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Post  Hayden_Bloom on Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:30 pm

Very much in the same vein as the Music Hurdles thread, are there any films or directors etc that you just cannot get into?
My big one is Documentaries. I enjoyed Waltz With Bashir and 30 Century Man, but I find myself unable to be drawn in as much into a collection of clips and talking heads as I am into fictional stories.
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Post  Jakob on Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:35 pm

I have to force myself to watch Westerns. Often I thank myself for doing it, but the thought of watching one is entirely unappealing. The genre "feels" lame to me.

As far as directors go, though I used to love his films, Tim Burton gives me more and more of a geeky meh feeling. And I'd need some coaxing to watch another Sophia Coppola or Gus Van Zandt film. Not a "nerd" hurdle with them, more a "vacuous art" hurdle.

My top two actor hurdles would be Will Smith and Brendan Frazer.
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Post  Marius on Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:59 pm

Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey movies.
Prison films.
Gangster films.
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Post  cohnee on Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:56 pm

Oh definitely gangster films. I just find nothing appealing about the idea of watching gangsters or trying to emphasise with them, given that what they do is feed off the worst off in society and act like a punch of pricks.

"You talking to me?" No you self centred prick.

That said I did enjoy Goodfellas.
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Post  kumarhk on Fri May 01, 2009 12:42 am

Jakob wrote:and Brendan Frazer.
The perfect film to break that hurdle is George of the Jungle. Or maybe that's just my nostalgia speaking.

Oh, and it's Fraser.
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Post  Mandi on Fri May 01, 2009 8:07 am

kumarhk wrote:
Jakob wrote:and Brendan Frazer.
Oh, and it's Fraser.

I can feel Kumar's 'Jakob was wrong again' glee.
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Post  Mekka on Fri May 01, 2009 8:13 am

I also hate Westerns. I have only ever enjoyed one, High Noon. That may be because it wasn't a John Wayne film. I have now stopped watching Westerns completely. The line "You'll love Unforgiven" still rings in my ears. I can't stand Eastwood and I can't stand Westerns yet people still said I would enjoy Unforgiven. They were wrong.
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Post  JonnyBoy on Fri May 01, 2009 8:33 am

I've said it before in another thread, its short films that are a hurdle for me. We all know of Tristan Ofield, and when he posted a link to his new short, my hurdle got in the way and I fell face first into it. I lasted about a minute and a half before I switched it off. Just couldn't watch it.

I think I have an aversion to Bergman as well. Anything that is far left, just can't get into it. And I'd consider my film tastes, centre-left, just can't hurdle what I think will be pretentious tosh.
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Post  kumarhk on Fri May 01, 2009 10:37 am

JonnyBoy wrote:I've said it before in another thread, its short films that are a hurdle for me. We all know of Tristan Ofield, and when he posted a link to his new short, my hurdle got in the way and I fell face first into it. I lasted about a minute and a half before I switched it off. Just couldn't watch it.
I had that hurdle, but I started getting into them with Christopher Nolan's short Doodlebug. Now, I take all the short films I can get.

Try Doodlebug (you can find it at YouTube) or Neighbours (http://nfb.ca/film/neighbours_voisins/).
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Post  Roundapanda on Fri May 01, 2009 12:42 pm

*Sigh* Tarantino. His films infuriate me
I don't know why. I've sat through atleast half of Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Death Proof and just ended up scowling, muttering "Fucking Tarantino" under my breath and having to restrain myself from kicking the telly
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Post  Hayden_Bloom on Sat May 02, 2009 2:59 pm

Thats because Kill Bill and Deathproof are both wank. Watch Jackie Brown, its his most grown up film by far. Theres none of the 'cool' dialogue or the over the top violence, its just a great love story.
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Post  Roundapanda on Sat May 02, 2009 3:02 pm

Hayden_Bloom wrote:Thats because Kill Bill and Deathproof are both wank. Watch Jackie Brown, its his most grown up film by far. Theres none of the 'cool' dialogue or the over the top violence, its just a great love story.

The "cool" dialogue makes me sick Evil or Very Mad
I have nightmares in which I'm a proffesional writer and everyon is comparing my latest film to Tarantino affraid

I'll give Jackie Brown a look though
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Post  Marius on Sat May 02, 2009 3:14 pm

I fell asleep during Jackie Brown. Mad
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Post  kumarhk on Sat May 02, 2009 11:37 pm

Marius wrote:I fell asleep during Jackie Brown. Mad
I fell asleep during Kill Bill Laughing
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Post  Hayden_Bloom on Sun May 03, 2009 7:18 am

Heathens the lot of you!
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Post  GAB on Mon May 04, 2009 8:58 pm

I have a few film hurdles. Thankfully, it's not many, but they tend to be rather popular.

Superheroes - I've not hurdled this one. I didn't see The Dark Knight, even though I thought Batman Begins was fine. The whole genre is just meh for me.

Slasher horror, especially of the revenge variety. I didn't like Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring, and I certainly don't think Wes Craven improved things with The Last House on the Left. I saw the humor in John Carpenter's Halloween, but I didn't make it all the way through Friday the 13th or Nighmare on Elm Street ... and I certainly didn't get close to watching a sequel. Scared? No, but I was bored.

James Bond. Casino Royale almost did the trick, but Quantam of Solace un-did it. These are the only Bond films I've seen since Never Say Never Again. I'm more likely to watch a Matt Helm movie because no one hates you when you laugh at those.

Michael Haneke. He seems to be the darling of the international left field right now. I've got a barrier. I've seen Cache and Code Unknown. I was not blown away, but I was not disappointed either. The trouble is that I don't like home invasion movies and I'm not partial to heavy-handed dogmatic preachiness ... so where do I go from here if I'm going to give Haneke another shot?
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Post  kumarhk on Tue May 05, 2009 4:07 am

GAB wrote:Michael Haneke. He seems to be the darling of the international left field right now. I've got a barrier. I've seen Cache and Code Unknown. I was not blown away, but I was not disappointed either. The trouble is that I don't like home invasion movies and I'm not partial to heavy-handed dogmatic preachiness ... so where do I go from here if I'm going to give Haneke another shot?
Try Time of the Wolf. It's unlike almost anything else he has done in some ways (you'll understand what I mean if/when you see it), but you can tell it is a trademark Haneke film from the way it is made. And, in my opinion, it's his best work yet.
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Post  Jakob on Tue May 05, 2009 7:45 am

I love how GAB included Bergman in the ssher genre. I hadn't seen that done before. But, you know, he's totally on to something. Was the Virgin Spring the template for all slashers? In a sort of roundabout way, I mean. In a downhill, diminishing returns, where you end-up with Summer Deathcamp XII: The New New Beginning Reborn at the bottom?
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Post  GAB on Tue May 05, 2009 1:49 pm

Ingmar Bergman's Varg Vic, re-set from the Australian outback into the Farao Islands!
affraid
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Post  mediasaurusrex on Tue May 05, 2009 5:46 pm

Perhaps I am on the wrong side of the Internet for this, but Harry Potter movies are unhurdleable for me.

That goes for the books too.
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Post  Jakob on Tue May 05, 2009 5:55 pm

I could be with you. I'm beginning to regret my pledge to give them the old Hogwarts College try this summer. No matter what Yoda says, "try" might be the best I can muster.
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Post  Roundapanda on Tue May 05, 2009 6:00 pm

Jakob wrote:I could be with you. I'm beginning to regret my pledge to give them the old Hogwarts College try this summer. No matter what Yoda says, "try" might be the best I can muster.

my eyes are narrowed in your general direction... and so are Kumar's
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Post  Jakob on Tue May 05, 2009 6:01 pm

I think it's not his eyes but his sights that are narrowing.
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Post  Tony on Tue May 05, 2009 6:22 pm

I have found the Harry Potter books and movies to be fun, charming, and increasingly dark. JKR has done a decent job of mutating it from kiddie-school fantasy to a greyish-dark good vs evil story over the 7 stories. Admitedly, the first half or so of "Deathly Hallows" drags on a bit (get them out of that dull forest, for Dumbledore's sake!), but there's a nice payoff at the end. Then again, I'm a sap who has always been drawn to worlds I'd rather be a part of than this one. Crucio, Jakob! Like a Star @ heaven
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Post  Tony on Tue May 05, 2009 6:25 pm

Regardless of any hesitancy, I think you'll find Alan Rickman as Snape is pretty darn well awesome!
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