James / September 22nd, 2017
September 25, 2017 at 10:21 am
Can’t wait for your follow-up video:
Top 10 Popular Films You Do Love But Others Don’t!
September 25, 2017 at 10:37 am
This is by far my favorite video done in this style (with the theater background). I was surprised here and there, but I was laughing so hard and agreeing on the top 3 and A Christmas Story. I personally think A Christmas Story is the most overrated film of all time. The top 3 and A Christmas Story would make my list, but everything else I don’t have a strong opinion about either way and are just movies. Great video!
September 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm
Star Trek 2009. I don’t get why people love that movie so much. It turned a crew of explorers into a bunch of whiny, entitled crybabies.
October 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Honestly, I didn’t watch the film, because I felt it messed around too much with the Star Trek universe, alternative universe be damned. Plus, I find it hard to see anyone but Shatner and Nimoy in the roles of Kirk and Spock. I did try to watch once, on the recommendation of a friend, as I found it on T.V. at one time. But the lens flare was so bright, it felt like it was burning my retinas. Had to change the channel. Sorry, friend.
September 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm
I agree with a lot of the choices on your list! Donnie Darko however is probably in my top 3 films. I just love the idea that “God” screwed up by making some sort of space-time mistake that will destroy the universe unless a simple man corrects it. The whole movie is about him trying to figure out what he has to do, while dealing with reality vs illusion and difficult relationships. The supernatural aspect of the story is toned down, like you’re not really seeing Donnie use powers or anything, that’s what I love about it. But still the movie is not perfect, there’s some unnecessary poetry here and there and Jake Gyllenhaal’s creepy smile bit is a little overdone to my taste.
September 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm
I think I didn’t like Titanic that much because it was a little too old-fashioned and by-the-numbers, but watching it again recently I liked it more. I think I was just amazed at the fantastic production quality Cameron put together, especially all the water stuff in the third act. Maybe that’s why the story was so basic, so it didn’t distract from the spectacle? Unfortunately I had the Sixth Sense spoiled for me before I saw it. As I watched it unfold and wondered how anybody could not figure it out. Every conversation is one-sided, there is no interaction, it’s like all the characters exist on separate planes, except Willis and Osment. Which they do, we find out.
September 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm
A Christmas Story basically takes all of the traditions of the holidays and rolls them into one movie, it’s sort of a “best of” type movie and therefore a good flick to watch to get all of those traditions at once. Christmas Vacation does the same thing from an adult perspective instead of the kid’s and it’s much funnier. I originally didn’t like The Matrix because I thought it was supposed to be deep and it’s just an action flick. When I lowered my expectations I enjoyed the sequels more than the original. It’s still fun and watchable, but just a popcorn flick. I liked Batman Begins better than The Dark Knight. The latter is only notable for Ledger’s performance as the Joker. The Harvey Dent arc which is front and center in the plot makes little sense and mostly wrecks the movie for me.
September 25, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Lebowski is just one of those hang-out movies, fun to have on in the background. I guess it’s nice to see that all the crazy plots running around have no effect on our heroes, they just want to be left alone. It’s nice to see a movie not focus on plot once in a while. I had a film teacher once who absolutely hated plots, he’d rather just watch a movie about two people sitting and chatting for 2 hours and nothing happens. I like plots more than that, but I can watch the other too if it’s entertaining. This movie is mostly just quotable, I guess? I’ve only seen it once, like you.
September 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm
Pulp Fiction is very fun; the non-linear structure, the day-in-the-life of crooks, taboos being broken, it’s just a goulash of weird ideas. I guess the world was ready to take something like this and put it on a pedestal. I don’t think it’s as game-changing as everyone else seemed to, but then I didn’t think Nirvana’s music was anything special either. Godfather II is technically adequete movie but it doesn’t do anything that the original movie didn’t do, and is therefore redundant. Donnie Darko was very interesting, good style, I liked it a lot. I’m not sure it makes a lick of sense. There is some argument about whether the movie is even about time travel or if Donnie is just mentally ill. I don’t think that can ever be known.
March 28, 2018 at 11:39 am
My wife and I watched the whole Godfather trilogy over a couple days, having never seen any of them, but knowing their reputation. We are also both part Italian, and I enjoy mafia movies/shows in general. We both agreed that #2 was easily our least favorite of the 3 Godfathers. I actually fell asleep during that one. Why do I care what he’s doing in Cuba? This should be some sort of spinoff movie that happened way later. He spent way too much of the movie in Cuba and I was so bored. At least Godfather 3 had the jawdropping helicopter scene, yeah it may have been over the top, but I was like, holy crap! At least it got my attention and woke me up!
September 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm
I agree with a lot of these movies on your list James. I think all of Nolan Batman movies are over-rated but I think part of it has to do with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Those 2 movies set the bar so low that I think any Batman movie that came after that and competantly made would be regarded highly.
One movie I never understood the hype for was the departed. Everyone I knew raved and raved about it like it was the best thing ever but I always found the movie ok but nothing amazing.
I think sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in the hype for a film. That’s why I avoid movie reviews and spoilers before watching a movie I’m interested in.
September 26, 2017 at 5:21 am
I feel the same about these movies, mainly Pulp Fiction and Donnie Darko.
September 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm
Me too, except matrix and Pulp fiction. I don’t think its the best movies ever made, but still like them. But i totally see your point (and james), as these are for people with certain taste of movies.
September 26, 2017 at 9:24 am
I feel that way about Donnie Darko. When people say Donnie Darko is their favorite movie I ask well what is it about? They cant answer this question, How can you love the movie and not know what its about? I feel like they look down on me when I shit on it because i am not “deep enough” to not get it. It’s a pretentious movie in my opinion.
September 26, 2017 at 9:58 am
I never understood why people thought Napoleon Dynamite was so funny. I mean there’s some funny lines, some good exchanges, and some ridiculous scenes, but everyone I knew lost their shit over it. People were acting like it was the best comedy of all time.
September 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm
all u need to know about the BIG L is “The Dude Abides”
September 27, 2017 at 1:30 am
LOL James, surely this must have been one of the most difficult videos you have ever made.
Keep it up dude!!
September 28, 2017 at 1:55 am
I’m surprised that The Matrix is so well-regarded. It was pretty amazing when it F-I-R-S-T came out, but it hasn’t aged well at all. (Why must you make me trick your system into letting me post a legit comment??)
September 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm
James, you are drawn to a different generation’s sensibilities when it comes to film. Most of your picks are simply a later generation’s version of something that came before that was likely executed better in your opinion, excepting C. Kane of course. You even mention it a couple of times. Honestly, you’re probably done watching many newer films for plot and just analyzing all the technical stuff, unless there is something truly compelling. I suggest another look at Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, the ultimate horror movie for any Italian. A beloved ingredient turns homicidal…yikes!
September 30, 2017 at 12:30 am
Certainly, I agree with a lot of the choices James makes here. One or two movies I haven’t seen. But my thoughts on a few of the choices, plus one of my own:
Regarding A Christmas Story… I think that the appeal of the film lies less in the comedy (which is ok, if nothing great) or the story in general, so much as in the period it is set in. My parents grew up during this time period, in the 40s. They can relate to the mother, the father, the department store settings, etc. For them it’s nostalgia. For later generations (and I’m just a couple years older than James), it’s the warm feeling of a christmas setting in a loving family that still has dysfunction. The doting mother, the kind of anti-Leave It to Beaver father, the drudgery of a child’s life… it all is very relatable, even now. Adding that to a comedy routine and it’s gold, Jerry, gold. Is it my favorite Christmas movie? No. But very good.
For the Dark Knight- and any of the current crop of Batman films- for me it is that I always felt that the movies starting with Tim Burton’s Batman were good… but they lacked that sense of grittiness that goes with the Bat. I thought that even if the story pacing and acting were somewhat lacking at times, the visuals, the character development… it was all more realistic for Bruce Wayne’s backstory. I could see Gotham here as mroe relatable to a 1980s NYC or modern Detroit than I coudl Gotham in the earlier films. Because of that, I like it. Not as good as some say, but good.
Titanic… well let’s just say I think “A Night to Remember” is far superior, much as I think that Tora Tora Tora is better than Pearl Harbor. Some events are interesting enough that you don’t need to invent and insert love stories into them. Honestly, without the soundscore, I don’t think it would have been as big of a hit; yet the mythos of the Titanic is so big, even now, that I kind of get it. For the time it had great real life CGI, combined with models and real sets, using CGI the way it SHOULD be used (exteriors of the ship and so on) and not overused. But the story? Kind of average.
I am surprised at James’ stance on the Matrix. It’s not a film without flaws; but I think it combines several genres in a way not previously done. Kung fu movies, sci fi, questions about reality and our perceptions of it… honestly the movie alone has made several reputable scientists publish articles on the question of “are we in a Matrix? Is this real?” It is a movie that Descartes would appreciate, I think, and many other philosophers, combined with a sci fi twist.
I think I’m with James on Pulp Fiction and Big Lebowski. I LIKE both movies. For reasons specific to both. But for the former, I think that Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill are superior films in terms of the story, as they capture Tarantinos quirkiness combined with a more coherent story better, and for the latter… well I think Lebowski offers some good life lessons, and some wonderful deadpan jokes, as well as some fine acting and funny moments; and that’s odd for a combo for a comedy, I grant; but while it holds my attention, it’s no better in that regard than Seinfeld or Home Improvement or National Lampoon.
My own entry: Alien. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think there is a lot to recommend it. But dark visuals that are SO dark that you can’t see the action at times, fairly average acting, good sfx for the time, yeah… to me it all adds up to a pretty ok horror sci-fi experience, but nothing better than something like Dark Horizon or the like. Something that was fine on its own, but hardly was worth the many sequels. One at the most.
September 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm
I agree with every movie on this list, especially Donnie Darko, except Big Lebowski. I think that movie has incredible rewatchability. I’d add:
Gone with the Wind
Field of Dreams
February 6, 2018 at 11:14 pm
That’s what’s so interesting about this. It’s all personal opinion – no one’s right or wrong. Field of Dreams is one of my favorite movies of all time; my Dad and I used to watch it every time it came on TV, as well as having the VHS.
October 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm
OMG, someone who’s honest about that piece of crap Donie Darko. About the rest, I do agree many of these movies are highly overrated. Not bad movies, but not the best ones ever. The one I disagree the most is The Matrix, I really love that movie.
January 3, 2018 at 3:04 am
Totally disagree with The Matrix. How can you not be blown away when Neo takes the red pill and is flushed out of his mind control pod? It’s an action movie, a sci-fi movie, a religious movie, and a philosophical movie all at once. And it does it all brilliantly. The sequels are underrated and the Wachowskis are geniuses. I understand the criticism for the other movies but I thought you’d love The Matrix James!
January 3, 2018 at 4:55 am
It’s weird that expressing an opinion is seen as ‘taking a stand’ of sorts, isn’t it? Technology does weird things to us.
At any rate, thanks for sharing your opinion in an age when, for some reason, doing so is brave. I disagree with your opinion on some films. But I agree on others. Funny how that works, right? Like we’re not all the same and disagreement doesn’t always equal controversy?
In short, thank for doing your vids, both AVGN and otherwise. You care about the content and it shows, and for that reason I’ll always watch. Keep it up, Nerd!
February 6, 2018 at 11:07 pm
Before I watched this, I was actually hoping that Donnie Darko would be on this list. I completely agree with you – I never understood why it’s so worshipped.
March 18, 2018 at 1:38 am
THANK YOU! for putting Citizen Kane, I never understand when it’s listed as the best film of all time. I agree with you, I get why it’s important but it’s not that great.
March 18, 2018 at 1:45 am
I agree with you on every one of your choices, all of these baffle me in a lot of the same ways you mentioned. Thanks for the video.
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