Most Overrated Movie of 2005

Most Overrated Movie of 2005

Brokeback Mountain
6
11%
A History of Violence
5
9%
Capote
8
14%
Good Night, and Good Luck
4
7%
King Kong
6
11%
Crash
20
36%
The Squid and the Whale
1
2%
Munich
3
5%
Grizzly Man
1
2%
The Constant Gardener
2
4%
 
Total votes: 56

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Postby dreaMaker » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:51 am

Grizzly Man, definitely... I expected so much...
Go and see Into the Wild to see the perfect movie with a similar subject.

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Postby HarryGoldfarb » Sat May 24, 2008 10:38 am

flipp525 wrote:Agreed. When Sandra went in for her hug to tell the Latina maid that she was her only friend, I wanted the maid to say something like, "Get the hell off me, bitch. I'm not your f*****g friend."

LOL :D
That would have been a better scene... damn, that would have make it a watchable film! LOL
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Postby flipp525 » Tue May 30, 2006 8:44 am

HarryGoldfarb wrote:Mine: Bullock's character/performance in general, but particularly her last turn-out, her ultimate behavior towards the maid (latin maid by the way, in case we have any doubt about stereotypes)... I just couldn't buy it.

Agreed. When Sandra went in for her hug to tell the Latina maid that she was her only friend, I wanted the maid to say something like, "Get the hell off me, bitch. I'm not your f*****g friend."
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Postby HarryGoldfarb » Sun May 28, 2006 9:53 am

Damien wrote:
The Original BJ wrote:The performances are all uneven, the coincidences border on cartoonish, and the characters behave in such ridiculous ways that I still can't particularly understand what happens in some scenes. (Terrence Howard's completely out-of-character meltdown in front of the police, followed by his calm ride out of there with his carjacker, is one of the most unbelievable scenes of the year.)

Ryan Philippe's ultimate behavior is even more out-of-character and ludicrous than Howard's.

I still voted for Capote, though.

Maybe we should make a new topic called "Crash Most absurd/unbelievable moment" cause it seems a lot of us have our picks. Mine: Bullock's character/performance in general, but particularly her last turn-out, her ultimate behavior towards the maid (latin maid by the way, in case we have any doubt about stereotypes)... I just couldn't buy it.
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Postby dws1982 » Tue May 16, 2006 8:27 pm

I'm planning to Netflix MI-5 as soon as I finish with 2005 catch-up. I'll probably like Macfadyen better in that; in Pride and Prejudice he struck me as way too modern for a film set 200 years ago.

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Postby Mister Tee » Tue May 16, 2006 2:54 pm

Agreed there, okri. I wonder if the people who praised him in Pride were people who already had affection for him based on MI:5.

I was actually less thrilled with Wright's direction. It struck me as overly frenetic -- all those scenes of people running around shouting seemed like an attempt to "liven" the material that only made things chaotic.

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Postby Okri » Tue May 16, 2006 1:04 pm

I'm quite looking forward to seeing how Joe Wright handles Atonement. I love McFadden, but I was stunned at the praise he got (I really like him in MI-5).

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Postby dws1982 » Tue May 16, 2006 9:00 am

It was actually from The Backstage (the site created after Tom O'Neil's meltdown last year). And two of the people who were so passionate about it are two fairly intelligent people. Some of the others who are passionate about it...aren't. (Or at least they aren't intelligent when it comes to film.)

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Postby Nik » Tue May 16, 2006 2:36 am

dws1982 wrote:but I post at another message board where a few of the posters think it's the finest movie released this entire decade. (One even thought that that Matthew McFadyen block of wood was the Best Actor of the year.)

c'mon fess up. It was Goldderby wasn't it? lol. :D

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Postby dws1982 » Mon May 15, 2006 11:12 pm

I'm afraid that you may think differently after I finalize my top ten list of 2005, Damien. (Although I do have Millions and Good Night And Good Luck on my list right now, at numbers 7 and 8.)

I've got to chime in to agree with Nik and Big Magilla about Pride and Prejudice. I wouldn't call it horrible, but I post at another message board where a few of the posters think it's the finest movie released this entire decade. (One even thought that that Matthew McFadyen block of wood was the Best Actor of the year.) Maybe that got my expectations too high or something, because when I saw it I was left wondering if I had watched the same movie. I don't know; it's kind of similar to my feelings about Capote--how did such an unambitious tradition-of-quality type of movie manage to inspire any genuine passion in anyone? I could understand someone watching it and thinking "That was nice", but I don't have any idea how anyone could love it, let alone think it was the best movie of the year. But Joe Wright at least isn't of the John Madden Point-And-Shoot school (of which Bennett Miller seems to be a graduate), and he actually made it seem more alive than it had any right to be, considering the leads. I think he could make a good movie someday.

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Postby Damien » Wed May 10, 2006 2:05 am

dws1982 wrote:Capote.

Daniel, it never cease to amaze me how often and how closely we -- I in New York City, 50 something, gay. You in Alabama, 20 something, straight. -- agree on things cinematic (and musical, too, come to think of it).
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Postby Nik » Wed May 10, 2006 1:22 am

Big Magilla wrote:None of the above. The most over-rated film of 2005 IMO was Pride & Prejudice, which received msotly rapturous reviews, but why? The 1995 BBC mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, readily available on DVD, is vastly superior. The 1940 Hollywood version, which is shamefully missing on DVD, still sparkles. The recent Bollywood version, retitled Bride & Prejudice, cleverly updates the story to the present. Why then this handsomely produced, but totally unnecessary version?

Keira Knightley smirks her way through the first half of the film and provides line readings that are way too modern for the character of Elizabeth Bennett. Jena Malone's giggles seem way too knowing and Donald Sutherland overdoes Mr. Bennett's befuddlement. The rest of the cast, though, is mostly fine, especially Brenda Blethyn who plays Mrs. Bennett as less of a buffoon than she is usually played. Too bad they weren't employed in the rendering of one of Jane Austen's less familiar works.

I voted for Crash but I completely agree Magilla. What a HORRIBLE little film that adds nothing to Austen and baffles me once again as to the appeal of Keira Knightley. I hope she goes away.

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Postby dws1982 » Tue May 09, 2006 10:10 pm

Capote.

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Postby dylanfan23 » Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:02 am

Well to me, to be overrated, it had to be rated very high and get nominated for a best picture. And since i actually liked crash and thought it was a pretty great film, i can't vote for crash. I was totally captivated by the who story of capote, at the edge of my seat for the climactic scene, so i can't vote for capote. Munich is my choice for best picture and i saw no flaws in good night and good luck. So my choice is brokeback mountain......which i just didn't hit me like the other 4....its a very well made film with unbelievabley great performances. But i think it could have been better. So my vote is for brokeback mountain.

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:47 pm

None of the above. The most over-rated film of 2005 IMO was Pride & Prejudice, which received msotly rapturous reviews, but why? The 1995 BBC mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, readily available on DVD, is vastly superior. The 1940 Hollywood version, which is shamefully missing on DVD, still sparkles. The recent Bollywood version, retitled Bride & Prejudice, cleverly updates the story to the present. Why then this handsomely produced, but totally unnecessary version?

Keira Knightley smirks her way through the first half of the film and provides line readings that are way too modern for the character of Elizabeth Bennett. Jena Malone's giggles seem way too knowing and Donald Sutherland overdoes Mr. Bennett's befuddlement. The rest of the cast, though, is mostly fine, especially Brenda Blethyn who plays Mrs. Bennett as less of a buffoon than she is usually played. Too bad they weren't employed in the rendering of one of Jane Austen's less familiar works.
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