Every once in a while somebody will try to get me to watch a “classic” movie. The reason I tend to stay away from these is because film making has significantly improved over the last few decades. Older movies tend to be slower and boring, because story pacing just wasn’t what it was today. When I look at Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, and GoodFellas I’d like to think I could watch them in 40 years and I wouldn’t really be able to tell they were older save the actors. I recently watched The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and that’s still a good movie. Movies have evolved from slow, meandering , at least most we still get Tree Of Llife, and now with good editing movies can still tell great stories in a 3rd of a time. I don’t even think movies had deleted scenes back then so everything they filmed was left in. These are the movies I think are fine, but really don’t hold up, and these are what people consider the greatest movies of all time, and I can see now you feel that way but they don’t work for me anymore.
5 Citizen Kane
So everybody tells me this is the best movie of all time right, so I put it into my Bluray player and I’m sitting waiting for it to get good.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and then it was over. Now had I seen this when it came out, I’d probably be dead by then, but i’d enjoy it better. This also had a decent pace and good cinematography , it only suffers from me having seen the movies that takes the elements this used.
4. Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom
If I believe correctly this is considered the weakest of the Indiana Jones movies and for good reason. Not to say any of these is bad or is a bad movie, but this is the one where they took the most risks and it didn’t pay off it bit them in the ass hard. The characters are annoying it’s not very funny or charming, the action doesn’t hold up because of the technology unlike the first one. Not to mention the characters are so annoying, even Indie isn’t as fascinating as he usually is, still a whole lot better then Kingdom Of The Crystal Skulls.
3. 2001 : A Space Oddessey
This might be the most boring movie I’ve ever seen in my life, I’m not joking whenever I want to take a nap , I put this on. I can appreciate the fact that the special effects are frickin amazing. It has that old school charm, but it still holds up, now admittedly I’ve never finished this movie, i’ve sat through the opening three times and either fell asleep or lost interest. Once again amazing special effects, I think the movies biggest problem, along with most Kubrick films sorry I know i’m in the minority, is the overall lack of urgency with the story telling. The opening with the apes should’ve only taken about 10 minutes, maybe, but it goes on for like 30 whole minutes, which just encases what’s wrong with the pacing with this movie, every scene is 3 times as long as it needs to be. Another thing is I appreciate a good score, but this turns into a video with scenes going along with 5 minute songs when the audience has already taken away what they need to in the first minute. Hopefully one day , I’ll be able to finish this movie , and I’ll admit it’s not entirely fair to judge without seeing the entire thing, but sue me I tried.. like 4 times.
2. The GodFather
Sharpen your pitchforks, heat up your tar I know I know. I think a big thing that doesn’t help these movies is that everyone tells me they’re the best of all time, and i get my hopes up. Once again the main killer is pacing and lack of subtly. We just told stories different back then. This is a 3 hour movie that honestly could’ve been 2 or even standard 90 minutes. I can see why people like it it’s so damn iconic. This might be the most quoted movie of all time. If they were to realease a “If you’ve got shit to do later” edition i’d buy it and probably love it.
1. The Shinning
This is the only one of these movies I consider bad. The acting is bad, the writing isn’t that great, it’s boring, it’s not scary, and worst of all it’s boring as fuck. I don’t know if I’m catching the director’s cuts of these movies, but my god they’re not doing themselves any favors. When I heard the Razzies nominated this for Worst Picture and Worst Actress I was offended.. and then I saw the movie and i’ll be damned if the women who played the wife doesn’t give the worst performance I’ve seen in a movie so celebrated. This movie didn’t even get nominated for a whole lot of Oscars and I see why. This seems to be that one Kubrick movie that it’s okay to hate, and boy did I hate it. There’s too much of this movie that’s nothing going on. There was a 5 minute scene of the wife and boy watching T.V.
It seems to me that Kubrick really needed a better editor. Of all the movies I watched of his they all tend to be over 2 and a half hours and it usually feels unnecessary, I was going to include ClockWork Orange, but I actually enjoyed that movie somewhat, this was totally unpleasant experience. And really the score doesn’t help, it almost becomes a parody of itself. Not to mention too much ambiguity. Now I complain about this a lot , but as someone who writes screenplays half the time something is ambitious , I either couldn’t explain it or didn’t feel like explaining it. Now I’m nowhere near as good as the great Kubrick, but I can’t help but wonder if he didn’t have answers so he just left them blank, and let the audience do the work. This seems to be the most polarizing of Stanley Kubrick films and I dare you to go back and watch and it tell yourself it’s not silly and it still holds up.