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DCnDC
02-19-2013, 01:17 PM
Let's get shallow and judgmental! Maybe these are good movies, but I'll never know because of their idiotic titles.

Silver Linings Playbook - one of the dumbest titles I've seen in a while.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - um, no.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - they sure do.

Fun with Dick and Jane - I doubt it.

eXistenZ - seriously?

Yours?

cjepson
02-19-2013, 01:34 PM
I have to ask -- would you seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards just because you don't like the title?

That being said -- yeah, there are movie titles that annoy me. Zero Dark Thirty is one. Not even sure exactly why.

CalMeacham
02-19-2013, 01:35 PM
Won Ton Ton -- The Dog that Saved Hollywood


The Oogieloves Movie


Ballistic -- Ecks vs. Sever


Oh Dad, Poor Dad. Mom's Hung You in the Closet and I've Feeling So Bad


Under the Yum Yum Tree


Don't Worry -- we'll think of a Title


Don't Raise the Bridge -- Lower the Water!

Loach
02-19-2013, 01:38 PM
That being said -- yeah, there are movie titles that annoy me. Zero Dark Thirty is one. Not even sure exactly why.

You understand the term?

well he's back
02-19-2013, 01:45 PM
If I recall correctly "Under the Yum Yum Tree" was a funny, innocuous, little comedy.
I have many reasons for not seeing particular movies, but stupid title has never been one of them.

DCnDC
02-19-2013, 01:45 PM
I have to ask -- would you seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards just because you don't like the title?

Yes. Yes I would.

Hal Briston
02-19-2013, 02:42 PM
It took me five or six years to see Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure for two reasons:
1) The title.
2) Abe Lincoln yelling "Party on, dudes!" in the trailer.

Once I saw it and realized it's a fricking hilarious movie, I've made sure not to make such judgement errors (at least not for comedies).

YogSothoth
02-19-2013, 02:48 PM
Ballistics: Ecks vs. Sever

stegon66
02-19-2013, 02:50 PM
Came in to mention the title in the last post...

FrankJBN
02-19-2013, 03:03 PM
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Fun with Dick and Jane
Under the Yum Yum tree
Don't Raise the bridge - lower the Water

Each of the titles above seems to me evocative enough to make the movie more attractive.

'They shoot horses' promises a noirish look at the human condition by proposing/identifyin a dark solution to that condition

Fun is a phrase which resonated with everyone who had reached their majority by the time the film came out.

Yum Yum Tree - Heck, I would want to live there - then you find out it's about sex! Sexc and "yum yum" offputting?

Don't rasie the Bridge - this just screams wacky - what kind of fool would find that a solution? jerry Lewis, just the fool for the job.

CalMeacham
02-19-2013, 03:11 PM
Ballistics: Ecks vs. Sever

Came in to mention the title in the last post...

Already listed in post #3

cjepson
02-19-2013, 03:28 PM
You understand the term?

Yes.. I guess maybe it's just a personal aversion to jargon, especially when it feels like it's being used to enhance an air of "coolness" in some way. I'm not saying there's anything objectively wrong with it, it just annoys me personally.

Annie-Xmas
02-19-2013, 03:37 PM
The Shawshank Redemption is one of the stupidest movie titles ever for one of the best movies ever.

Hampshire
02-19-2013, 03:57 PM
Cider House RULES!!

edwards_beard
02-19-2013, 04:11 PM
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

The Phantom Menace

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Honey I Shrunk The Kids

How could I forget the recent Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

RealityChuck
02-19-2013, 04:29 PM
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - they sure do.And once you see the movie, you'd realize the title was perfect, and is one of the great titles in film.

YogSothoth
02-19-2013, 04:33 PM
Already listed in post #3

Its so bad my brain has added those word combinations to titles I refuse to see

Morbo
02-19-2013, 04:33 PM
For me it's when the title is so unforgivably bland that I'm already irritated at the bankruptcy of imagination. Like Twice Upon A Yesterday, or One Fine Day.

Blaster Master
02-19-2013, 04:37 PM
The Shawshank Redemption is one of the stupidest movie titles ever for one of the best movies ever.

What's so bad about it? It's appropriate to the plot of the film and it doesn't make me cringe on the level of the aforementioned Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.


For my own contributions:

Snakes on a Plane - It's both kinda original in it's bluntness, not trying to give it some thriller kind of name that that sort of film would typically have, but it's also really stupid because it's just broadcasting the entire plot in the title. Either way, based on the title, I'll never watch it; I'm sure the only part of the film I need to see was Samuel L Jackson's line in the trailer.

Worse, though, is anything that tries to have a cute pun in it. The offender that immediately comes to mind is the Air Bud series. I had to look it up to remember, but sequels have subtitles of "Golden Receiver", "World Pup", "Seventh Inning Fetch". If you're going to have a pun, it needs to be clever and there's nothing clever about those. I can't watch the films on that principle alone, but I'm also certain they're utterly terrible.


This isn't an absolute rule, since there are two obvious exceptions, but films where the title is just the name of the main character. One exception is If it's a historical person, it's telling me something about it by saying it's about J Edgar Hoover or Lincoln or whoever. I still think they should put a bit of effort into it, and either give it a subtitle or give it another title and make "The so-and-so story" the subtitle. If it's a famous and established fictional character, like Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes, it's still telling me something about the film, and it doesn't need a subtitle unless there's other recent or well regarded interpretations. But if it's a new or not well known character, I learn absolutely nothing. For instance, what do I learn about a film called "John Carter"? The film is based on a book that had a different title. I imagine they only adapted part of the book which is why they didn't use the book title, but still even that title, even if incomplete or with a subtitle way better, even without the subtitle, a sequel just could have been called Part 2 or given another subtitle. But that they couldn't put any effort into the title to give me any hint at all on what the film is about besides telling me the main character's name tells me I can't really expect any effort in the rest of the film. It's slightly tolerable if there's something interesting about the character's name, like at least Max Payne was also the name of the video game and it's at least a pun, if not particularly clever, and even that film I refused to see for the same reason, though I have seen parts of it when I was bored.

Loach
02-19-2013, 04:39 PM
Yes.. I guess maybe it's just a personal aversion to jargon, especially when it feels like it's being used to enhance an air of "coolness" in some way. I'm not saying there's anything objectively wrong with it, it just annoys me personally.

Will it make you feel better or worse to know that in my military career I usually heard it said as "Oh Dark 30?"

tdn
02-19-2013, 04:40 PM
And once you see the movie, you'd realize the title was perfect, and is one of the great titles in film.

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain is just such a movie.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever fits the bill. Not sure if anyone mentioned it yet.

Loach
02-19-2013, 04:41 PM
The Shawshank Redemption is one of the stupidest movie titles ever for one of the best movies ever.

Would you feel better about the original title(Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption)?

tdn
02-19-2013, 04:44 PM
This isn't an absolute rule, since there are two obvious exceptions, but films where the title is just the name of the main character. One exception is If it's a historical person, it's telling me something about it by saying it's about J Edgar Hoover or Lincoln or whoever. I still think they should put a bit of effort into it, and either give it a subtitle or give it another title and make "The so-and-so story" the subtitle.

Nixon: The Man Who was Trusted by Young People

KneadToKnow
02-19-2013, 04:44 PM
My current aversion is to Travels with my Aunt, which has been sitting on my DVR for nearly a year waiting for me to give a damn.


And once you see the movie, you'd realize the title was perfect, and is one of the great titles in film.

Concur, hard.

zamboniracer
02-19-2013, 04:57 PM
"Zero Dark Thirty" annoyed me because not once during the movie did they explain what the frickin title meant. Maybe it is a common military term but being a life long civilian I don't care about common military terms. The damn military confuses even a simple thing like telling what time it is, for pete's sake. ;)

bup
02-19-2013, 05:00 PM
Silver Linings Playbook - one of the dumbest titles I've seen in a while.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - um, no.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - they sure do.

Fun with Dick and Jane - I doubt it.

eXistenZ - seriously?
I've retitled these movies so you can enjoy them.

Hawt Jennifer Lawrence

A Movie to Sleep through While Your Kids Learn Bullshit About Believing in Themselves

Dance Marathon: First Blood

Jim Carrey Gets Fired

Tron Meets The Matrix and Shit

You're welcome.

GuanoLad
02-19-2013, 05:07 PM
A Good Day To Die Hard is a stupid title, and as the reviews are crap that compounds my initial plans of not bothering.

I also thought Quantum of Solace is a stupid title, but I saw the movie anyway. Can't recall if they justified the title in any way, though. But that's James Bond for you, having some of the worst titles ever.

Gangster Squad sounds like something a 9 year old would make up.

Rise of the Guardians. I am getting bored with titles with "Rise" in them, actually.

Loach
02-19-2013, 05:08 PM
"Zero Dark Thirty" annoyed me because not once during the movie did they explain what the frickin title meant. Maybe it is a common military term but being a life long civilian I don't care about common military terms. The damn military confuses even a simple thing like telling what time it is, for pete's sake. ;)

Its slang for "Too fucking early in the morning, can't they wait till the sun comes up for Christ's sake?"

KneadToKnow
02-19-2013, 05:08 PM
Hawt Jennifer Lawrence

Concur, hard. ;)






Damn, she was jiggly in that movie.

well he's back
02-19-2013, 05:18 PM
Hmm - just realized I never saw Jerry Maguire partly because of the lame title. and that was before I came to despise Tom Cruise'

Procrustus
02-19-2013, 05:19 PM
Being John Malkovich

MacSpon
02-19-2013, 05:26 PM
I also thought Quantum of Solace is a stupid title, but I saw the movie anyway. Can't recall if they justified the title in any way, though. But that's James Bond for you, having some of the worst titles ever.

That one's a title from an actual Ian Fleming Bond story, and one of the few Fleming titles that hadn't been used yet. Though the film didn't exactly have a lot in common with the original short story. :D

I believe the rationale for the film title is Bond achieving a certain amount (a quantum) of solace for the death of Vesper in Casino Royale.

Vinyl Turnip
02-19-2013, 05:27 PM
Tron Meets The Matrix and Shit


Alternate title Hawt Jennifer Jason Leigh, although it's Cronenberg so you do have to watch her cuddling with an electric kidney and stuff.

TonySinclair
02-19-2013, 05:27 PM
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

I have no idea whether "Sapphire" insisted on that title, but that's how it looks, and it looks really bad.

Edit: oh, also that Traveling Pants of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Jeez.

Laggard
02-19-2013, 05:29 PM
Threat Level Midnight

KneadToKnow
02-19-2013, 05:32 PM
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

I have no idea whether "Sapphire" insisted on that title, but that's how it looks, and it looks really bad.

And it sounded even worse being said over and over again that night at the Oscars.

Also: previous thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=550489)

Infovore
02-19-2013, 06:19 PM
It was years before I finally saw Fight Club because I hated the title so much. My loss, though--I loved both movie and book when I finally got around to them, and Chuck Palahniuk became one of my favorite authors.

I concur about Precious, Etc. No, thanks.

TBG
02-19-2013, 06:26 PM
I have to ask -- would you seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards just because you don't like the title?

I would seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards because I tend to hate that sort of "oscar-bait" type of crap. If it had a silly name too? Oh yeah, avoid it double forever.

Yookeroo
02-19-2013, 07:07 PM
Yours?

None. People refuse to see movies because of their titles? How bizarre.

cmkeller
02-19-2013, 07:15 PM
well he's back:

Hmm - just realized I never saw Jerry Maguire partly because of the lame title. and that was before I came to despise Tom Cruise'

I don't get it. How is the name of a person (likely a character, even more likely the main character of the movie) a stupid title?

my contribution:

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

Uncle Jocko
02-19-2013, 07:33 PM
Threat Level Midnight

Awesome. Speaking of "Oscar bait" ... :D

Kimstu
02-19-2013, 07:38 PM
Maybe a more nuanced phrasing of the topic would be "Movies you've been turned off from seeing because of its stupid title".

To refuse permanently and categorically ever to see a particular movie, no matter how interested you might be in checking it out otherwise, JUST because you find the title stupid, seems like it would require an especially... tenacious personality.

But if we're simply talking about finding the stupidity of the title a serious disincentive to watching the movie, yeah, I bet most people have a few of those.

Jungian Camisole
02-19-2013, 07:49 PM
Threat Level Midnight

Nicely done. ;)

The joke's on you, Goldenface. That man's a wanted animal rapist.

Ferret Herder
02-19-2013, 08:12 PM
Maybe not refuse, but the titles are highly discouraging:

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies

Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

drewtwo99
02-19-2013, 08:13 PM
I had a friend who refused to see V for Vendetta because he said it sounded like Sesame Street.

Name of the movie should have been A for Anarchy.

randwill
02-19-2013, 08:36 PM
The premise of this thread makes no sense to me. I would never refuse to see a film that critics and audiences hailed as great due to the film's title. But I consider myself to be a serious movie fan.

It's true that some movies have silly sounding names, but so do some novels or plays or songs. But if the material is good, what's in a name?

Jim's Son
02-19-2013, 08:55 PM
"Father Goose"

Procrustus
02-19-2013, 09:06 PM
The premise of this thread makes no sense to me. I would never refuse to see a film that critics and audiences hailed as great due to the film's title. But I consider myself to be a serious movie fan.

It's true that some movies have silly sounding names, but so do some novels or plays or songs. But if the material is good, what's in a name?

Because Being John Malkovich just sounds so awful. Even though people were telling me it was a good movie. I didn't know who John Malkovich was or why anyone would want to be him. I'm okay with a title that tells me nothing, but one that repels me isn't getting my $3.50

ETA: The OP invited us this way:

Let's get shallow and judgmental

pulykamell
02-19-2013, 09:16 PM
It took me five or six years to see Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure for two reasons:
1) The title.
2) Abe Lincoln yelling "Party on, dudes!" in the trailer.

Once I saw it and realized it's a fricking hilarious movie, I've made sure not to make such judgement errors (at least not for comedies).

See, to me, that title exactly conveys the spirit of the movie. And, like you, I loved it!

kittenblue
02-19-2013, 09:32 PM
Will it make you feel better or worse to know that in my military career I usually heard it said as "Oh Dark 30?"

Exactly this. As a former military wife, the phrase was ALWAYS Oh Dark 30. I cannot imagine why they felt they had to change something that had a long-standing history, so I refuse to watch it.

Wankers.

Ian D. Bergkamp
02-19-2013, 09:40 PM
I remember thinking at the time that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was an unfortunately long-winded and awkward title, especially for one based on a ride at Disneyworld. I'm glad that it didn't keep me from seeing it, though.

well he's back
02-19-2013, 10:58 PM
To explain my earlier post, I still don't know who Jerry Maguire is or why I should care. That's why I thought it was a dumb title. Kinda turned me off from ever seeing the movie.

randwill
02-19-2013, 11:47 PM
To explain my earlier post, I still don't know who Jerry Maguire is or why I should care. That's why I thought it was a dumb title. Kinda turned me off from ever seeing the movie.

Does this aversion apply to all movies that are just a character's name?

drastic_quench
02-20-2013, 12:07 AM
Krippendorf's Tribe
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Earth Girls are Easy
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Reality Bites
Finding Forrester
Mystic Pizza
Wit
Angels in the Outfield
Gone Fishin'
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Cop and a Half
Tyler Perry's ___________________

Sam A. Robrin
02-20-2013, 12:19 AM
I have the movie S-s-s-s-s-s-s in my NetFlix cue. I want to see it, but I'd feel like a real Melvin recommending it in conversation....
(I'd love to see the marquee for a double bill of that and Roger Corman's Gas-s-s, too!)

friedo
02-20-2013, 01:14 AM
(I'd love to see the marquee for a double bill of that and Roger Corman's Gas-s-s, too!)

How about Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song?

well he's back
02-20-2013, 10:25 AM
randwill - yes - If a title is just a character's name, and I know nothing about that character, I will probably not be interested in the movie. If I read that the film had an extraordinary cast or hear something good about the movie by chance, I might change my mind. I don't see many movies & can't spend extra time trying to figure out why I should care who Jerry Maguire or John Carter or Larry Crowne are.

Vinyl Turnip
02-20-2013, 10:31 AM
I had a friend who refused to see V for Vendetta because he said it sounded like Sesame Street.


That's pretty dark for Sesame Street. And I watched back in the pre-Elmo 70's era, when Grover carried a switchblade and Oscar openly sold Quaaludes to Mr. Snuffleupagus.

salinqmind
02-20-2013, 10:38 AM
It's not easy to explain, but unmemorable titles with the words Fear, Fearless, Extreme, Extreme____,Super, Super___ ... not that they are guaranteed to be bad, but they are generic. Generic titles, and similarly titled movies get all mashed up together in my mind. They usually turn out to be grade C action movies with car chases and explosions.

CalMeacham
02-20-2013, 10:40 AM
I had a friend who refused to see V for Vendetta because he said it sounded like Sesame Street.

Name of the movie should have been A for Anarchy.

[Cookie Monster] V for Vendetts
That's good enough for me

V for Vendetts
That's good enough for me

V for Vendetts
That's good enough for me

Oh, Vendetta, 'detta, 'detta starts with V


Hey, you know what?

"Evie" sounds like "V"

And Roman Numeral for "5" lookes like a "V"

And lots of words start with "V", like "Villain" and "Voice" and "Vaudeville" and "Vacation", but they're not as good as "Vendetta"


Soooooo.....


V for Vendetta
that's good enough for me...Yeah!

V for Vendetta
that's good enough for me

V for Vendetta
that's good enough for me

Oh, Vendetta, 'detta, 'detta starts with "V" Yeah!
Vendetta, 'detta, 'detta starts with "V" Oh, Boy!

Vendetta, 'detta, 'detta starts with "V"




MmmmmmMmmmmMMmmmmMMmmmmmm![/Cookie Monster]

hogarth
02-20-2013, 11:01 AM
my contribution:

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
That's the first title I thought of. Maybe it's a super-awesome movie, but the twee title doesn't give me much hope.

cjepson
02-20-2013, 12:34 PM
I would seriously refuse to see a film that was nominated for nine Academy Awards because I tend to hate that sort of "oscar-bait" type of crap.

Now I'm confused. Assuming that a large proportion of movies that are nominated for lots of AA's are, in fact, good, doesn't this mean you are refusing to see an entire category of good movies, essentially because their goodness happened to be recognized by the Academy?

randwill
02-20-2013, 12:59 PM
Now I'm confused. Assuming that a large proportion of movies that are nominated for lots of AA's are, in fact, good, doesn't this mean you are refusing to see an entire category of good movies, essentially because their goodness happened to be recognized by the Academy?

There seems to be a contingent of people who reject 'them thar highfalutin so-called quality movies'.

DCnDC
02-20-2013, 01:07 PM
Now I'm confused. Assuming that a large proportion of movies that are nominated for lots of AA's are, in fact, good, doesn't this mean you are refusing to see an entire category of good movies, essentially because their goodness happened to be recognized by the Academy?

"Good" according to them. I long ago determined that the Academy's taste in movies is, in my personal opinion, total shit.

You couldn't pay me to watch Shakespeare in Love, Titanic, Chicago, or Driving Miss Daisy. Braveheart and Gladiator were watchable and entertaining, but they were not even close to the best movies made that year. Dances with Wolves is not a good movie by any criteria I can think of. On the rare occasion they happen to pick an actual good movie, that can be accounted for with pure dumb luck.

Mavic Chen
02-20-2013, 01:08 PM
Maybe not refuse, but the titles are highly discouraging:

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies

Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

Sounds like you have also read "The World's Worst Movies" :)

I nominate "I am curious (yellow)" and it's imaginatively titled sequel "I am curious (blue)".

Of course, the title of "Dude, where's my car?" was the reason I actually went to see that movie :p

Labrador Deceiver
02-20-2013, 01:09 PM
Yes. Yes I would.

That dumber than any title listed so far.

control-z
02-20-2013, 02:11 PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Ok, I've seen it, decent movie, great TV show.)
John Carter
C.H.U.D.

Sterling Archer
02-20-2013, 03:05 PM
There is only one movie I have refused to even consider seeing based on the title. I saw the trailer for it and was fairly interested right up until the title flashed up on the screen. Jack the Ripper, authentic-looking period piece, starring Johnny Depp, hey this looks good. Title: "From Hell". What the everliving...?

The Other Waldo Pepper
02-20-2013, 03:07 PM
There is only one movie I have refused to even consider seeing based on the title. I saw the trailer for it and was fairly interested right up until the title flashed up on the screen. Jack the Ripper, authentic-looking period piece, starring Johnny Depp, hey this looks good. Title: "From Hell". What the everliving...?

That's how the Ripper signed his famous letter taunting the authorities.

cjepson
02-20-2013, 03:42 PM
"Good" according to them. I long ago determined that the Academy's taste in movies is, in my personal opinion, total shit.

You couldn't pay me to watch Shakespeare in Love, Titanic, Chicago, or Driving Miss Daisy. Braveheart and Gladiator were watchable and entertaining, but they were not even close to the best movies made that year. Dances with Wolves is not a good movie by any criteria I can think of. On the rare occasion they happen to pick an actual good movie, that can be accounted for with pure dumb luck.

Fair enough. I feel somewhat the same about the Grammys.

drastic_quench
02-20-2013, 03:49 PM
That's how the Ripper signed his famous letter taunting the authorities.

Also the title of the graphic novel the movie adapted IIRC.

Yookeroo
02-20-2013, 07:21 PM
Because Being John Malkovich just sounds so awful.

I love this title.

"Good" according to them. I long ago determined that the Academy's taste in movies is, in my personal opinion, total shit.

You couldn't pay me to watch Shakespeare in Love, Titanic, Chicago, or Driving Miss Daisy. Braveheart and Gladiator were watchable and entertaining, but they were not even close to the best movies made that year.

Your rejecting all Best Picture nominees based on this list? You wouldn't watch:
The Descendents
True Grit
Hugo
Winter's Bone
Toy Story 3
District 9
Up in the Air
Milk
There Will Be Blood
No Country For Old Men
Finding Neverland
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
??

And you reject movies based on their title?

I think I may have had this attitude as a teenager, but thank god I grew out of that.

Shalmanese
02-20-2013, 07:28 PM
Lucky Number Slevin

pulykamell
02-20-2013, 07:34 PM
I love this title.


Yeah, same here. (As to "Being John Malkovich.") I honestly don't think there is a single movie I've ever refused to see because of its title. They've all been (in my experience) a pretty accurate representation of the type of movie I'm going to see.

DCnDC
02-20-2013, 07:51 PM
Your rejecting all Best Picture nominees based on this list?I'm not seeing where I said anything like that.

The Descendents - this was just okay. I don't get the love for this movie at all. It's not even close to Scorsese's best work. I especially don't understand the praise for Mark Walberg's performance.
True Grit - a good movie, but the original film was superior. The hillbilly Shakespeare talk was ...interesting.
Hugo - not interested.
Winter's Bone - not interested.
Toy Story 3 - this was a very good movie.
District 9 - this was just okay. Frankly I didn't really give a shit what happened to the main guy.
Up in the Air - this was a good movie.
Milk - not interested.
There Will Be Blood - this was a very good movie.
No Country For Old Men - this was a very good movie. Personally I feel There Will Be Blood is the superior film, but both films were deserving choices.
Finding Neverland - not interested.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - a very good kung fu flick ...but still a kung fu flick.

The Other Waldo Pepper
02-20-2013, 07:55 PM
The Descendents - this was just okay. I don't get the love for this movie at all. It's not even close to Scorsese's best work.

You're thinking of The Departed. The Descendants is the one where Honolulu lawyer George Clooney deals with a bunch of family problems.

DCnDC
02-20-2013, 08:02 PM
You're thinking of The Departed. The Descendants is the one where Honolulu lawyer George Clooney deals with a bunch of family problems.

Ah, you are correct. :smack:

Well, as far as The Descendants goes, not interested.

Ostrya
02-20-2013, 08:07 PM
I held out for a long time against My Big Fat Greek Wedding, sounded way too dumb. Turns out though I was the dumb one for not giving it a try, was a pretty darn good movie.

Ostrya
02-20-2013, 08:12 PM
Also, forgot to add I saw on the tv guide menu a recent movie avail on one of the premium movie channels, "How To Eat Fried Worms". No thanks!

Ferret Herder
02-20-2013, 09:17 PM
Also, forgot to add I saw on the tv guide menu a recent movie avail on one of the premium movie channels, "How To Eat Fried Worms". No thanks!
That is an awesome kids' book.

FriarTed
02-21-2013, 02:17 AM
Hugo - not interested.

Let me try: Orphan Boy & The-Next-Jodie-Foster help Old-Filmmaker-Who-Made-Rocket-In-Moonmans-Eye all while being chased by Borat & getting books from Christopher Lee.

randwill
02-21-2013, 09:27 AM
By skipping a highly acclaimed movie because you believe you are "not interested", one may be missing some good entertainment. I've given movies, that to my mind were not going to be my cup of tea, a chance if there was overwhelming critical praise and a high audience score. As Roger Ebert said, “It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”

DCnDC
02-21-2013, 09:57 AM
By skipping a highly acclaimed movie because you believe you are "not interested", one may be missing some good entertainment. I've given movies, that to my mind were not going to be my cup of tea, a chance if there was overwhelming critical praise and a high audience score. As Roger Ebert said, “It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”

On an academic level I agree with you, however in practice opinions and tastes vary, and a movie that is acclaimed by professional critics and audiences alike can still be steaming piles of totally pointless dog shit. I've been burned more than enough times to know better.

Take Drive (http://www.metacritic.com/movie/drive/critic-reviews) for example. I'm a guy, and I like movies that guys like, and given a one-sentence blurb the movie would appear to have everything I'd want in a movie, everything I would put into a movie myself. However, the actual movie was a pointless jumble of Ryan Gosling staring at coffee cups, boring conversations about nothing, frenetic hyper-violence for no apparent reason, and surprisingly little actual driving. What a pile of shit. Why the fuck did anyone like this movie?!

FoieGrasIsEvil
02-21-2013, 10:11 AM
Please Don't Eat The Daises.

Ludovic
02-21-2013, 10:20 AM
Lucky Number SlevinYes! That title is so bad I had blocked it out of memory. Just reading it on the screen makes me think I'm slurring my words in my head, let alone trying to say it out loud.

Yookeroo
02-21-2013, 10:30 AM
"Good" according to them. I long ago determined that the Academy's taste in movies is, in my personal opinion, total shit.

Apparently except for the movies they nominate that you like. But then you reject movies solely based on their titles, makes it kind of hard to take you seriously.

KneadToKnow
02-21-2013, 10:35 AM
Winter's Bone - not interested.

Well, as far as The Descendants goes, not interested.

You're missing two excellent films here, FYI.

CalMeacham
02-21-2013, 10:39 AM
I've always been annoyed by titkles of plays, TV shows, and movies that are supposed to be clever ways of saying "this is a sequel", but, if you're coming to them "cold", without any prior knowledge of the earlier works, don't make any sense.


So I was very annoyed for years at the titles The Secret Policeman's Other Ball and At the Drop of Another Hat. I didn't realize that Let's Do It Again was a sequel, which explains the title. Otherwise I wouldn't be interested in seeing them do "it" -- whatever that was, again.


I know why they called Sean Connery's second return to Bond Never Say Never Again. Even though I understand the title, I don't like it (They originally thought about calling it Warhead. They should've. Or even Thunderball II, for that matter) This movie, unlike the others I've listed, I've actually seen.

ISiddiqui
02-21-2013, 10:40 AM
I have never rejected to see a movie due to a title. What's the point in missing out on a fantastic film because the title seems strange (and, of course, it may end up making perfect sense after you've seen the film)? It seems silly in the extreme.

Inner Stickler
02-21-2013, 10:54 AM
Please Don't Eat The Daises.It worked nicely as a title for the book, at least.

I've never used a title to justify not watching a movie unless I've already decided not to go see it.

TonySinclair
02-21-2013, 10:58 AM
Lucky Number Slevin

You're right; the title sucks. But it was a pretty good movie. I am thinking of a very, very widely acclaimed movie, with a really excellent title, that I could compare it to, but it would be a spoiler.

I was going to skip it because of the title, until I saw the cast --- Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, and Lucy Liu.

randwill
02-21-2013, 11:23 AM
I'm thinking that a more enlightening approach would be, "great movies with terrible titles", but I expect we've already done that. Probably a few times.

cjepson
02-21-2013, 11:54 AM
Apparently except for the movies they nominate that you like.

My impression is that DCinDC has a taste in movies that sometimes intersects with the Academy's, but not too often. So perhaps the statement that he would refuse to see a film because it got nominations was an overstatement... more like "if I heard a film got a lot of nominations, that would suggest to me that I probably wouldn't like it."

I'm assuming that he wouldn't refuse to see, say, Casablanca or A Thousand Clowns. But maybe he would. There's probably no such thing as a film that nobody hates.

gaffa
02-21-2013, 10:28 PM
I went to see a film with a friend, and there was a poster for the upcoming Harald and Kumar Go To White Castle and he commented that there was no way he would see that. I did and my wife and I laughed our asses off.

I can't recall a film I have refused to see because of the stupid title. If it bothers me that much, I can get my wife to go to the box office to buy the tickets and close my eyes during the opening credits.

Apocalypso
02-22-2013, 01:32 PM
Hot Tub Time Machine. When a movie title tells your suspension of disbelief to take a flying leap, it's not likely to be something that interests me. I did see parts of it on television and it was kind of entertaining in a stupid kind of way but I wasn't interested enough to see the whole thing.
Dude Where's My Car?. Let me guess. Some guys go out on a crazy night and lose a buddy's car. They're so hungover the next day that they can't remember anything, and wacky hijinks ensure when the buddies search for the car. Subplots probably include a romance between owner of said car and some insanely hot girl he meets during the search for it. One of the buddies is a fat guy who is always falling or having stuff fall on him, and one of the buddies (most likely the fat guy but it varies) is revealed to have had sex with another guy, a transvestite, or a farm animal. In the end, everyone finds true love, including the gay/tranny/sheep-humper, they all get out of a nasty jam by pure luck just in the nick of time, and the car is trashed but the buddies fix it and it looks brand new. Amirite or amirite?

DCnDC
02-22-2013, 01:37 PM
Dude Where's My Car?. Let me guess. Some guys go out on a crazy night and lose a buddy's car. They're so hungover the next day that they can't remember anything, and wacky hijinks ensure when the buddies search for the car. Subplots probably include a romance between owner of said car and some insanely hot girl he meets during the search for it. One of the buddies is a fat guy who is always falling or having stuff fall on him, and one of the buddies (most likely the fat guy but it varies) is revealed to have had sex with another guy, a transvestite, or a farm animal. In the end, everyone finds true love, including the gay/tranny/sheep-humper, they all get out of a nasty jam by pure luck just in the nick of time, and the car is trashed but the buddies fix it and it looks brand new. Amirite or amirite?

You forgot "inadvertently run afoul of the mob/gov't agents/drug cartels/gangbangers/UFOs/etc."

Apocalypso
02-22-2013, 02:08 PM
You forgot "inadvertently run afoul of the mob/gov't agents/drug cartels/gangbangers/UFOs/etc."

That's the nasty jam they get out of in the nick of time. :D

Jake
02-22-2013, 02:09 PM
"Father Goose"
I gotta agree. Terrible title!

Chanteuse
02-22-2013, 07:24 PM
Originally Posted by Jim's Son
"Father Goose"


I gotta agree. Terrible title!

Maybe they should have called it Goody Two-Shoes and the Filthy Beast!

Green Bean
02-22-2013, 11:50 PM
I find movie titles like "Bring it On" annoying. It's generic, forgettable, and meaningless. I'd like to cite other examples, but none are coming to mind. Which I guess is the point. A title like that is something of a turn-off because it suggests that the movie is so bland that they couldn't think of anything better. That's certainly not true in the case of Bring it On. (and the line in the movie was "bring it" anyway)

Regarding John Carter: That one really makes no sense. They should have just gone ahead and used "John Carter of Mars." That's a much better title. It's quite evocative. I'll bet it would have gotten a lot more people in the door.

Plus, if you're going to title a movie with just a name, it should be something a little more memorable than John Carter. Erin Brockovich is a better title than Mary Reilly.

As far as Snakes on a Plane, well, that's one of the best titles in moviedom. It's a perfect little capsule deconstruction of the action movie genre. Come up with a disastrous scenario, add a bankable star, and boom, you got a movie!

Mr Shine
02-23-2013, 08:52 AM
When "Layer Cake" was in the cinema, all the posters for it advertised it as 'L4YER CAK3'. I refused an invite to go watch it just for that reason, despite generally liking Brit-gangster films.

Crafter_Man
02-23-2013, 09:13 AM
Freddy Got Fingered
Hobo with a Shotgun
Hot Tub Time Machine

PlainJain
02-23-2013, 09:29 AM
The Big Red One. Ugh. Still haven't seen it.

PlainJain
02-23-2013, 09:30 AM
When "Layer Cake" was in the cinema, all the posters for it advertised it as 'L4YER CAK3'. I refused an invite to go watch it just for that reason, despite generally liking Brit-gangster films.
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