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2012-09-30 01:32:29 AM
I approve of this article. Nice list, have seen most flicks on here.... I can see the Battle: LA recommendation getting some serious blowback from the too-cool crowd, but I enjoyed it: there are simply not enough movies with army vs aliens to complain too much!

Waiting... is pretty awesome. Re-watched on Blu the other day, and it's really a very funny, very well observed day-in-the-life of a theme restaurant. Like the "flair" place from Office Space fleshed out to a movie, but with way more raunch. I agree with the TFA author that maybe you had to have worked in a place like that at least once to "get" it.

I also liked Smokin' Aces for sheer lunacy value alone - although it's kind of hyperkinetic to the point of ADHD-level brain melt.

/not subby
 
2012-09-30 02:00:56 AM
I've only seen 4 of those movies.

Orange County was pretty forgettable.

Waiting was awesome. Quite funny

K-Pax was also kind of forgettable.

Final Destination sucked.

I can think of other movies that are just as obscure that were probably better.
 
2012-09-30 02:30:54 AM
One of my favorite underrated movies is "Butterfly Effect".

The usual criticisms boil down to "it's complicated" and "dont like Ashton Kutcher".
 
2012-09-30 03:30:41 AM
I didn't see very many of those, but I will agree that Fallen was awesome. I don't care what anyone else says.
 
2012-09-30 05:48:47 AM
The Perfect Host was pretty interesting. Waiting I also liked, and Orange County wasn't that bad. (It may have helped that I lived in Southern California when I first saw it.)

Final Destination spawned a fairly successful franchise, so the bad reviews probably were kind of wrong.
 
2012-09-30 07:21:48 AM
I like Fallen, but the fact that Jennifer's Body is on this list makes me not take anything said on that page seriously. That was just a horrible horrible movie.
 
2012-09-30 07:25:59 AM
When it was in theaters, UHF got bad reviews.

Why?

Because critics are

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2012-09-30 07:34:45 AM
Fallen was great. Waiting was tolerable, but just didn't click for me. The rest were forgettable.
 
2012-09-30 08:23:44 AM
I loved Blue Chips. Bobby Hurley play point guard for Bobby Knight alone was worth it. I thought Nick Nolte nailed the role and JT Walsh was great. Plus, it was Shaq's best performance (yes, yes, even better than Shazam.)
 
2012-09-30 08:33:57 AM
The Perfect Host is drop-dead great. Especially after seeing David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane for all those years, you're not sure if you want to laugh or scream for most of the movie.
 
2012-09-30 08:39:28 AM
Really stretching to call any of those movies great.
My short reviews of the ones I've seen...

Blue Chips = Ok only because I finally saw good basketball sequences in a movie.
Orange County = Meh. Completely forgettable. Perfect 6/10 movie.
Battle: Los Angeles = Very good war scenes. If this was fighing against humans it would have been rated higher.
Smokin Aces = A complete piece of shiat movie. Everyone tried too hard to look cool and failed miserably.
Final Destination = Good movie with a great idea.
Fallen = Very good movie. Surprised it was so lowly rated.
 
2012-09-30 08:46:46 AM
Smokin' Aces was awful and tried to be too many things. I wanted to love it for its cast, but man...that movie was just a crazy, incoherent mess.
 
2012-09-30 08:49:26 AM
"Jennifer's Body" is one of the most horrible movies I have ever attempted to watch, and one of a very few that I didn't even bother to finish. It was just that bad. The acting, the screenwriting, the direction... there was nothing at all redeeming about that film. And, while she may be hot, Megan Fox is a terrible actress, and that film really showed it.

I enjoyed "Battle: Los Angeles" well enough, but then I guess I didn't expect it to be any more than it was: a fairly mindless action flick.

"Final Destination" was pretty good, I thought. Definitely an interesting idea, and that scene after (and directly related to) the reflection of the bus was pretty awesome. Never bothered with any of the sequels, though.

And I haven't scene any of the other films on that list.
 
2012-09-30 08:49:44 AM
Loved the the chase scene in Fallen. Denzel chasing the demon who was hopping from host to host was a great concept.
 
2012-09-30 08:49:54 AM
This guy never gets to pick out what anyone watches on movie night. Ever. And any suggestions he might have should lead to a swift kick in the Blockbusters.
 
2012-09-30 08:57:36 AM
Loved Fallen, never understood the hate...still get creeped out when I watch it.
 
2012-09-30 09:01:02 AM
Tiiiime... is on my side, oh yes it is...
 
2012-09-30 09:01:09 AM
What's a Blockbuster?
 
2012-09-30 09:05:02 AM
Replace Battle: LA with Starship Troopers.
 
2012-09-30 09:05:27 AM
Waiting was probably the only genuinely good movie of the bunch, though the first Final Destination was decent. I recall Fallen being decent, though I haven't seen it in a while. I'm pretty sure it was John Goodman who really carried that movie.
 
2012-09-30 09:05:40 AM
Waiting, Blue Chips, and Fallen were all pretty sweet.
 
2012-09-30 09:10:09 AM
"Permiscuous"? Really?
 
2012-09-30 09:10:41 AM
The end of Fallen left me with the most hopeless and pitiful feeling a movie has EVER left me with. That was some GOOD cinema.
 
2012-09-30 09:11:31 AM

B.L.Z. Bub: What's a Blockbuster?


A 20th century analog precursor to Netflix.
 
2012-09-30 09:12:10 AM

B.L.Z. Bub: What's a Blockbuster?


It's that thing that destroyed your local strip mall
 
2012-09-30 09:12:44 AM
'Fallen' was good and seems to be getting the love from several of my fellow Farkers. I disagree with many of his other choices. Re-watched 'The Fisher King' the other day. Strong cast (Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Plummer) an under-appreciated movie, IMHO. My 2 cents. Toodles.
 
2012-09-30 09:16:09 AM

Shadowtag: This guy never gets to pick out what anyone watches on movie night. Ever. And any suggestions he might have should lead to a swift kick in the Blockbusters.


This.
His entire argument for why the critics got it wrong is "Because I said so."

And just for the hell of it I went back to Ebert's review of UHF, the vast majority of his review is correct.
1) The story (rescue of the TV station) drags the movie down.
2) The characters are one dimensional and forgettable.
3) It's not true to its universe (for example, what was the fallout from the fire-hose drinking scene?)
4) Wierd Al isn't a competent actor.

But I disagree with Ebert because, the various individual parodies and comedic bits are so funny and so transgressive they make up all those other flaws. If UHF came out today, it wouldn't be as impressive.
 
2012-09-30 09:18:14 AM

Dahnkster: 'Fallen' was good and seems to be getting the love from several of my fellow Farkers. I disagree with many of his other choices. Re-watched 'The Fisher King' the other day. Strong cast (Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Plummer) an under-appreciated movie, IMHO. My 2 cents. Toodles.


Want a strong cast and underrated move?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
 
2012-09-30 09:18:19 AM
Fallen was good, the rest are rightly regarded as crappy films (I haven't seen Blue Chips, though).

Battle LA in particular really only has Eckhart's performance going for it. The much hyped action scenes are amateurishly shot, the characters are utterly forgettable (as proven by the fact that I've forgotten everyone else but Echart... ]possibly Michelle Rodriguez?) and the dialogue was Transformers-level stupid.
 
2012-09-30 09:28:18 AM
www.solidsmack.com

Need to watch this again.
 
2012-09-30 09:37:53 AM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Dahnkster: 'Fallen' was good and seems to be getting the love from several of my fellow Farkers. I disagree with many of his other choices. Re-watched 'The Fisher King' the other day. Strong cast (Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Plummer) an under-appreciated movie, IMHO. My 2 cents. Toodles.

Want a strong cast and underrated move?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.


Also Sneakers.
 
2012-09-30 09:40:42 AM

Dahnkster: 'Fallen' was good and seems to be getting the love from several of my fellow Farkers. I disagree with many of his other choices. Re-watched 'The Fisher King' the other day. Strong cast (Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Plummer) an under-appreciated movie, IMHO. My 2 cents. Toodles.


The Fisher King is at 84% on the Tomatometer. That's pretty well appreciated.
 
2012-09-30 09:40:48 AM

GavinTheAlmighty: Smokin' Aces was awful and tried to be too many things. I wanted to love it for its cast, but man...that movie was just a crazy, incoherent mess.


Like Eastern European jizz.
 
2012-09-30 09:44:31 AM
I loved, "Fallen". Well thought out movie and a great concept. Very different from the other, "demon invades our world" schtick. I'll have to check out "The Perfect Host" on Netflix streaming later on today, and I'll check out "Waiting" since it seems to be a mindless goofy flick. Some others that should be on the list:

Starship Troopers
Hollow Man
12 Monkeys
Femme Fatale
Brotherhood of the Wolf
The List

/my 2 cents
 
2012-09-30 09:46:13 AM
62% on the Tomatometer, but I seem to remember most critics hating it when it was released. 
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2012-09-30 09:49:44 AM
I thought "Waiting" was mindless fun, it had some great bits. But then having waited tables meay biase me.

Smokin' Aces just seemed to be yet another Tarantino ripoff and was not that good, though you should go to Youtube to watch the few good individual scenes. 2 Days in the Valley is a better Tarantino knockoff, plus if I remember Charlize Theron gets nude in it.
 
2012-09-30 09:49:52 AM

qsblues: Hollow Man


That movie was horrible.My parents said they'd watch the kids while we went to a movie and on the advice of a fake movie critic calling it "one hell of a scary ride" Nowherewoman and I saw it.
 
2012-09-30 09:51:05 AM

Komplex: And just for the hell of it I went back to Ebert's review of UHF, the vast majority of his review is correct.
1) The story (rescue of the TV station) drags the movie down.
2) The characters are one dimensional and forgettable.
3) It's not true to its universe (for example, what was the fallout from the fire-hose drinking scene?)
4) Wierd Al isn't a competent actor.


the kid's thirst was quenched?


I'm not advocating turning off ones brain to enjoy a movie, but the above critiques are probably closer to a "not being able to see the forest for the trees" kind of deal
 
2012-09-30 09:53:08 AM
Add me to the list of people who love "Fallen". That movie is creepy as hell.

Kind of interested in "The Perfect Host" now....
 
2012-09-30 09:55:18 AM

FeedTheCollapse: Komplex: And just for the hell of it I went back to Ebert's review of UHF, the vast majority of his review is correct.
1) The story (rescue of the TV station) drags the movie down.
2) The characters are one dimensional and forgettable.
3) It's not true to its universe (for example, what was the fallout from the fire-hose drinking scene?)
4) Wierd Al isn't a competent actor.

the kid's thirst was quenched?


I'm not advocating turning off ones brain to enjoy a movie, but the above critiques are probably closer to a "not being able to see the forest for the trees" kind of deal


Why Eggbert was full of shiat:
1) It was funny.
 
2012-09-30 09:58:14 AM

paulseta: I also liked Smokin' Aces for sheer lunacy value alone - although it's kind of hyperkinetic to the point of ADHD-level brain melt.


Smokin' Aces is a lot of fun. Great cast. Great ensemble of characters. A couple of nice plot twists. The Tremor brothers. Lots of action.

It's not going to win any awards, but it's a great way to spend 105 (or so) minutes.
 
2012-09-30 09:58:33 AM
I clicked on the link expecting to find movies like Casablanca, Star Wars*, etc. You know great movies that there exists a general consensus that they are great. Instead lists some movies that are little known, that are Bs at best, and/or movies that certainly does not exist anything remotely like a consensus that they are great movies.

This list fails until it lists movies that were panned by the critics and after the passage of time have become widely recognized as great movies.

*Just picking two movies most here will think are great. I am making no claims of how they were reviewed.
 
2012-09-30 10:03:51 AM
I can completely understand the hate for Jennifer's Body, but I watched it on cable one night at like 1am and was very pleased by it. I loathe most things Megan Fox does, but I just dug the hell out of what Diablo Cody was going for here overall. I understand I am in the vast minority here, but it is a guilty pleasure of mine.

I also die laughing every time I see the sacrifice/musical number in the woods.
 
2012-09-30 10:05:06 AM
I enjoyed "Jennifer's Body" as the B-movie it's supposed to be.

If you go in thinking it's a glossier 60's monster movie, it's tongue-in-cheek fun.

If that wasn't the intention, then they failed, but I still enjoyed it.

/kind of like "The Happening". I think it's pretty obvious it was a parody but most critics didn't "get" that and just assumed it was a horrible movie. As a parody, it's spot on and entertaining!
 
2012-09-30 10:07:16 AM
I'm getting a kick out of the headline because I recently found a high school friend of mine on Facebook, and he's been working at Blockbuster since high school... 15 years ago.
 
2012-09-30 10:08:53 AM
Every time I see "Smokin' Aces", I think "Stroker Ace", and that was definitely a bad movie.
 
2012-09-30 10:09:32 AM
Smokin Aces and Fallen were good, the rest sucked.
 
2012-09-30 10:12:17 AM

MithrandirBooga: he's been working at Blockbuster since high school... 15 years ago.


How's life as a rocket scientist-brain surgeon-astronaut treating you?
 
2012-09-30 10:14:07 AM
A.I.
 
2012-09-30 10:20:35 AM
I didn't like Fallen, because I figured out everything that would happen as soon as I heard the first line. Maybe I should revisit it.
 
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