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2021-07-30 9:23:52 PM  
REX KRAMER - DANGER SEEKER
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Kentucky Fried Movie.  Funny as hell.
 
2021-07-30 9:32:58 PM  
Not "most divisive movies ever," Subby. Just "20 Movies That Divided Film Critics and Moviegoers."
 
2021-07-30 9:54:42 PM  
My first thought.  But I am older than 25.

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2021-07-30 10:04:48 PM  
The most divisive movie of all time that isnt on the list: Dude, Where's My Car?
 
2021-07-30 10:12:30 PM  
Spring Breakers sucks balls.
 
2021-07-30 10:18:03 PM  
They filmed Spring Breakers around where I lived at the time, St Pete Beach, and as someone who grew up on Florida beaches, it's still the most accurate representation of Spring Break that I've ever seen.
 
2021-07-30 10:59:08 PM  
I wondered if Lebowski might make the list, many people love it but those who hate it are pretty passionate about that. I knew the Ghostbusters reboot would make the list. I liked both Ghostbusters, the original and the reboot, but the sequel to the first Ghostbusters was not strong.
 
2021-07-30 11:10:43 PM  

cman: The most divisive movie of all time that isnt on the list: Dude, Where's My Car?


That is an amazing movie.
 
2021-07-30 11:12:20 PM  
I didn't like the Ghostbusters reboot. Not because it had an all female lead cast but because it wasn't funny or even charming. It was just entirely flat.

Bad Moms was a far better women led comedy.
 
2021-07-30 11:13:30 PM  
Schindler's List. I mean, who do you root for?
 
2021-07-30 11:13:44 PM  
I no longer trust professional film critics. They seem to value politics over quality. No, "1917" wasn't a bad movie because it failed the "Bechdel Test".
 
2021-07-30 11:20:12 PM  
If you a geek, nerd, or LGBTQ+ person who came of age before the widespread availability of the internet, this movie is an important statement on finding family in non conformity.

If you were born afterwards, it's unintelligible schlock.

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2021-07-30 11:23:40 PM  
2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2014, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2009, 2009, 2006, 2017, 2021

Yeah, okay.
 
2021-07-30 11:24:06 PM  
I don't think any of those movies are older than a decade. I couldn't roll my eyes any harder.
 
2021-07-30 11:26:17 PM  

Caelistis: I didn't like the Ghostbusters reboot. Not because it had an all female lead cast but because it wasn't funny or even charming. It was just entirely flat.

Bad Moms was a far better women led comedy.


I didn't like it because it had strong women.
 
2021-07-30 11:27:37 PM  
Aronofsky's films are usually always interesting. I recall liking The Fountain despite not remembering pretty much anything about it. I watched Mother and was engrossed the entire time, but still don't know if I enjoyed it.

Watchmen, despite a few well made sequences, really could have benefitted from the cable limited series treatment (and less Zack Snyder).

Cloud Atlas was ambitious but was really just as unfilmable as everyone claimed.

The Dark Knight Rises was Nolan's Spider-man 3.
 
2021-07-30 11:27:45 PM  

RolfBlitzer: 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2014, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2009, 2009, 2006, 2017, 2021

Yeah, okay.


My 17-year-old stepson refuses to watch any movie older than 2000 as he says they make his head hurt. To be fair, I did the same thing to my dad. Black & White? No thanks Dad, I'm not a museum piece!
 
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2021-07-30 11:28:39 PM  

Stile4aly: If you a geek, nerd, or LGBTQ+ person who came of age before the widespread availability of the internet, this movie is an important statement on finding family in non conformity.

If you were born afterwards, it's unintelligible schlock.

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I was a nerd that got Internet access early but before it was ubiquitous, back when it was that thing that nerds/geeks did.

After I found it I was on my local Rocky Horror cast for sixty shows, mostly playing Crim or Dr. Scott depending on the night.  I stopped going before I turned 21 though.  The older people that were still going into their thirties and forties were generally not role models to emulate, and even those in their twenties seemed a bit odd.  It seemed like once you were old enough to buy booze that you needed to move on.
 
2021-07-30 11:29:11 PM  

RolfBlitzer: 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2014, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2009, 2009, 2006, 2017, 2021

Yeah, okay.


Well to be fair, it's far easier to judge this "divide" with films released in the age of internet/social media.
 
2021-07-30 11:29:23 PM  
The Ghostbusters remake was divisive? I didn't realize that anyone liked it.
 
TWX
2021-07-30 11:32:48 PM  
As for actual controversy, there's this:

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2021-07-30 11:36:35 PM  
Caligula was garbage. I haven't heard a single person who thinks otherwise.

I can understand how the other two might be divisive.
 
2021-07-30 11:37:53 PM  
In enjoyed The Fountain, but for me, it was one of those movies you just watch once.

Interstellar...my God, I don't think I've ever spent as much on a movie I hated.

Took my wife to see it in IMAX.

There was just no suspension of disbelief when it came to a supposed brilliant scientist with that dipshiat hick accent.

Christ. You might as well have cast Banjo (of Banjo Kazooie) in the starring role.

Seriously, every time Matthew McConaughey opened his mouth, I kept expecting to hear Banjo's laugh follow his dialogue.

And I say this as someone who grew up in East Texas (though, to be fair, I completely resent that period of my life).
 
2021-07-30 11:41:25 PM  

phlegmjay: cman: The most divisive movie of all time that isnt on the list: Dude, Where's My Car?

That is an amazing movie.


You take that back!
 
2021-07-30 11:42:20 PM  

RolfBlitzer: Schindler's List. I mean, who do you root for?


Another war movie? We really shouldn't take sides.
 
2021-07-31 12:11:44 AM  

Caelistis: I didn't like the Ghostbusters reboot. Not because it had an all female lead cast but because it wasn't funny or even charming. It was just entirely flat.

Bad Moms was a far better women led comedy.


This. Bridesmaids is great.
 
2021-07-31 12:12:57 AM  

WhippingBoi: I no longer trust professional film critics. They seem to value politics over quality. No, "1917" wasn't a bad movie because it failed the "Bechdel Test".


That opening tracking shot makes the one in Goodfellas look amateur.
 
2021-07-31 12:17:31 AM  

TWX: As for actual controversy, there's this:


Also Last Temptation of Christ, Night of the Living Dead, The Night Porter, Dirty Harry, Death Wish...
 
2021-07-31 12:48:24 AM  
I live for the day when someone publishes lists like this one and doesn't include the Ghostbusters reboot.  I mean, the other movies listed were swings the directors took at weighty and difficult themes and either knocked it out of the park, or whiffed it (according to some critics or audiences at Cannes or SXSW or some other festival).

Ghostbusters got some early negative noise from some incels and trolls on the internet, and the studio (properly) played that publicity for all they could.  It didn't work as well as they'd hoped and audiences didn't flock to see it out of a sense of solidarity or something and not every critic gave it a rave for the courage of casting four women in an already familiar story.  A major Hollywood movie didn't make a jillion bucks -- we get it.  Can we finally relegate the blu ray to the $6.00 bin at Wal Mart and move on now?
 
2021-07-31 12:50:04 AM  
I got into watching old movies out of necessity. When I was a kid there was no home video or cable tv. We watched what was on broadcast tv and we liked it! Local stations would show old movies more often than not. As a kid my best chance to see what I wanted was before dinner, because after that my parents watched whatever they wanted. The networks had crap on before prime time so I watched local stations= old movies.

The Irishman is a recent divisive movie. It has some good things in it but overall it gets a 'meh' from me. It's what happens when you wish a favorite band gets back together for one last album then they do and the music ain't what it used to be so you shrug and move on. Lots of people seem to think it's very good, I bet most of them weren't around to see peak Scorsese or De Niro or Pesci.
 
2021-07-31 1:01:13 AM  
Watchmen and The Dark Knight Rises are great...fight me.

Although the director's cut for the former should have been the version shown in theaters.
 
2021-07-31 1:08:40 AM  
I liked mother! quite a bit.
 
2021-07-31 1:22:33 AM  

EdwardTellerhands: TWX: As for actual controversy, there's this:

Also Last Temptation of Christ, Night of the Living Dead, The Night Porter, Dirty Harry, Death Wish...


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That didn't get every Disney movie banned from China for years, to the point that Eisner (I believe) groveled to the CCP.
 
2021-07-31 1:42:54 AM  
Where art thou, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Surprisingly, not on this list.
 
2021-07-31 1:57:05 AM  

Trocadero: EdwardTellerhands: TWX: As for actual controversy, there's this:

Also Last Temptation of Christ, Night of the Living Dead, The Night Porter, Dirty Harry, Death Wish...

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That didn't get every Disney movie banned from China for years, to the point that Eisner (I believe) groveled to the CCP.


Incredible flick.
 
2021-07-31 2:13:15 AM  

Confabulat: RolfBlitzer: 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2014, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2009, 2009, 2006, 2017, 2021

Yeah, okay.

My 17-year-old stepson refuses to watch any movie older than 2000 as he says they make his head hurt. To be fair, I did the same thing to my dad. Black & White? No thanks Dad, I'm not a museum piece!


Sounds like you needed to beat him more as a child
 
2021-07-31 2:22:29 AM  
Ghostbusters 2016 is one of those movies where, if you profess to like it, I can only assume you're living in some sort of assisted group home because your parents simply were unable to deal with your obvious mental deficiency.
 
2021-07-31 2:27:25 AM  
Of those I've seen:

The Watchmen is probably the best adaption you can do with that source material with a sub 3 hour run time.  The only way to do it properly is a 12 hour HBO miniseries with extra appendix featurettes.

The Last Jedi wasn't very good, but opened up some potentially interesting sub plots that were ignored by its truly awful sequel.

Neon Demon was weird, but had really decent cinematography

The Hateful Eight is one of Tarrantino's worst movies, which still puts it ahead of 99% of stuff out there.

Cloud Atlas wasn't particularly good, but I applaud its attempt at being something big and epic.

Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Ghostbusters, Spring Breakers and Interstellar all sucked.
 
2021-07-31 2:34:42 AM  
Ummm.....

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2021-07-31 4:00:52 AM  
I think the bigfest thing that creates rifts like this is people expect too much in general.

Take the airbender movie. If you judge it for WHAT IT WAS, it was a good movie. It stayed as true to the source as possible in its timeframe, the visuals were rock solid, and the acting was accurate for how a child would handle that situation

But because everyone went in expecting it to be at a specific level or else it was an abject failure at life, it got trashed and a ton of vitrol was spewed at a bunch of kids who didnt deserve it in any way
 
2021-07-31 4:23:59 AM  

TWX: As for actual controversy, there's this:

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and this:

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and this:

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Horribly, I don't think Birth of a Nation was all that divisive at the time. Critics loved it. Wasn't the premier at the White House?
 
2021-07-31 4:44:35 AM  
No Starship Troopers?
 
2021-07-31 5:42:18 AM  

bikkurikun: No Starship Troopers?


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2021-07-31 5:47:44 AM  

Puffyshirt: TWX: As for actual controversy, there's this:

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and this:

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and this:

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Horribly, I don't think Birth of a Nation was all that divisive at the time. Critics loved it. Wasn't the premier at the White House?


I do believe a certain percent of the population would have totally despised that movie had their opinion mattered at the time
 
2021-07-31 5:52:44 AM  
The Ghostbusters "re-imagining" was not a good Ghostbusters movie. It might have been a good movie if it was called something else with the slightly different premise. If you wanted a good 3rd Ghostbusters movie, just play the 2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game (or the 2019 remaster).
 
2021-07-31 6:29:25 AM  
The Fifth Element?
 
2021-07-31 6:59:01 AM  

Stile4aly: If you a geek, nerd, or LGBTQ+ person who came of age before the widespread availability of the internet, this movie is an important statement on finding family in non conformity.

If you were born afterwards, it's unintelligible schlock.

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It's a horribly written and horribly acted film that has some really good music.  In fact, I was listening to some of the songs from it just last night.

You take the music out, and you're left with the LGBTQ version of Plan Nine from Outer Space.
 
2021-07-31 7:06:22 AM  

Confabulat: RolfBlitzer: 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2012, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2014, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2009, 2009, 2006, 2017, 2021

Yeah, okay.

My 17-year-old stepson refuses to watch any movie older than 2000 as he says they make his head hurt. To be fair, I did the same thing to my dad. Black & White? No thanks Dad, I'm not a museum piece!


I'm fine with watching older films, always have been.  In fact, some of my favorite films are from before I was born.  The African Queen.  War of the Worlds.  Moby Dick.  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

I liked them as a kid and like them even more now as an adult because I can read between the lines.  Like when Rose and Charlie do the nasty on the mutha-farkin' boat.  Absolutely nothing is shown, but the way they act towards each other (especially Rose to Charlie) you know it happened, at least if you're an adult.
 
2021-07-31 7:07:29 AM  

WhippingBoi: Caligula was garbage. I haven't heard a single person who thinks otherwise.

I can understand how the other two might be divisive.


I think I see your mistake.  Your supposed to fast forward through the non-porn scenes.
 
2021-07-31 7:26:54 AM  

Warrior Kermit: Puffyshirt: TWX: As for actual controversy, there's this:

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and this:

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and this:

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Horribly, I don't think Birth of a Nation was all that divisive at the time. Critics loved it. Wasn't the premier at the White House?

I do believe a certain percent of the population would have totally despised that movie had their opinion mattered at the time


There were major protests of it at the time. Griffith was shocked, as he had been completely blind to what might have been offensive about it, and that influenced him to make his next film, Intolerance.
 
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