I consider myself to have (for the most part), great taste in films, but there's a few films that I adore that have been panned by critics and the general public. Here's a list of those films.
The Running Man
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. (101 mins.)
“ In the year 2019, television rules the world, and the most popular show is a homicidal program called, "The Running Man," where cons must fight for their lives against "stalkers." Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a framed ex-cop who's been forced into competing on the show.
This movie was a childhood favorite, and I still love watching it. Sure, there's some cheesy parts, but that's what makes the movie so enjoyable. Plus, you have to love Arnold's one liners. ” - Notzi81
Under the Cherry Moon
Two brothers from Miami are in the Mediterranean, enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women... (98 mins.)
“ Prince plays Christopher Tracy, a playboy/hustler living the highlife on the French Riviera. However, when he meets socialite Mary Sharon, he unexpectedly falls in love with her, much to her father's chagrin.
This movie is another childhood favorite, and I never understood why it got so much hate. It's a love story, and personally, I'm a sucker for love stories (and Prince). I mean, it's not as good as "Purple Rain," but it's still an enjoyable movie. ” - Notzi81
During a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (145 mins.)
“ "This is how the world ends...not with a whimper, but with a bang." Amnesiac actor Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) and cop Roland Taverner (Seann William Scott) are used as a pawns in political intrigue in a 2008 police state version of Los Angeles. Santaros and Taverner also linked in a way that could effect the coming apocolypse.
"Southland Tales" was a crazy film, and I must admit, it's not for everybody. I enjoyed it, because I saw it as a black comedy, and I thought Rock's (Dwayne Johnson) performance as the slightly schizophrenic Boxer Santaros was gold. ” - Notzi81
It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage. (93 mins.)
“ (Let me warn you...there may be a good bit of John Travolta movies on this list.)
In this sequel to "Saturday Night Fever," Tony Manero (John Travolta) leaves Brooklyn for Manhattan in hopes of becoming a successful Broadway dancer. While getting his professional life off the ground, his love life becomes more complicated when he falls for two totally different women, who are also dancers in the same production that he's hired for.
Please don't kill me for this, but I liked this sequel better than "Saturday Night Fever." As an adult who's trying to write her own films, I have respect for "SNF," but as a teenager, the original film didn't impress me (too many racial slurs and unecessary violence). On the other hand, "Staying Alive" had a much more positive storyline for me. Plus, it's a love story. ” - Notzi81
The Magnificent Ambersons
(2002 TV Movie)
The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently... (150 mins.)
“ In this 2002 remake, we follow the young adult life of George Amberson Minafer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a spoiled and selfish boy who believes his family's name and money will get him anything he wants in life.
Most people trash this remake, but I thought it was rather good. There were even scenes where I teared up. It wasn't Jonny's best film, but it wasn't his worst either (that honor goes to "Octane," or "Pulse" as most folks overseas call it). ” - Notzi81
Two of a Kind
God has had just about enough of the human's attitude so he will destroy the planet very soon. It is up to a struggling inventor and a bank teller... (88 mins.)
“ God is digusted with the state of the world, and announces that He's going to end it. However, three (at least, I remember it being three) of his angels remind Him that He promised never to destroy the world again, and they make a deal with Him: if they can show Him a human being with good in his heart that commits a selfless act, He will not drown the people. The human being the angels choose is Zack (John Travolta), a bank robber. To add insult to injury, the Devil interferes with the angels' plans.
Why do I love this movie? It brings John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John back together (I love them!). And once again...it's a love story (if you haven't guessed by now, I'm a chick)! ” - Notzi81
Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines. (105 mins.)
“ The year is 2046. Olduvai, a research center on Mars, has issued a Level 5 quarantine and contacts the Rapid Response Tactical Squad (RRTS) for help. When the squad gets there, they find that the threat is more menacing and evil than they ever imagined.
I found this film very fun and exciting. Yeah, the "first person shooting scene" was a bit corny in retrospect, but the rest of the film entertained me, especially Rock's scenes. ” - Notzi81
A young man is found bruised, beaten and stumbling down a secluded road. As the police try to piece together what happened... (100 mins.)
“ David (Shawn Hatosy), a bright college student, has his eye on fellow classmate and friend Jenny (Rachel Leigh Cook), but he's too shy to make a move. Unfortunately for him, his friend Alan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) comes into town and sweeps Jenny off her feet. When Alan and Jenny's relationship dissolves, strange things begin happening...
Most folks write this movie off as a straight to DVD flop, but despite its B-movie traits, I still enjoyed it. Plus, there's a scene where Jonny flashes his stuff. Hmmm... ” - Notzi81
Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music executive on the way. (118 mins.)
“ In this sequel to "Get Shorty," Chilli Palmer (John Travolta) is tired of the movie business, and decides to make a fresh start by getting into the music industry. He strikes gold when he discovers talented local singer Linda Moon (Christina Milian), but her mean and unscrupulous managers Raji and Nick Carr (Vince Vaughn and Harvey Keitel) try to stop Chilli from singing Linda to his record company by any means.
Once again, I preferred the sequel to the original. The original confused me at first, and I had to watch it a second time to get a full grasp of the plot. The plot of "Be Cool" had just as many twists, turns, and characters as "Get Shorty," but I understood it right off the bat. Not only that, but I found "Be Cool" funnier than "Get Shorty." Don't judge me. ” - Notzi81
Over the Top
Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to reconcile with his estranged son and win the world arm wrestling championship. (93 mins.)
“ A trucker (Slyvester Stallone) attempts to bond with his estranged son and yearns to win the annual arm wrestling championship in Las Vegas.
Is it corny? Yeah, a little. But it was still a touching and interesting story. I remember the first time I watched it...I was 14, and I was having a VERY bad day, and this movie came on the now defunct TBS show, "Dinner and a Movie." My mom suggested I watch it, and I wasn't disappointed. This movie singlehandedly brightened my day. ” - Notzi81
A deejay and ex-con is forced to work with the police in an undercover drug sting targeting his boss. (105 mins.)
“ LL Cool J plays Jason St. Julian, a struggling DJ with a gambling problem, who winds up being pushed into spinning records at his arch enemy's club, thanks to the police forcing him to become an informant (the arch enemy is also a drug kingpin). When Jason becomes involved with the dealer's girlfriend Monica (Victoria Dillard), things spiral out of control.
This movie is low budget at its best! At the same time, it's another one of my childhood faves, and the story kept me interested. The only thing I find sad about this film is that you can no longer find the original unedited version of it on DVD. For some reason, Artisan Entertainment re-released it on video circa 2000, and edited out all the love scenes and choice words. Who wants to watch an edited movie on video? ” - Notzi81
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort. (100 mins.)
“ Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tries to pick up the pieces of her life after crazed fisherman Ben Willis attacked her and her friends the previous year. When her best friend (Brandy) wins a trip to the Caribbean, Julie jumps at the chance to join her. Unfortunately, people start to come up dead at the island, and Julie realizes that history has repeated itself...
This is one of the few sequels I didn't like more than the original, but it was still really good in its own right, at least in my opinion. And hey, who could forget Jack Black's character? My mom and I still quote his lines sometimes. ” - Notzi81
A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be. (89 mins.)
“ A young boy witnesses his stepfather (Vince Vaughn) murder a con man (Steve Buscemi). Due to the boy's nature to lie, no one believes him when he tells the authorities what his stepfather did, except his father (John Travolta).
We get to see Vince Vaughn play a nut. 'Nuff said. ” - Notzi81
A group of old family members bands together when a despicable family member thankfully expires. (94 mins.)
“ A very dysfunctional southern family comes together when its patriarch suddenly dies from a stroke.
I always thought this movie was very sweet, and very moving. And yeah, I chuckled a little bit at it. ” - Notzi81
A group of suburban biker wannabes looking for adventure hit the open road, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos. (100 mins.)
“ A group of 40-something men (John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen and William H. Macy) hop on their motorcyles and take a trip to California. However, they manage to piss off a serious motorcycle gang on the way there.
When I first saw the previews for this film, I thought it was going to be cheesy. However, I sat down and watched it a few years back, and I couldn't stop laughing! Now I watch it every time it comes on! ” - Notzi81
After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist. (104 mins.)
“ Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his best friend Nick Cassidy (James Frain) are about to be released from prison in a few days. However, Cassidy is killed during a prison riot, and the day Rudy leaves, he finds Cassidy's pen pal Ashley (Charlize Theron) waiting to meet him for the first time. Rudy takes Cassidy's place and falls in love with Ashley...but when he meet's Ashley's sadistic brother (Gary Sinise), he sees that love comes with a deadly price.
What can I say? I've always loved this movie! Yeah, it's a bit farfetched, but I always suspend my disbelief whenever I watch it and have a good time. It's action packed, and some of the dialog cracks me up. ” - Notzi81
Two plus-sized ladies meet the men of their dreams in the most unexpected of ways. (99 mins.)
“ Jazmine (Mo'Nique) is a plus-sized woman who unexpectedly finds love with an African doctor while vacationing in Palm Springs. However, she has seconds thoughts about the relationship due to her waning self-confidence when it comes to her body size.
I know this movie was put down by just about everyone (as a matter of fact, I do believe it's in the Bottom 100), but I loved it. It was low budget, but at the same time, it was really funny and frank when it came to how plus sized women in America feel about themselves and their bodies from time to time. I enjoyed it. ” - Notzi81