Say you sit down to watch a movie you’ve been dying to see for ages. It’s by your favorite director, working with actors you almost always love, and even the story seems to fit right into your personal taste. Yet somehow it just doesn’t work for you, no matter how much you adore everyone involved, and despite that movie being considered a classic by many. What do you do?
Self-Styled Siren took that problem to task over the weekend, putting together a list of 10 films she by all logic should love, but doesn’t. She’s got “Sergeant York,” the preachy World War One film starring Gary Cooper (I totally agree with her assessment), and Frank Capra’s Best Picture winning exercise in silliness “You Can’t Take It With You.” The problem can be anything:
“something about each of these films irks the Siren to the point of nonenjoyment. Usually that’s related to deficiencies of humor, theme or performance, although there’s a couple of films that, in the words of X. Trapnel’s grandmother, ‘don’t have looks eyes like.'”
For me there’s Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories,” which somehow falls flat every time I look at it. I adore both Allen and Fellini, who serves as the inspiration, and I’m always a fan of Charlotte Rampling but the movie just fails to make me laugh or think. I also find myself underwhelmed by “Repulsion,” even though I could watch “Rosemary’s Baby” on an endless loop and I fall for Catherine Deneuve in everything from “Belle de Jour” to “8 Women.” I just don’t find it terribly scary or compelling, but rather kind of screechy.
What are the movies you should really love, but that leave you cold? Maybe even a movie you tell people you like, simply to seem loyal to your favorites, or to save face, but just can’t stand? Let us know in the comments.