Films you came into excited, but just felt were a disappointment

  1. Lol I imagine every response here breaks someone's heart. I did not like Rules of the Game despite liking Renoir. I have tried rewatching, and nothing new yet.

  2. Yeah that was the first Renoir I saw and I didn't really care too much for it. Like I could appreciate it on an intellectual level but it didn't really grab me emotionally at all. Then I watched Grand Illusion and A Day in the Country and I did feel a strong emotional pull with those movies, so it's unfortunate because I really want to like RofG, maybe some day.

  3. I think it’s decent but it’s easily my least favorite Tarkovsky of the ones I’ve seen, and mirror is probably my 2nd fav of all time

  4. I really wanted to like House more. I'll definitely give it another chance in the future, and its quasi anime-stylings were certainly interesting but I can't say I had a good time while watching it.

  5. House is fantastic imo, but it does have a bit of a reputation in Criterion circles that I don't think is entirely warranted and can cause the film to come off a bit badly. So its not surprising when someone comes into it with the hype and walks away indifferent or even disliking the film.

  6. This is one of those rare movies that left me without an opinion of it after I first watched it. It was so bizarre and I usually love that but… yeah I don’t know about it lol. I’ll watch it again one day.

  7. While I found it to be a fun / loopy and sometimes creepy ride, I didn't really get the hype on first viewing. After reading about Obayashi's childhood in Hiroshima, and watching some of the background material I found it a little more interesting.

  8. It is truly interesting that it was Kurosawa's breakthrough with western audiences because it is a very culturally Japanese film, and its pace is far slower than many of his other acclaimed works. I love the questions it asks about truth and human suceptibility to evil and it set the bar for all non linear films moving forward. I urge you to give it another go and really pay attention to it. If it doesn't gel then maybe try one of Kurosawa's faster paced works and revisit.

  9. That’s one of those that I can appreciate it for what it is and where it stands in film history— but have no desire to rewatch anytime soon.

  10. Much love to you all but you're capping. Rashomon is not slow or dated. It can be rewatched with multiple different interpretations (I won't spoil them), and it's a film about multiple interpretations (where every character is lying to themselves and others).

  11. This was the only one of about 6 or 8 of Kurosawa’s I’ve seen that I wasn’t really impressed by. It’s fine, but the others I’ve seen were much better.

  12. Yeah. I watched Rashomon with my buddy who’s also a cinephile and we just started roasting the movie because it’s pretty dull. It has value from a historical context but doesn’t hold up.

  13. Ooh, same. I respect the film and its influence, but in the modern day it really does feel like its only extremely famous and respected for having one really cool idea/framing device and executing it fairly well.

  14. Spirited Away. I think it was just built up too much in advance of me watching it. Im not the biggest fan of anime in general so I just felt like it was an above average anime. People treat it like it’s one of the best animated films ever, but I didn’t see it.

  15. Last Night in Soho. Was easily my most anticipated film of that that year, and it turned out to be one of the lamest things I had seen in a while. It sucks even more because it was on Halloween night and I had just happened to get off work early enough to catch a late night showing by myself. Would have been such a cool movie-going experience if the film actually turned out good.

  16. I love most of Edgar Wright’s work, absolutely adore Anya Taylor-Joy, and the 60s setting was super exciting, but MAN was I disappointed by this movie.

  17. Agree. Appreciate what it did for cinema and comedy and complete respect some of the practical effects. The staging of the dining scene is truly incredible. But the movie overall felt like a chore to get through at times.

  18. It's not my favourite Tati but definitely the best in terms of production value. However I'd watch Mon Oncle five times in a row rather watching Playtime again.

  19. There are chunks of playtime that are fantastic spectacles and quite funny in a lot of places (namely the restaurant scene); but there are also chunks where the film drags (the apartment scene).

  20. I liked Playtime but yea admittedly it could get a little tedious. I’ve been looking at Jacques Tati’s filmography lately because his style of filmmaking sparked an interest in me due to the use of visual gags, rapid movement, and the colors that are often coordinated to some degree. One thing I liked about the film was of course the gags that weren’t outwardly funny to me, but I respected the cleverness and effort put into each one. To me, this movie seems like something that would be played at a art museum in the background. Touching on the movie more, the best part to me was where everyone was at the fancy restaurant and the sort of “controlled chaos”that ensued later down the line. It’s definitely a well crafted movie but probably not the best to rewatch. A nice film to study.

  21. This movie was way too “busy” (I guess the title of the movie was spot-on). I think I would’ve liked it much better if it was edited down by 20 mins. They just released an extended version and I was like, not for me.

  22. The whole thing was just too “Rick and Morty” for my taste… Couldn’t take it seriously, even though it had good intentions and very good scenes near the end.

  23. Lady on Fire was pretty bland in my opinion. Very languid. Didn’t connect with me at all. Semi-related, Disobedience was one of my favorites from 2018 and could fit nicely in the Criterion collection.

  24. I just saw this yesterday and I kinda feel the same. Love the technical aspects of the film, but I don't personally connect with it all that much

  25. i felt this! and then i went and watched more Bergman, which continued to leave me feeling unimpressed, and then i watched Persona and i was like…wait…this dude is on to something here…now all of his movies that i’ve revisited i’ve adored

  26. I agree with you. The Seventh Seal was so random and pointless… And then people call it one of the most profound movies ever?? What?? There was a bunch of singing and dancing and a random group of people walking through a forest… like what??

  27. Everything Everywhere All At Once. I thought I didn't like it because I didn't understand it but no I totally did. I am pleased to see more Asian-American representation, and I thought the film was incredibly ambitious but cheesy.

  28. I found myself rolling my eyes because they were trying so hard to be that movie where people would go “it’s actually a family drama not an action adventure; that’s so smart”. But their intent to elicit that response is so painfully obvious and people bought into it. Also, when it comes to Asian-Americans on the screen, is intergenerational trauma the only thing that’s worth talking about? Done to death - see Kim’s convenience, turning red etc

  29. Same, 'Seven Samurai' and 'Ran' are some of my favourite films, but I have little to no desire to ever return to 'Rashomon', I respect its place in film history though.

  30. High & Low really did it for me. Was never a big fan of samurai films so wasn’t sure how his non-samurai flick would be. It was phenomenal.

  31. I've seen quite a lot of Kurosawa and loved it. But I agree with your opinion on Rashomon. It's sadly such a famous film that it's just kinda cliche and meh at this point.

  32. The Passion of Joan of Arc was a transformative, almost spiritual experience for me, so I went into Vampyr with impossible expectations and was very disappointed. I'm sure if I revisit it with more appropriate expectations I'll find more to appreciate.

  33. Thanks for pointing out vertigo, I found it very disappointing. I’m going to edit this post and link to my discourse on it, maybe it will help you understand it better?

  34. The Long Day Closes is definitely something you have to be in the right head space for. First time I saw it, I thought it was okay, but really aesthetic. Second time, I watched it in a dark, quiet space, and I just let myself experience it. I found it very powerful because of the way it captured the experience of trying to remember your childhood, but literal events get a bit jumbled so your only left with the memory of what it felt like. It's like if Belfast was an arthouse film.

  35. I reeeeeally wanted to like them. But honestly I wasn't a big fan of the Lady Snowblood movies. I know its kinda blasphemy to say that. But as someone who watches a lot of Japanese film I just wasn't that impressed by them. Didn't feel any kind of connection to the character. They're cool little period pieces. I like the time in which it takes place. And they aren't bad movies. I just wasn't blown away or impressed by them.

  36. felt the same way watching it my first time and was annoyed by the use of california dreaming. watched it a second time a year later and loved it

  37. Yes, at the conclusion of the second act I was left wondering what the point of the whole film was. Aesthetically it’s a feast for the senses, the production design, music, the 4:3 ratio that cozily boxes you into the city.

  38. In The Mood For Love actually has a coherent plot, character development and is just beautiful. Not the mess that Chunking Express is when I found out that WKW did not even finish the script before he started filming it, well it's very obvious.

  39. It’s why I haven’t given In the Mood for Love a chance yet, I’m afraid my expectations will be too high as people love that one even more

  40. Dunkirk, Ioved that they were doing a film about a single situation in WWII then I saw it and was bored out of my mind. Dunkirk has good cinematography but the story is garbage and the fact they acted like Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy had major roles was a joke, Hardy is show a handful of times and Murphy’s time could have been done by anyone, they didn’t need anyone of his caliber to play that role.

  41. I’ve heard the argument that the young lead roles were supposed to be “blank canvases” with little characterisation, so you could put yourself in their shoes. And they certainly were utterly interchangeable, I couldn’t remember a single line of dialogue or any distinguishing moments that the characters experienced.

  42. Baby Driver and Last Night in Soho. Baby Driver was not inventive enough and just had some cool songs using a tinnitus gimmick. I was expecting something that would redefine car movies for generations. The first two acts of Last Night in Soho were great, but Wright completely dropped the ball on the horror elements. They were repetitive and the climax was thematically stupid.

  43. Completely agree. I just felt so unsatisfied after having finished it. I was like “am I missing something?” I found it to be dated quite honestly.

  44. Seven Samurai, lol. I know you guys are going to shit on me, but I didn't love it. I can appreciate it being a masterful piece of cinema, but it just didn't do it for me.

  45. Considering Seven Samurai was literally adapted into a western, this may not have been the best samurai film to start with.

  46. Once you get of Kurosawa’s samurai films you might find them less western like, I mean after all, he was influenced by John Ford, and it really shows. I would suggest checking out the Samurai Trilogy by Hiroshi Inagaki, which also stars Mifune, but feels a bit more eastern.

  47. Once Upon a Time in America, being a huge Leone fan I went in super excited but it felt rushed and confusing… then later I saw the extended directors cut and now I think it’s one of the greatest films ever. 6 hour version when?! For criterion releases, The Sweet Smell of Success, I think I thought it was going to be something else before I saw it, but after rewatching it a time or two I grew to really like and appreciate it.

  48. Wondering if you saw this in the theater or at home? Personally i thought this film was one of the best theater cinematic experiences I've had in my life. I can see the large screen and amazing sound system making a huge difference.

  49. I lowkey wanted it to be more artsy like the Lighthouse. I understand it had a big budget so it needed to entertain the masses but the story just felt so bland and simple. It just felt like a generic action movie with amazing cinematography and interesting historian stuff. My friends thought it wasn’t entertaining enough and was too artsy but I was looking for something weirder or darker.

  50. Just saw this recently. I had only seen Paris, Texas and half of Wings of Desire (don't ask) before this so when I saw it was a sci-fi Wenders I was really excited. It fell flat for me in a lot of ways. I liked many of the ideas, wasn't so keen on the execution. I absolutely love William Hurt after seeing him in that and Body Heat though.

  51. I lasted about halfway through before i couldn't handle it anymore. For the life of me I can't figure out what Wenders saw in Solveig Dommartin, she was noticeably bad in Wings of Desire (which is otherwise great) and as the lead in Until the End of the World she's awful for 4 hours straight. There are many other problems with the film but with a better lead actor it could have been at least watchable.

  52. Barry Lyndon. It’s my least favorite Kubrick film. 2001, Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket are in my top ten favorite films. I wouldn’t even put Barry Lyndon in a top 100 list

  53. Beyond the Black Rainbow. It's strange when a ton of effort is put into the visuals of a film without giving the audience anything to hold onto. Mad God was the same way, but at least that one had more stuff going on

  54. The first hour and 10 minutes of Ran was nothing short of immaculate. But after the palace burns down and the lord goes insane, I was so underwhelmed by everything else that happened.

  55. It was a very beautiful movie. I agree that lull between the castle burning and the last few minutes were somewhat tedious.

  56. I was also disappointed by this film because I saw Kagemusha first, which I absolutely adored. Everyone (including Kurosawa himself) said that it was a dress rehearsal compared to Ran, so I went into Ran with incredibly high expectations.

  57. I’ll probably get crucified for this but Paris, Texas. I usually love movies like it, but it felt really slow to me and I didn’t connect with any of the characters until the end. The booth scene was obviously superb, and I loved the dynamic with the son, but I just didn’t walk away loving it overall. I also just really disliked the rural Texas aesthetic for most of the movie, but that’s just because I live in the desert lol

  58. I was also less impressed than I expected! Not with the scenery though, I thought that was pretty great tbh, but with the story, the characters—the main character just wasn’t a good dude and the cheesy-looking (imo) super eight home video footage did not create the longing for times lost/mournful vibes that I believe it was intended to

  59. 2001 is my favorite movie of all time. Watched it from a very young age and nothings beat the overall experience for me or had quite the impact since.

  60. I was reading this while watching futurama and they literally spoofed the long colorful scene at the end. I've watched that movie twice and both times it has bored me ngl, I think it just hasn't aged well tbh

  61. Despite multiple attempts to watch it, I still can't even finish One Eyed Jacks. I have read only good things about it and had a cinephile friend recommend it to me but it just never jives with me.

  62. Nope for me as well. Fell asleep an hour into the movie lol. It just… didn’t connect with me? Even though I did find the concept extremely interesting.

  63. Last Year at Marienbad. I had seen and appreciated a lot of French New Wave beforehand and based on the reputation I was expecting a real hot and steamy mindfuck. Instead I found it to be melodramatic in a bad way and I was so bored by their romance. The whole film is unconvincing.

  64. In the Mood For Love. Yes, the cinematography was stunning, and the acting quite good, but it felt like it leading towards something and then just ended. I guess I need to pay more attention to the subtle touches, but for some reason it went over my head.

  65. Pretty much all the most popular Antonioni films, but especially L'Avventura. I'm still not entirely clear why he's considered one of the greats. Eventually I wasn't very excited going into any of them, but then Identification of a Woman turned out to be great, so maybe I'll try them again someday.

  66. The first time I saw L’Avventura it was when I started wandering into the “artsy, acclaimed” realm of films. I remember hating it because “where is the resolution?? What happened to the central mystery??”

  67. Hateful Eight. Tarantino is making western with a killer cast and my all time favourite movie score composer Morricone. That had to be awesome, however was meh. His worst film so far except Jackie Brown.

  68. Years ago I watched every Kubrick film in chronological order. Barry Lyndon bored me to tears but I loved all of his others. I can appreciate the visual aspects– lighting, costumes, sets. Every shot looks like a masterful painting, but I didn't find any of the characters charismatic enough to latch onto. I didn't care about Barry's suffering, though I wanted to. I know Kubrick can be very "cold" towards his human subjects, and that worked fine for me in 2001 and Clockwork etc., but for some reason it bored me in this instance. Willing to re-watch it though. It's been a while.

  69. Ikiru - I still adore it, mostly for the first half, but once they get to the funeral and the reminiscences by his former co-workers it just becomes a totally different film in terms of pacing.

  70. I saw the film while taking Russian language in high school. I found it…..dry at the time. I was 18. But, somehow, I was intrigued. I saw it again on A&E and liked it more. Then I read the book, by Lem, and it totally opened up for me. Astonishing! I am somewhat obsessed with the film and story now. I first saw it in 1988 and again before 2000. Read the book around 2004. I guess it just took a while to sink in. I’m a late bloomer? Haha

  71. Stalker. One of those films that has been with me ever since I became interested in movies and that I wanted to save for the right moment. Well, maybe it wasn't the right moment in the end, but the film is so substantial and beautifully filmed. I just don't get it.

  72. I was very disappointed in The Master tbh. I’m more of a fan of PTA’s earlier works (PDL, Boogie Nights, Magnolia) and luckily licorice pizza felt like a return to form for that. But just really wasn’t a huge fan of The Master.

  73. As much as I appreciate phoenix’s and Hoffmans performance this movie was a real slog to get through for ne

  74. Once upon a time in the west - A lot of the people i respect love this movie but whenever i try to watch it gives me a bored paralysis ( i have finished it once) , which is quite strange since the reviews say that the three hours just fly away , you won't even notice but boy did i notice them. I have only previously watched the dollars trilogy in which i thought the first one was fun but quite bland (especially after watching yojimbo), second one was solid and great fun mostly due to Volonte and Cleef, the third one is amazing and one of the great adventure movies i have ever seen. But alas, this one didn't do it for me, it's a real shame since i love Bronson, Fonda and Cardinale.

  75. Not Criterion but I Stand Alone by Gaspar Noe. It’s about 90 minutes but it feels twice as long and also is obnoxiously one note in its nihilistic outlook that its just boring.

  76. Nightcrawler was one awful movie, I’m sorry. It’s a pile of shit held together somehow by Jake Gyllenhaal’s amazing performance. It has no redeeming qualities besides that in my eyes, maybe Riz too but after that, nothing. Just a dull, pointless, hollow, lazy experience overall. It broke my heart when I hated it. I rewatched it a year later and my heart broke again when I realised it wasn’t just a bad day that first, no, not at all, I just despise the movie.

  77. I would have thought that Bringing Up Baby would be a hit for me. I can't go wrong with Cary Grant and matching him with Kat Hepburn sounded like a great romp. I found it very obnoxious and definitely not a great romp.

  78. I love His Girl Friday and Philadelphia Story so I figured I’d love Bringing Up Baby too. I didn’t like it at all the first time I saw it. I enjoyed it on a rewatch a few years later, but those other two screwball comedies still have my heart.

  79. The village by m knight shyamalan. I rewatched since the release when I went and gained a little more enjoyment. But I left the theatre feeling so let down

  80. Memoria - the release schedule made it nearly impossible to see, which built my hype up for it. Got into it and got nothing from it.

  81. Not criterion but I just couldn’t seem to get into Drive, saw it twice too. It’s not bad I just didn’t really get the hype around it. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve last seen it so maybe it deserves a rewatch??

  82. Last Night In Soho. I love Edgar Wright so I was super excited for his new movie but it was so stupid. The movie literally cheats by showing you things that are not real to re-direct your predictions but it just came off as lazy writing.

  83. Gotta say it, Princess Mononoke. I feel bad. But I watched it as one of the last Ghibli films to cross off my list. I was so excited because so many people I knew grew up loving that movie. The message felt so contrived to me. But based on when it came out, I know seeing it as a kid would’ve been amazing and I would be completely enthralled. It’s influence on other things can be seen throughout different animated movies and I saw those before I saw this. So I felt like I’d seen it before, not the visuals of course but the message. I wish I had seen this as a kid…. To have truly appreciated it

  84. Everything Kubrick did before 2001… I expected great things from every single one of them, but I was disappointed every time, especially by „Paths Of Glory“ and „Dr. Strangelove“. I can see how „The Killing“ influenced a lot of movies l love, but I was still underwhelmed. I really hated „Lolita“. I liked (not loved) „Spartacus“ though, but as it‘s the least Kubricky of them maybe that‘s not that surprising.

  85. Come and See. The fact is it put on such a pedestal by the entire cineast community just baffles me every time I think about it. Great cinematography, quite a good portrayal of the horrors of war. But to be considered the greatest war movie- or greatest movie in general with it’s stupidly high Letterboxd score, it needs to do more than say “war bad”. It isn’t entertaining, it isn’t that shocking, And to be honest; I forget the most about it the second the film ended.

  86. Generally, I don't get disappointed by a film unless it's really, really bad and belies a lack of passion or care. Films are a mosaic art, and there's always some element to enjoy, appreciate or learn from.

  87. The thing is, there are a lot of Criterion movies that for me are just not gonna get any love. And it’s all good

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