Movies that were way better than you expected

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  1. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni Thread Starter

    There’s nothing better than a movie that totally exceeds your expectation. It simply blows you away. It doesn’t have to be a movie that gets high critical praise but simply one that really connected with you.

    There’s been many for me, but the biggest surprise was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I didn’t know what a Monty Python was back when I saw the film. I didn’t know if the movie was going to be a drama or an adventure film or whatever. My dad and I simply saw everything else that was out in the nearby theaters. So imagine my delightful surprise as those crazy credits rolled. My dad had no idea what I was laughing at, and asked me what was so funny. What an amazing fun time I had. I became an instant Python fan and was thrilled to learn about them and watched their show airing on PBS.
  2. Shoehorn with Teeth

    Shoehorn with Teeth Romans 6:23

    Blade Runner 2049

    I went from being vehemently against the idea of a sequel to thinking it's one of the best films of the last ten years. A stunning achievement.
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  3. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni Thread Starter

    I was pleasantly surprised by it. In a lot of ways, it suffered a similiar initial reaction as the original film.
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  4. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    I finally watched Snowden the other night and liked it better than I thought I would.
  5. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    The Phantom Thread.
  6. SteveRes

    SteveRes Forum Resident

    Mad Max Fury Road.

    Being a fanboy of the original trilogy since the 80's I was worried a Gibson-free Mad Max film would suck, but I sat through it on opening night grinning like a Cheshire cat.
  7. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I remember going to see True Romance at the theater for the first time. Thought it would be okay best, but really loved it. The more times a rewatch it, I only like it more. Wasn't expecting that all.
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  8. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni Thread Starter

    I almost made this the movie I talk about in my op. I saw it the last week it was out. I went to a matinee by myself and wasn’t expecting much. It blew me out of the water. I told my wife later that day that it’ll probably get a couple of Oscar noms. She thought I was nuts. Later in the year and the Oscar nominations backed me up. Yes. I did say “I told you so,” to her. :p
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  9. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President

    Kailua, Hawai’i
    Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
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  10. CoryS

    CoryS Forum Resident

    The Matrix

    Seeing this on release, I recall I went in thinking I was just biding my time in anticipation of the first Star Wars prequel.

    As a Keanu Sci-Fi flick, I was prepared another Johnny Pneumonic.

    It was, by a long shot, the better of the two movies that spring of 1999.
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  11. GodShifter

    GodShifter Anhedoniac®

    Dallas, TX, USA
    Rambo (aka John Rambo)

    I thought it would be awful. It wasn’t.
  12. MekkaGodzilla

    MekkaGodzilla Forum Resident

    Westerville, Ohio
    Recent Films:
    Good Time
    The Hunt For The Wilderpeople
    Land of Mine
    My Life as a Zucchini

    The Parent Trap (1998)
  13. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Just watched it for the seventh time after paying to see it four. The gift that keeps on giving and the only film for me that actually gets better each time I see it.
  14. MekkaGodzilla

    MekkaGodzilla Forum Resident

    Westerville, Ohio
  15. talkradio

    talkradio Forum Resident

    Cologne, Germany
    Uncut Gems

    I mean...Adam Sandler. But he was not only tolerable, but actually great here.
  16. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    The Notebook

    I avoided this movie for a long time because all I had heard about it was that many cried their eyes out watching it, but I stumbled across it recently and ended up watching it (Rachel McAdams being in it was a selling point ;) ) and was surprised by how good it was. No, I didn't cry my eyes out LOL, but it was certainly pretty heavy at times.
  17. Linger63

    Linger63 Forum Resident

    I remember blind buying "The Shawshank Redemption" on Laserdisc back in the day.

    One of my better judgement calls..........:D
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  18. Big Jimbo

    Big Jimbo Forum Resident

    Zorro the Gay Blade
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv series surpassed the film)
    Brady Bunch
  19. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni Thread Starter

    Now you’re going to make me want to watch this.
  20. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    I'm with ya 50/50 on that. By the time Roma got around to redeeming itself, I was mostly concentrating on my Cafe Americano at that point. Oddly, although I knew what to expect from "a Tarantino film" by now, it was still a satisfying conclusion.
  21. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    We've been lucky to have a local indie cinema that we've supported since they opened in 2001. So many nights, we would come in, and just look to see which film he hadn't seen yet and buy a ticket sight unseen. The wife doesn't even watch the screen during the trailers. The whole, not only have the films been better than we expected, but...the percentage of the films have been way better than we expected!
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  22. charlie W

    charlie W EMA Level 8

    San Antonio
    Ford vs Ferrari.
  23. Baroque

    Baroque Forum Resident

    Exorcist 3. I remember renting this quite a few years ago expecting a night of derisive snickering. Though not a horror classic I was immediately pulled in by the performances and the gritty direction... and of course a scare scene to end all scare scenes.
  24. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    guardians of the galaxy vol. 2
  25. fretter

    fretter Forum Resident

    Sure, it's tacky 80s, but it was entertaining:

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