Movies to Miss

Well, if you’re going to have a movies to see list, you might as well have a movies not to see list.  I think most of these films can be described either  as hideously over-rated or just plain bad.

Feel free to disagree (don’t expect me to change my mind)

  1. Mamma Mia *shudder*
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I simply don’t get why people like Audrey Hepburn, and that movie is truly dull.
  3. Lost in Translation
  4. 2001: A Space Odysee (weird doesn’t begin to cover it. Neither does disappointment)
  5. The Harry Potter Franchise.  The books rehash the same tired plot over and over so the films are destined to do the same.  Despite Daniel Radcliffe turning into a promising young actor they just don’t do it for me. And I cannot stand Emma Watson!
  6. Love Story
  7. The Life Aquatic
  8. The Royal Tenenbaums
  9. Meet Joe Black. Stupidest ending to a movie ever!
  10. The Italian Job. Hugely over-rated.  Not really a Caine fan.
  11. Kingdom of Heaven
  12. Gladiator-eventhough the score is beautiful the film is deadly dull untill the last 20 minutes.
  13. American Pie
  14. 13 Going on 30
  15. The 40 Year Old Virgin
  16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  17. The Others
  18. Wrong Turn
  19. Borat
  20. AI (simply because it goes on for hooooooooooooouuurs!)
  21. Scary Movie (and all its hideous spin offs…date movie…action movie….)
  22. Austin Powers. Only funny if you’re about 13. And I didn’t even find them funny then.
  23. Superman Returns
  24. Transformers
  25. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Great books, potentially great casting of Rickman and Freeman. Terrible movie.
  26. Reign of Fire
  27. The Shining.  So disappointing.  Not scary and really wanted that stupid women to get killed.
  28. Speed 2: Cruise Control.  Sandra Bullock is not funny or endearing or loveable or any of the other qualities Hollywood deperatley tries to force down our throats.
  29. ….erego…Miss Congeniality
  30. S. Darko. I haven’t seen this one (and don’t intend to) but I have it on good authority from FandangoGroovers
  31. The Great Escape
  32. With great reluctance… The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  33. Anything involving moody teenage girls, sparkly vampires and shirt-phobic werewolves.
  34. Prometheus. Sorry Ridley.
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I thought everyone could agree on Eternal Sunshine.

You’re killing me with the Wes Anderson and Superman Returns picks (though I’m by now plenty accustomed to that with the latter).

As for Superman: not a fan of the character or do you think Singer and crew mishandled him?

Eternal Sunshine was weird because I thought I liked it until I started thinking about it, and then I realised there wasnt a hell of a lot to it. I don’y hate it, but I don’t think its the masterpiece people make it out to be.

Superman never did much to me (I’m a Marvel no a DC) but I used to watch the TV show. I think the film was just a major disappontment

Well, it’s good to see that at least SOMEBODY else didn’t enjoy Breakfast At Tiffany’s. I was totally disappointed with that one.

Though, Eternal Sunshine is pretty much my favorite movie.

Breakfast at Tiff’s is one of the truly overated films. I swear nothing happened at all int hat film other than Hepburn whispering her way through a very dull song. Yawn.

I don’t hate Eternal Sunshine. I just don’t really like it either. I want to like it. And when I was watchign it I thought I did. But I just have no motive to go out and see it again….

You didn’t like The Shining. You are beginning to worry me!

Lol it may be that a watched it with a group of friends and we weren’t really taking it seriously but to us it seemed sill rather than scary. And I spent the whole film really wanting that stupid screaming woman to connect with that axe. The ending was just a bit lame, and the “twist” or whatever that was was mroe confusing than interesting.

Katie – some of your “questionable” choices (The Shining, Eternal Sunshine) have been explained already — so can I ask what is it about LOST IN TRANSLATION that you hate?

P.S. Poor Sandra Bullock — ha ha — she tries so hard!

lol “questionable”. I would argue I’m not following the crowd 😛

This should have a few answers: https://storiesthatreallymattered.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/movies-not-to-see-before-you-die/

The fact that its the first “don’t watch this” post I wrote tells you just how much I hate Lost in Translation. Nothing happens. At all. Ever. I sat through the whole film with really high hopes after reading rave reviews and constantly hearing about how good it was. And I was so crushingly disappointed. I get that it wasn’t exactly supposed to be a thriller but there was nothing at all to like in the film. I can’t think of one memorable line from the lack lustre script and despite being hailed by some as a great romantic story there seemed to be no heart in the story whatsoever. It was just a boring film about two bored people complaining about how bored they are. How the hell did they pitch that and get away with it?!

I see it as a classic “Emperor’s New Clothes” film. Critics started wowing at how subtle and clever the film was and no one dared state the obvious and point out that actually there’s nothing there. Call me the village idiot, but I don’t see any glorious robes here.

Oh and I think it’s because she tries so hard that I don’t like Sandra Bullock. But she doens’t annoy me half as much as some of the actresses out there

I actually agree with most of your list, with the exception of Gladiator (one of my faves) and Lost in Translation (not great, but quite poignant). To each their own I suppose. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand Borat, don’t even care to watch its trailer.

Yay, good to have you on board. 🙂

I watched Borat. Not a mistake I’ll make again. Steering well clear of Bruno.

You did it, you put S. Darko on the list on my recommendation. If you trust my opinion that much what are the chances of getting Lost in Translation moved to “Movies To See Before You Die” list where it belongs.

I have braced myself for the backlash!

Neeeever gonna happen. 😛

LiT=self indulgent trash. End of.

what? eternal sunshine of the spotless mind? why?

I’ve decided I need to see it again. I really wanted to like it but I just…didn’t

People like Audrey Hepburn because she is immensely charming. I especially like her in Roman Holiday.
I understand why you have put 2001 on this list, but I have to starkly disagree with you. I wouldn’t put it in Movies to Miss, but rather Movie to Watch Multiple Times, since it takes a two or three viewings to really get it. It is wildly unorthodox though.

I agree with you on the Shining though. That’s one of those Kubrick films I can’t get behind as whole-heartedly as others do.

I’m sorry Ian but I’ve never found Hepburn anything other than annoying. I can’t stand her in My Fair Lady.
As for 2001, I could barely sit through it once, let alone multiple times!


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