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Iron Man 3 (2013)
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Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent

Sometimes I feel as if I'm the only person in the world who enjoyed themselves while watching the fourth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise. IMDb is swarming with trolls who spend their time posting about their discontent with the movie, while Shia LaDouche himself spoke up saying he was dissatisfied with it, every article regarding Indiana Jones 5 appears to state that everyone disliked this movie, and the IMDb rating continues to decline.

Yet, I just don't get it. I'm not sure about you, but I attended Indiana Jones movies to be entertained and to watch the famed archeologist on a hunt for some ancient relic. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull delivered on these goals. Whenever I watch the movie, I feel guilty about how much I enjoy and appreciate it.

With that said, I do acknowledge that it's over-the-top nature is at times preposterous, and the digital effects are a tad cartoonish. I'll let Jeffrey Anderson at Cinematical field this one:
Another complaint is that the stunts are "unbelievable," including the long chase through the jungle on two seemingly parallel and obstruction-free roads, Mutt's vine-swinging and going over three sets of waterfalls. I agree that these are ridiculous, but they're cheerfully so and done completely within the gleeful, giant-sized guidelines of the movie and the series in general. (That's why the film has such a deliberately artificial look.) After all, in the earlier films, we also have Indy jumping over a break in the tracks in a mine cart, falling out of an airplane in an inflatable raft, etc. If I remember correctly, the MAD Magazine parody of the first film was all about its "unbelievability." This is not a new argument, and it never stopped the earlier movies. Realism is not, and never has been, a requirement for a good movie.

Lighten the hell up and enjoy the movie for what it is!

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Open Water (2003)


Director: Chris Kentis
Starring: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein

As with the other films on this list, I look around and everyone seems to hate this movie. I cannot name you a single person I'm friends with who likes this movie. They call it boring and dull, and say the low-budget was really obvious. To that I usually say: "What did you expect?"

Most people evidently expected Open Water to be really action-packed with gory shark attacks and overzealous shark behaviour for our entertainment. Well, if that's what you're looking for, you'll find that in Deep Blue Sea or something. Open Water is a different beast. It's a patient psychological thriller and a realistic shark movie. I don't know how so many people could find this film boring.

Open Water is a reminder that big budgets and lavish sets are not required to make a good film. The small fortune spent on Deep Blue Sea's dodgy CGI sharks is no match for a handheld digital camera, a real diver stuck trembling in the middle of a real ocean, and a real shark brushing up against said diver. Indeed, few films could produce the heart-pounding rush provided by Open Water. Even with the superior Jaws, we were protected from true fear by knowing that the giant shark wasn't real.

The actors' performances are at times terrifyingly realistic. This was no doubt are aided by the fact that the actors truly feared for their lives. After all, they are real people (with protective chain mesh under their suits), with real sharks in the ocean surrounding them. Director Chris Kentis positioned bloody bait in the water to provide the nerve-jangling shark/actor encounters.

I really liked Open Water. It was at times very terrifying, the interactions between the characters are realistic, and the handling of the premise was masterful. At times there were pacing issues, yeah, but as a whole I found the movie enthralling.

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Predators (2010)


Director: Nimród Antal
Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo

In the case of Predators, I'm genuinely baffled about the backlash it received. Now it seems the internet geeks & fanboys have began criticising this left, right & centre. But what's the hate all about? It delivered exactly what it promised: old-school action, and the return of the Predator species.

One aspect people seem to complain about are the super-Predators. But really, what the hell is wrong with them? What's wrong with introducing a new breed of Predator? Also, I've seen a lot of people calling the film rubbish because it had "no action". Wait, what? Are you blind? There's plenty of action. And look at the original Predator - it has roughly the same amount of action. If anything, the original Predator had less action, as it was concerned with machismo and one-liners.

I really, really liked Predators. So did my roommate, whom I saw it with. I don't get why people say this film is rubbish.

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Director: Steve Oedekerk
Starring: Steve Oedekerk, Fei Lung, Leo Lee, Ling Ling Tse, Lin Yan, Chia Yung Liu

While I'm friends with a number of people who appreciate Kung Pow and the inspired hilarity within, there are still hordes of people who absolutely detest it. The critics in particular. I just don't get it: Kung Pow had moderate aspirations of being a fun movie, and my word it accomplished that with aplomb.

Yeah, admittedly it's one joke stretched out to feature-length, but I'll be damned if the smile ever left my face while watching this movie. The energy never relents, and the laughs keep coming at a dizzying rate. Even if 1 in 5 jokes are funny to you, you'll still be laughing a lot.

I'm well aware that comedy is subjective, so there's no point in me going on and on about how funny this movie is because a lot of people will not accept this argument. I can, however, just say that this was my type of humour, and thus I loved the movie. If it's your type of humour too, then you should love the movie as well. If it isn't...whatever. Your call. But calling Kung Pow a bad movie seems a bit of a stretch, because the technical aspects are still marvellous, with Oedekerk and others being expertly superimposed into the old footage. Plus, how skilled must a writer be to construct a whole new storyline from old footage?

Lighten up.

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)


Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons

Like most entries on this list, I've made peace with the fact I could be - and probably am - quite alone in liking this movie, but I care not. I saw this movie on opening day before all the hate and backlash, and I had a great time. To this day, I still don't understand most of the criticism.

Spider-Man 3 makes the most of its "3" numerical marker by including three villains, a love triangle, and roughly three times more material than it needs; it's pretty much three movies in one! You get the sense that Raimi was more intent on cramming in everything he can into one film than making a coherent, focused feature. Yet, despite the narrative bloat (which has been the basis for a lot of criticism), Spider-Man 3 maintains much of the enthralling energy and emotional pathos that made its predecessors the very definition of great popcorn moviemaking.

A lot of people seem to complain about "Spidey going emo", but come the fuck on!! That's a character fault; with the symbiote, Peter Parker turns into a douche. The story concerns Parker's changes due to the symbiote, and how he overcomes them. Saying the movie sucks because of "emo Spidey" is fucking childish.

Plus, the action sequences are frequently excellent. The CGI is borderline photorealistic, and the climax is a battle royale of excitement and pathos that takes care of all three villains, concludes the love triangle between Peter, Mary Jane, and Harry, and resolves any doubt about Peter's split persona.

So yeah, I liked Spider-Man 3. Sue me.

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The Happening (2008)


Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez, Betty Buckley, Spencer Breslin, Robert Bailey Jr.

No matter where I turn, everybody seems to hate The Happening, with its low Rotten Tomatoes score, its low IMDb score, and general word of mouth clearly conveying the message of "this film sucked big time". But I saw this movie before everyone jumped aboard the hate bandwagon, and maybe that's why I liked the film as much as I did.

For starters, I love the premise. Humankind may well be in their final act, and Mother Nature may well demand revenge after years and years of human pollution. It's a genuinely thought-provoking, terrifyingly plausible notion.

Added to this, the criticism the film continues to receive seems to focus on the acting. While I do agree that the acting is at times pretty subpar (I don't pretend to think the film is perfect), it's somewhat fitting due to the nature of the events. Nobody knows the direct source of the "attack", and everybody is in perpetual shock.

And I doubt anybody can deny the effectiveness of some of the filmmaking. The suicide scenes at the film's beginning are truly unnerving, and there are disturbing images throughout. I found the movie absorbing from beginning to end. Of course, I don't expect many people to agree with me, but that's my take.

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Hide And Seek (2005)


Director: John Polson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue, Amy Irving, Dylan Baker, Melissa Leo

This is another clearcut case of me seeing a film and making up my own mind before the hate and backlash, and maybe this is why I enjoyed Hide and Seek so damn much. Yet all these years later when I watch it, I still like it. I don't get the hate. It may be imbued with typical genre conventions, but I found the film to be done well.

Though it's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, Hide and Seek did manage to hold my interest throughout - despite a final act that becomes a little too preposterous and hackneyed for its own good. Still, films of this sort are becoming increasingly rare - i.e. a thriller geared towards adults instead of teenagers - so for that reason alone, Hide and Seek is worth some consideration. Plus, the film does not get stupid for a long time, and that's a glowing compliment for a thriller!!

The suspense here is of the slow-burn variety, rather than the non-stop roller coaster ride of thrillers that just go for the adrenaline rush. We spend the first part of the film with leading characters - David and Emily - as they move in, get to know their neighbors, go fishing, and so on. The sinister elements of the plot are introduced gradually, so that by the time all hell breaks loose, we're invested enough in the characters to worry about what happens to them. The script is fairly basic, but it does a good job of keeping viewers guessing about the true nature of Charlie. Plus, once the film shifts into full-on thriller mode, there are some genuinely creepy and thrilling moments to behold.

Meanwhile, Robert De Niro is wholly believable in the lead, and Dakota Fanning excellently slipped into her role with chilling results.

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Get Carter (2000)


Director: Stephen T. Kay
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Rhona Mitra, Johnny Strong, John C. McGinley, Alan Cumming, Michael Caine, John Cassini, Mickey Rourke

Due to this being a remake of a classic movie, Get Carter was likely destined to be criticised from the outset, but I personally find the criticising to be unjust and unearned. It's not that I think the movie is perfect, but I found it to be a whole lot better than most people seem to think.

First of all, the story progresses at an agreeable pace, and director Stephen T. Kay displayed a talent for attractive visuals. While the protagonist is in no way deep or easy to connect with, Stallone's performance is notably strong and focused. Added to this, the film is not entirely brain-dead - it only occasionally asks us to suspend our disbelief. The dialogue, meanwhile, is actually serviceable rather than cringe-worthily terrible, which is certainly saying something if we're dealing with a Sylvester Stallone vehicle.

Slick, enjoyable and arguably superior to its predecessor, Get Carter is a far better film than it has been given credit for. Comparisons to the original 1971 version are unfair because this version was clearly made with a whole different mentality and goal in mind. Give it a chance, and you'll discover an action film with a surprisingly amount of brain and heart, which is definitely better than anything I've seen Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal put out around the beginning of the noughties.

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Director: Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Starring: Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Ariel Gade, Kristen Hager, Sam Trammell, Robert Joy

I can't recommend AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem as a good movie on its own merits since it's stocked with cardboard cutout characters and a barely coherent plot, but it's miles more interesting than the last AVP film.

Also, thankfully, directors Colin and Greg Strause kept the story moving at a quick enough pace that deficiencies in character development or general logic can go unnoticed pretty easily. They duo also relied on practical effects to give the creatures tangible dimensions. Over the years, the over-reliance on digital effects has lessened the impact of films like these (see the appalling Alien Resurrection). The creatures seen in this follow-up are stuntmen in suits, which is much more impactful as audiences can more easily believe that they exist.

At the same time, this is a fairly crass and clumsy way to rejuvenate the artistry of the Alien series, or even the testosterone-soaked appeal of the Predator franchise, but all in all there's precious little to criticise in a film that manages to be quite so ridiculously entertaining. Ultimately, it's competently executed, occasionally tense and frequently fun to watch, no matter whether you choose to laugh at or with it.

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Director: Mark Helfrich
Starring: Dane Cook, Dan Fogler, Jessica Alba, Natalie Morris, Ellia English, Chelan Simmons

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Fanboys (2009)


Director: Kyle Newman
Starring: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, David Denman, Christopher McDonald

I get why a lot of people don't like this movie. Critics who are up themselves find it unthinkable that a movie can be conventional, and thus criticise it hard because of its embrace of cliches. Even if the movie itself is actually fun. In the case of Fanboys, it's conventional fluff, but it's nonetheless very enjoyable fluff.

Fanboys plays out more or less as one would expect from a road trip picture. The characters interact, meet quite a number of strange people, and reach their destination only after some unexpected detours. Like most movies of this ilk, there are segments of the film that work better than others. One of the better scenes depicts Hutch taking a detour in order to go to Captain Kirk's Iowa hometown and harass some rabid Star Trek fans. In fact, the Star Wars vs. Star Trek war rages on throughout the course of Fanboys (fairly ironic in 2009, as the latter franchise just became cool again thanks to a big-budget revival). This particular subplot is the film's finest touch, permitting the two rival factions to slap each other around for a number of good laughs. Meanwhile, the characters' final arrival at Skywalker Ranch - complete with ninja outfits, grappling hooks and Star Wars props galore - is a fitting finale that suits the movie's silly, warm-hearted tone.

This is a very enjoyable, fun flick, and the humour is occasionally quite clever. The final sequence is particularly apt - when our heroes are camped in lines outside a theatre for the premiere of The Phantom Menace. In this single scene the filmmakers manage to accurately capture the tremendous anticipation for this particular movie event as well as the dedication of the fans. This is followed by a sly last-minute jab at the quality of the first Star Wars prequel. These moments, as well as other isolated scenes, are pure brilliance within an otherwise by-the-numbers motion picture.

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Rush Hour 3 (2007)


Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada, Yvan Attal, Youki Kudoh, Noémie Lenoir

Rush Hour 3 is goofy, ridiculous, far-fetched, politically-incorrect, and even anti-American in the way a French cab driver views the U.S. as a breeding ground for killers and war mongers. It's also a laugh riot from beginning to end, and a supreme slice of entertainment.

The plot doesn't make much sense and is almost impossible to follow. This doesn't matter, however. As the film's crackerjack set-pieces play out, it's easy to purposefully tune out of the story and concentrate on what matters: the remarkably right chemistry between motormouth wisecracker Chris Tucker and ideal straight man/stunt extraordinaire Jackie Chan.

What gives Rush Hour 3 an added punch is the dynamite pairing of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. It's hard to say how much of what they say and do is scripted and how much is ad-libbed, but they have superb comedic timing and an amiable camaraderie. Tucker, whose acting career of the last ten years has virtually consisted of the three Rush Hour pictures, is great with one-liners (and much more naturally funny than comparable performers like Martin Lawrence). Chan, meanwhile, is a master at deadpan deliveries and reaction shots, and is, indeed, the yang to Tucker's yin. The joke-to-laugh ratio is absolutely through the roof.

The third-act is set amid the Eiffel Tower, and is a thrilling elongated action sequence that incorporates a number of awe-inspiring moments, some exciting fight choreography (taking advantage of Chan's fight skills), and convincing special effects. It's an example of stylistic craftsmanship over substance, and that's all one can really ask for. Rush Hour 3 does not encourage intelligence or reinvent the wheel. It's not even one of the best comedies in history. However, if you have a soft spot for silly adventure and want to have a few good laughs, this film provides. I had fun and laughed a lot. Who can complain about that?

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The Hitcher (2007)


Director: Dave Meyers
Starring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough, Kyle Davis, Skip O'Brien, Travis Schuldt

The Hitcher was delivered by the same production company which was responsible for the horrible remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well as the abysmal prequel The Beginning. Despite this bad reputation, these guys did a perfectly decent job here. What can I say? The Hitcher worked for me.

Director Dave Meyers is a music-video maestro without any big screen experience. While that should be enough to burn down the theater in protest, Meyers appears to appreciate the basic fundamentals of horror filmmaking - he did not succumb to hip visuals and flash-cut edit rhythms. For the most part, Meyers keeps the visual artifice at a bare minimum too, and even went easy the genre's recent reliance on boo-scares to power the thrill engine.

This remake also respects what propelled the original film: that clammy feeling of hopelessness while an unstoppable evil is stalking you with zero explanation why. Meyers was wise enough to not fiddle much with the original's framework, instead falling back on the reason why the 1986 picture is still spoken of highly today: the atmosphere of dread.

And others may disagree, but I adored Sean Bean as the villainous John Ryder. He's menacing, believable and scary. The rest of the cast is not so impressive, but this is one of the only drawbacks of an otherwise solid update of a horror classic. It's not as good as the original film of course, but it remains a slickly-produced, enjoyed genre outing with a few genuinely chilling moments.

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Troy (2004)


Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Brian Cox, Eric Bana, Diane Kruger, Brendan Gleeson, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Once Gladiator hit the big-time in the arenas of box office, critical/movie-goer reaction and Oscar Night, it kicked off the beginning of a new series of old-fashioned Hollywood epics. Wolfgang Peterson's Troy may have drawn a lot of criticism, but I personally adored it. This is a huge movie, bearing the DNA of films like Titanic, Lord of the Rings and Jason and the Argonauts, with huge sets and huge characters, and it's nearly as enthralling as the glorious epics it emulates.

Loosely based off Homer's The Iliad, Troy messes enough with the original source material to infuriate the purists, but manages to work for the open-minded viewers due to the epic scope and a mostly sublime cast. Director Wolfgang Petersen, adept at heart-pounding action (Air Force One, In the Line of Fire), guides the battle scenes with a sure hand and a sharp eye for exciting visuals. James Horner's portentous musical score adds adrenaline as well, and the cinematography of Roger Pratt captures the vastness of the landscape and its inhabitants. As I said before, it's a huge movie.

The special effects are absolutely seamless, and easily convince the eye that thousands of troops are waiting to do battle on the scorching beaches of Troy. Petersen kept the juices flowing by continually stoking the dramatic fires, and staging intermittent, intense one-on-one battles to keep the story as intimate as something this extensive can possibly get.

Unfortunately, however, Brad Pitt doesn't quite cut it as Achilles. He's a little too pretty, and a little too shallow. Another flaw, I understand, is that the material feels Hollywood-ised. But there's enough here to overshadow these flaws. Petersen did the intricate story justice, guiding it effectively and respectfully. All the hate just baffles me.

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2012 (2009)


Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Thomas McCarthy, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover

Critics absolutely detested this movie and it's difficult to find a single person who found it enjoyable. Sorry, but I actually enjoyed it. I admit it has flaws - fuck yes, it has lots of them - but if a movie entertains me and is well-made, I'm more willing to overlook the flaws.

The average movie-goer doesn't care about things like characters or the script, which is good since both are flimsy in the case of 2012. The driving motivation for anyone to see this movie is the mayhem... And boy does Emmerich get that aspect right. As a film which delivers epic destruction, 2012 is unparalleled. Absolutely everything one could want in a disaster epic can be found in this film. Everything. There are earthquakes, volcanos, collapsing skyscrapers, tsunamis, capsized ocean liners, plain crashes, and more. Normal disaster movies kill thousands, while 2012 kills billions without breaking a sweat.

The money shots here are impeccably sold by the special effects crew who deliver vast images of doom with remarkable detail - the CGI is amazingly close to photorealism. There's some truly multiplex-rocking action to behold within this flick, such as the jaw-droppingly orchestrated and utterly gripping "California is going down" sequence. Reports of the budget for this film range from $200 million to $260 million, and no money went to waste. While plenty of action and a weak human element is a basis to hopelessly hate a movie, Emmerich has an advantage over films like the latest Transformers - he's a good filmmaker. Emmerich has sound knowledge of how to construct breathtaking imagery and action without resorting to a dozen camera edits in a matter of seconds or distracting shaky-cam. He allows his audience to actually watch the mayhem rather than opting for cinematic techniques that induce headaches.

Is there any reason to care about the characters? Absolutely not - they are caricatures saddled with threadbare motivation and bad dialogue. The cast is more formidable than one might expect from a glorified B-movie, but the acting is still pretty below-par. Thus, 2012 only works when it immerses viewers in the epic action set-pieces rather than trying to develop characters or dole out exposition. It's a highly enjoyable, paint-by-numbers disaster movie which contains some absolutely breathtaking popcorn moments.

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Rick Gonzalez, Yul Vazquez, Lenny Venito

First of all, I know the screenplay is deeply flawed due to logical errors and just plain Hollywood touches. However, with Steven Spielberg at the helm, I hardly noticed the flaws (or wanted to notice them) throughout this powerful, excellently-crafted summer blockbuster.

War of the Worlds is an intense, visceral experience. The roar of the tripods is genuinely scary, and John Williams' disharmonious score emphasises dread in a masterful way. For the majority of the film's nearly two-hour running length, Spielberg propels us from one "out of the frying pan, into the fire" situation to another. The film is as relentless as its villains, only occasionally allowing us to catch our breaths before once again elevating the level of suspense. Along the way, War of the Worlds even finds time for a little social commentary - it underscores how dire circumstances can bring out both the base and elevated aspects of human nature. We see the mob mentality and instances of selfless bravery.

Technically speaking, the film is a marvel as well. Collaborating with ILM, Spielberg's vision for Earth's final moments is a bold study in CG fireworks and sickening brutality. It's all sold with marvelous set design, visual effects, and intricate cinematography. The film couldn't look better, representing the most money Spielberg has spent on a film in his career up until 2005, and every penny is up on the screen. However, while marketed as a summer diversion, this is a horror film through and through, almost to a point of mean-spiritedness. Spielberg wants to submerge the audience in the confusion and claustrophobia the invasion brings, which he nails perfectly. Additionally, there's comic relief thrown in to alleviate the pervasive sense of dread. Surprisingly, it works because the characters feel more human.

A rushed ending and a number of screenplay flaws aside, War of the Worlds is a film I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Wild Hogs (2007)


Director: Walt Becker
Starring: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Durand, M.C. Gainey

I was in a state of shock after watching Wild Hogs. This was an assured recipe for disaster considering the track records of the some of the actors and the abysmal reviews the film suffered. I decided to skip the film during its theatrical run due to the reviews, but word of mouth reached me that it was indeed funny. So I ended up watching it...and I laughed my ass off.

Credit goes to director Walk Becker for keeping the air around this film breathable with his deep focus on the intrinsic goofiness of watching the four leads play butch for 90 minutes. Wild Hogs is a lighthearted slapstick romp, and Becker does not back down from the challenge, dishing up healthy spoonfuls of road trip sight gags. Humour is also generated through watching the protagonists in various hues of panic as they dodge trouble throughout the heartland, and loosening up their stuffy lives through skinny dipping and camping. It's not The Godfather, but when a bloated mainstream comedy title such as this can execute a joke well, an angel gets its wings.

While Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence are certainly tolerable (surprisingly), John Travolta and William H. Macy steal the film. This is the loosest Travolta has been in some time, and he looks like he's really having fun here. His nervous reactions to the escalating threat are among the film's highlights. Macy leans into the comedic potential of the material as well, really digging his heels into the tech-nerd personality contrasted with the leather-bound bike god.

The film is not exactly clever, and it's not one of the best comedies you'll ever see. Nevertheless, if this type of humour appeals to you, you'll have fun watching Wild Hogs. I certainly did.

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Fairly self-explanatory, I would imagine. There are movies which receive loads of criticisms from all corners, yet I just cannot understand the hatred.

In other words, I find the following movies underrated. I felt I'd be a little different and less conceited in my approach to a title :)

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Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Sep 30 22:45
I liked War of the Worlds. The Happening and AVP both fall under the "it offered exactly what it said on the box" so I don't under stand the fuss. So... you ordered a microwave and are pissed that it wasn't a flat screen tv. I'm still upset that "Planet Terror" didn't turn out to be a lesbian romance comedy... oh wait... ;)
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 4:25
Fanboys was excellent, you earned my vote with that.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 6:17
Troy is by no means one of the better action epics (historical or semi-historical) but I do think it got a bad rap from the critics and is underrated in general. The rest of the movies on this list (with the possible exception of Open Water, because I haven't seen it) are pretty terrible in my opinion, but here's a vote for your courage. =Þ
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 7:21
I didn't quite like Troy, it took too many liberties for my taste, but I figured it wasn't as bad as generally advertised (and Eric Bana's Hector was flawless, largely the best of the film).

OTOH, Indiana Jones 4 is terrible, not only it was a bad experience seeing it, but it also tainted the rest of the franchise for me. Rumors about n5 give me the shivers now.

Kudos on the list motive, though, it's perfect. :)
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 7:45
I'm with you on Open Water and Indy 4, as well a few others. Nice list man.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 9:10
The only good movie here is Fanboys, and the rest: yes, they suck!
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 18:24
I liked War of the Worlds .
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 1 21:44
Spider-man 3 was better than two, but not as good as one, and yes wild hogs is funny as hell.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 5 17:24
Hide and Seek was awesome. From the rest of them I've watched Spider Man 3 and didn't really enjoy it, Rush Hour 3 wasn't especially memorable unlike the first part, War of the Worlds was...eh, hectic? and Troy was okay.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 5 21:12
I am still yet to watch the new indiana jones film, but sure I will enjoy it
I didn't mind good luck chuck, but spiderman 3 would of been more enyoyable, if just focused on spiderman & the sandman
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 5 23:14
I LOVE Troy! It's one of my favorite movies along with Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which everyone seems to hate with a vengeance.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 5 23:27
Kung Pow is my 3rd favorite movie haha killer list
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Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 6 1:55
if you watch the happening as a comedy you will love it even more
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 6 2:36
I agree with you on Kung Pow, The Happening, Troy, and War of the Worlds (in fact, our ratings for them are pretty close). I have yet to see Predators, but I expect to at least enjoy it. AVP: Requiem I enjoyed for the mindless and undiscriminating violence, but I wouldn't call it a good film.

I'll also agree with you that the effects part of 2012 was the best thing (or rather, the only good thing) about it. The rest of this list though I can't comment on as I've either refused to watch the films or simply have no opinion on them. Aside, of course, from Indiana Jones 4, which I still regret sitting through. :P

I'd like to see your reasoning behind the rest of the list, but for what's here you've earned my vote.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 6 2:42
"The Happening" is the only one that doesn't deliver on its genre. The rest is fairly watchable to very enjoyable. I don't get it why some think "war of the worlds" is bad. It had me on the edge of my seat, unnerved. I have seen it a dozen times. Great list.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 6 3:27
loved most of these!
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Oct 6 15:21
these are all good, some people just go with the crowd too much
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 4 20:32
Im in the same opinion with Predators. I think it was pretty entertaining, and I like it more than the first one with Arnold. Both movies still have same negative points like too long ending scenes.
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 5 1:25
This is the main reason I don't personally agree with "rating" movies to begin with. Everyone's tastes are different and they all view things differently. I agree with you about open water, the hitcher, 2012, war of the worlds and indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull. Especially War of the worlds.. Nonstop action from start to finish. As far as the comments in the hitcher, I disagree with your opinion of the Texas chainsaw massacre remakes.. They both delivered the thrills of the original, with better effects, granted they can't overcome the grainy low budget thrills of the original, but they both far surpass texas 2, 3 or the next generation which was an utter waste of time.
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 5 4:18
Spider-man 3, Troy, Wild Hogs. I say yes.
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 5 11:34
Haven't seen most of these, but just two items in I got excited because you included "Open Water". Very good film, perfectly satisfying, and downright terrifying. In fact, I'll just say it: We're right, they're wrong :)

And thank you, you may have just inspired me to watch "Hide and Seek" again so I can work up the courage to award it the extra half star I wasn't brave enought to give it in the first place!
Posted: 7 years ago at Dec 5 13:43
except Dark Water all the other movies
are terrible and i wonder?Why?
but very good job you deserve a vote
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Dec 15 9:06
Troy, Fanboys, 2012 are great movies!
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Dec 21 17:20
Some of these are great! Er, and some of them are really big stinkers...
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jan 23 2:45
I loved Predators, and I loved The Happening even more. Those were great.

I was disappointed with Fanboys, though. I thought it would be wittier, and not so immature. But it still got some laughs from me.

Open Water was incredibly dull, I don't think there's any way I'll get over that. I have liked the few other low-budget movies I've seen, this one just seemed... predictable, boring, all the stuff that's been said.

Overall great list, most of these movies are really awesome. Sometimes people go too hard on them.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Mar 8 21:29
I actually loved Predators it took everything that made original grea, it acted as though the inferior sequel didn't exist and lives up to the title.
Also like Indiana Jones 4, it got a rating of 77% and Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes which is the lowest out of the four. over the past two decades we were treated to The Mummy (The first two are great and the third one is awful) and National Treasure (which marked the beginning of Nic Cage's movie quality declining).
However the remakes of Get Carter, War of the Worlds and The Hitcher all fail on what made the originals so great.
Wild Hogs is more of a rental, who would of guessed the people behind would later make the atrocious Old Dogs.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Mar 8 22:32
Dude, seriously, Indiana Jones 4 is almost universally hated. Maybe not by critics, but definitely by viewers (and to me, viewers' opinions count far more than critics). Open your eyes. Even Shia LaDouche said he disliked it, and claimed Harrison was unhappy with it.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 27 3:56
I Agree With The Above Post!

And Rush Hour 3 Also! Well, I Never Liked Any Rush Hour Series But The 3rd Installment Just Crossed The Line Of Awfulness! It Wasn't Even A Movie!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 27 3:58
You agree with my post? Cool.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 27 9:46
Anything Wrong With That?
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Jun 2 7:05
I love Fanboys and WotW and The Happening. ^_^
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Jun 15 23:38
Fanboys is awesome! :D
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Aug 3 12:52
Your not alone, I too enjoyed the 4th Indiana Jones and I don't see why everybody hated it, I LOVE the predator movies as well because I'm a big Sci-Fi fan along with 2012, that movie also was good, I thought it was better than the day after tomorrow.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 26 11:31
I also like the Happening and 2012. I did not want to like them. I heard the negative hype, and bought it. But they both grew on me. Thanks for the list.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 26 12:28
I also enjoyed Spider-man 3. Unfortunately, until now, I could not find anyone else who also enjoyed it.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 4:46
I definitely agree with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Fanboys, and Wild Hogs.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 10:21
I feel less guilty about liking some of these movies now ;) Loving these comments!!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 13:03
I liked Open Water.

Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 13:15
I completely agree with Indy and Spidey 3, and appreciate the whole list.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 14:26
Nice list PvtCaboose!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 21:35
i just hate ''2012'', and i LOVE ''Troy'' *-*
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 22:24
I love Kung Pow! I really can't stand The Happening, but your explanation on why you enjoy it was legit.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 23:09
I loved CRYSTAL SKULL (Definitely one of the most underrated films of the last decade) and really liked SPIDER-MAN 3 as well as PREDATORS. I haven't seen some of the others on here yet, but I"ll probably give them a shot. Very good list.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 27 23:52
I LOVED Troy and i agree with you that Eric Bana really made that movie. Seriously. I still quote some of his lines even though none of them are applicable to any situation i've ever been in...

I also liked Hide and Seek...(But Because i like Famke Janssen and i would watch grass grow for that woman.)

I didn't like Kung Pow (But i didn't hate it)...i think it was because i watched it with someone who i detest and they really enjoyed it so i made a conscious effort to dislike it. It had its moments though.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 28 0:25
Agree with most of them. I liked Spiderman 3, Hide and Seek, Troy, and War of the Worlds!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 28 2:03
Great List man!
I only disagree with a few of these.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Oct 28 4:12
I've seen almost none of this movies, but I really would like to watch Open Water. :) Sharks are fascinated me since I was a 6-year-old girl who saw her first shark in Loro Park, Teneriffe. Realistic shark movie sounds very promising especially after Jaws... While watching Jaws, I laught to the robot and cried to the way Bruce attacked. Deep Blue Sea (my guilty pleasure movie) is good, though, because it doesn't try te be a realistic shark film like Jaws.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Nov 9 3:18
I also thought Wild Hogs was funny. I have considered it a 'guilty pleasure', but it appears others share my opinion. I agree Bill Macy is very funny in his scene-stealing role of the computer nerd/badass biker. Peter Fonda's cameo was also a nice suprise. Very funny film.

I will watch anything with Robert De Niro. Even if the film is not the best, he will still bring something interesting to his part in it.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Mar 28 4:58
i have only seen about half of these movies, but of those i completely agree.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Mar 28 5:47
Wild Hogs was funny :D
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Jun 15 1:20
I just love Indiana Jones 4. It's one of my favourites- just so much fun!
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 24 16:25
I really enjoyed Indy 4 so I'm happy to vote. Nice list.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 24 16:33
i agree with u, these movies are not bad at all
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 24 17:54
Nice list!
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Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 24 18:29
I agree with you in some of them!
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 1:37
I'll give you a vote for a good idea for a list, and in honesty, I can't say I have seen many of these, or have a strong opinion either way regarding some that I have. A few worth mentioning are: War of the Worlds, Troy, Rush Hour 3, Spider Man 3, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I'm in agreement with you on Rush Hour 3 and Spider Man 3. There were what they were and did a nice job over all. As good as previous ones in the series? No, but they were in character with the rest.

As for the others I mentioned. Troy, well, I'm a purist, I'll admit; I've taught the Illiad in college. And Troy just did not work for me. Perhaps it did for some others, but not for me. War of the Worlds? I'm not a huge fan of many remakes anyway, but this one just did not work as a whole for me. It felt mostly like a special effects film that did not recapture what made the original so good. As for the Indiana Film, yes, it was horrible. True, I'll grant you it had good special effects, if a bit cheesy at times, it had action, and it had big time stunts. But it also had a weird alien/scifi feel to it that none of the originals had. The originals all had an element of mystery to them to the artifacts he was dealing with. This movie introduced a note that just felt weird to many. And yes, I was not happy with the passing of the torch. Shia LeBeouf didn't fit the role he played. I think many people just could not picture him as a replacement for a Harrison Ford, could not see him carrying the torch onward. Those, at least, were my reasons. Did I get no entertainment from it at all? No, there were moments that were fun, but it was a failure as a whole.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 2:55
But it also had a weird alien/scifi feel to it that none of the originals had.

That's the point. The original trilogy is a homage to those old serials from the 30s and 40s, whereas Crystal Skull is set in the 50s and is thus a homage to those old alien pictures.
And yes, I was not happy with the passing of the torch.

Passing of the torch how? Shia wants to put on Indy's hat, but Indy stops him. Lucas wanted a Mutt Williams series, but the idea was canned. Mutt is not replacing Indy.
How is Mutt any different to having Shortround in Temple of Doom?
I think many people just could not picture him as a replacement for a Harrison Ford, could not see him carrying the torch onward.

He wasn't replacing Harrison, for crying out loud! If he was, we'd have a Mutt Williams series by now.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 13:01
Yes, perhaps that was "the point" but it was a point many people I've talked to hated about it. Whatever homage it might have been doing didn't work for many people I know.

And I'll have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of Shia. Almost anyone can figure that one out. How old is Harrison Ford? Seventy years old? Can he really continue to make Indy movies? His age makes such a passing obvious, and I know quite a few people who saw this as well. Unless they wanted to do another remake of an original with a new casting as they've been doing so often, passing the role to a new generation is obviously what's going on there. And no, we wouldn't have a Mutt Williams series by now because the movie flopped. When a movie intended to start such a series flops, only an idiot would continue with the idea.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 13:33
Yes, perhaps that was "the point" but it was a point many people I've talked to hated about it. Whatever homage it might have been doing didn't work for many people I know.

Then that comes down to your personal taste and expectations.
And I'll have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of Shia. Almost anyone can figure that one out. How old is Harrison Ford? Seventy years old? Can he really continue to make Indy movies? His age makes such a passing obvious, and I know quite a few people who saw this as well. Unless they wanted to do another remake of an original with a new casting as they've been doing so often, passing the role to a new generation is obviously what's going on there.

But WHEN does this "passing of the torch" occur? Ever? Indy still does a lot of action stuff, it's just that Mutt helps. Passing of the torch implies Indy takes a backseat and becomes a supporting character while Mutt takes centre stage. That never happens. Mutt still remains a background character the entire way through.
And no, we wouldn't have a Mutt Williams series by now because the movie flopped. When a movie intended to start such a series flops, only an idiot would continue with the idea.

Huh? The move grossed $785 million at the worldwide box office, it was one of the biggest hits of 2008. It made more than 3x its production budget. It was a massive success. Lucas wanted a Mutt series but everyone else hated the idea, so nothing came to pass. Period.
If there was a solo Mutt Williams adventure and Indy became a supporting character, you'd have a point. As it stands, Indy was still the protagonist in Crystal Skull. Fact.
Posted: 5 years ago at Dec 5 18:08
I totally agree with you regarding "2012" and "The Happening". While not perfect, I was totally entertained by them!
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 19:58
I liked most of the films on this list too, especially Troy and Predators, both at least 7/10's. Regarding Rush Hour and 2 Fast 2 Furious, they are both just good fun!
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 19 21:55
completely agree on Spider Man 3, I think it's the best of the trilogy.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 23 5:19
I also liked Fanboy.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Mar 30 16:25
It's still a mystery to me why "Get Carter" is rated 5/10.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at May 6 17:49
I like 'Spider-Man 3' as well.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Nov 6 12:59
I really liked The Hitcher :)
Posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago at Feb 28 5:38
I also really liked the last Indiana Jones movie, and I thought 2012 was such a good movie. It's cool that before Chiwetel Ejiofor became famous, he was in 2012. I loved his performance.

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