Thursday, June 29, 2006

film fun fridays, folks ...

Some of the movies that are now considered not only classic, but among the best ever made, weren't recognized as such by some of the critics of the day. Here are some examples, courtesy of Vanity Fair’s “From Sneer to Eternity.”

• Casablanca: “Not quite up to ‘Across the Pacific’ … but is nevertheless pretty tolerable.”

• 2001: A Space Odyssey: “In some ways it’s the biggest amateur movie of them all. … It’s a monumentally unimaginative movie.”

• The Godfather: “Brando is handicapped by poor makeup. … Al Pacino rattles around in a part too demanding for him. … The surprisingly rotten score (is) by Nino Rota.”

• Psycho: “This is third-rate Hitchcock. … A reflection of a most unpleasant mind, a mean, sly, sadistic little mind. … Merely one of those television shows padded out two hours by adding pointless subplots and realistic detail.”

• The Wizard of Oz: “I sat cringing before MGM’s Technicolor production … which displays no trace of imagination, good taste, or ingenuity. … I say it’s a stinkeroo. … Bert Lahr is funny but out of place.”

• Citizen Kane: “Though the attempt is praiseworthy, the results are shockingly unsatisfying.”

• It’s a Wonderful Life: “At best all this seems to me insipid, and at its worst an embarrassment to both flesh and spirit.”

• Lawrence of Arabia: “It is, in the last analysis, just a huge, thundering camel-opera.”

• Gone with the Wind: “We still feel that color is hard on the eyes for so long a picture.”

In short … perhaps there is hope for the panned movies of today. Perhaps “Little Buddha” will one day be regarded as high art … but probably not.

14 comments:

Kristen said...

I'm FISRT!!!!! *runs around room squealing*

*stops to catch breath*

Ok, Gone with the Wind is one of my favoritest movies of all time....Scarlett O'hara is fiesty....I like her

JMai said...

Embarrassingly, I've only seen maybe 2 of those movies. Well, 2 and a half, if you consider that I've been in the room while It's a Wonderful Life was on, but I wasn't paying much attention.

Have you ever heard of the Invisibles? I suck at them since I don't see that many movies. But you're such a buff, you might like them. Next time you're bored, check out this game

You know, next time you're feeling like rolling coins or something :)

kathi said...

Awww, c'mon...Wizard of Oz, A Wonderful Life and Gone With The Wind are just automatic classics, with the full meaning of the word class. Idiots.

Little Buddha? Is that the one with Will Smith? LOL, if it is. Geeze, you're such a goofball.

snavy said...

I disagree with many of those reviews.

Gone with the Wind is awesome - I've always known I was a southern belle in another life!! lol

However, 2001 is one of the worse movies I have ever seen - it's my mom's fav though - weird.

my dzerette link doesn't work :(

Everything Nice said...

Dave....

What are you doing Dave...

I wouldn't do that if I were you Dave.


Okay you know what? Most of these movies are still classics in my book, regardless.

But I admit that I am not It's a wonderful life gal... sadly.

I heart you D.

Madame X said...

I liked Little Buddah...

Pyrhonik said...

I'm sure everybody knows this but I'll throw it out there anyway. Before the original 2001 was released the name of the computer was actually IBM, but the computer giant IBM had a problem with that so the film producers rolled the letters back by one to get HAL.

I'm such a geek, I know!

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Vixxxen said...

Those cracked me up badly. An interesting thing about it that I saw is that some critics disliked them when color was added.

~Vix

April said...

Don't make me get the flying monkeys....

:D

SignGurl said...

I love Gone With The Wind but it is a bit long.

I can't stand to watch black and white movies. I feel like I am being cheated. When I was a kid I thought that the world was black and white before my time. Doh!

Strumpet said...

Little Buddha is with Keanu.

It's much better on mute.

Grace said...

Oh my God! I love so many of those movies!!! But then again, I usually only go see a movie in the theatre when I hear that the critics hated it. Shows how much I care about their opinions, huh?

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