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Which movie did you turn off within 15 minutes?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Speedmaster, Feb 6, 2021.

  1. SBurke

    SBurke Nostalgia Junkie

    Philadelphia, PA
    "Event Horizon." Was watching it by myself and shut it off. I later put it on with my brother and we watched the whole thing.

    I made the right call the first time.
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  2. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    The "Evil Dead" sequel??? Why did you hate it so much?
  3. BrentB

    BrentB Urban Angler

    Midwestern US
    Recently (was actually about 40 minutes) was Shudder Island. To me it was way too cliched and predictable and ultimately tried too hard and I became disinterested.
  4. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    I can't stand Bruce Campbell, and AoD's first few minutes has multiples of him.
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  5. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Did you hate the 1st 2 "Evil Dead" movies as well? Had you already seen them when you went into "AoD"?

    I actually viewed the trilogy backwards: I saw "AoD" and then "ED2" and then "ED".

    I loved "AoD"!
  6. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    I thought the first one was pretty good. I liked the "a bunch of friends make their own horror movie" feel of it.

    The second one seemed unnecessary. It was also slicker and mostly lacking in the qualities that appealed to me in the first. Worst was that Bruce Campbell started emoting like someone had told him he was the funniest and most talented guy around, and he believed it.

    When I started in on the third film, it looked like the things I disliked about Campbell were going to be there again in spades, so I made an early escape.

    I should add that back then I was the movie critic for a major newspaper in Manila and I was getting free movie passes, so I didn't think anything of walking out on movies that seemed to be a waste of time. I have a lot more patience now; however, re-viewing AoD is very low on my to-do list. :D
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  7. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Sheik Madeir

    Hampshire, UK
    I've tried watching Snatch, on 2 different occasions.
  8. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Because I belong to AMC's "A-List" program, movies are "free" in the sense that I prepaid for up to 3 movies a week, so it costs me $0.00 to attend any specific film.

    As such, it opens me up to movies I otherwise would skip because there's no monetary "risk" involved.

    For instance, I'm seeing the already-maligned "Tom and Jerry" today, and since it's under A-List, I already paid for it in a sense so there's no "oh man, I dropped $12 for this thing!" feeling.

    I still am reluctant to bail early! Too many movies I've disliked at the start and warmed up to eventually! :shrug:
  9. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Because I usually have to request copies of the DVDs/Blu-rays I review from the studios, I shouldn't bail because I've obligated myself to watch the whole thing and write about it.

    However, IIRC I did give up on "Tree of Life" fairly quickly when it first hit Blu-ray.

    I think I made it more like 30 minutes vs. 15 minutes, but eventually I just thought that I couldn't stand to deal with it any longer.

    I eventually did watch - and review - the whole thing years later, though!
  10. Nakamichi

    Nakamichi The iceage is coming....

    Why didn't you like it?
  11. normanr

    normanr Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Kill List. My wife was out and I was in the mood for one of those dark, stressful films that she doesn't like but I just couldn't get into it.

    I did like Uncut Gems a lot, but then I also loved Crazy Rich Asians.
  12. JohnBeas

    JohnBeas Forum Resident

    "Natural Born Killers" was one of the few movies that I just couldn't continue to watch. I like the actors and director but I just didn't like anything about it. Its been years since I tried to watch it so its hard to put into words what I found so offensive - I just know that (for me) it was beyond what I was willing to endure.

    FACE OF BOE Forum Resident

    Just to be sure, are you talking about the first Star Wars movie released in 1977 or Star Wars: Episode I released in 1999? If it’s the latter then totally sympathise.
  14. ILovethebassclarinet

    ILovethebassclarinet Forum Resident

    East Lansing, MI
    The first, from 1977; I tried watching it c. 1983, when it was on broadcast TV for the first time. Maybe it's because I was already long past being "a kid" then, I would have been about 30 years old. 'I'm sure glad I didn't go to a theatre and pay money to see that...' Once was enough; never tried seeing another.
    C. 1999, I did get dragged to an interminably long Star Trek movie by my then gf; I was never a fan of that (Star Trek) either, but I did see the whole movie, she was into it.
  15. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    whatever that god awful remake of "la femme nikita" was called ..... point of no return? or something like that .... i had an immediate allergic reaction to it lol ..... and im actually pretty tolerant most of the time in regards to being able to sit thru something
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  16. Scowl

    Scowl Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Whiplash. J.K. Simmons is a violent psychopath instructor at a conservatory full of frightened spineless students who are adults but act like abused children. Any student with half a brain would have said, "I'm outta here" but for some reason they stick around to take more abuse. Simmons is totally over the top and no school would have kept this lawsuit time bomb.

    Buddy Rich was well known for being verbally abusive to his students like this but it's also well known that his students didn't care what he said and even made fun of the old man behind his back. Now that would have been a better movie.
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  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Hook with Robin Williams...horrible...literally that is the only one ever IIRC...I may have done others but they escape me...
  18. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    HBO Max has 2 versions, original from 1976 clocks 2:14 and the 1978 director's cut is 1:49.
  19. Brenald79

    Brenald79 Forum Resident

    If you’ve been following the endless sports sexual and hazing scandals you’d know that Whiplash is a very realistic movie. And from what myself and many people I know experienced first hand with psychopath coaches and teachers it’s a very realistic movie. It’s not as simple as "I'm outta here” lol.
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  20. woody

    woody Forum Resident

    charleston, sc
    That’s good to know. Maybe I’ll try the director’s cut.
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  21. Scowl

    Scowl Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    People report these things now. This wasn't a movie about long ago.

    Famous jazz musicians who went to conservatories watched the film and thought it was ridiculous. Yeah, they got yelled at but no teacher was insane enough to criminally assault a student.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2021
  22. geetar_await

    geetar_await Accepting custom title suggestions.

    I've only liked Robin Williams in 2 films - Patch Adams & Good Will Hunting. I much prefer his live comedy sketches.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2021
  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    ....loved Patch Adams!
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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    damn I love that movie...especial Brad Pitt and of course Jason...we even get Morgan from the Walking Deads...the movie is a blast.
  25. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    "GWH" is a very good movie, but "Patch Adams" is an atrocity.

    Of Williams' other movies, I liked "Club Paradise" back in the 80s - not sure how it plays now, but it included a good cast and was a funny flick.

    "Dead Poets" works for me, too.

    Some others are entertaining as well, but when Williams went into "sanctimonious mode" - ala his "Patch" character - I couldn't take him!

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