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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Is there a movie you thought was going to be awful, horrible, cliched, and hackneyed but after you watched it, you loved it? Here’s some of mine.

    I talked a lot of trash about Hugo during the 2011 Oscar circuit, and didn’t actually see until after the telecast. I thought I would just watch it, but I wasn’t going to like it at all, but as it turned out, I fell all over myself with Hugo. I was bawling like a baby, I loved every single minute. It was like I was watching something like Mary Poppins over again. It became my favourite film of 2011 and I take back everything bad I ever said about Hugo.

    Here’s a shocker, I actually really liked Real Steel. I am not kidding. I did. I didn’t know what to think about it, it’s admitedly silly premise but mixed-leaning-towards-positive reviews had me second guessing myself. But every time I watch it, I actually get really excited and even cheer loudly for the main protagonists during the final fight, now matter how many times I see it. Maybe I share my opinion with this as I do the Night at the Museum movies, in which I am just there for the entertainment value instead of being there for being a harsh critic.

    I’m sure there are others but I can’t think of them right now… 

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    babypook
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    I truly appreciated Hugo. I think it’s an overall masterpiece. I’m curious about how future audiences will feel about it. I’m guessing that it just may be received even more favorably, which I still believe may happen with A.I,. a dour, depressing Oz-ish film but also a master work. I wouldnt compare Hugo to Mary Poppins, but there’s a lot to admire about the movie.

    I too enjoyed Real Steel. The players were committed to their characters, including the robot. Lol. As I recall, the  overall reception was positive.

    I actually cant think of many films I’ve seen that I expected to “suck”, but there are films which I enjoyed far more than I thought. There are so many of them too.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Life of Pi!  I thought everything in the trailer looked bloated and boring, but I thought it was a truly beautiful movie.

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    Beau S.
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    A few:

    -Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas directed by Ron Howard starring Jim Carrey. This is not a perfect film by any means, but it is Howard’s best film as a director and is a surprisingly touching, deep and complex interpretation of the classic story with wonderfully streamlined direction. Carrey’s performance is over the top in a perfect way, I found him Oscar nomination-worthy.

    -Hamlet directed by/starring Kenneth Branagh – at first this seemed like a self-indulgent vehicle for Branagh though I was surprised by how well-done of an adaptation this is of the play as a whole.

    More later. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    The first time this happened was with Memories of Murder when it came out on DVD. It was somebody else’s choice to watch it, and I had never had any experience with Korean, Chinese or Japanese cinema before then. I ended up fully loving it, and I then started watching other films like Oldboy, Crouching a Tiger and the Kurosawa classics. I owe a lot of enjoyment to that film.

    I wouldn’t say I loved it but I was arguably most surprised by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I judged the movie by its title, and ended up having a great time, and enjoyed it more than any horror movie of the last 10 years.

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    The Lego Movie, i thought it will be just another lame cartoon, but it was so fun!
    The Paperboy, i never imagine seeing Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron
    Ted, ’nuff said 

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    KyleBailey
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    Her- After not liking Where the Wild Things Are, I had a lukewarm feeling about Her by Spike Jonze. But I was plesently suprised that is was pretty good. 
    The Purge- I go into all horror movies with pretty low expectations because I just am not a fan of the genre but I actually really really liked this one. Very original which is not a trait the horror genre produces often
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower- I didn’t think it would suck but my friend that read the book hated it so it lowered my expectations. But man, that is one hell of a movie that I truely love. 
    Super 8- I just thought it was really copying Inception’s kind of cloud of mystery so I had little interest in seeing it but I loved it 
    The Edge- My dad forced me to watch this movie and that was a rare thing but I really loved it
    Django Unchained- At the time, I had only seen Inglorious Bastards which I first didn’t like but mostly because I was too young to really understand Tarantino so I went in this with low expectations. I loved it and I went back to watch Inglorious and liked it because of falling in love with Django
    Amadeus- I just thought it would be another boring period piece. Nope. Loved it
    Dangerous Liasons- Same as Amadeus
     
     

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    Cheshire
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    This is a list I like doing (I wouldn’t go as far as love but I do like):
    Cars 2 (2011)
    Frozen (2013)
    Ok I kind of love this one.
    Man of Steel (2013)
    The Lego Movie (2014)
    Water for Elephants (2011) 

    If I keep going this list will be to long. 

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    KyleBailey
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    Also:
    Cabin in the Woods. I thought this would be the same genaric horror movie but it turned out to be a smart and fun poke at the generic story telling in the horror genre. Death by Unicorn. Enough said.

    Also just suprises that I knew nothing about going into:
    Prisoners- Did not know what this movie was about just knew Jackman and Gyllenhaal were involved and a friend told me to see it and I loved it. 
    The Lego Movie got eye popping good reviews like a 97% out of 100+ reviews.  I had no interest in seeing it but seeing all the good reviews I went and loved it 

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    Tye-Grr
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    ‘Role Models’… This looked awful. It turned out to be hilarious and was a surprise in every way. By brothers and I still quote it to this day.

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    Malick
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    Pain & Gain. OMFG, Michael Bay shock the sh*t outta me. His directorial choices push the viewer to think and provide striking imagery that enhance the story. I truly believe this film is one of those hidden gems from the 2013 movie year. Btw the uppity critics were so wrong about this one.

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower- I didn’t think it would suck but my friend that read the book hated it so it lowered my expectations. But man, that is one hell of a movie that I truely love. 
    The Edge- My dad forced me to watch this movie and that was a rare thing but I really loved it
    Amadeus- I just thought it would be another boring period piece. Nope. Loved it

    Yeah, I feel the same way with Perks.  I was told to see it, but I didn’t.  Then, it was on one night on Showtime and I was fully asborbed and got really emotional at the end.  The two guys really sold that film for me, though Emma was the marketing angle. 

    The Edge is a cult classic, I think.  Love the bear.  Love the campiness of Anthony Hopkins.  It’s pretty great!  Love too the Jerry Goldsmith score.  He always does seem to elevate his films with his music.

    Amadeus.  That scene where Mozart takes Salieri’s piece and adds his flourishes to it at the harpsicord is fantastic.  It still stays with me, the glee of Mozart, the utter resentment of Salieri. 

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    KyleBailey
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    [quote=”KyleBailey”]The Perks of Being a Wallflower- I didn’t think it would suck but my friend that read the book hated it so it lowered my expectations. But man, that is one hell of a movie that I truely love. 
    The Edge- My dad forced me to watch this movie and that was a rare thing but I really loved it
    Amadeus- I just thought it would be another boring period piece. Nope. Loved it

    Yeah, I feel the same way with Perks.  I was told to see it, but I didn’t.  Then, it was on one night on Showtime and I was fully asborbed and got really emotional at the end.  The two guys really sold that film for me, though Emma was the marketing angle. 

    The Edge is a cult classic, I think.  Love the bear.  Love the campiness of Anthony Hopkins.  It’s pretty great!  Love too the Jerry Goldsmith score.  He always does seem to elevate his films with his music.

    Amadeus.  That scene where Mozart takes Salieri’s piece and adds his flourishes to it at the harpsicord is fantastic.  It still stays with me, the glee of Mozart, the utter resentment of Salieri. [/quote]

    Perks is one of the few movies I immediatley watched again once it ended. That’s how much I loved it.

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    KT
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    I did that too, and then I watched it with family; I thought it was very universal, though not without problems.  It would’ve been more compelling, I think, if Charlie wasn’t mental, because then all of his awkwardness, his high school experiences aren’t really normal and spontaneous but more so a product of his mental illness.

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    ENGLAND
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    Zero Dark Thirty (Best of 2012)

    Star Trek (2009 Version)

    The Artist

    The Buttler

    … Just to name a few.

     

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