10 Overrated Films: Eddie’s Take

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List compiled by Eddie on 27/06/2014

When reading this list please understand that I am not in any way shape or form saying these below movies are “bad” I am however saying that the way in which they are regarded/rated is overrated.

Overrated films have many reasons for being, those largely being films watched with rose tinted glasses, films that at the time blew people away with some form of trickery and those films that people liked because hey heaps of other people liked it to.

Obviously these choices are extremely opinionated (just like my underrated list) and I am sure that this could easily be someone’s all-time favourite top ten but to me personally these movies represent hype or regard that to me feels undeserved.

For better or worse these are 10 films I feel are unduly classified or rewarded. Happy reading and happy watching!

For Jordan’s overrated take click here

Disclaimer – plot summaries from IMDB.

10. Frozen (2013)

Frozen

IMDB rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%

Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Surf’s Up)

Starring: (Voices of) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

With all the animated gold we as cinema lovers have been treated to it feels wrong that at the time of writing Frozen ranks as one of if not the most successful animated movies of all time. With a cookie cutter story, a reliance on songs to keep things ticking over and a pretty yet not spectacular CGI animation job, Frozen has ridden an overbearing wave of hype to a billion dollars’ worth of fortune and public love that once the ice melts will be all but forgotten about.

9. The Evil Dead (1981)

Evil Dead

IMDB rating: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

Directed by: Sam Raimi (Spider-Man)

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Betsy Baker

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Perhaps casting my mateship with Jordan in the fire with this call I can’t leave out The Evil Dead. No doubt a movie that has merits with its low budget filmmaking and commitment to the cause the film is also looked upon to kindly in today’s modern age when what we have is a slight and shock value filled tale that remains an overrated piece of horror entertainment.

8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters

IMDB rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%

Directed by: Steven Spielberg (Minority Report)

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Balaban, Terri Garr

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

A long winded, over the top and actually quite lame tale from the bearded master, Close Encounters represents one of Spielberg’s most overrated ventures. With a few stand out scenes and some nice classic imagery, Close still doesn’t come close to matching more entertaining and in many ways more thoughtful Spielberg Sci-Fi’s A.I and Minority Report.

7. Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo

IMDB rating: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds)

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

I can sense the hate already as it’s not often one gets the chance to bring down for a second a Hitchcock film. In the form of the masters Vertigo we have without a doubt his most over played and ridiculously over hyped thrillers that upon release was rightfully talked down by many an esteemed critic. Over time film buffs of all shapes and sizes from the world over have talked this film into becoming one of the most frequently named number 1 films of all time, a title that is so horribly wrong it would make Hitch himself turn in his grave.

6. Inception (2010)

Inception

IMDB rating: 8.8, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%

Directed by: Christopher Nolan (Following)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy

A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible.

Please do not get me wrong here; Inception is a quality film with some outstanding set pieces. I myself was a proud campaigner of the film after catching it on opening day yet as the re-watches began to take effect I realised just how many plot holes, pretentious dialogue and over the top aspects of the film shone out. If you watch Inception with a truly keen eye there are many points that showcase this film is undeserving of being ranked so highly above many others, let’s hope (and I do believe) that Interstellar sees Nolan on less high and mighty form.

5. Juno (2007)

Juno

IMDB rating: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

Directed by; Jason Reitman

Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

In a film that just begs you to see how cool, hip and smart it is (a trait of writer Diablo Cody) Juno struck box office and critical gold with a story and script that upon closer examination is all types of annoying and pretentious. Anchored by a self-assured and grating Ellen Page performance, Juno is a film that I will thankfully only ever have to have watched once.

4. Skyfall (2012)

Daniel Craig

IMDB rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%

Directed by: Same Mendes (American Beauty)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Riding an overreaction of good will this Bond venture became the most successful entry in the franchise and how it did so is anybodies guess. With a plot that pilfers some major story arcs of the Dark Knight (just watch Silva as he escape capture like our old friend the Joker) and with a story that acts oh so important to only end up in an overblown and predictable finale this moody James Bond is a double agent trip that rode a motorcycle of good will to underserved glories.

3. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now

IMDB rating: 8.5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne

During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

No doubt many will think I am as crazy as Colonel Kurtz himself for calling out this film as overrated but bear with me for a minute. Many astute and well respected film lovers have heaped all manners of praise and importance on this film that I think many do not dare stop and think for a minute is this undeniably well-made film (no one can question the effort put into the making of this film) is a slight bit overrated. To me the film is a journey that is quality but a journey that in no way represents the quintessential war tale that many seem to befit it and no one likes the smell of overrated in the morning.

2. American Hustle (2013)/Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

A and S

AH – IMDB rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%   SLP – IMDB rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%

Directed by: David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams

AHA con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

SLPAfter a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Alright so this could be considered cheating (or am I just hustling?) but David O. Russell’s two pronged attack in 2012 and 2013 would have to go down as some of the most ridiculously over-hyped movies of the last decade. In Silver Linings we have a film that just tries so hard to be hip and then with Hustle we get a film so self-assured in its own awesomeness that it practically oozes off screen. While Silver Linings was rewarded with some undeserved Oscar love at least the seriously pompous American Hustle walked away empty handed after 10 (that’s right 10!) Oscar nominations.

1. The Artist (2011)

The Artist

IMDB rating: 8, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius (The Search)

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

In an industry caught up in looking back at the good old days this 2011 folly outdid every other and many more deserving films to claim the Best Picture Oscar. In years following The Artist’s strange and over hyped win there has barely been any talk about a film that came, went and disappeared just like the silent movies it so blatantly copied.

How does this list measure up to films you find overrated? Have I missed the mark or am I in the right ball park? Let us know in the comments below!

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100 responses to “10 Overrated Films: Eddie’s Take

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  2. I have to run so I just skimmed this quick and will back for fuller comment(s) later, but I just wanna say that aside from Silver Linings (which I have a big soft spot for given the subject matter if nothing else), I agree with almost every pick on this list: Frozen, Inception, Juno, Skyfall, the Artist, all these films I feel with you the same way. I just can’t get into them no matter how hard I try, and the way fanboys boast about them constantly annoys me to no end.

    Also, I must respect you for having the BALLS to pick Vertigo. It’s on Sight and Sound’s Top 50 Films of All Time at the freaking Numero Uno spot: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/50-greatest-films-all-time

    I actually like Vertigo a lot, but I just give you props for going right for the throat 😀

    • He cheers my man – I like Vertigo but when people call it the best film of all time man that becomes frustrating. Some people get a little blinded by reputation when they come up with those lists. Looks forward to some more analysis later dude and glad you agree on a fair few of them 🙂
      Eddie

  3. I saw the Inception pic and was prepared to go on a rant! But i saw your other selections and theres some great choices. I agree completely with Skyfall and American Hustle. And I hate Juno!

    • Ah man nice to hear haha. I really loved Inception on first watch but over time I really feel it’s a little overhyped and regarded. Juno hate is a great thing, that movie is so amazingly annoying it’s hard to believe it was ever successful.
      Eddie

    • I actually liked Inception more the second time around. I realized the first time I saw it that Leo’s character performed Inception on his wife, but I thought that he planted the thought in her head that she was in love with him. I thought that he picked a girl who rejected him, planted the thought in her head that she was in love with him, and then lived a lie for years. I still like my idea better, but I can accept Inception for what it is, not blame it for not being hwat it should be.

      • There are some great thoughts there guys! I reacted differently the more I watched it the less I liked or appreciated DiCaprio’s character or the part his wife played in the whole caper. The big question is – the end is it a dream or reality?
        Eddie

      • There’s a theory that the spinning top isn’t Leo’s totem. Its actually his wedding ring. In the dream world it isn’t on his finger but is in the real world. hes wearing it at the end when he spins the top 🙂

      • Ah I have heard that before man! Someone discovered that and popped it up on Youtube! I wonder if Nolan or his bro will ever tell us for sure.
        Eddie

  4. I agree that Skyfall is overrated, and it does just pilfer The Dark Knight shamelessly.

    Three of my most overrated films of all time are
    1 Gone With the Wind
    2 The Princess Bride
    3 The Lion King

    • Oh some classics there but fair enough I think, while I enjoy the Princess Bride a lot it is a little sad to see it in top 10’s and lists like that when there are so many better films out there.
      Eddie

  5. I remember being so underwhelmed by “The Artist”. I had just watch Jean Dujardin in his hilarious spy spoofs and was hoping this would be equally funny but…no, it was ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ but without any catchy tunes.

    And I have a fiery hatred of “Juno”. I’m not even sure I actually finished watching it, it just made me so mad. Ugh.

    • I am loving this Juno hate! Bring it on I say I want to hear more words about the nasty little film.

      The Artist is right up there with Shakespeare in Love as one of the worst Best Picture winners.
      Eddie

  6. Interesting list. I agree with some…like Frozen for sure. I have no idea why it was so popular. Skyfall, surprisingly, was the only Daniel Craig Bond that I did like, couldn’t get into Casino Royale, not sure why. The Artist was okay, but again, overrated. Still love Close Encounters and Inception, though 🙂

    • Ah interesting I reckon there is no love for Craig’s Quantum of Solace. Frozen is the biggest surprise in regards to becoming a hit, just came out of no where! I like Close Encounters and Inception but def not the love they get. Cheers for your thoughts Justine 🙂
      Eddie

  7. I definitely agree with American Hustle. I was really looking forward to seeing it after all the hype, but then after watching it I couldn’t work out why it was rated so highly. I like Bale & Cooper, not a big fan of Adams & Law though. I also disliked Juno. The arrogance of Page’s character made me want to throw something at the TV. However, I disagree with Inception – personally I think the hype was right, the film was brilliant but I am a firm believer in “if we all liked the same things, the world would be a boring place”.

    • Great summation of Juno, the actual character was just such a piece of work! You wanted to slap her countless times. Another fan of Inception shows just how popular it is and I can respect that and the fact it’s great to have so many varied thoughts on why something is good or bad 🙂
      Eddie

  8. Totally agree with ‘Inception,’ ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Frozen,’ which is just average in my opinion! ‘The Evil Dead’ however is still a masterpiece, that final act is outrageous, they clearly don’t make scenes like that anymore!

    • Mr. Movie stoked you agree on those 3 though man and I know Jordan is with you on Dead. I might have to give it another go and while I enjoy it I just think it gets a little to much kudos.
      Eddie

  9. If I’m honest I’m rather disappointed with your list. It’s not so much that I would take issue with some of your choices (though I do); it’s more that in several cases it’s not really clear why you think they’re overrated. Let’s just take one example from your list – Apocalypse Now. You say this “in no way represents the quintessential war tale”. There are three problems with that statement. Firstly, does Coppola actually claim that it does represent the quintessential war tale? Secondly, what are your reasons for thinking it doesn’t? Third, so what if it doesn’t represent the quintessential war tale? Surely the greatness of a film doesn’t depend on it being a typical example of its genre? For my own part, I would be amazed if Coppola had claimed Apocalypse Now to be the “quintessential” war tale. It clearly isn’t, but who cares? The film has to be evaluated on its own terms, rather than in relation to other war films; and I would suggest that this is not so much a war film as a story that happens to be located in a war. IMO one of (if not THE) greatest war films is The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. However, that’s not even a quintessential war film. Most war films are either about the heroism of individuals under combat or they are about the awfulness of fighting. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is neither – it’s a character study of a soldier over the course of his lifespan, and we never even see our protagonist engaged in combat.

    Apocalypse Now, like so many great films, is a film of poetry rather than prose, presenting the viewer with some outstanding images but leaving them to create their own interpretations rather than telling them what it’s all about. The match of music to image is also wonderful. Apocalypse Now has a sly dig at filmmaking itself, in the form of Dennis Hopper’s crazed photographer who tells the invading soldiers not to look at the camera.

    I would also suggest that the positive reevaluation of Vertigo since its release is spot on. This too is a film that indirectly comments on the artifice of moviemaking in the way that James Stewart remodels Kim Novak’s character. It is also brave in depicting a mental breakdown in the leading man, a story element that would still be unusual nowadays. It is also brave in depicting the bullying obsessive behaviour of the leading man.

    I could comment on most of your choices, but much of the time I would be asking “overrated in relation to what?” However, in the specific instance of Close Encounters you state that – at least – this film is overrated in relation to AI and Minority Report. To which all I can say is “You can’t be serious?” AI is OK, and Minority Report is very good, but whatever weaknesses Close Encounters has the sheer impact of the film outweighs these. Impact matters. Minority Report is a splendid film, but in no way does it have the same visceral impact of Close Encounters!

    • Mate all I can say is that they are some pretty intense thoughts and despite disagreeing with each other I thank you for them.

      In an over-arching statement I would say all these choices are just a really personnel opinion. So if we spoke about Apocalypse Now as the example I will explain in more detail.

      You read so many things about Apocalypse Now – it is ranked #44 on the IMDB top 250, it’s ranked by AFI as the 28th best movie of all time ect ect so when I personally watched it I felt all those accolades were not right, therefore overrated in my opinion. It’s a 4 star film no doubt maybe even a 4 and a half depending on which version you watch.

      The statement concerning “quintessential” is a mere observation. I know many film fans that asked to pick one war film would pick Apocalypse Now as there first choice therefore in regards to the wording of quintessential it would be suffice to say that.

      Without going into detail on any of the other picks mate, it as stated in the opening of the article just a taste of me personally. Bar Juno I don’t think any of these movies are actually “bad” just when you hear some people talk about them, when you see them awarded or on best of lists it doesn’t sit well with me.

      Again thanks for your thoughts and I look forward to more movie related discussions in the future!

      P.S – I will always back in A.I as a fantastic and thought provoking SCI – Fi and Minority Report is a great example of the genre being fun yet also intriguing.

      Eddie

      • If the popular vote in IMDB is the yardstick, then I guess I’d be more inclined to agree with you about some of these films! I mean, The Shawshank Redemption appears in Number One spot – a good film, but about a million miles from being the best film ever! Whether or not Apocalypse Now! deserves to be ranked at #44 I’m not sure, but when I’ve seen all the films that have ever been made I’ll let you know! 🙂

      • That’s it mate almost all films could be considered overrated in some form or another, if only we could watch every film then we could make a judgement call haha.
        Eddie

  10. I can understand your dislike of The Artist or Vertigo. The Artist like Gravity is something you really need to see in theaters. Once I rewatched it at home. The effect was lost and it wasnt that goodI will urge you to watch the Documentary Heart Of Darkness: A filmmaker’s apocalypse. It will make you appreciate Apocalypse Now a little bit more. I wil fully agree with you on American Hustle. Not sure how that got so many nominations. I cant hate on Juno because Diablo Cody was once from MN and she used to be a stripper. SHe’s got me visting clubs trying to find the next great writer. Laters.

    • Hey Vern – Heart of Darkness is a doco I have always wanted to see and Jordan is a big fan of it. I don’t really dislike Vertigo or the Artist but I can’t back down from them being overrated. Not a bad gig there mate searching for the new Cody 😉 I’m sure that’s a job you’d do for free.
      Eddie

  11. Good list. I liked a lot of these, but I can definitely see how they’re overrated, especially The Artist. Hollywood has an obsession with movies about itself, and the Artist might be the worst example of that. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t deserve the love it got. Juno was so pretentious, and I think David O. Russell would be better if he let someone else do the editing for him.

    • Great way of putting it mate – Hollywood does love films that pat it on the back which is what the Artist did in many ways or just copied old black and white movie treatments. Good point on Russell as well his films seem to waft in there own awesomeness way to much.
      Eddie

  12. Something I think a lot of people purposefully overlook in regard to Inception is its serious lack of interesting, quality characters. To me, the only interesting character in the film with any depth to him is DiCaprio’s protagonist. Every one else (including fan fav’s JG Levitt and Tom Hardy) has absolutely NO character. They are just generic “members of Leo’s team.” They never develop or are fleshed out in any way. This is one reason why I didn’t understand why people were excited about Hardy playing Bane in TDKR by referencing his performance in Inception — he didn’t have any character to play, he just punched people a lot! Sure he looked cool, but he didn’t have any opportunity to play with his character or show off his acting potential.

    Ellen Page’s typically annoying “hip” and “witty” performance doesn’t count as a good character either. The ONLY reason she is in the movie at all is so Leo has someone to explain the (totally nonsensical) plot mechanics to. In the final mission of the movie I kept wishing for her to just be quiet and wondered why she was still present in the story, always hovering off to one side offering her oh-so-clever quippy commentary on the story’s goings-on. “Wait, WHOSE subconscious are we going into again?” –SHUT UP, ELLEN!

    • Man I love it! Some very interesting points raised there with valid backing up. Page has an incredibly ability to be annoying in anything she appears in, I think the only time I dug her was in the ps3 game Beyond Two Souls ha.
      Eddie

    • Haha Booth nice to hear man. I reckon both Jordan and I would love to see you tackle an overrated list it’s a pretty tricky proposition. Speaking on other things keep an eye out for Jordan’s Rover take some time today/tonight I reckon.
      Eddie

      • I’ve been thinking about doing it just so you guys get a chance to shoot some of my choices down. Fair is fair. I’m excited to hear about the rover. Its my film of the year so far.

      • Nah all good man healthy discussion is always sweet and it’s pretty interesting seeing what people see as overrated. I to am excited to hear mate as you know I have been hanging to see it.
        Eddie

  13. I think Gravity should be up there! Great effects, an unbelievable story line which us absurd and a very weak and unbelievable performance from Clooney. I saw the oscars come in with gritted teeth.

  14. Oh that was a tough list to get through without shouting at my mac screen 🙂 Seriously though, definitely agree with Juno, Apocalypse Now and Skyfall. Don’t agree with Inception however. Wheres Empire Strikes Back? Hehehe

  15. Love your list Eddie!! Couldn’t agree more with pretty much every single choice, especially with The Artist! I never understood why it was such a big deal, black and white – silent films where the only films that existed 70-80 years ago, so The Artist was not that of a breakthrough! However, the performances were great!
    Great list!! 🙂

  16. Hey Eddie!

    I really like this list, solid entries. However, I must admit that I am a big fan of Inception, repeat viewings and all 🙂

    As for American Hustle? JEESH that was a bit much!

  17. Movies like Juno and SLP would only resonate if the audience has experienced it themselves, either personally or as a third-party. So, I have to disagree with those two – albeit slightly -, but I agree with the rest wholeheartedly. Oddly, I found your list to be more agreeable than Jordan’s hah.

  18. I agree on The Evil Dead and Inception, Eddie. I would like to add The Hurt Locker too into the list hahaha.

  19. So glad to see skyfall in that list. Would definitely make mine too!

    A lot of your other choices I haven’t seen, but props for going in with some honest thoughts on your picks.

    Sometimes you gotta say it how you see it.

    P.s. tree of life definitely makes my list

      • Pretty sure I dozed off during the interminable action scene at the end. I keep waiting for a Bond film that’s going to change my mind about the franchise being an anachronistic, sexist cliché that needs to be retired.

  20. I agree most with Frozen. While it wasn’t an outright horrible movie, I was thoroughly unimpressed by it, especially since even Disney made better movies in my opinion. I also called bull$hit when it won the Oscar for best animated feature. Why? Because the voters didn’t even see Miyazaki Hayao’s entry The Wind Rises.

      • More than being a Joker knock-off, I felt Silva in Skyfall was actually a recycled Agent 006 from the Bond series’ own GoldenEye. Despite that, Skyfall was a movie I personally enjoyed a lot largely because of Sam Mendes’ direction.

  21. Some great talking points here Eddie. Though I am a big fan of David O. Russell’s recent work, in hindsight I do agree that certainly American Hustle is overrated. Juno too, I remember watching that a while back and enjoying it, but not being blown away. Must disagree on Inception though, for me Nolan’s flick is a trend-setter for summer blockbusters! Excellent work mate.

    Adam.

  22. Have to agree with 2, 5 ,8, & 10 which are overrated hardcore. But have to disagree on Inception, I’ve seen this film 5 times and each is better than the last.

    • Cheers for the comment mate, I reacted differently to Inception, saw it twice at the cinema and then each subsequent watch later on made me like it less.
      Eddie

  23. Glad Skyfall is on here. I loved it the first time and thought it was the best Bond movie ever but then second time could hardly finish it. Only ones I slightly disagree with is Silver Linings Playbook and Inception but I’m sure that just personal opinion (also highly looking forward to Interstellar)

  24. Certainly agree with Skyfall, not so much American Hustle and Apocalypse Now…enjoyed both of those movies. Good list though.

  25. A wholehearted nod on this list. With frozen you had me and Inception nailed its tail to the door, hammering it in with Silver Linings. Reminds of Oscar Wilde’s quote:
    “Everything Popular is Wrong.” Well, if not everything at least Nolan movies , Dark Knight Rises I’d add perhaps.

  26. Yeah Frozen – still, I get it, because it is the perfect example of how you can take the exact same elements you have already used, rearrange them slightly and tadah, everyone falls for it.
    Vertigo is really boring in places… and the bit where Jimmy Stewart hangs off the roof and does his bit of vertigo acting still makes me laugh every time.

  27. Eddie, I agree with Frozen and that’s about it. I can see how you wouldn’t like Close Encounters or Vertigo because they have long middles and the music grates/stimulates. I very much liked American Hustle, but I thought the plot rather mundane and the acting overly done. Inception was exciting, intellectual and mind-bending. I had fewer issues with your list than Jordan’s.

  28. Can you think something is over-rated that you haven’t seen? There’s a couple films that have been so talked up that I consider them over-rated and cannot muster the desire to actually see them. I have been thinking of my own list and realized I haven’t actually seen a few of the ones that come to mind… Using good movie reviewer ethics, not sure if I can include those.

    • I reckon you can Keith, I know exactly what you mean. Some films get over hyped beyond what is right and no matter how much you like it it still can’t live up to the high standard it has set.
      Eddie

  29. I do agree with your putting EVIL DEAD on this list, despite loving the movie myself. When people speak of EVIL DEAD, they continuously reference EVIL DEAD II instead, which shows to me that many people have high regard for a movie that they don’t really even know (people complained about all the humor missing in the remake of their beloved movie when the first one did not INTEND to be funny).

    • I have yet to see Evil Dead 2 actually mate, not sure I really want to if I was being honest but I have heard some quality things about it and Army of Darkness.
      Eddie

  30. I don’t agree with some of these (Apocalypse Now mainly) but I’m with you 100% on The Evil Dead. I can appreciate for the reasons everyone tells you too – first of its kind, low budget, impressive effects work etc- but find it to be a very monotonous, gooey and dull movie. The whole thing is flat and I’ve never understood the hype.

    I’ve said this to people before who told me to watch Evil Dead 2 because it’s so much better, but it’s basically the same on a bigger scale and played for comedy. I wouldn’t bother with it if you didn’t like the first. Has a kind of zany derailed quality but again, it’s pretty bland.

    But I’m not a big fan of Spiderman or Drag me to Hell either, so maybe I just don’t like Sam Raimi’s s style.

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