just did a clever post
about 10 movies she'd have to account for before God for seeing. Well, even though I've seen a lot of bad movies, I haven't had to watch many all the way through because it was on TV and at some point the person watching left and I switched over to something else. Still, here are four movies that really rubbed me the wrong way. I may add six more if I can think of them (I know they will) but for now, these are one that were bad -- but not "in a good way."Mary Poppins
I knooooooooooooooow I'm supposed to love this movie, it's Disney, it's got Julie Andrews, it's got singing and dancing and Dick van Dyke. Well, even as a kid I disliked this movie. I like the rooftop dancing and the "Love to Laugh" scene, but I could not STAND that nanny! Oh, she was just such a jerk, I hated, hated, hated her! Maybe it's that I always picked up the same vibe from her that I got from all the teachers who manipulated/punished me in school. I hated how she was so perky and "allowed" the children these fun experiences but at the same time was very controlling and always wanted to things just exactly her
way. Ughhhh!Boom in the Moon
I am pretty positive nobody reading this could possibly have seen this, as it was a really, really bad B movie made in Mexico in about 1942. The star of it is (very, very sadly!) Buster Keaton. This was a movie I rented in middle school during the heighbt of my Keatonmania and I was soooooooooooo unhappy with it I wanted to melt it down. This was a videotape where they had put all this bullshit on the outside making it sound like "a classic" when it fact, if it were made of paper, it could be toilet paper. Wretched special effects, bad slapstick humor, bad sets. And not in a "good" way, only a "waste of celluloid" way.
Anyway, the good thing I'll say about this is that I actually wrote a letter to Leonard Maltin about this movie, telling him he needed to put it in his big movie guide book with a BOMB rating. (I also went on about how much I loved Keaton as well as Maltin's book on silent comedians.) A few weeks letter I got a personal letter back from Maltin telling me he's included the movie in the guide (it's still listed there, with BOMB next to it), then telling me where and I how I might get some Keaton videos. I ended up contacting the only company that had the videos and they send me tapes for free ('cause aren't 13-year-old film buffs cute?)Dancer in the Dark
I don't think it's only because I love Bjork (and didn't like seeing her executed) that I HAAAAAAAAAAATED this film. My friend Kristina and I saw this in a theater together and we both physically sick for 2 or 3 days, filled with just ANGER and DISGUST over this. This movie felt like an attack -- I felt like I had been manipulated and abused and chewed up and tossed aside. That was the main thing I didn't like, but then, the fact that the whole plot seems lifted out a stupid 1930s teajerker... How and why did he even do that? The hand-held cameras in this movie also made me pretty nautious. The only good thing about the movie was Bjork (thought she did a good job) and bizarro musical scenes. Everything else was just puke-and-anger-inspiring. IMHO anyway.Gangs of New York
Yeah yeah, got all those nominations and/or wins for Oscar, but I really thought there was something just essentially emtpy and "off" about this movie. It had great sets, costumes and acting, I don't deny that, but the overall mood, theme and point was off enough it really bothered me. What I mean is, I could accept the violence as a real thing, but after a certain point, that's all there was to it. And it wasn't like only one side
was violent, it was both sides. So you don't get good guys / bad guys and you don't feel you want the "hero" (DiCaprio) to win, you feel like if he wins, nothing is really that much better. In the end, I felt like the whole thing was just a big excuse for a lot of shocking violence, a.k.a. dressed up RoboCop. I'm not saying there was no
depth, but I felt it went way to far in one direction and kind of came out one-noted.
That's only four movies, but I'll think of more. Probably good I'm stopping anyway, as my descriptions are kind of running on!