Truly BAD Media You 'Should' Like:

Dec 10, 2012
Silentpony said:
Most TV shows. The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Modern Family, Community, and Big Bang Theory. I've watched multiple episodes of all and can't for the life of me find the appeal. Not one character acts or talks how a real person does, not one situations is believable let alone funny, and not once have I felt anything approaching passion in any of the acting.
It all seems so dry, so stiff. Like who actually thinks these shows accurately reflect life, or that any character is worth emulating?!
So, there is a subcategory of sitcom that presents us a heightened reality and outrageous characters, and has them just do nutty and unbelievable things for our amusement. Every show you mentioned here is in that subcategory. It clearly is not the genre for you, which is fine. I only really like one of those shows myself. But tv offers rather more variety than just this kind of offbeat comedy. Like, branch out a little.

Imre Csete

Original Character, Do Not Steal
Jul 8, 2010
I use Chernaya Molniya to test my friendships with people. If they are still willing to talk to you after watching it, they are all right.

That movie is the best retelling of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man starring a flying Volga. And since it's the only one, I'm technically correct.


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Aug 31, 2009
Laggyteabag said:
Halo fucking 5.

Fuck me, I could go on about how much I hate that game's story, but im at work right now, and I really don't want to depress myself.
I felt this way about Halo 4 to be honest. Not just the story but the bullet-sponge enemies and the lazy design and just...I'm not going to get into it.


Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old or maybe it's a sign that I actually am sex-repulsed but Big Mouth just strikes me as being child porn lazily disguised as a Family Guy rip-off written by the people who did Drawn Together.

Other than that, I thought Grandma's Boy was as insulting and damaging to the face of gaming culture as Gamer but from a different angle: Gamer seemed intent to call out game players as a hoard of sexual deviants who are one mild-inconvenience away from becoming spree killers whereas Grandma's Boy tried to paint game makers as Saturday morning cartoon villains. While both movies seemed to positively LOATH game players and game makers alike, both movies marketed themselves to "Gamers" exclusively.


Elite Member
Apr 26, 2020
United Kingdom
RedRockRun said:
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

"A Day in the Life," and, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," are amazing songs on an otherwise bland album. It's not a bad album, but if you take away those two aforementioned songs then you're left with the titular tracks and, "With a Little Help From My Friends," which are catchy but not extraordinary. I guarantee that when people talk up this album they aren't talking about, "Fixing a Hole," "Getting Better," "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "Lovely Rita," "She's Leaving Home," "When I'm Sixty-Four," and certainly not, "Within You Without You."
Fully agreed. I thought it was a bland, flat album-- nowhere near The Beatles' best-- and can't really understand the messianic reputation it's accrued.


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Nov 8, 2007
Big Bang Theory. Fortunately there are enough people coming around to how utterly terrible the show is that I can complain about it and expect friends to not look at me like I'm a food rapist, but it still gets raved about. Appallingly unfunny, dated, mean spirited and entirely unlike my experience of geek/nerdom.

Imre Csete said:
I use Chernaya Molniya to test my friendships with people. If they are still willing to talk to you after watching it, they are all right.

That movie is the best retelling of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man starring a flying Volga. And since it's the only one, I'm technically correct.
That looks incredible.


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Aug 28, 2008
I dunno, most sports? I for the life of me can't grasp why people get so invested in teams and stuff, and I was quite invested as a kid which makes it all the more baffling. I think it's just tradition and your parents telling you how you should feel which makes you want to care because you look up to them and then you're programmed and then it's part of your identity. I got de-programmed around my early teens thankfully so now looking at sports with sober eyes I just don't get what there is to like as an actually interesting thing and not as simply a tradition.


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Jul 28, 2015
Assassin's Creed II for me. I was drawn by the setting. I have kind of an adoration for Renaissance Italy, people like Da Vinci, Machiavelli, the Borgias... so when I heard they were all in there and you could run around Italy and you could even have people speaking Italian, I was like "Hell yeah." The game was a fucking grind for me though. Repetitive missions, woeful combat, and a lot of the various "sins" that turn me off of a lot of open world games. I just couldn't get into it and didn't know why everyone loved it. There were aspects of the story I liked, Ezio was a fun enough character, but the story frustrated me as well. I didn't give two shits about the future stuff and I also felt like they completely wasted Rodrigo Borgia. How do you make a Borgia so goddamn boring? Those guys were nuts. I hear they have a little more fun with the other Borgia's in the expansions, but I really don't care.


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Apr 5, 2017
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Its not the worst film I've ever seen, but I've never hated a movie so much to the point that it makes my blood boil.

Neurotic Void Melody

Bound to escape
Apr 3, 2020
Inside Lewellyn Davis...the only Coen Brothers film that made me feel nothing. I wasn't expecting comedy, just...some sort of emotion. Mild resentment towards mediocre folk music doesn't count.

As comforting as it is to remind myself I am a cold, mechanical, unfeeling asshole with no hope of ever connecting with another a human being ever again, even such hopelessness has a glimmering fragment of desire towards certain worlds and characters in the form that may be considered bias. Such as Telltale's Walking Dead series. And how the third season dropped in quality faster than my hopes and dreams do upon awaking into this reality each day. Tis to be expected I guess.


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Apr 6, 2016
Birdman made me feel like I walked through a portal into a theater on a planet where people think that sort of thing is good. I felt completely alienated by it. Just an ugly, tired movie with nothing to say.


sneaky sneaky
Jul 23, 2009
I don't know if anyone knows of this movie, but there was Bob Dylan bio-pic fan-fic called, "I'm Not There," which critics seemed to generally like.

I tried watching it twice and dropped it twice. I've never before seen anything so far up its own ass with self-importance, trying so hard to be artful, deep, quirky, and significant. I'd call it smug and pretentious, but that doesn't even cover half of it. And it all gets worse when you read some of the reviews.

Haynes doesn't offer us a Dylan for Dummies but a kind of filmic Dylan song, allusive and evocative and purposefully, poetically ambiguous. He has absorbed the lore and mythology and processed it through his own particular movie brat dream filter.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph... I often think that film critics' first job is to make themselves look as intelligent as possible before actually offering any meaningful criticism.


The Ship Magnificent
Dec 30, 2011
RedRockRun said:
"With a Little Help From My Friends,"
Done a lot better by Joe Cocker.


I have two examples and in a rare case, everyone seems to be on the same page as me.

The Matrix sequels and the prequels to Alien. In both cases, a critical member or members of the original creative team is on board and they really are trying but just can't seem to get it right. The issues may also stem from the very idea of trying to add onto the mythology.

EDIT: Come to think of it, that seems to be a trend. It happened with George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg with Indiana Jones. Lucas with Star Wars. Peter Jackson with Lord of the Rings. Etc Etc.

Though it seems to have worked with Mad Max and ironically Blade Runner.


It's yer man Chewy here!
Apr 24, 2008
shrekfan246 said:
ITT: People just listing things they don't like. Like every thread like this, of course, so I don't know that I should be surprised.
Yeah, I thought this was supposed to be stuff like The Room or Troll 2 or whatever.

OT: I kind of thought The World's End wasn't great. Not terrible, just...could have been better. The effects were decent and fight scenes were rather fun but the satire isn't nearly as sharp as it was in Hot Fuzz, which managed to both lampoon the tropes and film techniques of big budget, buddy cop action films while being a decent action film in and of itself. Didn't quite get the same bang with sci-fi/invasion films in TWE and the whole "androids have taken over" plot wasn't explained very well IMHO. The ending was also rushed, though the epilogue was nifty.

Even so, I don't know if this counts or not. It's not "TRULY bad," just kind of...all right, I guess.

Dreiko said:
I dunno, most sports? I for the life of me can't grasp why people get so invested in teams and stuff, and I was quite invested as a kid which makes it all the more baffling.
I feel you on this one but with one exception and that's seeing sports live in countries other than the West. I wasn't a big fan of baseball in Canada but going to baseball in Korea is a whole different experience because the tickets, food and alcohol are cheap as hell and everyone gets really into it. There are cheers for each player and people bring noisemakers and go crazy when their team is at bat. Makes going to sports so much more fun than back at home. Seeing sports live in general is better than...I dunno, watching them on TV or whatever.

But yeah, otherwise, sports are just tribalism nonsense. I have a baseball team I cheer for here but if they don't win it's not that big a deal. Not like them winning has an effect on my life. I'm actually on a KBO Facebook group but only to watch the foreigners argue about their baseball teams because it's hilarious to see people get so invested in something so trivial. Like, calm down Greg. It's soccer just baseball.


Made you look...
Apr 10, 2020
Plano, TX
United States
I?ve been a huge Anne Rice fan since seeing the film adaptation of ?Interview with the Vampire? back in 1994 at the tender age of 14. The movie intrigued me enough that I tackled the books and have since read and re-read them all countless times. I even fell in love with her Witches Chronicles and have read and re-read them almost as many times as the Vampires; needless to say, she?s my favorite author. So when she announced the start of a third supernatural series about werewolves 5 years ago, and that she was doing a book signing tour that was bringing her a mere 3 hours from my hometown for an inaugural book signing, needless to say, I was a little more than excited. My friend (another huge Rice fan) and I booked a hotel in Austin, TX as soon as the tour date was confirmed, drove down, met Anne Rice, got our copies of the new book (?The Wolf Gift?) and several copies of our favorite Vamp books signed and drove back to North Texas so high on cloud nine, the fall would have been lethal. As soon as we got home, I tore into the new book like a fat kid on a Big Mac squished between two Krispy Kreme donuts wrapped in a pizza?

? and I hated it. It lacked so much of the magic and mystique of the Vampire and Witches Chronicles; it was just? ?there.? No stand out moments, no real intrigue, none of the deep, rich history and lore spanning centuries and millennia, no memorable protagonists or antagonist, etc., it was beyond disappointing. I know my friend Rachel (the one who went to Austin with me) felt the same; she called me to ask if I?d finished the book after a few days, I just said ?yes,? she said ?me too,? and that was the extent of our conversation around the book; we literally have not spoken of it since.

A couple of years later, 2014, Anne Rice announced another installment of the Vampire Chronicles and another book tour. This time, the tour would take us to New Orleans, the primary city of most of her books, during Halloween. As disappointed as we were with her last book, we couldn?t pass up New Orleans with Anne rice; I?d never been and she?d only been on business once or twice, so we booked a flat and went. Had a blast; some of the most memorable days of my life; I got to SEE the house on First Street, the house haunted by Lasher in The Witches Chronicles. I picked a flower from a tree in its front yard and pressed it between the pages of my hardcover first edition copy of ?The Witching Hour,? now signed by Anne Rice. Lastly I got to SPEAK with Anne Rice during small Q&A sessions she had with groups of us. It was an incredible time; so incredible, I can?t bring myself to read the latest book for fear of tainting my memories if it?s bad the way ?The Wolf Gift? tainted my memories of Austin. No, now I just start the Vampire Chronicles over again, but now I can close my eyes and remember the smell of the Mississippi river, wondering if it was the same for Lestat when Louis and Claudia dumped his lifeless body to its depths.


Bah weep grah nah neep ninny bom
Nov 20, 2008
DarthCoercis said:
The American attempts at Red Dwarf.
Does it count if I never heard of this happening? We, the American people, should stop trying to do British comedy. We are not British. The only Top Gear worth watching shouts "CLARKSOOOON!!!" and the only Red Dwarf is the one we all know and love.

OT: This is...what? The reverse of 'guilty pleasure'? Nah. I don't see hoe that works at all.


Red in Tooth and Claw
May 6, 2010
Honestly that's hard for me to say I mean there is a lot of media that I know I won't like that I just avoid
Like I know The Clash's last album cut the crap is supposed to be fucking terrible so I have never actually listened to it

I guess Dumb and Dumber To counts yeah let's go with that. I was always a fan of the Farrelly brothers movies and I was really hyped for the movie to be released. But then it came out and like almost every other sequel to a comedy movie it got pretty negative reviews. I eventually ended up watching it and man it was pretty awful. It had no personality to it at all and it told the same jokes except this time they were shitty. I know I should have expected that much but I had some hopes that it could be good.
Insidious 2. I really liked the first movie I thought it was very well done and it had some legitimate scary scenes in it but the sequel? It's just a bad film. It's not scary and they go to great lengths to explain every mystery that made the first movie interesting.


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May 28, 2016
FalloutJack said:
DarthCoercis said:
The American attempts at Red Dwarf.
Does it count if I never heard of this happening?
Sadly yes, as there's a single episode, though it's incredibly hard to find a copy online.

You are right though. You, the American people, should stop trying to copy British and Australian humour.