This whole post may undermine my standing as a person with worthy opinions of anything, but there are certain acclaimed films/albums/TV programs that, no matter how much great press or word of mouth they get, I do not care about them for whatever reason. I’m checking my slight cover of internet anonymity at the door and coming at you guys with complete honesty. You may never look at me the same way again, but this is just how it is, so deal with it.
Look, I like Joss Whedon. I even respect him. I have tons of love for Buffy and spent more hours than I am willing to admit watching Angel. I am sure I would absolutely love Firefly. However, after years of hearing how awesome it is and how much I would love it and seeing Nathan Fillion idolized by the nerd community I am often a part of, I can’t help but let out a sigh of “meh.”
I respect basically every member of this cast (Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham, Steve Buscemi) and Scorsese has no peers in the filmmaking world. However, I missed the boat on the beginning of the show and now have to drudge through everyone telling me how great it is, and the worst part? The people telling me how great it is are both people’s whose opinions I respect and people’s who I do not. Plus it can’t help that many of the people who tell me how great this show is also said the same about Entourage.
This one basically comes down to: I missed the boat. At this point I’d feel like more of a loser being the guy who says, years after it ended, “you guys, The Wire is totally great” than being the guy who has never seen it.
Watch The Throne
Blah blah blah Jay-Z. Blah blah blah Kanye West. Blah blah blah amazing album. Blah blah blah I find it soooo hard to care.
The Social Network
This is the rare case on this list where I never really cared about this one from the beginning. I love David Fincher. I have lots of respect for Jesse Eisenberg. That’s basically where my praise on this thing ends. As a writer, I will probably never live this down, but why is Aaron Sorkin such a big deal?
This one I am actually sure I will love, as is everyone else who has talked to me about it. However, when I settle in to my Netflix account and prepare to get some serious Mad Men-ing done, I am always distracted by silly, horrible films which I never regret watching. This has happened over a dozen times and will happen a dozen more before I find myself watching Mad Men I’m sure.
Okay. So this is the one where if I get respected for my critical writing at any time in my life, people will find this post and my career will be ruined. I’m gonna put this one all out there. I don’t care for mob films. And I know what you’ll say, that The Godfather isn’t just a mob film. I don’t care. The statute of limitations on me caring about this film passed before I was born. I don’t want to sound like an uneducated, stubborn little asshole, but enough time has been spent on The Godfather already. I don’t need to watch it to validate myself, my opinions, or the film. The film is beloved, and me watching and enjoying or not enjoying the film will not change that. Why should I spent hours watching a film that, in the end, will only serve to show how useless my opinions and viewing habits are when I can watch Night of the Comet instead. Now I will happily lay down any critical respect anyone has had for me (no one has had that) and simply say that when it comes to The Godfather, I really could not care less.