Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Top 50 Most Hated Films of All Time

A few days ago, someone on Total Film provided the "master list" of the 50 Most Hated Films of All Time.  Before I continue, here is the list:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  2. Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  3. Forrest Gump
  4. Twilight
  5. Psycho (1998)
  6. Batman and Robin
  7. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  8. Titanic
  9. House of the Dead
  10. Die Another Day
  11. The Last Airbender
  12. The Happening
  13. Lady in the Water
  14. Avatar
  15. Catwoman
  16. Hulk (2003)
  17. Love Actually
  18. Highlander 2: The Quickening
  19. Aliens Vs. Predator
  20. X-Men: The Last Stand
  21. The Wicker Man (2006)
  22. Battlefield Earth
  23. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  24. Pearl Harbor
  25. The Avengers
  26. Planet of the Apes (2001)
  27. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  28. Sex and the City 2
  29. Spider-Man 3
  30. Alien Resurrection
  31. Sucker Punch
  32. Crash (2005)
  33. The Spirit
  34. Van Helsing
  35. Godzilla
  36. The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions
  37. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  38. Clash of the Titans (2010)
  39. Epic Movie
  40. Swept Away
  41. Constantine
  42. Jersey Girl
  43. Resident Evil
  44. Fantastic Four
  45. Halloween (2007)
  46. Exorcist II: The Heretic
  47. Terminator: Salvation
  48. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  49. Superman Returns
  50. Daredevil
Okay, now that you've digested the list, let me give you four major problems I have with it and it actually has nothing to do with my personal opinion of the quality of movies on this list.

1. If the writer had called this list "The 50 Movies I hate the Most of All Time", this blog entry doesn't exist. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, even if I don't agree with them. However, as this is a 'master list' (as the pompous ass on JoBlo called it), well, let me just say this is the sort of arrogant b.s. that is ruining the film industry these days. The 3 major factors for ruining movies of today? 1) stupid corporate execs who don't know jack about movies, but meddle in them anyway, 2) stupid fanboys who want everyone to like what they like that's considered geeky, no matter how much the adaptation spits and disrespects the original and 3) stupid, pompous, elitist, arrogant, stuck-up jackasses like the putz who dreamed up this list. I knew people in film class in university who sounded like this wretch. Let me just say, I value my Father's opinion, who never even went to university but loves movies, over this asswipes like this schmuck.

2. For a film to be "hated" to me, it must be offensive in some way.  Offensive as in racist like Birth of a Nation or degrading to women in American Pie.  Offensive against the original source material, like Transformers. Offensive in its total disregard of the fans, like Superman Returns (okay, that's on the list). However, I find it hard to believeHowever, I find it hard to believe that some of these films are hated.  Forrest Gump?  Titanic?  Avatar?  Love Actually?????  Really? Who hates these movies?  Sure, you may or may not like some of them, you can argue that some of the films are overrated, but hated???? REALLY?  To hate these movies, you must hate film in general, because there is no reason to hate these movies.  They don't do anything?  They don't rape and murder and rob from the poor.  They're just movies?  Either you like them or not, but hate?

3. Look at the list again. Do you notice?  With the exception of The Exorcist 2 and Highlander 2, there are no movies made before the early-mid nineties on his list.  So what, people hated movies only occasionally before the mid-nineties?  Where's the older stuff that people supposedly hate?  Heaven's Gate?  Ishtar? The Cotton Club?  Where are those movies?  Movies became hated if made after 1994?  What is this? Or how about this: this is the list of someone with limited movie knowledge who is only using elitist, populist opinions because they truly have no opinion of their own. 4. The writer of the list used various reviews to back up his/her claims.  Some were off "legitimate" film critics (I use quotes because it's off Rotten Tomatoes who considers anyone with a keyboard and an opinion to be a critic), but also You Tube comments and off other websites.  This just smacks of a desperate person looking to push their own agenda.  I can just easily find 1 good review for all of these movies or comments (just 1!) and make my own list called the '50 Most Loved Movies of All Time' and make just as good an argument as this crap-for-brains that everyone loves these movies on this list.  So, you know what the list proves, actually?  Nothing, other than the contributors on movie sites are a bunch of assclowns. 

 So, this is the end of my rant.  If you feel that any of these movies deserve absolute hatred, by all means, leave a comment and tell me why these movies are the most hated (of all time...I can't believe it).  Just be warned, as much as I may agree the movies may suck (or not), it takes a really repulsive movie, to make me use the word HATE.

- Stephenstein

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