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  • Chris Beachum
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    In honor of Thanksgiving, what is the worst film turkey you saw in a theater? Great responses might be included in a blog item this week.

    Here is what we are wanting to discuss…

    One film that really excited you in advance but completely disappointed you. Going in, maybe you loved that director, storyline, actors, etc. but couldn’t believe how bad it was. Give details and be descriptive in your response.

    Do not include bombs that you didn’t think would be good in the first place.

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    Cheshire
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    #166178

    Very few films piss me off, as for something I payed to see in a theater that pissed me off was Rock of Ages.

    I thought the following before I saw this, I liked Hairspray same director cool, this looks like an interesting role for Tom Cruise to take, I’m excited to see Catherine Zeta-Jones in another musical, this might not be great but it can be a lot of fun.

    A fun time was all I asked of from this, it felt the complete opposite of fun and slowly drove me into anger it pissed me off that much. Everything was so poorly done it was insulting, they made a horny monkey wearing a sailor outfit not funny, at that point I knew someone fucked up.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    For me, the prime example for me was one of my most anticipated films of 2011, The Adjustment Bureau. It was advertised as a thriller, and looked terrific. I always like Matt Damon, and Emily Blunt is usually great, and the supporting cast was solid too. But I just ended up hating the movie. I liked the first third of the film, but then the genre changed into this convoluted romance movie, and I just couldn’t stand it.

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    Actriz
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    #166180

    Les Miserables – the trailers looked stunning and the cast was phenomenal, based on brilliant material with a powerhouse producer at the reins. Sure the director was iffy but how bad could he make it? Turns out very bad.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #166181

    Shark Tale. I quite simply hate that movie.

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    Beyonce
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    The Dark Turkey Rises

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    Sasha
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    All the King’s Men (2006). A true abomination. No wonder it was the last movie Zaillian has ever directed. He’s a great writer but piss-poor director. And who would have ever thought that Winslet, Hopkins and Law could be that bad? Oh, and Penn deserved to win Razzie in a cakewalk. But he has been even worse before. Still getting sick just thinking about that turd.

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    KyleBailey
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    I have a few but the king of them all is The Last Airbender. Young naive 2010 Kyle had no idea who M Night Shyamalan was and boy did I want to track down that man and yell at him for this terrible, horrendous movie. I LOVED the TV show so much and I was really excited for this though I did have the reservation of Dev Patel as Prince Zuko from the beginning but he was the only thing I was worried about (and oh my god yes he was really terrible). All the cast members were just flat out miscast and just awful. I remember many times where I just wanted to stand up in the theater and yell “THIS IS ALL WRONG”. It was truly terrible and earned all the Razzies it won but honestly Dev Patel should have won over Jackson Rathbone. They couldn’t ever pronounce the main character’s name right.  

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    benbraddock
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    When WARREN BEATTY  decided to remake An Affair to Remember
    again, I must admit I was so excited to see him and Annette Bening
    in the Cary Grant/ Deborah Kerr roles. Beatty had proven himself as
    a terrific filmmaker over the years and the story is built in, so I thought
    that it would just automatically succeed..then he got Katharine Hepburn
    to say yes and play the grandma role….and i got even more excited..
    Filming seemed to go smoothly and the anticipation filled me as the
    opening approached…

    Then the sad day came when i sat throught the film…Bening was
    awful and couldnt come close to Kerr’s brilliance..Beatty actually was
    not bad at all..but the updating was contrived….Hepburn seemed to stick
    out and the camera did not flatter her…

    The writing was sappy and simple..and everything about the film just
    screamed  DISASTER…I was horribly disappointed after waiting over
    a year…

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    David Buchanan
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    This may not be my worst, but the first one that came to mind is Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows.  It had so much promise on paper.  The original series was unique, beloved, and even iconic.  Tim Burton looked like one of the best choices to helm an adaptation for so many reasons, and Barnabas Collins was a role that Johnny Depp could have (and at time, ultimately, did) portray brilliantly. What we got, instead of a great cinematic adaptation, was an unfortunate farce that disgraces the original: slapstick screenplay with laughable sitcom tropes, a painful Hollywood battle sequence, and overall ill-conceptualized. Such a disappointment…

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I will get a great deal of flak for this but I don’t care – for me, it’s from this year and it’s BIRDMAN. I thought I would like it, the few things I read about it sounded promising, I knew that critics were raving about it (I was keeping myself as spoiler-free as I possibly could; I prefer to form my own opinions about movies), and while I haven’t loved Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s films I have at least liked them in the past, but it really irritated me: the long takes didn’t work for me (I love the long takes in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope – the only time this experiment has ever really worked imo), the inane screenplay, the one-note acting performances (hitting the same grating note over and over again) esp. the overrated performances by Michael Keaton and Emma Stone, the idiotic ending, the endless walks down hallways, some of the actors truly were unable to deal with the long takes and gave really bad performances (esp. Andrea Riseborough, whom I have always liked in everything she has done before, and the actress who played his ex-wife, blanking out on her name at the moment), the acting in the stage sequences felt like movie acting rather than theatre acting, the scene between father & daughter didn’t feel at all right to me – they didn’t give me any feeling of a shared history, just two actors literally spouting – and spitting – lines at each other. I especially hated the screenplay, felt hit over the head with the writer’s point of view clobbering me for two plus hours. I really hated this movie, and I really thought I would like it going in to the movie theatre.

    I did, however, like three performances: Edward Norton (the only one from this film who I think deserves an Oscar nomination), Naomi Watts (wish she had more scenes), and esp. the two scenes by Lindsay Duncan as the acerbic mean theatre critic. I found myself agreeing with her (although I do think she ought to have gone and at least see the play!). I know: mine is a minority opinion, doesn’t make it invalid, just my opinion! My two word description of this movie: pretentious drivel!

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    David Buchanan
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    Lindsay Duncan as the acerbic mean theatre critic. I found myself agreeing with her (although I do think she ought to have gone and at least see the play!).

    Her character does see the play. Right after Riggan shoots himself, Tabitha is seen standing up and exiting the theatre.  The next day, when Riggan wakes up in the hospital, they are all astounded that her review in the New York Times is a rave.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    benbraddock
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    I will get a great deal of flak for this but I don’t care – for me, it’s from this year and it’s BIRDMAN. I thought I would like it, the few things I read about it sounded promising, I knew that critics were raving about it (I was keeping myself as spoiler-free as I possibly could; I prefer to form my own opinions about movies), and while I haven’t loved Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s films I have at least liked them in the past, but it really irritated me: the long takes didn’t work for me (I love the long takes in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope – the only time this experiment has ever really worked imo), the inane screenplay, the one-note acting performances (hitting the same grating note over and over again) esp. the overrated performances by Michael Keaton and Emma Stone, the idiotic ending, the endless walks down hallways, some of the actors truly were unable to deal with the long takes and gave really bad performances (esp. Andrea Riseborough, whom I have always liked in everything she has done before, and the actress who played his ex-wife, blanking out on her name at the moment), the acting in the stage sequences felt like movie acting rather than theatre acting, the scene between father & daughter didn’t feel at all right to me – they didn’t give me any feeling of a shared history, just two actors literally spouting – and spitting – lines at each other. I especially hated the screenplay, felt hit over the head with the writer’s point of view clobbering me for two plus hours. I really hated this movie, and I really thought I would like it going in to the movie theatre.

    I did, however, like three performances: Edward Norton (the only one from this film who I think deserves an Oscar nomination), Naomi Watts (wish she had more scenes), and esp. the two scenes by Lindsay Duncan as the acerbic mean theatre critic. I found myself agreeing with her (although I do think she ought to have gone and at least see the play!). I know: mine is a minority opinion, doesn’t make it invalid, just my opinion! My two word description of this movie: pretentious drivel!

    Maybe you didnt keep your eyes open during BIRDMAN????  The critic sees the play opening night..She is seen leaving the theater right after the performance..and her review is a rave….

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