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Unpopular Opinions About Film

The Evening Star is better than Terms of Endearment. There I said it!

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by Anonymousreply 108April 5, 2024 3:40 PM

It’s not better than Terms. It played more like a sitcom to me than TOE. It was a good follow up, and I actually own the dvd of it. But no Winger (I know she died but still) and no Jeff Daniels left a hole in the film. MacLaine is wonderful in both films though.

by Anonymousreply 1March 29, 2024 10:51 PM

Pauline Kael on West Side Story:

[quote]first you take Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and remove all that cumbersome poetry.

by Anonymousreply 2March 29, 2024 10:58 PM

No. Just…no.

by Anonymousreply 3March 29, 2024 11:34 PM

I hate TERMS, but don't think so, OP.

by Anonymousreply 4March 29, 2024 11:36 PM

Ishtar wasn’t that bad. Neither was Author, Author.

by Anonymousreply 5March 29, 2024 11:43 PM

^ Blind, deaf, dumb

by Anonymousreply 6March 30, 2024 1:26 AM

I liked Istar too! I wanted to like Evening Star but it bored me to tears.

by Anonymousreply 7March 30, 2024 1:48 AM

Casino is better than Goodfellas. It's more fun to look at and Robert De Niro is a better narrator than Ray Liotta.

by Anonymousreply 8March 30, 2024 2:03 AM

I've never seen The Goonies, and I ain't ever fucking going to. Stop telling me to do so.

by Anonymousreply 9March 30, 2024 5:01 AM

OP- You don't know what you're talking about.


by Anonymousreply 10March 30, 2024 5:02 AM

I don't think Catwman with Halle is too bad, it's more like a guilty pleasure (so bad it's good) experience. Also, I don't get why people were asking her to give back her Oscar just for starring in the film. Way over the top reactions.

by Anonymousreply 11March 30, 2024 5:07 AM

This is an opinion that’s easier to arrive at when you hate Debra Winger.

by Anonymousreply 12March 30, 2024 5:10 AM

I think excessive gun violence in films is mentally unhealthy for younger viewers... and some older viewers too.

by Anonymousreply 13March 30, 2024 5:24 AM

The only thing I remember about The Evening Star is that Shirley MacLaine forced the studio to almost completely edit out Marion Ross’ performance because Ross was apparently very, very good. Shirl didn’t want to be outshone.

by Anonymousreply 14March 30, 2024 5:28 AM

Streisand gave MacLaine advice on how to achieve this.

by Anonymousreply 15March 30, 2024 5:30 AM

It's AnnE Francis r15.

by Anonymousreply 16March 30, 2024 6:02 AM

I thought The Sound Of Freedom and Leave The World Behind were both great movies.

by Anonymousreply 17March 30, 2024 6:10 AM

"Barbie" was a boring mess.

by Anonymousreply 18March 30, 2024 6:18 AM

R9 Saw Goonies when I was in HIgh School. It gave me a headache (constant screaming) and I walked out. I think you had to be 7 yrs old to enjoy it.

by Anonymousreply 19March 30, 2024 1:27 PM

Notorious was an uninteresting boring movie. I don’t care what those at TCM say.

by Anonymousreply 20March 30, 2024 1:32 PM

David Lynch's "Dune"is better than the Timothay ones. The story is absurd (spice... giant sandworms... talking fetuses) and begs for charismatic actors and some black humor.

by Anonymousreply 21March 30, 2024 1:43 PM

It's a Wonderful Life is complete dreck

by Anonymousreply 22March 30, 2024 1:58 PM

I couldn't care less about Christopher Nolan, or these fucking Dune movies, or superhero franchises... or most of what film fanboys on social media rave about.

by Anonymousreply 23March 30, 2024 2:09 PM

America Ferrera and the fugly actress who played the brat daughter were the worst part of the Barbie movie. The brief scenes of Barbie and the ghost of Ruth Handler were much better than the crap scenes of the America Ferrera and the brat daughter.

by Anonymousreply 24March 30, 2024 2:14 PM

[quote] "Barbie" was a boring mess.

Not sure how unpopular an opinion that actually is...

by Anonymousreply 25March 30, 2024 2:24 PM

If a foreign movie is truly great, I will suffer through subtitles. But no way am I doing that for anything that's merely run-of-the-mill. Too much of my attention is pulled to the text while I'm missing the visuals of a MOVIE. If I wanted to read, I would pick up a book.

A few movies that were worth the effort: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.... and Spring; Parasite; Devil's Backbone

by Anonymousreply 26March 30, 2024 2:30 PM

Cruising was not only really well done, a modern classic , it was also brutally honest as to what it showed ..

by Anonymousreply 27March 30, 2024 2:57 PM

R27 if it were released today people would be offended by its reality which is very much real.

by Anonymousreply 28March 30, 2024 3:00 PM


True even though back then they only used the PG version of what they had filmed. Something like 20 mins cut by censors.

20 is a guess. Now lost to history.

And what a hard to believe double, someone who had a brief scene in the Exorcist turned out to be a real like serial killer and his story was somewhat incorporated into Cruising.

by Anonymousreply 29March 30, 2024 3:07 PM

Kevin Spacey was always a bad actor.

Jennifer Jason Leigh is a bad actor.

Adam Driver exists because straight directors don't want a leading man who is too pretty.

by Anonymousreply 30March 30, 2024 3:08 PM

Ryan Gosling ruined Barbie. He looks nothing like Ken. Yet the movie became all about KEN and his ego.

The Ruth Handler stuff was total BS though. All she cared about was $$$.

by Anonymousreply 31March 30, 2024 3:11 PM

I'm a miserable cunting Negative Nancy with middle brow tastes. I've found my people in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 32March 30, 2024 3:29 PM

Incense still bitching about Barbie. Move on, ladies.

by Anonymousreply 33March 30, 2024 3:43 PM

And here I thought Barbie was a chicks movie

by Anonymousreply 34March 30, 2024 3:51 PM

Once Upon a Time in America is an awful, juvenile film.

by Anonymousreply 35March 30, 2024 3:53 PM

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an awful, juvenile film.

by Anonymousreply 36March 30, 2024 3:54 PM

Martin Scorsese isn’t the genius he wants us to think he is.

by Anonymousreply 37March 30, 2024 4:07 PM

R37 Neither is Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Greta Gerwig, or Quentin Tarantino.

by Anonymousreply 38March 30, 2024 4:12 PM

True R38 but I would argue Scorsese is widely held in much higher regard in the pantheon of film than the directors on your list.

by Anonymousreply 39March 30, 2024 4:17 PM

R21 people watching DAvid Lynch's Dune should just imagine it as a completely different work from the book. It works much better that way. It's still incomprehensible but it works as a fever dream.

by Anonymousreply 40March 30, 2024 4:28 PM

Cruising is fantastic.

Showgirls not even in the bottom 1000 of worst films ever made.

by Anonymousreply 41March 30, 2024 4:30 PM

Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino) was a good movie, but everything after that (by Tarantino) was not good.

by Anonymousreply 42March 30, 2024 4:36 PM

Sharon Stone’s post-Casino Renaissance wasn’t as bad as people make it out to be.

Last Dance, Diabolique, Sphere, & The Muse are all highly entertaining.

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by Anonymousreply 43March 30, 2024 5:59 PM

R43 agree. I really liked Diabolique but truth be told I never saw the original. I also liked The Avengers (Uma and Raif) directed by the same guy. It wasn't perfect but it was fun. Also, Extraordinary League of Gentleman was a great popcorn movie.

by Anonymousreply 44March 30, 2024 8:53 PM

What was that,R42?

by Anonymousreply 45March 30, 2024 8:58 PM

I think Scorsese has some restraint or at least a very judicious film editor. His movies are nowhere near as bloated as Nolan and Tarantino's vanity projects, both of whom I still like despite their tendency to make movies that are 30-60 minutes longer than they need to be. Scorsese is definitely more talented.

Snyder has been doing superhero movies for the past 10+ and isn't highly respected. Gerwig needs to prove Barbie wasn't a fluke.

by Anonymousreply 46March 30, 2024 9:50 PM

R46 MS works with the same team on nearly every film and he has a meticulous editor. His continuity is the best in the business.

by Anonymousreply 47March 30, 2024 9:53 PM

Forrest Gump deserved to win Best Picture over Pulp Fiction.

by Anonymousreply 48March 30, 2024 9:56 PM

Pulp Fiction hasn’t held up. FG is an epic film.

by Anonymousreply 49March 30, 2024 10:03 PM

Speaking of Scorsese - I find the lead character (Archer?) in “The Age of Innocence” to be insufferable. Lewis also has no chemistry with Pfeiffer.

I hate that movie.

by Anonymousreply 50March 30, 2024 10:09 PM

R50 that’s one of Marty’s worst movies and I love MP

by Anonymousreply 51March 30, 2024 10:36 PM

Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret is anti-Christian. The Jewish grandmother (played by Kathy Bates) is fun and understanding. The Christian grandparents, who Margaret only meets once, are troublemakers and not likeable, and haven’t been given the time to get to know her.

by Anonymousreply 52March 30, 2024 10:52 PM

When I see Meryl Streep in a movie, all I see is Meryl Streep "ACTING!"

by Anonymousreply 53March 30, 2024 10:54 PM

R53 that’s a pretty popular opinion around here

by Anonymousreply 54March 30, 2024 10:56 PM

Shooting on digital instead of film never looks good.

by Anonymousreply 55March 30, 2024 11:32 PM

Audrey Hepburn was charming, but except for "The Nun's Story" she could not act worth a damn in anything.

by Anonymousreply 56March 30, 2024 11:37 PM

I abhor Some Like It Hot and A Streetcar Named Desire.

by Anonymousreply 57March 30, 2024 11:44 PM

I love "Love, Actually".

by Anonymousreply 58March 30, 2024 11:46 PM

Vincente Minnelli was a hack who never made a single truly good movie. An American In Paris came close to being one but that seemingly endless fantasy ballet sequence sucked all the life out of it. His films are all badly paced and overblown. Meet Me in St. Louis, so beloved on DL, has moments of brilliance, but is still a drag to watch. On Moonlight Bay with Miss Doris Day was an unpretentious, low-budget take on that film and it actually ended being so much better...Probably because it didn't have that annoying air of self-importance found in pretty much all of the Arthur Freed musicals.

The only good thing Minnelli ever made was Liza.

by Anonymousreply 59March 30, 2024 11:51 PM

R55 you are 100% correct. Digital is shit. There is no depth.

by Anonymousreply 60March 30, 2024 11:53 PM

R9, what?! The Goonies is timeless. Go watch it!

by Anonymousreply 61March 31, 2024 12:27 AM

I like Age of Innocence. I think Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer had plenty of chemistry. They had to express their affection for each other in an incredibly subtle and restrained way because of the psychotic social customs of their time. I can see why someone would think they had zero chemistry because they barely talked about their love and never had sex or kissed. They were the only people in that social circle who questioned the rules. The level of detail in that movie is exquisite.

by Anonymousreply 62March 31, 2024 12:47 AM

Stanley Kubrick wasn't talented enough to be the cruel asshole he was.

by Anonymousreply 63March 31, 2024 12:49 AM

Monster's Ball was a terrible movie and Halle Berry shouldn't have won an Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 64March 31, 2024 1:32 AM

I completely agree, r62, but i think that is indeed a pretty unpopular opinion on this site. Michelle Pfeiffer was perfection on this. Scorsese says it was the most violent movie he ever made.

by Anonymousreply 65March 31, 2024 2:10 AM

Agree R64. Heath Ledger was the only who expressed real love for his father. His performance is what I remember most.

by Anonymousreply 66March 31, 2024 2:16 AM

R64 it was jarring to see Berry in that kind of role and it rode that to what's ultimately a strange movie. It's like loaded with despair and in your face from the start. Death row, obesity, abuse, child's death and accident, suicide and then the movie finally gets going. I always felt it tried too hard. I thought Ledger and Thornton's more restrained work was more effective than all her manic shouting and crying histrionics.

by Anonymousreply 67March 31, 2024 2:17 AM

Judy Garland overacts embarrassingly in almost all of the performances people laud her for on this site, including "A Star is Born," "Judgment at Nuremberg," and "I Could Go on Singing." Her best performance is in 'The Clock," but that's because Minnelli reined her in much more.

by Anonymousreply 68March 31, 2024 3:05 AM

Not only is Meryl Street *always* ACTING, but she's ruined a couple of films because she is ACTING. Had another actress been cast, the movie would be better.

by Anonymousreply 69March 31, 2024 3:08 AM

R65 I also like The Age go Innocence. As R62 stated the detail was incredibly precise. Down to how the gloves were laid on the table. I was always surprised Pfieffer was not nominated for this. She gave a very soft feminist honest performance that never seemed forced. Also loved Ryder's sly, cunning performance.

by Anonymousreply 70March 31, 2024 3:11 AM

R50, THANK YOU!!! I hated that movie too. The two leads have ZERO chemistry. There is no fire there. I thought it was just an all around mediocrity. I still think Bringing out the Dead is his best post-Goodfellas movie.

by Anonymousreply 71March 31, 2024 3:24 AM

Wes Anderson movies suck.

by Anonymousreply 72March 31, 2024 3:24 AM

I think Mean Streets is a bit overrated in Scorsese's catalogue. I think it's a very good movie but not a great one. It feels underwhelming compared to Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, King of Comedy, After Hours and Goodfellas.

by Anonymousreply 73March 31, 2024 3:28 AM

Scorsese's cameo as the taxi passenger in TD was pretty great. DeNiro's eyes through the rear view mirror as he speaks is pretty remarkable. You can almost see something register and he starts to formulate his plan. And it was quite natural for a director.

by Anonymousreply 74March 31, 2024 3:32 AM

R74, I almost thought Scorsese was going to be like Hitchcock where he makes appearances in all of his movies after I saw Taxi Driver and After Hours. You're right about Taxi Driver, that whole scene is so fucking creepy. It almost feels like it exists purely in Travis's mind. Ahhh, the 70s, when movies didn't have to be about Marvel to make millions!

by Anonymousreply 75March 31, 2024 3:40 AM

[quote]R65 Scorsese says it was the most violent movie he ever made.

It’s a claim that makes no sense to those who know his films. He just needed a tasty sound byte to sell the movie.

by Anonymousreply 76March 31, 2024 4:05 AM

Yeah, it sucked. Massively overrated movie. I don't care how "pretty" it is, the acting is not convincing.

by Anonymousreply 77March 31, 2024 4:07 AM

Braveheart is fantastic. I don't care how historically inacurate it is, it's entertaining, brutal, inspiring, romantic, and touches on alot of important subjects. The character arcs of Robert the Bruce and Princess Isabelle are also excellent. It's the example of what a great epic should be.

by Anonymousreply 78March 31, 2024 4:59 AM

There isn't one movie Emma Stone has done that made me think she's a terrific actress. She's average and definitely overrated.

by Anonymousreply 79March 31, 2024 5:22 AM

Agree about Emma Stone. Easy A was somewhat enjoyable, but I absolutely hate her in everything after that.

by Anonymousreply 80March 31, 2024 5:31 AM

With the wonderful exception of "An Unmarried Woman," Paul Mazursky's movies are screechy sitcoms in search of a laugh track, sappy tearjerkers yanking the heartstrings, or sloppy mashups of the two.

by Anonymousreply 81March 31, 2024 5:32 AM

R9 I highly suggest you watch Goonies. It's totally worth it! The movie that defined a generation.

by Anonymousreply 82March 31, 2024 5:49 AM

While You Were Sleeping is a much better romcom than Pretty Woman and Sleepless in Seattle.

by Anonymousreply 83March 31, 2024 5:51 AM

The Blair Witch Project is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I'm a horror fan.

by Anonymousreply 84March 31, 2024 6:33 AM

[quote] There isn't one movie Emma Stone has done that made me think she's a terrific actress. She's average and definitely overrated.

I feel the exact same way about Jennifer Lawrence, Florence Pugh, and Zendaya.

by Anonymousreply 85March 31, 2024 6:38 AM

Animation conveys more emotion and sentiment than live action.

“Up” and the “How You Train Your Dragon” series are far more human and connective to the human experience than any live action movie.

by Anonymousreply 86March 31, 2024 6:49 AM

Brad Pitt, Winona Ryder, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts are always ACTING too.

by Anonymousreply 87March 31, 2024 7:06 AM

He's obviously referring to emotional violence, r76. Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer loved each and probably could have had a future together. Their entire social circle worked to crush that relationship both as a favor to Winona Ryder and because the relationship between an engaged man and a divorced woman violated their rules. It was heartless and much sadder than Joe Pesci getting what he deserved in that cornfield.

by Anonymousreply 88March 31, 2024 10:21 AM

I thought Winona Ryder gave the best performance in Age of Innocence.

by Anonymousreply 89March 31, 2024 12:45 PM

Madonna should have stuck to costarring. She does really well as a side character--Desperately Seeking Susan, A League of their Own, etc. The one great lead role she had was Dangerous Game but that's because Abel Ferrara verbally abused the shit out of her. There are worse actresses than Madonna.

by Anonymousreply 90March 31, 2024 3:17 PM

R88, not R76, but that's still a big stretch. Jake LaMotta's story is far sadder.

by Anonymousreply 91March 31, 2024 3:21 PM

R86, that's why I generally hate live action remakes of animated shows.

by Anonymousreply 92March 31, 2024 3:22 PM

Lucy had her good moments in Mame.

by Anonymousreply 93March 31, 2024 3:52 PM

Julia Roberts really has no acting range. I wouldn't call her a true talent. For the life of me I can't understand how she can be such a popular A-lister when her talent is more suited for daytime soaps.

Don't even get me started on that laugh and horsey mouth.

by Anonymousreply 94March 31, 2024 6:25 PM

R94, that's not an unpopular opinion on this forum. I think Julia was by far the best actor in August: Osage County.

by Anonymousreply 95March 31, 2024 7:19 PM

Jackie Brown is a better film than Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs.

It's not a groundbreaking work of advanced, technical cinematography. But it's a better film, with better acting, better production design, better pacing, and better music.

by Anonymousreply 96March 31, 2024 7:42 PM

2001 a space odyssey is boring

by Anonymousreply 97March 31, 2024 7:46 PM

Jurassic Park was more deserving of Best Picture than Schindler's List.

by Anonymousreply 98March 31, 2024 7:49 PM

The Godfather Part III wasn't that bad.

by Anonymousreply 99March 31, 2024 7:57 PM

Dawson's 50 Load Weekend = tepid and tentative recording of a gangbang, and drags on.

by Anonymousreply 100March 31, 2024 8:09 PM

You forgot better writing, R96.

by Anonymousreply 101March 31, 2024 8:23 PM

R101 Because it was originally written by Elmore Leonard, a genius.

by Anonymousreply 102March 31, 2024 10:49 PM

Another heart for Jackie Brown here. It's really great slick entertainment. Very sharp. I love Pulp Fiction too but I do admit it doesn't hold up as well. But I still appreciate it.

by Anonymousreply 103April 1, 2024 12:30 AM

Summer of Sam is Spike Lee’s best film.

by Anonymousreply 104April 3, 2024 1:49 AM

[quote]Summer of Sam is Spike Lee’s best film.

Patti LuPone’s droopy boobies beg to differ.

by Anonymousreply 105April 3, 2024 1:59 AM

R102, Leonard did not write the movie script

by Anonymousreply 106April 3, 2024 11:49 AM

54 would’ve made a much stronger film if they had left the male bisexuality plot intact.

by Anonymousreply 107April 5, 2024 12:31 PM

R107 that’s a very popular opinion on Datalounge

by Anonymousreply 108April 5, 2024 3:40 PM
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