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Poll: One Movied You Loved, One Movie You Hated

terrible movieThis past weekend I was fortunate enough to get invited to a free screening of The Social Network, David Fincher’s movie about the founder and founding of Facebook. I haven’t talked a whole lot about movies here on the blog, which is short-sighted on my part. Sometimes I feel like the only reason the library exists is as a housing project for films. And there are plenty of movies out there that have affected me as much or more than anything literary.

There are also plenty of bad movies that would be fun to talk about.

Two days after watching The Social Network (my review) I subjected myself to the other end of the spectrum. I’m a fan of bad horror movies, as long as they can make me laugh. Netflix has a streaming option on their service, which is essentially full of nothing but crappy horror movies. I gave House of 9 a try because Dennis Hopper and Peter Cipaldi were in it. Big mistake. It made Glitter look like Roadhouse (figure that one out!). I hated every single thing about the movie, and I watched the entire thing like a fool. It didn’t make me laugh, it didn’t make me think, it didn’t do anything but annoy me, and it is my fault. Nobody held a gun to my head.

A while ago I did a poll about books, where everyone had to talk about books you hated. Today I think it would be fun to do the same with some movie recommendations and condemnations. What is a movie everyone should watch? What is a movie that everyone should stay away from?

Let’s talk!

Josh

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  • Jodi Kaplan October 5, 2010, 6:48 am

    Great movie: To Kill a Mockingbird
    Gregory Peck is always a treat. Nothing blows up, no fires, just a well-crafted, well-acted story. I miss good stories at the movies. Also, I’ve had two people tell me recently that they’ve been treated badly (by people online). This movie is set long before computers, but I think everyone could learn a lot from it about how to treat other people – even people who are “different” from you.

    Awful movie: A Serious Man (I know, some loved it, and the beginning was good, but after that…. I walked out in the middle). I guess it was more disappointing because I expected something really good!

    • Josh Hanagarne October 5, 2010, 3:56 pm

      There was still some serious action in Moby Dick. Peck as Ahab was quite a change.

  • Kosmo @ The Soap Boxers October 5, 2010, 7:46 am

    * Best movies (sorry, can’t limit it to 1):
    The Thirteenth Floor – A scientist who has created a virtual 1937 is killed – and his friend/colleague attempts to solve the crime. I think I’m the only person in the entire world that loved this movie. I walked out of the theatre gushing about it to my friends … who had hated it.

    Brokedown Palace – Not many movies make me cry. This one did. Two friends are falsely accused of drug smuggling and end up in a Thai prison. Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale.

    Red Firecracker / Green Firecracker – A love story involving a young woman who own a fireworks company. Visually stunning movie. Chinese with English sub-titles. Warning: if you buy the DVD, don’t read the back cover – it contains a 500+ word summary which tells every element of the plot.

    * Worst movie – Apartment Zero. It gets the nod over other movies because I sat through it twice. Years after I had first see it, I grabbed it off a shelf during a movie night with friends – the cover art grabbed me a second time. No sooner had the movie begun than I turned to them and apologized. Still, we sat through it. Our movie nights usually involved mocking the movie, so it was a good fit for that.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 5, 2010, 3:56 pm

      Thanks Kosmo. I haven’t seen any of those, and will now plan on all of them except Aparment Zero.

    • Bethy October 8, 2010, 8:37 am

      You cannot be the only one who loved The Thirteenth Floor. 🙂 It showed up in our mail just two days ago, waiting for the weekend, after a long conversation with a friend about great movies (this included) unearthed the fact that my husband has never seen it.

      We’re fixing this problem.

  • Tomas October 5, 2010, 8:33 am

    Great movie: Drunken master

    Jackie Chan kicking ass. Even more so after he gets piss drunk. Now this movie is awesome with humor and great choreographies. Epic showdown with the two main bad guys.

    Shitty movie: Super Mario Bros.

    This movie is a real piece of s***. Why? Because it barely has anything to do with Super Mario! The storyline is pure carbage with horrible actors sans Bob Hoskins. King Koopa appeared in a human form. WTF?

  • ami October 5, 2010, 9:48 am

    Great: The Matrix – even tho’ Keanu has no acting ability, he’s easy on the eyes. This movie had the most AWESOME fight/sparring scenes. and because the movie made me think about how often we go with the flow, w/o questioning the conventional wisdom, when questioning might lead to the truth.

    Awful: Tropic Thunder. This was one my husband picked, and now he owes me about 20 chick flicks. I could feel my IQ decreasing as I watched it. When you have to rely on a shot of a mad toddler stabbing the main character with a knife (and then being blown off a bridge with explosives) for humor, you’ve reached past the bottom of the barrel.

  • ellen October 5, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Great Movie: The Hours combines two of my favorite women of all time, Virginia Woolf and Meryl Streep. It’s also engaging, tragic and beautiful.
    Terrible Movie: The Human Centipede. Quick Synopsis…a deranged European man (i think he was German) captures tourists and surgically fuses their mouths to the anuses of other foreigners to create a…well, a human centipede. Aside from the terrible acting by the tourists, it is a technically “good” film. However I left my friend’s house within the first half hour of watching it because it’s just sooooo messed up. I like to be scared but I think indulging in torture is not good for the human soul.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 5, 2010, 3:54 pm

      i read about The Human Centipede on Roger Ebert’s site not too long ago. Yikes. I’m with you on torture for pleasure viewing:(

    • Matt Williams October 7, 2010, 3:45 pm

      Sounds disgusting.

  • Paulo Campos October 5, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Great Movie: Bullitt.
    A) One of the best car chases this side of The French Connection. B) Steve McQueen feels like the prototype of law bending cops like Bruce Willis’s John McClane, Eddie Murphy’s Axle Foley & Mel Gibson’s Riggs. But he and the movie’s striking for viewers born and raised after the summer blockbuster changed what we expect as action/suspense flicks’ rote themes, plots, and characters.

    My expectations for how the plot would unfold and what he would do were consistently subverted. Part of what made that compelling is how taciturn Bullitt is throughout.

    The Bourne movies might be a good contemporary analogue: these movies are gripping because we can’t anticipate everything their protagonists will do.

    Crap Movie: Greenberg
    Despite suffering serious mental issues, Ben Stiller’s character is utterly loathsome. His cruelty made for some of the most uncomfortable scenes I’ve ever watched, but not to a point where the extent of his behavior felt warranted. It made him hard to sympathize with (not pity, which is how I ended up thinking of him: “God, this poor bastard is beyond help”).

    I think the problem with the movie is that it felt like a hybred two screenplays: one a buddy movie (Stiller & a former bandmate) and the other a romantic comedy (Stiller & an awkward twenty-something babysitter). It reminded me of how Woody Allen originally intended Annie Hall to be a buddy film, but realized the story was really about Alvy Singer’s relationship with Annie Hall and that that story would work as a disjointed narrative. It’s a good example of the wisdom of assessing a work and making a risky decision rather than sticking to a safer play.

    For a great (stupendously bad) Netflix horror movie: check out Red Lips: Bloodlust. I found it after reading this review: http://www.heavy.com/movies/movie-reviews/2009/10/worst-of-netflix-red-lips-2/ It’s a R-I-O-T.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 5, 2010, 3:51 pm

      I watched Bullitt for the first time last week. Now I’m on a huge Steve McQueen binge.

      I have no interest in Greenberg, thanks for another no vote.

  • Rhamantus October 5, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I’ve found some great little gems on Netflix streaming, actually. Aside from most of the seasons of the new Doctor Who (want next season to start already!), there are also some interesting Bollywood movies and other foreign films. (Yeah, most Bollywood is not the most sophisticated entertainment, but some are great.) Anyway, to answer your question!

    Fantastic movie: Some Like It Hot. An old movie that lots of people have probably seen before, I discovered this a couple of years ago in an informal film club of sorts (actually, it was a group of co-workers and my fantastic boss, back when I was a student worker at the university library). Monroe is an okay actress, but Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis? Hilarious! The final line of the movie is probably one of the top comedic lines Hollywood has ever written.

    Crappy movie: Hostel. I don’t know why I let myself get dragged to this, but what kind of society are we where torture is considered entertainment?

  • Christopher Foster October 5, 2010, 8:30 pm

    The Good: The Devil’s Advocate, great story that is not your typical “devil eats kids” movie. And its a positive for Keanu Reeves, who I personally think is an amazing actor.

    And I’ll go ahead and throw Point Break in there as well, because its just awesome.

    The Bad: The Million Dollar Hotel, this move caught my eye because it had Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich in it. Unfortunately, it was written by Bono and was just absolutely horrible. They were going for a mind boggling twist of a story and it certainly was mind boggling, but not in any good way.

  • Boris October 5, 2010, 9:51 pm

    I can’t think of the ONE movie I’d recommend.

    One movie that’s absolutely awful is “9 Deaths Of The Ninja”. Sho Kosugi’s character’s nickname is “Lollipop” because… yep, he’s always eating a lollipop. In the genre, this has to the absolute worst.