Against The Crowd Blogathon 2016
I'm a little early with this post, but I'll be going on vacation this week and likely will not have internet access for most of it. So before I wake up at a ridiculous hour to head to the airport, he's my contribution to one of my favorite blogging events.
Wendell over at Dell on Movies is back with his yearly Against The Crowd blogathon. This year he's teaming up with KG over at KG Movie rants as well. He asks us to choose one movie we love that the majority does not, and one we dislike, that the majority loves. Here are the official rules.
1. Pick one movie that "everyone" loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% 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 less than 35% 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. Comment on this post, or on KG's Movie Rants with the two movies you intend on writing on.
6. Publish your post on any day from Monday August 22 through Friday August 26, 2016.
Here are my entries from 2014 and 2015
Now, I should start off by saying I don't hate this movie. It had some good parts, but I definitely don't like it. I talked about my experience seeing this in theaters. My then three year old kept telling me how sad it was and proceeded to crawl into my lap and stay there during the entire film. I was so worried he was going to cry. Fast forward a year, it's on DVD and he asks to watch it again. I watch with him, hoping that maybe it'll change my mind....nope.
This movie's plot, while straightforward is actually quite poorly executed and the middle of the film is just a jumbled mess. In fact, I think it borderlines on pretentious a bit. It's a children's film with an important lesson, yet it's almost like it forgets it's supposed to be appealing to said children. It's something Zootopia mastered gracefully. But Inside Out seems to be speaking to the parents, and if that's the case, why are you wasting the originality of your story on forced actions? Why is Bing Bong supposed to be such a big deal when he's easily one of the most annoying parts of the entire movie? Aside from the gum commercial theme song, and Riley asking for help at the end, nothing else in this movie is memorable.
I was staring at my DVD rack looking for the film I love that everyone dislikes. When I typed this title into Rotten Tomatoes, I was shocked that it had a rotten rating to begin with. I suppose "bored teens in suburbia" has quite a few films to its name, but this one is so unique and has such a wonderful cast. When a teenage drug dealer commits suicide, his friend Dean is the only one who knows where his stash is and refuses to tell anyone. So a few of his fellow classmates/neighbors kidnap his brother for ransom, only they grab the wrong kid.
Maybe critics don't like the fake cartoon they threw in? Or the ridiculous name? Or the fact that all these families are super weird? I loved that. It's one of my favorite films centered on teenagers and it has an amazing cast. Jamie Bell, Justin Chatwin, Lou Taylor Pucci, Camilla Belle, Ray Fiennes, Glenn Close, Jason Isaacs, Allison Janney, Carrie-Anne Moss. What's not to like about that? 2005 was a good year for independent films.