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RE: Utterly awful. - 11/3/2013 3:04:27 PM   
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When general consensus is so "out of whack" with yours, it's perhaps time to admit that it's just not your thing and move on, instead of just being convinced that everyone else is just blind as to how bad it is.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 11/3/2013 3:11:13 PM   
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Then perhaps I've been taking reviews far too seriously. Even so, for Empire to have given this film 5 stars, and for me to think it's only 1, makes me think Empire reviews are no longer reliable for my own tastes. Pass the Sight and Sound..


You're never going to get a magazine/film-website which is "reliable for your own tastes" because film by its very nature is subjective. It's impossible. How long will it be until you angry at Sight & Sound for publishing a review with which you'll totally disagree?

Mark Kermode recently called Cloud Atlas a failure that doesn't hang together. I totally disagree with him on that but that doesn't mean he's wrong. And I'm pretty sure Olly Richards wouldn't disagree with your negative reaction to Stoker in the way you did with his reaction.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 11/3/2013 8:03:57 PM   
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When general consensus is so "out of whack" with yours, it's perhaps time to admit that it's just not your thing and move on, instead of just being convinced that everyone else is just blind as to how bad it is.


I admit, it's not my thing. (I'm moving on)

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RE: Utterly awful. - 11/3/2013 8:13:54 PM   
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Then perhaps I've been taking reviews far too seriously. Even so, for Empire to have given this film 5 stars, and for me to think it's only 1, makes me think Empire reviews are no longer reliable for my own tastes. Pass the Sight and Sound..


You're never going to get a magazine/film-website which is "reliable for your own tastes" because film by its very nature is subjective. It's impossible. How long will it be until you angry at Sight & Sound for publishing a review with which you'll totally disagree?

Mark Kermode recently called Cloud Atlas a failure that doesn't hang together. I totally disagree with him on that but that doesn't mean he's wrong. And I'm pretty sure Olly Richards wouldn't disagree with your negative reaction to Stoker in the way you did with his reaction.


All true, except I couldn't care less how Olly Richards disagrees with me. He's entitled to his opinion, I'm entitled to mine. I happen to think he's wrong about what he wrote, and the fact that he represents a film publication makes me react even stronger.

To wrap this up for me, it's been interesting discussing film criticism. But I still maintain that gold standards exist, and whenever those standards are challenged (such as Empire's 5 star review of Stoker) I will be first in line to defend them.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 11/3/2013 10:27:33 PM   
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Yes, they should play this in lecture theatres to show how not to make a film. For that, this film is worth studying.

It's the kind of film made by people who think they understand how films/storytelling works, but actually don't.


I'm sorry but that is unicorn manure stinking from the high heavens.

There's a massive difference between something you don't like & something which is actually crap. Fair enough if you hated it (I can understand that), but to insinuate that cinematic incompetence was at work here is a complete nonsense & extremely disingenuous to the processes of film-making.

In the study of "how not to make a film", it is the Room which is your starting point.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 1:26:31 AM   
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This conversation reminds me of the Scream 4 thread

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 2:42:55 AM   
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I thought it was ok. i feel left out by my indifference

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 9:30:09 AM   
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All true, except I couldn't care less how Olly Richards disagrees with me. He's entitled to his opinion, I'm entitled to mine.


Okay. But...

quote:

I happen to think he's wrong about what he wrote, and the fact that he represents a film publication makes me react even stronger.


I thought you just said you couldn't care less? Why are you getting your knickers in such a twist? Calm down. It's a film, not a rectal exam.

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To wrap this up for me, it's been interesting discussing film criticism. But I still maintain that gold standards exist, and whenever those standards are challenged (such as Empire's 5 star review of Stoker) I will be first in line to defend them.


Such pomposity. Quite laughable, really.


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Exquisite - 12/3/2013 10:42:41 AM   
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Dark, unnerving, unpredictable. A great film which will stay with you, and best seen blind.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:04:42 AM   
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ORIGINAL: jrewing1000

All true, except I couldn't care less how Olly Richards disagrees with me. He's entitled to his opinion, I'm entitled to mine.


Okay. But...

quote:

I happen to think he's wrong about what he wrote, and the fact that he represents a film publication makes me react even stronger.


I thought you just said you couldn't care less? Why are you getting your knickers in such a twist? Calm down. It's a film, not a rectal exam.

quote:

To wrap this up for me, it's been interesting discussing film criticism. But I still maintain that gold standards exist, and whenever those standards are challenged (such as Empire's 5 star review of Stoker) I will be first in line to defend them.


Such pomposity. Quite laughable, really.



Not pompous at all. I'm passionate about my opinions. (which of course this is merely that, my opinion. Obviously)

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:05:52 AM   
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Yes, they should play this in lecture theatres to show how not to make a film. For that, this film is worth studying.

It's the kind of film made by people who think they understand how films/storytelling works, but actually don't.


I'm sorry but that is unicorn manure stinking from the high heavens.

There's a massive difference between something you don't like & something which is actually crap. Fair enough if you hated it (I can understand that), but to insinuate that cinematic incompetence was at work here is a complete nonsense & extremely disingenuous to the processes of film-making.

In the study of "how not to make a film", it is the Room which is your starting point.


Funny you should bring up The Room - because when I laughed out loud at this film for the 4th or 5th time, it was The Room that came to mind. I'm pretty sure Stoker will be next in line for cult comedy screenings & audience participation everywhere. (the piano duet is right up there with Johnny's love scenes).

I'd say it was less cinematic incompetence (the visuals were quite gorgeous throughout, nobody can deny that), and more narrative/storytelling incompetence. And whenever such gorgeous visuals have little to do with the narrative (such as many of the skilled yet utterly irrelevant camera moves), they fail too.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:21:06 AM   
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I haven't seen Stoker yet but I refuse to believe it's comparable to The Room.

Park Chan Wook's story-telling style might irk some, and that's understandable, but he's technically accomplished. Tommy Wiseau is a talentless chancer who made a really bad and boring film.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:24:30 AM   
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ORIGINAL: jrewing1000

All true, except I couldn't care less how Olly Richards disagrees with me. He's entitled to his opinion, I'm entitled to mine.


Okay. But...

quote:

I happen to think he's wrong about what he wrote, and the fact that he represents a film publication makes me react even stronger.


I thought you just said you couldn't care less? Why are you getting your knickers in such a twist? Calm down. It's a film, not a rectal exam.

quote:

To wrap this up for me, it's been interesting discussing film criticism. But I still maintain that gold standards exist, and whenever those standards are challenged (such as Empire's 5 star review of Stoker) I will be first in line to defend them.


Such pomposity. Quite laughable, really.



Not pompous at all. I'm passionate about my opinions. (which of course this is merely that, my opinion. Obviously)


We're all passionate about our opinions. But it's not passionate to suggest other people's opinions are wrong - it's pompous.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:43:39 AM   
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ORIGINAL: horribleives


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quote:

ORIGINAL: jrewing1000

All true, except I couldn't care less how Olly Richards disagrees with me. He's entitled to his opinion, I'm entitled to mine.


Okay. But...

quote:

I happen to think he's wrong about what he wrote, and the fact that he represents a film publication makes me react even stronger.


I thought you just said you couldn't care less? Why are you getting your knickers in such a twist? Calm down. It's a film, not a rectal exam.

quote:

To wrap this up for me, it's been interesting discussing film criticism. But I still maintain that gold standards exist, and whenever those standards are challenged (such as Empire's 5 star review of Stoker) I will be first in line to defend them.


Such pomposity. Quite laughable, really.



Not pompous at all. I'm passionate about my opinions. (which of course this is merely that, my opinion. Obviously)


We're all passionate about our opinions. But it's not passionate to suggest other people's opinions are wrong - it's pompous.


My entire argument here is about gold standards. If someone came to me and said they thought Citizen Kane was the worst film ever made, I'd say they were wrong. And I'd be right. Not pompous.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:44:45 AM   
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I haven't seen Stoker yet but I refuse to believe it's comparable to The Room.

Park Chan Wook's story-telling style might irk some, and that's understandable, but he's technically accomplished. Tommy Wiseau is a talentless chancer who made a really bad and boring film.


I didn't say it was comparable to The Room. I said it came to mind. Of course it's not that bad. But I wouldn't be surprised if Stoker ended up in the same ballpark.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 11:47:14 AM   
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No... you'd be pompous. Just because something is popularly regarded as one of the best things ever, doesn't mean everyone has to conform to that.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:11:34 PM   
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No... you'd be pompous. Just because something is popularly regarded as one of the best things ever, doesn't mean everyone has to conform to that.


Of course. But surely, SURELY, when it comes to appreciation of art, there is room for right and wrong? Citizen Kane is not regarded as one of the finest films ever made just because a lot of people say so, but because the evidence is there. Same goes for Shakespeare, Monet, Mozart etc. Are you saying that if someone said to you that Mozart made crap music, they'd be right or wrong? (opinion aside)

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:13:38 PM   
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No... you'd be pompous. Just because something is popularly regarded as one of the best things ever, doesn't mean everyone has to conform to that.


Of course. But surely, SURELY, when it comes to appreciation of art, there is room for right and wrong? Citizen Kane is not regarded as one of the finest films ever made just because a lot of people say so, but because the evidence is there. Same goes for Shakespeare, Monet, Mozart etc. Are you saying that if someone said to you that Mozart made crap music, they'd be right or wrong? (opinion aside)

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I get the impression you're more concerned with being fair, than with upholding a gold standard for art appreciation.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:16:21 PM   
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I haven't seen Stoker yet but I refuse to believe it's comparable to The Room.

Park Chan Wook's story-telling style might irk some, and that's understandable, but he's technically accomplished. Tommy Wiseau is a talentless chancer who made a really bad and boring film.

Whats the Room?

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:18:33 PM   
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I haven't seen Stoker yet but I refuse to believe it's comparable to The Room.

Park Chan Wook's story-telling style might irk some, and that's understandable, but he's technically accomplished. Tommy Wiseau is a talentless chancer who made a really bad and boring film.

Whats the Room?

Don't go there.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:19:28 PM   
AxlReznor

 

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No... you'd be pompous. Just because something is popularly regarded as one of the best things ever, doesn't mean everyone has to conform to that.


Of course. But surely, SURELY, when it comes to appreciation of art, there is room for right and wrong? Citizen Kane is not regarded as one of the finest films ever made just because a lot of people say so, but because the evidence is there. Same goes for Shakespeare, Monet, Mozart etc. Are you saying that if someone said to you that Mozart made crap music, they'd be right or wrong? (opinion aside)


I would disagree with them, but of course if that's what they really think, then that's their prerogative. There is no gold standard in any form of art, because it's all subjective.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:22:21 PM   
jrewing1000


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No... you'd be pompous. Just because something is popularly regarded as one of the best things ever, doesn't mean everyone has to conform to that.


Of course. But surely, SURELY, when it comes to appreciation of art, there is room for right and wrong? Citizen Kane is not regarded as one of the finest films ever made just because a lot of people say so, but because the evidence is there. Same goes for Shakespeare, Monet, Mozart etc. Are you saying that if someone said to you that Mozart made crap music, they'd be right or wrong? (opinion aside)


I would disagree with them, but of course if that's what they really think, then that's their prerogative. There is no gold standard in any form of art, because it's all subjective.


Agree with your first point. Disagree with your second.

I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:26:21 PM   
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I haven't seen Stoker yet but I refuse to believe it's comparable to The Room.

Park Chan Wook's story-telling style might irk some, and that's understandable, but he's technically accomplished. Tommy Wiseau is a talentless chancer who made a really bad and boring film.

Whats the Room?

Don't go there.

Damn it I so want to now

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:29:29 PM   
jrewing1000


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ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

I haven't seen Stoker yet but I refuse to believe it's comparable to The Room.

Park Chan Wook's story-telling style might irk some, and that's understandable, but he's technically accomplished. Tommy Wiseau is a talentless chancer who made a really bad and boring film.

Whats the Room?

Don't go there.

Damn it I so want to now


The Room is a mindbogglingly awful film which has garnered cult attention in both the US and now the UK (screenings at the Prince Charles cinema in London). Imagine a porn film without the sex. You're kinda along the right lines.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:36:56 PM   
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I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.


That's a fairly weak and simplistic analogy that doesn't really apply here.


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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:40:36 PM   
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I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.


That's a fairly weak and simplistic analogy that doesn't really apply here.



Accepted. But my point is that there ARE gold standards, no matter how simplistic the examples. So when people say there's no such thing as a 'bad film' or a 'good film', I'd say they were wrong.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:51:19 PM   
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I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.


That's a fairly weak and simplistic analogy that doesn't really apply here.



Accepted. But my point is that there ARE gold standards, no matter how simplistic the examples. So when people say there's no such thing as a 'bad film' or a 'good film', I'd say they were wrong.


Can you really have gold standards that apply to art though? A gold standard is generally scientific and quantifiable. Art or appreciation of art is all totally subjective. Citizen Kane is regarded by many movie crititics as the best film ever, but others are of the opinion that it's an overlong and pretentious load of old bollocks. And I don't think I've ever met an Iron Maiden fan who would accept that Mozart is a better composer than Steve Harris.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 12:56:20 PM   
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I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.


That's a fairly weak and simplistic analogy that doesn't really apply here.



Accepted. But my point is that there ARE gold standards, no matter how simplistic the examples. So when people say there's no such thing as a 'bad film' or a 'good film', I'd say they were wrong.


But I don't think anyone here is saying that. We're talking about opinions. You admit that opinions vary (as Dalton once said) yet you seem to be claiming that if the film in question is perceived as either excellent or execrable then an opposing viewpoint is factually "wrong" because it doesn't adhere to a pre-conceived notion of quality. To paraphrase that's like saying "all men are created equal, yet some are more equal than others" but substituting the word men with opinions.

Sometimes I shake my head in bafflement if someone fails to see why I love a film (happens here all the time). But if I really dislike a film that has been lauded by others I just feel a bit disappointed and then move on. I don't end up questioning anyone's integrity, even if they are a professional film reviewer.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 1:13:55 PM   
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I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.


That's a fairly weak and simplistic analogy that doesn't really apply here.



Accepted. But my point is that there ARE gold standards, no matter how simplistic the examples. So when people say there's no such thing as a 'bad film' or a 'good film', I'd say they were wrong.


Can you really have gold standards that apply to art though? A gold standard is generally scientific and quantifiable. Art or appreciation of art is all totally subjective. Citizen Kane is regarded by many movie crititics as the best film ever, but others are of the opinion that it's an overlong and pretentious load of old bollocks. And I don't think I've ever met an Iron Maiden fan who would accept that Mozart is a better composer than Steve Harris.


Maybe not. But it sure feels like you can. To me at least.

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RE: Utterly awful. - 12/3/2013 1:18:43 PM   
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I think there's a difference between opinion and quality. There do exist gold standards, however general, however basic. Mozart wrote music of higher quality than my 10 year old nephew does. That's not to say I value my 10 year old nephew's music any less. But his music is not as good as Mozart's. Fact.


That's a fairly weak and simplistic analogy that doesn't really apply here.



Accepted. But my point is that there ARE gold standards, no matter how simplistic the examples. So when people say there's no such thing as a 'bad film' or a 'good film', I'd say they were wrong.


But I don't think anyone here is saying that. We're talking about opinions. You admit that opinions vary (as Dalton once said) yet you seem to be claiming that if the film in question is perceived as either excellent or execrable then an opposing viewpoint is factually "wrong" because it doesn't adhere to a pre-conceived notion of quality. To paraphrase that's like saying "all men are created equal, yet some are more equal than others" but substituting the word men with opinions.

Sometimes I shake my head in bafflement if someone fails to see why I love a film (happens here all the time). But if I really dislike a film that has been lauded by others I just feel a bit disappointed and then move on. I don't end up questioning anyone's integrity, even if they are a professional film reviewer.


Dalton? From Roadhouse?

I like your last sentence. Gives me hope! Yes I suppose I have questioned someone's integrity as a film reviewer, as I would if a professional music critic rejected Abbey Road as meaningless, unaffecting crap. But the choice is still mine - I either listen to them or I don't. But what also bothers me, is that other people will listen to such opinions and hold them as important. It's happening with X-Factor, people's standards of what makes a good singer are being lowered every year, because of what the 'judges' say. Does that make sense?

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