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What was that all about???

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What was that all about???

Post by laktor » Sat December 11th, 2010, 6:22 am

Now that I've caught your interest with the title of this thread, I'd like to hear about some of the movies where you got so confused, you didn't know what the heck was going on. Maybe you even walked out of some movies or shut off your tv. Some of mine in this category, including a few very recent ones:

Edge of Darkness w/ Mel Gibson
Push w/ Dakota Fanning
Inception w/Leonardo DiCaprio
Dangerous Liasions w/John Malkovich
The Sting w/Robert Redford
Sherlock Holmes w/Robert Downey Jr.

I should also include Casino Royale w/Daniel Craig. Parts of this film, especially near the end, confused me and ruined the film.

I don't remember much about Shakespeare in Love, but I did hate it as I got somewhat lost watching it and didn't care anymore.

Edge of Darkness...watched first half on cable last week and had no idea what was going on, so I turned it off. One of the main characters Mel Gibson was dealing with had an accent and most of what he said was unintelligible.

Sherlock Holmes..Robert Downey's dialogue was mostly incomprehensible and the main female character, played by Rachel McAdams..well, I couldn't figure out who she was and what relation she had to Sherlock.

Inception..I was told in advance it was complex and I knew I really had to pay attention. I tried, but halfway through, I was totally lost and had no idea what was going on. I have to say that my worst nightmare when seeing movies is watching a film and you are totally lost. NOT a good feeling. Therefore, this film is the worst film of the year, at least for me. I should have walked out. Don't know why I didn't.

Dangerous Liasions...I did walk out of this film after a 1/2 hr. the first time I saw it in it's original run. I've tried re-watching at least 3 times, and each time I give up trying to understand what's going on about halfway through. I just don't get it.

Push...watched it on tv all the way through, but after the first 20 minutes, I was completely lost.

The Sting...academy award for best picture, but I remember wishing I could leave the theater. If I was alone, I would have.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat December 11th, 2010, 6:27 am

Star Wars; I saw it on the first run. It wasn't the director's fault, but mine; I have no interest in this genre and went to it only because some friends were going. I glazed over in the first five minutes and couldn't tell you a single plot element today; the only thing I remember was Carrie Fisher's hairdo.
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Post by Telynor » Sat December 11th, 2010, 9:33 am

There are a few recent films that I have come to loathe: The Devil Wears Prada (familiarity breeds contempt, I suppose), Closer (even with Clive Owen in it), nearly anything that Mel Gibson has made, with the exception of Hamlet (the man has such vile personal behaviour I refuse to spend another penny on him), most romantic comedies made these days, and nearly anything put on the channel Syfy or whatever they are calling it now...

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Post by Madeleine » Sat December 11th, 2010, 3:25 pm

I don't know one single person who understood Inception!

As for the Bond movies, I loved Casino Royale and watched it again a while ago, had no trouble following it at all - Quantum of Solace on the other hand nearly gave me a migraine and even after a second viewing I still couldn't understand it; compared to Casino Royale it's hard to believe that both films were made by the same production company; the actors deserved better than that mess!

Also Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - boring and incomprehensible!
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat December 11th, 2010, 6:21 pm

The only movie I ever wanted walk out on and demand my money was "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me", that's still a couple of hours I'll never get back!

Re: Rachel McAdams' character in Holmes, she was Irene Adler, a character from an earlier Holmes story, "A Scandal in Bohemia". She is the only woman to outwit him and the only woman he seems to have an interest in.

Too bad you didn't like "Dangerous Liaisons", it's one I really liked.

I fell asleep during "Star Wars" the first time I saw it. It was Aug 1977, and I was just about 4 years old and it was nap time!

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Sat December 11th, 2010, 7:58 pm

[QUOTE=Madeleine;75909]As for the Bond movies, I loved Casino Royale and watched it again a while ago, had no trouble following it at all - Quantum of Solace on the other hand nearly gave me a migraine and even after a second viewing I still couldn't understand it; compared to Casino Royale it's hard to believe that both films were made by the same production company; the actors deserved better than that mess!
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Im with you all the way there. there was such a drop off in quality between these two films. makes you wonder what happened. i think most bond films are sh*te but "Casino" was a rare blip of goodness (its also my favourite bond book from Fleming)

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Post by laktor » Sat December 11th, 2010, 9:06 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I don't know one single person who understood Inception!

As for the Bond movies, I loved Casino Royale and watched it again a while ago, had no trouble following it at all - Quantum of Solace on the other hand nearly gave me a migraine and even after a second viewing I still couldn't understand it; compared to Casino Royale it's hard to believe that both films were made by the same production company; the actors deserved better than that mess!

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Most people I know loved Inception and said they had no problem understanding it. In fact, when writing about the DVD release this week, the reviewer said it was the best film this year!

As for Casino Royale, it's been awhile, but I got lost toward the end when the girl died and a bit before that. Didn't know why it was happening, but although I've loved all the Bond films, I got bored with this one, so perhaps my attention was slipping.

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]

Re: Rachel McAdams' character in Holmes, she was Irene Adler, a character from an earlier Holmes story, "A Scandal in Bohemia". She is the only woman to outwit him and the only woman he seems to have an interest in.

Too bad you didn't like "Dangerous Liaisons", it's one I really liked.

I fell asleep during "Star Wars" the first time I saw it. It was Aug 1977, and I was just about 4 years old and it was nap time!

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Watching Sherlock Holmes, after she entered the story, I couldn't figure out what she was doing or even why she was there!

As I said, I have tried watching Dangerous Liaisons at least 4 times, but can't get more than halfway through because I don't understand what's happening. The dialogue totally confuses me.

I saw the originial Star Wars in the theater but it's the only one. Don't care to see any of the others. I love Star Trek, but Star Wars did nothing for me. In fact, during the big battle at the end, I didn't know who was who! And frankly, didn't care.

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Post by Vanessa » Sat December 11th, 2010, 9:29 pm

Star Wars does/did nothing for me! Nor did Space Odyssey 2001. Does anyone remember that one? 1970s/80s? I can remember falling asleep in the cinema watching it, I was so riveted........ not!
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Post by LoveHistory » Sat December 11th, 2010, 9:38 pm

I try to only see movies in the theater that I'm sure I'll like, however there was one date night when we ended up seeing Sugar and Spice. Total waste of money. Very stupid teen flick about a group of girls who end up robbing a bank or some dumb thing like that because one of them needs money to take care of the twins she's having.

Also Showgirl was a total waste of everything that went into it. Worst movie I've ever seen.

There have been others I didn't finish watching but they weren't bad enough to leave an impression, they just weren't holding my interest.

Oh, and I didn't like The Bridges of Madison County. The book was good, the movie wasn't.

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Post by laktor » Sat December 11th, 2010, 10:15 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]
Also Showgirl was a total waste of everything that went into it. Worst movie I've ever seen.

Oh, and I didn't like The Bridges of Madison County. The book was good, the movie wasn't.[/quote]

Well, this is definitely a case of different strokes for different folks. Everyone seemed to think Showgirls was trash, but I absolutely loved it. In fact, every time it comes on tv, I'm watching it again. I saw nothing wrong with the acting, dialogue, anything. Held my interest from beginning to end. Definitely a favourite film of mine.

I watched Bridges of Madison County once and I loved it.

Now for something weird. Almost everyone said they have no clue what the film Mulholland Drive is about. This is also a favourite film of mine. Not only did I find it immensely enjoyable to watch, but by the time the film ends, everything just clicks and I totally understood it. But don't ask me to explain it, because I haven't seen it in years. I do want to rent it and watch it again!

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