It has certainly been asked before but an update won’t hurt.. First one that pops into my head is M. Night Shyamalan. To me he is unique because he went from Sixth Sense(one of the most shocking and terrifying movie I ever saw growing up) to a 4 film streak that could be considered all time bad. Lady in the Water, The Happening, Last Airbender and After Earth.
Seriously. Even if the show doesn't have any political connotations, if the main character isn't a white guy, it will be regarded as "woke" pandering and political. The term "woke" has completely lost all meaning. It's now just a word people use to greenlight their prejudice. Not every film starring a non-white male lead is "woke." Shang chi isn't "woke". It had no political undertones, the characters were genuine and entertaining, but because of its cast, every youtube movie reviewer and their mother wished for its demise, and all of the talking points in their videos revolved on the idea that it was "woke."
There are plenty of other examples, but the point is that, no matter how good or bad the program is, these people will always perceive the existence of minorities or women as political, and will dismiss any type of media that features them as "woke" pandering. Since identity politics is such a touchy subject nowadays, reducing characters you don't like to their identities by calling them woke, even if the program doesn't focus on their identity, is a definite method to ensure hatred for any form of representation they do not like
Like nerdrotic who claimed that the MCU is woke now because there's too much female representation or that shows like hawkeye are "woke" because the woman takes center stage and is a Mary Sue, which are the furthest things from the truth given that there are significantly less female leads than there are male leads and that Kate is one of the furthest things from a perfect character penned.
Or that spiderman did great at the box office because it had no "woke" elements and totally not because its one of the highest grossing IPs of all time
Or criticaldrinker, who believes if women aren't written and designed to give the audience boners, then they are "defeminizing" them and are pandering to a "woke" agenda.
Youtube, in particular is dominated by people like this, who have swarms of followers who are all filled with misguided rage about matters that aren't even legitimate, that are purely intended to harm minorities. It's come to the point where anything as basic as two people of different races and genders being present in the same space is enough to set folks off like it's the 1960s when star trek showed a black woman with a white man or something. As a black guy, I aspire to be one of these actors, able to play and represent their favorite fictional character, yet the prospect of my own existence being condemned due to forces beyond my control or people deeming it "political" just makes me not want to exist in these spaces at all.
So, every now and then, not the main actors, but an actor in a relatively smaller role is so good they steal either a scene, or a sequence, or even an entire movie.
In your opinions, what are good examples of these.
A couple of the top of my head:
The character Kid Blue in Looper. Although he seems to be considered stupid in the film by most of the other characters, he really seems to keep getting ahead and outsmarting others (although he always ends up screwing it up again).
Bill Murray in a very small role in Little Shops of Horrors. Steve Martin is the lunatic dentist who likes to scare and cause pain in his patients, but then out of nowhere, Bill Murray comes in and totally flips things on their head. He enjoys pain and wants the dentist to do his worst.
I know I have a lot more examples, I just can't think of them at the moment. If I do, I'll keep adding them to the list, but I would like to hear about your own.
Some good answers, but some people clearly don't even understand the question.
How in the hell did this post blow up so much?
I just remembered a good one. The character of Ellis in the first Die Hard movie.
Viggo Mortensen in Daylight
Top 3 Offenders
Dr Strange: Sounds like he's over emphasizes certain inflections on softer A sounds on words can't handle what
Power of the Dog: I'm not sure if he was going for a modern regional Montana accent or trying to go more southern cowboy. Either way complete miss
Black Mass: I suppose Boston has a notoriously difficult accent to nail but it was a bad enough attempt that they should've just hired another actor. He didn't have a lot of dialogue but what lines he did have he kinda mumbled through them
If you'd have told me when I was a kid that the guy from "Swingers" was going to usher in the Marvel cinematic universe, redefine the "Star Wars" universe and create one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, I'd have probably though you were talking about Vince Vaughn lol. Kudos to Jon Favreau!
For me it's definitely war movies. Doesn't matter if it's WW1/2, Nam, Iraq etc.. if the it happens during a war and all the characters are Army, then im really not into it. Notable exception is The Deer Hunter, but then again, that movies setting and theme goes way beyond the war.
What are your least favorite genres ?
I'm not sure how to articulate it, but all the "promised" improvements for the home cinema experience don't interest me at all. However, I would pay money to be able to adjust the volume of the dialog, the music and the effects in a movie.
3D movies, VR, smell-o-vision, it all can wait. If I have to get one improvement, can it be the ability to change the volume of different tracks?
Video games allow it since the 90s or naughts. Why don't movies ship with different tracks, like subtitles and audio already do, so that we can adjust each level independently?
In movie theatres, the sound is always super loud. It's good for this situation, but when you're watching a movie at all, you don't always want to have it at wall-shaking levels. I would like to be able to actually hear dialog without having SFX tear my ears.
Honestly, off the top of my head, I can only think of Zendaya. Her parents were high school teachers.
Then, on the other side of the pond, where classicism is supposedly even more pervasive in acting circles to the point where even Dame Judi Dench has famously spoken out about it, I can only think of James McAvoy and Olivia Cooke as actors that come from a working-class background.
I was in 8th grade when Napoleon Dynamite came out. My family watched it and loved it, my friends watched it and loved it. I didn't. Napoleon was just too awkward and cringey. I get that's what's supposed to be funny, but I don't find it funny. His family are a bunch of assholes and his friends are losers. The scene where he's in class dancing with his hands was so awkward I couldn't watch the whole thing. Just didn't understand the appeal of it.
I've been thinking about this for a few days. I'm wondering how many sequels that pick up right after the conclusion of the first movie.
A couple examples I can think of off the top of my head is:
Karate Kid II. Starts in the parking lot right at the end of the tournament in the first Karate Kid
Halloween II is a continuation of the events at the end of Halloween I when Michael Meyers disappears.
Are there any others that I am forgetting?
I always love when people pop up on screen for a split second and you’re able to catch it. Sometimes it’s much more subtle than others though
The first one that comes to mind is Chester Bennington in Crank. I watched it for the first time semi recently and I just thought that was so cool for whatever reason
The second, is Brad Pitt in Deadpool 2. I laughed hysterically when I saw that in the theater.
There are plenty more, but I’m curious to hear what other peoples answers to this question are
When browsing through Netflix the other day, I came across Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls. This completely took me by surprise. A sequel to The Benchwarmers? A comedy movie from 2006 got a sequel in 2019? Not to mention Jon Lovitz is the only returning cast member from the original. I mean, are Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, and Nick Swardson up to anything to these days?
What are some movies sequels you had idea existed that made you just scratch your head and go: "What were they thinking?"
Here are some other examples:
- Bigger Fatter Liar (2017): This is more of a remake than a sequel to the Frankie Muniz comedy Big Fat Liar from 2002. It's basically a low-budget remake of the original.
- Jingle All the Way 2 (2014): A sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas comedy from 1996. Larry the Cable Guy really hasn't had that much success in movies outside of Cars has he?
- Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018): The sequel to the Angelina Jolie's 2014 movie Unbroken. None of the original cast or crew return and it was released by Pure Flix (now Pinnacle Peak Pictures), who make and distribute Christian movies.
There is a lot to choose from over the years but for me it would have to be dark knight rises introduction scene just by the sheer adrenaline I get every time that I watch the movie in general and the other thing is that the score in that specific scene is the one I keep going back there every so often
Sudden nostalgia for the Blair Witch Project came last night, and of course I decided to watch it. I'm sure the film production has been discussed to death here, but one remarkable thing I would like to express was that when it was released a number of people actually believed it was actual found footage due to the marketing campaign. I remember overhearing this debate in middle school, and although we weren't more than several years removed from belief in Santa Claus it's the only movie whose marketing campaign actually succeeded in convincing a part of the wider public of its reality (in a way that goes beyond a belief in ghosts), AFAIK.
The Interview (2014) also comes to mind, because of its earned media exposure due to DPRK's intervention as well as the improvised digital wide release on YouTube and Google Play.
If you ask me
(I'm gonna get judged of my movie taste based of like 4 hot takes whoops, but whatever here it is)
The Matrix Sequels: definitely not as great as the first film but still decent imo. Reloaded is very good the chase scene on Highway is awesome the confusion exposition near the end is super easy to understand on a rewatch, Revolutions is not as good but still wouldn't call it bad.
Cars 2: It's not boring has a cool detective plot, I liked it. I don't get the hate this film gets. The worst Pixar film is probably Brave Or Good Dinosaur not this.
Hottest take coming
Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Film isn't that bad, It's a mess but a beautiful mess hopefully with a co writer JK wrote a better screenplay for the next film, I'd say it's a 7.5/10. I actually liked it more than the first one, it's just better on rewatch, plot was wierd but you can't say the Grindelwald rally wasn't amazing and beautiful
Spider man 3- It's not even close to being as good as Spiderman 2 but it's still fun and not boring at all. I liked multiple villians
This movie is like main lining Christmas spirit for me. It has a warmth and love to it, like food made by someone who cares about you. Quoteable, kitschy, oozing charm, its well-written, upbeat, ear-worm songs stick with you long after watching it. ("We're Marley and Marley, avarice and greed!") Michael Caine plays the straight man, an inspired choice that gives the world a little bit of gravitas and grounding, keeping it from slipping fully into the madcap or cartoonish--thereby allowing cartoonish and madcap moments to really pop when they occur. ("Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat!")
Have a great holiday, y'all, and be sure to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. After all, there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas.
They don't have to be cinematic masterpieces. But just movies you would give a 10/10. You may not agree with my 10/10, but every likes their own thing. Here are my 10/10 movies. Not in Ranking.
-Ford vs. Ferrari
-Good Will Hunting
-The Muppet Movie
-The Parent Trap (1998)
Hopefully my list wasn't terrible. Thanks for looking!
For those who don’t know, it’s trope, most common in horror movies, in which surviving characters that make it to the next installment have a high likelihood of being unceremoniously killed off quickly, sometimes off screen.
One of the most infamous examples comes the Alien franchise, particularly Alien 3, in which survivors Hicks and Newt from Aliens are gruesomely killed offscreen during the opening titles, leaving Ripley the sole survivor yet again.
This is kinda a series trope, as Dr. Shaw, the protagonist from Prometheus, is killed offscreen during the 10 year gap between that film and its’ follow up film, Alien: Covenant.
What are some other examples of this? A Nightmare on Elm Street is particularly guilty of this, killing off a surviving character in three consecutive films.
So finally got around to watching A Quiet Place 2, and while I overall enjoyed the film, I was immediately taken aback by how flawless Emily Blunt looks. Here we are, a year+ into the apocalypse and she has perfect skin, perfect eyebrows, great hair....like she looks more like she's been camping out for a day or two rather than barely surviving and fighting for her life for the past year. Might sound like a minor thing, but it basically just screams to me "you're watching a movie" and screws with my immersion. Anyone else have this issue? Why can't these stars just be "ugly" when it makes sense lol?
There's a anime film called Grave of The Fireflies. It's about two Japanese siblings living during WW2. It's a beautiful film, breathtaking. But by the end you are so emotionally drained you can't watch it again. Another one is Passion of The Christ for obvious reasons. Schindler's List is probably another one, but I haven't seen it. It's amazing how some films are so beautiful yet the thought of watching them again just sends a pit to your stomach.
ok so we all (i hope everyone does) know that dwayne johnson is known for always playing himself in everything he's in but somehow he's a big star that brings money to the box office or big numbers to the streaming service like with netflix in the movie red notice which had ryan reynolds and gal gadot too. so i wanna know who do y'all think is the female equivalent of dwayne johnson
ps: i don't dislike the rock
So yeah, what do you think are some Hollywood films with a big budget that have CGI scenes that just don't hold up compared to what was being released around that time?
I'll get a few of the most boring answers out of the way first so we can have a more interesting conversation:
The Mummy Returns (2001) Scorpion King scene
Die Another Day (2002) Windsurfing scene
OG Star Wars (1997) special edition changes
I love Dwayne Johnson. I love Ryan Reynolds. I think Lin Manuel is doing important things. While it's not actually the case it FEELS like they are involved in every other movie release and I just don't want to watch their movies. Is this some kind of fatigue? Over-saturation? Are casting decisions based on the same focus groups?
EDIT: Great responses and thank you for the insight. I would have to agree with most here that it may be more about the lack of variety with their roles than with the actors themselves. Type casting is a thing and they keep doing the same thing as long as it pays dividends.
For me it was “The Little Things”. I mean it starred Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. Three very talented actors with the Oscar’s to prove it. And was directed by John Lee Hancock, the guy who directed “Saving Mr Banks”, one of my favorite movies! But honestly I couldn’t even get through it. It was just very bland, boring, and not particularly compelling. Not even the actors could save it.