Monday, August 13, 2012

Some Arguments I Have with Empire Magazine

Here are some films given the top ranking - 5 stars - in the Empire Film Guide (2006 edition), just taken from the A’s and B’s

A Nous La Liberte
The Accused
Andrei Rublev
Au Hasard, Balthasar
The Belles of St Trinians
Ben Hur
The Big Red One
Big Wednesday
Brokeback Mountain
Bucket of Blood

Some of these are merely average (The Accused, Alphaville, A Nous la Liberte) but most are truly bad films.

Here are some other movies given 3 stars which are in fact far, far, far better than these so-called 5-star films. 

Altered States
A Beautiful Mind
Born Yesterday (1950)
The Brothers McMullen
The Cable Guy
Cop Land
Deconstructing Harry
Devil in a Blue Dress
Die Hard 2
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
End of the Affair (1999)
Far from the Madding Crowd

I know we all have our individual opinions but I find it hard to fathom discrepancies this striking: on what planet exactly are Deconstructing Harry and A Beautiful Mind worse films than stinkers like Ben Hur and A.I.?

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