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Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 12:17:32 PM   
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Can't believe I watched the entirety of Melancholia last night. Bloated, pretentious mess with no redeeming quality whatsoever. I kept on watching thinking the sci fi is going to start now, alas, it never did.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 12:54:08 PM   
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I used to! but as I get older I have less time and have been known to walk out of cinemas and regularly switch off a bad movie on netflix! (human centipede most recently)
Having said that I sat through the whole of Die Hard 5 which is easily now in the top 5 worst movies I have ever seen!. I guess I carried on to see if it would actually get worse! I turned to my wife near the end and jokingly said " omg! they will walk off into the sunrise next!" minutes later....what the hell!! I feel movie mind raped! like someone stole a bit of my life! I wish I had turned it off.

I followed that with Warm Bodies (wifes choice) which I surprisingly actually enjoyed!.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 12:57:07 PM   
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If I really can't stand it (Juno, Dinner with Schmucks I am looking at you) then I turn the film off put it in a bag to be sold off.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 1:22:42 PM   
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Not too often....depends really. I wouldn't walk out of a cinema viewing, partly because the tickets are so expensive. However, as that's a rare treat nowdays, I'm highly unlikely to watch something that is either meant to be rubbish or isn't to my taste anyway.

Even on DVD i'm not that likely to stop part way through - only if I really can't stand the film, and particularly if it's long.

The last film I remember quitting on was Sleeping Beauty (2011 film starring Emily Browning. Sersiously, SERIOUSLY not to be confused with the Disney classic ).

Even my wife, who chose it, agreed that it after 45 minutes it was the most pretentious, uneventful piece of junk we'd ever watched. Essentially just women looking fairly vacant, not saying a lot, punctuated by the odd person saying words like 'labia' - and not in a good way! I know 'artsy fartsy' is one of the laziest of descriptions, but it really was!

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 1:42:39 PM   
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I'll give a film thirty minutes to pull me in and if, thirty minutes in, I am gleaning no enjoyment whatsoever from it then I'll switch it off. Life's too short and there are too many good films to watch to be wasting my time watching stuff I don't like.

It's very rare I do end up switching a film off though, I thin the last time was with A Serious Man (which seriously surprised me, I expected to love it). Ten minutes in and I wanted to punch the fuck out of every character we'd been introduced to, 30 minutes in and I wanted to put my boot through the telly. Seeing as I can't afford to be destroying expensive electronic equipment I just switched it off instead.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 2:18:21 PM   
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Did you really watch Melancholia expecting a sci-fi movie? 

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 2:31:17 PM   
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Yep. It's pretty rare I'll find a film I flat-out don't like anyway, I can't remember the last time I stopped watching something before the end.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 2:35:40 PM   
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Did you really watch Melancholia expecting a sci-fi movie? 


https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=melancholia%20genre&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=838&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw&ei=HOCUUeehFoaz0QXSnoCQDA

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 2:58:25 PM   
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Did you really watch Melancholia expecting a sci-fi movie? 


https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=melancholia%20genre&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=838&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw&ei=HOCUUeehFoaz0QXSnoCQDA


https://www.google.ie/search?q=melancholia+director&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 3:03:20 PM   
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ORIGINAL: directorscut

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quote:

ORIGINAL: directorscut

Did you really watch Melancholia expecting a sci-fi movie? 


https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=melancholia%20genre&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=838&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw&ei=HOCUUeehFoaz0QXSnoCQDA


https://www.google.ie/search?q=melancholia+director&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a




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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 3:17:59 PM   
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Never walked out of a film in the cinema. At home boredom is usually cured by the opening of laptops or checking of phones. I always know when the Mrs is bored as she opens her laptop. Though she did actually stop watching This Is 40 the other day, which she described as "not funny in the slightest, just fucking irritating".

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 3:40:52 PM   
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Yeah I've never walked out of the cinema either. I've come close twice with Blair Witch Project and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest though but I decided that with the former I may as well stay in the screening rather than wait an hour in the foyer for my ride home to come out and in the case of the latter I couldn't bring myself to wake the wife, she looked so peaceful...

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 3:56:58 PM   
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I always try to get to the end, even if the film's terrible. Mostly this is because sometimes bad films experience a sudden burst of quality towards the end, but also because it means I can say "It was shit" instead of "The first half-hour was shit". That said, I've switched off films that weren't grabbing me in order to come back later when I've got time to waste, and I had to watch the first Scary Movie in five minute increments because any longer made me want to garotte the nearest cat.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 4:22:27 PM   
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Not always - first option is to play it on 1.5 mode - I still get sound and picture - it goes faster.

The second option is to switch it off or fall asleep.

There are so many good movies to see out there, why waste time on awful ones?


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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 4:34:10 PM   
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Never walked out of a film I've paid to see, although I have been tempted a couple of times!

I did quite recently demand that "White Chicks" be turned off when on the TV, missus and step-daughter kept saying, "no it's funny give it a chance" - I wanted to rip my own eyes out after about 15 minutes. They did turn it off in the end.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 5:23:02 PM   
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I've never walked out of a cinema but if I'm watching a DVD/BluRay that I've Lovefilmed, and it's not exactly grabbing my attention, I'll turn it off and post it back.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 5:44:54 PM   
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I've never walked out of a cinema but if I'm watching a DVD/BluRay that I've Lovefilmed, and it's not exactly grabbing my attention, I'll turn it off and post it back.


Yeah, same here. It's rare but it has happened.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 6:18:28 PM   
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Generally as a rule I'll watch a film in its entirety no matter its quality. However, that being said, the missus and I did turn off What To Expect When You're Expecting after 15 minutes. At the time we were expecting (otherwise I wouldn't have even entertained the thought of watching it!) so a friend lent it to us. It was/is awful! The worst kind of cliché American rom-com bubblegum bullshit. I can't remember what we put in afterwards. It was either Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or Argo!

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 9:10:16 PM   
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The bounty hunter, teeth and wrong turn 4.

all 3 were complete abortions, films i wish i'd of turned off was Cabin in the woods and the 2 Joel Schumacher Batman movies.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 9:30:35 PM   
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Not usually, has to be something exceptional. Informed opinions on just how rubbish it is and all that, or else you might have been missing something. Pretty rare.

For some reason God of Gamblers 2 sticks in my memory as one of those got switched off after 30 minutes.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 11:19:36 PM   
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I almost never turn off a movie but I often grab a magazine or start trawling the internet (with the film playing in the background) if it hasnt got my attention by the 45-minute mark...

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 16/5/2013 11:30:09 PM   
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Can't believe I watched the entirety of Melancholia last night. Bloated, pretentious mess with no redeeming quality whatsoever. I kept on watching thinking the sci fi is going to start now, alas, it never did.


I was very disappointed with it too, considering the write-ups and attention it got. The way people talked about it, I figured I was just too dumb to "get it" or something. I found it very boring.

Actually, the last film I remember turning off half way through was Antichrist, so maybe I just don't get Lars Von Trier.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 9:13:07 AM   
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I'll happily switch off a film if I don't like it. As others have said, life's too short.

I remember switching off Blade II, The Mist and The (original) Thing; I'm a right wimp when it comes to gore and suffering and they were just too gruesome for me. If a film is upsetting me then I have no qualms whatsoever about switching it off, or leaving the room if I'm watching with others. I tried watching Midnight Express when it was on the telly a few weeks back, that soon got switched over!

I've never walked out a film at the cinema but I came perilously close with White Noise, still one of the worst films I've ever seen. I felt violated for paying to watch that turd.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 10:48:47 AM   
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I always finish a film if I've started it. I might take a break or go back to it after a few days but I've never not finished. It's a compulsion

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 10:51:10 AM   
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Each to his own I guess, but Melancholia was my favourite film of 2011. It completely blew me away.

But on the topic at hand, I very rarely switch a film off half way through. There is logic in that "life's too short, why bother?" thing, but something just doesn't sit right leaving a film unfinished, even if it is totally crap. I guess I just like to give each film the benefit of the doubt, in case it starts getting good, but there are occasions where I just can't bare to sit through it any longer. Sleeping Beauty (2011) and Rubber are two that spring to mind.

I've never walked out of a film at the cinema, but I've always kicked myself for not doing it with Epic Movie.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 10:56:50 AM   
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The last film I remember quitting on was Sleeping Beauty (2011 film starring Emily Browning. Sersiously, SERIOUSLY not to be confused with the Disney classic ).

Even my wife, who chose it, agreed that it after 45 minutes it was the most pretentious, uneventful piece of junk we'd ever watched. Essentially just women looking fairly vacant, not saying a lot, punctuated by the odd person saying words like 'labia' - and not in a good way! I know 'artsy fartsy' is one of the laziest of descriptions, but it really was!


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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 11:53:48 AM   
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films i wish i'd of turned off was Cabin in the woods and the 2 Joel Schumacher Batman movies.



I like you.

The only film I've ever walked out of at the cinema was From Paris With Love.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 11:57:50 AM   
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Nothing wrong with Cabin In The Woods.

Is this just another suchandsuch is shit thread?

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 12:00:42 PM   
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For me, Cabin In The Woods is the greatest horror film ever, because it was the most unique. People love to hate something that manipulates genre traditions, sadly.

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RE: Do you continue watching a film if you don't like it? - 17/5/2013 12:48:37 PM   
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I might actually get round to watching Sleeping Beauty now on the back of this thread

Very rarely do I stop watching a film no matter how bad. I am a great believer that even the worse films can still have good moments, in fact more films than not are mixed in terms of quality. There is of course the money factor when it comes to the cinema, and normally like someone else said I do trust my own taste.

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