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

For me, it is not so much everything by a particular director or writer, or a particular genre, it is more what happens to the main characters at the end of a movie. If all the main characters are killed off, then I won't rewatch it. If a main character is killed off just for the shock value, or as a "lesson" for the lead character, I won't watch it again. Rogue One is a good movie, but none of the main characters survived, so I won't watch it a second time. The first two Riddick movies are decent, but they kill off his co-star/love interest in a meaningless death at the end of both, just because they could, so I won't watch them again either. There are others that fit this theme, but those are the ones that always come to mind for me.
 

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Critical Role is an odd one, because it's so front-and-center in our hobby, and in no small part responsible for the increasing popularity and legitimization of RPGs as a form of entertainment.

But I personally would never consider it "front row," must-make-an-appointment-to-watch media. At best it's something I turn on when I'm doing some mundane data scrubbing in Excel/SQL and just need something to slightly distract me while I do it. (That's actually the only context in which I've consumed Critical Role).
 


Breath of the Wild. i so want to love this game, it has all the elements but for some reason I just can't get into it

Oooh, this is a good one for me too --- anything Zelda.

Like, as a kid, I watched friends play the original 8-bit Zelda for hours uncounted . . . . but never found myself "jonesing" to play it on my own. A few years back I messed around with a Nintendo 64 emulator and got a hold of a ROM of Ocarina of Time, which is widely regarded as one of the top 5 video games of all time.

Played it for maybe 30, 60 minutes, never turned it on again. I just didn't connect with it.



For me, it is not so much everything by a particular director or writer, or a particular genre, it is more what happens to the main characters at the end of a movie. If all the main characters are killed off, then I won't rewatch it. If a main character is killed off just for the shock value, or as a "lesson" for the lead character, I won't watch it again. Rogue One is a good movie, but none of the main characters survived, so I won't watch it a second time. The first two Riddick movies are decent, but they kill off his co-star/love interest in a meaningless death at the end of both, just because they could, so I won't watch them again either. There are others that fit this theme, but those are the ones that always come to mind for me.

You're in good company with my wife, here. Pretty much any time a protagonist dies, she's like, "Nope. I'm out."
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy (it's full of trash action filler)
Star Wars Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (Phantom menace gets a narrow pass because of an awesome light saber fight - best in the trilogy)
Supernatural
Any of the lame Hallmark channel Canadian/American collaborations like "Good Witch" and "When Calls the Heart" even though my wife likes them (and I usually like watching TV with her).
 




pukunui

Legend
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.
While I have watched that movie (and enjoyed it), this is how I felt about Harry Potter for the longest time. I refused to read the books back in the 90s and refused to watch the movies as they came out - because it was satisfying to tell people I hadn't ever read them or watched them.

But then my oldest daughter decided she liked Harry Potter ... and it was all over for me. I've now read all the books and seen all the movies.
 

trappedslider

Adventurer
While I have watched that movie (and enjoyed it), this is how I felt about Harry Potter for the longest time. I refused to read the books back in the 90s and refused to watch the movies as they came out - because it was satisfying to tell people I hadn't ever read them or watched them.
comments like this remind me of this xkcd:
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Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Game of Thrones. When it began, I found it terribly boring with lackluster writing and mediocre acting. I gave up on it after three episodes. Then, as the last season finished, I gave it a second chance. I binged it all. It was still terribly boring with poor writing and mediocre acting. There were some good parts but as a whole, way overrated and waste of time.
 

pukunui

Legend
I don't generally keep a list of the things I can't get into ... but one thing that springs to mind is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have a Halloween-obsessed friend who always raves about how great it is. Last holiday season, my daughters and I tried to watch it and could only get through about the first third before we decided it wasn't to our taste.

Game of Thrones. When it began, I found it terribly boring with lackluster writing and mediocre acting. I gave up on it after three episodes. Then, as the last season finished, I gave it a second chance. I binged it all. It was still terribly boring with poor writing and mediocre acting. There were some good parts but as a whole, way overrated and waste of time.
Never having read the books (I still haven't), I really liked the premise of the White Walkers from episode 1, but was disappointed that they didn't really show up again for the rest of that season. "Hard Home" was the high point of the series, as far as I'm concerned.

Out of curiosity: all you folks who say you couldn't get into shows like Game of Thrones or Sherlock or whatever ... what are some examples of shows you do like and that you consider to have good writing / acting / etc? This is all subjective, right, but it could be useful to have some means of comparison.
 


Gammadoodler

Adventurer
I don't generally keep a list of the things I can't get into ... but one thing that springs to mind is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have a Halloween-obsessed friend who always raves about how great it is. Last holiday season, my daughters and I tried to watch it and could only get through about the first third before we decided it wasn't to our taste.


Never having read the books (I still haven't), I really liked the premise of the White Walkers from episode 1, but was disappointed that they didn't really show up again for the rest of that season. "Hard Home" was the high point of the series, as far as I'm concerned.

Out of curiosity: all you folks who say you couldn't get into shows like Game of Thrones or Sherlock or whatever ... what are some examples of shows you do like and that you consider to have good writing / acting / etc? This is all subjective, right, but it could be useful to have some means of comparison.
I feel this regarding Nightmare before Christmas. I feel this way about most anything from Tim Burton. It's like I see what you're doing here, I get why folks like it, but it's not for me.
 




Zardnaar

Legend
Why did you feel the need to share this in a "I don't like this supposedly great thing" thread?

Because you have to prove subjective opinions online are wrong duh!!!


Here's another one of mine. Superhero movies don't really do it for me. Individually some are good in their own right. Might be a cultural thing (non American).
 

Retreater

Legend
Out of curiosity: all you folks who say you couldn't get into shows like Game of Thrones or Sherlock or whatever ... what are some examples of shows you do like and that you consider to have good writing / acting / etc? This is all subjective, right, but it could be useful to have some means of comparison.
I didn't like GoT or Sherlock, but I wouldn't say it was so much the writing or acting so much as the themes. I also like more episodic content instead of feeling like I'm watching a movie that lasts for literal days.
Series I do like include Cobra Kai, Stranger Things, and The Mandalorian.
 


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