2019 Against The Crowd Blogathon
Summer is almost over and that means it's time for another Against The Crowd blogathon from Dell! I love everything about his blog, but especially this feature because it's so fun to write every year. It's a great feeling to champion a film you think is under appreciated, then bitch about another. It's my 6th time participating. Below are the rules:
1) Pick one movie “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have 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 (just include all the pertinent details).
5)Let us know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways: Comment on this or any ACB 2019 post on this site, Tweet me @w_ott3, E-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) Publish your post on any day from Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25, 2019 (tighter schedule this year), and include a link to this announcement. If you’re a podcaster or YouTuber that is interested in participating just talk about your chosen movies during your closest podcast and/or video to those dates and mention that you are taking part in this blogathon. You could also just tweet about it!
The funny thing about this year's Against the Crowd blogathon is that I actually started thinking about it back in February. I was watching another movie with Benjamin Walker and immediately thought of my "worst" pick. So let's start with the better of the two.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I'm sneaking by Dell's 35% mark, but y'all...this movie is hysterical. Why do more people not appreciate one of the most influential presidents in the history of the United States being re-written as a vampire hunter? It's brilliant. The cast of Walker, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmie Simpson, Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell is more than solid. It's actually shot very well. (Sure, they use slow motion a lot but it looks cool here) It's just a fun movie to watch with friends, or even alone when you need a good laugh. I know the actual Lincoln (2012) movie got all the love, but don't sleep on this one. It should be a cult classic.
But speaking of an actual cult classic that I just didn't love...
AkiraI know, I know. This is the film that made Americans love anime but I think it's garbage. Even more so because it legitimately has an intriguing concept and wastes it with a convoluted plot, ridiculous pacing, sexism, and it breaks the cardinal-rule of having a movie that follows unlikable characters by not making them or their goals the least bit interesting. I can't do it. I can't like this.
As always, thanks for another opportunity for me to gush and bitch about something, Dell!