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Old 24-10-2012, 06:02
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What films that you didn't expect much from turned out to be great?

For me it was Law abiding citizen and Star Trek (2009)
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Old 24-10-2012, 07:59
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black swan....What a film
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Old 24-10-2012, 08:41
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I wasnt really looking forward to Stardust (wifes choice) but thought it was great.
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Old 24-10-2012, 09:54
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^^ Have to agree, my girlfriend forced me to the cinema to see this... It was one of her better movie choices!
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Old 24-10-2012, 16:57
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Pan's Labyrinth
Wall-E
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Old 24-10-2012, 17:12
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i love yoi philip morris hee hee. great film. also awake with hayden.c no caps sending from phone.
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Old 24-10-2012, 17:18
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When Fight Club first came out, I listened a bit too much to the critics who just saw it as a film about fighting and macho posturing. Eventually I got to watch it one day, and since then I take all what critics say with a pinch of salt... or at least more so.
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Old 25-10-2012, 10:59
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Despicable Me. I wasn't expecting this to be any good as it had come from an animation studio without much history behind it. But it was hilarious and much better than I expected. I'd rate it closely behind the Incredibles which is my fav animated film by far.
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Old 25-10-2012, 11:48
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lord of the rings trilogy , i was suprised how boring they were.
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Old 25-10-2012, 13:00
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In Bruges.
I expected nothing as I knew nothing and heard nothing about it.
It's one of my favourite films ever, excellent acting and superb storyline.
Emotional!
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Old 25-10-2012, 13:02
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lord of the rings trilogy , i was suprised how boring they were.
Were you forced through them? Surely sitting through just one would've been enough?

Unexpectedly Great:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Jackie Brown
Rambo (2008)

Unexpectedly Shit:

The Silence of the Lambs
Million Dollar Baby
The Blair Witch Project
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Old 25-10-2012, 13:34
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50/50 - Flew pretty much under the radar this one, but turned out to be a wonderful film.
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Old 25-10-2012, 14:00
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Some films that surprised me:

Much better than I expected

Accidental Hero (1992)
The Hot Rock (1972)
Hombre (1967) - I know it's regarded as a great film, but I'm not really into Westerns, so didn't think I would enjoy it.

Disappointingly mediocre

Now, Voyager (1942) - didn't like it, although I think Bette Davis did her best work in this film
Romeo + Juliet (1996) - love Shakespeare adaptations, and some modern ones are great. This is not one of them.
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Old 25-10-2012, 15:21
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Sweeney Todd. My daughter forced me to watch it with her and I loved it.
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Old 25-10-2012, 17:47
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In Bruges.
I expected nothing as I knew nothing and heard nothing about it.
It's one of my favourite films ever, excellent acting and superb storyline.
Emotional!
Same here, really like In Bruges
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My Week with Marilyn. I got dragged along and expected to find it boring, but I really enjoyed it.
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Old 25-10-2012, 18:04
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The x-men's,i wasnt sure of them before but when i watched them i thought they were pretty good
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Old 25-10-2012, 18:04
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Million Dollar Baby .

Boxing movies do little for me , and I wasn't interested in women boxing at all .

But -- my god ! that film delivers a real sucker punch , I was completely unready for it and what followed .

fantastic score too .
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Old 25-10-2012, 18:06
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Happiness .

how do you describe it ? well you can't , I just remember my jaw being on the floor when the paedophile is explaining himself to his son .
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Old 25-10-2012, 18:08
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In Bruges.
I expected nothing as I knew nothing and heard nothing about it.
It's one of my favourite films ever, excellent acting and superb storyline.
Emotional!
Same here. I don't know if it's classed as a British film but we should make more films like that instead of the crap low budget comedies starting sitcom actors.
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Old 26-10-2012, 05:57
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The Last Seduction. I had never heard of that film until it got its first UK TV showing on Channel 4 in around 1997. I recorded it just on a whim. Wow. What a good story and of course Linda Fiorentino as Bridget Gregory was standout. Amazing.

Fight Club. I had heard a lot of hype about it and actually sort of knew part of the ending, but when I watched it on BBC TV I was blown away by it. Superb.
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Old 26-10-2012, 09:57
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Blade Runner - I never enjoyed Sci-Fi so thought I would hate it. I didn't. I loved it and its forever changed my opinion on the genre.
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Old 26-10-2012, 10:52
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Even after seeing it the first time I wasn't at all impressed by 'Apocalypto'.

I'm not sure what happened but I watched it recently on TV and I was totally blown away.
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Old 26-10-2012, 11:36
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Identity.

I expected a regular, run of the mill slasher movie. I really didn't expect how it turned out!
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Old 26-10-2012, 12:36
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Kick-Ass, wasn't expecting much but it's a film I return to on a regular basis. Dammit even Nicolas Cage was brilliant. Finger crossed for the sequel.
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Old 26-10-2012, 12:49
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Same here, really like In Bruges
and
My Week with Marilyn. I got dragged along and expected to find it boring, but I really enjoyed it.
I'll have to give that one a go, haven't been tempted but I should keep an open mind.

Same here. I don't know if it's classed as a British film but we should make more films like that instead of the crap low budget comedies starting sitcom actors.
Produced by FilmFour I believe.
So gritty and so very British! It's great when you find a film that moves you when you weren't expecting anything.
Good thread idea OP.
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