And now for something completely different… here are 9 movies I like but no one else does!
When it comes to the topic of movies, everyone has their favourites. John and Stasi Eldredge in their book, Love and War, say that the movie scenes we remember the most are probably some of the most intimate details of our lives, revealing the deepest desires of our hearts. Changes the way that you watch those top 10 movie lists, huh? It’s probably also one of the reasons why we’re subconsciously drawn to people talking about their favourite movies.
A lot of the content on this site is usually more of a serious nature, so this time around, I thought we’d have a bit more fun. I was thinking of doing a favourite games or a favourite movies list, but I thought this spin would make it a bit more interesting. I regularly find myself discussing certain movies I really enjoy, but others just don’t always seem to agree with me. The opposite is also true, where people will detail their favourite recent movie and I’ll just give the awkward smile and nod til they’re done.
So without further adieu, here’s 9 movies I like but no one else does.
And by no one else, I mean some people do like them, but it isn’t necessarily the popular opinion.
I’m a massive fan of the Rocky movies. I had the collection of 6 on DVD, but when the Bluray collection came out, I was one of the first to do the upgrade. They’re just so endearing. The ultimate underdog, Rocky Balboa, battles through obscurity and uncertainty in his life, overcomes insurmountable odds, climbs to the top, falls back down to the bottom, and his life goes on. Across all 6 movies, including the most recent one, there are some great monologues, training montages, and all round fun.
Out of all of them, I probably do like Rocky’s battle with James “Clubber” Lang in Rocky 3 the best. It’s a great story of letting success go to your head, an exploration of what really matters in life, and Mr T makes one heck of a villain to overcome. Plus Stallone’s personal physical transformation where Rocky needs to completely change his fighting style and weight just shows how committed he was to the role. I Pity the Fool!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
You know, the more I revisit this movie, the more I realize I don’t actually really like this movie for this movie. I honestly like it because one of my oldest friends and I hadn’t seen each other in a few years, and so we decided to catch up at the Logan Hyperdome (I’m a Queenslander) and catch this movie and some food. I still find myself laughing whenever I hear the phrase, “Did I ever tell you I was struck by lightning seven times?”, because of how funny we both found it during the movie. Ah, the power of sentimentality.
As for the movie, yeah it’s okay. I thought the quick summary of it in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was absolutely hilarious, but as for the movie itself, I have a soft spot for it because of my good friend.
The Star Wars Prequels
Uh oh. I may as well as written “Greedo shot first” here to send all the nerds into orbit.
But the truth is… I actually like the Star Wars prequels more than I enjoy the original trilogy. And I do like the original trilogy! But to me, Star Wars is mainly a story about the Jedi and the Sith. Good and evil. Honour and deceit.
All of which are perfectly embodied in the first three movies. You may argue the original trilogy is more about the characters, and you’re absolutely right. But for me, the larger struggle is what I find the most interesting. Maybe it’s because I enjoy the stories in the Star Wars games like Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 or The Force Unleashed, or maybe it’s because the flashy special effects and the choreographed lightsaber fights are a joy. But whatever it is, I’ll rewatch the prequels a few times before I revisit any in the original trilogy. Especialy Episode 3, which would definitely be the favourite of the 3.
Please don’t hate me.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakening of a Trailblazer
This one falls under the “no one likes it because no one has heard of it category”. I am a massive fan of the Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. Each iteration of the series is a powerful statement about war, friendship, and nuclear deterrents. The soundtrack is always great and the action is always gripping too. Rie Tanaka’s Fields of Hope… amazing. Gundam Wing, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, and Gundam 00 would be my favourite Gundam iterations.
Awakening of a Trailblazer is ridiculously well animated with a great soundtrack of its own and is a phenomenal ending to the 00 storyline. Threads of love stories, exploring your identity, and the possibility of bringing unity to the human race are all major elements of why I love this movie so much. And make sure you get it on Bluray – it will make your TV cry.
And watch it in Japanese with the subtitles on. The vocal performances are just great.
Little Shop of Horrors
Little known fact about me – I enjoy a good musical. I love Sound of Music, I love Hairspray (the newer one), I enjoy Les Miserables, I love great musical threads throughout Disney movies and others… and I love Little Shop of Horrors.
It’s just a really well put together rendition of the musical. The cast is awesome – Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Ellen Greene, and some great cameos along the way from people like the late John Candy. Alan Menken who composed the soundtrack would go on to the Disney giants like The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast.
I find people don’t like how weird this movie is. Maybe that’s the reason I like it. It’s a swansong to the 80s and a whole lot of fun.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
People say you have to be one of “those types” to enjoy this movie. I must absolutely be that type. The visual effects are great, the gaming references are great, Chris Evans as Evil Ex Number 2 Lucas Lee is “actually hilarious”… it’s like watching a comic book. Plus the love story is actually surprisingly touching towards the end.
Not much else to say on this one, but my housemates get tired of how often I rewatch this one.
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Here’s a recent one that was a box office hit but whenever I hear it mentioned, it’s talked about unfavourably. Personally, I think this is currently my favourite comic book movie. It was really true to the original story, the acting was on point, the action is engaging, and I actually enjoyed how it all hangs together. I love the dynamics of friendship and love in this movie. I think Dane DeHaan is the perfect Harry Osborne and just as psychotic as the character is supposed to be. And omigosh, that Hans Zimmer soundtrack. One of my favourite piano pieces in recent memory is the theme used for Peter and Gwen’s romance throughout this movie.
Suspend your disbelief a bit more, critics!
The Miracle Maker
This one is another one that is under the “no one likes it because no one has heard of it category”. There have been many, many retellings of the life and times of Christ in various movies. There’s the recent Son of God, there’s the Time Life rendition (which is great too), there’s Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, and there’s the less direct renditions such as in Ben-Hur.
But my absolute favourite version is present here in The Miracle Maker.
I dunno, I guess I just feel that a lot of retellings of the Jesus story make him out to be completely untouchable and holier-than-thou. Actually, most of the characters are treated with similar spin in most stories – the disciples, the Pharisees, even Pilate. But within this film is probably the most human retelling of the story I know, which is ironic, because it’s an animation feature combining Russian puppetry and traditional animation techniques. I honestly think this is the best natural and realistic retelling of the story in terms of the characters, dialogue, relationships, and feasibility really.
Oh, and great voice cast. Ralph Fiennes as Jesus to kick it off, for one. But everyone else does a great job of reverencing the source material whilst putting forward an entirely real performance.
You know, I actually hated this movie the first time I watched it. It made me angry. I remember thinking about the story for a few days. But after the few days were up, I realized just how great this movie actually was for its ability to do just that.
Most chick flicks or rom coms can be very one sided. Often times the story just isn’t realistic either. Most movies feature the characters meeting, looking at each other for 4 minutes, and nek minnit together dating conflict apology married boom. Just seems too ideal.
But the story in Something Borrowed is not ideal at all. It centres around two people who were interested in each other but didn’t say how they really felt when it mattered. It shows the influence of friends. It shows the influence of family. It shows what goes through her head, and it shows what goes through his head. It shows why she was confused, and it shows why he was confused.
I love a realistic love story. I think they make the most powerful sorts of movies, that encourage you to have a look at yourself, have an honest think about your relationships, and to fairly consider what may be happening on the other side of your love.
Something Borrowed is the ultimate plea to say how you really feel about the ones you care about and not to let things go unsaid.
So there you go, 9 movies I like but no one else does. I’m sure everyone has different thoughts on these movies, and on the movies they like that no one else likes. If you haven’t seen some of these but reckon you’d enjoy them based on what you’ve read, I’d encourage you to check them out.
How about you? Did you love these ones, or hate them? What are some movies you like that no one else does?