Movie Confessions Blogathon

With my second place in the Lammies for best blogathon I thought it was a good idea to kick off a new blogathon. This time it’s about you confessing your “movie sins”, time to speak about the things you might have kept secret for years. Of course I have my own confessions as well…

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?

There have been several movies that are considered classics which I didn’t like on first viewing (and usually a second viewing doesn’t change my opinion). The one that always immediately jumps to mind though is 2001: A Space Oddyssey. I will admit that it all looks stunning, but it’s slow pace just isn’t for me. I remember the last time I even fast forwarded big parts of it and still didn’t like it. Think of that what you like.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
There are so many classic movies I have not seen, some because they don’t seem interesting and some because, well, basically I’d rather watch a newer film. Of course there are newer classics, but I almost instantly think of older movies and those usually are different in either their speed or the way society was at the time. It requires a different mind set and I’m not always in the mood for them.

These are ten movies I still not have seen, but think I really ought to be watching:
1. Metropolis
2. Rashomon
3. The Shining
4. Platoon
5. La Strada
6. Fanny and Alexander

7. Three Colors:Red
8. Three Colors:White
9. Three Colors:Blue
10. In the Mood for Love

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Although I really thought about this when I was younger, I actually never did so. As I have an unlimited ticket at the local cinema chain now there is no need to do that in the future.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
In the past I already spoke about Meryl Streep and Sam Worthington, so I’ll talk about someone else.

Ryan Reynolds. I’m not saying that he is a bad actor, but if you would ask me to name an amazing performance of him I would probably just give you a blank stare. I honestly would have a very hard time naming movies he’s been in even though IMDB lists over 50 titles to his name. Seeing how he seems to be in a lot of movies every year it seems he is a very popular actor, but why? I really don’t know.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
First I will have to confess that with some directors I only saw one of their movies for the first time in the last year. Ingmar Bergman, Truffaut and Fellini are three examples. You might think the reason I had not seen any of their movies is because of the language, but this is not the case. It’s just that I hadn’t been exposed to their work at all until I read about them on other blogs or saw one of their movies in the IMDB top 250.
This is also the case with Krzysztof Kieslowski and if you look at my answer to the ten classic movies I have not seen yet it will come as no surprise. The movie blogging world is a great teacher though and I will try to watch at least one of his movies this year.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
It’s hard to decide which movies are generally hated, so I decided to do a search on movies on Rotten Tomatoes to see if some movies I liked had low scores. Pretty soon I had found a perfect candidate with a RT score of just 11%.

That movie is Kung Pow! Enter the Fist. For those who don’t know the movie, it is based on an old Chinese Kung Fu movie which was completely dubbed badly (on purpose) by Steve Oedekerk (who did almost all the voices) and he also inserted himself into the movie resulting in a very weird, but to me extremely funny movie. I understand the low score, but I can watch this endlessly.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Yes, I have been when I was a teenager. This probably included talking loudly (although I don’t remember it), but for sure included throwing candy to the seats in front of me. Not proud of it, but I have changed my ways.

Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
This is something I do a lot for various actors, but there is one which probably stands out, because most of his recent movies haven’t been great. Nicolas Cage. There is somethin about him that makes me watch almost anything he’s in even though I’ve seen bad reviews. If he brings the crazy version of himself I can quite enjoy just that. One where he didn’t and I still watched was Bangkok Dangerous. I just wanted to see how bad it really was…suffice to say everyone was right about it.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Since English is not my first language I grew up with them and therefore don’t mind them at all. I will stop watching something though if it has bad subtitles (and the movie is not in English).

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Do I! There are quite a lot of them, so I’ll just pick a couple of them.

First thing that comes to mind is my Alien Quadrilogy: Alien Head Limited Edition Box Set. I bought it in 2006 and it looked awesome in my collection, but I had never seen the Alien movies. Last year I watched the first two movies and last month I watched the third one, but I still have to watch the fourth movie (even now I know in advance it supposedly isn’t very good).

Another movie I’ve owned for ages but still have not watched is Four Rooms, which I bought because of Quentin Tarantino’s involvement. I just never seem to be in the mood to see it, so it’s still a permanent resident in my “to watch” stack.

High Noon I’ve had for a long time as well. I know I will probably watch that somewhere this year since it is part of the IMDB top 250. The reason I have not watched it yet because I’m not the biggest fan of westerns.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I guess there are always movies that you buy which you might think are amazing, but end up disappointing you. For those movies I got a special place in my DVD closet, right at the bottom. I have just picked three random ones, just know that there are more then those mentioned here (for example I won’t go into details about my DVD showing a fireplace).

P.S. I Love You
One day I decided I’d buy a romantic comedy so I could watch it with my girlfriend in the evening. My choice was this movie and what a horrible one it was. For those who don’t know the movie, it’s about a woman whose husband dies and who tells her what she should do. It was such a creepy concept that we weren’t able to laugh about any of the humour in it. We turned it off way before the ending and it’s been collecting dust ever since.

Volcano High
A movie I was able to buy very cheaply at the rental store. The cover and back story made it look like a very cool movie. It actually wasn’t and remember that the bad editing made it impossible for me to understand what was going on. I didn’t finish this one either.

Land of the Lost
In general I think Will Ferrell is a pretty funny guy, so when I saw this DVD for a cheap price (again at the rental store) I just had to pick it up. I had heard the CGI was pretty bad, but I didn’t know the whole movie was horrible. Although I did watch all of it I still regret buying it, even if it was cheap.

So why do I still own them? Well, I don’t want to throw them away and I really can’t give them away, because I wouldn’t want to responsible for someone else also having to watch these horrible movies. So they will stay in their place of shame on the bottom shelf.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
As I’m a big movie fan you probably would expect me to watch all my movies in high defition. You would be mistaken. I don’t even own a Blu Ray player and I even don’t own a standalone DVD player. I watch movies either on my Xbox 360 (which isn’t perfect) or I’ll stream movies from my NAS using an Apple TV. The time I watch anything in HD it’s when I rent from iTunes, which I hardly do.

Any other confessions you want to make?
I have an “Unlimited” card for the cinema which allows me to see as many movies I like every month. I pay 20 euros a month for it, which is a very good deal if you use a couple of times a month. The reality is that since I bought it at the beginning of the year I’ve used it a total of 7 times.

Although it’s very rare for me to tear up while watching a movie there are at least two movies which do manage to do so:
E.T. – The scene in E.T. where he’s dying
Black Swan – The ending

Want to read more confessions? Check out these great movie blogs who have joined this blogathon:
Today I Watched a Movie
Southern Vision
PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews
Polychrome Interest
Cinematic Katzenjammer
The Focused Filmographer
The Cinematic Spectacle
Cinematic Corner
The Warning Sign
Morgan on Media
Time Well Spent
Two Dude Reviews
The Soap Box Office
Ticker Talks Film
Journeys in Classic Film
Inspired Ground
Let’s be splendid about this…
Viral Infection
Cinemaniac Reviews
Andy Watches Movies
This Man’s World
Kloipy Speaks
Pictures in Motion
Bishop the Reviewer
Rorschach Reviews
Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions
Victor’s Movie Reviews
Rambling Film
And So It Begins…
Duke & The Movies
Banana Oil
Cinema Train
At The Back
Film Actually
Eternity of Dream
Northwest Movies
Cheese Cake Summer
GMan Reviews
Film Flare
Werewolves on the Moon
The Frame
On Page and Screen
Flights, Thights and Movie Nights
Impassioned Cinema
Louise Reviews…
Public Transportation Snob
HT Schuyler’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews)
Deep Red Rum
Ramble Film
Cinema Schminema
Entertain Yourself
The Cameraman’s Revenge
Movie Reviews from James
The Film Emporium
Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop
Written in Blood
Keith & The Movies
MC Wishchitz’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews)
Head in a Vice
Marked Movies
An Online Universe
Exiled from Contentment
Stuff from P.D.
Wide Weird World of Cult Films
JJ Silf’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews)
The Great Katharine Hepburn
Dirk Malcolm’s World of Film
Fernby Films
Alvin’s Adventures in Pop Culture
Can You Dig It?
Man vs. Horror
Unpublished for a Reason
Can’t Stop the Movies
The Velvet Cafe
Can’t Stop the Movies (Andrew’s confessions)
Martin Teller’s Movie Reviews
Movie Review Warehouse

You are free to participate as well. Please send a mail to or post a link to your confessions in the comments and I’ll add it to the post!

183 thoughts on “Movie Confessions Blogathon

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      • Now, I have properly read your post 🙂
        I was busy watching my lovely actor before. First of all you put the wrong name to my blog…it’s Polychrome Interest not Inspired Ground, that one belongs to Andina 😉

        That Alien box set you have is envious!! I love to have one of those. I am huge fan of Alien.

        I like Reynold when he is in Buried…other than that he was okay I guess. he is probably also famous for his look, some think he is handsome (not me tho, not my type).

        Thank you for this fun blogathon Nostra 🙂

  2. The unlimited cinema card is responsible for me seeing more horrible movies than any other reason, at least with only going 7 times you haven’t sat through Land of the Lost. Oh wait, you paid money for it!

    • Hahaha, yes I did pay money for it. Normally I have a pretty good feeling in advance if a movie is going to such, but that completely went wrong with Land of the Lost.

      I don’t know if I would see a lot of horrible movies in the cinema if I would be able to go more often. I’m quite picky when it comes to what I want to see 🙂

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  6. I liked PS I Love You, but man… it is not a feel good movie AT ALL. what a unfortunate choice for that occasion, haha.

    20 euros a month and you can watch anything? That’s a sweet deal! I pay 6.50 for one ticket and would definitely go every week if it weren’t so expensive!

  7. I’m still working on mine, Nostra, but hopefully it’ll be up by Tuesday 🙂

    Awww, I’m sad to hear about P.S. I love you. I actually like that movie a lot, one of my fave rom-coms and I don’t think it’s creepy at all, it’s sweet really, but ah well, to each their own I guess.

    • Looking forward to it Ruth, really interested to read what you will confess.

      Hmm, so it seems I would be able to make someone happy with that DVD…maybe I should do a giveaway with a warning in advance 😉

      • It’ll be up tonight, I just sent you the link 🙂

        As for P.S. I love you, I actually went to the cinema w/ my hubby and a guy friend and though both were reluctant to go, they ended up liking it. A few other guy friends have admitted that they like the movie, too, so perhaps you could give it another shot? 😀

  8. This is a great topic, and I enjoyed reading your responses. I am laughing about your keeping some movies in your collection because it feels wrong to throw them away, but you don’t want to inflict them on anyone else. I am kind of the same way. 🙂

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  15. Love this idea, thanks for including me in the blogroll 🙂 It’s always great to come across other review blogs with the sort of follower-base that a lot of us newbie reviewers strive for.

    Anyways RE: your list I totally agree about Reynolds, he’s always been pleasant and entertaining but rarely stands out as an accomplished actor. Just curious though have you seen Buried (2010)? Probably his most noteworthy role in the level of actual “acting” he does, the move itself is a bit dark and hard to watch but I’d still check it out if you get the chance

    Also I’m in the same boat w/ 2001 a Space Odyssey, I just have never brought myself around to watching it and with everything else on my movie-related schedule I doubt I’ll get around to it any time soon

    Finally, I love that you said that you shed a tear at the end of Black Swan, I also rarely tear up during movies but that’s one of the few that did get me (Others include the scene by Jenny’s grave in Forrest Gump, Pretty much half the movie in Colin Firth’s A Single Man (2010) and When Tom Hanks dies in Saving Private Ryan)

    • Buried is a fantastic film. Reynolds is great. Think it takes a certain type of film/director to get that out of him. Or maybe he just needs to find the right role. Was very impressed by him in Buried.

    • Thanks for participating! As for the followers, just keep writing and make sure you write about something you love, they will come eventually!

      Yes, I have seen Buried, and although i admit he was good in that, I really didn’t like the movie.

      2001 is a movie I won’t be rewatching ….

      I rarely tear up either, but there are a couple of movies that manage to do that. Haven’t seen A Single Man yet, have to add that to my “to watch” list.

    • Doesn’t matter if it’s late, I wouldn’t mind if it came in next week. I just love the fact everyone likes this blogathon and joins in….

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  19. I’m definitely putting my post together. I’m hoping to have it up by Friday at the latest, if not earlier. Looking at your post, In the Mood for Love is the one that I would run and see first. I just watched it in March, and it’s an incredible film.

    Great job setting up this blogathon. I’m studying for a final exam today, and I keep getting distracted by all the confessions posts!

    • Cool! I will watch In the Mood for Love. I bought it last year as part of an asian cinema set, but hadn’t come around to it yet.

      Hope your exam went well and sorry for all the confessions 😉

  20. Hi, I just found your blogathon via Flixchatter. My first confession is that I am too tired to act on it tonight. So for now, I’ll just ask if there is an actual deadline and if your blogathon is open to anyone? Thanks.

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  22. Oh thanks for the link back, this was fun 😀 I also liked Kung Pow and have a funny story about it. I grew up in a small town and my cousin and I went to church together, and were in the youth group together. Well, one Sunday the youth group leader decided she wanted to take us out to a movie and asked for suggestions. My cousin said Kung Pow, so off we all went. When the movie was over she was SO MAD at him, because it wasn’t really appropriate. It cracked me up, and the fact that she was so mad at him made it even better!

    • You’re welcome and thanks for joining. Slowly working my way through the staggering amount of posts, so I’ll drop by later!

      Haha, I can imagine why the group leader was mad! 🙂 It is such a funny movie though…am currently rewatching The Lion King and I keep thinking about the “This is CNN” line from Kung Pow.

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  24. It’s calming to know that I’m not the only one who disliked 2001. And it’s not only the two of us, as you probably has noticed already.
    Thanks for hosting this blogathon!

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  34. Good stuff. Came here via Deep Red Rum’s link. If you have Netflix Instant, you can catch the restored Metropolis. Check it out. Also, I paid to see Kung Pow at the movie theater and all I can say is that hating on it is wrong and bad. There should be a stronger word for hating on Kung Pow, like “bad-wrong” or “bad-ong”.

    Anyway, I decided to join in on the fun:

    • I don’t have Netflix over in the Netherlands (unfortunately), but will try to finally see it somehwere this year. Hahaha, taco bell, taco bell, product placement for taco bell 😉

      Added your link!

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  45. Wow, so many participants!
    As for your post, I’m surprised that I’ve seen so many from your classics list: Metropolis, Rashomon,The Shining, La Strada, In the Mood for Love – and believe me, they are all fantastic. And not very hard to get in to, with the exception of La Strada (although if you didn’t like A Space Odyssey maybe you won’t like In the Mood for Love).

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