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I Hate Your Favorite Movie--nothing personal

  • Jul 25, 2009
Everyone adores these films, everyone except me that is and if I have to see them one more time I simply can't be held responsible for what I might do. They are over-rated, over-praised, over-wrought, and I'm over them.
Gone With the Wind
I guess I was the only little girl who never wanted to be Scarlet O'Hara. I always wanted to see Rhett Butler haul off and give her a good punch in the face. If I never have to see her simpering smile again it'll be too see. Going, going, GONE!
The Godfather
Actually you can put most Mafia movies under this heading. I'm sick to death of the glorification of those Sicilian hoods. Thanks to Francis Ford we have a whole generation of kids who think of "hit man" as a viable career alternative.
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Dull as dishwater telling of Clark's classic story. It also manages to be boring and pretentious to such as extent that if you dare mention not liking the film someone will always point out that you simply "didn't understand" it. Kubrick seemed to want to make a film that every acid head in the country would stagger out of babbling, "Wow, man, that was heavy." And that's exactly what he accomplished.
Independence Day
Sad to say that there are people who consider this to be a classic film. I can't even rationally discuss the many reasons why its a steaming heap of dung-- derivitive, unimaginative, and totally reliant upon CGI effects to carry its bloated corpse, this film is an abomination... and that's just for starters.
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The Cuban community should rise up en masse and strike down each and every person associated with the making and distribution of this piece of offal. Instead SCARFACE has become a sensation. What hope is there for humanity? We are all "cockaroaches" and the mere existence of this flick proves it!
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Let's pretend that the abysmal remake with Vince Vaugh never even occurred shall we? While not as loathsome as SCARFACE, PSYCHO is a movie I never hope to see again because each time I do I'm filled with the same sense of disappointment I had as a teenager when I saw it during its first run and guessed the "surprise" ending WHILE Janet Leigh was being stabbed in the shower. Sigh. What a bummer.
The Sixth Sense
And thinking about PSYCHO always reminds me of this movie. I hate films that depend on "a surprise twist", especially when that fact is well publicised, because they are always too easily spotted when you know that they're going to be there. I got it when there was no transition scene between the shooting and Willis' contact with the boy. My daughter got it even earlier--when she noticed his name was Dr. Crowe... the crow being the symbol of impending death. Sigh once again.
All About Eve
There is so much scenery chewing going on in this flick that it's a wonder there was any wood left east of the Mississippi River! If any actor tried hamming it up like that today they'd be laughed off the screen. The only one who comes off well is Marilyn Monroe in her bit part as the bimbo wannabe actress.
The Exorcist
I can't believe that anyone could ever have found this silliness the least bit frightening. Maybe a little gross in the pea soup scene if you had a queasy stomach, but scary? Get real! The only part that worked at all were the horrific scenes of medical torture the girl had to endure to rule out medical problems while her helpless mother was forced to watch. Now THAT'S horror!
Risky Business
Tom Cruise should apologize publically for this piece of crap in which a nice kid about to be accepted in an Ivy League College winds up as a shit talkin' pimp running a whorehouse out of the family home and smirking about it at the end. Good job there Tom. Nice role model.
The Shining
Much ado about nothing.
Okay, in all fairness I only hate it when I think of how much it cost to make it and how monumentally unoriginal it was. What can I say, I'm not in it for the special effects.

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September 26, 2010
I agree with Both Avatar and 2001 Space odessy. But Independance day. I love that
September 27, 2010
A lot of folks do like that one, and I agree that it's the least offensive of all his films. In fact I like the part where Brent Spiner shows up as a way too cloistered scientist in Area 51.
September 23, 2010
Yes I would put those awful boring mafia films on my list too, those movies are just about well dressed thugs who are of absolutely no interest at all. Avatar yes, it may be visually interesting but the story was just cowboys and indians in outer space Ho Hum. BUT I could not disagree with you more on 2001, that is my all time favorite and my desert Island movie. It's the only movie I can watch again and again and I always find it a mindboggling, poetic, stunning masterpiece. In fact if I would rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10 the next best would only get 8 because 2001 is just infinetly superior to the Rest. And I know of course you will absolutely agree : -) he hem.
September 23, 2010
Ahem. Yes, of course....I'm just never impressed by special effects When they're that extreme they always leave me thinking how much more economically the story could have been told and still have been just as effective. AVATAR is this generation's 2001. I will admit that 2001 is head and shoulders above AVATAR though.
September 23, 2010
Yes but for me the most impressive thing about 2001 is not the special effect but the interesting story about mans evolution which is in a way is taken from Nietzsches book Also Sprach Zarathustra where he says that Man is the Bridge between the Ape and the Superman. And then of course the fantastic scenes with the cooly logical but mad computer and the the final scenes where the Astronout in the mysterious situation is changing from man to the star child is for me the hight of Cinema Magic. For me this movie has everything. Philosophy - Spirituality - Facinating story - Brilliant music - Majestic Cinematograpy and I just love the cool intellectual flow of how the story unfolds. But I know, I know we will never se eye to eye on this one - Ha Ha :-) vive la différence
September 24, 2010
Bravo. Well said.
August 12, 2010
Thanks QueenB! You really go against the grain on this one and will probably take some flak on some of your choices. Some of these movies are among my favorite and many may seem odd by today's standard but you've got to remember they may have been the first of their type when they came out. I remember seeing The Exorcist in the movies and not being able to sleep for a week. The Shining also was scarry, especially when Jack was chasing his son in the maze with the axe. The Godfather took directing to a new level and was the first realistic look into the horrors of the mafia. Risky Business was one of the first of its genre (these types of films have been played to death since).
August 13, 2010
Well at least it's not as bad as Amazon here. LOL and I won't have to worry about trolls. I fought the urge to put STAR WARS on here too, but that propbably would have resulted in hitmen coming after me. =) I've all been scared by 2 movies; one was the original THE THING when I was 4 and the other was NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD when I was 19 or 20ish. I don't scare. There was one scene in HENRY; PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER though that almost made me poop my pants.
August 13, 2010
I once knew a woman who couldn't watch Perry Mason because she said that the music at the beginning was too scary! It is amazing what once scared us and what we laugh at today.
August 13, 2010
I remember the Twilight Zone music being kind of creepy. As Night Gallery wasn't on too long and is very rarely shown in reruns I guess I never really took notice of it.
August 13, 2010
When I was very little (we're talking 4 or less) there was a show called InnerSanctum which I wasn't allowed to watch because it was on too late. But I could hear the music and the scary introduction and it terrified me. AERIN--Ah yes, I remember Night Gallery well. Serling had great creepy themes for all his shows.
August 13, 2010
I actually remember the movie Horror Hotel scarring the Hell out of me. When I was older and a bunch of us went to see Carrie. The last scene of the film made us all jump out of our seats and we were afraid to walk near any bushes on our walk home.
August 13, 2010
Was that the one starring Christopher Lee? I seem to recall that be a pretty good movie but it's been a very long time since I last saw it.
August 14, 2010
Yes he sends a young woman to Whitewood where the witches led by Elizabeth Selwin need to sacrifice a woman.
August 14, 2010
It was very good. I should pick up a copy. It was B&W, right?
August 14, 2010
Yes. I actually have a VHS copy of it but no VHS player anyomre.
August 14, 2010
I have 2, but unfortunately one of them is built into the tv and it was never very good. I think it's going to die soon.
August 10, 2010
I love your comments about the films; funny as hell, but I have to admit that the Exorcist was my favorite, and I did like The Sixth Sense. A couple others weren't bad, a few I hated, but I do definitely agree you couldn't pay me to watch Risky Business or the Psycho remake.
August 11, 2010
Everybody liked it but me. I read the book too. Didn't like that either. Watched it again with the added footage--still not excited. I think with THE EXORCIST it was this extravagent kind of possession that it was showing. You know, beds flying all over the place and everything. For me it just got silly. And when you consider the kind of movies I watch that seems like a funny thing for me to say. For years after that thing everybody was running around talking about how they (or some member of their family) was possessed just like in THE EXORCIST. Gimme a break. I'm not saying that the films on my list are ALL bad flix, it's just that I don't like them for whatever reason.
August 11, 2010
I'm impressed you thought it was silly! LOL I don't know of anyone who ever said that before about The Exorcist! Demon movies, some of them, are just downright scary to me, and that one scared the crap out of me. I didn't go around thinking everyone was possessed though..LOL That's what makes us all interesting.....different tastes!!
August 11, 2010
Yep, that's what makes horse races. If you watched shows like 60 Minutes and all the tabloid shows back then, they were all full of people who were convinced they were possessed. Yep, even 60 Minutes!
August 10, 2010
I am glad you said the things you did about most of these films, all are over rated but I must admit i do like some of them.
August 11, 2010
I made this list after joking with Trashie about it. I was going to call it I Hate Your Favorite Movie originally, but that sounded a bit too confrontational. =) I'm thinking of doing a Part Two.
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