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Old 12-12-05, 11:48 AM
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NatrlBornThrllr, this type of comment does nothing to improve the discussion. Please stick to the topic.
My post was an admittedly sarcastic attempt to say that if somebody relies on overused, generic, by the numbers phrases like "___ wannabe, pretentious," and "pseudo-intellectual," they usually don't have a valid critique of the film in the first place. It seems that when somebody doesn't enjoy (or understand) a movie, but doesn't know (or can't articulate) why, they copy and paste this identical critique. My post was simply my way of saying that as an attack on this particular movie, his post doesn't hold much weight, or say anything that hasn't been said a thousand times about a thousand different films...and that the semantics of it were the only part worthy of the time and effort that goes into a refutal. I'm sorry if you got the wrong impression, but I assure you that the intentions behind my post were as on topic as is possible. I suppose I'll try to be more blunt next time. Sorry.

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Originally Posted by ChrisKnudsen
My picks (most of them pretensious films that want awards):
Jarhead (features the funniest (not supposed to funny scene) with a vietnam war vet)
Junebug (Aimless theories of everyone is an artist, too offputting and lack of connection)
Syriana (a mess that doesn't do well to clean itself with other than cliches)
Me, you, and Everyone we Know (This and Junebug could have been part of a trilogy with each other even though this wasn't as bad as Junebug, like ** out ***** while Junebug is like *)
Everything is Illuminated (Euguen Hutz was good, the rest of the movie just felt really off and fake while it should be devasting)
Robots (animation is great, though)
War of the Worlds
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Domino for being the only movie I walked out this year.

Low expectations for: Memiors of a Geisha (probably wait till video), Munich, and Walk the Line (still haven't seen it yet for it just seems like another biopic and I was disappointed with Capote even though I know Capote is going to be better than Walk the Line).

Oh, and I try to not see crappy films anyways.
Originally Posted by ChrisKnudsen
Oh, I forgot about the Constant Gardener, too. What a drag, too. Had really high expectations for that one. I guess the same with a lot of my other picks, too hence why I went and saw them in theaters.
Out of curiosity, what movies did you like this year?

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Old 12-12-05, 12:29 PM
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Did Van Helsing come out this year? That's my pick.
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Originally Posted by nodeerforamonth
Did Van Helsing come out this year? That's my pick.
2004.
Old 12-12-05, 12:32 PM
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Van Helsing still leaves a bad taste in the mouth a year later.
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I think I liked everything I chose ta see in the theater this year. But for most disappointing I'll say Batman Begins.

I'll prob'ly see all the "bad" movies (Elektra, Duece, Dukes, etc) on cable for fun tho...
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Madagascar was one of the worse movies I've seen in a long time. And my kids agree. They were asking to leave the theater after about 15 minutes.

I know most people liked it but....BLAH! I hated it.
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For me the single worst movie i have seen this year was Havoc (I think Richard Roper had a hard on for Anne Hathaway and gave it a good review just on that)
Old 12-12-05, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by NatrlBornThrllr
Out of curiosity, what movies did you like this year?

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Not much really. I don't think I could do a top 10 list because I haven't seen 10 great films this year and don't want to put just really good ones or ok ones on there. Oldboy is probably the best one I have seen so far. Kung-Fu Hustle, Batman Begins and Sin City were fun the first time but after buying KFH and SC, with 2 more repeat viewings, I was like "this ok but I wish I didn't buy money to buy these." I also don't care to see the DC of Sin City. I end up seeing 40 year Old Virgin twice in the same weekend and yeah, it was funny and that, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Wedding Crashers will be probably known as comedy classics 10 years down the line. Limited releases have been utterly disappointing with the Aristrcrats not really being funny, March of the Penguins lasting too long and being something I could have (probably wouldn't have) watched on National Geographic, Layer Cake should have been a little more refreshing but it wasn't bad by any means, and etc. etc. I also liked History of Violence but all of the movies I mentioned, I wouldn't want to put on a top 10 list (except for maybe Oldboy).

Oh yeah, I forgot about the Corpse Bride, too. That is probably one of the worst animated features I have seen in a while (and will probably stop watching Tim Burton films in theaters seeing that I think his last good one was Ed Wood). Charlie and the Chocalote Factory was a waste of time, too. Also, Madgascar was awful (after this one, decided not to check out anymore Dreamworks animated features in theaters). Brothers Grimm was pretty horrid, too.
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I'm going to add Broken Flowers to the list. Sure it got really good reviews but I was bored by it and hated the ending.
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ChrisKnudsen,

Not my intention to criticize you but your list of "worst movies" of 2005 sounds like Blackwell's list of worst-dressed:

Junebug - too offputting and lack of connection
Syriana -a mess that doesn't do well to clean itself with other than cliches
Everything is Illuminated - fake
Domino - the only movie I walked out this year
Memiors of a Geisha - probably wait till video
Aristrcrats - not really being funny
March of the Penguins - lasting too long and being something I could have (probably wouldn't have) watched on National Geographic
Corpse Bride - one of the worst animated features I have seen in a while Charlie and the Chocalote Factory - a waste of time
Madgascar - awful
Brothers Grimm - pretty horrid
Old 12-12-05, 08:20 PM
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I hated the pretentious excersize in psuedo-intellectual that was...

Kicking and Screaming w/ Will Ferrell. What a crap-fest.

Also, I'll add Kingdom Of Heaven to that list.

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Well, I just watched Fantastic 4 that I checked out of the library for free and I feel that I still paid too much. What an absolute POS that film was.
Old 12-12-05, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ChrisKnudsen
Not much really. I don't think I could do a top 10 list because I haven't seen 10 great films this year and don't want to put just really good ones or ok ones on there. Oldboy is probably the best one I have seen so far. Kung-Fu Hustle, Batman Begins and Sin City were fun the first time but after buying KFH and SC, with 2 more repeat viewings, I was like "this ok but I wish I didn't buy money to buy these." I also don't care to see the DC of Sin City. I end up seeing 40 year Old Virgin twice in the same weekend and yeah, it was funny and that, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Wedding Crashers will be probably known as comedy classics 10 years down the line. Limited releases have been utterly disappointing with the Aristrcrats not really being funny, March of the Penguins lasting too long and being something I could have (probably wouldn't have) watched on National Geographic, Layer Cake should have been a little more refreshing but it wasn't bad by any means, and etc. etc. I also liked History of Violence but all of the movies I mentioned, I wouldn't want to put on a top 10 list (except for maybe Oldboy).
Awesome. Just curious...I wasn't really sure if you were just extremely selective (since most movies on your list were the same ones that were featured on most critics' recommended lists), or if you just had questionable taste (ie: "what movies did I like? um what was that wax movie with paris hilton? i loved the hell outta that one"). Glad to see it's the former. 40 Year Old Virgin, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Layer Cake, Oldboy, Sin City, Batman Begins...all movies that I greatly enjoyed. Anyway, thanks for the thorough response.

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I'm going to go with Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. It was the biggest let down for me, as I was expecting good things.
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War of the Worlds (A huge dissapointment)
Old 12-12-05, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson
I'm going to go with Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. It was the biggest let down for me, as I was expecting good things.
If this thread was "Most Disappointing Movie of 2005" I'd agree, because as a longtime (and I mean a very looong time) fan of the Douglas Adams book, the BBC radio series, and even the BBC miniseries, I had high hopes for the movie. I mean, with so many successful versions of this same basic story to draw inspiration from, how could anyone screw this one up? Unfortunately, the movie showed just how much someone could screw it up.
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From what I've seen so far, these rated D- or worse...

Rebound
Be Cool
The Perfect Man
Guess Who
Man Of The House
The Pacifier
XXX: State Of The Union
Alone In The Dark
Fantastic Four
Must Love Dogs
Stealth
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
The Cave
Sound Of Thunder
The Man
Two For The Money
Aeon Flux
Transporter 2
Old 12-12-05, 11:35 PM
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Land of the Dead. Wow. I can't believe I paid money to see it, especially I don't get to the movies that often anymore.
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Originally Posted by BassDude
I'll prob'ly see all the "bad" movies (Elektra, Duece, Dukes, etc) on cable for fun tho...
Not to be a dick but is it fun to watch bad movies?
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Originally Posted by Dark-Helmet
Not to be a dick but is it fun to watch bad movies?
It can be, it just depends on the movie.
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I avoid most bad movies but here are my biggest disappointments.

Madagascar. No magic, not funny, I'm surprised I watched the whole thing. <3 the Penguins tho.

Kingdom of Heaven. Orlando Bloom inspires me to fight about as much as Ben Afleck would.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Had its moments, otherwise lackluster. Angelina sure is hawt.

Zathura. Thought it'd be good to bring the kids to, wanted to walk out becuz of the child actors incessant arguing about 20 min. into it.

War of the Worlds. Tom (forget his character's name) and his son Robbie's relationship, my lord could that have been any more annoying ? oh and the surprise appearance at the end didn't make me feel much better. the scenes w/Tim Robbins were horrible as well.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Jumped around so much between too many characters whom have little importance if any to the plot and much of the action isn't seen (quidditch, battles with dragons). And by this point you'd think Harry would start taking matters into his own hands, his actions are greatly reactionary and influenced by others. I don't read the book but I'm tiring of waiting for him to grow up, after everything hes been through, you'd think he'd be more mature, intelligent, tougher. Hes still the same Harry from the first movie who somehow manages to save the day. Disappointing.

Off topic, I was pleasantly surprised by these movies this year, Chicken Little, Constantine, Sky High, all which I figured would be fairly bad (the last 2 I saw on dvd).
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Originally Posted by Cardiac161
ChrisKnudsen,

Not my intention to criticize you but your list of "worst movies" of 2005 sounds like Blackwell's list of worst-dressed:

Junebug - too offputting and lack of connection
Syriana -a mess that doesn't do well to clean itself with other than cliches
Everything is Illuminated - fake
Domino - the only movie I walked out this year
Memiors of a Geisha - probably wait till video
Aristrcrats - not really being funny
March of the Penguins - lasting too long and being something I could have (probably wouldn't have) watched on National Geographic
Corpse Bride - one of the worst animated features I have seen in a while Charlie and the Chocalote Factory - a waste of time
Madgascar - awful
Brothers Grimm - pretty horrid
What is a worse movie, one that is just bad entertainment or a movie with a forced attempt of trying to be excellent but fails horribly. I think the latter.

Another vote for Kicking and Screaming. Made me not want to see another Will Ferrall movie again and didn't laugh once.

I can give more reasons why I thought why each movie was bad (if you think my opinion just consists of . The Corpse Bride had uninspiring songs (same with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) that were flat and annoying and I just didn't care about it and Charlie's subplot is what carried the film in a downward spiral, Domino's editing (sound and film) was too hip for me, you could tell that the Brothers Grimm was not what Gilliam wanted (nor was it anything I want), while Aristricrats carried the same joke with different stories at times was pretty funny but that only happened twice, Sarah Silverman getting raped by the manager and South Park and its spoof of September 11th while everything else was stale and couldn't fill the hour and half mark. Memoirs of a Geisha takes place in Japan but yet they speak in English, I don't know about you, but I think I would be too annoyed by that alone for me to watch it at all.
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Originally Posted by ChrisKnudsen
What is a worse movie, one that is just bad entertainment or a movie with a forced attempt of trying to be excellent but fails horribly. I think the latter.
you prefer the bad movie that aspires to be mediocre over the one that aspires to be better?
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