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Old 04-07-2009, 06:01 AM
 
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Have you rented or gone to see a movie that critics love only to be very disappointed and left wondering "what were they thinking?!" For instance, we got "Happy-Go-Lucky" the other night and found it kind of boring and the main character somewhat annoying--pretty average movie, in my opinion. Other examples: "There Will Be Blood" (depressing; over-the-top ending); "Sin City" (disgusting); "No Country for Old Men" (decent movie, but not Academy Award winning, IMO); "The Diving Bell and Butterfly" (my husband couldn't stand this).
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:20 AM
 
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So so many, but lately, SLUMDOG MILLIONARE. Loved the soundtrack though. Also, JUNO was ok, but highly over rated.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Have you rented or gone to see a movie that critics love only to be very disappointed and left wondering "what were they thinking?!" For instance, we got "Happy-Go-Lucky" the other night and found it kind of boring and the main character somewhat annoying--pretty average movie, in my opinion. Other examples: "There Will Be Blood" (depressing; over-the-top ending); "Sin City" (disgusting); "No Country for Old Men" (decent movie, but not Academy Award winning, IMO); "The Diving Bell and Butterfly" (my husband couldn't stand this).
Except for Happy Go Lucky, which I know nothing about, I actually admired all of the movies you listed--however, I liked There Will Be Blood a bit more than No Country for Old Men. I'll agree that Juno was not as wonderful as its hype, but I still consider it a worthwhile film.

One movie which the critics gushed over but left me underwhelmed was Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Didn't the critics go crazy over Punch Drunk Love? It did not wow me.
One movie that became a cult favorite, not sure what the critics said about it but I just thought it was okay: Napoleon Dynamite.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I agree with nanannie, Slumdog Millionaire was one of the worst movies ever..child abuse, poverty, drug abuse, child porn, murder...what's to like? I also didn't like Dark Knight, although I thought Heath Ledger was good.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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The critical raves over The Piano were baffing to me. It was like this big joke that everyone but me was in on.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Dark Knight and Milk. Heath Ledger did a great job, but the movie overall didn't live up to the reviews. While I thought Sean Penn did an excellent job with his portrayal of Harvey Milk, the movie had way too many homosexual love scenes and most of the "pro-gay" movies out there always focus strictly on the positive side of the gay community, never to cast them in a negative light. Ever since Cruising with Al Pacino it is taboo to portray gays as anything but hyper-friendly fashionable trend setters, queens or victims.
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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Dark Knight sucked!
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:30 AM
 
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Dark Knight sucked!
Any movie that would blow up Maggie Gyllenhaal and mess up Aaron Eckhart's face sucks.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:31 AM
 
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Any movie that would blow up Maggie Gyllenhaal and mess up Aaron Eckhart's face sucks.
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I actually enjoyed The Dark Knight, and I don't need or particularly want likable characters, pleasant subject matter, or a feel-good vibe in order to love a movie.

However, I realize that some of the more challenging fare that critics gush over is just too dark, symbolic or layered for the average film goer who merely seeks two hours of escapism, or just engaging content. No doubt plenty of stuff goes over my head.

A lot of David Lynch's work is baffling to me, but visually it can be stunning.

Perhaps some movies are better on a DVD at home, with an explanatory special features segment, while others are best appreciated in a theater.
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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Dark Knight and Milk. Heath Ledger did a great job, but the movie overall didn't live up to the reviews. While I thought Sean Penn did an excellent job with his portrayal of Harvey Milk, the movie had way too many homosexual love scenes and most of the "pro-gay" movies out there always focus strictly on the positive side of the gay community, never to cast them in a negative light. Ever since Cruising with Al Pacino it is taboo to portray gays as anything but hyper-friendly fashionable trend setters, queens or victims.
Wow, that's a bit harsh. Maybe it's because gays don't have the rights of straight people yet. Their entire existence has been seen as taboo, so if their movies are just good propaganda what's wrong with that? You said yourself, they're "pro-gay" movies. And I'm not saying Milk was propaganda. The critics liked it because it was well written, brilliantly acted, beautifully shot, and made excellent use of location - the same reasons they like other films too. If you wanted to see a film that cast gays in a negative light, why would you watch a film about a gay rights leader, directed by an openly gay director and written by an openly gay screen-writer? Milk was made to show the "positive side of the gay community" with Harvey Milk as the figure head since the majority of the population in the 1970's considered gays evil sinners and child molestors. If you remember, he fought and debated against people of opposition who did their best to show the negative side of homosexuality, so the film wasn't one-sided. It showed the points made by John Briggs and Anita Bryant.

The homosexual love scenes are entirely important to the story. It's a film about a gay man. How can that be done without showing what makes him gay? It'd be like making a romance without showing sex. They kinda go together. It's also a film about love, either gay or straight (love is love, man. We could always use more of it) and a film about acceptance. They need to show what's being accepted, or, in your case, rejected. Either way, the love scenes are vital. A very poignant film.
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