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on 13 Jan 2010 03:38

 
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Deeply Flawed Films I Nonetheless Love

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People who added this item 1067  Average listal rating (763 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.6 
1. Commando (1985)


Critical Rating: 5/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 10/10
Overall: 8.5/10

You can't defend Commando on any level above that of a guilty pleasure. But this doesn't matter. The movie is a prime piece of entertainment jam packed full of adrenaline, violence and action.

My review says it all...

"Let off some steam, Bennett."
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People who added this item 2360  Average listal rating (1472 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
2. Meet Joe Black (1998)


Critical Rating: 5/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7.9/10

The critical mind will find a lot to hate about Meet Joe Black. Its needlessly long runtime, a number of themes are only tackled at face value, the frustrating inconsistencies, the irritatingly long dramatic pauses, the padding out of the story, and so on.

Yet, this is a film I cherish. It is a motion picture I adore. I love the captivating, subdued acting. I love the score. I love the progression of events. Best of all, despite its 3-hour duration, I love how it never gets boring or tedious. I also viewed this film a number of times during a certain part of my life which I miss, thus it holds sentimental memories.

Meet Joe Black is a textbook example of a severely flawed movie I can't help but love.

"Careful Bill, you'll give yourself a heart attack and ruin my vacation."
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People who added this item 2474  Average listal rating (1589 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
3. Yes Man (2008)


Critical Rating: 5/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7.2/10

Being someone who takes film rating seriously, I am level-headed enough to admit Yes Man is very flawed. It's so predictable and cliched in terms of narrative structure. It's not exactly a clever film, either. And there's wasted potential. However, I'll be damned if the smile on my face ever faded while I was watching this movie.

The content is stale, but the execution makes all the difference. From the sizzling chemistry between Carrey and Deschanel, to the hilarious antics of Carrey, to the supporting cast (Rhys Darby and Bradley Cooper are particularly good), to the irresistibly quirky music (some of which was sung by the lovely Zooey Deschanel) and the glorious message it delivers (make the most out of life), Yes Man is a home run. It's a film I watch often. Works like anti-depressant medication when I'm not in a good mood.

"The world's a playground. You know that when you are a kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it."
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.6 
4. Charlie & Boots (2009)


Critical Rating: 6/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

Charlie & Boots is a genuine Aussie gem. I loved watching the movie, and I highly enjoyed the movie, but I still know it's flawed. It reuses the same formula over and over again, there should've been more laughs, it's very conventional, and so on.

But it's enlivened by the excellent pair-up of Shane Jacobson and Paul Hogan. They clearly had a great time together, and their friendship is palpable onscreen. Moreover, there's so much heart and charm here. And, being an Australian, I found the film easy to relate to. It captured the essence of a multiple-day car trip. I easily yielded to its pervasive charm, and I felt bad when I picked out its flaws.

"Do you remember when I was little, you always promised me that one day we'd go and cast a line off the northernmost tip of Australia?"
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People who added this item 1122  Average listal rating (778 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
5. Rocky IV (1985)


Critical Rating: 5/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7/10

If I was to choose an entry in the Rocky saga that I could watch again and again, it'd be Rocky IV. Don't get me wrong, it's a bad, predictable film with none of the drama that makes the first film so brilliant. But heavens me, this is one awesome '80s action flick.

Combine an unbelievably buff Sylvester Stallone (maybe the best shape of his career) with the impeccable Dolph Lundgren, mixed with Carl Weathers, '80s montages, a Christmas setting, and some kickass boxing... You got a winner on your hands. Crap as a Rocky film, awesome as an action film.

"You see? You see? He's not a machine, he's a man, he's a man."
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People who added this item 345  Average listal rating (235 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
6. Road House (1989)


Critical Rating: 4/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 10/10
Overall: 7/10

I can't defend this on any level above red-faced guilty pleasure. Why the fuck would you want to bother? Why waste your time trying to find redeeming features from a critical standpoint when Road House does its task of entertaining to the very best of its abilities?

This is the '80s. Road House is therefore in full excess mode, with any excuse for explosions, roundhouse kicks, fisticuffs, shootouts, buckets of blood, glorious nudity and, of course, sex. Patrick Swayze should have capitalised on his potential to be the next Sly or Arnie.

I love this film. It rocks.

"Pain don't hurt."
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People who added this item 3599  Average listal rating (2280 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.7 
7. Love Actually (2003)


Critical Rating: 6/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7/10

Yet another endlessly charming motion picture; a favourite when Christmas approaches. Let's forgo the forever changing rules of the film, and the barely sketched characters... Let's focus on the laughs and the entertainment value. Does it work? You bet.

It feels mean-spirited to not like this film. It's unbelievably enjoyable, very funny and irresistibly charming. I simply fell in love with Love Actually.
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People who added this item 1698  Average listal rating (1113 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.5 
8. Bad Boys II (2003)


Critical Rating: 2/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 8/10
Overall: 6/10

I fucking hate Michael Bay, alright? I hate his style. I hate his excess. I hate his filmmaking tendencies. Got that? Good.

Yet, in spite of this, he did manage to create at least a few enjoyable movies. I know I should hate Bad Boys II, but I can't bring myself to. When the action rolls along, it does almost everything right. Thank God they took the hard R route here. The comedy, too, I admit to laughing at. I feel guilty for finding it so hilarious, but there you go.

"I think we just broke the record for the number of gun fights in one week."
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People who added this item 1553  Average listal rating (1083 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
9. Crank (2006)


Critical Rating: 3/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7/10

I love myself some Crank. The kinetic style is hilarious, the humour is hilarious, the acting is hilariously hammy, and it's a total blast from beginning to end. Plot and characters are straight-to-DVD level, but the execution makes all the difference.

There's so much action here. The entire film is an adrenaline-pumping, non-stop action rollercoaster. The reason for this is simple... The protagonist can't stop being active, or else he'll die. Nice little contrivance. I like it.

"Does it look like I got cunt written on my head? Who do you think you are fucking with."
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People who added this item 933  Average listal rating (628 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.2 
10. Crank: High Voltage (2009)


Critical Rating: 2/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7/10

A serious critic will hate this movie. That's the bottom line. And it's a very reasonable reaction. It's derivative, vulgar, frenetic, brainless, stupid... Several other adjectives apply. But who gives a shite? The Crank films do what films are supposed to do: they entertain.

I liked this movie more than the first because there are no boundaries. Everything is thrown out, including the kitchen sink. Just when you think they're out of ideas, the film throws out a Godzilla parody and introduces an unimportant MacGuffin...

"You're Chev Chelios, right? The sickest, most wicked-ist motherfucker that ever vaporized motherfuckers in cold-blood, right?"
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People who added this item 875  Average listal rating (599 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
11. Death Race (2008)


Critical Rating: 2/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 9/10
Overall: 7/10

You know what? I watched Death Race to get my pulse pounding and in order to witness oodles of car destruction. It delivered. Oh my word, it delivered.

I can't respect this film as a piece of movie-making. I can't say it's a good, or even a decent example of a movie. But I can say I enjoyed the absolute hell out of it because it has no scruples about what it wants to be: an action film.

"You wanted a monster? Well, you've got one."
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People who added this item 630  Average listal rating (380 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
12. Fanboys (2009)


Critical Rating: 4/10
Rating When Head Is Removed From Ass: 8.5/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Let's get this out of the way first... Fanboys is fluff. It's predictable, it offers little character development, and it's predominantly a conventional road-trip feature as opposed to something a bit more sophisticated.

Now that that's out of the way, I loved it. It evoked memories of my childhood when I was a Star Wars fanatic, it made me laugh hard and frequently, and the way it depicts the rivalries between the Trekkies and the SW fans...is pure gold. Oh sure, I admit it's not even perfect on its own terms because there shoulda been more wit, but the film is very watchable and very entertaining. One of those films I watch a lot...

"Rule number one: In my van, it's Rush. All Rush, all the time. No exceptions. Rule number two: Nobody touch the red button. And I mean never touch the red button. Most importantly, rule number three: There's no jerking in my van!"
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These films aren't masterpieces. They are deeply flawed slices of cinemas. Nevertheless, I love these movies. I can't defend some of them from a critical standpoint, but I can defend them for their entertainment value or charm.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 27 15:11
Your critiques are what makes this list good lol
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 27 17:18
Cheers for a very funny read!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Nov 17 3:09
Commando is my guilty pleasure of a film
& Rocky IV

Great stuff
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jul 25 1:21
I really liked Love Actually. Flawed -- yes -- but so much talent in that movie and a lot of heart.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jul 25 1:28
Sorry -- that last comment was actually from me.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 30 19:44
Roadhouse. It rocks!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 30 21:27
Bad Boys II is even worse after my head has been removed from my ass. At least my ears were warm when my head was up there.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 30 23:16
Roadhouse.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 4:10
commando is a action movie masterpiece
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 6:19
@Hellomynameis

Thanks for the input. If I ever make a "Things I Don't Care About" list, your opinion will probably crack the top 10 ;)
Edit: 2 years, 7 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 9:11
Thank you for doing this
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 9:35
Very good list!
I love Fanboys too :)
Posted: 2 years ago at Apr 2 13:21
Airplane should definitely be on this list, the movie is probably the dumbest movie I've ever seen, but it's impossible to watch that movie and not laugh!
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Nov 28 6:09
Commando! Road House! Death Race! Yep. Yep. Yep. :D

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