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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

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Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Tommy B   on 2005-04-12 09:45:24

This movie looks so incredibly lame and it seems that critics like it just because it's foreign and subtitled, thus showing their elitism.

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by James O'Ehley   on 2005-04-13 03:19:04

So let me get this right: critics are enthusiastic about a Kung Fu movie because it has subtitles? Oookkkaayy . . .

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Tommy B   on 2005-04-14 00:15:08

No, they like to praise anything foreign, some critics even had the gall to praise the putrid Irreversible.

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Bill King   on 2005-04-14 00:58:59

Critics generally have better taste than the general public. I like big-budgeted Hollywood movies as long as they're good, but I'm not spoiled by them like most people are. "Are We There Yet" makes tons of money, even though it's racist, reckless, unchallenging and harmful.

As far as critics liking anything that's foreign (don't try to tell me what you *really* meant; it's too late), all that's needed is ONE movie that critics disliked, and your theory is proven wrong, so here it goes: "Little Indian, Big City."

I should add that I also have the gall to praise "Irreversible."

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Tommy B   on 2005-04-14 01:16:03

What did I *really* mean? Just because the public likes films such as Are We There Yet? (They must have for it to make the money it did) doesn't make them stupid and you smarter because you don't like it. Kung Fu Hustle just looks silly and is not my cup of tea. Why is it rated R anyway? Most films like this (Hero kinda looks like it, minus the humor of course) get a PG-13.

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Bill King   on 2005-04-14 10:56:49

Again, "Are We There Yet" is racist, reckless, unchallenging and harmful. It's not a matter of being smarter, just possessing better taste.

On several occasions at the local Blockbuster Video, I overheard people saying how much they hated "Open Water," because "it's just about two people stranded in the ocean and nothing happens." Right there is a sign of the times. Too many movies cater to people (a very large number) with small attention spans, so when a movie comes along which is more about observation and analysis, it is rejected. "Open Water" details the mental degredation of two people trapped in a hopeless situation, a fascinating premise, but it requires more patience than most people are willing to give.

As for "Kung Fu" hustle, I'm looking forward to it. It'll probably be a hit, because 1) it looks fun, and 2) it doesn't look demanding.

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Tommy B   on 2005-04-14 12:47:40

Open Water was dull. It also looked incredibly cheap and amateurish.

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2005-04-15 06:27:12

Tommy B is just trying to cause trouble. As for cinematic "taste" - average people are always going to dislike many films critics love. I heard someone in my video store telling another guy not to buy "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" because it was "weird." I almost said something.

It doesn't mean critics have "better" taste, it just means they usually have _different_ taste - and that usually equates, for most people, into "better." But if you say that, you're called ignorant, arrogant and egotistical. So it's better just to say everyone has their own opinion. That's why these are reviews, and not an enjoin demanding that you like the film.

I'm thinking critics are liking "Kung Fu Hustle" because it's unique - not because it's foreign.

"Baise Moi" was foreign and got horrible reviews.

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Tommy B   on 2005-04-15 12:00:25

John, how would you know what my intentions are? Can you read minds ala Dreamcatcher?

Re: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Added by Bill King   on 2005-04-15 13:13:03

I know what you mean John. I knew people who didn't like "Being John Malkovich" because it was weird, as if to say that conventional movies are more desirable than movies that try to be different.

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