Great not-great movies
December 3, 2012 8 Comments
I’ve noticed that often when I make a special point of praising a movie, I go to IMDB and find out that it has a lukewarm rating, like 5.9 or 6.2 or whatever. So these are movies where either I’m just wrong or the masses are wrong. And it couldn’t be me could it?
Let’s find out. Here, then, with the help of IMDB’s Advanced Search are some more examples from the 2010s (what are we calling this decade, anyway?) of Sub-7.0-User-Rated-Movies that Sonic Charmer gives the Sonic Charmer Seal Of Greatness (in descending order of IMDB rating). Enjoy:
- Hanna: Spooky-looking trained-killer girl / forced fairy-tale metaphor. What’s not to like?
- Boy Wonder: Psychologically realistic superhero.
- Super: Same as above, but funnier.
- Bernie: Again, Jack Black will get an Oscar one of these days.
- John Carter: Seriously! What’s the problem?
- The Other Guys: Endlessly rewatchable. So many things are hilarious about this movie. Even Marky Mark gave a hilarious performance.
- Sound of My Voice: Between this and Another Earth I will basically just watch anything associated with Brit Marling from now on. (Of course, I said the same thing about Richard Kelly after Donnie Darko.)
- Young Adult: Brilliant. Might be the best on this list. This is the one Charlize should have gotten an Oscar for.
- The American: Like the Ocean’s movies, without being funny, i.e. with George Clooney being a Guy doing Guy Stuff.
- Tomorrow, When the War Began: Australian Red Dawn ripoff. Good enough to actually make me nostalgic for Red Dawn. I’m also looking forward to the other Red Dawn now. More Red Dawns not less!
- The Myth of the American Sleepover: Sleepy/boring tweenaged American Graffiti/Dazed & Confused knockoff. Sweet.
- Damsels in Distress: Whit Stillman. Previously discussed.
- Haywire: Steven Soderbergh doing a one-dimensional action/thriller starring a hot kick boxer. COME ON! I shouldn’t have to say this twice.
- The Tourist: In spite of itself and its hilarious Cary Grant/Stanley Donen/Hitchcock aspirations, and the hilariously over-the-top Angelina Jolie parody put forth by…Angelina Jolie.
- The Innkeepers: Previously discussed.
Let me know if there are any questions. But presumably not. Because again, I’m not wrong. YOU are.
Note: I have managed to whittle the list down to 15 by eliminating/pre-emptively disqualifying a bunch of Stupid Nicolas Cage Thrillers That He Presumably Churned Out In Just Order To Pay His Back Taxes To The IRS But Which Are Still Pretty Good In Spite Of It All. Now on Netflix streaming!