2018 Against The Crowd Blogathon


Oh man, do I love this blogathon. It's my fifth year participating and I'm glad Dell is bringing it back again. Before we get into it, here are the rules from the man himself:

1. Pick one movie that "everyone" loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.

2. Pick one movie that "everyone" hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.


3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.


4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.


5. Let us know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways:

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6. Publish your post on any day from Monday August 20 through Sunday August 26, 2017.


So what did I come up with? I actually had a hard time finding something over 75% this year. I kept running into 70-72%. Then when I finally found one I couldn't believe it didn't come to me immediately considering the amount of bitching I did about the film last year. Finding a low rating one I loved was much easier. 

These films don't really have anything in common, I attempted to stick with a theme as I had done a few times before, but it really had more to do with one lead being far better than the other. My apologies fellow cinephiles.....but I think Charlie Countryman is so much better than Darkest Hour


Darkest Hour 


There's always one Oscar movie that I just can't get into. Last year, it was Darkest Hour, which eventually won Gary Oldman an "overdue" Oscar even though men like Timothy Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, and James Franco acted circles around him. 85% of critics were smitten over this and Oldman's performance. 85%. It didn't matter that we already had a better Churchill (John Lithgow in The Crown...seriously I'll fight you) and a better WWII movie (Dunkirk) The majority loved it.



Goddamn, this was boring. Oldman is a great actor but he was drowning under his prosthetic double chin. A bunch of dudes arguing in a room is rarely compelling and I felt it was playing biopic stereotype bingo. Nothing and no one interested me in this. They stayed inside their box. Do you know who went out of theirs?


Charlie Countryman


I watched this again recently and it held up well. Shia LaBeouf is known for being pretty out there now but Charlie Countryman was the turning point for him. It's when he started picking more peculiar projects. They took a simple premise and turned it into something different, yet it only has a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Just 29%? Unlike Darkest Hour the supporting cast actually stand out. It's grim, wacky, fun, and touching all at the same time.  It never once feels like its simply going through the motions. It wants to be different, and succeeds.



Sure this movie was plagued by a bit of drama with MPAA fuckery and a late title change after it premiered at Sundance, but I adore it. It even has Ron Weasley running around high as a kite. Can you go wrong with that?

Thanks for hosting, Dell!  




20 comments:

  1. Wow. The Darkest Hour is one I plan on watching soon. Charlie Countryman wasn't even on my radar. I'll be watching both now to see where I stand. Interesting what you say about Oldman struggling through his makeup because I felt DiCaprio had the same problem in J. Edgar. If it's bad that will ruin the movie for me. Great post. Thanks for being involved again!

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    1. That is an excellent example. I felt the same way about Leo in that movie.

      Hopefully you like Darkest Hour more than I did, I was just irritated throughout lol.

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  2. Dude...Darkest Hour looked boring AF. And, I say that loving Dunkirk...which was my #1 of last year.

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    1. Dunkirk>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Darkest Hour

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  3. Christ Alive this turd has 85%?! I havent even finish this movie

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  4. I was terribly disappointed in Darkest Hour too. I usually love that type of film and the cast certainly couldn't be more solid but it lost me with its draggy pace. I wish I had just rewatched the brilliant The Gathering Storm with Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave as the Churchills. It told basically the same story and was just brilliant doing everything right that this did wrong.

    I'm unfamiliar with Charlie Countryman and am usually not a LeBeouf fan but I've queued it up to check out and see what I think.

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    1. I hope you like it! If you don't, feel free to return and yell at me lol

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  5. I am one who loves The darkest hour and I hate Dunkirk which I could have chosen for my hate film too. I agree with Joel about Albert Finney as Churchill who gave a stellar performance. I don't know Charlie Countryman but I'd be willing to check it out

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    1. I never saw The Gathering Storm either but I don't have trouble believing it's probably better than Darkest Hour lol

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  6. I just saw some of Darkest Hour as it had some good performances but I'm still iffy about it. Charlie Countryman I do want to see because of ERW.

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    1. Evan is great. I can't speak to how accurate her Romanian accent is but she's very consistent with it so it worked for me.

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  7. UGH I am right there with you in being unimpressed by Darkest Hour. Bruno Delbonnel's cinematography was the only thing that occasionally saved the movie for me. It was just so uninteresting/unilluminating on every level, and Oldman was giving a particularly surface-level performance.

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  8. Nice picks! I completely forgot about Dark Hour. I think I even forgot about it while the Oscars were going on. It looked boring as hell.

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  9. Darkest Hour was so damn boring! I haven't seen The Crown so I don't know about Churchill, but Dunkirk is way, way better than this.

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    1. The Crown is SO GOOD! You need to see that show.

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  10. I actually quite liked Darkest Hour. >_>
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    lol, haven't seen Charlie Countryman, though. :P

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    1. I'm always happy when people find movies they like, so I won't knock you for Darkest Hour. I wish I would've liked it like everyone else did. lol

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