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Hyped Movies That Left Me Somewhat Disappointed

  • Nov 18, 2009
These are movies that everybody raves about constantly so when I saw them my expectations were that I would be floored.   But I was far from it.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon DVD
This movie was a higher budget version of the bad Kung Fu movies that used to air on television Saturday afternoons in the 1980's. The story was plain awful. The cinematography was excellent and this is what I liked about the film. The battle in the trees was like watching a visual work of art.
See the full review, "The Most Overrated Movie Ever!".
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This movie had a lot of great parts and great directing. It just seemed long and boring in parts. Nowhere near as good as the original film.
See the full review, "One of the Best Sequels Ever".
Citizen Kane
What is Rosebud? This was the big question that was answered in this well directed but incredibly boring film.
I was never much a fan of the X-Men comics and I don't see anything special about the first three films in this Marvel series. Too many heroes and villians hurt these movies. I even preferred Daredevil to these films.
This is another movie that received such acclaim and Peter Finch won a posthumous best actor award. I find nothing interesting about his yelling out the window with his "I'm not going to take it" rant. Faye Dunaway looked stunning but her acting was not great. The story left me empty.
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Loved the Broadway play! The movie did very little for me. I just found it too campy to be funny. Worked much better as a live musical. The live actor was a lot more funny with his moving hump than Marty Feldman. I did not like audiences laughing at him because of his eyes. It pokes fun at people who look different and sets a bad example. Definately not as good as Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles.
Diner: A Movie
This movie is loaded with stars before they were known (Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern). I had difficulty understanding just about every word that Mickey Rourke said. As a person from New York that hung out in Diners during my late teens and early adulthood, I did not relate to this film. I found my real life conversations and events way more interesting than anything this movie presents.
The Pope Of Greenwich Village
I found Eric Roberts' character to be one of the most annoying that I have experienced in a movie so the movie was an entire turnoff for me.
It's difficult these days to watch anything that has Mel Gibson in it. This movie had a lot of nothing happening. A total bore!
Raging Bull
Many people have this on their top 10 list. After watching DeNiro and Pesci in Goodfellas (my all-time favorite flick), the characters just don't have the same chemistry. About half this movie put me to sleep. The black and white didn't help this movie either. Jake LaMota was not a nice man and I have difficulty cheering for him against Sugar Ray Robinson, a truely classy individual. Cathy Moriarity was annoying even though LaMota destroys a fighter's face because she thought the fighter was good-looking.

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November 25, 2009
I made a list called Movies I Hope I Never Have to See Again which I was going to entitle I Hate Your Favorite Movie at one time but then thought better of it. It's a list somewhat similar to this because it's made up of all big films that I don't like including THE GODFATHER (hate mobster flix), GONE WITH THE WIND (can't take Scarlet's pissing and moaning), THE SHINING, etc. CROUCHING TIGER IS highly over-rated and I can think of an number of better films including HERO. I loved CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER too but that would bore most Americans to death. SIGHS isn't nearly as bad as some of Shyamalan's other films but then no one likes them either. I have no great love for any of the other films on your list although I am a bit surprised to see YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN there since most people love it so much. I liked it, but agree that Brooks has done much better. I prefer HIGH ANXIETY in fact.
November 25, 2009
I liked High Anxiety too. For Young Frankenstein I thought it was okay but not at all funny. Like I said, I didn't like how people made fun of Marty Feldman's eyes (if it had been make-up then it would have been fine). People are born with their looks and shouldn't be made fun of for them.
November 25, 2009
It did have that great scene parodying SON OF FRANKENSTEIN though where he's throwing darts in his study while the "Lionel Atwill" character questions him. That was hilarious. The closer it stayed to that stuff the funnier it was. I tend to agree with you on Marty Feldman. I just never got what was supposed to be so funny about his eyes.
November 19, 2009
A bit surprised that Network" and "Citizen Kane" made your list. Love them both. One flick that would certainly make my list is "Chariots of Fire".
November 19, 2009
Citizen Kane is considered a director's masterpiece so I can understand why you like it so much. It was extremely boring to me. I have seen Network twice and both times found it boring and do not see what the draw was when it came out. I liked Chariots of Fire but only saw it when it came out. I think the music with the race is why it was so big.
November 19, 2009
I agree with you on a great deal of these movies. Some of them are extremely overrated. Especially X-Men. Although I've never liked anything by M. Night, I totally skipped out on Signs altogether. I did like Crouching Tiger but there are dozen of Asian films which are so much better than that one honestly. To this day, my favorite Asian flick is still Joy Luck Club which was based upon an amazing novel. Great list man!!
November 19, 2009
Thanks for your kind comments. I tried to read the Amy Tan book (The Joy Luck Club) and couldn't get through it. I'll try to look for the movie version if it airs on cable.
November 20, 2009
Michael, I think you would probably like the movie. It's easier to follow the story on the screen than to keep up with everything that's going on in the book. You even one day re-visit the book after catching the film. Scotman, I bought this one on VHS many years ago right after high school. I still don't own the DVD but I guess I should get a copy of it one day. A review would be sweet!!
November 19, 2009
I might be Chinese and though I'm proud that a Chinese flick made it into Western mainstream media, I still can't help but think that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was totally overrated.  Woo can probably tell you, there are waaaay better kung fu flicks out there, so I'm not sure why this one was so hyped up!  I haven't seen all the other ones though and am extra ashamed that I haven't seen Citizen Kane yet :x  Even if these movies were all hyped up, I still want to check them out.  Thanks for putting this list together! :)
November 19, 2009
Two movies similar to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in style (and some actors) are Hero and The House of the Flying Daggers. Both of these movies had much better stories and were more artistic in presentation. Hero actually told the same story four different ways. Each time a different color was used.
November 19, 2009
Oooh, I love those two movies! Those should've been bigger than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but I guess they didn't have as all-star of a cast.
November 19, 2009
Actually Hero had both Jet Li and Ziyi Zhang who are both big actors in China.
November 19, 2009
True, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon did have the backing of Ang Lee though. Hero was really big in Hong Kong and China, but I don't think it was until Quentin Tarantino lent his name to the movie that it got international attention a couple years after it was originally released.
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