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Most dull, uninvolving, agonizing film you ever sat through 
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There are some movies that become endurance tests, when if you're watching it at home you click the "info" button on your DVD player every 5 minutes. What movies have you seen that were just complete, utter, slogs?

Xala (1975) At 123 minutes it's not the longest movie in the world and I actually think it had some merit, but man was it a slow, slow film.
8 1/2 (1963) I'm a philistine apparently, but this was quite a challenge. Black and white Italian art film from the 1960s with no plot? Not exactly a riveting film to watch on my couch.
Solaris (1972) God has Tarkovsky never heard of pacing. Stalker wasn't exactly fast either, but that had some hauntingly beautiful images in it. Solaris was just slow as molasses.

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Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:31 am
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Diary of a Cannibal. A five minute short movie stretched out into 80 minutes which seem like 200 minutes. Seriously, there's only about five minutes of story, which the director tells over and over again for the entire length. Worst movie I've ever seen, and it's not even close.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:27 pm
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Titanic-3 hours of bad acting, worse dialogue, one of the least involving on-screen couples of all time, and the death of a main character that I couldn't care less about if I tried, pure torture, nuff said! The LOTR trilogy was a massive struggle for me to get through as well, considering that fantasy films are my least favorite genre, and I only saw them in the first place because unfortunately for me my mom and sister watch them all the time. Aviator and Master And Commander also bored the crap out of me, and I completely agree with every word of James review of Heat, it's a generic cops and robbers story that could've easily been told in around 90 minute instead of 3 hours, I honestly found Righteous Kill more involving then Heat.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:25 pm
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I'm surprised you mention Titanic Vexer since I would put that on my list of Long Movies That Are Easy to Sit Through, while you're putting it on the list of movies that are unendurable. The natural spectacle in the last 90 minutes keeps me involved.

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Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:34 pm
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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - To date, this is the only film I've slept through in the theater (well, most of it). Pretty CGI work doesn't make up for a lack of story and character development. I wish *I* had some spirits within when I went to see it- I may have stayed awake longer, or at least enjoyed it in an inebriated state.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:25 pm
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Well i enjoyed Spirits Within because it didn't try to follow the game series(and I admit to neve rplaying a single game in the series) otherwise it would've confused the hell out of me, I feel the same way about video-game adaptions that James feels about book adaptions-they work better when they don't follow the source material so closely, otherwise they feel pretty shallow(Resident Evil: Degeneration being a shining example of that) i'll gladly sit through Spirits Within a million time before I EVER step within 10 feet of Titanic(unless I need a cure for insomnia that is! :lol: ), it was just pure agony for me to sit through that film, Day After Tomorrow put me to sleep pretty quickly as well.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:34 pm
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Birth of a Nation by a long shot. It makes Solaris seem like an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:36 pm
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If I ever do find a film to be "dull, uninvolving, agonizing"...I tend either to fall asleep on it or I change the DVD. If it really is that painful to sit through, I really don't.

Granted, I have fallen asleep on many movies. Not because they are a bore, but when I get the chance to watch a flick, it's really late at night when I'm beat.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:04 pm
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Pedro wrote:
Birth of a Nation by a long shot. It makes Solaris seem like an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

Birth of a Nation didn't dull me so much as it utterly disgusted me as a piece of prejudicial propaganda. That film to date is the only one I've ever walked out on, and it was while it was being shown to me as a part of a film studies course I was taking in college.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:17 pm
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The Spirit. I was trying to poke my eyes out after 10 minutes.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:18 pm
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Ragnarok73 wrote:
Pedro wrote:
Birth of a Nation by a long shot. It makes Solaris seem like an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

Birth of a Nation didn't dull me so much as it utterly disgusted me as a piece of prejudicial propaganda. That film to date is the only one I've ever walked out on, and it was while it was being shown to me as a part of a film studies course I was taking in college.


From what I've read on the film, I don't think categorizing it as propaganda is accurate. Griffith's next film, Intolerance, was made because of the backlash that Birth of a Nation received. Griffith was trying to prove he wasn't a racist or a bigot, because he didn't see himself as one. Obviously, we have enough hindsight to say he was, but he wasn't intentionally trying to sway people to his side. He was just simply wrong, with no ulterior motives.

I do, however, think that the movie belongs in here. It's excruciatingly boring, and is remembered by historians more for it's influence on future filmmaking than for it's quality as a film.

I'll also add The Good Shepherd to list list. A lot of people seem to like this, and I can't firgure out why. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind, but I was so put off by the first hour and a half of this movie that I had to turn it off. I never do that, except when watching Matt Damon bore me to tears in this stinker.


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Oh wow am I glad someone else agrees with me about The Good Shepherd. I saw that P.O.S. in theaters after JB's glowing review and boy was I let down. Matt Damon is such a cipher, so absolutely inscrutably bland, in the entire film that I wanted someone to punch him just to see if he would react. Maybe that's how DeNiro imagined the character, but if so he's got a lot to learn about directing. Incredibly dull.

I'll also nominate The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. I'm glad I saw it because it had a good ending and some interesting things to say, but man do I never want to watch it again.

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Transformers 2. Nuff said.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:39 pm
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corpen11 wrote:
Transformers 2. Nuff said.
But you didn't finish that film so it dosen't really count. Anyways the all time most boring film I ever sat through was Dark Heaven, a godawful DTV horror film that most likely no one on here has ever heard of, it also stands as being the worst horror film i've ever seen to date, I think James would gain a wohle new appreciation of Captivity and Zombie vs. Mardi Gras if he ever sat through Dark Heaven.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:07 pm
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Vexer wrote:
corpen11 wrote:
Transformers 2. Nuff said.
But you didn't finish that film so it dosen't really count.
Good point. The cardinal rule is right there in the thread title. If you turned it off or left early, it doesn't count.

My top picks are probably The Spirit, Max Payne, and Freddie Got Fingered. Guh.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:32 pm
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I don't know how you could nominate Max Payne. It's an 100 minute action movie that rarely stops for anything (including logic. Especially logic) and could hardly be called "slow." No matter how bad movies like Max Payne are (though I actually like the film) it seems to me that it's way easier to sit through than a 50 year old foreign film that's twice as long and overly philosophical.

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JamesKunz wrote:
I don't know how you could nominate Max Payne. It's an 100 minute action movie that rarely stops for anything (including logic. Especially logic) and could hardly be called "slow." No matter how bad movies like Max Payne are (though I actually like the film) it seems to me that it's way easier to sit through than a 50 year old foreign film that's twice as long and overly philosophical.
Action and excitement are not the same thing. Action that has no logical connection to anything is just about as interesting as anything else that has no logical connection to anything. In other words, it isn't interesting.


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Be that as it may, 5 minutes of explosions is typically more interesting that 5 minutes of silence. I'll take sound and fury (even when signifying nothing) over a character walking somewhere while the camera focuses on the back of his head. Plus Max Payne had a plot, and that always works wonders for keeping me engaged.

Still, it's clear we're bored by different things. I know someone who loves Andrei Tarkovsky and was bored by Casino Royale. That's absolutely incomprehensible to me, but to each his own.

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Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:21 pm
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Yeah I wasn't that big on Casino Royale myself, i wouldn't call it a borefest, but that poker game dragged on for WAAAAYYYY too long, that was about as interesting as those lame World Series Poker Tournaments they show on TV, who the hell wants to watch people play poker? And I thought Max Payne, I too will take 5 minutes of action over 5 minutes of silence, I REALLY couldn't care less if the action has any sort of logical connection to anything whatosever, as long it's fun to watch then that's all that matters to me.


Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:33 pm
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Oliver Stone's, Alexander.


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