Underrated, Overrated, & Well Rated Movies

Thirst is…

  • Overrated
  • Underrated
  • Misunderstood
  • Clearly an Idiot
  • Clearly a Movie Buff
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The following movies were:


A.I. - Even though Spielberg had to introduce his sentimental ending sigh
Vanilla Sky - “Tech Support!” Nuff said.
12 Monkeys - One of the best endings. What’s cooler than a virus that sends mankind underground?
Fight Club - “My job will be never to tell people these things that I know.”
Being John Malkovich - another great ending. Though it is dull at times.
Stargate - Sci-fi meets ancient Egypt… what more could you want?!
The Talented Mr. Ripley - “You never meet someone who thinks they are a bad…” ILP member.
Fools Rush In - Salma Hayek drool
A Walk In The Clouds - “It’s wonderful.” old man voice
Absolute Power - Absolutely underrated.
Casino - Is this your pen? CROOKED MOUTH says F.U. stab with pen :wink:
Fiddler On the Roof - “If I were a rich man…” (see Citizen Kane below)
The Shawshank Redemption - ILP is institutionalized… enough time passes it gets so you depend on it.
My Fair Lady - Kids today can’t appreciate good movies. Silly little gutter snipes!
Titanic - Helped me get laid… :smiley: I felt like the king of the world.
The King and I (original) - When I go bald, I hope I look like Yul Brynner.
Starship Troopers - Come on you apes, you wanna POST forever? Also, that giant vagina bug was cool!
What Dreams May Come - The idea of the ‘other side’ and of Hell is intriguing.
Wet Dreams May Cum - Best porno name spoof.


A Beautiful Mind - the only thing beautiful about that mind would be my foot stomping on it.
Apocalypse Now - Brando’s best work at making me snore.
It’s A Wonderful Life - It’s a wonderful day to toss this movie out.
The Sixth Sense - I see an uninteresting Bruce Willis engage a fantastic Haley Joel Osment.
Thelma & Louise - snicker This wasn’t a movie as much as a clam munch fest!
When Harry Met Sally - Yes, yes, yes??? I say: No! No! No!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s - WTF? You call that breakfast?!
Jerry Maguire - You had me at… wait, no, you still don’t have my appreciation.
Erin Brockovich - Damn what an awful movie! no further comment
Gladiator - I will have my vengance, in this forum or the next.
Training Day - Okay, great acting; but was there much more?
A-Team (the movie) - OK, it’s not out, but I pity the fool who goes and watches this…

Brilliant Movies That Are Appreciated Just Enough

The Matrix - “There is no spoon” that could make me like this more or less.
Minority Report - The minority of people that didn’t like this were reported to be fools.
Full Metal Jacket - Makes me thirsty for some reason.
Casablanca - I think this is the beginning of Jerry Maguire-esque overquoting!
Gone with the Wind - Kiss me, once… On the philosophy bone…
Pulp Fiction - And I will strike down upon you with my tremendous philosophy!
Citizen Kane - I wish I had millions so I could lament my lost childhood toy: M.U.S.C.L.E.S.
The Godfather II - Reminds me of ILP Rant House… “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
Forrest Gump - This movie is great and fits in with the rest like “…peas and carrots.”
The Bridges of Madison County - What can I say? Despair is tough, commitment too.
Terminator 1 & 2 - I’ll be back with more movies…
The Godfather I - Ben is a pimp. He never coulda outfought PAX. But I didn’t know until this day, that it was Xander all along.

Wait, how can Fight Club be underrated? I don’t know anybody who doesn’t think it was awesome. Did it get bland reviews or something?

The Way of the Gun needs to be acknowledged moreso, it's a truly excellent film.

No kidding. Everyone was hyping that movie, when it first came out.
I found it to be highly overrated.


I’m sorry Uccisore, but the first rule of Fight Club… :laughing:
Couldn’t say that without laughing!

Fight Club did get bad reviews and did poorly at the box office.
Dr. S, common, the condom is the glass slipper of our generation… BRILLIANT!

Uccisore, thanks for the suggestion, The Way of the Gun was awesome and belongs on the underrated list.


As a white man, I felt burdened by that movie… heh.

Have you read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness? The movie (Apocolypse Now) is brilliant.

I’m not much of a film enthusiast myself, but I notice that Memento is missing from your list.

Oh, and I think there is an option missing from the voting choices:

“Thirst clearly has an unhealthy interest in polls!”


I’d have to agree with delboy, memento belongs on the underrated list not AI.

AI had brilliant cinematography, but spielbergs next futuristic film minority report blew it away in ever regard. tighter pace, better story telling, and characters you cared about.

I didn’t care if the little android boy found the blue fairy or not, the only reason I watched was for the brilliant special effects.

I also disagree with gladiator being overrated… that movie is absolutely brilliant. Once again, perfect pacing, characters that are vengeful, and an absolutely creepy villian.

what didn’t you like about the film?

starship troopers = fluffy and lame. almost as bad as the other heinlein adaptation “puppet masters.”

Forrest Gump = Over rated fluff

the ones I agree with?

Fight club, except I also would put it in “just appreciated enough” as I don’t know anyone who hasn’t seen it and doesn’t appreciate it in some form.

Being John Malkovich. You got the category right and it deserves more attention. Brilliant film.


Attack of the Killer Tomatoes…


p.s. Death Race 2000 wasn’t bad either…

I agree. Go Frankenstein!


Thirst, I can understand some of your sentiments, but I was irked at some of your choices…

The Shawshank Redemption is not an underrated movie. It had Oscar noms up and down the aisle, including Best Picture and Best Actor. The reason it didn’t win was it contended with Forest Gump, which took the '94 Academy Awards by storm. Not to mention, there was Pulp Fiction as well.

Starship Troopers is the closest thing we have to a StarCraft movie. If it didn’t have Micheal Ironside in it, I wouldn’t have watched it.

I don’t think Gladiator is overrated given the sheer power of Hans Zimmer’s composition work in the film and memorable quotes such as “strength and honor” which actually came from Crowe’s childhood.

I could go on longer, explaining some other tidbits…but I’ll just state that the movie line you pulled out for Godfather II was from III…Thirst…“Power drains those who have none.”

While Michael played a cool villian in Total Recall, I feel in this movie he just didn’t cut it.

as for the starcraft movie? I saw it before I ever played starcraft so I didn’t make that comparison, and even looking back on it without the Protoss it doesn’t come close to cutting that either.

the real reason I disliked it is the message RH had in his book against fascism was completely lost.

2001 A Space Odyssey - This movie was fucking terrible. I can’t even begin to describe my loathing for this stupid shit. AFI’s top 100 list my ass. I’d like to buy this movie and desecrate it with my feces. (But then zealots might have to kill their own kind in protest :unamused:

The Blair Witch Project - If I wanted to watch anything filmed on some crappy shaky camera I’d prefer porno. At least endings in porn films have a conclusion that makes sense, not some tool staring at a fucking wall! Lame!


The Truman Show- A brilliant concept, only enhanced by the fact that Jim Carey was able to portray a semi-serious role quite effectively.

Hannibal - What was wrong with this movie? Hannibal hangs a dude from a balcony and removes his bowels. Sweet. If you didn’t like this you should also have your bowels removed.

That’s it for now, I’ll return to praise and mock later…


Brilliant concepts do not necessarily = Great film. I often find it funny how critics equate weird, strange, and out of the ordinary as brilliant and then conclude that this brilliance makes the fil great… :confused:

I can agree that there were many subtleties, many disturbing ideas within Apocalypse Now; however, the movie fails in key areas: entertainment (not mindless), cohesiveness - the first half is like being dragged to death, while the middle is seemingly another movie, the end though, brings it home. Still, I prefer whole movies…

Brilliant Movies that are Crap or Overrated

2001: A Space Odyssey - I can appreciate the phenomenal ideas, the time, the concept, but not the whole.
Gangs In New York - so much effort put into the realism of the sets, colloquialisms, acting, and the result is dull…
Apocalypse Now - The horror, the horror… of such a brilliantly dull movie.
The Sound of Music - I like musicals but this was a bit of a stretch. That woman is hot though… :astonished:

What makes you think I’m gay? Not that there’s anything wrong with that… :wink:

That’s not what I meant :angry:

…obviously I was referring to East Europeans!


Just as an excuse to write about one of THE funniest TV shows on the planet: Puppets Who Kill. If you can find some copies, GET THEM. Speaking of which, one of the least known movies that EVERYONE needs to watch (helps if you’re in the right state of mind):

MEET THE FEEBLES (Peter Jackson’s 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fiilm).

BTW, Vanilla sky: the ORIGINAL or the Cruise Crap one?

Another movie that probably few have seen but it does a great job of lampooning reality TV: The Contenders. And it’s actually INTERESTING.

And for those who watch Everything has Gone Peter Tong (or something like that), check out the director’s first movie, FUBAR (that’s especially for YOU, thirst).

Final movie to see in the right state of mind: Santa Sangria.

Just thought of two more good movies that were under-rated:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Jim Carey really can act well despite what the critics say. Besides, Kirsten Dunst in her underwear is always a plus… :laughing:

Punch Drunk Love - Adam Sandler did a great job in this. How could you not like a man who gets chased by phone sex people? Cool movie.


Which goes to show you how artificial your intelligence is… just kidding, I think you are a great poster. :slight_smile:

Honestly, I liked the relationship between the mother and the child. One of the thoughts this movie inspired in me is that science has typically introduced artificial intelligence through cyborgs or robots that solely use logic to understand the world and come to conclusions that humans would not come to… In a sense, the robots humans create only have artificial intelligence in that they can use their programming to observe the world and make purely logical deductions but how far is that from human like observations? How can a robot appreciate that which is logically unimportant: a mother’s love, beauty, attraction, life values, instinct, et al. Thus, the result is that robots cannot escape their programming (a theme in the Matrix).

A.I. reaches into the idea that robots can achieve something more than pure logic. Is it logical for a robot to desire NOTHING but its mother? Also, I found it interesting that the Blue Fairy represents a deity that can help the child robot achieve something that logic could not otherwise do! How else can the achieve transendence? As for Gladiator, don’t get me wrong, it is a great film but I don’t think it merits comparison amid the greatest ever or best ever. Although, to this day I think that Joaquin Phoenix has his best acting performance in this film… There was nothing I disliked in the film, it is only that I’ve seen better. Starship Troopers was a B movie that achieved “A” level success… I think it is underrated because it is much like a Rocky Horror Picture Show… terrible to the extent of greatness.



Memento - I wish I couldn’t make new memories: I’d of forgotten Star Wars Episode III for starters!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - The actors seamless become their characters and we are there…
The Way of the Gun - One of the few James Caan roles I truly enjoy. I also wish there was a part two…
Lilo and Stitch - This disney movie isn’t appreciated! It’s a gem with Elvis music!
The Truman Show - “You’ll never sink this ship!” followed by Truman choosing to walk away from the ‘Creator’ reminds me that we have the same choice: do we let the man upstairs choose our destiny or do we choose life?


In no particular order: Some of the Worst Movies Ever

Men In Black Pt. 1
Men In Black Pt. 2
The Mummy
The Mummy Returns
Ocean’s Twelve
Pretty Woman
Tarzan (the kids cartoon movie)
I, Robot
The Pacifier
Chronicles of Riddick
Star Wars Episode II -
Star Wars Episode I
Star Wars Episode III - see this thread http://www.ilovephilosophy.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=144216

Typical hollywood fluff… each and every single one of them.[/b]

Good Lord - I hated that film. Don’t ask me why. I haven’t a clue.

AI: Someone must have already talked about it being a re-hash of Pinnochio… No…?

Starship Troopers: Gotta say - I loved that film too, (purposely…?) wooden acting, cliche dialogue, total disregard for military strategy, but somehow - it all just hung together. The only good bug is a dead bug.

The Mummy: Come Thirst - how can anyone not like this film…? All it lacked was a bit of needless nudity.

More total stinkeroos:

*The latest King Arthur bollocks. Hollywood makes a Big Mac out of fillet steak again.
*Lancelot - with Richard Gere (see a theme developing here…?)
*Pretty much anything with Kevin Kostner in it (or even near it).
*Terminator II and III - a nice terminator, I ask you, and while were Schwartzerneggering - that one where he gets pregnant. Pheeheww.
*Godzilla - the puff daddy/diddy whatever soundtrack version. I don’t know how anyone could fuck up a godzilla movie - but they did.


*Betty Blue: Dragged so much even Beatrice Dalle’s tits got boring.


*Hmm. I shouldn’t like it, but I can’t help myself - Cocktail
*Wrong-turn - cannibal inbred hicks - surprisingly scary for a formula flick.
*Can’t remember the names of these two films - but they starred Ethan Hawke and some French bint, wandering around just talking/falling in love for just one evening - then splitting up at a train station - swearing to meet up 6 months later. Second film they get back together after a chance…? meeting at a book signing. Even made a jaded old bastard like me tear-up.
House of flying daggers: not as good as dragon/tiger, but still artfully martial-arty.

Personal faves:

*King-Kong - the black and white version. Total classic monkey movie.
*The Usual Suspects - Kaiser Soze.
*The Mothman prophecies Scared me so much I almost didn’t go back for the second half.
*The Creature from Boggy-Creek - first film that made me hide behind a pillow.
*AngelHeart: made me go “whoo”.
*Excalibur - now that’s a king Arthur movie.
*Forbidden Planet - monsters from the id.