I like to try to be a film buff. I don’t think I’m anywhere close to being one, but maybe one day. I listen to about 5 movie podcasts. Scene Unseen (discontinued) was by far my favorite. But I also like the Film Vault, Doug Loves Movies, Slash Film, and Movies You Should See. Film Vault and Doug are the ones I like the most, now that Scene Unseen is no more. In the Film Vault, two dudes come up with top 5 categories and talk about them. They have done ones such as top 5 Remakes, badass bitches, war films, villans, etc. Next on my queue is “Top 5 Overrated Movies.” I decided to give it a shot before they tackle the subject. Here are mine.
REMEMBER: There is a difference for me in a movie being overrated and it downright sucking. Only 2 of these movies I didn’t like, the rest I enjoyed. They just do not deserve anywhere near the recognition that it got.
I know I’m going to catch a lot of crap for this, but I just did not enjoy the movie. I have only seen it once, and it was very late in my movie career (last year), but maybe I had too high of expectations. Maybe I’ve seen the exact same gangster film story played over and over and over again (e.g. Blow, Goodfellas, Casino, to name just a few). Gangster gets too rich, too high on is own supply, and can’t keep it together. Al Pacino to me is an extremely overrated actor. He just yelled a lot and had weird looks on his face like he thought he was a badass. I do appreciate the “Say hello to my little friend” line. I love saying it whenever possible, but I think this is one of those movies that every guy likes because every guy thinks they are supposed to like it. Everyone thinks having the poster in your room makes you an automatic badass. I’ll give it another try, but not agreeing the legendary status that it has.
4. The Godfather
I appreciate what it did for the genre of gangster movies. I get it. It’s just so slow. Maybe the most accurate portrayal of the mob (like I know), but speed it up a little bit to keep my eyes open. If you’re number 2 on IMDb all time, I should have the desire to watch you more than twice.
Guilty, quote this line all the time too.
3. District 9
Probably is the Sci-Fi genre I dont like, but this one was worshiped by all my podcasters. A best picture nominee along with it? Wasn’t understanding. Mediocre acting at best. I guess a story that’s somewhat believable, but not to me. And setting in Johannesberg was a poor choice I think. Set a movie about putting a species into slums and separation in a city that has had extreme racial segregation problems for years. Smart.
cat food and tires… random
Chicago is a 2002 musical with Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and John C. Reilly. This film could be in the category of ones that I hated. This film was nominated for (count them) 13 Oscars. That puts it tied for second all time along Gone With the Wind, Forrest Gump, Fellowship of the Ring, and Mary Poppins (among others). It won 6 of them including best picture! It beat out Gangs of New York, which was nominated for 10 (including best picture as well) and didn’t win any! The bottom line is that musicals and courtroom dramas don’t mix for me.
Renee Zellweger already has the worst spoken voice in hollywood, now she’s singing… or is she?
Thank the good lord it did not win best picture last year. This movie is literally a better looking Pocahontas. Actally, I liked Pocahontas better. Awesome music in that movie. Back to Avatar. Supporting actor as the weird loser from Dodgeball and Grandma’s Boy? Okay like I can take him seriously. “Adios, Turd Nuggets.” Also, I’m not sure I’m on the 3D bandwagon. After the cool intro where the “Dolby Digital” pops out at you and your like WOW COOL, it was nothing. It added to the movie at all. You simply got used to it after 20 minutes and then it was nothing. People like 3D because they are told to like 3D. Visuals aside, it’s an extremely predictable white-man-is-the-enemy story that has been done millions of times (Pocahontas, Dances With Wolves, I could go on and on) with horrible acting. I’ll give 3D another chance and we’ll see about that then, but when it comes to Avatar, I’m fine if don’t see it for a second time. I’ll save an hour and a half and creepy blue people and watch Pocahontas.
Update: Saw Toy Story 3D. Still don’t particularly like the third dimension added.
I’m just waiting for Elton John to come in with “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”
So there it is. Agree or not (you probably don’t), this is what I Think I Think.