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Rate The Last Movie(s) You Watched

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Same as the Rate the Last Game You Finished topic but with movies. There should be more film talk around here. So, I'll start off with the movies I've seen in the past few days.

Law-Abiding Citizen - 5.5/11

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - 7/11

Sword of the Stranger - 9/11

Blade Runner: Final Cut - 11/11

Blade Runner is one of those films I want to love but also want to hate.

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  • @Secret Fawful said: 1233928590_citizen%20kane%20clapping.gif


    Ah, I love that gif.

    Now allow me to disagree.


    Certainly.

    For one your post in its entirety and reactions like it to any person daring to not adore this movie is one of my first problems with this movie. If you dislike it, if you have a differing opinion about it, you're automatically a moron. No matter what you know. You could praise Casablanca until you're practically jerking off, you could marvel at the technical beauty and spectacle of Brazil, and you could praise and applaud Sergio Leone's beautiful cinematography until you're blue in the face. But once you dare to do anything but lovingly idolize Kane you're a bluthering nincompoop. When people begin to tell you what to think about a film you lose all personal connection to it.


    If you look back, I actually didn't say any of those things. I didn't say you were a nincompoop, a moron, or an illiterate doofus. Whether or not I think those things was left entirely private. As it is, I'm honestly not sure if you are to be honest. Your taste in art isn't the matter of question here, it's the brazen, baseless attitude you took with smacking it down for the sake of bluster and clout.

    Any point can be stated like that.


    Can be, shouldn't. There's no value in thoughts backed up by little or nothing, and there's little conversational value to them other than to provoke a reaction.

    I didn't say it sucks. I rated it based on my personal evaluation of it based on how much I liked it. I didn't like it. I didn't enjoy it. I have problems with it. And I can still praise it for the things it did well.

    quote]Except me.


    Well, aren't you a very special individualistic flower child.

    I thought it was because people have differing opinions. I'll have to change my name to Citizen Kane Fan #2556584848954 or perhaps I'll be shot at sunrise for treason.


    On such a wide scale? I'm just saying that, when such a wide range of directors, cinematographers, film critics, and pretty much every talent in filmmaking has something great to say about Citizen Kane and its influence on their work, the thing at least deserves a high score for technical and historical merit.

    And again with the martyr complex, Christ.

    That's just hilariously over-exaggerated.


    I'm saying that people in the film industry who know their shit, who can back up their viewpoints logically using objective standards of craftsmanship say this is one of the greatest films ever made, if not the best film ever made. If you're going to give that thing a score of 4/11, an argument that simply isn't made by people who know what they're talking about, then you have to back it up somehow. I'm not saying everyone who says Citizen Kane is great has clout, they could just be going with the flow of what everyone else says, but if you are going to go in and say a damn-near universally critically acclaimed and historically important film is crap, you have to back that up with some kind of logic when it comes to composition, execution, writing, SOMETHING. And don't say you don't say it's crap, because you do. You gave it a 45% score, you failed Citizen Kane, and I'm not completely sure you didn't just do so to stir up shit.

    As a book I would just enjoy it much more than watching it, regardless of how well the film is built. This particular thing just comes down to enjoyment. I would rather spend my time reading the story of Citizen Kane than watching it.


    And from a technical perspective, you lose an insane amount of value and craftsmanship when you transition from film to book. When someone says something would work "better as a book", it's not generally due to some arbitrary idea that certain ideas should be read. It's based on the limitations of the film itself, that the editing, cinematography, acting, something(usually a combination of elements) is lacking that make the film adaptation weaker than the screenplay it is acted from.

    I thought that was the point of the whole damn topic. Simple ratings.


    In a public forum, which opens them up to public scrutiny and discussion. If you only want a select few people to see and comment on your thoughts, or you don't want to have people comment on them at all, start a blog. Don't share the link, or turn off comments.

    Amazing. You're selling it AND telling it.


    I don't even know what that means, but I consider it a logical, valid, and backed-up evaluation of the team behind the film, the variety of talents that came to create it, and several points(and certainly not all the possible ones) in its favor in terms of innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and historical value.

    Screw the AFI. I'm not the AFI.


    Aw, cute.

    Right. Anyway when I said it was technically skillful, I mean in cinematography, production, acting, music, tone, screenplay, music, atmosphere, art design, etc. That's what the five points was for. Plenty of films are much better.


    ...and the rest of the points, the rest of them are, what? That's...that's the building blocks of a film. There's literally nothing else, aside from(perhaps) a small variance for personal scrutiny due to no human being seeing any film in a vacuum of experience, but that variance shouldn't be 6 points wide. =/

    Kane isn't the only movie Toland did work on. His work on the Grapes of Wrath and Wuthering Heights is fantastic and those are better films.


    He worked on all of them, delivering his technical expertise to all of them, and providing a valuable point in the favor of all of them, yes.

    However, I've decided to change my score.

    Citizen Kane - 1/11

    Because now that you've told me what my opinion about the film should be, preached me a sermon, labeled me as a film heretic, talked down to me as if I don't already know the film's history as if you're the most righteous knowledgeable encyclopedia on the subject (I knew everything you preached to me about the films production already btw because I wanted to seriously evaluate every aspect of this well-praised film before coming to a serious conclusion on rating it and I still don't know all of my reasons hence why I said it will take me months to figure them out) and the champion for Kane's rights plus self-proclaimed biggest Kane fan, etc. I wouldn't be able to enjoy the film again if it spit gold at me. I'm not going to watch it again ever. But hey. I guess it's my loss. And don't come at me claiming I'm venomous or antagonistic. You started this argument, not me. You're the one with a spear up your ass because I don't like your beloved film, and who came to me about it with your heroic crusade. I rated it how I thought it was fair after a lot of serious deliberation. I gave it that courtesy because of it's reputation, and because I wanted to be fair. And I'm not sorry in the slightest. I'm sure that while my big bad 45% score is chomping at Kane's heels, Citizen Kane can rest easy knowing that the entire rest of the world is soothingly licking it's feet clean from my drivel. Oh wait, it doesn't care. It's a movie.


    Seriously this whole thing can be summed up with "Secret Fawful has a martyr complex". I seriously never called you a rube, or a barbarian, or some sort of cinema antichrist. You made that up! You made the whole thing up! Instead of noting that your thoughts were simply not backed up in any way whatsoever, and that you seem to be saying loud boisterous things just to stir up shit, you take personal insult to you as a person out of nowhere. Your score-lowering and big arrogant talk screaming in the completely wrong direction comes off as immature, ill-informed, and overall just badly worded as a whole. Are the views invalid? Hell if I know, they're never explained, because you're too busy nailing yourself to a fucking cross.

  • @Secret Fawful said: No I haven't. I'd like to see you prove it or are you just assuming I don't based on my opinion of this one film like all the other pretentious pricks?

    You know, you remind me of the Nostalgia Critic in that he knows half his shit but fills in the rest with pseudo logic. The only difference between you and him is that he knows how to presents his ideas and he does it only for show. I mean, pfft, I guess you might be doing it all for show for all that matters. I don't know. You come off as constantly having something to prove to people without actually providing what you want to prove other than "I'm right you're wrong and stupid along with it".

    The very fact that you downed your score just because of RD's post shows that you have a certain level of immaturity and mind set that you are the best that prevents you from forming constructive conversation. I like MGrant's post. It was thoughtful and constructive to the conversation, even if I didn't agree with her opinion. You, on the other hand, have this ongoing issue of antagonizing anyone who doesn't agree with you and making yourself out to be some sort of martyr.

    I'll be perfectly honest. My post was only half serious in itself and was honestly just joking around. In the end it came off as being a serious antagonistic post and for that I apologize. I will not lie, I also have some of the issues stated above that needs to be tended to. I pledge to be better at this. That doesn't change any of the above statements, as I do feel this needed addressing.

    This sort of attitude really does hurt community moral and consistently doing it only encourages more people to do so until all we do is fling poop at each other and never get anything done.

    Also, Avi's right. My mom taught me when I was little that when I was to observe art, I could do it on two levels: whether I liked based on face value or to pick it apart on a technical standpoint. She said that the second one was more important. Many folk I've spoken with have complained that the latter takes all joy away from the piece. Quite the contrary. There's no greater personal joy than figuring out how something works, in my opinion. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. I don't necessarily have to like Citizen Kane on a face to face value in order to enjoy picking it apart and figuring out what's good about it.

    and before anyone says anything, im a complete amateur when it comes to art and i don't claim to be a know-all individual when it comes to such.

  • Martyr complex? Stirring up shit? Didn't explain my reasons at all? Immature? Pseudo logic? Unable to form constructive criticism? Hurting the community? Illogical? All for show? Flower child? What the shitting hell?

    How in the hell am I supposed to reply to that? How am I not supposed to be even a little bit insulted by that? How am I not supposed to feel ganged up on? How am I not to feel that that's getting a bit personal?

    What..I...What would you have me do? Not say what I honestly think?

    It's my fault? I don't like Citizen Kane. How many ways can I explain that? How many reasons can I give to satisfy? That I didn't enjoy the movie? That it was a film about a man and supporting characters I cared nothing for? Isn't that enough? Should I have never said it in the first place? This topic was made so people could rate movies. How is it fair that you so vehemently oppose mine, and then blame that and everything that comes from it on me? This isn't about being a martyr. It's about being entitled to my opinion. It's about defending my opinion. If I didn't respect you or I thought you were stupid, I wouldn't pay any attention to what you're saying. I didn't post my rating to stir up shit. To me Citizen Kane is just a movie, like any other. It can be viewed, evaluated, studied, loved, or hated. To you guys its something more apparently. I've respected your opinions on that much. So goddammit why can't you respect mine.

    And taking the points all the way down to one had a specific point. There was a specific reason. It was because of your unreasonability. Because as soon as this film was brought up the lions are at my door and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth no matter what it is, so much to the point that it brought me to complete hatred of the film itself. My original score was thought out-

    Six points-

    1. I didn't enjoy the film overall
    2. I didn't like Kane or care about Kane
    3. I didn't like or care about the supporting characters
    4. I didn't care about the meaning of the words Rosebud, partially because it had been spoiled for me long ago
    5. The movie as a whole left no lasting impression on me and I felt no personal connection to it.
    6. I had no desire after the film was over to see it again.

    The five points for why I liked it.

    1. Excellent atmosphere and art design
    2. Excellent acting
    3. The first half of the movie was actually interesting, even though it went downhill.
    4. Excellent music
    5. Excellent directing and cinematography

    Is that enough for you vultures?

  • Hey

    the last movie that i watched was toy story 3

  • What happened to this topic?
    Is this Hill Valley or Hell?

  • I loved watching all kinds of movies

  • @Origami said: What happened to this topic?

    Opinions.

  • @Origami said: Is this Hill Valley or Hell?

    Why would it be Hill Valley in the first place?

  • @Secret Fawful said: Martyr complex? Stirring up shit? Didn't explain my reasons at all? Immature? Pseudo logic? Unable to form constructive criticism? Hurting the community? Illogical? All for show? Flower child? What the shitting hell?


    Well, yeah, now that you've fussed about it. Maybe the reaction was a bit exaggerated, but only because what I got back seemed so out of line with what I'd actually said.

    How in the hell am I supposed to reply to that? How am I not supposed to be even a little bit insulted by that? How am I not supposed to feel ganged up on? How am I not to feel that that's getting a bit personal?


    I'm sorry if you feel personally attacked as a human being. I might have challenged your viewpoint, challenged the manner in which you expressed it, and challenged any extraneous assumptions that you may have made, and your somewhat arrogant behavior following your original post(not the review itself), but if I ever attacked you as a person then I would like to take the opportunity to extend an apology. Sincerely, I would.

    What..I...What would you have me do? Not say what I honestly think?


    No, I'd have you at least explain controversial opinions, though. It seems like everyone should give themselves a proper explanation and evaluation of their own opinions, and it's best for others if you provide it is well. I don't like threads that are just thumbs up and/or thumbs down, yes or no, etc, and if we're going to do a list of reactions I'd like them to be at least well thought-out and expressed.

    If I didn't respect you or I thought you were stupid, I wouldn't pay any attention to what you're saying. I didn't post my rating to stir up shit. To me Citizen Kane is just a movie, like any other. It can be viewed, evaluated, studied, loved, or hated. To you guys its something more apparently. I've respected your opinions on that much. So goddammit why can't you respect mine.


    I'm cutting out some stuff, hope you don't mind, but I think this gets to the crux of everything you're saying: I don't disrespect the idea of disliking Citizen Kane so much as I dislike the idea of going into a movie rating thread and saying, of one of the most critically acclaimed, innovative, and culturally signifigant films especially, "45%, fail, don't like it". A three short-sentence blurb comes off really arrogant and antagonistic, especially due to the context of the thing, whether or not it was intended.

    And taking the points all the way down to one had a specific point. There was a specific reason. It was because of your unreasonability. Because as soon as this film was brought up the lions are at my door and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth no matter what it is, so much to the point that it brought me to complete hatred of the film itself. My original score was thought out-


    I don't remember sending any lions. Must've been someone else. Sorry for the confusion.

    Six points-

    1. I didn't enjoy the film overall
    2. I didn't like Kane or care about Kane
    3. I didn't like or care about the supporting characters
    4. I didn't care about the meaning of the words Rosebud, partially because it had been spoiled for me long ago
    5. The movie as a whole left no lasting impression on me and I felt no personal connection to it.
    6. I had no desire after the film was over to see it again.

    The five points for why I liked it.

    1. Excellent atmosphere and art design
    2. Excellent acting
    3. The first half of the movie was actually interesting, even though it went downhill.
    4. Excellent music
    5. Excellent directing and cinematography

    Is that enough for you vultures?


    Well, actually, yes. I feel like, when watching it, you missed the point, and I feel like I disagree with the way you score and evaluate things, but that's fine too.

    I dunno if "vulture" is an accurate descriptor, but I'll go with it. Vultures are pretty cool and efficient little critters, really. I assume you were going more for the "circling and watching for weakness/death" thing, which would go with the victim theme, though generally the vulture actually is generally going to consume something taken down by an entirely disparate force(even internal ones, like certain neurosis that require a person to be a constant victim of some sort of universal abuse).

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