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Most boring "great" movie

I vote for Last Year at Marienbad.

by Anonymousreply 246Last Friday at 9:59 AM

Driving Miss Daisy

by Anonymousreply 102/26/2021

Elaine Benes spoke for me when she screamed “Die already!” during a showing of The English Patient.

by Anonymousreply 202/26/2021

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) "The Ultimate Trip" Just drop acid and look at a lava lamp for 21/2 hours!

by Anonymousreply 302/26/2021

"Giant" with Liz Taylor was boring. More like a made-for-TV movie.

by Anonymousreply 402/26/2021

Children of Paradise

by Anonymousreply 502/26/2021

Doctor Zhivago

by Anonymousreply 602/26/2021

Any movie directed by David Lean.

by Anonymousreply 702/26/2021

Lawrence of Arabia

by Anonymousreply 802/26/2021

The Sting.

by Anonymousreply 902/26/2021

I have never been able to make it through "Citizen Kane."

by Anonymousreply 1002/26/2021

R9 but at least Redford looked fine as hell in it

by Anonymousreply 1102/26/2021

Vanilla Sky

by Anonymousreply 1202/26/2021

My list of boring "acclaimed" movies includes recent Oscar winners for best picture

The Shape of Water (2018)

The King's Speech (2010)

The Departed (2006)

Slumdog Millionaire (2009)

Spotlight (2015)

Argo (2012) .

Birdman (2014)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Moonlight (2016)

Parasite (2019)

by Anonymousreply 1302/26/2021

Melancholia damn near killed me

by Anonymousreply 1402/26/2021

Two for me. First, "Out of Africa" left me cold. But I saw it immediately after watching a showing of "The Color Purple", so maybe I was already emotionally drained and tired from that.

The other is "Amadeus". I'm sure it's a good film. But it was so hyped up that by the time I saw it, I was expecting something exceptionally great. I was just kind of "meh" after it. Over the years, it's become sort of a shorthand among me and my friends for something that's so overly hyped that I fear I'll end up not liking it. For example, when my friends go on and on about how I need to watch the filmed version of "Hamilton" on Disney+, my reaction is "It's going to be Amadeus, isn't it?"

by Anonymousreply 1502/26/2021

Anything directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

by Anonymousreply 1602/26/2021

The Revenant

by Anonymousreply 1702/26/2021

It took me three attempts to get through "Gandhi".

I kept falling asleep.

by Anonymousreply 1802/26/2021

The Way We Were was a slogfest through boredom I hadn’t expected.

by Anonymousreply 1902/26/2021

For arthouse audiences:

“Jeanne Dielmann”. She barely beat me to the punch of killing myself.

by Anonymousreply 2002/26/2021

The Dark Knight. Or really, anything Christopher Nolan touches. All 3 Lord of the Rings movies. The Social Network.

by Anonymousreply 2102/26/2021

"The Last Emperor"

by Anonymousreply 2202/26/2021

[quote] It took me three attempts to get through "Gandhi".

The first thirty minutes of Gandhi are interesting. After that it is very dull.

[quote] Anything directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

I tried to watch Andrei Rublev recently. Although I appreciated it, it was long and boring with jarring scenes of cruelty. I gave up.

by Anonymousreply 2302/26/2021

Citizen Kane

by Anonymousreply 2402/26/2021

Every single fucking movie about english aristocrats in the early 20th century. Cleaning a bathroom has more excitement in it.

by Anonymousreply 2502/26/2021

[quote] "The Last Emperor"

The story of the last emperor is fascinating and tragic yet the movie is so dull.

by Anonymousreply 2602/26/2021

Raging Bull

by Anonymousreply 2702/26/2021

Titanic, with Leo and Kate

Yes, we know, boobs, dancing.

Yes, we know, water.

Yes, we know more water, less boobs, more water.

Die already.

Planks in the ocean, you just wont die.


by Anonymousreply 2802/26/2021

Seconding Out of Africa. A dreadful bore and one of the most “huh?” Best Picture winners. Robert Redford couldn’t even save it.

by Anonymousreply 2902/26/2021

All. Miramax. OscarBait.

by Anonymousreply 3002/26/2021

Philistines all. Go watch "Toy Story 8".

by Anonymousreply 3102/26/2021

R29 Redford ruined it, he was flat.

by Anonymousreply 3202/26/2021

Dawson’s 50-Load Weekend. I was done after the third load.

by Anonymousreply 3302/26/2021

R6 Doctor Zhivago is a great movie ! You're just trash.

by Anonymousreply 3402/26/2021

The Irishman

by Anonymousreply 3502/26/2021

r13 i kind of liked The Shape of Water

by Anonymousreply 3602/26/2021

The Dark Knight - a leaden, ponderous, badly written bore that puerile fanboys have pathetically attached their self-esteem to and have an existential meltdown anyone justifiably criticizes it for the overrated dud that it is; whereas Batman Begins is a near perfect comic book movie -- coherent, well-paced, and smartly conceived and executed, with a reasonable runtime.

Roma -- I call it "Coma" because it practically reduces you to that state. It's worse than watching paint dry in that it is literally watching someone do laundry. I checked my watch and it was an hour and 20 minutes before anything you could call interesting happened. Awful.

Spotlight - a dry, glorified HBO movie with no pulse. It's like they actively tried to drain all the emotion and drama out of it before shooting it.

by Anonymousreply 3702/26/2021

Out of Africa was boring as fuck. Also didn't like:

Argo (2012) .

Birdman (2014)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Moonlight (2016)

Parasite (2019)

As well, I've never even watched La La Land because it looked insipidly stupid. And i probably never watch Avatar either. I hate the movies that get so hyped for reasons other than they are actually a GOOD MOVIE.

by Anonymousreply 3802/26/2021

English Patient

by Anonymousreply 3902/26/2021

The Master. Dreadful. Walked out.

by Anonymousreply 4002/26/2021

Pretty much any piece of Oscar bait from the last 20 years. These movies come out, get a ton of buzz, and disappear completely once the ceremony is over.

by Anonymousreply 4102/26/2021

R12 Who ever considered Vanilla Sky to be a great movie?

by Anonymousreply 4202/26/2021

R41 Bullshit. There will be blood or No country for old men, just two examples, are already considered modern classics and some of the best movies ever made.

by Anonymousreply 4302/26/2021

Butterfield 8

Brokeback Mountain

The Royal Tenenbaums

by Anonymousreply 4402/26/2021

R43 There Will Be Blood is tiresome but, I do like No Country For Old Men

by Anonymousreply 4502/26/2021

omg i fell asleep in both of those movies. they sucked. maybe you connected to some aspect of each film but they were both boring as fuck. not unique.

by Anonymousreply 4602/26/2021

There Will Be Blood was a painfully empty movie. (Then again, most of PT Anderson's movies are shallow.)

However, No Country For Old Men was excellent. I look at it as a great companion piece to Fargo, just darker and less humorous.

by Anonymousreply 4702/26/2021

I tune out at the exact moment every single time I try to get through "Magnolia" -- love it, love it, love it, and then Tom Cruise starts yelling at Jason Robards in a hospital bed and I snooze.

"There Will Be Blood" exhausts me too but I do love 'Boogie Nights" and "Punch Drunk Love" and "Phantom Menace". So he's not always a blowhard, just sometimes.

by Anonymousreply 4802/26/2021

[quote] Anything directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

I bought all of his movies released from the Criterion Collection because I haven't seen any of his films.

I feel like I'm going to regret my purchase.

by Anonymousreply 4902/26/2021

No Country For Old Men is the most overhyped movie EVER. It gets so many mentions and accolades, but it’s a bore.

by Anonymousreply 5002/26/2021


by Anonymousreply 5102/26/2021

Paris, Texas

by Anonymousreply 5202/26/2021

Paris, Texas is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 5302/26/2021

Howard's End was quite boring on first viewing. Slightly less on the 2nd time but still...yep, nope. Not great.

by Anonymousreply 5402/26/2021

Dances With Wolves

by Anonymousreply 5502/26/2021

[quote]Spotlight - a dry, glorified HBO movie with no pulse. It's like they actively tried to drain all the emotion and drama out of it before shooting it.

I totally agree with this. I watched it with a friend and afterwards we both commented that it something that should have just aired HBO or another cable network.

by Anonymousreply 5602/26/2021

Another vote for Citizen Kane. Pointless movie.

by Anonymousreply 5702/26/2021

R37, I concur on "Roma". It was stupefyingly boring for what seemed like an eternity. I found it nearly impossible to hold my attention for any length of time and never finished watching it.

by Anonymousreply 5802/26/2021

I have tried to watch 2001 A Space Odyssey three times and fallen asleep three times. Which is funny to me because Barry Lyndon is supposed to be Kubrick's "slow" film from what I've read and I was absolutely glued to the screen the first time I saw it, and did not notice how long it was.

by Anonymousreply 5902/26/2021

"My DInner With Andre." A camera pointed at two tedious talking heads. What a cinematic innovation that was.

by Anonymousreply 6002/26/2021

[quote] "There Will Be Blood" exhausts me too but I do love 'Boogie Nights" and "Punch Drunk Love" and "Phantom Menace".

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 6102/26/2021

Amadeus was "meh", R15? How DARE you.

by Anonymousreply 6202/26/2021

Every single Marvel movie.

Boring, empty, mindless and vapid.

All Star Wars movies except the first 2.

Bored of the Rings.

The Hobbit mess.

by Anonymousreply 6302/26/2021

i liked Amadeus. and another side of this...Punch Drunk Love was kind of good. i liked it because i lived in Hollywood at the time and the juxt of some famous stupid chef with a maid was sort of...extemporaneous? at that time. also i'm a bitch that loves food. i love to re-watch it because i'm at a different time of my life and a different geo place.

by Anonymousreply 6402/26/2021

Wings of Desire.

Blue Velvet.

by Anonymousreply 6502/26/2021

R63 Then why do you keep watching them? A person would give up after first two-three. But you say you saw every single one of them? Isn't there like 50+ of them by now?

by Anonymousreply 6602/26/2021

Yes, R62. That's the response I get from pretty much everyone when I tell them that. But for me, it was just "meh". It just didn't connect for me. I don't know why. Over the past 36 years, I've never had a desire to watch it again. Maybe I should. Maybe my reaction after all this time would be different.

by Anonymousreply 6702/26/2021

Amadeus was a move I modestly enjoyed when I saw it but have never had a need to ever revisit it. A lot revered/award winning movies are like that, especially the "noble/important cause" kind.

As for those hating on Citizen Kane or Parasite or Children of Paradise or There Will Be Blood, y'all can stay the fuck away from me, you tasteless neanderthals.

I keed, I keed! It's all subjective!

by Anonymousreply 6802/26/2021

Kubrick's most boring--even worse than "2001 A Space Odyssey" [R59]? "Eyes Wide Shut." How do I know? I attempted to watch it again last month when some thread here brought it up.

Pure drivel! Unwatchable.

The sex was unsexy. The storyline, to the extent there was one, was pointless.

I came away angry.

by Anonymousreply 6902/26/2021


by Anonymousreply 7002/26/2021

Eyes Wide Shut isn't a great's pretty awful.

by Anonymousreply 7102/26/2021

R70 Buck would never go on a DL thread to bad mouth "Ordinary People"....

by Anonymousreply 7202/26/2021

Purple Rose of Cairo.

by Anonymousreply 7302/26/2021

R69, I actually left work early to catch a matinee the day "Eyes Wide Shut" opened and was majorly disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 7402/26/2021

Terms of Endearment

by Anonymousreply 7502/26/2021

R55 That was my immediate thought. It has so many conclusions that I could have left an hour before it was over and still feel I had seen everything I needed to see to get the story. Plus Mary McDonnell's hair...a big what the fuck.....

by Anonymousreply 7602/26/2021

R76, Even Kevin Costner's bare ass couldn't make the movie interesting.

To think it won Best Picture over "Goodfellas" is a shame.

by Anonymousreply 7702/26/2021

A lot of people just like certain movies because movie critics decided they're great and fanboys don't dare want to go against the grain.

by Anonymousreply 7802/26/2021

Breezy, with the great Kay Lenz.

by Anonymousreply 7902/26/2021


by Anonymousreply 8002/26/2021

I guess nobody's going to mention "Gone with the Wind," huh?

by Anonymousreply 8102/26/2021

I avoid all "prestige" movies directed by actors, especially all the ones that were a big deal in the 80s and 90s.

Costner, Gibson AND Clint Eastwood are shitty directors.

Not to mention, mediocre actors.

Oh! I left off Redford, another shitty actor/director.

And, Warren Beatty!

by Anonymousreply 8202/26/2021

La Jetée

by Anonymousreply 8302/26/2021

R79 But, no one ever said Breezy was a "great" movie. And certainly great was never used as an adjective for the drab Kay Lenz.

by Anonymousreply 8402/26/2021

The Thin Red Line

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by Anonymousreply 8502/26/2021

R82, case in point, "Reds."

by Anonymousreply 8602/26/2021

Lisa, Bright and Dark.

by Anonymousreply 8702/27/2021

A lot of good responses here. The two that came to mind for me were "Apocalypse Now" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

by Anonymousreply 8802/27/2021

Are we talking about “prestige pictures” or alleged masterpieces? Those things are very different. Nobody thinks Out of Africa is a significant movie; it’s just Oscary. But you couldn’t pay me to watch The Lives of Others again.

by Anonymousreply 8902/27/2021

R81, The middle is boring.

by Anonymousreply 9002/27/2021

They gave a movie about white people in Africa all the top Oscars when [italic]The Color Purple[/italic] came home empty-handed. They're lucky there was no Twitter in 1986 to do the #OscarsSoWhite campaign then.

by Anonymousreply 9102/27/2021

[quote][R12] Who ever considered Vanilla Sky to be a great movie?

Is a vanilla sky where chocolate rain comes from?

by Anonymousreply 9202/27/2021

The Great Gatsby - both the 1974 version and the 2013 version. The book does not translate well to film, and no matter how you dress it up it’s deadly boring.

by Anonymousreply 9302/27/2021

Sounds like they all are.

by Anonymousreply 9402/27/2021

Call Me By Your Name owns this thread. We could call it Coma Me By Your Name. I remember staring into the fireplace along with Timothy at the film's end, contemplating that I had just lost two hours of my life.

by Anonymousreply 9502/27/2021

There's a large percentage of movies listed here that I think are wonderful. Like 80%

by Anonymousreply 9602/27/2021

The first few hours of "Out 1" (1971) are dreadfully boring. The other 9 or so hours are really great.

I LOVE "Last Year at Marienbad". I have the BluRay and I could watch it over and over.

by Anonymousreply 9702/27/2021

I can appreciate DW Griffith’s “Intolerance” but it’s a slog.

by Anonymousreply 9802/27/2021

Robert Redford could be an excellent director. I think 'Quiz Show' was a masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 9902/27/2021

2001: A Space Odyssey is my most boring "great" movie of all time, and I say that having seen it twice. I was recently dragged the second time to an IMAX (or whatever) version by an enthusiast friend who refers to himself as "a student of film," even though he actually studied...well, something other than film. It was as pure a snooze for me in 2019 as it was in 1968.

Some contenders:


La La Land


Star Wars (I saw the first three only)

Uncut Gems

I loved Amadeus, Reds, and CMBYN. And I [italic]really[/italic] loved Ordinary People.

by Anonymousreply 10002/27/2021

Definitely Gandhi. I wanted to like it, but I couldn't. I really tried.

As for Amadeus, it's probably the movie I hated most and couldn't finish watching. It actually made me angry.

by Anonymousreply 10102/27/2021

I can see how people could think that Uncut Gems is abrasive and exhausting, but the last thing you could call that movie is boring.

And the original Star Wars movies can be juvenile and poorly-written, but they're never dull. Wait until the prequels for boring. One movies actually delves into debates over intergalactic trade policy!

For truly boring films, pick anything acclaimed out of Russia or the former Soviet territories. If the Russians made a screwball comedy, it would still be six hours long and feature peasants trudging through the steppes.

by Anonymousreply 10202/27/2021

R102 Fan here of Uncut Gems and never thought I'd use the word tremendous and Adam Sandler in the same sentence but, his performance was but, Star Wars is boring because it's busy (and noisy) rather than compelling or interesting and the characters and basic situation are meh! Who cares!

by Anonymousreply 10302/27/2021

R103, Many critics praised Adam Sandler for a silly movie like "Spanglish", but not for "Uncut Gems", which was so much better and a daring stretch for him.

by Anonymousreply 10402/27/2021

All the love for "Vertigo" baffles me.

by Anonymousreply 10502/27/2021

The Passenger by Antonioni.

My partner loves the original Russian Solaris, but he couldn't make it through The Passenger. That says it all. (I had to watch it for a class, so didn't have the option of bailing.)

by Anonymousreply 10602/27/2021

Yes, Vertigo was really stupid.

by Anonymousreply 10702/27/2021


by Anonymousreply 10802/27/2021

howl, sorry, was late and dodgy. Meant "Phantom Thread" of course.

But deserved that "Oh dear"...

by Anonymousreply 10902/27/2021

Reservoir Dogs. Derivative claptrap for straight dudes. Copied "City on Fire" with Chow Yun Fat.

by Anonymousreply 11002/27/2021

Agree that Ran was hard to watch, but I did enjoy 7 Samurai.

by Anonymousreply 11102/27/2021

Hiroshima Mon Amour.

by Anonymousreply 11202/27/2021

R108 - yes, "Ran". I went to see it in the local art house theater and it was packed - not one seat available. The a/c couldn't handle it and it got stuffier and stuffier as the movie went on FOREVER.

by Anonymousreply 11302/27/2021

It's been many years since I watched La Dolce Vita. At the time, I thought it was just a lot of pretty, self-absorbed characters endlessly talking. I did like the surreal quality of Last Year At Marienbad. At least it was trying to be different.

by Anonymousreply 11402/27/2021

Field of Dreams.

by Anonymousreply 11502/27/2021

1492: Conquest of Paradise

Is it a great movie? I don’t know because I’ve fallen asleep to it twice—once at the movies, and once at home. Seems ambitious, however.

by Anonymousreply 11602/27/2021

Koyaanisqatsi, and it's sequel Powaqqatsi

Every single Barbara Streisand movie, especially Yentyl

The Hunt For Red October, I literally fell asleep in the theater - friend of mine wanted to see it

Nutcracker (1986) we walked out of the theater a few minutes into it. Again, wasn't my choice to see it, my sister suggested it

Call Me By Your Name


The Social Network


by Anonymousreply 11702/27/2021

Last Tango in Paris


There Will Be Blood

by Anonymousreply 11802/27/2021

Citizen Kane was excruciating. Of course, it was a 'must watch' in my film class. I preferred foreign films we were required to watch, especially Kurosawa, Truffaut and the Italian films with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

by Anonymousreply 11902/27/2021

[quote] Koyaanisqatsi

A colleague of mine asked me to babysit his class while they watched a movie when he was out of town for a conference and I foolishly said yes. Had to sit through that TWICE in one day.

by Anonymousreply 12002/27/2021

Departed might have faults, but I never thought it was boring.

by Anonymousreply 12102/27/2021

R115, Except for the last ten minutes.

by Anonymousreply 12202/27/2021

I loved "There Will Be Blood" but can understand how someone might not have the patience for it.

by Anonymousreply 12302/27/2021

R89 The Lives of Others? Such a great, interesting film. Thanks for reminding me. Need to rewatch it again.

by Anonymousreply 12402/27/2021

I will never understand the love for Citizen Kane. It's a wonderfully made film in the technical sense and I understand why it's so praised for all of that stuff, but the story leaves me completely cold. I didn't care about or find anyone in the film very interesting. Certainly not interesting enough to spend 2 hours with them.

by Anonymousreply 12502/27/2021

[quote] But you couldn’t pay me to watch The Lives of Others again.

OMG! The Lives of Others is my favorite movie!

by Anonymousreply 12602/27/2021

So many of you have fallen to sleep in theaters. Do you suffer from narcolepsy? I don't understand how can a grown person fall asleep in the public place surrounded by people. Can't you control your own body lor longer than 30 minutes?

by Anonymousreply 12702/27/2021

Vertigo is brilliant, one of the best films ever.

by Anonymousreply 12802/27/2021

OP Good choice.

by Anonymousreply 12902/27/2021

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by Anonymousreply 13002/27/2021

La La Land!

by Anonymousreply 13102/27/2021

A Clockwork Orange

by Anonymousreply 13202/27/2021

I've only fallen asleep ONCE in a movie theater and it was the very drowsy "A Sunday in the Country" (1984) by Bernard Tavernier that did it for me.

by Anonymousreply 13302/27/2021

"The Wife"

by Anonymousreply 13402/27/2021

I enjoyed Vertigo. The Hitchcock film that I found utterly boring was Rear Window.

by Anonymousreply 13502/27/2021

When it comes to movies, some people are time travelers who can put themselves into the time and place the film comes from and appreciate it from that viewpoint. Others are centered in the here and now and get the most out of new and recent films they can directly relate to. It all depends on your preference.

If you don't like a classic acclaimed film, you don't like it, that's it, but if you give yourself airs because you can't see what other people see in it, that's not very impressive.

by Anonymousreply 13602/27/2021

"Lost in Translation". God no. I kinda hate it.

by Anonymousreply 13702/27/2021

Barry Lyndon forever!!

by Anonymousreply 13802/27/2021

Another vote for that dreary Spotlight film. What an overrated and soulless bore. I still can't believe it won an Oscar. I have a theory that much of the over the top praise came from the fact that the film did the journalists- as- heroes trope. So a lot of critics loved it, there's nothing that people in the media love more than depictions of themselves.

by Anonymousreply 13902/27/2021

R65 and R73 Those are my three favorite films!

Anything by Malick. Although, I didn't hate The New World-mainly because I could stare at Colin Farell all day long.

by Anonymousreply 14002/27/2021

Super Size Me. Can't stand that guy, Spurlock. Self-satisfied, etc.

by Anonymousreply 14102/27/2021

Adding: no shit finding out that eating McDonald's 24/7 is not good for you.

by Anonymousreply 14202/27/2021

OP is an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 14302/27/2021

R135, How the hell could anyone find "Rear Window" boring?

by Anonymousreply 14402/27/2021

Yeah, Rear Window is exciting.

However, a friend pointed out to me how he hates Jimmy Stewart as an actor (his aw shucks demeanor). Ever since then, I don't really like him (JS) as much. (He seems kind of phony to me.)

by Anonymousreply 14502/27/2021


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by Anonymousreply 14602/27/2021

R146 was meant for R30.

by Anonymousreply 14702/27/2021

R144, because I find it an exercise in style rather than a compelling story with unique characters. The whole point of the film was to push the Kuleshov effect as far as it could go, and I found that to be boring. It doesn't help matters that I'm not fond of either Grace Kelly or Jimmy Stewart as actors.

by Anonymousreply 14802/27/2021

Yeah, Grace Kelly is boring, also. Thelma Ritter was the best main actor.

by Anonymousreply 14902/27/2021

It's weird--I'm a huge fan of Antonioni. His movies are "slow" but they get better the more times you revisit them. But I cannot stand ANY Bermang movie I have seen--they all bore me to death. All except Persona.

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by Anonymousreply 15102/27/2021

[quote] Thelma Ritter was the best main actor.

I do agree that Thelma Ritter was the best part about the film. But that's usually the case with any film she's in.

by Anonymousreply 15202/27/2021

Parasite was not boring.

by Anonymousreply 15302/27/2021

Fell asleep in the most recent incarnation of Nutcracker 2018. Sue me. it was boring as fuck, we were seated in those lounge chairs and there were barely any people there. Plus the movie was fucking yawn. And i love Christmas, so it wasn't for lack of the spirit.

by Anonymousreply 15402/27/2021

Bergman's movies are bleak, my God. I mean, all that Kierkegaard, right? Real adolescent, you know, fashionable pessimism. I mean, The Silence. God’s silence. Okay, okay, okay. I mean, I loved it when I was a Radcliffe, but, I mean, all right, you outgrow it. You absolutely outgrow it

by Anonymousreply 15502/27/2021

"Spotlight" Is easily my least favorite Best Picture winner, truly baffling and up against much better films. Rachel McAdams doing that crappy Lois Lane acting, speaking as fast as she can while hooking her hair behind one ear over and over. Mark Ruffalo doing the cliched "We can't let them win!" speech. And more unapologetic pedophile priests, just what the gay community and Catholics need. Insufferably self-congratulatory and they didn't do anything amazing as journalists to boot (the story seemed just handed to them without much effort). Awful.

by Anonymousreply 15602/27/2021

"Waffles at R155, sit down!"

by Anonymousreply 15702/27/2021

The English Patient

by Anonymousreply 15802/27/2021

[quote]I enjoyed Vertigo. The Hitchcock film that I found utterly boring was Rear Window.

I love both of them.

by Anonymousreply 15902/27/2021

First off, it's "Sidney Pollack's OUT OF AFRICA," according to DL cineastes. (LOL.) There was a lengthy thread about this absurd and absurdly overrated POS not long ago.

Some interesting points of view on this thread. Film history is constantly being rewritten and revised, which is healthy, I think. New generations don't always find "the auteurs" as deserving. Not everything Hitchcock touched was golden. It's okay to watch Ingmar Bergman films and find them pretentious and dull (I happen to find FANNY AND ALEXANDER really delightful but almost nothing else.) I happen to love CITIZEN KANE but find other Hollywood classics like CASABLANCA insanely overrated: talky, static, and dull. (And no, I don't think Bogie and Ingrid have great chemistry.)

Lastly, has anyone ever considered THE GREAT GATSBY (in any version) or BEACHES a "great movie"?

by Anonymousreply 16002/27/2021

Dances With Wolves

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[quote]So many of you have fallen to sleep in theaters. Do you suffer from narcolepsy? I don't understand how can a grown person fall asleep in the public place surrounded by people. Can't you control your own body lor longer than 30 minutes?

It depends on how much longer than 30 minutes we're talking about.

I mentioned Children of Paradise @ R5. That movie is 3 hours long, feels even longer and has a MIME as one of the main characters!

And R68 - I love Parasite, and I've seen Citizen Kane (one of my all-time favorites) in a theater every decade since the 1980s. But as I said re CoP - MIMES!

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by Anonymousreply 16202/27/2021

Another vote for 2001 Space Odyssey. Also Solaris.

by Anonymousreply 16302/27/2021

The worst time I had sitting through a movie was A.I. : Artificial Intelligence. It didn't start off bad, but then Spielberg had to show his Kubrick-worship, thus making the audience sit through one of the most ponderous (and endless!) film endings of all time.

Speaking of Kubrick,(and I know this is heresy to many), but "The Shining" had to be the most boring movie I ever sat through. Yes, it has a few great "gotcha" scenes (Here's Johnny!), but for the most part, it was unendurable to sit through.

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by Anonymousreply 16502/27/2021

R111 Overall I'm a big Kurosawa fan, but I freely admit that I hate King Lear in any format.

Give me 'Throne of Blood' any day.

by Anonymousreply 16602/27/2021

I consider "Throne of Blood" the greatest Shakespearean adaptation to film, even if it is set to ancient Japan. Highly re-watchable, which I can't say the same for Rashomon or Seven Samurai. However, Yojimbo is a lot of fun.

by Anonymousreply 16702/27/2021

YES, R164!! The Shining. A gorgeous tedious exercise in not being scared.

by Anonymousreply 16802/27/2021

Chariots of Fire

by Anonymousreply 16902/27/2021

Anything directed by moi.

by Anonymousreply 17002/27/2021

Hey, R170! I tried to watch "Days of Heaven" recently and didn't make it past the first 30 minutes. It was pretty and all (as was Richard Gere), but boring as fuck. By the way, the Texas flag you had on the flagpole at Sam Shepard's house was upside down. You should have paid more attention to the details.

by Anonymousreply 17102/27/2021

Air Force One

by Anonymousreply 17202/27/2021

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

by Anonymousreply 17302/27/2021

The French Lieutenant's Woman is neither.

by Anonymousreply 17402/27/2021

I'm probably alone in this but The Dark Knight bored me. I was checking my watch the whole time

by Anonymousreply 17502/27/2021

The Dark Knight was the one and only superhero movie I have watched. I don't even think it qualifies as a superhero movie, but it sucked so hard.

by Anonymousreply 17602/27/2021

No normal filmgoer could be expected to sit through something like Last night at Marienbad unless they were very stoned. It's a work of pioneering cinematic technique, not of relatable drama for the popcorn munchers.

Anyone reading this--If you're ever watching a movie and find yourself bored, give it another 5 or 10 mins. If you are still bored, TURN THE MOVIE OFF. Not all films are for all people. You can also get a refund at most theaters (or a readmit pass, which allows you to come back for free).

If you were bored after 20 mins and stayed until the end, you're the idiot.

by Anonymousreply 17702/27/2021

The Lord of the Rings movies. I found them unbearably long, tedious, boring and pointless. I just wanted all the characters killed off.

Out of Africa was another movie I had to force myself to sit through. Meandering rubbish.

by Anonymousreply 17802/27/2021

Barry Lyndon is right and the weird thing is we have always had a troll who adores this movie.

by Anonymousreply 17902/27/2021

As has been pointed out, some of you have problems following instructions...GREAT movies that bore you.

No one on the planet thinks "Air Force One" is a great movie.

And, I also agree that about 75% of the movies y'all are moaning about are great, but, to each their own, even if you're tragically wrong.

by Anonymousreply 18002/28/2021

I saw 2001 as a teen in an almost empty theater. They showed the reels out of order: apes, spaceships, boring colors, the old guys eats, then more spaceships, then more boring colors. Something like that. Seeing it in proper sequence did not make it more coherent.

by Anonymousreply 18102/28/2021

"No one on the planet thinks "Air Force One" is a great movie."

Speak for yourself.

by Anonymousreply 18202/28/2021

My Dinner with Andre

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by Anonymousreply 18402/28/2021

Being an Oscar winner usually means it’s boring.

by Anonymousreply 18502/28/2021

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ....couldn't sit through it

by Anonymousreply 18602/28/2021

Marty's 50 Man Gangbang.

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by Anonymousreply 18802/28/2021

Citizen Kane

by Anonymousreply 18902/28/2021

A Few Good Men

by Anonymousreply 19002/28/2021

The Martian.

Maybe no one called it great but, it was nominated for Best Picture, won the Golden Globe as Best Picture comedy or musical!!!? Dull, talky and seemingly endless at 2 hrs. 24 mins. i

by Anonymousreply 19103/01/2021

You couldn't pay me enough to watch Frances again.

Mama....oh, mama.

by Anonymousreply 19203/01/2021

R185 So true!

Patton, The Sting, Out of Africa, Ben Hur, The English Patient, Titanic, Kramer vs Kramer, Rain Man, Dances with Wolves, Forest Gump, Tom Jones, A Man for All Seasons, 12 Years a Slave, Chariots of Fire, The Departed, Rain Man.

by Anonymousreply 19303/02/2021

I don't care for Borat.

by Anonymousreply 19403/02/2021

[quote]I don't care for Borat.

"Borat" was considered a "great" movie?

by Anonymousreply 19503/02/2021

Borat was universally praised. It just won TWO Golden Globes!! But I don't think it's great filmmaking that will stand the test of time. Controversial opinions are allowed here.

by Anonymousreply 19603/02/2021

I will watch the first reel (back when films were stored in reels). That’s about 10 or 11 minutes. If it doesn’t improve after that I turn it off or walk out because it’s not going to get any better.

Life is too short to subject yourself to bad movies. Last Year at Marienbad is one of the few films I find totally unwatchable.

by Anonymousreply 19703/02/2021

Except for Tom Jones, [193] is correct.

by Anonymousreply 19803/03/2021

But, R198, of the films R193 lists, only Tom Jones has ever been thought to be “great.” The rest are schlock; in the case of Ben Hur, inspired schlock, but schlock nonetheless.

by Anonymousreply 19903/03/2021

The Favorite. The most boring drawing room, costume drama ever.

by Anonymousreply 20003/03/2021

Any film that revolves around a comic book character.

by Anonymousreply 20103/03/2021

No one has ever made a truly great film about a comic book character.

There are some entertaining ones: SUPERMAN (w/Christopher Reeve), BLACK PANTHER, BATMAN RETURNS. But great? Meh.

by Anonymousreply 20203/03/2021

Not all heroes wear capes R202.

by Anonymousreply 20303/03/2021

Unless you've taken a film studies course and been forced to sit through the likes of Fellini, Bunuel, Renoir, Carné, and Bergman, then you don't know what a "boring 'great' movie" is.

Another vote for the self-indulgent "Jeanne Dielman..."; that final 10-minute shot of her zoning out at the kitchen table was ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 20403/03/2021

I love Melancholia but could totally see why people think it’s dull.

I don’t understand The Favourite being called dull, though. That movie’s a riot.

by Anonymousreply 20503/03/2021

Most general audiences take in film at a childlike level. Especially those who grew up around Hollywood cinema, which is different because its almost always about a hero in pursuit of a clear goal. Without that, most audiences quickly get bored. Most foreign classics do not follow this approach.

Just because you got bored or didn't understand a movie does not make it bad. And just because you have unsophisticated taste in film does not mean you are stupid or shallow.

It just drives me a nutty when people say a movie is bad because it didn't work for them or entertain them. If you dislike a movie that you know is critically beloved, take some time to read about it. You've already put 2 hours in, another 15 minutes of reading about why it is special or how it functions might help clarify what you didn't pick up on. And I'm the guy who says STOP FUCKING WATCHING if you aren't entertained. You're not getting paid to finish something you are not enjoying and less than 1% of the time will you be rewarded for sticking with it until the end and be glad that you did.

by Anonymousreply 20603/03/2021

^ Thanks Gramps. Duh. Most everyone reads about movies now, before or after watching them.

by Anonymousreply 20703/03/2021

R199 True but, my post R193 was specifically in response to R185 Oscar Best Picture winners are usually boring or at best mediocre.

by Anonymousreply 20803/03/2021

R175, you are not alone. The Dark Knight is an overrated bore. If Heath Ledger hadn't died right after making it, the amount of praise it gets would be significantly lower.

by Anonymousreply 20903/03/2021

OMG: I forgot about the best pics that were essentially TV movies...Marty, Spotlight, Driving Miss Daisy, In the Heat of the Night.

by Anonymousreply 21003/04/2021

[quote]"Spotlight" Is easily my least favorite Best Picture winner, truly baffling and up against much better films. Rachel McAdams doing that crappy Lois Lane acting, speaking as fast as she can while hooking her hair behind one ear over and over. Mark Ruffalo doing the cliched "We can't let them win!" speech. And more unapologetic pedophile priests, just what the gay community and Catholics need. Insufferably self-congratulatory and they didn't do anything amazing as journalists to boot (the story seemed just handed to them without much effort). Awful.

I thought Ruffalo and McAdams dragged down the movie quite a bit with their acting. Overall, I thought it was an average film.

by Anonymousreply 21103/30/2021

R8- The WORST line in the second Sex And The City movie is when Samantha says - LAWRENCE OF MY LABIA.

by Anonymousreply 21203/30/2021

It’s a wonderful life. It’s on every Christmas and I’ve seen the beginning, middle and end at different times but can never get into it. Then everyone says how amazing it is.

by Anonymousreply 21303/30/2021

A Passage to India gets my vote.

by Anonymousreply 21403/30/2021

This takes the cake

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by Anonymousreply 21503/31/2021

La Dolce Vita...I've tried so hard to like it but it just puts me to sleep every time.

And The English British critic called it "one long Camay soap commercial" and that about sums it up.

by Anonymousreply 21603/31/2021

"Gandhi". TCM trots this snorefest out every year at Oscar time.

by Anonymousreply 21703/31/2021

OP said GREAT movies, R12. "Vanilla Sky" is not among them.

by Anonymousreply 21803/31/2021

I should probably give it another try now that I'm significantly older, but when I saw Citizen Kane at a revival house in the early 80s I thought it was the slowest, most boring thing I'd ever seen.

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by Anonymousreply 22003/31/2021

Yes, ROMA.

I gave up at the midway mark, and then privately felt like I was a bad or ignorant person (or even a racist one) because I didn't care even one bit.

Enough other people loved it. ROMA doesn't need my love or attention.

by Anonymousreply 22103/31/2021

221 posts and no Godawful "Lawrence of Arabia "

by Anonymousreply 22203/31/2021

Nearly 4 hours of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif looking beautiful...who would mention it R222

by Anonymousreply 22303/31/2021

[quote]They gave a movie about white people in Africa all the top Oscars when The Color Purple came home empty-handed. They're lucky there was no Twitter in 1986 to do the #OscarsSoWhite campaign then.

No, 1986 Twitter would have protested AGAINST the movie. White people loved THE COLOR PURPLE. That is why it was a huge hit at the box office (#4 of the year) and received 11 Oscar nominations. However, African-Americans hated it! Just hated it! They resented that a white man directed it and thought it portrayed the black men as predatory and buffoonish. Many prominent black figures came out in opposition to it. And the Academy, as we all know, tries to avoid scandal whenever possible, so decided to steer clear of that hornet's nest. Thus, TCP went home empty-handed.

It wasn't until Oprah Winfrey became 'Oprah' in the 1990s and started promoting the movie on her show that black Americans finally embraced it. That decade, it seemed that anything Oprah touched turned to gold. For example, her book club spawned many bestsellers.

by Anonymousreply 22403/31/2021

R221 I also disliked Roma.

by Anonymousreply 22503/31/2021

Scenes from a Marriage: all fuck, fight, sandwiches and beer. Muriel: brilliant, baffling, snooze I’ve never made it through Godard’s La Chinoise.

by Anonymousreply 22603/31/2021

R221, I watched Roma twice because I thought I was missing something. When I couldn’t shake the feeling the movie was intensely dull, I actually rented Burning as a test of whether I could still enjoy a long, foreign-language art house film.

Burning is great. And so was Cold War from that same year. Roma is just a chore,

by Anonymousreply 22703/31/2021

Is Mank considered great? If so my vote goes to Mank. I love old films and have an interest in Hollywood in the 30s and 40s but this film was a snooze fest. The whole film seems like it’s made in cooperation with some herbal sleep supplement to induce sleep!

by Anonymousreply 22803/31/2021

Sideways. Maybe because there’s no eye candy, this film put me to sleep.

by Anonymousreply 22903/31/2021

2001: A Space Odyssey

by Anonymousreply 23003/31/2021

Ditto to so many of these. 2001 was an imaginative product of its time (and a beneficiary of drug-induced viewings) but it's not a great or coherent story.

SIDEWAYS was an indie critical darling that just doesn't hold up on repeat viewings. Fifteen years later, so many of those movies feel really slight and insubstantial. Remember all the fuss about LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE? LOST IN TRANSLATION?

MANK is an indefensibly bad, dull piece of filmmaking. Much worse than these others. The emperor has no clothes.

by Anonymousreply 23104/01/2021

The problem with Mank is that it looks gorgeous but has no compelling story at the center; one is left with "who cares" even though Fincher is a brilliant director.

by Anonymousreply 23204/01/2021

[quote]Is Mank considered great? If so my vote goes to Mank. I love old films and have an interest in Hollywood in the 30s and 40s but this film was a snooze fest. The whole film seems like it’s made in cooperation with some herbal sleep supplement to induce sleep!

I watched it a couple of weeks ago for the first time and I thought it was a snooze fest. I went in hoping it would be good since I also love old films.

by Anonymousreply 23304/02/2021

R212, What about Abu Dhabi Doo?

by Anonymousreply 23404/02/2021

[quote]Super Size Me. Can't stand that guy, Spurlock. Self-satisfied, etc.

I liked the message of the movie. But, yeah Spurlock is annoying as fuck.

by Anonymousreply 23504/02/2021

r227, I agree with you about Burning. It really stays with you.

by Anonymousreply 23604/02/2021

[quote]The King's Speech (2010)

I have a family friend who is a speech pathologist and she said that found the movie boring and she can't stand that some of her colleagues love it.

by Anonymousreply 23704/02/2021

I find Colin firth immensely boring to watch. He’s the reason I never really took to A single man. I really wanted to like that film but he’s just bland and unappealing to me. How has he gone further than the other two (Rupert Everett and Cary elwes) with whom he starred in another country. They were much more exciting to watch than him.

by Anonymousreply 23804/02/2021

Fitzcarraldo: overwrought, overlong, hysterical, boring.

by Anonymousreply 23904/02/2021

I actually really enjoyed Gandhi, The English Patient, Amadeus, Howard's End, and Eyes Wide Shut!

The English Patient seems to be the front runner so far. The book is amazing and the movie is pretty close to the book. I wish Jeremy Northam would have had a bigger role though. He was Maddox, Ralph Fiennes business partner. He plays a major part in the book.

I always found Boy Hood to be boring. It is too long. The first part, her raising kids, the divorce, marrying an alcoholic are GREAT. However, the after that is takes FOREVER to end!

by Anonymousreply 24004/02/2021


That deserves special mention here. A hugely overrated stunt of a movie, a one-trick pony. The central character (and the young actor playing him) is a gaping void onscreen, and the audience feels like they're aging as visibly as he is.

With the exception of a lovely performance by Patricia Arquette and one or two others, it deserves to be forgotten. And it mostly is.

BOYHOOD is one of the reasons people don't bother reading film reviews anymore.

by Anonymousreply 24104/02/2021

The third part of Moonlight was like watching paint dry. Dreadful.

by Anonymousreply 24204/07/2021

Wow many of you are very generous about what movies are great. The English Patient is a shit movie. And boring. Does not qualify for a thread about boring great movies. Because it's treacle.

by Anonymousreply 24304/07/2021

Days of Heaven aside, anything by Terrance Malluxk

by Anonymousreply 24404/07/2021

Eyes Wide Shut

by Anonymousreply 245Last Friday at 9:23 AM

The only movie I've ever walked out of was THE THIN RED LINE. I couldn't take the constant voice-overs and random editing any longer!

The only movie I've fallen asleep to in the theater was THE ENGLISH PATIENT. I dozed off about an hour into it and remember waking up an hour later and being annoyed that it was *still* on. I was mystified by its popularity/success that Oscar season.

by Anonymousreply 246Last Friday at 9:59 AM
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