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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
Add me to the list of those who watched the highly recommended "Napoleon Dynamite" and couldn't get through the whole movie.

Also, I couldn't stand "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" even though everyone around me thought it was brilliant.
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.42

Platoon.

Although it did first stoke my intense hatred for Oliver Stone.



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.95
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    Platoon.

    Although it did first stoke my intense hatred for Oliver Stone.


I agree. It was okay but nowhere near Apocalypse Now or my favorite military movie of all time Full Metal Jacket.



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#24 Posted on
sex, lies & videotape

to me... annoying people, annoying movie.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.38
Put me in the "Tombstone"-group, although I'm much more likely to be the recommender and setting expectations too high for others.



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.02
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    Batman Begins

    Now don't get me wrong, it was ok, but I didn't think it was as great as everyone made it seem to be.


I was okay with Batman Begins. It got the film series back on track after the Clooney garbage.

The director, Christopher Nolan, I think is a bit overrated and two of his films that were recommended to me, Insomnia and Momento, were just boring and confusing. I mentioned this in another thread.

I'm no scholar, but I wouldn't be putting myself down either by saying I don't know what the hell happened in Momento a.k.a. "that film that is told in reverse order, so the last scene is the first and the first scene is the last, with this subplot about this guy who suffers from the same condition as the protagonist, who is seeking revenge on the guys who killed his wife and left him with such a horrible condition". Get it? Yeah...

Insomnia was different, but I couldn't stay awake. Robin Williams was weird. Al Pacino was weird. Hillary Swank was weird. It was all just wierd. It's just a good thing she didn't die in this movie because any movie she dies, she gets an Oscar out of... I'd hate for people to think that this film was THAT good. It sinply wasn't.

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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.28
    Originally posted by Ticamo
    I'm no scholar, but I wouldn't be putting myself down either by saying I don't know what the hell happened in Momento a.k.a. "that film that is told in reverse order, so the last scene is the first and the first scene is the last, with this subplot about this guy who suffers from the same condition as the protagonist, who is seeking revenge on the guys who killed his wife and left him with such a horrible condition". Get it? Yeah...


Spoilers for Momento

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Simply put, the main character (Leonard?) is the guy in the subplot. He accidentally killed his wife and then to deal with it made up a story that, thanks to his condition, he wouldn't remember was false. The entire revenge plot is a great big red herring.




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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
God, it sounds a lot like Memento.



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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.87
You know what movie bugged me, but geez, I can't remember the name of it now - it was the one where the guy had no short-term memory so he had to rely on notes and tattoos and it was all backwards? Anybody else remember that one?



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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
    Originally posted by CRZ
    You know what movie bugged me, but geez, I can't remember the name of it now - it was the one where the guy had no short-term memory so he had to rely on notes and tattoos and it was all backwards? Anybody else remember that one?


What's this on my hand...?

"Remember Sammy Jankis?"

    Originally posted by Zundian
    Spoilers for Momento


    Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read
    Simply put, the main character (Leonard?) is the guy in the subplot. He accidentally killed his wife and then to deal with it made up a story that, thanks to his condition, he wouldn't remember was false. The entire revenge plot is a great big red herring.



Spoiler texting my response to above spoiler on Memento:

Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read
Lest anyone take Zundian's words as gospel, there are many other interpretations of this film and Leonard's plight. There is the "Leonard IS Sammy" theory, the "Teddy is lying" theory, the "story is presenting it to us straight and fucking with our heads and providing visual and contextual red herrings as a means to question the audience's culpability regarding the truth" theory, and the "Leonard is batshit insane" theory.


Just so we don't all accept one possibility. I'm actually working on my senior revenge tragedy course term paper on this film right now (due Friday).

And, in an effort not to derail the thread, I saw Dodgeball. Nothing aside from "Fuckin' Chuck Norris" was remotely funny. Ben Stiller = Supremely not funny

(edited by Alpha Dog on 3.5.06 1258)
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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57

    Alpha DogAnd, in an effort not to derail the thread, I saw Dodgeball. Nothing aside from "Fuckin' Chuck Norris" was remotely funny. Ben Stiller = Supremely not funny

Awwww, come on...the money chest at the end was actually labeled the "Deux Ex Machina" box, that had to be good for a laugh at least!

(edited by spf on 3.5.06 1505)


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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.02
    Originally posted by Alpha Dog
    Spoiler texting my response to above spoiler on Memento:

    Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read
    Lest anyone take Zundian's words as gospel, there are many other interpretations of this film and Leonard's plight. There is the "Leonard IS Sammy" theory, the "Teddy is lying" theory, the "story is presenting it to us straight and fucking with our heads and providing visual and contextual red herrings as a means to question the audience's culpability regarding the truth" theory, and the "Leonard is batshit insane" theory.


    Just so we don't all accept one possibility. I'm actually working on my senior revenge tragedy course term paper on this film right now (due Friday).

    And, in an effort not to derail the thread, I saw Dodgeball. Nothing aside from "Fuckin' Chuck Norris" was remotely funny. Ben Stiller = Supremely not funny

    (edited by Alpha Dog on 3.5.06 1258)


That's my point! At the end, I was asking myself questions of the possibilities of everything you raised. There was no clear cut answer and that troubled me a bit. I "just didn't care for it".

On the other hand, I liked Dodgeball.:)



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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
If you do happen to find the easter eggs in Dodgeball, they mock you for it. It's pretty funny



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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
Sideways. Everybody talked about how great it was and it just didn't do it for me. It was good, for the most part, but I thought it was a little overbearing on the "bad stuff happens to Miles" thing.
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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.90
    Originally posted by Crimedog
    Sideways. Everybody talked about how great it was and it just didn't do it for me. It was good, for the most part, but I thought it was a little overbearing on the "bad stuff happens to Miles" thing.


The actor's commentary track is hilarious. The two guys mercilessly mock each other (and Virginia Madsen's chest) the entire time. It might change your perception of the film.



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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.69
The girlfriend brought over the remake of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY movie today.

A lot of my co-workers had recommended it; but Angela and I just HATED it. Especially after seeing the first one in the morning, no less.

Some movies don't need making over; and the original Willy Wonka was one of them.



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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.67
I had a great friend of mine tell me that Eyes Wide Shut would be one of Kubrick's greatest film before it was released. He had a buddy who was one of the supporting actors in it, who told him quite a bit about Kubrick while it was in production and raved about working for him and the project in general.

This was the second most excruciating film-going experience I've ever had behind The Thin Red Line (which was beyond awful with it's 9th grade level existentialism).



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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.63
    Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFan
    I had a great friend of mine tell me that Eyes Wide Shut would be one of Kubrick's greatest film before it was released.


Proving our often similar tastes, this is one of the few films I have ever walked out on - and even though I felt sure there would be more exposed female flesh in it. Pointless, unsexy and predicatable.

and yes, I was told it was awesome....




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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFan
      I had a great friend of mine tell me that Eyes Wide Shut would be one of Kubrick's greatest film before it was released.


    Proving our often similar tastes, this is one of the few films I have ever walked out on - and even though I felt sure there would be more exposed female flesh in it. Pointless, unsexy and predicatable.

    and yes, I was told it was awesome....

More like Eyes Wide SUCK!

I was fascinated the first time I saw it...for about 45 seconds or so. I really wanted to be aroused and titillated and scandalized and moved to awe of Kubrick's genius...but instead it just felt like I was watching the work of someone who never was told "No" anymore but instead just told what a genius he was. Kind of like a certain wrestling promoter we all know...

I know this is one that is not going to exactly stun people, but after years and years of avoiding it I tried watching Titanic. And now I am even more confused as to how the hell that became the biggest movie of all time.



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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.31
    Originally posted by spf
    Awwww, come on...the money chest at the end was actually labeled the "Deux Ex Machina" box, that had to be good for a laugh at least!


Hey I steal gags whole cloth from MST3k too, where's my development deal with Paramount?

ETA: Oh, yeah, and on topic... "Terms of Endearment".

(edited by Brian P. Dermody on 10.5.06 0327)


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