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Most mediocre film ever made

 
 
Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 01:45 pm
Okay movie buffs, this is a thread for those films that weren't horrible, and also not great. This is for those pictures you saw, and probably forgot about, until for some reason, it came up in a conversation and jogged your memory. My first nomination is The Last Days of Disco, not horrible, but I barely remember watching it, besides the fact that I was yawning and wondering why the acting was near-comatose.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 01:51 pm
The recent "Moulin Rouge" with Nicole Kidman. I had seen the original, loved it, and erroneously thought that this was a remake. What a piece of crap. I turned it off after about 20 minutes.

Anybody wanna buy a barely used DVD, cheap! :wink: Laughing
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 01:56 pm
I've seen the Moulin Rouge as well, but didn't go in, because I think, it's a tourist trap ... for Americans, especially.


Oh, I just notice, you meant the film Phoenix.
I agree with that.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 02:09 pm
I'll add another Oscar winner to the list that I thought was just boring, despite some good points: The English Patient. I didn't hate it, but I really didn't understand why it was Oscar material. Another big yawn for me. Maybe it's because I read the book before seeing the film. I could have been biased.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 02:10 pm
cav- "The English Patient" was a wimmins movie. We would not expect you to understand! Laughing
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 02:11 pm
not this wimmin
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SCoates
 
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Reply Mon 8 Nov, 2004 07:21 pm
Shrek 2 and Hero.

The trailors for Hero didn't come anywhere close to the actual topic.
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Don1
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 02:14 am
The Conversation---Gene Hackman was for me the most boring film ever.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 02:22 am
Anything at all directed by Antonioni.
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willow tl
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 03:13 am
wow..i've watched shrek2 4 times already and think it's a great film...Sense and Sensibility didn't work for me...nor Out of Africa...
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 08:11 am
These are all interesting comments, but I am curious as to how something can be the "most" mediocre (average, so-so).
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 09:30 am
flyboy804 wrote:
These are all interesting comments, but I am curious as to how something can be the "most" mediocre (average, so-so).

That's an interesting question -- reminds me of someone who described himself as "profoundly ambiguous."

I suppose any film that is highly praised at first, but which, in retrospect, seems to be just average, might merit the label of "most mediocre." I've already expressed my feelings about "The English Patient" in the "Most Boring Movies Ever" thread, so I won't add it here. I think "Chariots of Fire" would qualify: another Academy Award winner for Best Picture, in retrospect it is just a standard "athlete overcomes odds, becomes a champion" kind of film. The only things that really distinguished it from any other picture of that genre were the Vangelis score (and how soon did that get annoying?) and the cinematography. Otherwise, it's just "Rocky" with British accents.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 09:43 am
joefromchicago wrote:
flyboy804 wrote:
These are all interesting comments, but I am curious as to how something can be the "most" mediocre (average, so-so).

That's an interesting question -- reminds me of someone who described himself as "profoundly ambiguous."

Or a "catastropic success"...

I'm sure many will disagree but "Punch Drunk Love" and "Lost in the Translation" were two movies I thought were highly over rated by the critics. Maybe I was just expecting...... more......

I liked "Lost in the Translation" but I didn't think it was fall over in joy good like I'd been led to believe.

On the other hand there are movies which are (rightfully) ignored that I thought were pretty funny. I know I should never admit this but I laughed my butt off during "Joe Dirt". A total guilty pleasure that is rerun on the comedy station with regularity.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 11:40 am
flyboy804 wrote:
These are all interesting comments, but I am curious as to how something can be the "most" mediocre (average, so-so).


While this comment I'm about to make is really in the wrong forum, is there not a certain Zen in striving to 'be' the 'most' mediocre?

About Schmidt falls into that 'expecting more' category for me. Just echoing boomerang, I loved Dickie Roberts, Child Star, for pretty much the same reasons. Guilty pleasure, and David Spade, who seems to be able to carry off even the most ill-conceived scripts.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 04:44 pm
I'm not so sure "most mediocre" is correct English (I think I'd get blue penciled for that one by any editor or teacher) and this is gleaning the usual "I hate that movie" response which I don't believe is what was intended (and is now reduntive as we've had more than our share of worst movie threads in the past year). There are, of course, more movies of average quality than any other kind. Another way of putting it is a two star movie in a four star ratings system. I think what you might have been going for is guilty pleasures, one of mine being "Summer Lovers."
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 05:05 pm
'Most mediocre' is indeed incorrect English, by the blue letter of the law, but it's conceptual, so I take artistic licence. I agree, I didn't want this thread to degenerate into another "hated it" thread. To clarify, this thread should really be about two things: the critically acclaimed movies that really didn't suck, but left you uninterested, and the 'guilty pleasures', the unrecognized but entertaining.

So...in the interests of getting the thread on topic, I nominate 'Smooth Talk', with Treat Williams and Laura Dern. Not great, not horrible, but intriguing.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 05:26 pm
It would be like writing "most average," but the correct definition of mediocre is of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance. It's all subjective opinion after all.

I find it difficult to even remember these movies but I was astounded when Ebert and Roeper gave thumbs up to the two sequels of "The Matrix" with their mumbo-jumbo methaphysics and incongrous malange of characters even though I enjoyed watching them strictly for the action special effects. I appreciated the science but not particularly the artistic value. So they're not awful, just dissapointing. Same with Star Wars Part One and Two. There's just too much good sci-fi out there that hasn't been adapted. I've noted two in particular time and again, "The Demolished Man" and "Mission of Gravity." Those are both thinker novels but there would be opportunity for some great special effects that could be melded seemlessly into the stories. Spielberg achieved it with "AI" but fell into the trap of maudlin sentimentality. I enjoyed the provocative view of the future but the story became too predictably chained to its source material.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:05 pm
Agree with you wholeheartedly re: the Matrix sequels, Wizard. But those movies aren't really (for me) 'mediocre' in the sense that Cav has defined. In my view, they're just exploitative hunks of overdone computer-assisted special effects. Fluff with absolutely no substance to them.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 08:22 pm
I agree with you about David Spade, cav. He really can crack me up. I'll watch for "Little Dickie" to show up on TV.

Since I'm confessing things on this thread, I'll admit that I used to watch that sit-com he was on once in a while. I own/operate a photo studio and I've always thought it the whole scene would make a great comedy - his sit-com was set at a fashion magazine and dealt with a lot of the same ego issues I face everyday.

I don't think anyone has mentioned "The Blair Witch Project" as an over-hyped, mediocre film yet.

<sigh>

Its been so long since I've been to see a new release that I found myself scratching my head over what were obviously "in" jokes in the new "Shreck" movie.

Someday I'll look back on my "out of the loop" period of my life and laugh..... or cry..... or freak out.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 08:53 pm
The lesser James Bond movies are still a guilty pleasure -- just like the concept so even if the story is wanting they are fun.

Hi, Boom!
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