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'Heaven's Gate'. The original 'Dune' movie. The Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns didn't get the best reviews from the snootier critics when they appeared, but I'm a huge fan. Roger Moore always got panned as Bond, but I enjoyed them.

'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' got 'mixed' reviews and hasn't aged well. But I was a kid who had been watching the TV series for years and seeing the Enterprise on the big screen for the first time was great. I watched it again recently and lasted to the end.

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Hobo With a Shotgun.

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"Rogue Trader" and "Bonfire of the Vanities." I had read the books beforehand in both cases, so maybe that helped.

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Agree on Spaghetti Westerns. From Dusk Till Dawn. The Big Lebowski. to name a handful

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Anaconda 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and especially 7!

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Agree with Spaghetti Westerns (bad dubs could kill off any good movie), Dune or Star Trek The Motion Picture.

Will add:

.Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) (a misunderstood masterpiece with a different cut in Europe that makes actually much more sense),

.Orca (1977) (always found it heart-wrenching and dramatic)

.Meteor (1979) (essentially a much maligned version of the very successful Armageddon but with 20 years of a head-start),

.Flash Gordon (1980) (Flash Gordon IS alive and kicking in this movie as flashy and colorful as a box of Quality Streets chocolates!)

.Jaws 3-D (1983) (always found it much more entertaining that the better rated second episode and according to those who saw it in 3D MUCH MUCH better in that format),

.A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985) (hated it as a teenager, love as an adult how much it stands out of the crowd amongst the movies back then),

.Ninja III: The Domination (1984) (an improbable mix of Ninja action x Flashdance x The Exorcist, only in the 80s)

.Death Wish 3 (1985) (completely over the top MAGA-crowd pleaser with 3 decades of a head-start),

The 80s were a great time to be alive and go to the movies.

Will add for the 90s: Batman and Robin (1997) (hated it when it came out but having seen it again 2 weeks ago, while the story remains unfathomably silly, the sets are actually pretty incredible)

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Copland with Stallone, Ray Liotta, Harvey Keitel, DeNiro, etc.

John Carter - fun science fiction - still don't know why it was so trashed.

Hudson Hawk - not for everyone. Stupid fun, funny and distinctive. For all it's faults...

Spring Breakers - Again, not a perfect film, but distinctive and memorable. I appreciate an effort to break formulas even if it doesn't all come together.

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Copland with Stallone, Ray Liotta, Harvey Keitel, DeNiro, etc.

I liked it. Good movie.

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Should have had mentioned "Japanese films"

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Event Horizon although I was a bit drunk when I watched it.

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Event Horizon although I was a bit drunk when I watched it.

Moulin Rouge was like that for me.

Also liked The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

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I second 'Heaven's Gate'. A stunningly beautiful movie.

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Pink Chiquita’s with Frank Stallone 4 out of 10 on IMDB

Ice Pirates - I still never stop laughing 5.6 out of 10

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Lot of love here for Heaven’s Gate. I love it as well!

Copland is great, too.

Lynch’s version of Dune has its charm, but the new version is very true to the novel.

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Agree with 'Flash Gordon'. A very stylish bit of cinema. I didn't know it had bad reviews. So pleased that Brian Blessed was able to roar at a global audience.

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The return of the killer tomatoes and gung pow.

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Battlefield Earth - Good story - costumes and acting were certainly odd, but in a totally weird way, it worked.

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"Mr. Baseball" has like a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but I like it nonetheless.

I understand why it gets a low rating - its a formulaic early 90s fish out of water comedy that doesn't generate too many laughs, though it isn't anywhere near as bad as the 12% rating would lead one to believe.

And if you are a baseball fan or you appreciate Hollywood films that are shot on location in Japan (as opposed to dressing up bits of Australia or California to look like what people outside Japan think Japan looks like) its hard not to like it.

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I really like Mr Baseball! It's formula all the way, but great with it.

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Star Wars Episode I

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Star Wars Episode I

I liked I, II and III when I saw them in the theater. Not so much on re-watches. But they were fun to watch the first time.

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