It’s time to close the door on 2015. Past time, even. But I wanted to round off this awards season, as patchy as my coverage of it may have been, with a poll (seen above), some statistical fun, and some reflection on my awards past.
Or, “Time to Piss Off a Lot of People”.
Just as there are a great many films I think are underrated (here’s a list of 100 of them), so there are quite a few films I think are praised beyond their actual worth. I will only cite 25 films at present, for the following reasons:
– 1. Many of the films I consider overrated are recent releases which may find their proper level of obscurity in due time.
– 2. A lot of films I consider overpraised I have yet to give a second chance to, and in many of those cases (especially films I saw when I was fairly young), I have left them off the list.
– 3. The criteria for determining a truly overrated film is actually quite strict. For each film I’ll offer an explanation as to why I consider it so overrated.
– 4. There’s a lot of canonical cinema I still need to see/rewatch, so I can’t yet make a definitive listing of what I consider overrated.
This’ll be a quick one. I’ll be seeing The Raid 2 tomorrow, so I watched this to prepare myself (though, given the relative lack of plot or character development, I could probably have enjoyed 2 without seeing this). Definitely I’ll want to watch this again at some point, but suffice to say, if you’re at all interested in this and haven’t seen it–see it. I can’t imagine, knowing what to expect, that many would be disappointed by The Raid: Redemption. It delivers on its promises and then some. It’s not quite a masterpiece, but it’s frequently very impressive.