While enjoying my usual lazy Sunday ways, I bumped into a showing of ‘AI: Artificial Intelligence’, the most partly lovable film I’ve ever seen.  Wonderfully, it began with the scene where David pilots the amphibicopter to the bottom of the ocean, the beginning of the part of the movie I actually want to watch.  Had it been at an earlier scene, I would almost certainly have flipped to another channel.  The same is true of ‘8 Mile,’ a film where the final rap battle is a must-watch for me, but whose earlier sequences don’t have anywhere near the same rewatchability.  As a comic-book fan, used to getting my stories in weird compartmentalized bits, I’m perfectly fine with only enjoying bits and pieces of any film, only really liking the first half of ‘The Blair Witch Project’, the post-dinner portion of ‘Titanic’ and everything up until the opening titles of ‘Land Of The Lost’, leading to today’s particular query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually has the “only enjoy part of it” experience with multiple Kubrick flicks, including ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘The Shining’, asking: Which pop culture experiences do you find only partly lovable?


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  1. The live-action Transformers movies and the Star Wars prequels. They aren’t completely terrible, but they aren’t as enjoyable to me as other entries in their franchises. As much as I hate the half-baked plotlines of human developments in the TF movies, I still love seeing the Autobots and Decepticons appear almost real and in battle. The Star Wars prequels… They have some epic, epic parts (the pod race, Jango and Boba Fett, Yoda’s battle scenes, the Battle of Geonosis, etc.), but you have to sit through some pretty mundane or ridiculous stuff to get to them (fast-forwarding is akin to blasphemy with me watching anything Star Wars, even the stuff I REALLY can’t stand like the Ewoks made-for-TV movies).

    To a lesser degree, the live action Green Lantern movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was just so badly executed, but I still get excited when I see the members of the Corps brought to life, such as Kilowog and Tomar-Re and all the other alien Lanterns. Plus, Abin Sur was Jango Fett, so that makes me happy too.

  2. Hannah Jones on

    Ant Man (The Movie) is like this for me. The fight scenes are really dynamic and interesting and there’s some pretty entertaining back and forth with some of the characters, but so much of the actual plot of the film seems to fall really flat with me. The “Romance” that seemingly flew out of nowhere especially irks me. It did nothing for either Scott or Hope and felt really forced and irrelevant.

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