The Ten Most Overrated Genre Films of 2000-2009

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I like pretty much every film I see. I’m easily pleased. I watch “Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Bio-Dome” quite regularly. My favourite film is “Transformers”. I like Tom Arnold and Pauley Shore. I am an idiot. So it takes a lot for me to dislike a film, and it especially annoys me when everyone else likes it. This happened a few times over the last decade (it happened a great deal more the other way around) and as a result I’ve compiled what I believe to be the ten most overrated genre films released between 2000 and 2009.

(“Bio-Dome” is AMAZING. Shut up.)

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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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  • Shaz

    I don’t agree AT ALL that no one had seen a decent martial arts flick before Crouching Tiger… Jackie Chan had been famous for ages when it came out. Yes, the flying and jumping around on trees was not new but I doubt it was ever done with such emotional gravitas and beautiful cinematography. It’s story about the conflict between new and old is even more relevant today when China is going through globalization where the old and graceful is being replaced with quick and impetuous. It is actually the films which followed which destroyed the magic for me. Films like “Hero” could never achieve that fine balance and rather went for the visual overkill.

    I absolutely LOVE the chase scene on the freeway in “Matrix Reloaded”. The rest was, of course, deliberately confusing mumbo-jumbo attempting to pass of as complex and intelligent.

    I really like Kill-Bill but maybe it shouldn’t have been split up. Anyway, I am waiting for Tarantino to get out of this homage obsession/phase so that he can make something genuinely good.

    I haven’t watched the whole of “Martyrs” but I liked what I saw. “Diary of the Dead” was bloody awful and so was “Die Hard”. Liked “Hellboy:2″.

    Like most of the people who have responded I don’t think that many critics and other film-goers showed any love to “Dairy of the Dead”, “Indiana Jones…”,

  • Shaz

    I don’t agree AT ALL that no one had seen a decent martial arts flick before Crouching Tiger… Jackie Chan had been famous for ages when it came out. Yes, the flying and jumping around on trees was not new but I doubt it was ever done with such emotional gravitas and beautiful cinematography. It’s story about the conflict between new and old is even more relevant today when China is going through globalization where the old and graceful is being replaced with quick and impetuous. It is actually the films which followed which destroyed the magic for me. Films like “Hero” could never achieve that fine balance and rather went for the visual overkill.

    I absolutely LOVE the chase scene on the freeway in “Matrix Reloaded”. The rest was, of course, deliberately confusing mumbo-jumbo attempting to pass of as complex and intelligent.

    I really like Kill-Bill but maybe it shouldn’t have been split up. Anyway, I am waiting for Tarantino to get out of this homage obsession/phase so that he can make something genuinely good.

    I haven’t watched the whole of “Martyrs” but I liked what I saw. “Diary of the Dead” was bloody awful and so was “Die Hard”. Liked “Hellboy:2″.

    Like most of the people who have responded I don’t think that many critics and other film-goers showed any love to “Dairy of the Dead”, “Indiana Jones…”,

  • 81

    What a Gay list,you must feel so happy with yourself’s.

  • 81

    What a Gay list,you must feel so happy with yourself’s.

  • http://cutting-soup.blogspot.com/ BU

    I feel this list was spot-on, (with the exception of Martyrs, for I haven’t seen it).

  • http://cutting-soup.blogspot.com BU

    I feel this list was spot-on, (with the exception of Martyrs, for I haven’t seen it).

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    Incorporating what the author said after Ded’s response I am mostly in agreement with what the article stated about each movie, Especially Hellboy 2. I think you kinda have Quentin Tarantino wrong, but all is fair in the opinionated land of movie watchers. I believe Quentin Tarantino can be summed up in one sentence and I mean it with no disrespect because I love Tarantino, but, Tarantino is a good filmmaker because he is so knowledgeable of film as a whole that his style is basically to take all genre styles and input the things that he feels would have made them better at the time. Most of the time it comes down to dialogue, and in that he is known to go overboard. I still find it enjoyable though. I just watched Martyrs 2 weeks ago and Agree completely with that.

    The Matrix:

    I will first point out that I am a Matrix Fan. When I say this, I say that I liked ALL the movies, and consider them all one movie split into three by the money making machine known as business (and no i dont mean that as the EVIL CORPORATION, Business. Just plain old Business.) As a Fan of the “Series” I find myself not very welcoming to the whole “I liked the first one, but the others were horrible” band wagon that people jumped on. I often refer to it as the backlash syndrome. They blew everyone away so much with the first film that people got it in their heads that it could never be done again. This is the same with all people who do the unthinkable the first time around. Bryan Singer will never top The Usual Suspects, Just as Lucas cant top the first star wars, John Singleton cant top boys in the hood, etc. I consider the Matrix one movie and would possibly consider all movies of similar stature the same way.

    My viewpoint on the matrix falls as such. Intellectually (which doesn’t mean I’m calling people stupid. Or haters of good cinema) I think you cant speak about the deepness of the first film and how revolutionary it is if you dont follow it through to the end, because the first part was just the beginnings of a cohesive statement that was not finished until Revolutions. So if you dont like the Last, then I have to consider what you really got out of the first.

    This standpoint is derived from me hearing the same old tired statement of “The first one was so philosophically deep but the other two were watered down action films.”

    The second Film was Neo vs ALL Philosophy vs Religion to decide the knowledge of self and strengthening of self through knowledge of other paths (Merv = Determinism, Architect = Fatalist, Morphius = blind faith resulting in the story of Nebuchadnezzar and how its as much a prison as the Matrix itself and overriding Choice which is the most important part of development when Finding knowledge in ones self (The first movie Main focal point))

    Third Film = Conclusion of all of the above and a very cool scene with a conversation between Neo and the Hindu Gods in the subway. As well as the realization of self, the implication of choice, and establishment of destiny as all of the above (Not in the hands of a god, but in an individual).

    With all that ^^ I find it hard to say that the last two didn’t have what the first movie had. If you were watching it for Action and Adventure, I cant really see where the disappointment came in on that viewpoint either.

    I think the term overrated also has a fine line it follows that sounds alot like when people tell me a band has “sold out”. Hipsters say it when a band matures into a sound that is different from where they started. This is also backed up with the backlash of popularity. There are tons of movies way more “overrated” than whats on this list, but it is a good list overall.

    I would offer up, Lord of the Rings (All of them). While I think they were all very good movies. I offer any decent director a 250 million dollar budget, Those actors and weta and I dont think you would get anything too different. Also while it was good, it had tons of flaws that movies with less fanbase get creamed for. If the beginning of District 9 was “sluggish and boring” as I’m hearing now, What the Hell was 40 percent of the Lord of the Rings scenes of walking (And no im not trying to make a Clerks joke. Those scenes were pretty friggin ridiculous AND LONG). Keep in mind, I love Peter Jackson, but another word needs to be coined to describe the nerdgasm of hype around those movies.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    Incorporating what the author said after Ded’s response I am mostly in agreement with what the article stated about each movie, Especially Hellboy 2. I think you kinda have Quentin Tarantino wrong, but all is fair in the opinionated land of movie watchers. I believe Quentin Tarantino can be summed up in one sentence and I mean it with no disrespect because I love Tarantino, but, Tarantino is a good filmmaker because he is so knowledgeable of film as a whole that his style is basically to take all genre styles and input the things that he feels would have made them better at the time. Most of the time it comes down to dialogue, and in that he is known to go overboard. I still find it enjoyable though. I just watched Martyrs 2 weeks ago and Agree completely with that.

    The Matrix:

    I will first point out that I am a Matrix Fan. When I say this, I say that I liked ALL the movies, and consider them all one movie split into three by the money making machine known as business (and no i dont mean that as the EVIL CORPORATION, Business. Just plain old Business.) As a Fan of the “Series” I find myself not very welcoming to the whole “I liked the first one, but the others were horrible” band wagon that people jumped on. I often refer to it as the backlash syndrome. They blew everyone away so much with the first film that people got it in their heads that it could never be done again. This is the same with all people who do the unthinkable the first time around. Bryan Singer will never top The Usual Suspects, Just as Lucas cant top the first star wars, John Singleton cant top boys in the hood, etc. I consider the Matrix one movie and would possibly consider all movies of similar stature the same way.

    My viewpoint on the matrix falls as such. Intellectually (which doesn’t mean I’m calling people stupid. Or haters of good cinema) I think you cant speak about the deepness of the first film and how revolutionary it is if you dont follow it through to the end, because the first part was just the beginnings of a cohesive statement that was not finished until Revolutions. So if you dont like the Last, then I have to consider what you really got out of the first.

    This standpoint is derived from me hearing the same old tired statement of “The first one was so philosophically deep but the other two were watered down action films.”

    The second Film was Neo vs ALL Philosophy vs Religion to decide the knowledge of self and strengthening of self through knowledge of other paths (Merv = Determinism, Architect = Fatalist, Morphius = blind faith resulting in the story of Nebuchadnezzar and how its as much a prison as the Matrix itself and overriding Choice which is the most important part of development when Finding knowledge in ones self (The first movie Main focal point))

    Third Film = Conclusion of all of the above and a very cool scene with a conversation between Neo and the Hindu Gods in the subway. As well as the realization of self, the implication of choice, and establishment of destiny as all of the above (Not in the hands of a god, but in an individual).

    With all that ^^ I find it hard to say that the last two didn’t have what the first movie had. If you were watching it for Action and Adventure, I cant really see where the disappointment came in on that viewpoint either.

    I think the term overrated also has a fine line it follows that sounds alot like when people tell me a band has “sold out”. Hipsters say it when a band matures into a sound that is different from where they started. This is also backed up with the backlash of popularity. There are tons of movies way more “overrated” than whats on this list, but it is a good list overall.

    I would offer up, Lord of the Rings (All of them). While I think they were all very good movies. I offer any decent director a 250 million dollar budget, Those actors and weta and I dont think you would get anything too different. Also while it was good, it had tons of flaws that movies with less fanbase get creamed for. If the beginning of District 9 was “sluggish and boring” as I’m hearing now, What the Hell was 40 percent of the Lord of the Rings scenes of walking (And no im not trying to make a Clerks joke. Those scenes were pretty friggin ridiculous AND LONG). Keep in mind, I love Peter Jackson, but another word needs to be coined to describe the nerdgasm of hype around those movies.

  • XavierRhal

    Is this a communist website?

  • XavierRhal

    Is this a communist website?