Movies that everyone you talk to seems to think are bad but you think are actually pretty great.

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The Master of Disguise! I watched it when I was a kid and loved it. I watched it again recently and laughed my ass of. I just really love this film and I love everything about it. I have no idea why. It was great and made me laugh. Mission accomplished.
 

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Over two pages of this and nobody's mentioned The Wild Wild West? People are strange.
 
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ShenCS said:
Over two pages of this and nobody's mentioned The Wild Wild West? People are strange.
Pfft. As if there are people that could possibly dislike Wild Wild West... Right? [small]Right?[/small]

Another film from my younger years that I loved. I've seen it so many times and I used to listen to Will Smith's song on repeat.
 

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Man Of Steel. The complaints are everywhere on the internet, mostly comic book sites and geek culture but really, I love that movie. I enjoyed it, it's the Superman I wanted to see. It was his first outing so of course it will be hard to not mess up and cause damage if you have God like powers. If that were me, I would seriously fuck up. Yeah he wasn't the scout everyone wanted to see but he is still learning. Yeah people hated it cause it wasn't the Superman they wanted but for me, it made me happy and smile and I am not even a fan of that character.
For me it was the fact that I wasn't paying attention to see if the portrayal of Supes was "good" or "like the comics." I wasn't looking for "plot or character consistency." I went in with the lowest expectations I could, hoping like hell I could walk out loving the movie. It was a summer blockbuster, so my only expectation was "will it look good?" How could any summer action movie not at least look good?

Man of Steel found a way.

The post-production, shoehorned-in, pretentions to a "indie" style of movie it WASN'T, ass-ugly for EVERY SINGLE FRAME shaky-cam. I was ok for the whole of the Krypton sequence. Persistent shaky-cam could be explained by Philip Fry, "the planet's kerploding!" But then to earth and it's still shaking like a found-footage film? Pretentious and crappy cinematography from start to finish. That's why I hated it. Give me a copy that's "pre-Snyder-ed" in post-production, and I'd probably be more forgiving.

My addition to the thread would be "Southland Tales." I love Richard Kelly movies. I can't say I thought Southland Tales was good, but I CAN say I've NEVER seen anything like it. Plus the cast? I've never seen a cast that spelled out "This movie is going to be complete TRASH" any more than Southland Tales' did. But somehow it managed to be kind of brilliant anyway. Even with The Rock, and Timberlake, and Gellar, and the very talented John Lovitz so completely playing against type... somehow it all worked really well. I LOVED Southland Tales.

I just can't really explain why. It's difficult to pin down exactly why anyone would or should like it.
 

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The Blair Witch Project. It's flawed as hell but I thought it had a creepy atmosphere, lack of artificiality and sense of honesty. Most of the people I know have had their appetite ruined by the slew of "found footage" horror films that have been released in the last decade, which have been much flashier than Blair Witch. They think the film is dull and lacking in scares.

But I don't think it's a film that is meant to startle you or scare you in the way many modern horror films do. It's just a bunch of people getting lost in the woods. And woods full of leafless trees are creepy.
Seriously what is it with Frozen? I was expecting a Toy Story type movie, were adults enjoy it as much as the kids. It was a bag of shite. I watched the Rapunzel one recently and while I wouldn't go as far to say I liked it it was enjoyable enough, my point being I am capable of enjoying kids movies for what they are. Frozen bored me to fucking tears.

On topic I love the Rent movie and everybody I know thinks it's stupid. I love it for exactly the reason everybody hates it. It's just so sincere. Don't get me wrong I see why it's ridiculous but I still love it. Also that moon nazi movie I forget the name of, brilliant.
 

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Everyone seems to hate Prometheus except for me, even if it does make me wretch (I have a thing about squid). Sure the characters were dumb (I hardly think it's fair to single Prometheus out in that) and inevitably there's a load of inexplicably cut scenes, but I liked where it was going. The whole ancient aliens thing is fascinating, the visuals are great and I'm genuinely interested in finding out what happens next.
For me it was the fact that it felt like it was setting itself up to be a proper prequel to Alien, explaining the Space Jockey and how/why the ship crashed and everything. And then it decides it doesn't want to so we're left with something that almost fits the bill but doesn't make it. So instead of getting a full prequel, we get a probably in-universe story that doesn't actually connect to the other movies at all...for reasons.

Well, also most of the cast acting like they had just graduated from stupid academy instead of having Ph.D's and/or solid experience in their field like is implied/stated. The scene with the biologists getting themselves infected is case in point, and they don't have the excuse of Cane(Kain?) from the original film that he was a space truck driver, not a trained scientist.
 

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Starship Troopers.

It feels like nobody I know gets it.
I enjoyed the movie for the silly, cheesy propaganda-ish(satire?) film it is. The biggest issue a lot of people had, other then the fact so many characters do stupid things or things contrary to actual military protocol(We're professionals deep in enemy territory. Let's get drunk and play electric violin!), is that the book is totally different and much better written.

I believe Verhoeven admitted he didn't read more then the first few chapters of the book, and apparently it was a totally different movie to begin with, when someone bought the book rights and changed a bunch of names during production to make it "an adaptation".

Kind of like how U-571 was "based on a real story". Well, there was a German submarine captured during WW2 by the US Navy. That much actually happened. The rest of U-571 is completely pulled out of the writers ass.
 

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I love the movie "Enemy Mine". I first saw it when I was eight, and I totally "got it", but I have always been analytically sharp. The adults hated it, and people my age talk trash about it (those who even heard of it).

It has a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience score of 69%; and IMDB gives it a 6.9%.

I don't get it, because in my book its an important film with layered commentary on a lot of human issues that are still relevant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRUdNhYoP_U
 

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"Josie and the Pussycats". I know it's a bad film but it's just delightfully camp throughout. Plus it has Missy Pile and Parker Posey chewing scenery and a soundtrack that I still absolutely adore. How can you not respect a movie that decides to make a plot point and sly nod out of it's product placements? There's one scene that I'm pretty sure has about 6 Target logos visible.

Both Charlies Angels movies. Fun action pieces and the cast do an ok job of hiding how much they didn't get on in real life. How many movies have Tim Curry AND Bill Murray in them?

I suppose the Scooby Doo live action movies should go here as well. They won me over when Scrappy Doo pissed on Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the second really feels like you're watching a live action version of a Scooby Doo cartoon.

I don't know if this is hated or not but "Deep Rising" is one of my favourite cheesy horror movies of all time so I'm adding that to the list as well as it's obscure as hell.
 
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Little Nicky and The Butterfly Effect come to my mind. Sure I can see why some people hated Little Nicky (different humor) but The Butterfly Effect? Maybe cos it wasn't starring some A list actors/ actresses?
I totally agree about Butterfly Effect. It did get a little too dreary at times (seriously, that movie THRIVES on Diabolus Ex Machina), and the ending practically gave me a headache from the anvil slamming on my head to bash the message in, but I not only thought it was quite good, I was left seriously impressed by Ashton Kutcher's performance. Dude can act in a dramatic role? Who knew?

For my own entry...I'll have to go with Disturbia. "What? I've never heard of that," you say. Well, it's basically a PG-13 teen remake of Rear Window, starring Shia LaBeouf...and it's actually not bad. When required to carry a movie on his shoulders, Shia actually does a pretty decent job, and the movie throws enough little twists in to make it not feel entirely predictable. It's not perfect, but for what it was, it was fairly enjoyable.
 

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The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy was OK. There, I said it.

On a less extreme note, I think the Dark Knight Rises is the best of the Trilogy. Its remarkably well put together as a movie, and I enjoyed the story a bit more.

I'm also not sure what the general opinion of the movie is, but everybody I know except for my brother and I HATED Funny People.
 

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The Amazing Spider-Man
At least...sort of. My group of friends actually enjoy this movie but the greater population hates it. To me this feels like Spider-Man brought into current day. Peter Parkers relationships are handled wonderfully and his portrayal of spidey is nearly perfect. He just doesn't nail the appearance or nerdy nature of Peter. Some day we'll have an actor who does both parts perfectly.

Troy
Was this movie poorly received? I don't actually know beyond the fact that people in my mythologies course hated it except for me. I loved how well it portrayed the characters even though the events of the story don't match the myth....at all.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
I absolutely LOVED my first theatre experience of this movie. And while it really doesn't hold up with repeated viewings I still genuinely like the film and the good times it brings me back to.
 

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thebobmaster said:
Scarim Coral said:
Little Nicky and The Butterfly Effect come to my mind. Sure I can see why some people hated Little Nicky (different humor) but The Butterfly Effect? Maybe cos it wasn't starring some A list actors/ actresses?
I totally agree about Butterfly Effect. It did get a little too dreary at times (seriously, that movie THRIVES on Diabolus Ex Machina), and the ending practically gave me a headache from the anvil slamming on my head to bash the message in, but I not only thought it was quite good, I was left seriously impressed by Ashton Kutcher's performance. Dude can act in a dramatic role? Who knew?

For my own entry...I'll have to go with Disturbia. "What? I've never heard of that," you say. Well, it's basically a PG-13 teen remake of Rear Window, starring Shia LaBeouf...and it's actually not bad. When required to carry a movie on his shoulders, Shia actually does a pretty decent job, and the movie throws enough little twists in to make it not feel entirely predictable. It's not perfect, but for what it was, it was fairly enjoyable.
If it helped, there were quite a few alternative endings to that film (it was in the extra). Instead of the main guy recognising the main girl in the future-

1 He was able to talked to her and both agreed to get a drink.

2 He then started to follow her (since the two were walking at the oppersite direction).

3 The ultra grim dark ending. Instead of finding that footage when they were little which he went back to and threaten her a kid to discourage her to stayed with their father, he found the ultra sound image when he was in his mother womb. From inside her womb, he then to proceed to commit sucide by strangling himself with the cord!!! I am not making this up! I mean christ! I know he was doing everthing to changed her life for the better but to sacriface his life for hers???
 

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The Hudson Hawk

Best movie Bruce Willis has ever done. One day, when I rule the world, I'll force him to sign my DVD and sing Swinging On A Star with me.
 

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The 2007 Transformers movie. I have to separate it from the rest that Bay did because when I first saw it I was enthused that it could be the start of something beautiful. We had a movie that showed beyond the shadow of a doubt that live-action Transformers were possible and really, that is what I wanted from it. Proof of concept, and it proved that concept admirably in my opinion. There were jarring flaws in the movie, of course, but things that could get better in subsequent movies.

Looking back now, it's easy to let the disappointment of the last 3 movies colour my view of the first one. All that potential was squandered, all the hopes I had were dashed - but that first Transformers is the best of the group and it's still a pretty good movie.

Having technical difficulties, please disregard this spoiler box.
 

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Oh, I just remembered two more movies.

Home On The Ranch and Chicken Little.

Apparently, these movies were panned to hell and back, but I remember really liking them. I liked the acting, the animation, the characters, the music and the stories in both of these movies. Yes, Chicken Little was filled to the brim with extremely stupid and unfunny jokes, and the ending where
the assholish tomboy jock (GODDAMNIT, FILM MAKERS, STOP ASSUMING THAT ALL MASCULINE GIRLS ARE ASSHOLES!) has been brainwashed/traumatized into being a girly girl and they decide not to change her back because a boy likes her better this way
makes room for some quite unfortunate implications, but overall it wasn't that bad.

And Home On The Ranch was also filled with dumb jokes and the CGI they used in some places was...not as good as it could've been (And a boob joke[footnote]"Yeah, they're real, stop staring!" Said the cow about her udders.[/footnote] before we even know what is going on, fucking really?), but aside from that, it was an enjoyable family flick.

They're far, far from being Disney's best movies, but I find them to be entertaining movies in their own right.
 

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I haven't really as such talked to other people about it (because yay for having a weird movie taste), but it seems that Bunraku is a really polarizing movie. I mostly like it for its fantastic sense of style, despite the story itself being relatively throw-away and the characters not all that interesting (but still very cool).

It's a visual feast that's clearly also meant to be one and never really pretends to be anything else. And you know what? I'm very, very okay with that.
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The Hudson Hawk

Best movie Bruce Willis has ever done. One day, when I rule the world, I'll force him to sign my DVD and sing Swinging On A Star with me.
Fuck. Yes. That movie used to be one of the few things my dad and I sort-of bonded over when I was still a kid. It's pretty stupid, but god I love it.
 

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I liked Pirate 3.
Actually, I didn't like it at all and then, years later, watched all four movies in quick succession. The second and third one are actually pretty good when watched like this.

OT:
2012's 'Detention'.
It uses every movie plot from the 80s and when you just surrender to it's randomness you can have a blast. You'll either love it like I do or hate it with the intensity of hellfire.

The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2
Seriously, Andrew Garfield fit the role a million times better than Tobey McGuire could ever hope. On the other hand I enjoyed almost all comic book movies because I'm eiter not or only vaguely familiar with the source material.

Man of Steel
Jup, I liked the over the top mass destruction. Even though it's not Superman's ethic.

The Paranormal Activity franchise
I love the first movie, was disappointed by the second one and kept watching every installment anyway. I don't know why, but the movies, even the really bad ones, suck me in.

Daybreakers
I can't explain why so many people hate the movie. I think it's an extremely well done return to badass vampires with a killer premise. You kinda see that the budget was small in the final scenes, but when you think about what happens it's epic.

The two Night Watch movies from 2004
Yeah, the effects are bad, but I like it for it's different mythology and supernatural rules.
 

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Twintix said:
Oh, I just remembered two more movies.

Home On The Ranch and Chicken Little.

Apparently, these movies were panned to hell and back, but I remember really liking them. I liked the acting, the animation, the characters, the music and the stories in both of these movies. Yes, Chicken Little was filled to the brim with extremely stupid and unfunny jokes, and the ending where
the assholish tomboy jock (GODDAMNIT, FILM MAKERS, STOP ASSUMING THAT ALL MASCULINE GIRLS ARE ASSHOLES!) has been brainwashed/traumatized into being a girly girl and they decide not to change her back because a boy likes her better this way
makes room for some quite unfortunate implications, but overall it wasn't that bad.

And Home On The Ranch was also filled with dumb jokes and the CGI they used in some places was...not as good as it could've been (And a boob joke[footnote]"Yeah, they're real, stop staring!" Said the cow about her udders.[/footnote] before we even know what is going on, fucking really?), but aside from that, it was an enjoyable family flick.

They're far, far from being Disney's best movies, but I find them to be entertaining movies in their own right.
I do agree on that part of the ending of Chicken Little since, to me, it felt really out of left field on just the setup alone and the delivery of the boob joke in Home on the Range, to me, felt more funny than the joke itself... Other than that, they would still good movies in their own right... Though, I like Chicken Little a bit more than Home On The Range probably because I've seen Zach Braff voice the chicken more than I've seen Roseanne voice the cow...