For our final (for now) movie-oriented post, we admit it, we’re aiming to get people outraged with our unpopular opinions. You’re welcome to try to change our minds. It’ll be akin to the wolf blowing on the brick house, but you’re welcome to try nonetheless.
And, as a bonus (we did have to get at least ten of something in, somehow), we’ve chosen to poke at some of the more popular actors who aren’t exactly oozing the ability to diversify their roles, if you know what we mean.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and Bookish and is generally book-oriented. However, they’re on vacation until August 15th, so we’re tuning in to movies for a little while longer.
5 Movies We Hold the Unpopular Opinion On
Herbert West – Reanimator – I often see this movie on lists of best Lovecraftian movies. Besides the name, I don’t see any kind of resemblance between the two. West, in my opinion, is more akin to a splatter-fest than the creeping, dread typically inspired by Lovecraft’s works. I also have yet to see one naked woman (or anything else) in Lovecraft’s works. Call me a snobby purist but in my opinion this movie could not be farther from Lovecraft.
Star Wars – Seriously? What is it about this movie. I mean, it’s got a few good quotable lines, but I just don’t see it. Every one I’ve seen has struggled to hold my attention. It’s not necessarily that I think they suck horribly, I just don’t understand why everyone thinks they’re so awesome.
The Shining – No, not the remake. I really like the remake. It’s more faithful to the book and I think Steven Weber plays Jack Torrance far better than Jack Nicholson. Nicholson does not portray Jack as someone slowly going mad from the hotel’s influence, he looks crazier than a loon before he even gets there. I’m not even going to mention Shelley Duvall’s performance. Rebecca De Mornay plays a much, much better Wendy. This is something that has always bugged me when it comes to books and movies. If you’re going to gut it and try to create your own story with it then don’t try to ‘buy’ it an audience using the popularity of the book. As a totally separate entity the first movie is passable as a horror movie. I honestly don’t think it deserves the ‘genius’ status it has attained. As an adaptation from the book? It sucks.
The Core – This movie has a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. How is this possible? It’s ridiculous – but not B-movie, no -budget ridiculous. It has one of the best death scenes ever (Isaacs’ character in the compartment). Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Jason Isaacs, and Delroy Lindo shouldn’t work together as well as they do, but they’re a sheer delight to see on the screen. I think the haters just have issues with the earth getting drilled by a massive phallic object loaded with geniuses. You’d much rather them be dinglebury drillers on an asteroid. But, see, the geniuses save the earth with their brains. The dinglebury drillers just don’t know when to quit. Go-get-’em can only get you so far.
Maximum Overdrive – A 17% on Rotten Tomatoes makes us think that all y’all who voted it down just aren’t right in the head! Maximum Overdrive is beyond awesome. If you can look at the movie poster, title and synopsis and watch it expecting a deep and thoughtful story then I don’t know what to tell you.
5 Actors Who Have Embraced Their Typecast
It seems like whenever you hear actors talking about their breakout roles in Hollywood, you also hear about their fear of being typecast. It is a valid fear, as witnessed by stars like Adam West. However, some of these actors seem to have embraced their typecast with wild abandon. At one point each of them could probably act, but now… Well, let’s just say there’s a sinking suspicion that their egos outpaced their abilities about 15 movies ago. And one bonus.
The Good Guy Who Was Done Wrong and Overcomes (With His Motorcycle) – Tom Cruise. Let’s face it, Mission Impossible did Tom Cruise all sorts of wrong. Before that, he played in a few interesting roles. After Mission Impossible, though, well, the man knows what rakes in the money, doesn’t he? (Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow)
Conspiracies, Conspiracies Everywhere! Man – Denzel Washington. He’s the most innocent, sweet man on Earth but everyone’s always out to get him, one way or another and nobody will believe him. (Ricochet, The Manchurian Candidate)
The Genius- Benedict Cumberbatch. Alright, this one is kind of tongue in cheek because I actually really enjoy watching Benedict Cumberbatch’s movies, but, c’moooooon. Sherlock? Genius. Doctor Strange? Genius. The Imitation Game? Genius.
Cocky, Cynical, Know-it-All – Robert Downey Jr. Don’t get me wrong, I really like RDJ but really, his character is usually the same. A cocky know-it-all who isn’t afraid to say, “I’m better than you. At everything.” (Iron Man, Zodiac)
Alternate Role: Slimy Schemer (Natural Born Killers)
Hopefully we made you laugh. Tell us, do you share our unpopular opinions? And what leading ladies are (happily) typecast in your opinion?