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Old 08-24-18, 07:48 PM
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I donít get it ... Movies that elude you

In the 2001 thread, I have admitted that I just donít ďgetĒ the movie. I donít hate it. I donít dislike it. I appreciate its place in cinematic history and its technical accomplishments. However I just donít understand the love for it.

This isnít the only film like this though. There are others that I have watched multiple times, often many years apart, hoping they would click for me. Sometimes age and experience can change your perspective. Simply being in ďa differentĒ place in your life will alter your relationship with a film.

What are those movies for you? Iím not talking about films you liked better after repeated viewings; rather what are the ones you have watched multiple times over the years hoping the film would finally resonate with you?

Some others for me:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre ó the Toby Hooper classic that just comes off as the original torture porn for me. Watched it again a few years ago and still got nothing from it. Think Iím giving up here.

Apocalypse Now ó havenít tried this in over a decade. It may be time to try again.

Quentin Tarantino movies, particularly Kill Bill ó these are starting to work for me. Iíve just had to accept the fatal flaws (cartoon violence) and focus on the stuff I love (dialogue, cinematography, music).
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The Big Lebowski.

It's fine. It isn't bad. Some mild enjoyment to be had. But I don't see what the big deal about it really is.
And yes, I'm well aware "that's just like, uh, MY opinion, man".
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Idiocracy.

It took me a very long time to come to the realization that it is actually a documentary in disguise.

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The Godfather is a big one for me. But I need to try it again, since setting is huge. I first saw The English Patient on a date in high school. We both thought it sucked and left halfway through. A couple of years later I gave it another shot and loved it.
And I know this isn’t Book Talk, but Dune immediately sprang to mind as well. But in that case, I’ve read it 3 times and still don’t get what’s supposed to be so great about it.
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Every Paul Thomas Anderson movie. I keep thinking he makes this crap just to fuck with me. It's bewildering these get any praise at all. I guess they just elude me.



Okay, I did like Boogie Nights, I thought that was really good.
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perhaps inspired by the Angel Heart recent bump. i'll have to see that one again and see things i must have totally missed. i don't even remember war scenes or stealing the identity.

TCM and TBL are good ones. they were ok and enjoyable, but not these all-time classics, imo, that some people claim. i'm sure many others...

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Raging Bull is the first one that comes to mind. I love all everyone involved in the movie but I have just never been able to get into it one bit. All I think when I watch it is “Jale LaMotta is a complete asshole and I have absolutely no interest in his life.”
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Raging Bull is the first one that comes to mind. I love all everyone involved in the movie but I have just never been able to get into it one bit. All I think when I watch it is “Jale LaMotta is a complete asshole and I have absolutely no interest in his life.”
oh man, this was a gem. yes, he was always an asshole, but a talented, determined asshole and the way Scorsese tells his story and De Niro's portrayal are just stuff of legend and the 2 Oscars to De Niro and Schoonmaker were well deserved, imo...
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The Big Lebowski
Citizen Kane
The Fast and the Furious (the original and all 20 of the sequels)
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Pulp Fiction
Mallrats
Kill Bill
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
I probably enjoyed it a little more than you but the ďgive me back my magical swordĒ paper thin plot is head scratching for the love it gets.
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Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner get a spin every 5 years or so to see if I get them yet. They're not bad just boring as fuck to me.
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Every Paul Thomas Anderson movie. I keep thinking he makes this crap just to fuck with me. It's bewildering these get any praise at all. I guess they just elude me.

Okay, I did like Boogie Nights, I thought that was really good.
I liked Boogie Nights, too.
But you really thought "There Will Be Blood" was crap?
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Mallrats
Really though, this should be expanded to include every Kevin Smith movie.
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Originally Posted by JackoOnHisBacko View Post
The Big Lebowski.

It's fine. It isn't bad. Some mild enjoyment to be had. But I don't see what the big deal about it really is.
And yes, I'm well aware "that's just like, uh, MY opinion, man".
First time I saw it, after it was already starting to become a cult favorite, I found it intermittently humorous, but didn't understand the appeal.
When I found out the Coen's were aping The Big Sleep, suddenly the film's creative agenda made complete sense.
I don't think that knowledge is why other people embraced it, but it made me see it in a new light and now it tickles the hell out of me. One of my favorite Coen Bros films.

I rewatched 2001 a couple months back and came to same conclusion as Abob.
I appreciate some of it, and all of it in theory, but there is a fundamental element that I continue to miss and that keeps me from the slack jawed awe that many have for it.
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Originally Posted by JackoOnHisBacko View Post
The Big Lebowski.

It's fine. It isn't bad. Some mild enjoyment to be had. But I don't see what the big deal about it really is.
And yes, I'm well aware "that's just like, uh, MY opinion, man".
Yeah, right there. Some amusing concepts but certainly not the cult masterpiece itís made out to be.



My entry would have to be Fargo. It was just excruciating to sit through with the bizarre exception of whenever Frances MacDormand was onscreen, she was just amazing. It was like she was acting in another, far better movie than everybody else.
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My entry would have to be Fargo. It was just excruciating to sit through with the bizarre exception of whenever Frances MacDormand was onscreen, she was just amazing. It was like she was acting in another, far better movie than everybody else.
that was the appeal. and i think she fit in perfectly in that world with everyone else. that is, imo, a near flawless movie. and there aren't too many in my book. of course, my book is Dr. Seuss, so you see it's all relative...
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I liked Boogie Nights, too.
But you really thought "There Will Be Blood" was crap?
That’s an insult to crap. Yes, from the dialogue spoken at the pace of snails humping, to the “I drink your milkshake” silliness, there is nothing in that film I care to ever revisit again.

And I’m not crapping on it, I know people love it and it won all sorts of awards, but it’s the pinnacle of movies that elude me - to the point I don’t ever care to see again.
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That’s an insult to crap. Yes, from the dialogue spoken at the pace of snails humping, to the “I drink your milkshake” silliness, there is nothing in that film I care to ever revisit again.

And I’m not crapping on it, I know people love it and it won all sorts of awards, but it’s the pinnacle of movies that elude me - to the point I don’t ever care to see again.
There was nothing that could have happened between the beginning few wordless moments that quietly sets up a man's drive and motivation for the next 2.5 hours, and a really throwaway "milkshake" comment 200 minutes later that would ever be worth revisiting?

I will, from now on, only watch the first 15 minutes, and last 5 minutes of a film, and whatever I decide based on that, I will proclaim as the only correct interpretation of the film's content. Anything else, I will say just eludes me, and I don't ever care to see again.
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Sounds good to me. I’ve seen the movie twice - and that 2 more times then I deserved.
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Anything directed by Terence Malick. The thing I don't understand is how he gets the cast he does.

Also will add... Citizen Kane. On the technical front, I get it but from a story perspective, never has done it for me.
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Scott Pilgrim. I do need to watch it again one day and see if I like it any better.
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2001 A Space Odyssey, the only movie ive never been able to finish, it just seems like so many of the scenes could be trimmed down and you'd never miss a thing. I get its supposed to be a grand scope type of thing but I just cannot get far enough into it to be hooked.

The Godfather 2: I love the first one, and the second isnt a bad movie by any means I just dont get the love for it.

Gone With The Wind: Just one I haven't ever been able to get into either, its a great achievement for its time, just dont get the continued love for it
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I donít get this thread.
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The Conformist
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