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No, I'm not trolling. I have seen this film multiple times, and I find it boring and way overrated. My friend had to explain to me how it was filmed in a way that audiences had never seen before, and that's what makes it great.

I just don't get it.

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You don't have to.

If everyone liked the same stuff, the world would very boring. I haven't watch this film since 20 years ago... my memory of it was that i could appreciate the compelling drama.

Agree. I appreciate it was well made, but I've tried to watch it in full through the years and can never get through 10 minutes it seems at whatever part I catch it on.

It's basically our family movie... we watch it at least once a year...

But hey, it's not for everyone...

I started a list called Bad Movies I Like and a thread for discussion; the corollary is overdue, there are indeed "great" movies that any given person just may not like...if I start cobbling that list together, Citizen Kane could rocket to the top...although, having not been able to sit through it, I'm speaking out of turn until I actually finish it and assess it in its entirety.

I both recognize and enjoy the compelling story-telling that is The Godfather trilogy (yes, even part three...in fact, almost, especially part three). But that's me. You don't, it ain't the end of the world, mate.

Just please just don't turn around and tell us that The Love Guru is brilliant cinema - you might get your media pass revoked :-)

It's a very good film, and I can still enjoy watching it. However, many years back, there was a time when I was strapped for entertainment as I had to go without cable TV...and I would watch my VHS copy of The Godfather on my television set, over and over and over again. Ugh, I got so damn tired of that theme/melody for the film, whenever I hear it on AMC, I feel like I might vomit.

If you watch or listen to something over and over again and it wasn't a favourite even worse something you found very mediocre than that's enough to drive the Pope to curse. I like the book but the movie is a classic the script was a quote masters wet dream there have been a lot of times in my life when I've been with really old friends and we take quotes from this film and use them whenever necessary.

One of my favorite quotes is when they are talking about hidding that gun in the bathroom where Michael is having dinner with The Turk and the police captain. They're going over the last details of the plan and Sonny says at the end of the conversation " Listen I don't want my brother to be walking out of that bathroom with just his dick in his hand!"

Till this day when I'm at a meeting and we are closing our discussion concerning an important detail on a issue I always say listen when we finally kick this thing off I don't want my salesperson to be walking out of that conference room with just his dick in his hand.

We scream laughing so I find it to be crowning achievement in American Film because the Godfather is not movie it's a Film. A movie is about a dog that plays basketball, or some silly matinee a Film captures the story as it comes alive for the audience to not just view but to be apart of the experience on the silver screen.

@tmdb13060682 said:

No, I'm not trolling. I have seen this film multiple times, and I find it boring and way overrated. My friend had to explain to me how it was filmed in a way that audiences had never seen before, and that's what makes it great.

I just don't get it.

I can relate. I'm part of a much-scorned minority who like GFIII better. (Now I duck down like the toll booth guy)

@Jetfire59 said:

@tmdb13060682 said:

No, I'm not trolling. I have seen this film multiple times, and I find it boring and way overrated. My friend had to explain to me how it was filmed in a way that audiences had never seen before, and that's what makes it great.

I just don't get it.

I can relate. I'm part of a much-scorned minority who like GFIII better. (Now I duck down like the toll booth guy)

I'm almost with you there. While I'm a big fan of III and think it's criminally underrated for a few specific reasons, your comment made me pause to consider, and I realize now that I may actually like all three films equally. For different reasons, they each contribute meaningfully and uniquely to the complete story arc of one Michael Corleone.

One thing is for certain - the hype that has people expecting this movie to be glorifying violence for violence's sake are way off. In terms of film/screenplay/storytelling, the franchise - in its 3-part entirety - is a masterpiece.

The one I didn't like was The Godfather: Part 2, it's so boring and the first part of the film is about people putting a carpet rug down...

I feel exactly the same when i try to watch American Gangster. Just can't sit through it.

I'm not particularly fond of American Gangster either. It seems to glamorize Denzel's character too much for me.

@Satch_the_man said:

I'm not particularly fond of American Gangster either. It seems to glamorize Denzel's character too much for me.

Yeah, but the limitation was that it's based on a true story, so they had to try to stay somewhat true to the real guy, and if you read this interview with him, you should begin to appreciate who he was and how the movie got it right.

I tried watching it 4 times but couldn't get past after he moves his family to the new home :bear:

@Rocketeer Raccoon said:

The one I didn't like was The Godfather: Part 2, it's so boring and the first part of the film is about people putting a carpet rug down...

Sorry you missed the cinematic brilliance of this movie. Interweaving the stories of Michael in the present with Vito in the past, essentially two movies in one, with splendid leading actors afforded lots of space to lead their respective stories, is gold, Jerry, gold!

(now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go pick up some chicks).

@DRDMovieMusings said:

@Satch_the_man said:

I'm not particularly fond of American Gangster either. It seems to glamorize Denzel's character too much for me.

Yeah, but the limitation was that it's based on a true story, so they had to try to stay somewhat true to the real guy, and if you read this interview with him, you should begin to appreciate who he was and how the movie got it right.

Frank Lucas is a colorful guy. Looking at that piece helps me to understand how the whole criminal/blaxploitation thingamajig has permeated the minds of so many black people. Wowsers.

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