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whats the shortest time its taken you to turn a movie off?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Gary D, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. Gary D

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    I posted a thread last week about the rental copy of red dragon having a DTS soundtrack - indeed it was this that caused me to rent it in the first place (not that i have to pay as i work part time for a video shop, one night a week - free rentals discount on what i buy etc etc.)

    anyway on with the story - i always liked manhunter - i like mike Mann hes made some great films over the years so when i heard that it was being remade i was almost sick. so i took against the film totally, not wanting to see it. but then i saw the DTS logo in the box and thought "why not, it wont hurt" (I should also point out that i thought Hannibal was tripe as well)

    so last thursday night i fired up the beast on popped in the disc, selected DTS and pressed play.

    less than 30 seconds later i was pressing eject putting the disc in the box and going out to the pub with my wife - the reason?

    well does Tony Hopkins really look like he was about to pop his clogs in that opening shot - he looks so visably older than he did in S.O.T.L's and yet its supposed to be a prequel. I just couldn't do it, i just couldn't watch the movie.

    so there you have it 30 seconds (previous record was ten minutes for Frankenstein (the Kenny Brangh'er one) i started to try reading the paper in the cinema it was that bad.



    Gary
     
  2. KRRK

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    You could have just left the cinema, rather than annoy other people by reading your newspaper, and it would have been very bad for your eyes. Though you would have looked 'cool' reading your paper while all the other saps watched the film.

    It took me about ten seconds to realise that myself and The Flintstones were never, ever going to be friends.
     
  3. marts62

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    I had turned off Chicago before the end of CZJ's first song.
    So bad, it stunk!
     
  4. raigraphixs

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    Hi,

    Is that really worth turning the movie off for just because he looks older. OK it may not fit with the story begin the first one, but its only a movie mate?, and you might have off enjoyed it.

    Too many people are over critical off movies these days, they read too much into it. At the end of the day, I want to have a little enjoyment in what im watching, be it a roman epic, a space film, a serial killer, if its good then great , if its bad then so what, I have'nt spent millions making it. To turn off a movie into 30 secs doesnt make sense to me. Suppose if its free then you might, but at £3.75 etc if renting, I'll give it a try and watch it.


    Watched Horror in the Attic, that was bad!!, but I left it on, and sort of watched it, while reading a mag.


    all well


    ta

    rai
     
  5. mcmullanbrush

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    I turned off Braveheart after about 3 minutes, what a load of rubbish.
     
  6. nathan_silly

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    Braveheart is quite a good film, not the best but certainly better than Gladiator.

    I watched Fast & The Furious all the way through- terrible film- but I didn't switch it off.
     
  7. shodan

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    My record is something along the lines of about 15 seconds!!!
    On a lads night in, one of the guys turns up with the porn film "Animal Farm". I told them to turn it off before I launched the vcr through the window!!!!! Can't even stand the thought of it!!! YUCK!!!! Think of how scared poor little Squirrel God would've been!!!!!
     
  8. Garrett

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    You don’t mean the one based on the book by George Orwell do you?.:confused:
     
  9. mcmullanbrush

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    Hey, its no baaaaaa'd
     
  10. graham.myers

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    I only survived a few minutes of Scary Movie. Flicked throught the chapters then just to see the alledged funny bits and stuck on my for sale list.

    dire.
     
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    I watch movies for the fun, the experience and to turn my mind off and live in somebody else's life for a while!
    I have watched the most crappiest films and enjoyed them because I try to see it as the director wanted it to be seen, not as a film critic who's looking for bad points to mention!!!!!
     
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    Wouldn't it have made more sense to press the 'Post Reply' button instead of starting a new thread???????????


    At least people would have an idea of what your talking about :lesson:

    Stace :D
     
  13. Daneel

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    1. You can't judge a film in 30 seconds.

    2. The fast and the Furious was a great (fun) film!

    My record is 30 minutes. That was Crash.
     
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    14 minutes for XXX.

    Worst. Film. Ever

    How people can say it was 'Bond for the new generation' is beyond me.
     
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    I normally get about half-way through a film before turning it off/leaving the cinema. So far, it's only happened to a handful of titles:

    We're No Angels: dreadful. The most predictable nonsense I've ever witnessed. I left at the point the criminals, trying to cross a well-guarded bridge, saw the sign for the 'fancy dress bridge crossing'. Oh, please...

    Dracula, with Canoe Reeves: That's not an english accent, dooood. And dracula's hair isn't scary: it's funny.

    Speed 2: Please god, no. and 'why?'

    Fast and the Furious: is the reason so many kids spend thousands of pounds bolting plastic, neon lights and foglights to their mums' shopping cars, and hanging around McDonald's Drive Thrus? I also struggled to take the name 'Diesel Van' seriously.

    I actually made it all the way through Vampire's Kiss! Is that a record?
     
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    I have to say I am a stay there to the bitter end man

    the internal optimist or tight, not sure

    I even managed the whole of in the bedroom even though almost everyone else of the dozen or so people in the cinema had left early

    and GaryD it was fiomed over 10 years ago what do you really expect
     
  17. peasoup

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    Guinea pig:Flowers of flesh and blood....i think i stomached about 15 mins nasty little movie. Anyone else seen these twisted films?
     
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    I'm with you there Mac. Except I gave the movie about 45 mins before I changed channels. Thank goodness it was just a TV broadcast.

    "Moulin Rouge" went off in about 40 mins.

    The quickest turn off was "The War" starring Kevin Costner. Knew I wouldn't like it after just 10 mins.

    Ordinarily though, I like to give a movie a chance (at least a third of its runtime) as sometimes they start slow (or bad) and get better.
     
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    I felt this way the first time I saw The Usual Suspects.
    A bunch of mates rented it not knowing a thing about the movie, we sat down to watch it and about 10 minutes into it nobody was paying too much attention to the movie, promptly everyone left and it got turned off, branding it as ****e.

    Later that night I slapped the movie on and watched it by myself.
    Once i got to the end it blew me away :)

    Similar thing happened with Reservoir Dogs, not a movie to be watched with a bunch of people that are drinking and chatting and not paying any attention to the movie. Watch it alone :)

    Rob
     
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    Rob,

    NO movie should be watched if everyone is chatting away at the same time! :lesson: ;)
     
  21. narabdela

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    Try telling that to the audience at your local multiplex. That's why I prefer watching movies at home nowadays.
    Back on topic again. I agree that you can't prejudge a film too early. I gave "The English Patient" 45 minutes before deciding that life was too short.

    :suicide: :suicide:
     
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    please,its all about opinions!!!If you see a bad review for a film do you not bother just because of the review?I'd very much hope not.Not all films are to everyones taste!!!!No one can tell me they didnt like battlefeild earth:devil: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    I've never left the cinema although "the waterboy"and "halloween h20" (?) nearly copped it. Bad films at home I've really suffered was "Mars" I don't know who was in that and "Rollerball" the latest one was dire imo.:suicide:
     
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    Likewise I usually stay to the bitter end. Have only turned off 2 or three dvd/video's that I can remember. Rollerball being the most recent (after about 30 secs), and scary movie being the only other one I can remember (similarly skipped through the chapters then switched it off). But I hate spoof's.
     
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    Shortest for me would be 10 minutes watching Zoolander. I'm a fan of slapstick like Dumb and Dumber but I didn't find anything remotely funny in those 10 minutes.

    Also began watching The Others but 15 minutes in I had to stop watching it as I got a phone call. I didn't find the beginning that interesting so I left the DVD alone for some 6 months until I was bored and put it on again, on my new home cinema setup, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
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    Well my girlfriend switched off Plunkett and McLeane after 2 minutes just as some bloke was sticking his thumb into another blokes eyesocket - nice - she's a bit squeamish, still I've never got round to watching any more of it myself - is it any good? Its just sat there gathering dust at the mo.

    And should have left the cinema after 5 minutes of the The Avengers - in fact shouldn't even have gone in the first place.
     
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    There has been a few that i wish i could just crawl up into a ball and goto sleep at.

    When the missus drags me to the cinema its the worst, i had to endure films like Crossroads (complete cack, but britney in her underwear was good!!)

    House on Haunted Hill...walked out after 45 minutes, rubbish.....oh yeah and Fear dot com..didnt turn it off, but that was utter garbage!
     
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    anybody that rents a film on the fact it has a DTS soundtrack.....well really has no taste.

    Films with DTS aren't the be all and end all you know....
     
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    agreed....utter rubbish!
     
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    I struggle to notice a difference between dts and a good 5.1 track, I would imagine this is the same for most people.

    As for plunkett and maclane, it is actually pretty fun stuff.
     

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