Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Movies that I like, but nobody else does

Alright guys, so a few weeks ago, I made a list of the movies that I hate with a passion, but everybody else likes. So now, I'm doing the reverse, I'm going to list the movies that I like but nobody else does. To be clear, this is not a list of movies that I think are particularly ingenious or amazing, I just think they get a little more hate than they deserve. In fact, I don't think I even own most of these movies. With that in mind, let's get started

  1. The Village- M. Night has become the staple image of shitty movies, and I would say that after movies like The Last Airbender and The Happening, he has more than earned it. However, people seem to say that his good streak ended when he made this movie, which I think is kind of unfair. There isn't anything all that amazing about it, but at the same time, there isn't really anything all that awful, the more I think about it. I remember the one thing that people hated was the twist. As with most M. Night movies, there is always a twist and some of them are quite awesome like in The Sixth Sense, and others are really lame like The Happening. While I won't ruin the twist for you here, I will say that it is actually one that I didn't call when I saw the movie. My only real problem is that they reveal it about 3/4 into the movie when I think it would have worked a lot more if it were worked into the ending. Other than that, I don't really have any problems with this movie.
  2. War of the Worlds- I was actually kind of surprised when I heard everybody say they hated this movie, because as somebody who read the book, I thought this was a well done adaptation. Like I said, this isn't a perfect movie, it has its problems, but it does have some nice touches. For example, I love the scene where they are hiding out in the basement with Tim Robbins, and you can see clearly that he is starting to loose it (if he hasn't already), and that is one of those things that I could see happening if an invasion like this were to take place. Don't get me wrong, the movie does have a number of stupid moments, but I at least like that it tried to take itself seriously. Maybe that's why people didn't like it, because there were so many silly moments amidst this serious tone, but personally, I'm giving them an A for effort.
  3. Quantum of Solace- Again, another movie that I was a little surprised to hear that so many people bashed, and it was mostly Bond fans. A number of Bond fans said that Quantum was the worst of the series, to which I sincerely and disrespectfully disagree, because Die Another Day is still out there. If that movie did not exist, then I would hear arguments for this being the worst 007 movie.
  4. The Machinist- This isn't a movie that nobody likes so much as it is a movie that nobody has seen. Which is a shame in my opinion because The Machinist is another prime example of how committed Christian Bale can be as an actor. Considering that he did this and then Batman Begins about a year later, it is shocking to see his shift in weight between the two movies. Now I have heard that some people gripe that this movie wasn't very original, and yeah I guess that's true, there isn't anything all that groundbreaking about it, it is your basic psychological thriller. But having said that, it isn't a halfbad one either.
  5. King Kong- The one gripe that I heard about this movie that just kind of boggled me was that this movie "was too Hollywood". Well no shit this movie is going to be really Hollywood. It is a remake of a movie that was made in the 30's, and they were trying to be as faithful to the original as possible. I do agree that the movie is a lot longer than it needs to be, but it's still a well made movie.
  6. Robin Hood- This was a movie that I liked when I saw it in theaters, and then I bought the DVD, and then I realized that this movie had quite a few problems. However, I do appreciate that they were trying to make a Robin Hood movie that wasn't so tongue-in-cheek and had actors that were consistent with their accents and didn't call it quits half way through (looking at you, Costner). I like the fact that they were trying to give us a serious version of the Robin Hood story. And I think that is what people didn't like about it, the fact that this movie tried to be so serious, when we are used to Robin Hood movies just being fun and action packed. I have heard quite a few people say that this movie is just insanely boring, and yeah I do agree with that, but I have never had a problem with movies that were slowly paced. The few things that I will criticize this movie for is that I think they may have focused on some of the wrong characters (the Sheriff of Nottingham is kind of a throwaway character) and I think Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett would have been better suited for their roles if this were made roughly ten years ago. Overall, this is a movie that I give them an A for effort
  7. Kingdom of Heaven- What I have to say is very similar to what I said about War of the Worlds and Robin Hood. I can definitely name what went wrong with this movie, and it had nothing to do with the writing or Ridley Scott's directing. There was a huge chunk of footage edited out of this movie that really shouldn't have been, and had it remained, the movie would have flowed a lot better and not felt so tedious and clunky. This was also a movie that had way too much studio intervention and would have been much better if they had stayed out. I also remember it being advertised as some big crusade medieval war movie when in reality, it was a movie taking a look at the conflict between religions and cultures. I've heard that there is a DVD out there with all of that footage added back in, but I have yet to get my hands on it.
  8. The Book of Eli- I would like to emphasize that none of the movies here are superb, not by a long shot, but this movie in particular has a few things that I like. For one thing, it has a lot of cool action and gun fights in it. And the other thing that I love about this movie is that we finally get to see Gary Oldman play the villain, and man does he play a good villain in this movie. He steals every scene that he is in. I will admit that this movie is really preachy and it could have done without that, but otherwise, it's okay. Not terrible.
  9. J. Edgar- Actually, I think J. Edgar may have been one of the first reviews I ever wrote on here, if not the first. I remember saying that it was panned by critics which I didn't understand. It's a good movie, the acting is good and I like the way it serves as a sort of "Before and After" story with the way it jumps around between the time that Edgar is a young man barely building his career in the bureau to the powerful figure that he became and how it affected him and the people around him. Much like Robin Hood and KIngdom of Heaven however, it does tend to drag a little bit.
  10. Shrek 2- Again, I was a little taken aback when I heard the number of people that hated this movie. The third and fourth one I can understand, but the second one? I actually think that from a comedic stand point, this is better than the first one. The first movie had a good story, it had a good message and while I wouldn't have liked it as much if I had seen it now as opposed to when I was 9, I still think it's a good movie. It had its funny moments, but Shrek 2 just had me laughing my ass off at some scenes. I love Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, I love how they turned Fiona's hometown into like a medieval era meets Hollywood, to the point that each of the princesses have their names on their castles the same way that celebrities have theirs. I love a lot of the jokes that you don't notice the first time round (Tom Waits having a cameo as Captain Hook and having two Starbucks across the street from each other being two examples). What can I say? From a comedic stand point, I think Shrek 2 is the superior of the two.

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