Donnie Darko (2001)
One Line Description: A boy with psychological issues takes orders of destruction from a large satanic rabbit.
This is one of those cult movies that certain people in college seemed to love. I thought it was ridiculous then and just creepy now. I don’t know if there is some hidden meaning that is supposed to make this movie worth watching, but I didn’t see it if there was. I didn’t find it entertaining, just creepy and weird. I gave this movie another chance, but if I never see it again, it will be too soon.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
One Line Description: A 1970s TV newsman must come to terms with a woman sharing his spotlight.
This is another movie with a pretty devoted following. Many people my age consider this to the one of the funniest movies of the last 15 years, but I just don’t see it. It’s likely that a big part of it for me is that I just don’t really find Will Ferrell to be very funny. When I look through his IMDb page I notice that the the only two movies of his I like are Old School and Step Brothers. Most of this other well known films just don’t do it for me. And because so much of this movie focuses on him, not liking him pretty much kills it. But I gave it another shot.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
One Line Description: A case of mistaken identify leads a laid back guy into a ransom plot.
This movie is known for being one of the all-time cult classics, particularly of people born between like 1975 and 1985. I watched it once a long time ago and was particularly disappointed with it. Like the other movies on this list, I went into it with incredibly low expectations. Unlike the other movies previously discussed on this list, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jeff Bridges doesn’t do a lot for me generally, but I can see why he gets so much acclaim for playing this role. It’s a strange and different movie, but all Coen brothers’ movies are.
It had some laugh out loud moments, and I found the story much more entertaining than I had remembered. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi provide some nice cameos. I didn’t even recognize Tara Reid though. I can’t see this movie every achieving the level that it achieves for other people, and while I am sure I wouldn’t complain if someone put it one, like I would have prior to re-watching it, I don’t know that I would actively see it out again.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
One Line Description: Four criminals retrace the events of a robbery gone wrong while they wait out the police.
Quentin Tarantino’s first full length film, two years before his seminal film Pulp Fiction. This one has a very similar look and feel and was a movie I saw years ago, but never thought much of when I first saw it. It feels so much like Pulp Fiction, if it wasn’t for the overlap of actors Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Tarantino himself, this movie could have taken place in the same universe. Much like Pulp Fiction, the main plot of the story takes place over a short time (just a few hours), with many flashbacks interweaved along the way to give character and plot backstory. It’s a movie, like Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption that is probably not a movie most women would enjoy, and there are plenty of overly bloody moments that would make anyone queazy. But at the end of the day, this is a good one, and I definitely won’t wait as long to see it again.