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A supposedly great thing that I'll never watch again- Great media that left you cold

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I was reading @Retreater and his post in the Clone Wars thread-

That's exactly where I was/am. In fact, I would stream the series whenever I had trouble falling asleep (seriously). But so many people have been coming at me like I have been missing out on the best thing that's happened to Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back, that I'm second guessing myself.

And I was thinking about the subject- what is some great media (TV, movies, music if that's your bag) that you finally broke down and consumed because "everyone says it's the best thing ever" and you were just like, "Eh. That's it?"

Now, for this I don't mean something that had a great cast, or something you were really looking forward to, but wasn't otherwise adored. For example, I was really looking forward to seeing the original Casino Royale because of the amazing cast, and it was terrible. But it's hardly a beloved piece of cinema.

This is more like, "Eh, Firefly is just not all that." And, by the way, what brought this up is a recently made the acquaintance of another serious nerd who just, you know, didn't like Star Wars.

So I'll start this off:

Chuck. Couldn't make it through any full episode.
Supernatural. Super ... WHY? Why do people watch this?
Back to the Future. It's ... it's fine. The first one is fine, if you avoid the disturbing mother/son aspects of it, which is, um, the plot.
Harry Potter. Eh. When people say the book is better than the movie, what happens when they both suck?


Just off the top of my head. Anyway- what media was highly recommended to you that you just couldn't get into?
 

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Retreater

Legend
In addition to the Clone Wars: Supernatural, Cowboy Bebop, Princess Bride, Critical Role, The Fifth Element, Unbreakable, the entire Kevin Smith filmography, the entire Quentin Tarantino filmography, the Matrix movies, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Fantastic Beasts series, Sherlock, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Witcher (tv series), Godfather/Scarface/Goodfellas/Sopranos gangster/mafia-type media.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
In addition to the Clone Wars: Supernatural, Cowboy Bebop, Princess Bride, Critical Role, The Fifth Element, Unbreakable, the entire Kevin Smith filmography, the entire Quentin Tarantino filmography, the Matrix movies, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Fantastic Beasts series, Sherlock, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Witcher (tv series), Godfather/Scarface/Goodfellas/Sopranos gangster/mafia-type media.

WOW! You just threw down the gauntlet, didn't you!

I am ... I am impressed. I wouldn't even know where to start with that list!

:)
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
In addition to the Clone Wars: Supernatural, Cowboy Bebop, Princess Bride, Critical Role, The Fifth Element, Unbreakable, the entire Kevin Smith filmography, the entire Quentin Tarantino filmography, the Matrix movies, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Fantastic Beasts series, Sherlock, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Witcher (tv series), Godfather/Scarface/Goodfellas/Sopranos gangster/mafia-type media.

Oh, okay.
Supernatural We agree

Cowboy Bebop Overrated. So much better anime out there; I assume it's because it was on Adult Swim so a lot of people saw this first?

Princess Bride ... I .... can't even. How can you abandon Wesley?!!???

Critical Role Totally sucks.

The Fifth Element It's fine. Overrated.

Unbreakable It's fine. Better than the sequels.

the entire Kevin Smith filmography I mean ... yeah. I want to stand up for Dogma. Or Clerks. But reputation > substance.

the entire Quentin Tarantino filmography YOU TAKE THIS BACK! EVERY FILM IS A TREASURE!

the Matrix movies Even the first one? "I know kung fu"

Labyrinth, Dark Crystal I can see this. It was the 80s- it wasn't like there were a lot of options.

Fantastic Beasts series Who recommends this?

Sherlock You know, I was thinking of putting this on my list. It's good, but I always feel like it should be so much better.

American Horror Story First season is good, second season is great, after that ... meh.

The Walking Dead It's like watching a snuff film, over and over. But less joyful.

Game of Thrones I mean ... really?

The Witcher (tv series) Haven't watched it.

Godfather/Scarface/Goodfellas/Sopranos gangster/mafia-type media. Every time I get out, they pull me back in ....
 

Retreater

Legend
As a general rule, I don't like media that feature criminal/murderous protagonists - so that strikes out Tarantino, gangster movies, Game of Thrones, etc.
For me, Princess Bride falls completely into the same "it was the 80s" category as Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, et al. It's like watching a version of Robin Hood: Men in Tights that can't decide if it wants to be funny, romantic, serious, or what.
Sherlock - first season or so was good, then it completely jumped the shark once it got into fan-service territory.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
As a general rule, I don't like media that feature criminal/murderous protagonists - so that strikes out Tarantino, gangster movies, Game of Thrones, etc.
For me, Princess Bride falls completely into the same "it was the 80s" category as Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, et al. It's like watching a version of Robin Hood: Men in Tights that can't decide if it wants to be funny, romantic, serious, or what.
Sherlock - first season or so was good, then it completely jumped the shark once it got into fan-service territory.

Your aversion to violence ... well, it makes a lot of your choices (Tarantino, Gangster, GoT, even Matrix) make a LOT more sense.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
There's a few things I've actively been avoiding watching for no real reason.

The movie Titanic. Never seen it, don't want to, doesn't really interest me.

Anime also seem some don't get it doesn't interest me.
 

Retreater

Legend
There's a few things I've actively been avoiding watching for no real reason.
I've proudly avoided watching "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" since its release. I've heard it's great, but it's just more satisfying to tell people I haven't seen it than to actually watch it.
As a generality, I don't like movies set in the Southern US. As a person who lives in that region, watching your own culture be lampooned and told everyone there is an idiot, well, it just doesn't sit right.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
In addition to the Clone Wars: Supernatural, Cowboy Bebop, Princess Bride, Critical Role, The Fifth Element, Unbreakable, the entire Kevin Smith filmography, the entire Quentin Tarantino filmography, the Matrix movies, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Fantastic Beasts series, Sherlock, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Witcher (tv series), Godfather/Scarface/Goodfellas/Sopranos gangster/mafia-type media.
When you’re listing pretty much everything, the common denominator probably isn’t them!
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Everything by JJ Abrams
About half of Joss Whedon's output
Everything by the Wachowski Siblings other than "The Matrix"
Gone With The Wind
The Ten Commandments
Every Bryan Singer movie
Every Brian de Palma movie
Every Paul Voehoeven movie
Avatar (unless I have LSD or mushrooms)
Napolean Dynamite
Juno
Love Actually
The Blair Witch Project
Every Mel Gibson movie (because eff that guy)
Every Baz Luhrman movie
Every Luc Besson movie
Every Woody Allen movie
Forrest Gump
 


Professor Murder

Adventurer
I had some strong reactions and fought back an impulse to defend several of these. However, I stopped myself because in the end, the opinions are deviations from the norm and I would expect that the poster gets a lot of flack for not liking what is widely accepted as enjoyed by many. I think people should be able to take a step back and allow people to like what they like and to dislike what they dislike. i only feel one needs to wade in where there is some clear, morally defunct motivation for the opinion, such as avowed racism or some other form of bigotry.
 


Retreater

Legend
When you’re listing pretty much everything, the common denominator probably isn’t them!
Correct. I don't have patience for many tv shows. And @Snarf Zagyg may have hit the nail on the head, though I've never thought that I might have an aversion to violence. I enjoy certain violent movies (Conan), but dislike modern violence, war violence, and violence against Innocents.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Sin City - I recognize it for an excellently crafted piece of art... that I just find ugly.

Most of American Horror Story - though their 1984 series was a hoot, and I set is aside from the others. I am picky about horror, in general.

South Park. Just no, thank you.
 


Terry Pratchett.. tried reading Discworld.. gave up...it's just not my thing

EDIT: same with league of extraordinary gentlemen, it started out as interesting but then felt like it became a way for Moore to rant about what he didn't like in modern media.
 

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