Movies I've given up on: 2010
512 7.4 7.71. 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.
176 5.6 5.92. Body Snatchers (1993)
25 minutes of bad writing, acting, editing, and shooting was all I had patience for.
2360 6.4 6.73. Wanted (2008)
I thought for sure I had drank enough beers before turning this on to get all the way through it.
4060 6.4 6.54. 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?
294 5.2 5.55. Whiteout (2009)
Absolutely terrible. I want to marry Kate Beckinsale and I still couldn't find the patience to stick with this one.
3621 7.3 7.66. 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.
367 7 6.97. 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.
67 6.3 6.28. 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.
290 7.6 7.69. 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.
604 6.2 6.210. 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.
865 7 7.211. 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.
29 4.9 5.112. Red Mist (2008)
A real "what am I doing" moment.
7 3.5 3.813. Trespassers (2006)
A real "what am I doing" moment.
656 6.8 7.314. 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.
13 4.7 415. Life Blood (2009)
I heard somewhere that this was surprisingly good.
I can be surprisingly gullible.
560 6.6 6.816. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Actually, my power went out during a freak winter snow storm, about 60 minutes into the film. I felt blessed.
8 2.5 3.717. 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.
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