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The Master: A pretentious film critic's wet dream...

...but to most normal people, a total fucking piece of shit at worst, or just a goddamn snooze fest at best.

What are films of the past that also fit that description?

by Gandhireply 4612/29/2012

Crash

by Gandhireply 112/28/2012

"pretentious film critic"

Someone didn't go to college, huh?

by Gandhireply 212/28/2012

*ahem*

by Gandhireply 312/28/2012

Black Swan

by Gandhireply 412/28/2012

Melancholia

Beasts of the Southern Piece of Shit

by Gandhireply 512/28/2012

I'll second Black Swan

by Gandhireply 612/28/2012

The English Patient

The Pillow Book

Last Year at Marienbad

by Gandhireply 712/28/2012

The Designated Mourner.

by Gandhireply 812/28/2012

Interesting. I didn't hate The Master (the lush score and gorgeous cinematography held my interest) but I do think it is much ado about nothing: PT Anderson is a great director, but he's a crap writer, and this tale of two men in love but not willing to "go there" was tired and silly.

On the other hand, I adore Black Swan, The English Patient and Last Year Marienbad.

by Gandhireply 912/28/2012

Black Swan is one of the silliest films I've ever seen.

by Gandhireply 1012/28/2012

I totally agree, R10, but I found it very enjoyable. Granted, I have need to ever see it again, but I did like it the the one time I saw it.

by Gandhireply 1112/28/2012

It definitely does not hold up on repeat viewing, R11.

by Gandhireply 1212/28/2012

r10, that's precisely why I love Black Swan. It's so over-the-top and nutty that it left me breathless. It was cinema as all out gonzo bliss.

by Gandhireply 1312/28/2012

Whoops! I meant "I have no need to ever see it again."

by Gandhireply 1412/28/2012

Black Swan was AWFUL. I couldn't believe something so awful, and an actress so hammy, was getting that kind of acclaim.

by Gandhireply 1512/28/2012

We went to see "In The Bedroom" due to the near rapturous acclaim this film received upon release. When this ambien finished working almost everyone in the theater looked at each other like what was the big deal. An absolute snooze.

by Gandhireply 1612/28/2012

Eyes Wide Shut

by Gandhireply 1712/29/2012

Irownweed. Iron fucking weed.

by Gandhireply 1812/29/2012

Could someone please start a thread about the weird experience I had today while moving into my new house? TIA!!

by Gandhireply 1912/29/2012

Inception

by Gandhireply 2012/29/2012

PS: My dad is a film snob and he still finds time to trash Tree of Life whenever we discuss movies. We're in agreement that it was a pretentious piece of shit.

by Gandhireply 2112/29/2012

Chariots of Fire

by Gandhireply 2212/29/2012

Black Swan and Inception were the best films of last year, The Master is awful.

by Gandhireply 2312/29/2012

I'm Not There

Lost in Translation

Rachel Getting Married

by Gandhireply 2412/29/2012

Definitely "Lost in Translation"

Zabriskie Point

by Gandhireply 2512/29/2012

Oh, yes, Rachel Getting Married. Awful, unbelievably awful. A friend and I were the only ones in the theater when we saw it and we laughed at and mocked the film the whole time.

by Gandhireply 2612/29/2012

Porky's

I Spit on Your Grave

Grease 2

by Gandhireply 2712/29/2012

"pretentious film critic"

"Someone didn't go to college, huh?"

There are films that only critics love that the public shuns. Some of these films are overlooked because they are too complicated -- others because they simply suck.

Manohla Dargis of the New York Times is one of the perverse film critic with a fetish for difficult, nigh unwatchable films. Her championing of the nutty, precious (and borderline misogynist) Holy Motors is a prime example.

by Gandhireply 2812/29/2012

Black Swan doesn't fit the criteria. You may not like it, but a lot of people did.

The English Patient and Tree of Life are both excellent examples.

by Gandhireply 2912/29/2012

Melancholia is an excellent film, with an out-of-this-world performance by Dunst. If anything, that movie is completely underrated.

Lost in Translation is very good, despite ScarJo.

The English Patient is wonderful, even if some elements are a bit too manipulative. But the good parts outweigh the flaws, plus Binoche and Fiennes are superb in it.

Ironweed comes with the most overlooked performance of Streep's storied career. Some of her acting in this film is earth shattering.

OT: almost every Tarantino movie falls into OP's category, as do many of Clooney's movies. Up in the Air... yawn.

I agree with Eyes Wide Shut, and almost every movie starring Kidman to which critics have a wank-fest.

Titanic was praised at the time, so it needs to be included. Horrible, pedestrian script, plus Leo and Kathy Bates were awful in it. Especially Bates, whom I normally love.

I cared nothing for Walk the Line, and that one was praised as well.

That's all.

by Gandhireply 3012/29/2012

I liked it, thought it was beautiful and took me to a strange place most movies don't even attempt to reach. Not my favorite movie, but worth the price of admission.

by Gandhireply 3112/29/2012

People love Tarantino's movies, R30. Likewise, Walk the Line was fairly popular among "normal people."

The OP is talking about movies that critics love, but that the average moviegoer would find uninteresting or unlikeable. It's not about you personally disagreeing about a critically well-received movie.

by Gandhireply 3212/29/2012

Titanic? Walk the Line? Talk about completely missing the point of this thread...

by Gandhireply 3312/29/2012

Yes, r8!

The Designated Mourner owns this thread.

Those who are listing Black Swan or The Master or The English Patient should be so lucky as to not have seen this one.

by Gandhireply 3412/29/2012

Any Jarmusch film - I sat all the way through [italic]Stranger than Paradise[/italic] even though about 80% of the audience walked out. I suspect people claiming to like his movies think they're supposed to like his stuff, so they pretend they do too.

by Gandhireply 3512/29/2012

r32, The English Patient was a hit movie too, so the purpose of this thread had been disregarded long before I'd made my post.

"People love Tarantino's movies"

That's highly debatable as well.

Now carry on!

by Gandhireply 3612/29/2012

Streep Troll, sorry, but anybody who says Dunst's performance in Melancholia is "out of this world" is whack. Taking aside the fact that I actively loathed this film, I fail to see what was so great about such a dull, perfunctory performance. Horrible, just plain horrible.

by Gandhireply 3712/29/2012

Who likes Tarantino's movies? Dumb hipsters with no taste? No one else likes them.

by Gandhireply 3812/29/2012

I also hated "Inception" and "Black Swan". Loved "Tree of Life".

by Gandhireply 3912/29/2012

No one likes Tarantino movies? Have any of you ever met a straight man under 50? Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds are all extremely popular with them.

Although, The English Patient has a much higher box office gross that I thought it did, so The Streep Troll is correct on that one.

by Gandhireply 4012/29/2012

Mystic River.

Munich.

Dances With Wolves.

Nashville.

by Gandhireply 4112/29/2012

Brokeback Mountain

More like Boredasfuck Mountain.

by Gandhireply 4212/29/2012

I don't understand the Tarantino hate around here.

by Gandhireply 4312/29/2012

Oh, man, Munich! What a horrible movie.

by Gandhireply 4412/29/2012

Munich was fuckin awesome, you're crazy. So intense, plus Eric Bana nudity. Spilerberg's best.

by Gandhireply 4512/29/2012

This is a stupid thread. OP, you sound like an uneducated creep.

by Gandhireply 4612/29/2012
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