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DrThunder88

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« on: 07-26-2003 12:50 »

The "Twenty Favorite Movies" thread got me thinking: I seemed to be the only person in the world who liked Ronin, I wonder if anyone else feels the same way about some of their favorite films.  That is where this thread comes into play.

Do you have a special place in your heart for a box-office dud or a critical flop?  On the other hand, do you have a hard time understanding why so many people liked a certain movie or why those pompous, buffoon critics gave it two thumbs up?

Please withhold speculations about movies you have not seen.
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« Reply #1 on: 07-26-2003 12:52 »

You're not the only person who likes Ronin, I love it.
Gocad

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« Reply #2 on: 07-26-2003 12:56 »

Second.

The car chase in Reloaded was nothing compared to ones in Ronin.
OC_James

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« Reply #3 on: 07-26-2003 13:00 »

Ed Wood- Underrated
Tomb Raider Movies- Overrated
Charlies Angels- Overrated
Blow- Underrated
Simone- Somewhat overrated for a film that rips off a Dilbert episode.
Bad Boys II- Overrated
Better Luck Tommorrow- Underrated
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #4 on: 07-26-2003 14:00 »
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underrated: Donnie Darko, cause it got little or no publicity here.

overrated: Being John Malkovich

I had never heard of this actor before. For me,  the movie was too philosophical and moralistic.
Gocad

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« Reply #5 on: 07-26-2003 19:23 »

Alien3 - underrated
Donnie Drako - underrated
MI2 - overrated
Mystery Men - underrated
Shadow of the Vampire - underrated
ShineFusion

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« Reply #6 on: 07-26-2003 20:22 »

underrated-Donnie Darko
Overrated-Matrix Reloaded
Overrated-Mission Impossible 2
underrated-AI Artificial Intelligence
HTOTHEIZZO

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« Reply #7 on: 07-26-2003 21:06 »

I THINK  FIFTH ELEMENT WAS REALLY GOOD
ShineFusion

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« Reply #8 on: 07-26-2003 21:21 »

The Fifth Element IS really good
alexvilagosh

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« Reply #9 on: 07-26-2003 23:09 »

The Matrix - OVERRATED!
DrThunder88

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« Reply #10 on: 07-27-2003 00:06 »

 
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Originally posted by Gocad:
The car chase in Reloaded was nothing compared to ones in Ronin.

Yeah, it's hard to take a car chase seriously when they keep switching to bullet-time.  Incidentally, you just mentioned two of my most over- and underrated films.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #11 on: 07-27-2003 02:08 »

Overrated - Princess Mononokekekekey
Underrated - Anything involving Christopher Guest

Overrated - Battlefield: Earth (It actually got a couple of good reviews, really)
Underrated - Anything involving both Wilson brothers
ShineFusion

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« Reply #12 on: 07-27-2003 04:24 »

Shrek is highly overrated.
Bobby King

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« Reply #13 on: 07-27-2003 04:35 »

ronin is a very good movie, i like all of Robert de Niros movies
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« Reply #14 on: 07-27-2003 07:05 »

Return to Oz is highly underrated.
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« Reply #15 on: 07-27-2003 09:07 »

Overrated - The Matrix. Have never thought this film was all that great.

Overrated - Titanic. One of the worst films I've ever seen. James Cameron ought to be ashamed.

Underatted - The Hitcher. Excellent thriller with Rutger Hauer.

Underatted - Most Of John Carpenter's later films. Such as Prince Of Darkness, They Live and In The Mouth Of Madness.

I also thought Dark Blue was very underatted. Glad I gave it a chance.
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« Reply #16 on: 07-27-2003 10:34 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
Overrated - Battlefield: Earth (It actually got a couple of good reviews, really)
: cry:

Underrated: Punch Drunk Love
Overrated: Anything else with Adam Sandler

Overrated: The price of the Indy DVDs
Underrated: The price of the Buffy DVDs

Overrated: UHF
Underrated: Amelie

Gocad

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« Reply #17 on: 07-27-2003 14:58 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
Overrated - Battlefield: Earth (It actually got a couple of good reviews, really)

I wonder who wrote them...

Another underrated flim is "The Limey", by Steven Soderbergh. He did this one between "Out of Sight" and "Erin B" with the unbearable J. Roberts (most overrated actress)

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« Reply #18 on: 07-27-2003 15:10 »
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Overrated: 2001: A Space Oddysey
Underrated: Donnie Darko

Oh, and:

     
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Originally posted by VelourFog:
Overrated: UHF
Philistine.

Then Jeremy and LAN get stuck in a floating all-girls Catholic school and have to pretend to be gay janitors!
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« Reply #19 on: 07-27-2003 15:43 »
« Last Edit on: 07-27-2003 15:43 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
Overrated - Battlefield: Earth (It actually got a couple of good reviews, really)
Here is one of them.  And here is the same guy's review of The Matrix.
DrThunder88

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« Reply #20 on: 07-27-2003 17:41 »

 
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Originally posted by VelourFog:
Overrated: UHF
Philistine.


What is it with women and that movie?  All of my male friends love it, but all of my female friends don't.
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« Reply #21 on: 07-27-2003 18:06 »

I liked the movie and I'm female.
Action Jacktion

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« Reply #22 on: 07-27-2003 18:08 »
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Hoo boy... here's my list of overrated movies:

Amarcord
American Beauty
Annie Hall
Being John Malkovich
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Carrie
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Exorcist
Garden State
Ghost World
Gosford Park
Harvey
The Incredibles
Lost in Translation
The Man Who Wasn't There
Moulin Rouge!
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Narc
Pan's Labyrinth
Rear Window
Rushmore
Shadow of the Vampire
Shakespeare in Love
La Strada
The Thin Red Line
There's Something About Mary
Titanic
Traffic
The Usual Suspects
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Y Tu Mamá También
ShineFusion

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« Reply #23 on: 07-27-2003 18:28 »

Titanic is probably the most overrated movie ever made.
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« Reply #24 on: 07-27-2003 19:27 »

 
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Originally posted by Action Jacktion:
Hoo boy... here's my list of overrated movies:
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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The French Connection
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Rear Window

While I can maybe see how other movies on your list that I like are overrated to you, I really don't see what you could have against these ones, especially Rear Window. Sure, you might think that Close Encounters and the French Connection have crummy endings, but what do you have against one of Hitchcock's greatest movies?
FishyJoe

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« Reply #25 on: 07-27-2003 20:41 »

 
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Originally posted by DrThunder88:
 What is it with women and that movie?  All of my male friends love it, but all of my female friends don't.

Same here. My one male friend loves it, but my one female friend didn't even give it a chance.
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« Reply #26 on: 07-27-2003 21:23 »

Titanic-most overrated movie of all time

Blair witch- 2nd most overrated movie of all time.

Total Recall-underrated

I thought the Matrix was a bit overated and
reloaded was hyperoverrated

E.T. highly overrated.
The Thing- highly underrated when it first came out around the same time as E.T.

Jeremy

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« Reply #27 on: 07-27-2003 21:31 »

Most overrated: Star Wars. Take THAT, space nerds!

OC_James

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« Reply #28 on: 07-27-2003 21:38 »
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Speaking of E.T. has anyone seen E.T.'s Austrailian (I think) counterpart, Nukie? That movie is just as good or perhaps even better than Spielberg's version.

EDIT: I bring this up because Nukie was very underrated -even for a foreign flick.
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« Reply #29 on: 07-27-2003 21:51 »

 
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Originally posted by VelourFog:
Underrated: Amelie

I love you. And, second.

Jeremy

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« Reply #30 on: 07-27-2003 21:52 »

Thirded. She is sooooo cute! Even though she's speaking that filthy language!
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« Reply #31 on: 07-27-2003 21:54 »

Over rated: Spiderman- Being a big spiderman Fan the inaccurices ruined the movie for me

Under rated: Freddy got fingered- To enjoy the movie you have to realize something, the movie (according to tom green in his commentary) is ment to be a spoof of movies in general (besides the gross out scenes like wacking off a horse which are just there to offend people). for example the love scene when Goard lands on the roof of his girlfriends apartment building, it's weird and gross because it's making fun of your sterotypical hollywood love scene Tom Green style. 

I disagree about the Adam Sandler ones. He has said him self that all the characters are basicly the same guy with a different accent background etc. and they are never said to be the, be all end all of comedy films. Sure their not that great but most critics don't give them a higher then average score anyway so they are not really overrated. And besides it's fun to turn your brain off sometimes and watch a movie like them that requires little to no thinking
DrThunder88

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« Reply #32 on: 07-27-2003 22:06 »

 
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Originally posted by homerjaysimpson:
I liked the movie and I'm female.

Are you saying you're my friend?
DrThunder88

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« Reply #33 on: 07-27-2003 22:19 »
« Last Edit on: 07-27-2003 22:19 »

 
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Originally posted by Action Jacktion:
Hoo boy... here's my list of overrated movies:

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
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Dogma
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Shakespeare in Love
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There's Something About Mary
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Agreed.  A.I. was one of the only movies I've ever seen that I found myself yearning to for the end to come.  That feeling started around the halfway point of the movie, not one of the multiple points near the end where the movie could have ended.  Dogma and There's Something About Mary just weren't funny.  I haven't liked any of Kevin Smith's work, and Dogma was no exception.  Maybe it was because I was a pretty do-or-die Catholic at the time, or maybe I just didn't find it funny...I'm not sure.  There's Something About Mary was a also a tremendous waste of my time.  Aside from the dog on speed, it was stupid, predictable, and slightly gross.

Crapola, sorry for the double-post.  I forgot where I was posting the first time.
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« Reply #34 on: 07-28-2003 00:18 »

Of the most recent movies I've seen, I'd say Signs is the most overrated.  Great built up scare factor ruined by a completely illogical and moronic ending.  Water phobic alien invaders overlook the fact that Earth is mostly covered in water.  Marvelous.
Action Jacktion

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« Reply #35 on: 07-28-2003 00:22 »
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Oh man, I forgot to add Signs to my list (I did it a while ago).  It was probably the worst movie I saw last year.  It wasn't nominated for Oscars or anything, but it was still highly overrated, I thought.
OC_James

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« Reply #36 on: 07-28-2003 00:34 »

I'm glad someone finally said it. M. Night Syamalan is one of those guys who tries to convince you at the end of the movie that God is what saved these people even though the way I look at it: Humans are stupid and the aliens ,for landing on a planet full of a chemical harmful to them, were also stupid. The only reason that Mel Gibson, his creepy little kids, and panicky brother ended up winning was because they didn't have a resistance to water. It was pure luck but Shyamalan tried to manipulate people into believing God had saved the family. It sort of reminded me of this classic moment from "Roswell Thats Ends Well":
(I'm not positive but I'm sure it was along the lines of this)
Leela:Then why are you still here?
Fry: Maybe God loves me.
(Bender starts laughing)
Personally, I've never been a fan of M. Night's work but that aside, maybe before they started filming this movie they should have "swung away" at Shyamalan's manipulative head. Sorry, but I'm somewhat picky with what messages my movies try to send me.
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« Reply #37 on: 07-28-2003 00:44 »

sometimes i get confused with the meanings of underated and overrated  confused

...lol, wow, im really stupid laff
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« Reply #38 on: 07-28-2003 07:23 »

 
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Shyamalan tried to manipulate people into believing God had saved the family.

Oh. So that's what happened. I could never understand what the point was of that ending.

Titanic has a special place in my gullet for being such an overhyped film, and ending up being such a disappointment. And the same with the Blair Witch Project.

Underrated: Pleasantville, the Frighteners
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« Reply #39 on: 07-28-2003 08:01 »
« Last Edit on: 07-28-2003 08:01 »

 
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Originally posted by Action Jacktion:
Hoo boy... here's my list of overrated movies:


Ghost World
Reservoir Dogs
Saving Private Ryan
The Silence of the Lambs
Traffic

   no no    no no get out and stay out!

People keep saying arthouse movies are underated, but there not. Movies like donnie darko, adaptation and ghost world reached there intended audience.

edit: amilie was so good...
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