Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Recent 1-Star Movies
While it may seem that I 3, 4, and 5-star every single movie I watch, the truth is...that just isn't so. While I rarely review or talk about films I deem 1 or 2 star, the reason for that is that I much prefer pointing out the positive than I do the negative. Since there are SO MANY wonderful films to discuss, I would definitely rather write about them than films I really don't like. (In fact, in the 5 months of this year, I have only reviewed THREE 2-star films---Another Man's Poison, The Lion, and Breezy, and I haven't shared any of my 1-star films since last December.)
For my rating purposes, a 2-star film is one I made it through, but which I really didn't care for. A 1-star film, on the other hand, bored me so much that I stopped watching early on...like after 20 or 30 minutes. I generally give a film at least 20 minutes, and if it doesn't capture my interest in that time, I turn it off. There are rare exceptions when I persevere longer, and occasionally, my perseverance pays off and I quite enjoy the film. For the most part, though, since there are SO MANY great films and only so much time in which to watch them, after 20 or 30 minutes, I will just give up and move on to something else.
So far this year, I have come across just over two dozen 1-star, bored-me-to-tears, had-to-turn-it-off films. Here are just a few of them. Be sure to let me know if one of them is a film you quite enjoy...and why you like it. Your recommendation may just spur me on to giving it another chance.
Strange Cargo---this is a Clark Gable/Joan Crawford film from 1940. I had this on my "must watch" list for Clark's February birthday. Has to do with an escape from a South American prison into the jungle. I stuck with this one for 30 minutes before moving on to another Gable film.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman---a 1951 James Mason/Ava Gardner film. Much as I love Mr. Mason's voice, this one never captured my attention. It has to do with a shipwreck, a mysterious painting, a centuries-long curse, and a beautiful woman. (This film had enormous potential, and I was shocked that I couldn't get into it.)
Swing High, Swing Low---a 1937 Carole Lombard/Fred MacMurray film. Although I loved these two together in Hands Across the Table, I couldn't get into this, and I was SO not into it that I can't even remember anything about it.
Killers of Kilimanjaro---a 1959 Robert Taylor film. I adore Robert Taylor, and since I think he grew increasingly more handsome the older he got, I should have loved this movie (he was 48 here). Alas, though, it just never captured my attention. Co-starring Anthony Newley, the film is about building a railroad through hostile African territory.
Night Flight---from 1933, this film stars the brothers Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, and Myrna Loy. It's about trans-Andean night flying. I gave up on this one after 25 minutes...never even saw Myrna Loy.
The Black Swan---yes, even Tyrone Power, one of the men of the month, wasn't exempt from a 1-star film rating. From 1942, this film stars Power, Maureen O'Hara, and Thomas Mitchell. It has a Jamaican pirate scenario.
So, are any of these films ones that you enjoy? If so, please give a shout-out about it. I'd love to know what appealed to you in each of them. Who knows, your "plug" may just give me incentive to try again.