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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Not liking Fight Club or The Matrix is fine-- taste is 100% subjective-- but to imply that they are somehow bad movies simply because they're not your thing is just snobbery.

Those reviews aren't by a company or a computer, they're by people. Between 1.5 and 2 million iMDb users disagree with you just about Fight Club and The Matrix. Popularity isn't a guaranteed indicator that something is bad. That said, Fight Club is a bit overrated. Like the cult-like following for The Boondock Saints.

Critics are far less reliable-- 2001: A Space Odyssey is 29th and Blade Runner #34 on Rotten Tomatoes' "Best Science Fiction Movies of All Time" list. That's just bonkers. Avatar at #66 ? Really? I guess critics really like Dances with Wolves + blue aliens. Visually stunning, but a story that doesn't hold up through more than one viewing.

I'm a person that doesn't believe that the greatest movies of all time were made back in the 40s and 50s. Fantastic movies are being made all the time. Whether you love it or hate it, The Matrix was almost iconoclastic in how sci-fi movies are made. There hadn't been anything like that before. Also weird to me how Nolan gets hated on for pretentiousness almost as much as Bay gets hated on for blowing stuff up and not knowing how women are supposed to act. Sometimes movies are just about entertainment. Nothing wrong with that at all.
The difference between movies made in the 40s-50s verses today is that the actors were stronger, the dialog better and the story was quite often original. Today, while we do have a few strong actors... all too often special effects are called upon for the "drama;" the dialog tends to be too contemporary, and uses vulgar terms; and the story was probably original 50+ years ago... especially in this era of "sequels."

Let's face it, the current run of Marvel superhero movies were comic books not too many decades ago... not exactly the best source of compelling story and great dialog.

And remakes of old movies... not so original.

But yeah, a good one comes along every now and then... and sure, the viewers' expectations are higher today... so there is that.

Oh and as far as critics and SciFi... uh, no, far too many critics just don't know what to do with SciFi... perhaps due to a lack of understanding of the "sci" part. (not to mention the schlock "monster movies" that often were presented as "SciFi."
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