I don’t typically like writing negatively about films (because it takes so much hard work and creativity to make a movie) but I decided to get a little snarky this week anyways. Here are a few films that I strongly dislike. If you totally disagree with one or more of my picks, I’d love to hear from you! I also want to know what movies you just can’t stand either! It’s good to be brutally honest once and awhile.
El Topo (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970)
I wish I was cool enough to like El Topo. I consider myself to be into the “weird” and “surreal,” but Jodorowsky takes it too far for me. Before watching the El Topo I had read that it was John Lennon’s favorite film, so naturally, I wanted to love it. Unfortunately, it’s just too damn weird for me. Like way too weird, and super creepy!
Jobs (dir. Joshua Michael Stern, 2013)
This is an example of what a movie should not be: overly dramatic, poorly written, and with little character development. You can read my review for Critics Associated for a deeper understanding of why I hate this film, though I must admit, I’d definitely consider hate-watching it again sometime.
Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater, 2014)
Wow, I am not a fan of Boyhood. In fact, I almost loath it. Yeah, that’s harsh, but it’s the honest truth. I know a lot of critics were into it, but part of me thinks that’s just because it’s about a dude who came of age around the same time many young male critics did? Maybe you relate to his story, and that’s cool, but I sure as hell didn’t. Here’s the review I wrote for Catch-all and Kenneth Turan’s brilliant commentary on the film.
American Sniper (dir. Clint Eastwood, 2014)
UGH. American Sniper was one of the most difficult films I’ve ever sat through. Here’s a blurb from my Oscars 2015 Ranking post (and for the record, I placed it last):
“Beyond the fact that I did not like American Sniper from a social and political standpoint, I also thought it was poorly assembled and lacked substantial character development. It basically felt like 134 minutes of Clint Eastwood shoving his personal opinions on contemporary American war culture down my throat, and it wasn’t a pleasant feeling. The performances were good, but the lackluster script really didn’t provide the actors with the opportunity to do more than just be good.”
He’s Just Not That Into You (dir. Ken Kwapis, 2009)
When I saw He’s Just Not That Into You in 2009, I don’t know where, how, or why I did. I certainly didn’t see it in theaters, and I don’t think I rented it. Either way, I know I watched it and I remember hating it. I haven’t revisited the film since then, and have basically forgotten why I disliked it so much, but because hearing the mention of the title still repulses me, I decided it should probably go on this list. Maybe I’ll watch it again soon to remind myself why it’s so horrible?
Okay, well that was enough snark for me!
Anyhoo, there’s my list of five movies I just can’t stand! Making a film takes so much time, passion, talent, and hard work, so I certainly don’t discredit the value of these films entirely – they just aren’t my cup of tea! Let me know about some of your least favorite films in the comment section below!