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September 10, 2005

Most Overrated Movie Of All Time?

Karol says Good Will Hunting. I was smart enough to stay clear of that one, myself.

So-- which movies are overrated? Let's keep this on prestige-type Oscar-bait kind of movies; I don't want you geeks and morons to generate into a 400 post discussion about whether Star Trek IV is funny and whimsical or just a corny rehash of Time After Time.

My nominee:

Brazil.

I don't get it. I just don't get it. And I'm a Python fan (and a fan of 1984, too).

But it's just this movie that goes out of its way to be whimsical and weeeeeiiird.

After that, you can put up most of Terry Gilliam's other movies too, including The Fisher King, although I'm pretty sure that's one of those supposedly "fantastic" movies -- highly critically acclaimed at the time -- that no one remembers a year and a half later.

He peaked with Time Bandits, and, I hate to say it, but that wasn't all that either.

And... I've never seen the whole thing, but I've seen enough to confidently say that Network sucks my left nard, and Paddy Chayevsky may be the genius everyone says, but this piece of self-satisfied monkeystool isn't evidence in favor of that.

Oh-- and Godfather II is boring. There, I said it. Godfather kicked all kinds of ass, but I'm convinced that those who claim GII is better are just trying to start trouble with me.

Exorcist? Not scary. At all. Just sort of slow and boring punctuated by periods of unpleasantness. The only fun part is looking for the not-quite-subliminal death-faces.

And, just to take care of this quickly: All of Woody Allen's "serious" films (except Hannah and her Sisters); all of Woody Allen's comedic/serious films; all Woody Allen films after the thing with his daughter-slash-wife, except Manhattan Murder Mystery.

All of Robert Redford's "serious" films.

All of Harrison Ford's "serious" films, with a partial exception for Witness, which wasn't really all that serious, but also wasn't really all that good.

Oh, and This Piece of Crap: Pulp Fiction. Resevoir Dogs great, True Romance one of my favorite movies, then everyone jumped on the bandwagon and deemed this piece of crap the greatest thing since sliced bread.

It's a bad movie, guys.


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