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My Unpopular Film Opinions (Pt.2)

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By Annie KapurPublished 14 days ago • 6 min read

You knew this was coming. Ever since I gave you an updated list of my unpopular film opinions, I have been more than wondering about the ones that I had to leave out for the sake of the length of the article. Some of these have been branded as 'controversial' by people I have actually told them to and others have lost me contacts. Honestly though, if you have such a strong opinion about a movie that you simply cannot accept anyone else's opinion then please, do not read the rest of this article. It's probably going to hurt. Now, without wasting too much time, let's move on to five of my unpopular film opinions and why I hold them. And always remember: there is no such thing as a subjectively good/bad movie.

1. Sin City (2005) is one of the worst films I have ever seen

From: FranceTV

I have very little nice things to say about a movie that was made from a Frank Miller brainchild. Let's see: every character in this movie is pathetic in their own way, there's no storyline and they really thought they were being edgy and cool with the colours. Honestly, there's nothing worse than a movie getting lost in its own sense of ego. Hey guys, look it's a comic book movie that looks like a comic book and has tons of violence but a story that goes nowhere. Every male character is simply awful as a human being, every female character is a dumb sl** - it just seems like a 13-year-old who sits on Reddit all day put this together.

This movie is not deep, complex, it is not entertaining or fun, it is not cool or intense, it is just pathetic in every single way. Sorry my love, Benicio, but that means you too darling. I cannot believe he was in this terrible film. Everyone else in the film was a trash actor and then there's the Academy Award Winner, Benicio Del Toro right there.

2. Fight Club (1999) is trying to be smarter than it is

From: Vintage Movie Posters

Anyone who has half a brain cell could have seen that 'twist' coming from miles away. That is not to say that it is not a good movie, Helena Bonham Carter was incredible in this film and she deserves to be recognised for her role in it. However, I think that the overall concept of the movie, as well as the book, is based on trying to be 'clever'. It seems like the movie gets off on its own sense of 'smart' and fails to actually be a movie that can be understood better with more viewings. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt act the roles perfectly but I have always had an issue with the script and source material.

The script had too many 'profundities' in it that the audience were meant to piece together and make a meaning from. Yes, I understand that it is supposed to add a layer of meaning to the film, but that is more that just littering these profound life statements all over the place for no reason.

3. Adam Sandler's stand-ups are hilarious, his movies are not

From: DeviantArt

One of the greats of stand-up comedy has an issue when it comes to cinema - he's just not funny anymore. Adam Sandler is, no doubt a great comedian, but in the world of acting he falls far short of actually being convincing or really any good at all. Punch Drunk Love, as I have said before, is really not a great film and most of it comes down to the wishy-washy storyline. But, in this film his acting is also to blame for the film's failings.

He's a very funny man who has, ironically the exact opposite problem to the comedian Jerry Seinfeld - who is in theory a good actor, but really is not that funny in stand-up. It's also a relatively similar problem to comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen who is an amazing actor, but he does not even attempt stand-up for reasons only really known to him.

I have seen many different Adam Sandler movies over my time and yet, none of them compare to his stand-ups.

4. The Third Man (1949) was Orson Welles best role on the screen

From: StudioCanal

Yes, Citizen Kane (1941) is very good and so was all of his Shakespeare stuff, but nothing quite compares to the Cuckoo-Clock speech in The Third Man (1949). Maybe I'm biased seeing as this is one of my all-time favourite movies and that this is a film I have seen countless times. But honestly, the complexity of this character put forward in simplistic speech, strange movements and a snarky attitude is absolutely brilliant. No, it does not have the ego of Citizen Kane (1941), but it has an element of greatness about it in its own way. That way is through its constant battle with Harry Lime's sense of goodness - he hasn't got any and he knows he hasn't. He just doesn't care.

5. I'm sorry but ever since Jackie Brown (1997), Tarantino has been going downhill

From: TV Insider

Jackie Brown (1997) was a masterpiece, as were the previous films before it. But after it, we have not had such great hits, instead it has just been a repeat of everything he's ever done. Inglorious Basterds (2009) is probably the closest we have come to another Tarantino hit and I think that everyone is getting quite tired of his technique.

Personally, I think Tarantino probably still believes he is a lot better than he actually is. His older films were excellent examples of subversive cinema and yet, his newer films are dry and boring with exactly the same thing going on. It's like something that has been so overused that it's starting to break and crumble in your hands. His style has become so predictable that there's nothing for the audience to watch anymore - even the great performances in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood could not save that messy and yet surprisingly boring storyline.

This is not to say the films are no good - instead it is to say that the films have consistently similar characteristics and that honestly, there are too many of them. The characteristics are so similar and so consistent and there are so many of them that the films just become boring to watch as you pick out the 'Tarantino-isms' littered throughout a hollow story. When that becomes the only point of watching the movie, you're doing something wrong as a director. Jackie Brown (1997) is one of my all-time favourite films, but ever since then it has kind of been a mess and a blur of way too many similarities.


Don't worry, there are more of these to come. That's really all I have to say. I hold a lot of unpopular opinions but always remember: there's no such thing as a subjectively good/bad movie. People can like what they feel like and the diversity of opinion is what keeps film moving forward.


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Annie Kapur

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  • Kendall Defoe 14 days ago

    No arguments with me here. I like what you said about Welles and Sandler (two ends of the spectrum of talent), and I may have to watch "Sin City" again... 🤔

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