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Old 10-30-07, 11:29 AM
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What praised movie did you blind buy and feel disappointed?

I did search but didn't see this thread so apologies if there's one already.

I heard nothing but how great a movie Children of Men was and ended up not liking it much at all. It's was overly grim and violent for me and the redeeming part of the story didn't make any of the stuff you had to sit through worth it in my opinion. Grim and depressing doesn't make a movie bad (The Pianist) but this just didn't work for me.

Thoughts, similar experiences?
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Old 10-30-07, 11:46 AM
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Quite a few, but Sideways, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind spring to mind.
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Old 10-30-07, 11:52 AM
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American Splendor

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Old 10-30-07, 11:54 AM
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Hard Candy. I kept reading how it was this awesome tale of retribution and payback, and then the damn thing was a total letdown. Weak story and sub-par acting made that one a blind buy I wish I'd rented first.

Edit to add Crash (The Paul Hack-is version). What a complete piece of shit.

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Chopper Chicks in Zombietown.

Seriously, I heard Martin Scorcerse is a huge fan of this movie. He's either out of his mind or I've been lied to.

I should've checked out the IMDB score...
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Old 10-30-07, 12:18 PM
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Old 10-30-07, 12:22 PM
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Chris Marker's Sans Soleil -- a difficult watch that I'll be returning to. I had enjoyed La Jetee so much, but really didn't know what to expect with Sans Soleil.
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Old 10-30-07, 12:27 PM
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Two that immediately come to mind are Crash (2004) and Babel.

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I am embarrassed to say: Breathless.

I got the Criterion on a blind buy last week, and I was really surprised I didn't like this "landmark" film.
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Dead Birds

Supposedly a really cool, creepy movie. It was about as good as a Sci-Fi movie of the week. A complete let down and I've heard nothing but praise for it.
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Originally Posted by BuckNaked2k
I am embarrassed to say: Breathless.

I got the Criterion on a blind buy last week, and I was really surprised I didn't like this "landmark" film.
I hated this film the first time I saw it, and I liked some other Godard. Watched it again a few years later and loved it, so go figure.

For me recently it's Invasion of the Body Snatchers ('78 version). I've always heard people rave about it - and it was alright - but I think it pales in comparison to the original.
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Originally Posted by Takeshi357
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown.

Seriously, I heard Martin Scorcerse is a huge fan of this movie. He's either out of his mind or I've been lied to.

I should've checked out the IMDB score...
Have to giggle at that one. I understand though.

and TheMadMonk - Eternal Sunshine? Sorry you didn't like that. Wonderful film but I can see how it's not to everyone's taste. I didn't like Sideways at all either but didn't buy it thankfully.

Glad I'm not the only one that couldn't just rent a DVD first!
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Criterions Naked Lunch and the 39 steps both left me dissapointed.
Recently Cruising also left me dissapointed although the extras were good.
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I always rent before I decide to buy. That's just me...
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The Godfather trilogy, I've watched all three twice, and really can't understand the praise for it. The acting is good, but why do people think it's so quotable? And the quotes people use, they just say them randomly and usually have no connection to the conversation. I am keeping the trilogy though because this set, and another one which I'm about to talk about have had a a few viewings trying to like it haha.

The other collection of movies, the Stanley Kubrick set that just came out. A Clockwork Orange is good, I don't understand the hype of either the Shining, or 2001. For the Shining, yeah, Jack Nicholson is awesome, but some of the facts I read about how Kubrick butchered Stephen King's book made me dislike him. Apparently Kubrick was a real dick about everything.

Oh well.
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Old 10-30-07, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by celmendo
I did search but didn't see this thread so apologies if there's one already.

I heard nothing but how great a movie Children of Men was and ended up not liking it much at all. It's was overly grim and violent for me and the redeeming part of the story didn't make any of the stuff you had to sit through worth it in my opinion. Grim and depressing doesn't make a movie bad (The Pianist) but this just didn't work for me.

Thoughts, similar experiences?
Similar yes...I blind bought the same film and had the same reaction. I didn't mind the grimness or violence, but I thought the story was third-rate (good premise, no follow-through).
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