Movies I love...and you probably don't


I have a pattern of intense love for movies that are generally looked down upon. For some reason, I find this to be a source of both pride and amusement. Understand that these aren't movies that were supposed to be bad, they're movies that take themselves seriously, which I also take seriously. But nobody else seems to. I thought you might like to know about a few of them.

The 2005 film Constantine, with Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weiss, is a favorite of mine. I love the way it is shot, I love the characters (especially Tilda Swinton's turn as the androgynous angel Gabriel). I love the premise (which sounds so stupid to type out that I won't bother doing it). I even, God help me, love Keanu Reeves. Rotten Tomatoes shows a critical rating of Constantine of 47% (though the users kinda liked it, with 75%). I gave it 5 stars on Netflix.

The Fall

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I loved Tarsem Singh's The Fall. Not only was it incredibly visually stunning, but the story, of a drug-addicted stuntman recooperating in a hospital (Lee Pace) telling fantastical tales to a little girl to get her to procure drugs for him (Catinca Untaru) is amazing. The critics were less impressed, leaving it with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 59% (again, the audience rating was much higher, 85%).

3000 Miles to Graceland
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I am honestly not sure if 3000 Miles to Graceland, a 2001 film that features Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell as Elvis-impersonating casino robbers, is intended to be a farce or not. I love it either way--it's hilarious, yet moving. It was also nominated for Golden Raspberry and has an amazing Rotten Tomatoes rating of 14%.

Cecil B. DeMented
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Cecil B. DeMented (2000) is a John Waters film starring Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff. As far as I can tell, even people who love John Waters don't like it. It's about an "outlaw" film crew kidnapping a famous actress and forcing her to star in their b-movie. I loved it so much.

I could go on, but I believe you are getting the drift. Tell me--what movies do you love that everybody else hates?


We watch Constantine once a quarter like clockwork. I know it's a mockery of the source material, but it's a damn-good comics-inspired movie.

We loved The Fall, but the pacing was a little too odd to make it a regular re-watch.

We believe Josie and the Pussycats to be a work of subversive genius (53%/45%).

We think Elizabethtown is hilarious and can pretty much talk along with it. It's our favorite Cameron Crowe film (28%/65%).

Also, Clue is my favorite movie of all time.

These actually sound awesome!

haha I auditioned for Constantine producers but even the first few pages of the script was so scary I couldn't go see it in theatres.

I cannot imagine that Constantine with Keanu avoids stabbing one of my beloved comics characters right in the heart.

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