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Films that are technically well-made and respected, yet...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by coffeekid, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    ...you sort of hate them.
    I bring this up, because last night I watched "The Talented Mr. Ripley", and although it had loads going for it - beautiful cinematography, good plot, good actors (although I can't stand Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude law, I think they were perfectly cast) the film left me feeling quite horrible and creeped out.

    Anyone else feel like this about quality films? Not so much creeped out, but just... unpleasant. I suppose the fact I feel so affected by it shows how good the film is.
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Good question. I'm sure there are lots.

    Oddly enough I can't stand Paltrow or Law. Particularly Law.

    I'll have a think.
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  3. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Birdman was absolutely dreadful, despite having best picture Oscar. One of the worst films I have ever seen.
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  4. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Birdman - will have to look that one up. Is it Jonathan Pryce?
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Shame... still fancy seeing it...

    On the thread title... American Hustle... I so loathed that film. I loathed it more than Batman and Robin. Because that knew it was tosh... Hustle thought it was good.
  6. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Anything by Oliver Stone.
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  7. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I think I'm thinking of Brazil. No, I don't know Birdman. Ignore last post.
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  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  9. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

  10. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    I know what you mean about 'Ripley' but isn't the fact that you felt creeper out the point, like 'Misery'? I love the jazz scene in Naples!

    I seem to be in a minority, but I thought 'Fight Club' was one of the lousiest films I've ever seen.
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I just don't get the appeal of Daniel Day-Lewis. He reminds me of a modern version of pre-method era actors who were stage trained and so gave fantastic performances that looked absurd when filmed and shown on a big screen rather than viewed on a stage. There Will Be Blood is the only Paul Thomas Anderson film I don't like and it's all because Day-Lewis is a huge ham throughout.

    Some random quote (not me) but I've never seen (to my knowledge) a DDL film. He just LOOKS worthy and dull and serious and puts me right off. Is that fair?
  12. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Not fair, but understandable.
    The only film I like with him in it is The Last of the Mohicans.
  13. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I think I saw American Hustle on a flight. Not the best cirumstances. But I don't remember being impressed. Instantly forgettable, in fact.
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  14. Annarosa1

    Annarosa1 Occasional commenter

    The English Patient was curiously uninvolving, as were Slumdog Millionaire and the ridculous Inception.
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  15. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I also found Inception dull and pointless.
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  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Oh, I really didn't like Slumdog. Couldn't see why people raved over it at all!
  17. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I never fancied Slumdog Millionaire...
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  18. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I haven't seen it.
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    When I look at the list of Best Picture winners from the last few years...
    Only Lord of the Rings stands out as a film I've seen more than once. All the others I saw once [except The Artist, Argo, Birdman and Hurt Locker which I've not seen].

    None of them had repeat value.
  20. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    I'm not a big film watcher, so I haven't seen The Talented Mr Ripley, but:

    this seems to show that it is true to the original book.

    I am a huge Patricia Highsmith fan, and the unpleasant creepiness is what I sort of like.

    Edit: I rarely like films of a book I have already read, as it never lives up to how I imagined it.
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