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on 2 Nov 2010 10:15

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Movies I've given up on: 2010

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1. The Player (1992)
Ok sure, I made it through the famous super-long single tracking shot that introduces the film. It was pretty neat, especially considering the choreography involving various actors, lines, automobiles, etc. that all had to be at the right place at the right time. Let alone the camera work. But guess what you didn't hear about that shot: It's loaded with self-indulgent, schmucky attitude.

Err, maybe I was just in a cynical, bad mood when I put this on. But then again, I don't ever seem to be in the mood for Robert Altman. I don't like having to work myself up to get into a film. And the few movies of his I've watched have felt like a chore. I know. It's just me.

Anyway, got thru 45 minutes or so before I pulled the plug on it.

People who added this item 181  Average listal rating (109 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.9 
2. Body Snatchers (1993)
25 minutes of bad writing, acting, editing, and shooting was all I had patience for.

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3. Wanted (2008)
I thought for sure I had drank enough beers before turning this on to get all the way through it.
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4. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Got about 35 minutes in and realized I just didn't care. I'm growing weary of Burton's constant re-imaginings and hate that he's become a parody of himself. Find something original to work on, please Tim?

People who added this item 300  Average listal rating (211 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.5 
5. Whiteout (2009)
Absolutely terrible. I want to marry Kate Beckinsale and I still couldn't find the patience to stick with this one.

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6. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Who let Guy Ritchie touch this? So "stylish" I wanted to puke. I re-read "The Hound of the Baskervilles" afterward just to make sure I didn't hate Authur Conan Doyle too... Nope. Just Guy Ritchie.
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People who added this item 378  Average listal rating (189 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
7. Visitor Q (2001)
Takashi Miike is such a BADASS! Look how badass he can be!


Stupid, stupid film with no redeeming merits to speak of. Great concept, horrible execution. The only thing truly shocking here is how shallow and uninspired this "dark satire" was. I've watched and enjoyed some of Miike's stuff in the past, but 45 minutes of this was all I could bear.
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8. The Church (1989)
Put it on Halloween night and...just wasn't feeling it. Couldn't take the cheesy music, costume design, and projected voice overs. I turned it off very prematurely in favor of "The Burning", but can't say I'll return to it.

People who added this item 300  Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
9. The Secret Of Kells (2009)
Another case of just wasn't feeling it. It seems a bit more directed soley toward kids than I expected, and turned it off before I'd invested too much.

It's probably a good film, and I may come back to it some other time.

People who added this item 611  Average listal rating (318 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
10. Running with Scissors (2006)
Yuk. I can only hope the book was better. None of the attempts at emotional drama or tension work in this film, and I was left simply hating everyone in it. Not sure if I turned it off, or simply let it run while I fould something more interesting to do on-line.
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11. Whatever Works (2009)
Visually as shallow to look at as a Sit-Com, and as emotionally shallow as a Dane Cook joke. Chalk full of shitty, lazy attitudes about everything.
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12. Red Mist (2008)
A real "what am I doing" moment.

People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 3.5  IMDB Rating 3.8 
13. Trespassers (2006)
A real "what am I doing" moment.

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14. The Age of Innocence (1993)
I was on a Scorcese kick for a while, but when it came to it i just wasn't in the mood for a period piece. Oddly enough, I've never been able to finish the Novel it's based on either.
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15. Life Blood (2009)
I heard somewhere that this was surprisingly good.

I can be surprisingly gullible.

People who added this item 582  Average listal rating (389 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
16. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Actually, my power went out during a freak winter snow storm, about 60 minutes into the film. I felt blessed.

People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 2.5  IMDB Rating 3.7 
17. It Waits (2005)
Often when I think I'm in the mood for a terrible movie, it turns out I'm actually in the mood for Indian food...or jazz music, or living room sex, or a jog, or bourbon, or a fight. But usually not a terrible terrible movie.


The films I've turned off this year without making it all the way through.

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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 5 14:51
Iv'e only seen four of these movies. And that is Wanted, Alice, Sherlock Holmes and Trick 'r Treat. And I completely disagree with you on all of them.
Edit: 4 years, 9 months ago
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 5 17:55
Psst...Running With Scissors is Augusten Burroughs, not David Sedaris.

Other than that, I've (also) only seen 2 of these movies. I thought Trick 'r Treat was decent enough, but Sherlock Holmes was a total letdown. Even more disappointing? They're planning on making more of them. Hopefully they'll drag Guy Ritchie away from it, but I doubt it.

How was The Burning? Got it in my queue, but haven't watched it yet.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Dec 2 11:49
You get my votes for 2 movies

- Body Snatchers, Ebert really loved it... Sometimes, we just don't agree..
- Running with scissors, what a great cast and what a very very average/boring/wannabe quirky movie....
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jul 20 21:16
I gave up on Greenburg
Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Sep 4 17:17
i liked wanted and Sherlock Holmes, i have never been into Sherlock Holmes, this movie stylistic choices made me take interest in it, so I guess stylizing the movie was necessary to attract a wider audience. :)

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