Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Films I Like That Everyone Else Hates

...Or At Least Is Fairly Indifferent To.

Godzilla (1998 American movie): it's really stupid, but it knows it's really stupid and it doesn't try to be anything other than really stupid and extremely entertaining. The bit where Jean Reno and his French spy squad successfully pass themselves off as American by chewing some gum always cracks me up.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence: a mess, but what a mess - endlessly inventive, spectacular, original and featuring a surprisingly ace performance from Jude Law. And then it finishes and Spielberg starts a whole other film with water-alien-robot things for the last half-hour.

Waterworld: actually, it seems the old adage of this being a failure was a big fat lie, as everyone I've spoken to likes it. Anyway, you name me one other film that starts with the hero peeing in a bottle then recycling his pee back into water and drinking it again.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: Nick Stahl's rubbish, Linda Hamilton's gone and Arnie's old (although at least they acknowledge that) but Claire Danes is brilliant, the bit where that psychiatrist from the first two movies glimpses the T-800 and runs off whimpering is great, there's a couple of top action sequences and (OMG THE SPOILERS) the good guys don't win. Only Hollywood movie ever to end with nuclear apocalypse, as far as I know.

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