The Ten Most Overrated Genre Films of 2000-2009

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2. Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Death Proof

I really really like Quentin Tarantino. I just don’t like his films. Many of them are overlong and self-indulgent (apart from “Pulp Fiction” – which is phenomenal). It’s a shame because I love watching any interview with him, as his over-enthusiasm and vast knowledge of film make him come across as someone who really cares about cinema – he also seems like a really nice guy.

Which is why I still had my hopes held high for “Grindhouse”, as it seemed like Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were making a movie especially for me. Now I knew Rodriguez’s half would be amazing – and it was – but I still held out for Tarantino’s “Death Proof”, crossing my fingers that he’d pull out all the stops and deliver.

He did! Luckily I love Kurt Russell and I love it even more when he’s relegated to the background while a really annoying group of women talk about NOTHING. I love it more when another really annoying group of women talk about nothing for even longer a second time later on! I really REALLY like watching annoying women sit around talking – that’s why my favourite film is “Sex and the City” and why I sometimes dress up as a woman and sneak into diners to talk about shoes and clothes and what movies Quentin Tarantino likes all while making sure Kurt Russell isn’t allowed anywhere near me. Thanks Quentin, you made my day!

Still, pretty darn sweet car chase in it. Got to wait about an hour and a half (I saw the film in its full-length version), but I’ll admit it’s rather good.

What the critics said: Seriously entertaining American filmmaking and definitely not the half-serious pastiche it could easily have been. No seatbelt, no airbag, no nuthin’ — just Tarantino driving wildly under the influence. – Empire

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Gary enjoys films with explosions, fighting, giant robots, sex scenes, swearing, monsters and Eric Roberts - or what can more commonly be termed, 'shit'. He is an expert (by default) on films that nobody else watches and his favourite movie is Transformers - although he is aware lots of people watched that.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    nice man!

    I agree with you on some of the movies I knew.

    But next time, start from Number 10, instead of Number 1 Ascending:/

    Yes I strongly agree about Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon it was too overrated and everyone dubbed it as amazing:/ It was crap to me, but when you get into Chinese people who could leap at great distance in olding days time, you’ll appreciate some of the concepts of this movie. Still movie was crap.

    Matrix Reloaded or Revolution?
    I actually liked Matrix Reloaded. Revolution was crap.

    Diary of Da Dead was a piece of sh*!
    I watched the wrong movie! And found out I was watching diary of the dead, even though I watched the wrong movie, this movie sucked!

    Kill Bill WAS overrated, but it was a good movie, not disappointing however. I just didn’t like the fakeness and exaggerations

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I don’t think he had a “most overrated” in mind, just 10 overrated movies, hence, the numbering is irrelevant. I should probably change the title to reflect that…

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    nice man!

    I agree with you on some of the movies I knew.

    But next time, start from Number 10, instead of Number 1 Ascending:/

    Yes I strongly agree about Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon it was too overrated and everyone dubbed it as amazing:/ It was crap to me, but when you get into Chinese people who could leap at great distance in olding days time, you’ll appreciate some of the concepts of this movie. Still movie was crap.

    Matrix Reloaded or Revolution?
    I actually liked Matrix Reloaded. Revolution was crap.

    Diary of Da Dead was a piece of sh*!
    I watched the wrong movie! And found out I was watching diary of the dead, even though I watched the wrong movie, this movie sucked!

    Kill Bill WAS overrated, but it was a good movie, not disappointing however. I just didn’t like the fakeness and exaggerations

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      I don’t think he had a “most overrated” in mind, just 10 overrated movies, hence, the numbering is irrelevant. I should probably change the title to reflect that…

  • j.james

    The Kill Bills overrated? WHat the fuck!?! Your out of your skull.

  • j.james

    The Kill Bills overrated? WHat the fuck!?! Your out of your skull.

  • fearless hyena

    crouching tiger is overratted ? really ! first although it’s a wuxia film it’s not a kung fu movie …it’s just a great movie with some martial arts in it…it just happen to be set in the martial arts world where people fly and go meditate for years on top of moutains…sure some oldies are better but you can’t compare crouching tiger and let’s say come drink with me …it’s two different beast.
    hong kong and mainland china movies evolved in some good and a lot of bad ways and for once the plot wasn’t as weird as some other movies.

    kill bill 1 and 2 was great only because it brought back evrything i liked i liked about kung fu films ,ssamourai movies and spaghetti western

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Nah sorry it’s overrated. I like it and have watched it, but it was overrated simply because most people hadn’t seen that type of stuff before even though it had been around for years. Good flick, well acted but no masterpiece.

      @Gazz, the ending of Kill Bill 2 was perfect. Seeing as how the late David Caradine could barely move in “King-Fu: The Legend COninutes” the fight between he and Uma would’ve been crap compared to all the other sword fights. I like what they did with that fight. Especially because of the whole Pai Mei connection. It was great. I also find it funny that you’re saying these movies are overrated when most of em barely got noticed. Diary of The Dead, Deathproof, and even Hellboy 2 got glossed over (compared to HB’s first film at least). Came had a 3-4 week run at the theatre and then gone. ANd I’ve never even heard of Martyrs. Others were pretty much panned or failed to make the impression people thought they would (Matrix sequels, Indy 4, Die Hard 4). I dunno the list seems a little more like the movies you were most dissapointed in than were overrated.

      • j.james

        Once again you are spot on Dedpool! I share the same thoughts, especially the one about most of the films on this list not even being noticed. Doesn’t a film have to be Hyped up, fairly know, and have done somewhat of a showing at a box office in order for it to be considered overrated! Yeah Diary of the dead? really? and Martyrs? seriously? That film is more for fans of the genre and it has a “cult” appeal..no one knew about that film. Grindhouse:Deathproof WAS awesome, but no one gave a fuck about that film, no one paid attention, and it was only in the theaters for like 2 weeks..That film was by no means “Hyped up”, not when only 15 people knew about it and only 8 cared. This guy who made this list, i tell ya, really kinda makes this site lose points, sorry to say.

  • fearless hyena

    crouching tiger is overratted ? really ! first although it’s a wuxia film it’s not a kung fu movie …it’s just a great movie with some martial arts in it…it just happen to be set in the martial arts world where people fly and go meditate for years on top of moutains…sure some oldies are better but you can’t compare crouching tiger and let’s say come drink with me …it’s two different beast.
    hong kong and mainland china movies evolved in some good and a lot of bad ways and for once the plot wasn’t as weird as some other movies.

    kill bill 1 and 2 was great only because it brought back evrything i liked i liked about kung fu films ,ssamourai movies and spaghetti western

    • Dedpool

      Nah sorry it’s overrated. I like it and have watched it, but it was overrated simply because most people hadn’t seen that type of stuff before even though it had been around for years. Good flick, well acted but no masterpiece.

      @Gazz, the ending of Kill Bill 2 was perfect. Seeing as how the late David Caradine could barely move in “King-Fu: The Legend COninutes” the fight between he and Uma would’ve been crap compared to all the other sword fights. I like what they did with that fight. Especially because of the whole Pai Mei connection. It was great. I also find it funny that you’re saying these movies are overrated when most of em barely got noticed. Diary of The Dead, Deathproof, and even Hellboy 2 got glossed over (compared to HB’s first film at least). Came had a 3-4 week run at the theatre and then gone. ANd I’ve never even heard of Martyrs. Others were pretty much panned or failed to make the impression people thought they would (Matrix sequels, Indy 4, Die Hard 4). I dunno the list seems a little more like the movies you were most dissapointed in than were overrated.

      • j.james

        Once again you are spot on Dedpool! I share the same thoughts, especially the one about most of the films on this list not even being noticed. Doesn’t a film have to be Hyped up, fairly know, and have done somewhat of a showing at a box office in order for it to be considered overrated! Yeah Diary of the dead? really? and Martyrs? seriously? That film is more for fans of the genre and it has a “cult” appeal..no one knew about that film. Grindhouse:Deathproof WAS awesome, but no one gave a fuck about that film, no one paid attention, and it was only in the theaters for like 2 weeks..That film was by no means “Hyped up”, not when only 15 people knew about it and only 8 cared. This guy who made this list, i tell ya, really kinda makes this site lose points, sorry to say.

        • GazzO

          Hi guys,

          I understand what you mean, but by overrated, I meant that critics seemed to love them – they didn’t necessarily do well at the box-office. Also, these films had slightly different reactions in England (the English press generally loved them), which is where I’m from – and I suppose I should have said that I was writing this list with that in mind.

          Feel free to add your own lists in the comments

          • slim

            Yes CTHD was so over rated.. Only fight scene I liked was the one on the roof tops.. All i could think was kill the stupid Bio@#!!!!

  • http://www.clattoverata.com/ eddie

    Man, I so agree with Martyrs. I don’t mind violence, but it served no purpose. It’s just a chick getting beat for an hour. No suspense.

    Some of your other picks, however, weren’t really received well. I haven’t really seen any reviews or heard anyone say anything positive about Diary of the Dead, Indiana Jones & Crystal Skull, Matrix Reloaded.

  • http://www.clattoverata.com eddie

    Man, I so agree with Martyrs. I don’t mind violence, but it served no purpose. It’s just a chick getting beat for an hour. No suspense.

    Some of your other picks, however, weren’t really received well. I haven’t really seen any reviews or heard anyone say anything positive about Diary of the Dead, Indiana Jones & Crystal Skull, Matrix Reloaded.

  • erick

    this list is so wrong and so right at the same time, so it did the job. but where the hell is “Inglorious Basterds”?

  • erick

    this list is so wrong and so right at the same time, so it did the job. but where the hell is “Inglorious Basterds”?