Friday, August 23, 2019

Against The Crowd Blogathon


It is once a year where you can choose a movie you hate that everyone loves and a choose a movie you love that everyone hates. You must show the rating from Rotten Tomatoes and explain why you dislike the film and why you like the film. Does that make sense?? I have chosen a classic film that everyone says is a triumph but i just don't see why and I chose a dumb ass comedy that I love but it gets a sour rating. The host for this yearly series is Dell at Dell on Movies which you should check out. I believe the list will be up on Monday August 26th so you have until that time to join in and have some fun.

The film that is heralded as great and I just can't stand is...

AGHHHH! I can't seem to show the Rotten Tomatoes score as it says "server failed" . The film received a 96% approval rating and you can see it here.

The film is...

TOUCH OF EVIL-1958


OK, I know I am supposed to love this film because, it is  considered a classic, it has Orson Welles who directed, wrote and co-starred in the film, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Weaver...the list goes on but I just had a hard time with it because I was laughing at some major points which were supposed to be full of angst. I will say the opening shot is excellent and I do love the camera angles but it is just so over the top that I am surprised Mamie van Doren and Vampira don't co-star. I can't get over the lousy look of Charlton Heston as a, ready..., Mexican. I mean...Moses is a Mexican. He is a narcotics officer on his honeymoon  with the beautiful Janet Leigh in a declining, no nothing, desert town near the Mexican border (can you say he went all out on their Honeymoon) when a car explodes. From there the couple are drawn into the seedy life of this town led by the corrupt, very obese Orson Welles. Janet is kidnapped by a gang that looks like they just came off the set of Grease, led by cougar Mercedes McCambridge who is chewing the scenery as some lesbo who has the hots for poor Janet. Dennis Weaver is over-acting, I could hardly understand what Orson was saying. The only bright spot was Marlene as some gypsy who looks at Orson and says, in her thick German accent,  "You're fat." I will try and watch this again but I feel like this is the Emperor's New Clothes where everyone says it's wonderful and a classic but it is just wrong.

Now, the movie I like which everyone hates and,  .... OK Problem again with Rotten Tomatoes, only received 28% approval rating which you can see here, is...

GET HARD-2015


If you can't stand Will Farrell then just move right along because this is a movie starring this moron. To be honest, I have a feeling he is a real jerk just from what little I have seen of him on the red carpet but I find him hilarious except in those Anchorman movies. This film is not going to win any awards but I was laughing real hard (Haaa!)  at this dumb ass flick(FYI Asses are shown in this film and I don't mean the donkey/mule kind) where this man plays a wealthy, jerk stock trader ready to marry some twit who happens to be his boss's daughter. He is framed for insider trading so he hires Kevin Hart to help him survive prison. The problem is Kevin Hart knows nothing about prison. Poor Kevin is a family man who hopes to buy a house one day. It's dumb, it has no grandiose plans to make my mind work and think deeply about life. It is politically incorrect so...what's not to love, unless you can't stand Will Farrell.

24 comments:

  1. I've never even heard of that one. Will Farrell is a love him or hate him kind of guy. I've liked a couple movies of his, but others not at all. Like Anchorman. The only thing funny about that film is the line 'You killed a man with a trident.'

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    1. yeah..I think a lot of people dislike Farrell

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  2. I Haven't heard of the Will farrell film either...but if it makes you laugh I am going to find it!....looking forward to a really hot sunny weekend here enjoy yours Birgit....xxxx

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    1. I am not sure it's your cup of tea since i like most comedy styles but I hope you do

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  3. I really like, though don't love, Touch of Evil. I agree that Heston is all wrong as the lead character but such were the times. However Anthony Quinn was a relatively big star at the time and would have made infinitely more sense in the part. Other than that big sore thumb I thought it was suspenseful and inventively shot. Marlene Dietrich, though her role is small is the MVP.

    I heard of Get Hard but I'm not a Ferrell fan so along with the fact that it looks dumb as dirt I'll probably never see it.

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    1. Oh gosh...yes, that Farrell flick is dumb as dirt but I find it funny especially since I can turn my brain off. Anthony Quinn would have been much better, even Ricardo Montalban. I agree with you about the camera work and Marlene.

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    2. Now...which ones would you choose for this blogfest?

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  4. I've never heard of either of these films, but I sure loved your synopses. They never fail to make me laugh, no matter how serious the subject. You are so good at finding the humor in everything. I loved the concept and how well you chose films you could actually justify. Glad you played along.

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  5. Oh man I wish I had seen either of these so I could understand you.

    I need to finish up Against the Crowd. I had my love one so easily but the hate was harder to choose

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  6. I'm sorry you didn't like Touch of Evil. I personally love that film and much of Welles' work. Get Hard for some reason didn't work for me as I'm starting to feel like everything he's done after The Lego Movie (w/ the exception of Daddy's Home), he's been on a decline in terms of quality and studios are playing more to his persona rather than showcase more of his strengths as an actor as I think splitting from Adam McKay has become a big mistake.

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  7. Ugg, can't stand the man child schtick he goes on and on with. He just seems like such an attention seeker and he'll do anything to get it. Elf and Old School are the only ones I can stand him in.

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  8. One of my sons loved 'Scent of a Woman'. He'd watch it over and over. I hated it.

    I saw Touch of Evil ages ago and can't really remember it, so I must not have liked it. And I'm no fan of Will Farrell, though I liked The Lego Movie, since his role was minimal.

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  9. I like Will Ferrell in Elf, but usually he isn't one of my favorite actors either. I pick Anchorman as a film people like but I don't. I think I can put Tom Cruise in the same category. And a movie I like that others don't like...hmmmm...Happy weekend.

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  10. I haven't seen a Will Ferrell movie in a few years

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  11. “An old lady on Main Street last night picked up a shoe. The shoe had a foot in it. We're gonna make you pay for that mess.”
    ~ Police Captain Hank Quinlan


    Hokey-Smoke, BIRGIT! I can't believe you don't like 'TOUCH OF EVIL'. I have that at #4 on my list of all-time favorite Film Noirs, if you don't count 'Casablanca' as Film Noir. And I have it at #5 if you DO count 'Casablanca' as Film Noir, which it absolutely IS, and anyone who says it isn't is very wrong!

    And, actually, I was surprised by how well Heston pulled off the Mexican bit. The first time I saw 'TOUCH OF EVIL' I was surprised by how much he looked like the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. If Vicente Fox is Mexican looking, then so is Heston in 'TOE':

    [Link> Charleton Heston

    [Link> Former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox

    I think my choices would be...

    'KILL BILL', which has an 85% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and which I only got about 20 minutes into before I shut that crap off and drove the movie back to the rental shop.

    And then there's Ed Wood's 'GLEN OR GLENDA' which I enjoy for the same reasons I enjoy 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' (it's so bad that it's funny) but which only has a 35% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

    And, by the way, I personally give the website Rotten Tomatoes only a 15% approval rating.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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  12. I also enjoyed Get Hard. I love Will Ferrell.

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  13. Haven't seen Touch of Evil, but now I really want to. As for Get Hard...sigh...didn't work for me. Then again, that's the whole point of this so great job. Thanks for joining!

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  14. Not a big fan of Will Ferrell at all (EXCEPT the first Anchorman...lol), but this doesn't look bad. I'll wait to see it on cable, though.
    FYI, I thought "Get Hard" was a porno. Good thing I looked at the trailer to find out otherwise.

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    1. I haven't seen either of these. I'm probably the only people in the world that isn't a Will Farrell fan:)

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  16. When you said Kevin Hart, I then knew we saw the Will Ferrell movie. Can't remember much of the story, but I cracked up enough to sit through it. We watched it on Netflix.
    That first movie sounds horrendous. I generally skip anything with Heston in it, but your description of the actors in character, Birgit, is so vivid I want to see it.

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  17. Hi, Birgit!

    Touch of Evil is another film I studied in my cinema history course in college. I have to agree with you. It's as if the whole civilized world was saying that anything Orson Welles produced is automatically a classic. Maybe it is but, like you, I couldn't get into it. I also agree with you about Get Hard, even though I haven't seen it. The trailer alone had me laughing out loud and that's a good sign that I would enjoy it every bit as much as you did.

    I love Flashdance and it gets only 35% on the Tomatometer. Ron Howard's Backdraft gets a 74% on the Tomatometer. I noticed several key weaknesses in the film and didn't like it at all.

    Please feel better soon, dear friend BB!

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  18. Hope today has been a good day for you and your pain barometer is reading low to none:)

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  19. Yeah, not a big Will Ferrell fan. I liked the one he did where he's the subject of Emma Thompson's book (can't remember the title now), but that was a departure for him. But hey, if it makes you laugh, then it's done its job.

    Never seen Touch of Evil. Heard it was great. I think I'll skip.

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