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jdizzy001 wrote:Legend. So bad it was good! That film was Sheguru Miyamoto's source material for Legend of Zelda. Jokes aside, Dragonslayer was awful!
It did have the scene where we got to see the creation of a magic weapon.

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maximus wrote:The first Dungeons and Dragons movie. Someone should have been arrested for involving Tom Baker in that mess.
Still, I find the second and third movie to be delightful.

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Scorpion King - the sequel. The second "Beastmaster", "Red Sonja"!

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Lurker wrote:
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:36 am
Right now my vote is The never ending story ...

My wife decided to put it in for the girls tonight for Saturday evening movie knight . She complained that I have the girls watch Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, star dust, & Princess bride to often .

I had forgotten how much I disliked this movie. I can't say specifically why I dislike it so, but it just rubs me the wrong way .... bad story, bad ideas, bad effects, .... Even as I watch it I want to re-like it , need for imagination or face nothing etc etc etc. But I just can't force myself to like it ...

So to make it interesting, what movie do you all dislike
It has aged terribly
Personally I absolutely loathe 300
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My wife insisted we watch Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. I died.

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You know, I think my problem is that if a movie looks bad I don't even bother to try it. I guess in that sense I'm a "judge a book by its cover" kind of guy, and only the ones that make it through the cover test (or the preview test) even enter my brain as a movie for discussion. For example, my sister gave me a movie years ago and said it was so bad I had to watch it. I have it on my shelf, still unwatched. I guess my time is too valuable to waste on something that I already think will be a stinker. So, lots of the ones mentioned in the thread are such that I can say that I never saw them.

"Ice Pirates" is a clear stinker, but not at the time. Saw it in the movie theatre, loved it at the time, bought a DVD of it because of this thread, had a hard time getting through the whole thing. Bad jokes seemed funny at the time, seem painful now. Labyrinth is a great movie, but it does seem a little creepy to me at 50+ in ways that I never thought about when I was in my teens.

I guess if it's a move that made an actual run at the movie theatres it is probably too well done to count on this thread. :D
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Ancalagon wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:31 am
spudeus wrote:The LOTR films had a sense of care and passion behind them - the Hobbit trilogy by comparison felt like a bloated cash-out. If LOTR had never existed, maybe the Hobbit would've gotten a better reception? Same could be said for the Star Wars prequels. . .
I seriously dislike the Hobbit films.
Just awful.
If PJ had gotten rid of most of the CGI for the orcs and such, and used live actors in makeup (like we got in the LotR) movies … well, I could have forgiven almost everything else in the Hobbit trilogy. The CGI gave too much of a cartoony aspect and just ruined the feel of the movies, for me at least.

Fundamentally, I think that the Hobbit movies blended well with the LotR movies. I liked the tie-in material that blended the storylines and led a viewer into the LotR movies. I liked the fact that the dwarves ended up with different personalities (in Tolkien's book I felt you had Thorin and Bombur and a bunch of indistinguishable other dwarves). I loved the way that Smaug was done in the movies. I didn't even have a problem with the elf-dwarf thing.

I just thought that most of the goblin/orc CGI was bad and should have been done to be similar to LotR. :|
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finarvyn wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:41 pm
Ancalagon wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:31 am
spudeus wrote:The LOTR films had a sense of care and passion behind them - the Hobbit trilogy by comparison felt like a bloated cash-out. If LOTR had never existed, maybe the Hobbit would've gotten a better reception? Same could be said for the Star Wars prequels. . .
I seriously dislike the Hobbit films.
Just awful.
If PJ had gotten rid of most of the CGI for the orcs and such, and used live actors in makeup (like we got in the LotR) movies … well, I could have forgiven almost everything else in the Hobbit trilogy. The CGI gave too much of a cartoony aspect and just ruined the feel of the movies, for me at least.

Fundamentally, I think that the Hobbit movies blended well with the LotR movies. I liked the tie-in material that blended the storylines and led a viewer into the LotR movies. I liked the fact that the dwarves ended up with different personalities (in Tolkien's book I felt you had Thorin and Bombur and a bunch of indistinguishable other dwarves). I loved the way that Smaug was done in the movies. I didn't even have a problem with the elf-dwarf thing.

I just thought that most of the goblin/orc CGI was bad and should have been done to be similar to LotR. :|
Agreed, the goblins/orcs were terrible. So was just about everything else though. I understand trying to fill in some of the missing info that Gandalf reveals later, but not 2 full movies worth. Gandalf was portrayed as a weakling and in need of rescue by the White Council. There is no basis for this in the books. Radagast was played as a sloppy fool; really, rabbits pulling a sled and bird shit in his hair? Awful. I did like the portrayal of Smaug, but the whole ballista bolt was unnecessary. The last straw was the giant worms somehow transported from the Dune universe.

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maximus wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 3:16 pm

Agreed, the goblins/orcs were terrible. So was just about everything else though. I understand trying to fill in some of the missing info that Gandalf reveals later, but not 2 full movies worth. Gandalf was portrayed as a weakling and in need of rescue by the White Council. There is no basis for this in the books. Radagast was played as a sloppy fool; really, rabbits pulling a sled and bird shit in his hair? Awful. I did like the portrayal of Smaug, but the whole ballista bolt was unnecessary. The last straw was the giant worms somehow transported from the Dune universe.
Rgr that !

I just rewatched it with the girls and I'd forgotten how annoyed I was with the movies

Smaug is the best part by far. that and the depiction of dwarf gold greed was good.

However, like you said, rabbits pulling a sled for a daft bird poop covered old fool, worms digging through the mountains, the ballista bolt instead of an arrow, and all is not the Hobbit I read.

Plus, the elf dwarf love, and then the inconstancy on travel - the elves spying the orcs in a keep hundreds of miles NNW of Mirkwood, and then at the battle to save the day really annoyed me

That said, the girls liked it -for it on its own and not being tied to the book - so my dislikes still don't put it as one of my 'worst' movies.
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Buttmonkey wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:27 pm
spudeus wrote:Is there hate for Dragonslayer on this thread?! Decent acting, good story, and in my mind hands-down the best dragon ever envisioned for the screen.

I might go with that old standby Krull - totally flat performances, misfired effects, slow pace, just a hard slog.

Honorable mention, though, to Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. In terms of budget and expectations vs. results. . . well I'm sure we all remember how much we enjoyed the elf/dwarf forbidden romance subplot.
I could spend all day riffing off this post. I never cared for Dragonslayer. I found it slow-paced and disappointing as a kid. It didn't hold up to the sort of fantasy excitement I expected after playing D&D. I much preferred Krull.

Sadly, the forbidden dwarf/elf romance was about the only think I enjoyed in the 2nd and 3rd hobbit films. The guy playing Bilbo did some wonderful acting, but Bilbo frankly wasn't that central a character after the first movie. If you took Evangeline Lily out of the last two movies, I probably would have walked out or fallen asleep. I really hated the Hobbit films I suppose is my overall point.
When it stuck with the book it was good, what killed the Hobbit movies was that they were movies, as in plural, just by sticking to the book they could have made one movie!

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PJ ruined the Hobbit with that trilogy. The last 2 rank among the worst ever.

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