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Old 11-30-06, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh

Crash is no better than a DTRT rip-off and at worst pandering.
... and a terrible script.
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Saying there would be no Star Wars or Potter without the 1939 Oz is loopy. Granted, a couple of scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy would be different without it but those works are mainly influenced by other things--the Flash Gordon comic and serial in the case of Star Wars, a zillion British public school stories in the case of Potter, and Tolkien for both.

The best defense of Oz's eye-gougingly irritating art direction is that the intended audience for the movie has very similar (bad) tastes.
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No English Patient?
No Crash?
No Erin Brocovitch?
Old 11-30-06, 11:55 AM
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Well, I suppose I like overrated movies then....

I will agree with Monster's Ball..that melodramatic piece of...it was some man's fantasy, save the poor waitress who's husband was executed, she's evicted, kid is dead...ugh I hated that movie.

I would put Moulin Rouge on that list, but most people bust one about that film. Can't stand it.
Old 11-30-06, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by MasterofDVD
What an awful AWFUL list. Someone needed to make a deadline and had a chip on their shoulder about something.
Exactly. Besides, anyone who's been in the DVD Talk forum for more than a few minutes already knows what the most overrated movie of all-time is:

Return Of The King.
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Where's the Star Wars trilogy? Lord of the Rings? The Matrix Trilogy?

Instead, they put Jules et Jim and The Red Shoes. Give me a break.
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Originally Posted by Inverse
Saying there would be no Star Wars or Potter without the 1939 Oz is loopy. Granted, a couple of scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy would be different without it but those works are mainly influenced by other things--the Flash Gordon comic and serial in the case of Star Wars, a zillion British public school stories in the case of Potter, and Tolkien for both.

The best defense of Oz's eye-gougingly irritating art direction is that the intended audience for the movie has very similar (bad) tastes.
I loved OZ
Old 11-30-06, 01:20 PM
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What, no Lord of the Rings or Titanic!
Old 11-30-06, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric D.
What, no Lord of the Rings or Titanic!
You can hardly find a soul that will admit to liking Titanic any more, so it can hardly be overrated.

As for the list, A+++++ for listing American Beauty. Total overblown tripe. Oooh, it's a bag in the wind!

No surprise at Nashville, I'd have Altman at the top of my "Overrated Directors" list. And Kubrick as well, so no complaint about 2001 being on the list. I like it, but man, it needs editing during the last half.

Really disagree with Fantasia and Field of Dreams on this list. And Chicago and Gump are what they are, enjoyable, light entertainment.
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The problem with this list is they don't really address the issue of them being well-praised (and thus, "overrated"). It would be more aptly titled the Give Negative Reviews to Popular Movies list. Complain about the movie, fine; but give me a reason why your opinion is right and the vast majority's is wrong.
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The wooden acting in 2001 is entirely intentional.
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From what i've seen on that list, I disagree with Good Will Hunting, Mystic River, and A Beautiful Mind, and agree with Gone With The Wind, American Beauty and Monster's Ball. OTTOMH i'd put Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Godfather, The English Patient, and Citizen Kane on my list.
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American Beauty defeating The Insider still sickens me. Chicago is another one.

Also, Gladiator is definitely overrated. Traffic was easily 2000's best film.
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Originally Posted by Feathers McGraw
You can hardly find a soul that will admit to liking Titanic any more
I LOVE Titanic.
Old 12-01-06, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
I LOVE Titanic.
Ditto
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Most overrated movies:

Cool Hand Luke
The Longest Yard (probably the worst offender)
Raising Arizona
Crash
Mystic River
Star Wars: ANH (yes, I said it--and yes, Empire is still a masterpiece)
Sideways
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Originally Posted by exm
Ditto
I'm right there with ya.

It became cool to hate Titanic and to stand up and scream that you think it sucks, and it's mainly just because of how the main theme was played so much back then. I remember back when it first came out and people were just starting to discover the film, the majority of people who watched it liked it, and many just flat out loved it. It even did very well with the critics, check out some old reviews from back then. Sure, not everyone loved it, no film is enjoyed by all, but many did back then.

Many people have just jumped on the Titanic bashing bandwagon over the years.
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Along with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, TITANIC is my all-time favorite film. That's right, ALL-TIME. But Feathers McGraw is right; there is hardly a week that goes by that I don't have to defend the film to cynical haters. In fact, I had to defend it yesterday to four attackers at once. It's sad but, in time, the memories of TITANIC's crushing media blitz will pass and people will hopefully be willing to fall back in love with it (and I say "back" because there's no way in hell it would have made a fraction of its box office gross if everyone that acts like they hate it in 2006 really did back in 1997).
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Another huge Titanic fan here. It's Epic in every sense of the word. And I'll continue to give James Cameron major props for having the determination to not only make the movie but to actually be able to finish such an epic shoot. I remember before this came out there were tons of people saying it was going to flop. And it ended up breaking many box office records. In my opinion, we won't have another movie that earns at least $11 million for 16 straight weeks. Not a chance.
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Clerks is an odd choice; no-one really touts it as a great film, do they? It's one of my favourites, sure, but even I can see it's flawed. No-one praises it for the acting or the camerawork, but the script is still brilliant today and the kids can still relate, and that's why people still watch Clerks.
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Let's see...

I hate American Beauty, Chicago, Clerks, Forrest Gump, A Beautiful Mind, and Mystic River.

The rest I feel indifferently about, except for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The inclusion of this classic, great film just about ruins the list's credibility for me.
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I truly believe the hated for Forrest Gump is because it's a hardcore conservative movie.
Forrest Gump is conservative and everything he does works. Where Jenny is liberal and everything she does goes bad. The message of the movie is conservative lifestlye works and that's something I'm sure Hollywood & the elite media don't like.
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I truly believe the hated for Forrest Gump is because it's a hardcore conservative movie.
Forrest Gump is conservative and everything he does works. Where Jenny is liberal and everything she does goes bad. The message of the movie is conservative lifestlye works and that's something I'm sure Hollywood & the elite media don't like.
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Originally Posted by wm lopez
I truly believe the hated for Forrest Gump is because it's a hardcore conservative movie.
Forrest Gump is conservative and everything he does works. Where Jenny is liberal and everything she does goes bad. The message of the movie is conservative lifestlye works and that's something I'm sure Hollywood & the elite media don't like.
If by using the word conservative, you mean mentally handicapped and just a half-step up from full mental retardation, then I guess I can't help but agree with you. I hate FG because it tries to balance comedy with drama and doesn't pull it off well at all; both end up suffering. Top the whole mess off with a healthy heaping of treacle and it just amounts to a dreadful train wreck. The scene at
Spoiler:
Jenny's
grave near the end is the only one that really feels authentic to me.
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The rest I feel indifferently about, except for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The inclusion of this classic, great film just about ruins the list's credibility for me.
I think the inclusion of Nashville invalidates the list.

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