|As Fleetwood Mac Sez: You Can Go Your Own Way|
As folks who are regular visitors to the site may have gleaned, I don't take any particular pleasure in disliking things which are either popular by mass appeal or critical consensus. For example, the entire thrust of my discussion of The Revenant was really about how I thought it was a good movie, but maybe not a great movie. And how I figured this meant I'd spend the next six months trying to decide if I needed to be polite in mixed company, or if I'd just be "that guy" and make noise about my opinion.
A few days ago, an old high school pal, JoeC, started asking folks on facebook about what bands people hated that folks seemed to really dig. You could say why, and some folks did.
Today he asked folks about what movies people hated that had popular or critical acclaim. He volunteered his own answers and gave some great explanations why - some were logical, some visceral - and then invited others to join in.
I am afraid I came off as a pretentious jerkface for bitching about Whit Stillman, but, man, I cannot stand that dude's work.
I love the idea of us all working through our cognitive dissonance together. So, I'm going to ask the same thing Joe asked:
What movie do you hate that seems to get all the kudos, laud & honor - and you think it's just terrible?
A few ground rules for your response (we're going to ask for a bit more than Joe did).
In your answer - please provide:
1. Name of movie (we'll do bands and books later, I guess. Let's do an easy one first)
2. Why you hate it. In a complete answer. And, yes, "I just hate so-and-so's dumb face" is a perfectly acceptable response. But WHY do you hate that face? And WHY is it dumb?
3. What movie do you like that has a poor public reception or critical rating?
I know! #3 is a problem. But one of the things I kept wondering while watching Joe's facebook pals comment away was "well, huh. So... as a point of comparison, what do you think is a good movie?"
And that wasn't a criticism of Joe's pals. That was me feeling like I didn't have a complete picture. Yes, you found Citizen Kane boring. But did you then go on to love Joe Dirt? Or was it because it was no Magnificent Ambersons?
So, let's hear it! LET YOUR HATE SPILL FORTH. May your bile flow freely in the comments! Join the Dark Side!