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  • iskolar
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    Hi everyone! So are there any movies that you’ve actually liked but for certain reason, tables turned, and now you don’t like it anymore?

    I’ll start with two:

    1. Crash

    At first, I actually thought it was an okay film driven mainly by the good acting nature of their ensemble. But when I’ve watched it again, it now feels a contrived, trying hard eye-opener film that failed to do so. The performances are still laudable (Bullock, Newton, Dillon, Cheadle), but weren’t enough to save the preachy “feel” of the film.

     

    2. The Blind Side

     It’s an extended version of a Thanksgiving ABC TV movie, but Bullock sold the hell out of it. It’s a guilty pleasure if any, but when it started to get a massive amount of award recognitions (including Best Picture Oscar nom) and a train of award for Bullock, I’ve felt the movie reached overrated status when it didn’t actually deserve too.

     

    What are yours? 🙂 

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    babypook
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    It’s the other way around for me, as a rule. So many films I didnt appreciate at first, are among my favorites now.

    If I found at least something to like about a film, I continue liking it, or really liking it after repeat viewings. 

    If I’m pressed,  I’d say The Social Network. I absolutely loved that film on first viewing. Now, I can handle snippets, esp when Jesse Eisenberg is on the screen, but just dont want to watch the entire film again. Go figure.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Independence Day” – A classic of my childhood, one of the first movies that ever wowed me, but over the years, between my mom who watches it whenever it’s on TV and my brother who has it on DVD, I’ve seen it more and more, and each time I like it less and less. It’s really not very good at all, though admittedly Roland Emmerich has done much, much worse (“2012,” “10,000 BC”).

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    Spenser Davis
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    I’m with Daniel on this one. I remember sitting in front of the television, watching the enormous UFO obliterate the skyscrapers of New York City, and thinking it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. And I remember being convinced that Will Smith gave a hilarious performance. But boy, has this film aged. Not only do the visual effects look more and more like plastic models being demolished by large fireworks, but the entire script is… Ugh. The comedy bits were cheap. And the finale… The President of the United States gets into a jet to fight the good fight? I saw it on television the other night. I couldn’t even finish it.

     

    Crash grabbed me by the shirt collar when I saw it in theaters, and it didn’t let me go until the lights came back up. But seeing it again, and again, and again… each time, it feels less and less like the brilliant film I thought it was the first time through. But there are still two scenes (the car wreck and the shooting in the street) that deserve to live on past the much-ridiculed film. It’s a shame that the television show sucked so incredibly bad. The main concept behind the film felt tailor-made for a television program.

     

    Kung Pow features Steve Odenkirk putting voice-overs onto the audio track of an old Asian kung-fu film, while splicing in footage of himself in the lead role. As a teenager, I found it hilarious. Now I find it childish and, basically, a waste of the money they spent.

     

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    Morgan Henard
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    A recent one that I noticed was “Julie and Julia” when I saw it airing on Lifetime.  While I’ll always believe Streep gave a brilliant performance, the movie itself was just kind of bad. I felt particularly bad for Amy Adams and Chris Messina, as they did their best to sell their material. But…Who cares about Julie Powell writing a blog? Nora Ephron could have made a grand biopic of Julia Child, increasing the screentime of Stanley Tucci and Jane Lynch’s, giving Meryl even more material to bring to life.  Instead, all we got was a brilliant performance from Streep in a just-okay film.

    It’s very ironic that 2009 gave us one of the biggest Lead Actress matchups of the forums’ history, yet both films are/were panned by critics and posters here.  What the films do have going for them is most of mainstream America loves them, thanks in part to the actresses who played their parts.

    I still remember the exact moment when Warren Beatty called Sandra Bullock’s name at the SAG Awards. I remember thinking, “Holy sh!t, Sandra Bullock is gonna be an Oscar winner.”  Had Ephron done things a little differently, Streep would have been unstoppable.

    –Morgan 

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