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6th September 2006 17:12  #1

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,150
Pleasant surprises
Which film/s had you heard/read were bad yet found yourself enjoying and now rank as some of your favourites. This is a sort of companion piece to the Disappointments thread.

Recently I saw Inside Man after a friend had fallen asleep out of boredom during it. This did not inspire confidence in it but as it played out I thought it was a great movie. I wouldn't put it in my all time favourites list but I was 'pleasantly surprised'.

In fact you have to incorporate the words pleasantly surprised in inverted comma's in any posts. Thems-the-roolz.  

6th September 2006 18:06  #2

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
Well to be frank, Inside Man received a very positive reviews from the critics, nothing to be surprise there.

However, if you're talking about word by word then there's quite a lot cuz my friends don't seem to like anything. Okay I was pleasantly surprised in 2046 cuz all my friends felt asleep at the movie, but I knew anyway that it would be great. That doesn't count does it? Well I dunno...

Probably, Raising Helen, not many ppl like it at all, they always say that it's too long and bla bla bla but I totally love it.I adore Kate and this movie so much!!

6th September 2006 18:14  #3

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,150
I pretty much stayed away from reviews for Inside Man because I was looking forward to it and wanted to watch it without any preconceptions about it. Having a friend fall asleep during it kind of put me of seeing the film and it lowered my expectation somehwhat. I did read reviews after seeing the film and they were mostly all positive. Turns out, in this case, my friend was probably just tired.

The lesson I suppose is never read reviews and never ever listen to your friends when it comes to movies.

6th September 2006 19:34  #4

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
AI
War of the Worlds
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Signs
Scoop (not a favourite, but better than some let on)

6th September 2006 20:17  #5

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I was surprised by Inside Man also. I wasn't expecting it to be bad, just wasn't expecting it to be good.

7th September 2006 2:28  #6

Tom Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 2,497 Send a message via ICQ to Tom
I was surprised by Inside Man too - was expecting it to be good, but it bored me to tears Wink Could see most the twists coming a mile away!

7th September 2006 5:52  #7

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
I have many - 16 Blocks, Poisedon, The Sentinel, Inside Man, Constant Gardener, Firewall, Stealth, Sky High, Failure To Launch, Last Holiday, Monster-In Law, Yours, Mine & Ours(2006), Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow.

7th September 2006 9:14  #8

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
I liked Inside Man as well.  A pleasant surprise for me was The Cat's Meow.  I'd heard it was OK so I picked it up and really liked it.  Great cast and great story.

7th September 2006 14:34  #9

£ukasz D Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Poland Posts: 859 Send a message via Skype to £ukasz D
I realy realu liked "INSIDE MAN" to......Happy

As for the subject of this post.
I liked : AI, Alexander, 16 Blocks......and realy loved "V for Vendetta" (it was mostly bashed by critics, but I find it one of the best films i've seen ins ome time) and Titanic (i just love itHappy).

7th September 2006 15:16  #10

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
£ukasz D wrote: I realy realu liked "INSIDE MAN" to......Happy

As for the subject of this post.
I liked : AI, Alexander, 16 Blocks......and realy loved "V for Vendetta" (it was mostly bashed by critics, but I find it one of the best films i've seen ins ome time) and Titanic (i just love itHappy).

Yeah I did enjoyed AI as well. Great movie with dissapointed ending I would say.

11th September 2006 19:41  #11

RodRescueman Member Join Date: July 2006 Location: United States Posts: 10
'I Heart Huckabees' is on HBO very often. I've heard people bash the hell out of this movie but I loved it. Others off the top of my head that I wasn't expecting to enjoy..Hedwig & The Angry Inch, American Splendor, the Big Lebowski.

12th September 2006 0:15  #12

Darren Russell Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 208
Mark Lim wrote: I have many - 16 Blocks, Poisedon, The Sentinel, Inside Man, Constant Gardener, Firewall, Stealth, Sky High, Failure To Launch, Last Holiday, Monster-In Law, Yours, Mine & Ours(2006), Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow.
I agree, both The Sentinel and Sky Captain were great entertainment!

12th September 2006 20:22  #13

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
BoBoi wrote: £ukasz D wrote: I realy realu liked "INSIDE MAN" to......Happy

As for the subject of this post.
I liked : AI, Alexander, 16 Blocks......and realy loved "V for Vendetta" (it was mostly bashed by critics, but I find it one of the best films i've seen ins ome time) and Titanic (i just love itHappy).

Yeah I did enjoyed AI as well. Great movie with dissapointed ending I would say.


The ending is one of most misunderstood in cinematic history...
the aliens create his mother so he can die, it's a very sad ending

12th September 2006 20:52  #14

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Mr.Badass wrote: BoBoi wrote: £ukasz D wrote: I realy realu liked "INSIDE MAN" to......Happy

As for the subject of this post.
I liked : AI, Alexander, 16 Blocks......and realy loved "V for Vendetta" (it was mostly bashed by critics, but I find it one of the best films i've seen ins ome time) and Titanic (i just love itHappy).

Yeah I did enjoyed AI as well. Great movie with dissapointed ending I would say.


The ending is one of most misunderstood in cinematic history...
the aliens create his mother so he can die, it's a very sad ending
Why thanks for spoiling the damn movie for me!

12th September 2006 21:16  #15

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
We've discussed the ending of "AI" SOOOO many times before, I find it hard to believe that you haven't heard it here already or have not seen the movie by now...
Although, yeah, spoiler tags should be used there...

13th September 2006 3:26  #16

Arellium Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 136
Mr.Badass wrote: BoBoi wrote: £ukasz D wrote: I realy realu liked "INSIDE MAN" to......Happy

As for the subject of this post.
I liked : AI, Alexander, 16 Blocks......and realy loved "V for Vendetta" (it was mostly bashed by critics, but I find it one of the best films i've seen ins ome time) and Titanic (i just love itHappy).

Yeah I did enjoyed AI as well. Great movie with dissapointed ending I would say.


The ending is one of most misunderstood in cinematic history...
the aliens create his mother so he can die, it's a very sad ending

Thank you mister spoil the ending!!!

13th September 2006 3:35  #17

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Cheddar J. Cheese wrote: We've discussed the ending of "AI" SOOOO many times before, I find it hard to believe that you haven't heard it here already or have not seen the movie by now...
Although, yeah, spoiler tags should be used there...
Nope, never got the ending before on here, but I'm still waiting to see it. I might rent it soon.

13th September 2006 3:38  #18

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
I'm sorry then.

Well if it's any better, on the whole, the ending is minor. It's the journey that counts. (I'm tired, I can't think of anything non cliché to say).

But yes, DO rent it ASAP. Don't let this minor bump discourage you. Do you think I didn't know the Planet of the Apes Spoiler was Earth before I saw it? Ok, not the same thing, but still relevant as they are both great Sci Fi movies.

14th September 2006 16:11  #19

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
Mr.Badass wrote:  aliens create his mother so he can die, it's a very sad ending

WTF?  Aliens?
I need to research some back-threads it seems?

14th September 2006 17:26  #20

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Spoiler  They're not aliens, they're advanced Meccas. Here's how it goes: God creates Humans. Humans search for God. Humans create Meccas. Meccas search for Humans. They're not aliens, and it shows how misunderstood the ending really is Wink

14th September 2006 17:45  #21

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
I agree with ya CJ.Cheese.  I always have from the first veiwing.  I was asking how people still get it wrong.  I have this same discussion with a friend for years at work.  

16th September 2006 20:53  #22

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
Ok, sorry, they just looks a lot like aliens but now I totally get everything in the flick, A.I is a real underrated gem of modern times

17th September 2006 0:04  #23

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
I freaking love Sky Captain, I Heart Huckabees, The Life Aquatic and The Way of the Gun, all of which either got mixed reviews or did poor box-office.

17th September 2006 15:10  #24

Gunsprout Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 171
Hudson Hawk (Mindless pap I know but I still enjoyed it)
The Butterfly Effect (Has to be with the baby ending and NOT the 'Happy' ending tho!)

26th September 2006 21:59  #25

Bob "the film man" Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United States Posts: 258
The critics really didn't like the Da Vinci Code, but I loved it.

26th September 2006 22:17  #26

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Bob "the film man" wrote: The critics really didn't like the Da Vinci Code, but I loved it.

Me too. I wasn't expecting an exact adaptation as so many are way off, but this stayed pretty faithful. While not perfect, it was very good.

26th September 2006 22:18  #27

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Most recently, I was very surprised of Film Geek. Definately check it out!

13th June 2007 16:36  #28

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Well I have to say "Twin Peaks: FWWM" "Cape Fear-Remake"

13th June 2007 16:39  #29

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Scorsese's Cape Fear is probably better than the original. Although it's been awhile since I've seen the original to compare.

13th June 2007 17:20  #30

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,085 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
It is. I have both in a boxed set and it's much more enjoyable (if that's the right word).
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