Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:01 AM
That's my fundamental issue. Reservoir Dogs didn't require a knowledge of any other film to enjoy it although there were clear nods, references etc if you were interested enough to look. Pulp Fiction is okay but it's starting to get into that territory of "I've thought of a good line, better make a scene work around it" and overt referencing. After that ... I can understand why film and comic buffs enjoy the ride but I'm not sure why anybody else does.
The only film I've ever walked out of was Natural Born Killers which, at the time, it was cool to like but seems to have drifted off the radar a bit now. I'm mostly in the cinema for kids films at the minute which means I have the opposite: I go in expecting to be moderately entertained and get a nice surprise when it's better than that. Recently, Frozen and The Lego Movie have been properly brilliant and a while back I was stunned to find that the Tintin film was massively under-rated.
I've never walked out of the cinema during a film, but I did fall asleep during the first Lord of The Rings film. I think if you took the battle scenes from the three movies and put them together you'd have a decent 2 hours of fighting to go with some popcorn, the rest of it was dog poo. Natural Born Killers was always a poor movie, but it got so many people wound up with outrage that all the cool kids simply had to fall in love with it.
It's interesting to see how kids movies have developed. I don't know anyone who didn't cry watching Up.
As for overrated movies, I'd go with anything by Lars Von Trier. The man's an egotistical tw*t who makes films that claim to shake people but actually just fulfil his own desires as an egotistical tw*t. His characters do the offensive things he would love to do, but doesn't actually have the guts to carry through.
"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."
Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959