Last year, on July 15th I participated in this very same blogathon and I enjoyed it a lot.. so why not return a year and a month later to do the same. Dell on Movies returns to his great idea and asks us to go against the masses and hate something everyone loves and vice versa. So, obviously since I love to hate things, I’m taking this year’s Against the Crowd Blogathon extremely seriously!
Before I get hatin’, here are the 4 simple rules of participation:
1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 35% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.
4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.
This, 91% Rottentomatoes score holder, is the most annoying thing I have seen in my life. Truth to be told, this did not have my favorite cinematic nude scene, and this absolutely did, to a high extent, made me cringe. If I had to pin point the moment where my lack of ability to like comedies comes from, well, I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty certain that it was because of Borat. Like, the moment I saw two men naked-wrestling, is embedded in my brain as the most disgusting thing I’ve seen.. and nothing about that disgust could have made me laugh.
Sure, I could see it as a “smart” movie that is an ironical take on a certain idea of a certain stereo type. But I can state that about every Sacha Baron Cohen film out there and that’s not the only thing all of his movies have in common! I find all of his movies to be awful, and I fully believe that Borat was just a fluke in the cosmic universe, that just slipped by unnoticed and everybody panicked and loved it just in case they had to. Think about it, Ali G Indahouse, Brüno, The Dictator, all awful movies, all about taking a stab at a stereotype, just like Borat…
Now the moment of angst because one of my favorite movies when I was a teenager, as I just realized, needs a lot of defending because it holds a 27% score on Rottentomatoes! 27%!? Was I really that delusional 10 years ago that I thought myself into a bubble of denial and started to love a movie that was bad? No, I wasn’t that stupid because I know for a fact that A Walk to Remember is better than most first love movies out there right now. And this coming from a person who hates Nicholas Sparks and what he stands for, yet, defends this movie wholeheartedly.
A Walk to Remember has great moments, some really smart story telling and fairly decent performances. And it was sad, it wasn’t she died of old age sad but it was brutally sad. And it still makes me sad, and I still like Shane West, and I love that despite of the unbelievably low score on Rottentomatoes, the good people on IMDb had the decency to agree with me because there it holds a 7.4 rating! Boom, slam dunk and take that, tomato!