July 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm #190147
I remember sparking discussion a few years ago when I talked about not connecting with “Tokyo Story” by Yasujiro Ozu, which is on multiple lists of the best films ever made. I even watched it twice (once with an expert’s audio commentary). That’s the kind of film where you desperately want to love it and feel like you have to love it or you won’t be allowed to watch movies ever again, LOL.
I had a similar response to Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona.” Frustrated the hell out of me, even though I generally like Bergman (I prefer his talkier movies like “Scenes from a Marriage” and “Autumn Sonata”).
More recently, I felt disconnected from all the huzzahs for “Boyhood” — and I liked that movie, but my moderate liking of it was practically a pan compared to all the hosannahs it inspired in just about everyone else.
So take this opportunity to take a dump on some sacred-cow movies, performances, directors, etc. that everyone else seems to revere as pure genius. 🙂July 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm #190149
I don’t really hate Boyhood. But when it was winning almost all the Best Film awards at the various critics circles, it was getting very overrated. It’s good, but it’s not THE movie of 2014.
But one film that everybody seems to heap with praise and I can’t imagine why is Amour. The actors were fine, but that movie was like watching paint dry. It was so boring. It wasn’t even the best French language film that year. That honor goes to Rust and Bone which should’ve stolen its thunder. I might be in the small minority on this, but I even thought Emmanuelle Riva was overrated t9 high heavens. She was fine, but I didn’t think she was the tour-de-force everyone made her out to be. Same with Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything. He gave a perfectly good performance, but it was really no different from any other illness-based performance.July 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm #190150
Well, “hate” is a pretty strong word. I’m no fan of the “screenplay” in Sunrise, nor Ozu’s penchant for nausea-inducing close-ups. But I’ll fast forward to more recent times and pick on….
A Separation. I’ve seen worse FLF winners, but did I ever dislike this film. It sweeps the circuit as well, which was even more sickening for me. Every other film it was nominated with, including others which missed the cut, were all worthier of attention imo. What can I say good about it? I liked the little girl (the real little girl; not the 11 yr old who looked like she is pushing 40), and I liked the Official at that bitching station. That’s it.
There are others, of course. But I’ll post this for now…..July 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm #190151
Maybe this isn’t on the same scale that the responses are going to be on here, but I hate “The Hangover” and will never ever ever understand people’s adoration for that film.July 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm #190152
The way people felt “Boyhood” was overrated was exactly how I felt about “Birdman.” Seemed like everyone was more impressed by the concept while overlooking its flawed execution. And though “hate” feels like a strong word to use, it certainly makes me really uncomfortable that they had to give Iñarritu THREE Oscars for it when Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater were more deserving and walked away from the season empty-handed. Seriously, why did he need to win screenplay? The cinematography schtick isn’t even new, and it was disheartening to see it sweep what was actually a really strong category that year (and from the same category “Ida” and “Mr. Turner” were far more impressively shot imo).
Other well-liked movies I think are kind of pretentious twaddle include “American Beauty,” “Magnolia,” and “The Master.”July 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm #190153
I hated Birdman…so so so much. #TeamWhiplashJuly 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm #190154
District 9 and everything Neil Blomkamp touches. I don’t know why there aren’t riots in the street about Blomkamp most likely destroying the Aliens franchiseJuly 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm #190155
I’ve let my dislike for Gravity be known and I saw it 3-D.
I didn’t cry during “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Frances Ha” I felt was super god damn hipsterish (if that’s a word), and I don’t find Greta Gurwig charming in these movies I feel she play’s a female man-child.July 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm #190157
Don’t like the word “hate” either when it comes to films. There are a couple of films I really despise, but these are not “beloved” in any sense. However, in contemporary Hollywood there is one particular filmmaker I just do not get the appeal of: Alexander Payne. None of his films does it for me and it just gives me a strange feeling to know that he already has two Oscars in his bag while guys like P.T. Anderson, Aronofsky, Linklater, W. Anderson, Fincher or Malick haven’t got any at all.July 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm #190158
1. Selma. I appreciate it for what it is, and Ava DuVernay surely did an amazing job in her direction of it, but i found it overly overrated, emotionally flat and uninspiring. Its claim to masterpiece status being its subject matter and the conversations it started, rather than the film itself. The screenplay could’ve been better
2. Boyhood. The Oscars answered it for me, thanks God they didn’t fall for the hype and 12 years of film making angle. Great performances, but it really was just a cute indie film.
3. Ida. Didn’t get the love for it. There were far better films. The cinematography was spectacular though.July 13, 2015 at 12:54 am #190159
Just laugh out loud awful. Absolute nonsense.July 13, 2015 at 2:31 am #190160
Boyhood definitely. I would have nominated Arquette and Linklater for directing. It also would have been the last name on my best picture ballot. However, Hawke got an oscar nod for this? That’s like nominating Robert Downey Jr for an avengers movie just because he’s good at playing himself.July 13, 2015 at 7:15 am #190161
I don’t understand how Moonstruck didn’t sweep the Razzies, but instead became a beloved Rom-com. I don’t see the rom, I don’t see the com, and anyone I talk to about it clearly disagrees with me about it. Some find it charming, I find it to be cringe-inducing and campy. I just don’t understand it.