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12 Pretty Great Movies You Forgot About Before You Ever Got Around to Watching Them

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 14, 2012 | Comments ()


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Frequently, when I read comments in a positive review, I'll often see something along the lines of, "This looks good. I'll check it out when it arrives on DVD." It's probably a movie you expect to like, but maybe not enough to check out in a theater, where you limit yourself to only a few films a year. I totally understand.

But a lot of times, those same movies that you tell yourself you'll check out one day, you totally forget about before they arrive on DVD. Unless someone prompts you, a friends goes on at length about how great a film is, or a particular pop-culture website harps on about the film every other day because it stars Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon-Levitt, there's often no one around to remind you to check out that movie you said to yourself that you'd like to check out one day.

I've assembled a list of 12 movies that I think would fit that criteria for many of you. Not amazing, life-changing movies that are frequently discussed, but good movies that deserved to be seen but that aren't often cited in conversations or on pop culture websites. Consider them recommendations, a way to scratch a curiosity itch you had no idea you had.


Sex Drive -- If you are a hypothetical 16-year-old curious about the teen comedies that came before you, but short on time (all that band practice and all), there's really not much need to visit Better off Dead, Fast Times, Weird Science, Road Trip or even American Pie. You can get a pretty good taste for all of them by watching Sean Anders' Sex Drive. I don't say that as an insult: If you have to introduce a new generation of teenagers to teen comedies, you may as well borrow/steal/pay homage from/to some of the best. And Sex Drive takes some of the better elements of all of them, mixes them up, throws a decent soundtrack over it, and the result is a pretty fucking fun movie. Sex Drive may just become this generation's Road Trip to Superbad's Can't Hardly Wait. And I'm OK with that. -- DR

Tom-Hardy-in-WARRIOR.jpegWarrior -- Unlike Moneyball, which successfully subverts the sports-movie formula, Warrior doubles the formula and quadruples the emotion. It's Rocky times two: Twice the violence, twice the underdog story, and twice the acting capabilities. There's absolutely nothing new here, but Warrior capably wrings every last bit of rousing, feel-good energy out of the tired sports-movie template to create an astoundingly entertaining film that just happens to be about MMA. Warrior boasts a potent combination of superb acting, vicious beat-downs, and two populist underdog tales that hit all the brain's red spots. It's one terrific endorphin high, folks, and if you can tolerate the intensity of the sport, I can't recommend Warrior enough. -- DR

Fright Night - Director Craig Gillespie -- whose erratic c.v. includes Lars and the Real Girl and Mr. Woodcock -- does a fine job with some strong action and suspense sequences, and the script from Marti Noxon, though slow to start, eventually finds its footing. I don't want to oversell the finished product, nor simply say it's a good film simply for being confidently different from its predecessor. But it does have its moments, and it finds a decent balance between mayhem and humor without overstaying its welcome. It's got a good beat and you can dance to it, even if it's less than inspired. -- Daniel Carlson

The Crazies -- The Crazies, director Breck Eisner's remake of the 1973 George Romero film, is more than just a remake. It's a veritable melting pot of zombie and horror movie tropes. In addition to obviously retreading the basics (though softening the overall effects) of the original, it borrows heavily from just about every zombie and world-gone-mad movie from the last 30 years. Given that caveat, The Crazies is entertaining, and a moderate success within the more generic framework of the genre. -- TK

Slither-Gag-Reel-nathan-fillion-5266543-492-361.jpegSlither -- I could start off by getting all academic on you and talking about the conscious role of the metaphor of sexual violation in horror films, or I could get all polysyllabic on you and use words like "polysyllabic," and while I can't promise I won't commit those sins later on in this review, dear reader, I will say at the start that Slither is one hell of an entertaining ride. It's a comedy filled with acid-spitting zombies and a horror film full of laughs and one-liners, and the fact that the film manages to gleefully straddle the divide between such diverse genres is just one of the many things that makes it so much fun. Writer-director James Gunn uses humor to ground the outlandish situations in reality, to keep us giggling past the graveyard while telepathic slugs from outer space infect townsfolk and eat stray dogs (I'll explain). Slither isn't a great film by any means, but it's certainly a good one. -- DC

Harry Brown -- It's such a simple premise: Someone you care about is beaten badly or killed, so you track down the criminals that perpetrated the crime and perpetrate a little whoopass of your own. What makes Harry Brown so effective and so powerful is its lack of frills. It's a gritty, ugly, almost documentary-feeling film. There aren't huge stunt sequences or flashy one-liners. There's no Harry Brown signal, no footage of low-income citizens giving their opinions into a news camera, no little kids dressed up in a Michael Caine mask playing in a playground. There's just one man, upset that his friend was murdered, taking out the trash. And goddamn is it fun to watch. -- Brian Prisco

hollywoodland3.jpegHollywoodland -- The dueling stories often make Hollywoodland feel like two separate films in search of greater meaning: One film is a brassy detective thriller about a lonesome private dick chasing a murder and possible cover-up that extends throughout Hollywood; the other is a soberly paced drama about the trappings of fame and one man's sad descent into a life he never really wanted. But by attempting to merge the two, Coulter winds up with an ungainly film that never seems to know what it wants. It strives at times to be a period drama with elements of a crime thriller, and also to be a potboiler with poetic flourishes. And here's the kicker: They're both good movies. Just incomplete ones. -- DC

Fired Up! -- Fired Up! is not, as one would expect, an easy replica, or a facsimile thereof. And while it does pay homage to its forbearer, Fired Up is a classic in its own right, a film that deserves its place at the top of the cheer pyramid. It has done justice to the dying memory of spirit fingers, laser-catting greased lightning and summer lovin' into the mist. This ain't your typical beauty school drop-out, machacho. Bring It On set the benchmark, but Fired Up has brought it forth. There is no duh in this dumb, my precious little ones. It is all spirit sticks and spanky pants. It's a new world order, folks. This ain't a Paul Blart world we're living in anymore. There's a new leader of this Cheer-ocracy. It's name is Fired Up. -- DR

imgthe illusionist1.jpegThe Illusionist -- You can never trust a magician. You know from the outset that he's bent on deceiving you, something that only grows clearer despite his repeated promises that there's nothing up his sleeve. But he insists his hands are empty, and the audience willingly complies for the sake of the show. At their best, filmmakers attempt to pull off the same kind of trick: They propose to tell you the truth, but do their best to work in a few surprises and a revelatory ending. And we go along with it, too, since the whole point of being amazed is to act -- to believe -- that the story will be ordinary, only to feel that familiar rush of excitement and gratitude when the filmmaker pulls a whole warren of rabbits out of a battered hat. And if all that sounds way too cornball for you, well, tough rocks. Writer-director Neil Burger's first feature, The Illusionist, is a dazzling display of textured storytelling, a moving tale of romance and political strife, and the rare period drama that doesn't bore you to tears. And did I mention the magic? -- DC

The Bank Job -- The phrase "based on a true story" is already a meaningless one, even if you aren't a post-structuralist, but the "real" story behind the infamous Baker Street bank robbery of 1971 is an imaginist's wet dream. The crime was never solved, owing partially to a government-imposed gag order, or D-Notice, which forbade press coverage and fueled the fires of speculation. Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, working from real transcript evidence, think they have the juice on what was behind the crime. And lord is it juicy! But whatever the case (and whether or not you care), The Bank Job is a ridiculously entertaining thriller; like a well-thrown stone, it skips pleasantly over the better part of two hours without sinking under the unnecessary weights of character or melodrama. -- Phillip Stephens

owenshoot.jpegShoot 'Em Up -- Here is the best analogy I can offer up for Michael Davis' action-porn flick, Shoot 'Em Up: It's like having amazing, blistering skint-knee intercourse, only to discover after the fact that you were fucking an inflatable doll (mind you, a gorgeous lifelike inflatable doll that looks like Monica Bellucci or Clive Owen -- take your pick); it may be completely empty inside, but it's the goddamn ride of your life. Seriously, I feel like my liberal ass just returned from an NRA convention and inexplicably gushed walking from the gat to the glock table with a steel erection, only to leave with the dirty memory of Charlton Heston's hot old-man breath tickling the back of my neck as he whispered into my ear, "Come to the dark side, you pinko hippy cocksucker."

goon.jpegGoon -- Goon, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg and directed by Michael Dowse, is the unholy bastard child of Rocky and Slap Shot, with the dynamite mechanics of Major League thrown in for good measure. It's not so much a movie about hockey as about my favorite part of hockey, the enforcer. It's hilarious and violent, a sweet love story punched in the face with a knuckle dragging sports blowout, with profanity fountaining out like a shook-up soda can. From the opening shots of blood splattering ice as a tooth slowly tumbles to the rink, asskicking abounds, and from opening buzzer to final bloody dukeout, Goon pummels you with gleeful abandon and you're left dazed and smiling. Albeit short a few choppers. -- BP

X-Files: I Want to Believe -- I Want to Believe is not actually a very good movie, so all the reviews (including our own) would have us believe. It's probably true, but for me, this film is a classic instance of, "I really need to see it, but forgot about it before I ever got around to it." Massive X-Files fans like myself got worked up in a tizzy, and then we all lost interest once the reviews came out. The movie only made $20 million at the box office, and most folks like myself probably said to themselves, "I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD." I still haven't. I really should. Maybe I'll get around to it before they make another X-Files movie. Hopefully, I won't forget again. -- DR




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  • Jimmy Holloway

    Slither was a GREAT movie!

  • Justin McGill

    errr.. uh.. you're saying we NEED to have seen these movies? I agree Sex Drive is a HELLA fun throwback to the films you mentioned.. but Fright Night? are you F'ing kidding me? I guess NOT being a huge Dr. Who fan I was really "who gives a hell about who plays the mascara wearing dude who is NOT Roddy McDowell".. I was actually hopeful for the film. One of the more prolific Buffy writers.. Anton Yelchin has been consistently good, but what a true TRAIN wreck of a movie.. Even the subtle go F yourself to fans of the SUPERIOR 80s flick. a 3 second Chris Sarandon cameo? seriously?

    I will admit to not having gotten to Harry Brown yet. but Fired Up? What I saw of that film was AWFUL.. Goon? it was ok.. but if not for Liev Schreiber it really would have been a much much less watchable film. Sean Scott does something different.. but the weirdly polite hockey player? you do like the character.. but the way he played it was just a bit off. Hollywoodland was a fantastic film.. as was The Illusionist..

    But I do question the title of the article.. Films you NEED to see? maybe.. a list of 10 films out of.. 3-4 of which you might really really enjoy and kick yourself for having missed.

  • yodaddyfuckedthiswoman

    Gooon son! best movie EVAAAA!!!

  • smkeane

    X-files 2 was like Halloween 3. Except it had Mulder & Scully, but just like H3 it was utterly pointless, had nothing to do with the core of the 'mythology' ox the x-files as H3 had nothing to do with Michael Myers, and killed the franchise.

    With the exception of 6 crappy sequels, some of which had their moments. Rob Zombie made a creepy horror film that would've been great had it not been labeled Halloween and ruined everything we love about Carpenter's '78 version.
    That said, it would be great to have an X-Files 3: End Game. When colonization finally begins. Come on! They make a clone of The Smoking Man even though his was blown up, and a clone of Kriechek as well with how many Samantha Mulder clones they had!

  • thirdeye42012

    sex drive is amazing, but i can't stress enough: WATCH THE UNRATED VERSION!!!! its so much different than the original. they use a lot of outtakes, which are often way funnier than the scripted lines. way better than superbad, one of the best comedies of the decade

  • Dheep

    Wow - who , exactly are you trying SO hard to impress with your hip writing? ( 2cnd Paragraph-Shoot 'Em Up). Certainly not us Clods who read "10 things you..... Lists?" . I take that back - I glanced over the other entries. You pretty much do it everywhere don't you? My God, you're depressing.

  • Desiree

    Warrior is definitely one of those movies that I intended to see because I love MMA, but forgot all about it while I was waiting for it to come out on DVD. I did finally watch it a couple of months ago, but not because I remembered on my own. I ran into it while browsing new and recent releases on Blockbuster @Home and remembered that it was one I wanted to watch so I added it to my queue. Maguita NYC has described it perfectly and I recommend it to all movie lovers, including those who aren’t into MMA. I’ll have to add a few of these other movies to my queue, like The Crazies and Goon. I work with a number of movie lovers at Dish and I’ve heard nothing but good thinks about Goon. It’s probably about time that I check it out – thanks!

  • kirbyjay

    Fillion, Hardy, Olyphant.....where have I heard these names before?

  • Jake T

    Awesome list, but I didn't forget to watch any of them :p

  • Poptart

    Where's the Mr. Pibb? It's the only coke I like!

  • Brian

    The X-Files movie was miserably awful. I am a huge fan of the series and the first movie, but I absolutely hated the new movie on all fronts.

  • I've seen none of these... probably for reasons you intimated in your intro para. Except "Goon"- Fuck "goon" and the a-holes who glorify fighting in hockey.

  • valerie

    Sex Drive has been in my Netflix queue forever...this might be the final push.
    The Crazies however, was awful and so boring. Even the Olyphant couldn't fix a dull script that led nowhere. Wasn't even worth the $1 redbox rental price...well maybe for that pitchfork scene.

  • Grammbly

    Do yourself a favor and leave it in the queue. It's godawful. Rent Road Trip or American Pie or Superbad or Can't Hardly Wait or just rub salt
    in your eyes.

  • BlackRabbit

    Yes, Fright Night and Slither. An awesome double feature any time.

  • Jezzer

    Slither is a rare leading movie role for Nathan Fillion. I guarantee everyone at Pajiba has seen it. :P

  • ,

    Heh, I went to the library yesterday reminding myself that I haven't seen "Take Shelter" yet and dammit, they still don't have it.

    I second/third/fourh the love for "The Prestige" below. That's one convoluted motherfucker. I had to watch the damn thing 2-3 times to figure out what happened, and when I did, it was a bolt from the blue.

    Great movie.

    Never saw "The Illusionist." Don't need to.

    Saw "The Bank Job," though, and it's pretty damn good.

  • CardinalChunder

    Oh shit, a favourable review! Well it looks like I finally have a reason to take that Blu Ray of the crappier X files film out of the packaging where it has sat for at least two and a half years after someone gave it to me as a gift. And that was when I only had four Blu Rays to watch. I can't even read the side of it anymore because my selective vision just ignores it. Wow, I never thought...
    (reads review)
    Nevermind, see you next year, little buddy, when I may or may not idly tap the cellophane.

  • AudioSuede

    Having seen the majority of these movies, all I can say is that you're spot on with all of them. Especially Warrior. Require that shit. Also Bronson. Because Tom Hardy.

  • Staleface

    Thumbs up Goon, Shoot 'Em Up, and The Illusionist. Down w/ Sex Drive (minus first 15 mins) The Crazies, and Slither. Never meant to watch those and felt bored for two hours during Sex Drive. Long one for a teen movie.

  • Malware

    Shoot Em Up is one of the worst movies I have ever seen actually and I lost a lot of respect for some of the actors that were in it, no mean feat.

  • Ding! zeke agrees. That shit was harder to watch than Irreversible.

  • bev rage

    There's a whole 'nother category of films that feature the Harry Brown Signal.

    Spa-ding!

  • annie

    I watched Warrior with a friend on a whim and ended up spending the last scene screaming incoherently at the screen because I was so full of EMOTION. And this is from someone who gets angry when there are people crying anywhere near me in a movie or showing any feeling at all.

  • tmoney

    Sex Drive and Fired Up are my go-to movies when someone asks me for a funny movie recommendation. It amazes me when people haven't even heard of them and some of the others on this list.

  • I really tried with Sex Drive, but after 20 minutes I had to call uncle.

  • Grammbly

    It is almost aggressively unfunny. It's like a quarter step above the Seltzer/Friedberg Epic Movie, Meet The Spartans type shit.

  • Manny

    Every time I think of Slither I think "marriage is a sacred... bond." Such an odd yet fun movie, I think of the modern slashers it "got" what made the old ones nice and put its own spin on it.

    Fright Night remake, fun times.

    Shoot em Up, fun times and perfect follow up to Paul Walker's Running Scared in a double feature.

    Goon surprisingly gory, you feel every punch every & bone crack yet you'll love Scott's Doug Glatt the sweetest pugilist ever on screen and the movie is a worthy successor to Slap Shot with its memorable team and commentator oh and not to forget Schriber's Ross Rhea, awesome.

    I need to see Warrior & Sex Drive. The others I can live without.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I've actually seen most of these... but then, I've got too much time on my hand anyway.

  • frank247

    Hi, don't mind me, I'm just testing Disqus

  • frank247

    Looks fine to me.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well, that's certainly a matter of opinion.

  • junierizzle

    So glad you mentioned Hollywoodland. I recall seeing it in th theatre. I yhi k I was the only one there. You forgot to mention how great Affleck is in it, and that was back when everyone thought he was a joke.

    Ive seen all but Harry Brown and Goon. I keep neglecting Goon evrytime I go to a red box. But as a newly convert to Blu Ray, I just dony rent Dvds anymore.

  • Green Lantern

    "Hollywoodland" WAS goddamn amazing. I'm a major Superman fan, so this hit me on a couple of different levels. Oh and anyone who thinks Affleck can't act needs to see this, then STFU.

  • junierizzle

    Yeah, all the Superman stuff was awesome. I believe he was nominated for a couple of awards for his performance. That may have been the turning point in his career.

  • Fredo

    7 of these I have seen. And I love the first 4.

  • spljt

    Thanks, Dustin, for doing this list (and others, like underappreciated gems). I try to add theater-run movies that look interesting to my Netflix cue in the saved box so that when they do eventually make their way to dvd, I'm already in line. Somehow I missed Slither. Goody for me it goes straight into my queu!

  • laylaness

    The bit about Fright Night is missing the most important piece of information: Shirtless, be-eyeliner'd David Tennant.

  • Ted Zancha

    Shoot em Up and Slither are amazing.

    Also, why do I keep forgetting about Warrior. Everyone says I need to watch it.

  • Kate at June

    I was an extra in Warrior and I still haven't watched it...

  • Ted Zancha

    Isn't there the time honored response by actors that they "don't watch their own films"?

    Just go with that. It will make you look like a professional.

  • Maguita NYC

    I lose it whenever Warrior is mentioned. People are usually afraid of those fight movies, especially when it is not such a popular sport to base your movie on in the first place.

    But the acting, oh the acting in Warrior will blow you away. The mute pleading in Nick Nolte's eyes, the hunched down affectation of Tom Hardy that expresses his low expectations from life and mostly the people in it, and Tom Edgerton, the perfect winner, the one whom everybody loves, everybody roots for. The natural hero.

    ***SPOILER ALERT***

    And all those characters, all that build up steadily moving towards two of the greatest scenes on film: The heart-wrenching moment between Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy, when father goes off the sobriety train and how his son finally holds him. And the finale. Two brothers mercilessly beating the crap out of each other. On one of the most amazing soundtracks, that helped this movie stay away from the Rockys and whatever shitty and tacky fight movies you've watched before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • ManBearPig

    WARRIORS come out and playay!
    No, that didn´t come out right.
    I know where the door is to other parts of the www, I´ll see my self out.

  • I guess I spend way too much time watching movies, because I've seen all of these except for Hollywoodland. The only one I really didn't enjoy was Warrior, and I WANTED to like that one (my TH crush borders on ridonkulous). I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I just couldn't see what all the fuss was about.

  • Klempenski

    I find it funny that you're recommending Warrior again while still "abhorring" MMA.

  • Cabbage418

    My husband and I just watched Fright Night, which we had completely forgotten that we totally meant to see. Come for the Tenth Doctor's eye make-up and stay because Charlie Bartlett is surprisingly adorable.

  • SBrown

    Your blurb about The Crazies is missing two important words: Olyphantastic, y'all.

  • Calraigh

    OLYPHANTASTIC.It reaaly, really is.

  • BWeaves

    I loved Slither, and that sort of movie normally isn't my cup of tea. But, I have a love of all things Fillion, and the movie was quite funny, so I really enjoyed it.

    The Prestige and The Illusionist both came out at the same time, and I saw them within days of each other. I honestly can't remember which one was which or which one I liked.

    I can't bring myself to watch Shoot Em Up, although I have seen the scene shown in the photo. Firstly, why hunt down a lactating hooker when you can buy baby formula everywhere. Secondly, if she is a hooker, why is she wearing pants while she's supposely having sex with you and you're nekkid.

  • CardinalChunder

    The Prestige. The Prestige was the one you liked.
    The Prestige was like 'Primer' in period setting, The Illusionist was an overwrought period melodrama with magic tricks.
    The Prestige had an utterly fantastical conclusion that nevertheless worked, The Illusionist had an utterly predictable ending, that nevertheless strained credulity.
    Although, as Calraigh said, it did look pretty, and Paul Giamatti managed to save a couple of scenes.

  • Calraigh

    The Prestige is fantastic and indecipherable, The Illusionist is badly written, acted (Norton cant do accents, he just can't ) and essentially just pretty looking. Biel wears a few nice dresses. The other one has Bowie. As Tesla.

  • Calraigh

    I may or may not have been responsible for all the international takings for both The Crazies and The X-Files: I Want A Reprieve. I am equally obsessed with Olyphant and Sculder, respectively, so honestly these were like manna for myself. Also, I Am Number 4. To be fair, I walked out after Olyphant was, y'know ''exeunt ''. The Crazies is legitimately a fantastic little film, as is A Perfect Getaway.
    I'll be off now.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Goon has already achieved cult status for me and a handful of friends. It's just so good. Despite what a certain shunner says, it's excellent. Do you have any fuckin percocets?

  • Even Stevens

    Fucking Goon. You still owe me for that, Norton! *Shakes fists*

  • lowercase_ryan

    Your agony is payment enough. Wait, I owe you? Ungrateful much?? It's on the LIST Erin. THE LIST!!! ^^^^^ your argument is invalid.

  • Kate at June

    If they do make another X-files movie, you'd probably be better off just seeing that one and pretending this one doesn't exist. There were moments that made my tiny shipper heart sing, but mostly I was just annoyed. And Amanda Peet was there, right? ANNOYED.

  • Calraigh

    She died though. REALLY WELL, after calling him Fox and tryna get her flirt on. So there was that. But yeah, much like the 9th season, it shouldn't be spoken of, at all. At all.

  • The boy and I had some fun and silly date nights with Goon and Sex Drive. I'll have to remind myself to watch Harry Brown soon, it's been in my instant queue forever. Damned Parks and Rec keeps willing me to rewatch it.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Treat yo'self.

  • seth

    I love Fight the Future! It made the second one that more disappointing.

    Goon be in me instant queue laddie!

  • Maguita NYC

    Can we add Ninja Assassin to that list?

    Besides the fact that "Rain" (yes, that is his name) is absolutely beautiful and french-slobbering worthy, Ninja Assassin was really good, bloody exciting fun. I never get tired of watching this one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Pants-are-a-must

    "Fired Up" is totally awesome. I should watch it again.

  • emmelemm

    I own several of these on DVD... so, no, I haven't forgotten about them.

  • Bill Pardy

    I'm Bill Pardy

  • KatSings

    I love Shoot 'Em Up. We have a shelf of movies we watch for the ridiculous action and this is one of the best in our made up genre.

  • CrystalW187

    Am I the only one who thought The Illusionist sucked? Although to be fair, Jessica Biel's actressin' and blow-up doll lips ruin everything she's in for me.

  • wojtek

    God yes, I remember being really annoyed by it... and not much else, to be honest

  • KatSings

    Nope. TheMaskedEmu and I both disliked it (which was a really unpopular opinion with the friends we saw it with). It also suffers from comparison - it was released at the same general time that The Prestige was, and there was no fucking way it was going to be the better of the two.

  • AngelenoEwok

    I hate The Prestige. THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT.

  • Ok you can say it, but I don't have to like it. I like both, but Bowie sways me every time.

  • Kailan_Sunshine

    I'm not the only one!! The Prestige is the only movie I've walked out of after paying to see it in theaters.

  • Josh Alexander

    The ONLY movie? What about Ultra Violet? I walked out of that one. I'm the guy that goes to see movies by myself at least 4-5 times a year because nobody else wants to see certain movies. I am a huge movie aficionado and will sit through almost any movie, but I could not do it for Ultra Violet. I thoroughly enjoy The Prestige though!

  • AngelenoEwok

    We should start a support group. Granted, the first time I watched it I was heavily medicated and recovering from bronchitis, and we made it a double feature with The Illusionist. By the end of both I was like "What the eff did we just watch?" But a few weeks back my husband and I gave it a solid rewatch, and I'm sorry, that flick (like most Nolan movies) does not hold up (YES YES SHADDUP). Once you know where it's all going...blegh.

  • TheReinaG

    "I am so interested in turn of the century magicians that I will pay $10 to see a film about them" said no one ever. Only in Hollywood would two separate studios decide the public simply demanded two separate movies about turn of the century era magicians. (That being said, I would make babies with The Prestige)

  • blorft

    This is such a relief to hear. I remember watching it with two friends, and at the end we looked at eachother and said, "That? Was terrible." I mentally broke up with Edward Norton immediately. And this was before I saw the Prestige, which I ended up loving.

    In the years since, no one besides those two friends has ever agreed with me that that movie is an unentertaining mess. I'm glad it wasn't just me.

  • anon33

    OMG I mentally broke up with Norton over that movie too! It was just...not.

  • Tammy

    Good GRAVY do I love The Prestige. That is a movie so damned good I watched it twice within 24 hours. I could not wait any longer to revel again in that gorgeous, fucked-up world where David Bowie plays Nikola Tesla (!!!!).

    Methinks I need another viewing...

  • If you look at side-by-side pictures of Bowie and Tesla, the casting was just perfect.
    Not quite as eerie as Lovecraft and Michael Phelps, but still.
    And I loved both The Illusionist and The Prestige, but I have a weakness for costume flicks that aren't romances.

  • CrystalW187

    I, too, loved The Prestige, and I share your penchant for costume dramas. But how was The Illusionist not a romance?

  • It's definitely got a romance element, but it's got a lot more going on than just a love story. It was constructed more as a mystery, and I enjoyed that.

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