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Question Time XX – Difference of Opinion

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I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you’ve all read reviews on movies at some point in your lives. Chances are there have been some that you disagree with. I know I have, sometimes on my site here and other times I’ll stop by one of your sites and disagree with what I’m reading. That’s the beauty with movies – we all like different things.

Some people like to be frightened. Others like to watch love stories, or laugh at teen rom-coms. So many genres, so many movies and therefore so many opinions on said movies. This week I want to discuss the ones that maybe put you in the minority for liking or disliking them.

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Movie 43 was generally hated by movie goers. With a 4% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a negative response across the board on all the major movie review sites and your blogs, only one man I saw gave it a decent bit of respect. That man was Chris from Film Hipster who gave the movie a 60% score. Personally, I thought it was terrible. Stephen Merchant/Halle Berry & the Knoxville/Scott/Butler scenes were the only ones that didn’t make me cringe with embarrassment. Yet it worked for Chris and he had a good time with it.

Similarly, a movie I gave high praise to was LOVE. Yet my good friend Mark Walker gave it 2 stars and thought it was pretentious and dull. Just a couple of examples showing a different set of opinions.

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My question then is simple:

Are there any movies generally loved or hated that you fall into the minority and disagree with the masses?

Ok, maybe it’s not the easiest question to word. But I’m sure you get the gist. Star Wars, Alien, The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption are just a few films universally loved. Sometimes movies become untouchable, and it seems as though everyone only ever says positive things about them. I always like to find people who disagree with the general consensus, and love to hear their reasons why. Similarly, on the flip side some movies are universally loathed, such as anything Uwe Boll has created. And of course there are movies that sit in the middle, and divide opinions. Anchorman for example, you either love it and getΒ it, or you don’t. For me, it’s a 10/10 perfect comedy film. My wife however hates it.

Each person sees each film differently, depending on their own experience and perceptions. Film viewing is ultimately a subjective, individual experience, as is all experience of any work of art. I could talk all day about film, and that’s why I love this movie blogging community.

Every now and again I see a whole host of reviews that all say the same thing. Not that I’m trying to say people copy other reviews, but I feel as though sometimes people write what they have seen other reviewers say. Not just us bloggers, but on Aint It Cool News, JoBlo etc. One example of this recently would be reviews for The Hangover III. Every review I read pretty much said the same thing; unfunny, I only laughed twice (seriously, who counts?), too much of Alan & Mr Chow, Bradley Cooper didn’t want to be there, Ed Helms was whiny……..I could go on.

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Reading reviews for it on your sites, I couldn’t help but notice your readers leaving you a comment saying “oh wow, thank you for saving me money, I’ll avoid this now”Β and it made me think:

Would a whole host of bad reviews stop you going to see a film?

The worst part of this was that for me, The Hangover III was the highlight of the franchise. I loved it, cannot recommend it highly enough and the whole cinema I watched it with laughed non-stop. The end credits scene was maybe the best part of any of the three movies, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I find it so strange to see people hating on it, and again it sums up why I wanted to post this question. Opinions are just that. They can’t be wrong, and as long as you like something then who cares if the majority of people feel differently.

So that’s this weeks question(s), ultimately I just want to hear your thoughts on how expressing different opinions on movies is a good thing, and to see who has the most unique taste! Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your thoughts πŸ™‚

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  1. kloipy

     /  June 6, 2013

    One title. One Mission. ‘Drive’

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  2. What are these things called reviews you are talking about?

    As for the movies I don’t like which are generally liked the one I always immediately think of is 2001: A Space Oddyssey, but I also have it Mulholland Drive and with some French New Wave movies.
    As for movies I love which are generally hated: Kung Pow is the obvious choice there, but I also enjoyed Battleship, Battle L.A., Prince of Persia and John Carter, despite those movies getting a lot of hate. I don’t care if people agree with me or not, it’s about if I had a great time with it.

    As for a lot of bad reviews stopping me to see a film? Well, for some it will (at least I won’t see it at the cinema) and others, like Movie 43 I just had to check it out for myself. Hangover III I skipped because I really disliked 2 and said to myself I would not see that one at the cinema.

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    • Reviews are those things I used to post on here πŸ™‚

      When you say French New Wave do you mean the horror stuff (that I love) like Martyrs, Inside, Frontiers etc?

      Thats cool you like those you mention, as you say Ive heard nothing but negative stuff about them. Exactly right, as long as you enjoyed them thats all that matters.

      I guess if you didnt like Hangover II then part III would do nothing for you. I loved all 3 though. Thanks Nostra πŸ™‚

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  3. Haha I just left a comment on another blog that it took me 6 tries to watch all of Blade Runner. There are so many people out there who thinks it’s the greatest achievement in sci-fi film, and I couldn’t have possibly disliked it more.

    On the other side of the coin, I LOVE Cloverfield, but there was a lot of backlash for it. But I hated Super 8, which people seemed to like better.

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    • Eric & I co-reviewed it a while back. I just didnt get Blade Runner. I mean, it was OK but not the mind blowing masterpiece people make it out to be. In my opinion anyway. Glad we agree as always Brian πŸ˜‰

      Cloverfield was excellent! I havent seen Super 8 since it seemed a bit ‘kiddy friendly’ (is that a word? aimed at kids would be better).

      Cheers Brian πŸ™‚

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  4. It’s a good question my man, but your most wrong on two already. Love and Anchorman are stinkers. I’m surprised you’d admit to liking them. πŸ˜‰ I jest of course. That’s exactly what keep us all sharing out thoughts. It’d be boring if we all agreed all the time. One film that I feel needs criticism is Easy Rider. It’s so highly acclaimed yet ultimately, it’s self-indulgent hippie nonsense.

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    • Abbi

       /  June 6, 2013

      I used to hate Anchorman but my flatmate used to watch it about once a week and we only had one TV. One day it clicked for me and I couldn’t stop laughing. I think I was brainwashed…

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      • Maybe one day I’ll get it but as it stands just now, I don’t find it funny at all. I sometimes wish it did work me. So many people seem to love it and I feel like I’m the last person to be picked on sports day. Maybe one day! πŸ˜‰

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      • Brainwashing is needed sometimes Abbi, glad it finally clicked for you πŸ™‚

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    • Anchorman is awesome! stay classy Mark πŸ˜‰ right about Easy Rider, I think it’s shit TBH

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      • Haha! Stay classy! Thats about the only memorable catchprase in the entire thing.

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        • Go fuck yourself Mr Walker πŸ˜‰ LOL ooops I meant Go fuck yourself San Diego. Easy mistake πŸ˜‰

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        • LOL! I’m starting to warm to Anchorman already πŸ˜‰

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        • LOL – did you know San Diego of course in german means Whale Vagina? True story πŸ™‚

          How can you NOT laugh at stuff like that. I’m in tears thinking of quotes πŸ™‚

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        • haha! It all sounds good on paper but the delivery is all wrong, man. I’ve tried many times.

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        • No way. Strange how we have the same comedy sense of humor to think Lebowski is perfect. Yet disagree totally with Anchorman. Beauty of it all though.

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        • Indeed, man! I’m flaburgasted that you have such taste in one hand, yet squander it in the other. I can’t quite work you out bro! πŸ˜‰

          50% of you is cool but the other half is vacant and naive. I dont know which side to trust. πŸ˜‰

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        • Nothing but the best taste in movies here! Vacant & naive, thats probably the kindest thing you’ve ever said to me πŸ™‚

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        • LOL. That’s why I love your style. You take my criticisms constructively. πŸ˜‰

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    • Stinkers indeed……me and you are gonna fall out BIG TIME Walker πŸ˜‰

      Definitely boring if everyone agreed. I like fighting with you over good and bad films. I havent seen Easy Rider for a long time, but I love that you think so highly of it! πŸ™‚

      Cheers Mark

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      • Carter, Carter, Carter! Tou’d never fall out with me. You enjoy the banter and besides, you’d lose a lot of clout if you never had me supporting you. πŸ˜‰

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        • LOL – I would miss you and the visitors you bring me. I’m forever in your debt πŸ˜‰

          I linked you in this post, does that let me off the fact I didnt mention anyone Scottish? πŸ˜‰

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        • Haha! Thats good enough for me. Im the Scot of all Scots. As long as you metion me, you dont have to mention any other Scot at all πŸ˜‰

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        • Perfect!! Scot of all Scots indeed πŸ™‚

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        • Glad your seeing it my way. You’ll go far young man. You’ll go far! πŸ˜‰

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        • Your only a few years older. I know the years havent been as kind to you as they have to me πŸ˜‰

          Carly is devastated Tuesdays Trivia has stopped by the way.

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        • When the baby is born, you’ll know all about how such a short space of time can be very unkind. πŸ˜‰
          I’m grey headed already and I never possessed one, until about 6 years ago when my first was born.

          Please tell Carly that Trivia will return. I thought I’d ahve it back already but other things and features have taken precedence. I solomly swear to have it back by the end of this month, if not before. I have a lot of time for your good lady. She puts up with you, after all. πŸ˜‰

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        • Lol, I’ve had grey ones sneak in for the past few years. Luckily I’m blonde-ish so they aren’t noticeable. When I pluck them.

          I will tell her. She loves that shit. Although she did think you just knew them all……. Not procured them from places like I said you might do…….unless you do then I will correct her. She is lucky to have me I’m sure you meant to type πŸ˜‰

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        • Haha! You’re lucky to have each other. πŸ™‚

          I do know a lot of trivia but trying to keep that going with 10 pieces every week can run you dry, you know? I’ve still got some left in the tank but its best that i took a break and gathered more before people were being left disappointed. SHIT, I used to forget to post cause I didnt know what day it was. LOL.
          It’s hard man!

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        • I know, there are just too many days in the week. And they always appear in random order. Impossible to remember when Tuesday is πŸ˜‰

          LOL – nah, I hear you. Its easy to find generic trivia, but most of it is shit. I know you only deal in the best (and De Niro/Drive inspired) so I dont blame you trying to keep some back.

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        • Deniro is always class and you’d have noticed that he featured regularly. I didnt want to reduce the features goodness but posting just anything. It had to be decent stuff and i was running out. When i got fucked over for a Lammy, I decided that maybe what I was delivering wasn’t good enough. I regrouped but in all honesty, I doubt I can produce anything better than I already had. I was disgruntled and disillusioned. man. I thought i’d at least have got a nom,

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  5. iiiiiiinteresting. To answer your questions in reverse order – If I’m on the fence about going to see a film and it gets loads of bad reviews then I may well give it a miss and see something else instead, but if I really want to see it anyway then I’ll see it.

    As for whether there are any films generally loved or hated that I disagree with, there aren’t many that I’m hugely going against opinion on. I’m not one of those people who claim Citizen Kane is one of the greatest films of all time, whilst there are loads who do. On a slightly smaller scale, I know a lot of people liked Closer but I thought it was terrible.

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    • Closer is right out of left field choice wise! I havent seen it. I wanted to (nothing to do with Portman & stripping, honest!) but never got round to it. Citizen Kane……yeah I mean its difficult to assess really. I never get why its number 1 on so many lists.

      Cheers Chris πŸ™‚

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  6. Wordschat

     /  June 6, 2013

    Great topic Tyson. Sometimes I’ve loathed films that people loved and gotten the are you kidding me emails. Cases in point: Silver Linings Playbook, The Hour with Nicole Kidman, that romcom with Jennifer Anistan going to the commune. Then again I split a stitch on Piranha 3DD, every scary movie and Ishtar. Sometimes films are so bad they are good so Roland Emmerick 2012 “ranks” up there. That’s it Ty, be fun to read other comments.

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    • Silver Linings Playbook. Oh man, that film was horrible!

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    • Thanks Mr Wordschat. You know I think you’re wrong about Silver Linings. Very wrong. The Hours I kind of liked. I loved the first Piranha 3D, not seen 3DD yet. Always nice to see you pop by and share your thoughts, cheers buddy πŸ™‚

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      • Wordschat

         /  June 6, 2013

        One has to watch the scene stealing end credits of Piranha 3dd to appreciate how much it was a spoof of the Hoff. I also like After Earth so my all my local blog buddies like you must be thinking ” no wonder he quit” LOL. I can’t leave blogging all together I caught to keep guys like Tyson in the str and narrow.

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        • I need to buy the Blu Ray of it. Although no Kelly Brook put me off it so far.

          Wow, After Earth has been getting terrible reviews. Glad you liked it.

          I’m happy you still stick around and share your thoughts here buddy. Wouldnt be the same without you and your dirty mind saying a few words πŸ™‚

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  7. Good question… I can’t think of any movies off the top of my head. But I am notorious among my group of friends for my hatred of the show Family Guy. I’ve never liked it, and I generally would laugh at the kind of jokes you see on that show. But for some reason it just never clicked for me. I also hate the animation and have a hard time watching anything animated if it doesn’t have some sort of aesthetic appeal to me.

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    • Wow, Family Guy has overtaken The Simpsons for me, I love it and its risque humour. But I know a lot of people dont like it, especially all the cutaway gags.

      Thanks Smash πŸ™‚

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  8. Watchmen, hated it! Everyone seems to like this film but me. I didn’t get it at all.
    Thanks for the love Tyson, we disagree on a lot of films but that’s why I like you. At least we can both agree on Drive though.

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  9. It’s that difference of opinion that makes it all the more interesting. Ultimately, I’m the one who’ll stop me on seeing a film. A bunch of negative reviews, sometimes, gets me to want to check out a film (at a matinee, though ;-)). Good question, Tyson.

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    • Definitely makes things more interesting, always good to see why people love and hate what they do and why they do.

      Enjoy your matinees, I’m too cheap to go to the cinema most of the time, however cheap, unless its something I literally cannot wait for the blu ray to come out.

      Thanks Michael πŸ™‚

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  10. I hated Paranormal Activity, and my hatred was intensified by my shame because I fell for the marketing campaign where they pretended they needed people to do grass-roots marketing to get it a wide release. What a boring and horribly acted train wreck that was. And I guess I have no taste since they’ve now made three sequels. What a shitload of fuck.

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    • I liked the first PA, and then loved PA3, thought it was very clever. Havent seen PA4 though, since everyone slated it. Fallen for my own issues, taking other peoples words for it! πŸ™‚

      Doesnt mean you dont have taste, just different taste Erin. Which is great, and you have a great way with words. Shitload of fuck indeed. πŸ™‚

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      • I stole that from the Angry Video Game Nerd, actually. πŸ˜€
        Have you ever noticed that movie blog comments sections are the only place on the internet where people politely agree to disagree?

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        • Yeah, I go on IMDB or Aint it Cool and everyone insults everyone, and Im just glad that shit doesnt fly around our blogs. Nice to disagree but be civil about it πŸ™‚

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  11. Crapocalypse Now . Watched it stoned, then a few years later I thought I would give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a drug-free. If anything, it was more crap

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    • No way man!! Although it was a loooooooooooong movie that was full of behind the scenes dramas. And Brando, who was mental. Read some biographies of his time on that movie. Fat boy would only be filmed in the dark lol.

      Cheers Alastair πŸ™‚

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  12. I loved movie 43, I found the humour to be sick and stupid but with a background of awkward intelligence.As the rest of the world seems to hate it I would like to know who really makes you laugh in general,not judging you, I’m just interested to know if this movie is a matter of taste for you or if you just hated the movie in general,I predict it will become a cult classic as ‘The Kentucky fried” did πŸ™‚

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    • I just hated it in general, and felt bad these actors agreed to be in it. I felt myself cringing, like the Chloe Moretz bit, or the testicles on the neck. It just seemed like it was the lowest common denominator style of comedy, and it didnt work for me. Yet I laughed at Step Brothers and the testicles bits there! I love things like Step Brothers, Old School, Anchorman, American Pie. I wanted to like Movie 43, but didnt. Glad it worked for you though, I just cant see it being a cult classic. πŸ™‚

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      • Thats interesting,I enjoy all those movies you mentioned apart from American pie,I class that as tinned humour which is easy replicate.thanks for your reply,I guess we will agree to disagree πŸ™‚

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        • Nah, American Pie was the pinnacle!! Maybe because I was the same age as them, going through the same stuff. I dont know, just loved them all.

          Agreeing to disagree it is. All got our guilty pleasures, and in some ways comedy is even harder than most genres, since we all find different things funny. πŸ™‚

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  13. I respect everyone’s right to an opinion though the level of ignorance is sometimes breathtaking. I appreciate a well-written review, even if I don’t want to see the movie. And so many people have — IN MY OPINION — deplorable taste. They really don’t know the difference between a great movie and one enjoyed watching. I enjoy a lot of movies that I know are crap. It doesn’t make them great. I also read read and enjoy a lot of awful books. It doesn’t make them classics. There’s a difference between “great” and “fun.”

    For example: I’m no fan of the Star Wars franchise. Delete the special effects and they’re dumb kids movies, B-westerns in drag. My taste is unpopular. IMO, too many self-styled “critics” have no perspective, no appreciation for the medium. How can you be a critic if you’ve never heard of Bergman or Ford? If you’ve never seen the original, how can you review a remake? Review Great Gatsby without having read it or any other version of it? Review the “new” Wizard of Oz, but never seen the 1939 classic? The IMDB top 250 is an embarrassing joke. Most 5-star reviews are written by people who’d give 5 stars to anything they just saw. Movies shouldn’t eligible to be in the top anything until they’ve been around a while. It’s called “the test of time.” But, that’s just my opinion — not worth much.

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    • I love how you never sit on the fence with your opinions Marilyn!! πŸ™‚

      I have reviewed remakes without seeing the original. For example, Mothers Day, or Vanishing Point (coming soon). I think with some films, the more obscure they are, I dont think it matters too much about the original. But im always aware there is an original….Ive seen people write about a remake with no clue it was actually a remake…..

      The imdb top 250 is skewed with new releases sadly, but it would be impossible to find a list everyone agreed with. Plus we all like different things. Stories like Its a Wonderful Life should be watched and loved by everyone, but I know so many people who havent even seen it. Strange people.

      Thanks again, always love reading what you have to say and your opinion is worth a lot around these parts! πŸ™‚

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  14. Abbi

     /  June 6, 2013

    Almost everything Disney is a total snorefest for me. I am the one human being that hated The Lion King. Oh and The Notebook. It’s not tragic. People get old. If she forgot him when she was 30 that would have been tragic. And Terminator 2. The acting is TERRIBLE. On the other side I think I loved Warm Bodies more than ANYONE else. I loved Bunraku, which I think went straight to DVD.

    As for reviews it depends on whether it’s from someone who has similar taste to me but I will watch almost anything because that’s half the point of my Film Friday feature.

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    • Me too….luckily my wife loves all that so can torture our upcoming child with it when Im at work. I did like Terminator though, all of them. Bunraku – that the Josh Hartnett weird looking movie? I remember seeing it on dvd cheap but never bought it. Thanks for joining in Abbi πŸ™‚

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      • Abbi

         /  June 6, 2013

        I liked the first Terminator but after that I think it’s a whole lot of hype. My husband will watch ANYTHING with Arnie in it (repeatedly). I’m not sure Bunraku would be your thing but my regular film buddy and I really liked it.

        Oh and congrats on Tyson Junior!

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        • I do love some Arnie too. True Lies is a guilty favourite of mine.

          I dont think Bunraku is my thing……but Ive probably seen worse!!

          Thank you! Im literally counting down the days, cant wait!! πŸ™‚

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  15. I have a long list of overrated films. Here are some I’m sure many will disagree with:
    Donnie Darko, Bulworth, Silence of the Lambs, Gone With the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Big Chill, The Big Lebowski, and Annie Hall.

    As for movies I like that many others didn’t care for:
    The Cell, He Got Game, 30 Days of Night, Frantic, Lifeforce, Frozen River, Some Kind of Hero, Blow Out, A Knight’s Tale, Phantasm, Manhunter, 28 Weeks Later, Candy Mountain, Strange Days, The Falcon and the Snowman, Paperhouse, American Taboo, Lost in Translation, and Bad Boys, to name a few.
    Great topic.

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    • Yeah, I’d disagree with Silence of the Lambs & The Big Lebowski, two of my all time favourite movies. What is wrong with you!! I kid πŸ™‚

      On the other side, 30 Days of Night was great fun, yet to see the sequel. I dont think Ive seen many of the others you mention. The Cell is weird but very enjoyable too.

      Thanks for joining in πŸ™‚

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  16. To answer the first question, I’m not a fan of Godfather Part II (ducks frying pans and beer bottles). Yes, it’s well acted and directed, but the first Godfather presents Vito Corleone as an almost godlike figure in the brilliant wedding scene that opens the first. Everything that flows from that is about watching that facade being stripped away. By presenting the story of the young Vito, that aura is lessened, he’s now vulnerable, and so seeing his world chipped away is less tragic. It’s not a god being torn down anymore. It’s a well made movie, but the fact of it damages a better movie, much like how the Star Wars prequels undermine the grandeur of Darth Vader as a villain.

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    • WHAT!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜‰ Godfather II is in my top 3 of all time. I appreciate what your saying, but still disagree. I dont like any Star Wars movie, just dont get it.

      Thanks for joining in πŸ™‚

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  17. theipc

     /  June 6, 2013

    REC 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. I’d say reading loads of bad reviews really affects my opinion of a movie. I mean, I’d still talk to personal friends about it to see the opinion. But the ones that impact that most are possibly say those entered in Shitfest. I tend to stay quiet when I’m the minority. But, I saw a few up there mentioned that I’m happy to know there are people who agree. Say, Watchmen, I thought it was stupid and made no sense. Then we have Blade Runner that I thought it was disgusting and closed it off after 10 minutes. Last, we have the “epic” The Godfather, that I fell asleep watching halfway through. I tried it multiple times.

    So all in all, bad reviews and say a load of it or especially from movie reviews that I tend to agree with most of their reviews say its bad, I’m going to assume that its pretty bad unless there’s a director or actor that I especially praise, then I’d give it a shot either way πŸ™‚
    Awesome question Tyson!

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    • There was a lot of shitty movies in Shitfest. And rightly so. Some new ones to me, and some I didnt agree with, but for the most part they fitted perfectly.

      Watchmen, been a few comments on that so far here. I didnt like it either. Blade Runner, again, I wasnt a fan of it. Good, but that was all I felt. Yet since you said that about Godfather I dont know why Im wasting time replying to you. I should just delete and block you! πŸ˜‰ Those words are evil around these parts Kim. Godfather is a masterpiece πŸ™‚

      Seriously though, thanks for joining in and sharing Kim, always appreciate you stopping by (even when youre wrong, like with Godfather) πŸ˜‰

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      • My boyfriend is still trying to convert me. I promised I’d give it one serious viewing again. Who knows? Maybe its changed after a few years. πŸ˜‰

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        • Maybe you’ve changed and got better taste you mean? πŸ˜‰

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        • HAHA! Just difference in opinion Tyson! πŸ˜› Maybe its just I don’t particularly like gang movies…who knows. I had a similar issue with American Gangster. And most guys I talk to think its a masterpiece…

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        • There is a difference of opinion, and just being wrong! This is the latter, you being the one in the wrong πŸ˜‰

          Of course, the same as my wife hating Anchorman. I think she is mental, but whilst Im crying with laughter she is sat staring like im the idiot.

          Either way, I hope you review it so I can berate you or say nice things πŸ™‚

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  19. I would go as far to say that these supposed “epics, classic, all time masterpieces” are more overrated than anything
    1. 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 977,975
    2. 9.2 The Godfather (1972) 694,751
    3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 449,045
    4. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 760,914
    5. 8.9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 296,255
    6. 8.9 The Dark Knight (2008) 951,258
    7. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 240,491
    8. 8.9 Schindler’s List (1993) 500,907
    9. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 697,792
    10. 8.8 Fight Club (1999)

    these are from the top IMDB, does anyone truly totally agree with this? of course not but as a guide it’s worthy of notice, but everyone is different. within this there are two of my own all time faves and of all of them Shawshank for me is a very overrated movie, but that’s just me!

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    • I dont agree with the number 1, but 2, 3 and 4 are about there. Stick Goodfellas at number 1 and Raging Bull number 5 and we’re all set πŸ™‚

      Shawshank is very good. Very good. But number 1? Nah…….

      Cheers Kev πŸ™‚

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  20. Already had one this year, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters which I liked πŸ˜€

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  21. I didn’t hate Movie 43 either, actually. I didn’t think it was great or anything, but I laughed often enough to find it mediocre. There aren’t really many popular movies I cant stand, I can usually see what people like in them (though of course there are movies I find overrated). There are a few I really love that people aren’t fond of. The Rum Diary comes to mind, I think I’m the biggest fan of that movie and everyone else hates it. 😦

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    • Really? I need to dig back and find your review. I laughed at the scenes I mentioned, aside from that I was ashamed. The Rum Diary, albeit the 30 minutes or so Ive seen, was great fun. I keep getting interrupted every time I start watching it. I do love Amber Heard too πŸ™‚

      Thanks for playing along Fogs πŸ™‚

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  22. Are there any movies generally loved or hated that you fall into the minority and disagree with the masses? I hated Avatar, The Hobbit and The Avengers, which were pretty damn popular.

    Would a whole host of bad reviews stop you going to see a film? If I really want to see a movie, I will go see it, no matter the opinions. But if I only kinda want to see a movie, and it’s receiving awful reviews, I’ll skip it.

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    • I didn’t like Avengers or Avatar, maybe didn’t hate them though. Good answers Fernando, thanks for joining in buddy πŸ™‚

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  23. Ryan

     /  June 6, 2013

    A few questions to answer but here goes! Last one first, do negative reviews affect whether I watch a movie or enjoy it? Well, as much as I’d like to be a rugged individualist, once you see someone’s negative review, it’s in your brain somewhere, and I guess it really just comes down to whether you really wanted to see it or not.
    Here’s a good example-Man Of Steel comes out soon, and what influences me on this are: 1. I loved the Christopher Reeves Superman flicks as a kid. 2. Kevin Smith’s story about working on a Superman script that exposes the insanity behind Hollywood decisions. 3. Superman Returns, in my opinion, was boring above all else because it didn’t go anywhere new, just gave us Lex AGAIN and after Kev’s story, made me mistrustful of anything good coming out of Hollyweird… That being said, I’m anxious to see what the 300 version of Supes will look like, but unfortunately have my reservations.
    Ramble ramble, ok-movie I loved that everyone else seemed to hate-gotta go with Quantum Of Solace. The opening, I’ll admit, was filmed in confus-o-vision, but I liked the rest of it while everyone else seemed to pan it. Movie I hated that everyone else loved? While we’re on the subject, Skyfall. There, I said it. I could go on for hours why, but I’ll spare ya.

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    • I can’t wait for Man of Steel. I love all Superman movies, even the Superman Returns one wasn’t too bad I felt. Never beat Christopher Reeve versions though πŸ™‚

      I didn’t like Skyfall the first time I watched it. So I gave it 6 months, went back and watched it again, and loved it! Crazy but true. You can ramble for hours anytime here Ryan, always love your comments. Cheers πŸ™‚

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      • Ryan

         /  June 10, 2013

        Oh, and one more thought on the subject, though it may be an obvious point to make, it also depends on how much you value the opinions of those writing the negative reviews. Most internet bloggers are up front about who they are and what kind of movies they like, so you can factor that in-the rom-com fan isn’t probably going to get behind the new splatter flick, but if they do, you know that movie has some kind of mass appeal. I’m frankly mistrustful of industry and mainstream critics ever since the made-up critic scandal, unless it’s someone like Leonard Maltin or the late Ebert, simply because they’ve been watching movies for decades, and sometimes, if they REALLY hated something, it told me I might like it.

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  24. I hated that film A Separation that everyone was fawning all over last year. I realize it was well shot and all but god was that film dull. IMO of course. I really liked Spring Breakers and I know a lot of folks were hating on that film.

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    • Never saw it, didn’t appeal to me so I avoided it. Spring Breakers looks cool though, and I look forward to catching that one day soon. I did see some bad stuff about it, mixed in with some that loved it. I’ll take your word for it that I’m gonna have a good time with it!

      Cheers Adam πŸ™‚

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  25. I don’t like Star Wars. At all. I never have and I don’t think I ever will. I think they’re pretty “okay”. Sure, I can appreciate what they did for the sci-fi genre and all, but I find the stories incredibly lacking and the whole phenomenon behind it all really unnecessary.

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    • Me neither. I just dont get it. I figure if I’d seen it back when they came out, maybe I’d feel different. I love the fans dedication and worship for it though. God damn geeks…….. kidding. Kind of πŸ™‚

      Cheers Nick πŸ™‚

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  26. This pretty much defines me. I’m constantly finding myself going against the grind without ever meaning to, loving hated films, and vice versa, which is why I actually don’t look to reviews or word of mouth for recommendations. Ever. I read reviews only after I’ve already seen a movie, and if it’s a movie I’m going to review, only after I’ve written my review myself, so as to not potentially be influenced by others’ opinions. I just like to see, after the fact, where I fall in line with certain movies, if I’m in the minority again, or if I somehow happened to actually hold the same general reaction towards a movie for a change. But yeah, nice topic, and it’s one that I definitely relate with quite a bit.

    As for generally hated movies that I’m a huge fan of, a few would include Sucker Punch, Spider-Man 3, and the Star Wars prequels.

    Movies I hated that are generally well received would include The Dark Knight Rises, The Secret of Nimh, and, I dunno, maybe something like Kill Bill? Though I didn’t particularly HATE Kill Bill, just really wasn’t much of a fan. I just don’t keep as good a track of movies I didn’t like, lol…

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    • I try and do the same, avoiding reviews until I’ve wrote my own. As you say, just to avoid that chance of being influenced. I like being in the minority with some films, yet I get annoyed with people that dont love films I think they should πŸ™‚

      Kill Bill? I see people say they didnt like Vol 2, yet that was my favourite volume. At least you didnt hate it!! Thanks for playing along Chris πŸ™‚

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  27. Thomas Priday

     /  June 6, 2013

    I have no problem with someone having a different opinion–I, for one, hated Star Wars, Jaws (actually, anything by Spielberg except A.I.), Shawshank, A Clockwork Orange, Fargo, Luis Bunuel’s films, etc.–but I do enjoy debating these differences. I love reading negative reviews, especially when the criticism is valid. (I read an article dethroning Vertigo because it’s too consciously poetic; that’s much funner to read than “I was bored.”)

    Equally, there are some movies–A.I., The Master–which are not perceived all-that-well (generally positive, but the consensus would define these films as quite good), when I’d argue they are two of the greatest films ever made, on par with Godard or Bresson or Kubrick or Ozu’s best.

    Something I’ve really got annoyed about lately are critical cannons; people say Citizen Kane or Vertigo is good because others have said so. That’s why I like these blogs, sometimes, over critical websites; they’re a lot more honest about what the like and don’t like. πŸ™‚

    Essay/over.

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    • I’ll give you Star Wars since I dont like it, but I cant recall ever seeing anyone hate Jaws!! Brave move Thomas πŸ™‚

      We do disagree though, Clockwork Orange, Fargo – fantastic cinema in my opinion. Yet I know if theres one blogger who could put into words why he didnt like those movies it would be you! Your knowledge puts me to shame πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing, and your welcome to leave essays here anytime. Cheers buddy, insightful as always πŸ™‚

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  28. Wordschat

     /  June 6, 2013

    I should add V for Vendetta is a fav as well. Mixed reviews by kick butt action, solid story and they blew up London before the bad guy in 007. A guilty pleasure.

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    • That was reviewed quite positively on here recently, not by me obviously. Never seen it, but I do love Portman. πŸ™‚

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  29. Good question. There are plenty of movies people love I find highly overrated, like American Beauty, Crash, Birth of a Nation, and Shawshank. On the other hand, I love Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

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    • I was so mad Crash got all the acclaim and awards. I despised it. I do love American Beauty though.

      Twin Peaks – wow Fire Walk was messed up and twisted. Crazy stuff. I liked it, just not as much as you!

      Cheers buddy πŸ™‚

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  30. Overrated: Shawshank Redemption, Avengers, Gone With the Wind, Frankenweenie.

    They’re good movies, but they do get way too much acclaim in my opinion. I can understand why people would love them though. The fact is, many of us watch movies for different reasons. Sure, we all want to be entertained, but I mean beyond that. Like you said, some of us want to be scared or thrilled. Some want a movie to be an exciting escape from everyday life. We all review movies in light of what we want out of movies and that’s what makes our opinions unique.

    I often skip seeing a film if it gets bad reviews. The only exceptions obviously would be when it just looks like something I would kinda enjoy anyway (a good example of that is Killing Them Softly, which got many bad reviews, but I still really liked).

    Oh yeah, and here are some ones that I thought were underrated by the majority: Killing Them Softly, The Master, Buried, AI: Artificial Intelligence, and especially Dogville.

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    • As its been mentioned, your not alone with your Shawshank thoughts. Its a great movie, sure, but so many people have it as their number 1.

      I’m with you on Killing Them Softly. I know it got slated, but I bought the blu ray and know I’ll like it (I hope) when I get round to seeing it. Mainly because of the fantastic cast.

      Buried was good, I especially liked the ending. Always like a dark, untypical Hollywood ending.

      Cheers Garrett, great comment dude πŸ™‚

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      • I did love the Buried ending too. I kinda have a sweet spot for endings that are brave enough to do something like that.

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        • Definitely, can make or break a film. Kind of like The Vanishing, where the original had a dark ending and the US remake bastardized it and went for the happy ending.

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  31. I didn’t like Easy Rider; though I thought it was well made, it was dull. I didn’t enjoy There’s Something About Mary, nor Meet the Parents. I liked both, but I thought the first X-Men film was better than the second. I thought 300 was hilarious in a so-bad-it’s-good way; couldn’t believe all the people taking it seriously. Same with Sin City except it wasn’t as amusing. I liked No Country For Old Men up until the anticlimactic ending. I thought Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was kind of silly with all the wirework. I appreciate both John Carter and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as classic pulp fiction and retro-style pulp fiction, respectively.

    As for bad reviews, yes, a lot of them for a single film will generally turn me away from it, or at least make me postpone my viewing.

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  32. What I liked that most didn’t: The Matrix Reloaded. At least the ones who loved The Matrix generally don’t like the sequel(s).
    And I think if I read nothing but bad reviews from fellow bloggers I would at least wait to rent or until it came on cable. Bad reviews from critics however, I almost entirely ignore.

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    • I love how you rank bloggers above professional critics!! At least their opinion anyway, I thoroughly agree πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting Gene πŸ™‚

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  33. I’m not a fan of Citizen Kane or 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I rather enjoyed the Thomas Jane Punisher and Date Movie. As for reviews, I tend to find a reviewer that I agree with more often than not and then I will take their reviews to heart much more often, while there are others that I may disagree with more often, but I still enjoy reading what they have to say as they are entertaining and/or well written.

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    • I really liked that Punisher. Huge fan of Thomas Jane. I disagree with some people more often than not, but thats the fun of it all. Its good to find other bloggers whose opinions we can trust.

      Thanks for joining in Bubba πŸ™‚

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  34. I agree with the positive votes I’ve seen above for Cloverfield…I absolutely loved it, and I try to introduce it to as many friends and family members as I can. And I don’t know if these two are necessarily ‘frowned upon’, but The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, are two favorite comedies of mine that I’ve never seen glowing reviews for anywhere, except on my own site.

    And though I’ll take note of what’s said in bad reviews, I won’t necessarily let them influence my decision to see a film, especially if the film in question involves a favorite director, writer, or actor; I will, however, follow the advice of my brother, who shares my views on most films, and knows what I like and don’t like. Mostly, though, I won’t read a review until after I’ve seen the the movie.

    Oh, wait, there is one more film I know that was loved by the masses, but which I rejected wholeheartedly and enthusiastically as ridiculous, overboard, and phony as hell. (Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until after the announcement). And that film, of course, is: Silver. Linings. Playbook.

    Don’t kill me, Tyson, I’m just the messenger.

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    • I’ve never heard of those films, did you make them up?!

      I really didnt want to dignify your comment with a response, its the same with people that come on here and hate on Drive. Silver Linings is nothing but gold, and you sir have besmirched its good name way too often. And your wrong.

      Haha, always good fun with you Todd, thanks for commenting buddy πŸ™‚

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      • Good lord, you scared me there for a second with that second paragraph! I thought I’d pissed you off one time too many!

        Well, I guess that’s the attitude someone gets when they have quintuplets on the way… πŸ™‚

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        • You could never piss me off! Sorry if that came across badly, was all in jest I promise. πŸ™‚

          Quadruplets I wish!! Bring on the benefit money lol πŸ™‚

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  35. This is a great debate, and one that I’m sure everyone who has commented on here has had numerous times.. I know I have. Pleased to see that some people have made the distinction between what is a well-made, perceived as high-quality film and movies that are just enjoyable for what they are. I have a liking for films from both camps… You don’t have to like Citizen Kane as a film (it seems a lot of people don’t), but what is undeniable is that it is possibly the absolute pinnacle of film-making in terms of structure and technique. Same is true of The Godfather and Godfather Part II (I agree with you, they are two of my favourite films)… but as to whether you enjoy them or not is just a matter of opinion. It doesn’t make it right or wrong… just questionable taste!
    Having said that I enjoyed Piranha 3D for what it was/is… disposable, trashy fun; much like most of the work produced by Roger Corman… who gave first time directing gigs to Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

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    • Questionable taste is too kind for the fools that dont like Godfather!! I kid (kind of)…… πŸ™‚

      You make some nice points there Geordie, thanks for the insightful comment. And Piranha 3D was trashy fun, and the bikini clad girls always help πŸ˜‰

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  36. Every movie starring Will Ferrell reminds me that my soul is about 1000 years older than my body, because I cannot relate to anyone who says they loved Anchorman or Elf or whatever other poo he’s the lead in. Office Space is another one that just goes right over my head in terms of its popularity.

    On the other hand, I think I am the only owner of Shakes the Clown, and I can sit down at any moment in time to watch Underworld.

    Bad reviews from paid movie critics in the paper or magazines don’t ever dissuade me, because its a job to those guys, so of course they’ll find something to dump allover. I used to work in the NHL, which meant being in the arena on game nights. The average fan would think I’m out of my mind to leave in the middle of a game, but after seeing 40+ games every year, you just want to go the hell home and hope you don’t see the zamboni every time you close your eyes.

    If someone I know or share a lot of tastes with gives a bad review, I am less likely to check out a film in the theatre, so I’d downgrade that to an HBO night or something.

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    • I really liked you until you said that about Will Ferrell foogos πŸ˜‰ Words fail me.

      On a sidenote, working in the NHL sounds cool, even though hockey isnt much of a big deal here in the UK. Sounds impressive anyway.

      Thanks for joining in, and enjoy Shakes The Clown, whatever the hell that might be πŸ™‚

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      • Oh you gotta watch Shakes! Bobcat Goldthwait (I’m not even gonna bother spellchecking that name… you know, the crazy voice guy from Police Academy) is an alcoholic kids party clown, framed for murder. Adam Sandler and Robin Williams are in it, and the mom from the Brady Bunch is a sad, desperate, whorish woman.

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    • Ryan

       /  June 10, 2013

      Yay Shakes The Clown!!!!!! Has one of my all-time favorite lines that’s a bit too raunchy to repeat here….it’s the lady clown’s comment about the ending of the retiring clown’s show at the beginning.

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  37. I can’t stand the SCREAM series.

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  38. Tough question. I know Citizen Kane is one of those for me that I just don’t get. Why all the love for it? Godfather III I liked, most didn’t, same with the new Indiana Jones movie, I’m constantly defending it, even though the last hour had way too much CG. I could rant all day. It seems I’m always the minority rather than the majority – I think that’s right.

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  39. Can’t believe some of the films that are getting slammed in these comments! Madness! πŸ™‚ Personally, I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older, the vast majority of films that I thought were overrated when in my teens, are in fact excellent, and rated highly with good reason. Even a few years can shed new light on a film when you rewatch it.

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