I've been thinking for a bit about whether or not to give in to the sporadic trend of weekly post topics with guest editors, and I decided that I should at least try it out, for the month of November. It can't hurt, and might help if I'm feeling overwhelmed with my other writing.
So in contemplating the possibilities, I stumbled on a variation on a theme. Most people watch movies and can talk about the ones they've seen with some interest and opinion...but we already have a "favorite movie" column on the block. So I decided that I would like to hear what movies people disliked or hated the most.
Since I stole this idea almost wholesale from Lord Bargain, I asked him if he would honor my blog with his presence...and he agreed.
So, without further ado...
The movie I disliked the most. Where to begin? I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of films in my life, and, on the whole, I have enjoyed the vast majority of them. My mentality is such that I tend to get something out of most of the films that I see, so in fact it is pretty rare that I see a film which leaves me with nothing positive to report.
Yes, I have seen films that were rubbish. The most useless film I have ever seen was "TeenWolf, Too". This involved swapping Michael J Fox for Jason Bateman (as "Family Ties" did, oddly), replacing basketball with boxing but then regurgitating the exact same premise and script. So what you got was fundamentally a shit version of "TeenWolf", which, let's be fair, isn't on anyone's favourites list as it is.
I came very close to walking out of one of the Home Alone sequels also, for much the same reason. "Oh No!" say the parents, "we seem to have lost our son again!!!" Because that happens all the time to rich families, doesn't it? Why didn't they call the bloody Social Services in after the first one, then we may have been spared a load of sentimental old drivel as that irritating blonde-haird smackhead raked in millions of dollars of good peoples' money.
However, these are not necessarily the films I disliked the most. They were clearly the worst films in terms of quality or entertainment, but it is difficult to hate them becuase they are so insipid.
So, in order to think of the film I disliked the most, I have had to think of those films, supposedly "great" films, that I have seen that I just thought were total arse. So, from that point of view, films on that list include the ridiculously contrived cobbled together nonsense of "Pulp Fiction" (saved my a couple of god pieces of dialogue) and "Citizen Kane" which was so dull I only made it half way though before the coma enveloped me.
However, there is one film which I thought was so godforsakenly dreadful that there was absolutely no hesitation in it being the film I disliked the most. And, comically, according to the IMDB website poll, it is the Worlds 35th favourite movie ever.
Even better. A higher pedestal from which to knock it. Ladies and Gentlemen, the object of my wrath is Fight Club.
I have seen this film once. I watched it on BBC2 one Saturday night as I was keen to see what all the fuss was about. It finished, and I could not believe I had invested two hours of my life in such a nihilistic plot-free wankfest. I had been keen to see it, bearing in mind that I had absolutely loved David Fincher's previous two films. "Se7en" was fantastic, and I also really liked the under-rated "The Game" with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. Plus, everyone had told me it was good.
The big problem with "Fight Club" is that it is one of those stupid films that people tell you that you have to "get". I am an intelligent human being, and I pretty much leave it to the director and the actors to explain it well enough that I "get" it. The fact I didn't, clearly, "get" it means whether it was rubbishly executed, or, more likely, that there was nothing to "get".
It was an excuse for a load of self-indulgence and then a load of people to get together, decide it was "cool" and then patronise and berate anyone who wasn't "in" this gang. The plot and satire dried up before half-way, and that simply left showing a load of sweaty half-naked blokes beating the living crap out of one another for an hour.
Oh - and here's the really clever bit - Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are the same person! Of course they are! What genius! How did I not see that coming?!!
It has to be, without exception, the worst plot revelation I have ever seen. It didn't make me want to see the whole thing again from the start out of curiosity; indeed it made me want to switch the film off there and then and not watch the rest of it as it was so unbelievably ludicrous. It was hailed as being one of the most thought-provoking movies of its generation, which I suppose I will grant if the thoughts are: "how long is left?", "what bra size is Meat Loaf?" and "how unlikely is it I will miss anything of note if I make a cup of tea now?"
So, sorry to anyone who loved this movie, and there are no doubt lots of you out there. I'd rather punch my own lights out that sit through it again.
So there it is...What do you think, all? Was this a controversial choice? I was just personally pleased that someone else shared my dislike of Pulp Fiction that I almost didn't read the rest of review. Still nicely done.
I haven't yet heard back from my potential guest for next week, so I'll leave you hanging...
Have a great Friday night all. My evening, I'll be at an art opening - in a dive bar!