Yes, but did I LIKE it? Grossly Overrated Movies Loved by Film School Kids and Hipsters
Good, artsy, and original do NOT run hand in hand.
I think one of the big reasons for my failure as a film student - besides the fact that I found the whole filmmaking process to be repetitive and boring, I mean - was that I ultimately couldn't appreciate certain movies as artistic masterpieces. After watching an old, admired movie that a pompous film student is supposed to love for its technique and metaphors, I had a bad habit of asking myself one annoying question above everything else: Did I LIKE the movie I just saw? I was being spoon-fed movies because of techniques or atmospheres or read-between-the-lines meanings. And all I ever wanted to do in film school was entertain people. While film students prattle on about portraits of anger, street-level realism, anguish, and depression - usually through metaphors obvious only to them, of course - I wanted to give audiences 90 to 120 minutes of entertaining escapism to make them forget those very things.
A few months ago, a friend of mine invited me to an underground gallery he works as a photographer for to see a reading from author Irvine Welsh. It was an event, in which short films were shown and many stories were read. But one of the films which was shown featured a very sexy young woman chewing a grab bag of disgusting foods in a very disgusting manner. In the end I clapped politely but secretly wonder why it was considered art. The ten movies on this list have all reached ridiculous levels of critical acclaim. Most are shown to awestruck film students. Most are classics or will be in the future. Many are credited as influences by directors. But they all have two things in common. The first is that they are considered among the finest film art ever created. The second is that they all utterly fail to perform as transportive storytelling, and in doing that they fail, for different reasons, at the very function most people will see them as.