Movie Question I

The hiatus is coming up, so I thought I’d spend the last few days asking a few generic movie-related questions to the crowd. Please leave your answers in the comments (or reply, if you get these posts by email).

QUESTION ONE

What do you believe to be the most overrated movie of all-time?

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28 thoughts on “Movie Question I

  1. There are a slew of films I could answer with, but one of the ones in the forefront of my mind is “Goodfellas”. I thought it was fairly dull and I just don’t get all the hype; I couldn’t stand Ray Liotta’s constant narration b/c his voice was grating and made me feel like I was watching a mafia version of The Wonder Years. I actually liked “Casino” way more which is much less popular. Anyway, I didn’t hate Goodfellas; I just don’t think it’s nearly as great as so many others make it out to be, and I’m just not sure why it’s such a popular film.

    • When you mentioned the constant narration, I was going to ask how you liked Casino, but it seems you cleared that up. πŸ™‚

      I truly love Goodfellas, but I’ll be honest with you, I can see how you find it overrated. It does take a while, doesn’t usually worry about pacing, and overextends the ending. But the climactic scenes after [SPOILERS] Liotta’s wife flushes their stash of drugs down the toilet always strikes me as a very emotional moment, for whatever reason, and I guess it allows me to forgive the overlong ending that follows.

  2. “To Kill A Mockingbird” – I just recently watched this for the first time. I went in with high expectations mostly because the Atticus Fitch character is always rated highly in the greatest movie hero list, but left with a “meh” feeling for the film and performance.

  3. Without a doubt THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION – the go to film for every single straight man on the planet when they’re pressed for their favourite film. Seriously?!? Out of all the films ever made you run with THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION?!? It’s so… brown. No.1 on IMDB top 250?!? Really? Better than Tarkovsky? Better than Haneke? Even better than Scorsese? (who I think is over rated himself). No. Just. No.

    • I actually have never heard anyone say Shawshank is their #1 favorite, but there are definitely quite a few who love it (hence its #1 on placement on IMDb). To each his own though. It is a bit formulaic, I guess you could say.

      As for your comment on Scorsese, I’ll let you slide. πŸ™‚

  4. Good question. For me, the answer would be Birth of a Nation. I admire Griffith’s craftsmanship but the content turns me off. The same goes with Crash. I know you’ll disagree with me here but I don’t like American Beauty and Titanic.

    • Birth of a Nation, I can understand. For the longest time, I’ve been avoiding it, but I started a bulky nonfiction book about the history of film; a good portion of it was on Birth of a Nation, and I’m (in a way) dying to see it now.

      I was going to see Crash last year, but it just didn’t happen. I will get to it, though. I just don’t trust anything the Academy awarded Best Picture until 2006–A Beautiful Mind disappointed me, as did Million Dollar Baby, Return of the King is SO overrated, and nobody but me likes Chicago. So I haven’t seen Gladiator either. πŸ™‚

      I guess I’ve encountered enough Titanic detractors to understand your feeling that it’s overrated, but American Beauty? Honestly? I can understand maybe “over the top” but…it just seems like a work of genius to me is all. πŸ™‚

      • I wouldn’t say you should skip Birth of a Nation and it is a well made picture, but I dislike Griffith’s intentions. Crash is just a movie I dislike in general.

        I’m one of Chicago’s biggest detractors, but I agree with you on ROTK. It just won because of its popularity.

        I found American Beauty to be very over-exaggerated, though I know I’m the minority there.

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