Movies You Respect but Don't Actually Like

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I was thinking about the Social Network the other day. It seemingly has everything in place to be one of my all time favorite movies. The work of the cast is incredible, David Fincher to me is one of the best working directors today, and the soundtrack by Trent Reznor is stellar. But I just can't get into it. I respect the level of commitment put into it and it's a well put together film. It just wasn't the rise to success story I expected it to be. I think some of it comes from that Aaron Sorkin is one of the most overrated writers ever. He is so consumed with writing snappy lines that that is all his scripts are. Witty lines.

But anyways, what are some movies that you respect but do not actually like?

YCRanger:
I think some of it comes from that Aaron Sorkin is one of the most overrated writers ever. He is so consumed with writing snappy lines that that is all his scripts are. Witty lines.

I have to disagree with that. Yes, Sorkin does a lot of very-smart-people-talking-quickly-and-being-witty, but he's a good writer. You only have to look at season 5 of The West Wing to prove that. After 4 seasons of brilliance Sorkin left and S5 was awful as his replacements tried to imitate him and failed dismally. Thankfully, seasons 6 and 7 did recover a bit.

OT: Goodfellas - I've watched it three times and it's brilliantly made - really a masterpiece of film making, but every time I watch it I end up disliking it more. Yes, it's supposed to show how seductively glamorous a life of crime is until it all goes wrong, but I feel Scorcese gets off on it, the violence in particular, so much it plays out like a recruitment ad for the Mafia until the final act - arguably until the final scene.

Then of course he made Casino, which really is out and out Mafia Porn.

Citizen Kane. People who study it in film school will tell you that the use of camera techniques, special effects, types of shots, etc are all a first for the industry and were revolutionary at the time. I found it to be a pretty tough movie to sit through.
Probably because its a 70 year old movie and I find the pacing of old movies makes them pretty tedious for the most part and from a technical point of view all those things that were revolutionary at the time have either been incorporated into every movie I've ever seen or surpassed by superior techniques. I don't know, I'm no film nerd. But saying you don't enjoy that film is heresy to some.

twilight
utter garbage but i do admire the way they done the movie so well it basically hypnotizes 14 year old girls.

Avatar- WAY too preachy for my tastes, but I respect the work put into it. That and the fact that James Cameron took the time to create his own language.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
Because it's impressive how much the movie adaptation messes up everything about what is maybe the easiest Alan Moore Comic to adapt (in my opinion at least, shave off a bit of the more cynical edges and the [intended] misogyny and the first volume makes for a great movie). ZING!

2001: A space odyssey:
The glacial pacing kills me, but it is still an iconic movie.

The Shining (since i started with Kubrick already):
For all its cheese, i like the book so much better and i find that the Jack Nicholson Version of Jack Torrance feels shallow and one-dimensional as opposed to the multifaceted Book Character, but...well, that is also an iconic movie with some brilliant scenes.

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
The Godfather.
Star Wars.
Social Network.
Citizen Kane.
2001: A Space Odyssey.

Sixcess:

OT: Goodfellas - I've watched it three times and it's brilliantly made - really a masterpiece of film making, but every time I watch it I end up disliking it more. Yes, it's supposed to show how seductively glamorous a life of crime is until it all goes wrong, but I feel Scorcese gets off on it, the violence in particular, so much it plays out like a recruitment ad for the Mafia until the final act - arguably until the final scene.

Then of course he made Casino, which really is out and out Mafia Porn.

Dangit, there goes my first answer. Shucks. Well, at least I can still say -

Frybird:
2001: A space odyssey:
The glacial pacing kills me, but it is still an iconic movie.

oh for crying out loud.

Fine.

North by Northwest. The pacing kills it, Cary Grant looks way too old for the role and the most famous scene (Cary Grant gets chased by a plane) is so slow I think he could have outrun the thing at a light saunter.

Other than that, it's a great piece of cinema with so at the time groundbreaking editing and sound techniques, good use of metaphor and an interesting mystery plot.

Pulp Fiction

I respect it as a classic film with a huge reputation, but I personally find most of it really unmemorable. It's one of those films that's more fun to talk about (theories about the contents of the suitcase, etc.) then it is to actually watch.

The Blair Witch Project. While I respect the movie for trying something new, and for it being a college project film. I absolutely hated the movie. It was so boring that it took me 3 tries to get all the way through it. This is the cardinal sin of movies to me, be bad I won't care as long as you aren't boring.

A Clockwork Orange

It was a very unpleasant film, I didn't really like watching it and I don't think I'll watch it again. But I am glad I saw it.

MetalMagpie:
Pulp Fiction

I respect it as a classic film with a huge reputation, but I personally find most of it really unmemorable. It's one of those films that's more fun to talk about (theories about the contents of the suitcase, etc.) then it is to actually watch.

I pretty much agree. It always seemed like a movie I should like but I can never get into it. It was interesting how the story wrapped in and around itself but for a character driven story I didn't like any of the characters enough to care when bad things happened to them.

The Godfather. When I watched it, I could see why it was such a revered movie. But I just didn't like it. I didn't hate it either, mind. It just didn't make me love it the way people say you should.

The big lebowski and fear and loathing in las vegas, in fact, a lot of "stoner"-movies etc, the hangover, dude wheres my car, those kinds of movies
i acknowledge their...the fact that people like them and that the movies in question certainly have some substance to them and that theyre at least not terrible, and i respect that theyre good in some sense and theyre aware of their target audience...but, yeah i just dont find myself "liking" them, certainly dont feel my time was wasted in watching them but, i had no urge to watch them again after, and havent to this day

I love The Social Network

I think I would've put Bladerunner a while back, but I watched it again a while after I first saw it and it clicked

Otherwise, Brazil

A Clockwork Orange comes immediately to mind. It's a really well-made movie, but it's also nihilistic and pretentious, which is my beef with it.

The Godfather - And I'm not even sure why really. I just didn't get it, it bored me. I feel like I should like it, but I just don't.

Alien - Now I can see why this is a good movie and should be respected, but it's not my cup of tea. It's a film I say that I would like in theory - I can see things in it that are awesome, but they don't do it for me for whatever reason my brain decides but doesn't want me to know.

Citizen Kane
Godfather
Goodfellas
Avatar

For one that Hasn't been posted?

Shawshank Redemption

I guess Eraserhead. I personally don't see the point, or the artistic merit, but it was . . . well it was something that some people find value in.

Apocalypse Now and The Godfather.

I would say most of the 70's counter movement movies.

I understand why they needed to be made, but sitting through them just makes me feel nauseous.

As Good As It Gets, which is a brilliant, insightful portrayal of mental illness... and I can't sit through it because it's just so uncomfortable. I don't even dislike the movie itself, I just don't like the experience of watching it.

For me one of the main ones would have to be David Lynch's Inland Empire. It contains some truly amazing imagery, as well as the most realistic depiction of a dream I have ever seen on film. To watch, however... well, let's just say that it's three hours long and I was acutely aware of every minute.

lechat:
twilight
utter garbage but i do admire the way they done the movie so well it basically hypnotizes 14 year old girls.

I find this funny. A good number of girls near where I live hate the movies with a passion. We're anything but normal here.

OT- I cannot stand The Hobbit after I read the book. The pacing almost kills it, but the later parts of the movie are pretty well made for a movie (not comparing to LOTR).

CrazyGirl17:
Avatar- WAY too preachy for my tastes, but I respect the work put into it. That and the fact that James Cameron took the time to create his own language.

Sorry had to laugh at this xD Since the storyline is just an Hollywood version of the smurfs! Always get me.
But jeah, the film is meh, but the scenic shots are jaw-dropping-awesome and it's still probably the best use of 3D in a movie.

I also agree on the Blair Witch Project. I thought the suspense in the beginning was actually quite awesome - to clearify i watched the movie the first time only 2-3 years ago^^ - but then one of the idiots just throws away the map with the sentence "We were lost anyway".
Aaaaaaaaaand that's where the movie lost me and i thought "just another teenie horror/slasher".

Goodfellas. I mean I hear it's good but I just got so bored watching it I never managed to finish it.

Similarly Pulp Fiction, I get it that it's great but literally everything except Bruce Willis' storyline failed to interest me at all. Don't think I'll watch it again.

Also, Life of Brian. I know it's great and I guess I enjoy it enough but I just love everything else Monty Python does so much more that me not liking their supposed best comedy film that much struck me as odd.

Also Casino Royale. I get it's a good movie, but I went in expecting a BOND movie and what I got was Bond girl that looked like she should be in twilight, Jason Bourne-esque fighting and chasing and implants under the skin and enough card games to put an episode of YuGiOh to shame. It's weird because everyone would point out how it was very accurate to the book, but who gives a shit about the books? The books didn't have a tricked out Aston or Sean Connerys accent.

I respect Dr. Stragelove or How I Learnd To Stop Caring And Love The Bomb, but it was just all.....BWUH to me, granted I saw it as a yound child, so maybe I'll have a renewed apprication or it.

Funny Games, it's clever, interesting and subversive but can anyone actually enjoy it? In a similar way Die Brucke and Come and See, they are powerful haunting films, but just too grueling for me to "like".

Probably Jaws.

I just didn't really see the appeal myself. Still though, it must have done something right to get the popularity it got.

Also Avatar.

I will say the movie has great visuals. But beyond that it's Pocahontas with blue cat people. Plus I didn't like how black and white the characters are. I remember hearing at the beginning at the movie, the protagonist mentioned how bad the economy was at Earth, so to me, it could have been a morally grey area in which the humans have to mine the planet for their own survival.

Kind of a wasted opportunity to me.

Casual Shinji:
Apocalypse Now

Ninja'd.

That movie was just plain unpleasant to watch. I enjoyed it for its artistic value and all, but it just took it out of me.

The Man Who Fell to Earth. The story is beautifully tragic but my god is it slow moving to the point of dull. That, and I didn't give a single f*ck about the professer who was banging his students. If you cut the magority of his half of the story out that movie would be watchable for me.

octafish:
Funny Games, it's clever, interesting and subversive but can anyone actually enjoy it? In a similar way Die Brucke and Come and See, they are powerful haunting films, but just too grueling for me to "like".

Yeah I was talking to someone about that movie the other day. I don't think it's a movie that is meant to be liked. I thought it was great but like Requiem for a Dream, I will never watch it again. Also since the guy who directed Funny Games did Amour I will probably avoid that as well.

I don't really like Airplane or Spaceballs anymore, since the jokes have gotten old for me.

However, I have come to respect them after watching some more recent "____ Movie" parody movies, which do nothing but make references without actually making jokes. Disaster Movie in particular was so horribly unfunny that it defies all reasonable explanation.

I kind of wish I could wipe Airplane and Spaceballs out of my memory so I could watch them again without knowing every joke in advance. For now, I'm just trusting my memory that they were hilarious.

Frybird:
2001: A space odyssey:

My choice too. Superb shot composition, good acting, outstanding score, great premise. Unfortunately, for me anyway, it's simply less than the sum of its parts. I can appreciate its rationale & construction, but the implementation leaves me cold.

Lost in Translation

My wife made me watch it (yes...I was forced).

Thought it was a brilliant character study and a beautifully shot film. Bill Murray was excellent as...well...Bill Murray. And ScarJo was hot.

But I simply didn't enjoy it. It just felt forced. Like Sophia Coppola was trying too hard to make me appreciate its "artsiness"

I staunchly refused.

Anything by Michael Bay: You've got to be pretty damn smart to make something so horribly abominable and still get so much money out of it.

Battleship, for having the balls to make a movie about BATTLESHIP. Not that bad, actually, but I still didn't enjoy it.

A lot of "technical marvel" films, such as Avatar. Most technically advanced films are actually pretty weak in other areas (understandably so, for budget reasons), I feel. Unfortunately, it seems the areas I care about most are what's axed first: Good writing, good acting, and subtle storytelling.

Not really a movie per say, but (I know I'm probably going to get lynched for this) the HBO Game of Thrones series. MASSIVE kudos for trying to translate something so dense and for the huge risk of adapting a nerd favourite yet completely unknown outside nerdy cycles saga, but I just don't enjoy it. It manages to be slow enough to be boring to me, yet TV-ised enough that I feel like I'm missing out on way too many details (EG: The chain missing in Season 2).

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