I should have gone to see Sack Lunch.
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
I should have gone to see Sack Lunch.
I'm a film minor, so take this with a grain of salt....
Citizen Kane is so highly regarded because many things in it were revolutionary at the time. When CK was made, most shots were your typical shots at eye level, everything in focus, at most you'd get a little camera movement.
Citizen Kane introduced special effects (relative term; the opening sequence, aside from being very metaphorical, was the type of shot Hollywood had never seen before).
There's one shot that the camera is literally placed on the ground, and we get a view from the "ankle's" point of view. This led to the thought/practice that a director/cinematographer could convey a metaphorical feeling through the placement/angle of the camera.
Speaking of angle - another thing CK did alot was use unconventional angles. Many of the shots of Kane were at a low angle, looking up at him to give the perception of power and authority.
There was also great use of chiaroscuro lighting (contrasting black and white) - specifically when the faceless editors are talking about the newsreel.
Finally, the whole tragic story. English/Lit majors could probably explain it better, but it was your classical tragic life story, in the mold of Death of a Salesman
Is it an exciting or fun movie to watch? Not by today's standards - but above are some of the reasons why it's so highly regarded.
Orson Welles literally invented deep focus. He threw so much light on Kane's childhood adoption scene that the set reached 130 degrees.
Oh, I'm aware of the innovations re: camera set-ups and movement. The move through the window is pretty amazing considering the technology available at the time. I just think the film itself is REALLY, REALLY boring and it was way too easy to figure out that the enigmatic "Rosebud" was his childhood sled (and no, no one told me that before I saw the movie).
My movie motto: If there ain't no 'splosions or nekkid chicks, it ain't no good.
It was his sled...
there, I just saved you two long boob-less hours.
wait...there's no cane in Citizen Kane!
To each his own, but couldn't disagree with you more.
and the 5th element
Loved them when they first came out, soon realized when they were played on TNT every week that they were complete crap.
This is despite the fact that I can't stand Bruce Willis--I had very low expectations (and had avoided it in the theatre). To be fair, Willis usually does a good job when he's playing either an idiot or an asshole (i.e., when he's playing to type). His character in this movie was something of an idiot and an asshole, so I thought he was decent.
I may change my mind if I see it a third time, but...
Good call on Willis, I have despised that guy ever since he first was inflicted on the American viewing public in the T.V. show "Moonlighting".
His entire acting repetoire (spelling Nazis help me out here) seems to consist of "Gee, ain't I cool and/or cute" smirks.
Willis is, of course, winding down his career and I now have to unleash my contempt on Ben Affleck, Willis' spiritual successor.
(I'm ashamed to say that I bought the tape. I was an impressionable 12 year old at the time. Not an excuse, just sayin'.)
If I remember correctly, he put together a decent band behind him. Frankly, I'd have been a lot happier if he'd stuck with music and not made masterpieces like Armaggedon.
I'm not so sure about the singing career.
Although apparently the producers were more heavy-handed than I remember. He was easy enough to tune out, though.
I still stand by my main point: Willis would have been far easier to ignore as a musician than he has been as an actor.
I won't lie, I love The Fifth Element. I also love Air Force One, which the OP cited as one of his odorous picks. There is one very simple, unifying reason why I adore these two movies:
GARY OLDMAN. The greatest actor in the history of the world.
Hyperbole aside, Gary Oldman is my favorite actor. Just so you all know.
Dark Knight Gary Oldman to Romeo is Bleeding and the Professional....
The Dark Knight...I thought it was awesome when I saw it in the theaters, but subsequent viewings have led me to feel it's vastly overrated.
I agree wholeheartedly with you there. The movie is great up until about the halfway point where the Joker's schemes increasingly stretch your abilities to suspend disbelief. Plus, the second half of the movie drags somewhat.
I am so dissappointed in this whole group of bloggers that no body has made mention of Titanic (the one with Leo and Kate). What was it 11 Academy Awards or something like that and the chick is stupid enough to throw that huge fricking jewel into the ocean.
This movie version certainly had its flaws, the whole Leo & Kate thing was created just to beable to tell the story and not put anyone to sleep. But you have to give it its props for topless Kate scenes.
But, really, that movie started a one of the coolest attractions I have ever attended. Back when the movie was new and huge I attended the "Titanic Exhibit" where you paid $17.50 and received a "ticket" with an actual passengers name on it. You went thru this museum type sles pitch by people in the dress and style of the time and they acted like they were trying to get you to "invest" in the ship company. The n you got to experience a little of what the real passengers went through.
At one point, we stood in a freezing cold room and put our hands on a block of ice some 20 feet long and five feet high for at least 30 seconds (most people couldn't do it). They described how most of the people died, by jumping off the ship with those cork filled "life jackets" that broke their necks when they hit the water. The best part was at the end of this "tour" you looked on the wall with every passenger's name on it. Some survived, most died. You looked at your ticket and found out if 'you' lived or died, a very humbling experience to say the least.
For that reason alone, I still enjoy Titanic, Cameron's ego not withstanding.
You're disappointed that nobody on this board used to think that Titanic was good?
was never a movie that should have ever been considered good to start with...
seemed incredible at first (in a good way), but as it went along and any yime since, it is soooooo ridiculous.
I used to really like ID4, but the uploading a virus to an alien with a MAC is most BS I've ever seen.
As soon as I saw that scene, I was taken completely out of ID4. I distinctly remember laughing in the theater when that happened, and I was still in grade school at the time. Of course, my big issue with the scene was that he was using a Mac, and I figured alien species would be running fancy-pant Windows at the time.
Twister with glaciers. The high point of TDAT is the scene when Jake Gyllenhall and his pals are being chased throught the library by a cold front. Roland Emmerich really should just quit making movies.
Spiderman 3. I actually liked it when I saw it the first time (I'm easy to entertain). However, I've not once made it through a second viewing. It's SO BAD
when Toby is doing the 'dance' as the bad spiderman?!?! wtf is that? horrible
I set the over/under on scenes where Peter Parker cries in Spiderman 3 at five.
"Oh, so this is what 'hacking' is like -- it's like flying a small ship through an overgrown computer interface."
I despise The Boondock Saints. I know it has a deservedly horrible rating on the Tomatometer but for whatever reason it also has a fervently devoted cult who insist it is the most underrated movie of all time. One of my best friends made me watch it under the auspices that it was superb and for the first, and to date only, time in my life, I could not finish a movie that I started. Fortunately it was on DVD so I wasn't being a total dick and wasting everyone's $8, but still, stopping a movie is a big deal to me. I try to finish what I start no matter how awful it is.
"Shuuutt up you bitch.. I can't buy a pack of smokes without running into 12 guys you fucked!"
I love Boondock Saints. There are tons of great lines, good action, and a cool way of presenting the order of the scenes. Maybe you just hate that Willem Dafoe is gay in that movie? Who knows... I really like that one.
Here's a really bad movie that I liked as a kid. "Killer Clowns from Outer Space." Booyah. I dare you to come up with a move that's half as bad as that one. Double dog dare.
By the way, Blade Runner is the most bad-assed movie of all time IMHE.
Nicholas Cage sucks.
You gotta love The Rock if for no other reason than Sean Connery's performance.
"Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen."
Best line of that whole damn movie!
Gone in 60 Seconds
Gone in 60 Seconds is merely stupid
Yes, there was a time (in my twenties) when I thought Kevin Smith was actually funny and a good director. I now hang my head in shame at the thought of such a foolish, youthful indiscretion.
What's interesting is that I still find Smith funny when he is talking in interviews or in his "Evening with Kevin Smith" DVDs, but his films are no longer funny to me.
All Kevin Smith movies.
In addition, I'd like to add all the Jack Ryan movies minus Hunt For Red October. I was a big Clancy fan, and I thought, "ooh, Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, that's much better than Alec Baldwin!" Now, I wish I hadn't thought that.
Malice has one of the great speeches of all time (the God Complex speech), but other than that, it was forgettable.
The best two monologues in film are by Alec Baldwin IMO. As you pointed out the "God Complex" speech in Malice and "Coffee is for Closers" speech in Glengary Glenross. The latter is my favorite piece of movie writing and actor performance in any movie I have ever seen.
Roll call of great lines from that monologue:
"You call yourself a salesman you sorry son of a bitch."
"You see this watch, you see this watch, that watch cost more than your car."
"You see, that's who I am...and you're nothing."
"Only one thing matters in this life: get them to sign on that line that is DOTTED! You hear me you f*cking faggots!"
"These are the new leads, the Glengary leads, to you they are gold and you don't get them. Why? Because giving them to you would just be throwing them away....they're for closers."
I think Brian linked to this originally, but now would be a good time to post it again
That movie still makes me laugh. Not a good movie but entertaining.
Trues Lies. Although sexiest Jamie Lee Curtis could ever be.
She looked pretty good in Trading Places.
There is no doubt, the worst movie is "Battlefield Earth." John Travolta is terrible as is Forest Whitaker. They travel to earth and enslave humans to mine gold? With all that technology to instantly transport to different points in the universe and you can't come up with a better method to mine gold then to take a bunch of uneducated humans and have them get it for you? I also love the highly combustible atmosphere the alien planet has that leads to having their entire planet get destroyed by one bomb. I guess no other person in the entire history of their planet ever set off an explosion.
Terminator 3: They just decide to throw James Cameron's work in the shitter for this one. Swiss cheese plot, some really bad acting, over-the-top special effects and explosions. Only good thing was that Kristanna Loken is very attractive. Didn't bother seeing #4
Transformers: I never liked this movie, I came in with expectations of it sucking heavily, and I left with confirmation that it sucked heavily. Absolutely terrible movie. Only good thing was that Megan Fox is very attractive. Didn't bother seeing #2
the first lethal weapon I really liked when it came out. And I actually enjoyed the last transformers movie. Yes it's stupid, but it's stupid fun. And role models was surprising amusing.