The famous film critic Roger Ebert lost his long, cruel battle with cancer this past week. He died on Thursday at age 70, just days after writing what turned out to be his final blog post that talked about a new cancer scare.
Ebert penned 10,000 movie reviews during his career of nearly half a century.
On Thursday, Mental_Floss published a list of 10 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated.
That got me thinking about movies I really hate. I managed to come up with seven that would qualify, although these aren’t necessarily my seven all-time least favorite films; I’ve seen so many over the years that it’d probably take me a year of serious contemplation to pen that list, and as the popular meme goes, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
7 Movies I Really Hated
1. Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace (1999)
This is the only motion picture during which I’ve actually fallen asleep in a theater. My first words, once a buddy elbowed me and I looked back up at the screen, were something to the effect, “They still aren’t off this planet, yet?” I hated the idea of a “prequel” to begin with; I wanted to know what happened next to the characters we’d come to love. But this movie was so incredibly boring that I never bothered watching episodes two or three.
2. Psycho (1998)
A Hitchcock movie?!? No. This one was a Gus Van Sant remake of the classic 1960 Hitchcock movie. When you put “Hitchcock” and “remake” into the description, that’s practically enough reason right there to hate the film. Van Sant, however, gave us even more: his was a shot-by-shot remake, with the only primary differences being a different cast, a bit of nudity (which Hitchcock proved was totally unnecessary) and color (which Hitchcock avoided because he intentionally didn’t want the movie overly gory. The original, of course, would be on my list of seven movies I really love, but you probably already knew that.
3. Out of Africa (1985)
I was probably too young to be in this film’s target audience, but it was one of the slowest-moving films I’d ever seen. I kept wishing I could get “out of the theater.”
4. The Godfather (1972)
I apologize to fans of the series, but I just can’t get into mafia movies. No interest at all. I get that it’s a well-down film, but I’ll pass on a viewing.
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
I have friends who’ll never let me hear the end of this, but this convolution of violence and forced hipness just didn’t do it for me. Not at all.
6. Dumb and Dumber (1997)
Any movie with Jim Carrey being that goofy, silly character is not one I care to sit through.
7. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgondy (2004)
I feel the same way about Will Farrell that I do about Jim Carrey.
I know you have a list of least-favorite films! Why not share?
Which movies have been your least favorite?