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Alright, to see who's still out there reading this mess, a question-

Which movies have just made you plain angry after seeing them?

By which, I mean- Which films have had you walking out of the theater a little pissed off, wondering how they got made? After seeing them on the Digital-Video-Disc, you took it out and just shook your head? You and a like-minded person working them over for days afterward, worrying the bad movie bone, dissecting each poor decision. 

And I'm not saying something that just had you shaking your head in bemusement, but had you actually feeling as though you'd been took or conned by even watching the damn thing? I'm talking real, irrational hostility, here.

(though there may be others)

- Summer of Sam
- Donnie Darko
- The Bone Collector
- Love, Actually
- Requiem for a Dream



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Feb. 4th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
For me, Summer of Sam is A+ #1 with a bullet. That movie made me so incredibly angry.
Feb. 4th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)

I was expecting something much better, given it was Lee. It was this really nice day and my entire office in Ann Arbor decided to knock off early to see it at this little theater down the block. I was very surprisingly angry at how hamfisted and obvious the damn thing was.
Feb. 4th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
These all come to mind:
  • 21 Grams
  • Fight Club
  • Russian Ark

Of the movies you listed, I've only seen Donnie Darko, which I wasn't a huge fan of, but mostly I was annoyed by how much my fellow viewers seemed love it.
Feb. 4th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot about 21 grams! That totally sucked!!
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Feb. 4th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
"Independence Day"
"Sex and the City Movie"
"Monster's Ball"

Fucking shitty-ass, stupid-ass, annoying-as-fuck movies. And they were all big budget and supposed to be "good," it's not like some crummy b-movie where you sort of feel bad for the people who made it for not that much money.

Independence Day - rah rah jingoism mixed in with crappy crappy melodrama. Just when you think something stupider isn't going to happen, they top it, whether it's the president piloting a space ship or Will Smith uploading a "virus" to the aliens MAC COMPUTER. And it's not over-the-top stupid like in a Michael Bay movie, because it's overlaid with the sanctimonious patriotism.

Sex and the City Movie - There is a speech at the beginning about how all women in New York are searching for "love and labels." The labels part is just disgusting, since most women, or anyone in New York, can barely get by due to everything being so goddamn expensive, except for the few billionaires who can afford to live like these women, who never seem to pass a single homeless person. And as for "love," the sex and the city ladies claim to be looking for men, but every man in the show is a piece of shit, or a barely written stereotype, and you never see them having fun with men. They only smile at when they're with each other. Why look for a man when they make you so miserable?

"Crash" and "Monster's Ball" - horrible, horrible "oscar bait" that claim to "penetrating looks at the problem of race in america" but end up re-hashing the same stupid stereotypes. I've seen better discussions of these issues in corporate training videos.
Feb. 4th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, also "Austin Powers 2". I hate it when comedy sequels just do the same jokes again. So annoying.
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I was with you for Love, Actually! We had to get drunk on whiskey at Knights after that one.

Donnie Darko is one for me, too.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
That last Lord of the Rings movie
Almost every movie Mickie and I watch on "girl night" but especially The Wedding Date.
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
I disagree about Donnie Darko.
Man, I remember one hitch when I had managed to avoid "Love,actually" as the only DVD I hadn't watched on the ship for almost three months, including my tooth-grinding re-watching season #1 of "tour of duty" twice. In a row.

It takes a remarkable movie film to make someone that pissed off when they are that starved for something, anything new for their entertaInment.

Soon thereafter i was in China and got to buy first-run DVD's for a buck a piece. I still cherish my copy of Sweet and Lowdown.

Forrest Gump makes me pretty angry. I could go on, but for me, Forrest Gump is the exemplar.
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I disagree about Donnie Darko.
Oh heck, that is a good one.

But that's also a good point- if a film makes you feel something strongly, that is almost better than indifference and forgetting the thing as soon as you hit the sidewalk outside the theater.
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Feb. 4th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Sex and the City 2 and Avatar are two recent ones that come to mind, the former much so than the latter, but both of them because they were incredibly patronizing and borderline racist.
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
They made an AVATAR 2?
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I'll think of a better one later, but the most recent one is Skyline. There was nothing good about that experience.

And right now I'm watching Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and feeling a little bit of the anger. Maybe it's just displacement or projection or whatever and I'm upset with myself for watching a movie on Comedy Central in the middle of the day.
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's unfair to pick a movie that nobody really likes and few people even expected to be good, but I don't think I've ever been as pissed off at a movie as I was after I saw Blues Brothers 2000. Especially considering Aykroyd's self-righteous "If we give up now, the kids of today will be left with nothing but terrible music like techno and gangsta rap!" speech.
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh god, right. I wasn't angry, there. I had a strong feeling it would be awful, so expectations were low. I think the Sam & Dave number helped.

Wait- no, I was kind of pissed. Especially because they just re-created so much from the first one and didn't really seem to have wanted to bother to make a new film. Just do a goddamn concert movie or something, then!

Okay, I'm back around to being a little mad at it, now.
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not the sort to speak up or holler during flicks, but during Magnolia, when it began to rain frogs (oh yeah, um, spoiler alert!), I actually loudly proclaimed: "Oh, for the love of God!"

A surprising (and heartening) many in the audience were heard to laugh in obvious agreement.

(I quite liked There Will Be Blood, incidentally.)

I agree with you about Requiem for a Dream, which I did hate. Surprising, really, that I've come to quite like his subsequent flicks. I barely remember Summer of Sam, and I saw Donnie Darko before all the hoopla, and liked it just fine, believing it was a moderately interesting first film, but didn't really care one way or another.

As a teen, I went to see The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover expecting to be shocked, outraged, and titillated, by bold satire, and perverse humor, or whatever I'd read in the New York Times, or had heard Roger Ebert say, but instead was just sort of bored and annoyed. At the time, I hated it. Obsessively.

I had occasion, not long afterward, to meet Helen Mirren, in a very informal, bar setting. I went into my feelings on the flick with her at some length. Here, I'm this fucking idiot, 18 year old, greasy longhaired jackass telling this accomplished, Royal Shakespeare Company actress that her internationally acclaimed film was crap. And she sat there, and laughed, and honestly, graciously, and respectfully, discussed it with me. I'd have told me to fuck off, but that's not her style, evidently.

I've seen the film in subsequent years and, while I still don't think it's by any means great, I don't know quite what I go so worked up about.
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
I got worked up with hate over The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, too!

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Feb. 4th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
There's Something About Mary
Looking for Richard
Watchmen (that's my #1 - what a complete shit movie)
Good Burger (I used to review movies for a local paper and they'd always send me to crap kiddie movies because I needed the money and never complained. This movie made me want to rip out theater seats and cry.)
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
A Boy and His Dog
Valley of the Dolls
The Invention of Lying
Let's Make Love
Sliding Doors
both Sex and the City movies
Reality Bites
Baby Boom
The Simpsons Movie
The Shape of Things
But I'm a Cheerleader
The Devil Wears Prada
Party Monster
I Spit on Your Grave
Super Size Me
Bubba Ho-Tep

I hate hate hate everything about My Fair Lady, and most Audrey Hepburn movies. I think she is a horrible actress. but she's very pretty.
Feb. 5th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I never saw I Spit on Your Grave, but my younger brother rented it from the local video store when we were kids. He left it lying around the house where my parents could find it, and his carelessness ruined the renting of R-rated movies for all the neighborhood children.

I disliked Reality Bites because it pandered to Gen X. Also, Ethan Hawke annoys me. I don't know why.
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Feb. 4th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it."
Feb. 5th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Twilight. Is that dumb of me? I mean, I went in knowing it was going to be awful, but I didn't also expect it to be stupid and racist.
Feb. 5th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
It's not dumb. You're among friends. LIVEJOURNAL FRIENDS
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
History of Violence
Pay it Forward
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Feb. 5th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Most of these movies already listed, I just didn't watch...I knew I'd have no interest. I did like Donnie Darko, but more for some of the things on the sides, like Sparkle Motion.

I do miss LJ being the preferred place...the tech is SO superior to FB. Useful tags. Threaded responses. Modular subscriptions. So many better decisions all around.

Edited at 2011-02-05 01:17 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Jersey Girl. Assumed the Kevin Smith brand was reliable for at least mediocrity and some funny lines. Instead I got an emotionally stunted nerd trying to be serious without knowing how, and ending up with a pile of mawkish sentimental shit. Ben Affleck -- BEN AFFLECK! -- has a FIVE-MINUTE MONOLOGUE where he explains, out loud, to his infant son, all the emotional subtext from every preceding part of the movie, which has been so ham-fistedly obvious from the beginning that only a nerd with a pathological avoidance of all serious emotions (like Kevin Smith) would have missed it. Liv Tyler's character is the sort of unrealistically blunt and aggressive nerd-sex-wish-fulfillment fantasy ("What, you haven't had sex in a long time? Well, let's get you laid!") that generally springs from the minds of nerds who are terrified of making the first move. (I oughta know.) And he doesn't give ONE SINGLE FUNNY LINE to George Carlin, which is a complete fucking waste.

I want nerds to make me proud, not lay bare our shortcomings.
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