should probably cite/link to it, so that no one accidentally thinks this is an original post.

The 10 Most Overrated Movies of All-Time | The Smoking Jacket
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by John Dark View Post
If you're going to post a list from a different website, you should probably cite/link to it, so that no one accidentally thinks this is an original post.

The 10 Most Overrated Movies of All-Time | The Smoking Jacket
Exactly, don't just cut and paste without giving credit.

And, btw, they forgot Raging Bull.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:33 AM
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What about Lawrence of Arabia? I never saw what other people did in that film.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:50 AM
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Lawrence of Arabia is one of those films that has to click. For years I thought it was pretty good but nothing special. After about a half=dozen viewings, I saw it on the big screen. I'd put it in my top 10 favorites now. An epic war film with stunning cinematography, drama, adventure, intrigue, battles! What's not to love?

Anyways, my list....

10. Pirates of the Caribbean 2. The franchise that should not have been.
9. Windtalkers. If it's rated at all, it was overrated.
8. The Pledge. Script was a giant middle finger to the audience.
7. The Patriot. Revolutionary Braveheart.
6. Heathers. Cute, not worth all the fuss.
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Such high hopes, based on universal acclaim. I should know better when Franco is involved.
4. Up. Love Pixar, hated this one.
3. The Hangover. Oh, I see that the director wants me to laugh here.
2. Almost Famous. Baffling how much praise this predictable, hokey slop gets.
1. Leaving Las Vegas. Dreck.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:06 PM
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My top 10 all time overrated list:

1) The Godfather series overall, part I was okay but part II supercedes it with the superlative performance of Robert De Niro(the best person to portray a don on screen till date) but it went on a downward spiral starting from the III movie.

2) Rocky series - Part I was superb and people always love a movie which shows the rise of an underdog against all the odds, part II was okay but starting part III it went downhill. Part IV was the worst with the stereotypical portrayal of Soviet Union and its athletes, might have made profits during the heights of cold war but when watched now, a pretty poor effect

3) Wall E - Yet another mumbo jumbo crap about how we are destroying the planet with an unconvincing explanation for what the future holds.

4) Avatar - Need I say more

5) The Shining - Jack Nicholson was terrific as the obsessed and schizophrenic writer living in a desolate mountain town in Boulder, CO. The sets and the location made the atmosphere really eerie and kudos to Stanley Kubrick for that but the movie falls short because of a sub par plot that wasn't too convincing.

Need to think about the rest of the list, will come back shortly with the other 5 and then a few movies that were extremely underrated.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by John Dark View Post
If you're going to post a list from a different website, you should probably cite/link to it, so that no one accidentally thinks this is an original post.

The 10 Most Overrated Movies of All-Time | The Smoking Jacket
Also the OP should probably post the following which was written below the Top 10 Most Overrated Movies of All-Time list they quoted(stole)...

Are you angry yet? Well, you shouldn’t be, because this was all just a carefully thought out April Fools joke. Click here to read the follow up post.

Last edited by Deezus; 01-14-2012 at 12:40 PM..
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:37 PM
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well I totally agree with 4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. There have only been a handful of movies that I have actually walked out on, and this was one of them.

As for Star Wars, yeah, it pretty much jumped the shark after Revenge of the Jedi. George Lucas made a horrible error in choosing Hayden Christensen over 400 other possible actors to play the adult Anakin Skywalker. I can honestly say that Christensen is probably the least talented actor I have ever had the misfortune of watching in a movie.

I did, however, like Raiders of the Lost Ark (the original one).

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:59 PM
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I disagree with #6. The films were much less painful to sit through than the books. Sorry for any Tolkien fans out there, but his writing style just drives me over a wall.

I remember an episode of Family Guy where one of the characters asks, "You know those Eagles that flew in to rescue Frodo and Sam at the end of the third movie? Why didn't they just fly on the Eagles to get there in the first place?"
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:22 PM
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Add "Dances With Wolves" to the list. Woefully inaccurate from start to finish from a historical standpoint. Revisionism at it's worst.
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