I know I'm gonna get shot for this, I didn't like Citizen Kane

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  1. Tyrannosaur

    Tyrannosaur 100% Sarcastic Saurian

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    Ok, before someone here tracks me down and gives me a violent bludgeoning with a nail-studded bat, I just want to say I didn't care for Citizen Kane.

    Did I find it bad? Not really, I found it somewhat enjoyable. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Orson Welles' performance I liked. I liked the character and how he evolved over time from a young boy to the head of a national newspaper company. But there was something I didn't like about it, I can't figure it out.

    Actually, my opinion was very similar to this review I found on IMDb:
    The review I posted above pretty much summed up what I thought. I did find Casablanca much more enjoyable too. Humphrey Bogart's performance and character I liked better than Orson Welles.

    For those of you who disagree with me, don't give me the "It's because you're too young" argument. If I enjoyed a classic like Casablanca at my age then surely I could understand and experience Citizen Kane like an adult.

    I'm gonna try to watch it again sometime just an fyi.
     
  2. G1Wheeljack

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    I think it's fine that you don't enjoy it, as long as you can acknowledge it's significance to the history of Cinema. IMO that's why it's considered the greatest movie of all time.
     
  3. Tyrannosaur

    Tyrannosaur 100% Sarcastic Saurian

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    True. I just don't find it appealing to me. Actually I think Pulp Fiction is the greatest movie of all time :lol  seriously I fucking love it to death.
     
  4. TheIncredibleHulk

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    Never watched it
     
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    Ok, you didnt like it. That's fine.


    It drags at times, and for us who really have no concept of the "robber baron", some of the cultural impact might be lost. What I find more interesting is how pretty much every shot and scene from the film has been used in the Simpsons in reference to Mr. Burns.
     
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    your safe man Citizen Kane while an epic bit of cinema is far from my favorite movie
     
  7. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    Never seen it. I heard that at no point does Welles strap on a load of guns and attempt to kill a moustachioed man in a chainmail vest. I don't ask for much in my films, but come on, you've gotta get the basics in there.
     
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    Was it a cinematic milestone? Yes. Was it groundbreaking and did it change cinema? Sure did.

    Is it a movie I like at all? Hell no. Boring as spit.

    Other "great films" I don't like:

    Saving Private Ryan
    The Godfather*


    * It isn't actually The Godfather's fault I didn't like it, it was because I didn't see it until I was around 30, and by then I'd seen parodies on top of parodies of just about the whole thing. So actually watching it, it just became an unfunny parody of itself - through no direct fault of its own. Comedy had simply sucked all the power and gravitas out of it.
     
  9. Tyrannosaur

    Tyrannosaur 100% Sarcastic Saurian

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    Bahwhat?! You didn't like Saving Private Ryan?! lol j/k I loved it. One of Spielberg's very best.

    I thought the cinematography was good in CK, But other than that I didn't care for it.
     
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    I saw bits and pieces of it years ago. It was okay, but didn't do much for me. I feel the same way about a lot of movies much older than myself, though.

    What's hilarious is the tremendous plot hole that undermines the whole movie's premise: everyone's going nuts trying to figure out what Kane's final words meant...yet it's been established that he had become a virtual recluse and died alone. His caregiver/nurse only entered the room after he'd died and dropped the snow globe. That being the case, who was around to hear what he said with his dying breath anyway? :banghead: 
     
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    Saving private Ryan!?!?
     
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    IMO, CK became a celluloid textbook.
    Welles crafted every single element of that movie so precisely that it is a how to book on filmmaking. It wasn't just some Hip director trying to impress, it was a filmmaker perfecting his craft with loving attention to detail.
    I own a copy and like it for what it is.

    It is not in my top 10, but certainly a movie that consider good.

    and gawd, "I know i will be shot for saying this" stuff is kinda lame.

    if you're thinking that, it is your brain telling you not to say it. lol.

    "I know that i am gonna get eaten by that great white for thrashing around like a wounded seal...in i go!"

    Just state the opinion and flinch when the slings and arrows fly. lol.
     
  13. Tyrannosaur

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    I thought this was gonna turn into an all-out flame war thats why :lol 

    But honestly I don't see what's so good about it. Honestly it was boring and dragged on. Casablanca was so much better.
     
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    I teach film history and theory, so this is one of the first "talkies" I show in those classes for obvious reasons. But I will never watch the movie outside of the classroom setting of my own volition. I can't stand it.

    Same goes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
     
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    You didn't like Citizen Kane? Philistine. :p 

    The only thing I disliked about Saving Private Ryan is that it could have used some Sherman-on-Tiger action. Instead, one goddamn Sherman only shows up after the final battle is over.
     
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    Indeed. The stunningly real visuals clashing with the shoddy and hack hollywood-ized plot make me angry.
     
  17. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    Dunno what you're worrying about. It's not like you're saying the Spielberg is vastly overrated.

    Which he is.
     
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    Spielberg is a mixed bag. He can make great films, he can make OK films, he can make crap. Just like Kubrick.
     
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    Add Hitchcock to that list and you get a big AMEN from me.
     
  20. Goaliebot

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    I'd actually put all of the great directors in that list. I can't think of a single director who has a flawless record.
     

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