Against the Crowd Blogathon vol 2

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against the crowd blogathon 2Last year, on July 15th I participated in this very same blogathon and I enjoyed it a lot.. so why not return a year and a month later to do the same. Dell on Movies returns to his great idea and asks us to go against the masses and hate something everyone loves and vice versa. So, obviously since I love to hate things, I’m taking this year’s Against the Crowd Blogathon extremely seriously!

Before I get hatin’, here are the 4 simple rules of participation:

1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.

2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 35% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.

3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.

4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.

borat

This, 91% Rottentomatoes score holder, is the most annoying thing I have seen in my life. Truth to be told, this did not have my favorite cinematic nude scene, and this absolutely did, to a high extent, made me cringe. If I had to pin point the moment where my lack of ability to like comedies comes from, well, I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty certain that it was because of Borat. Like, the moment I saw two men naked-wrestling, is embedded in my brain as the most disgusting thing I’ve seen.. and nothing about that disgust could have made me laugh.

Sure, I could see it as a “smart” movie that is an ironical take on a certain idea of a certain stereo type. But I can state that about every Sacha Baron Cohen film out there and that’s not the only thing all of his movies have in common! I find all of his movies to be awful, and I fully believe that Borat was just a fluke in the cosmic universe, that just slipped by unnoticed and everybody panicked and loved it just in case they had to. Think about it, Ali G Indahouse, Brüno, The Dictator, all awful movies, all about taking a stab at a stereotype, just like Borat…

a walk to remember

Now the moment of angst because one of my favorite movies when I was a teenager, as I just realized, needs a lot of defending because it holds a 27% score on Rottentomatoes! 27%!? Was I really that delusional 10 years ago that I thought myself into a bubble of denial and started to love a movie that was bad? No, I wasn’t that stupid because I know for a fact that A Walk to Remember is better than most first love movies out there right now. And this coming from a person who hates Nicholas Sparks and what he stands for, yet, defends this movie wholeheartedly.

A Walk to Remember has great moments, some really smart story telling and fairly decent performances. And it was sad, it wasn’t she died of old age sad but it was brutally sad. And it still makes me sad, and I still like Shane West, and I love that despite of the unbelievably low score on Rottentomatoes, the good people on IMDb had the decency to agree with me because there it holds a 7.4 rating! Boom, slam dunk and take that, tomato!

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  • Reply
    cucara
    August 15, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Jaa.. täitsa lõpp, A walk to remember on hands down hea film. Mäletan, kuidas ma ulgusin seda vaadates.. No nii kurb. Ja paljude arvates on The Notebook parem, no wtf.. Aitäh ja mina lähen tõmban nüüd AWTR nostalgitsemiseks!

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      mettelray
      August 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      Mul sai omal ajal seda AWTR nii palju vaadatud, et mul on siiani kõik kohad peas.. ja ikka ajab nutma seega ma väga ei taha vaadata hetkel. Pole nututuju olnud eriti. 😀

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        cucara
        August 15, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        Mul ka 😀 praegu vaatan ja nutan 😀 oeh jah, nii ilus ju!

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          mettelray
          August 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

          Haha.. nuta terviseks. 😀

          • cucara
            August 15, 2015 at 10:20 PM

            Nutsin.. nii et silmad punased peas 😀 aga hea oli, sai endast välja igasuguseid asju

          • mettelray
            August 16, 2015 at 12:58 AM

            Ma praegu proovin vaadata ainult neid asju mida ma näinud ei ole.. aga kui ma peaks ennast välja elama..siis ma vaatan ka AWTR ära. :p

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    Aurora
    August 15, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Wish I’d seen this earlier! Love this idea and woulda put in my two cents on Kubrick’s 2001, which I can’t stand!!

    Aurora
    Once Upon a Screen

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      mettelray
      August 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      You can still participate though. I mean, it’s open for another 7 or 6 days! 😉

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        Aurora
        August 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        Too many other blog write-ups to finish this week and can’t add another one and do it justice. :/

        Aurora

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      Wendell
      August 16, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      You still have another week! I’d love for you to go in on 2001.

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        Aurora
        August 19, 2015 at 5:02 PM

        I’m afraid I have several other blogging events I’ve committed to and will have no time for another this week. DARN!! Maybe next time you do this one. Great topic!!

        Aurora

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    Wendell
    August 16, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Very happy you took part in this again! Thank you very much! I am so with you on Borat. I don’t hate it quite as much, but it was definitely not good. Just never bothered with A Walk to Remember because…well…Nicolas Sparks.

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      mettelray
      August 16, 2015 at 12:59 AM

      Thanks for hosting again! And well.. Sparks is now awful but AWTR is actually a good movie. I read the book as well and I liked how the movie was changed to be more current. 🙂

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    Big Screen Small Words
    August 16, 2015 at 2:33 AM

    I have to disagree with you on Borat; I don’t love it, but I do find it funny. I’m with you on A Walk to Remember; that’s the only Sparks movie I watch and it’s still gets me every time.

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      mettelray
      August 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      Understandable.. there is that some kind of odd charm about Borat but I’m immune to it I guess.

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    The Vern
    August 16, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Good job at partaking in this and for admitting your love of a movie that most people hate on. I have no desire to see A Walk in The Line To Remember Hard but that’s mainly because of Mandy Moore and not really Sparks, but I can bet that it has a scene where 2 people kiss in the rain

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      mettelray
      August 16, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      For the life of me, I can’t recall a scene in the rain at this very moment so I’m going to say that it doesn’t have a rain-kiss-scene. But I can’t be 100% sure. 😀

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      cucara
      August 16, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      It doesn’t have that kind of scene.

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        mettelray
        August 16, 2015 at 1:49 PM

        Oh yea.. so I do remember this movie well! 😀

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    Lukas
    August 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    God I love Borat. This topic sounds really fun though, even if I miss the “Blogathon” it’s a cool idea.

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    Lukas
    August 16, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    I also think there’s a lot more to Cohen’s best movies (this and Bruno) than just “taking a stab at a stereotype.” Both movies, since he often films them using those hidden camera tactics, highlight a lot of misconceptions, horror, and bigotry within both America and the world.

    I could never argue something as subjective as “why this is funny,” so I’m not trying to discredit your opinion, just tossing in my two cents.

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      mettelray
      August 16, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      True.. yet hidden cameras are sometimes a little “crossing the line” type of things. Like.. sure, you are making this to entertain but at the same time, is this now reality or is this altered reality you are fictiously creating.. if so, is this reality at all or is it still Cohen’s on imagination which he uses to influence reality. Either way, I don’t find his method to be funny but if it were done from a different angle, who knows.

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        Lukas
        August 16, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        Good point. As the director he’s certainly manipulating things, and we are seeing what he wants us to see. It works for me, but you make a good point as to why it doesn’t work for you.

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    Paskalis Damar AK
    August 16, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    I’m actually included to those who enjoyed Borat (and his likes). Well, the humor is genuine although sometimes too rough; you know, the guilty pleasure is all that keeps me pleased.
    However, I’m also on your side about A Walk to Remember. Oh, I remember how I admire Mandy Moore back then.Sorry.

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      mettelray
      August 16, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Well Borat is loved, and it wouldn’t be a good example to use here if it wasn’t. So I don’t mind hating it while others love it.

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    Andrew
    August 17, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    I love BOTH of these movies. Like, A Walk to Remember is probably the best Sparks adaptation (yes, possibly even better than The Notebook). Moore was wonderful!

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    ruth
    August 21, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Haven’t seen BORAT but not really inclined to, I probably be in your camp.

    As for A Walk to Remember, hmmm you got me intrigued because I too can’t stand Nicholas Sparks flicks! I pretty much laughed all the way through The Notebook, the only one of his I’ve seen, and I refused to go to the press screening of The Longest Ride even though I had to interview the two leads. I don’t care how ripped Scott Eastwood is, I ain’t seein’ that crap.

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      mettelray
      August 21, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      The Longest Ride was horrid.. it was.. ugh, can’t even muster up a solid argument against it because it was so bad. I wrote a review about it too.. no good words there either.

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    Brittani
    August 23, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I liked Borat, but I’m shocked it’s at 91% on the Tomatometer. That’s very high, I can absolutely see how that movie is not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m with you on A Walk To Remember. I don’t *love* it, but I didn’t hate it. I often forget it’s a Nicholas Sparks movie. I’m pretty sure my main gripe with it was just that I prefer Mandy Moore as a singer than an actress.

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      mettelray
      August 23, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Perspective – The Departed has also 91% score!, so I mean.. what’s that about?!

      And no need to love A Walk to Remember just.. appreciate more than it’s being appreciated now.

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    joelnox
    August 24, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    I am right there with on hating Borat. I had so many people tell me how hilarious it was and that I would laugh myself silly. I sat stone-faced throughout. It was stupid and puerile.

    I liked A Walk to Remember, it was sweet and pleasant but didn’t engage me the way The Notebook did. I did really enjoy the actors in it though.

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