We choose two actors, two actresses, two films, two directors, and for kicks, two popular movie snack bar items and in each category we have one (1) who or that we feel is “overrated” and one (1) who or that we feel is “underrated”. In the end, there should be a total of ten nominees and five representing each category. Sound confusing? Allow Johnny Chazz to show you to your seats, and please enjoy the show:
“OVERRATED” AND WHY:
Actor: KEANU REEVES – No talent, no flair and no ability to understand the method behind a performance. His films and roles are nothing short of lousy.
Actress: JULIA ROBERTS – Receives credit for doing nothing….nothing in the least. Her roles are not demanding and the credit she receives for performances and the "sexiest" woman of
Film: FORREST GUMP (1994) – Where do I begin? This film is easily the most overrated film of all time other than "Titanic" (1997) and they rival one another. The direction is lousy, the cast and performances are extremely sub-par and I could not wait to find the nearest exit. The film added nothing to my life or to my day for that fact. What is even more sickening is to think that films such as "Pulp Fiction", "Quiz Show" and "Shawshank Redemption" all lost to this movie for Best Picture.....unreal.
Director: ROBERT ZEMECKIS – I will rate his top 5 films from 1 to 10 and not even reach 10. Here we go: “Back to the Future” (4); “Used Cars” (1.5); “Forrest Gump” (1.5); “Cast Away” (1.5); “The Polar Express” (1). This totals 9.5 for a director that is a big name and really never made a single film that I would even come remotely close to recommending.
Snack Bar: ANYTHING “GUMMY” (FISH, BEARS) – They taste bland, spoiled, make your stomach upset and virtually rip your gums right out of your face.
"UNDERRATED” AND WHY:
Actress: JULIETTE BINOCHE – Rarely does Juliette steer herself into a role that she cannot handle. She is relentless and poised, yet maintains her elegance and innocence in every performance from films like “Chocolat” and “The English Patient” to the likes of “Cache” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. Born in
Film: THE CONVERSATION (1974) – Not only was this film deserving of the Academy Award, but the cast, the performances, the direction and the screenplay make it one of the top-10 films of all time on my list. It is close to the perfect film.
Director: JEAN-LUC GODARD – He defined independent and honest film-making while understanding that no story must be linear in telling fashion...
Snack Bar: BON BONS (Old-fashioned treat, cool for summer and always tasty)
Thank you for introducing this fun game, JC. Ok, blog- readers…your turn! What are your “Over/ Under” considerations? We would be very intrigued to find out your take on your opinions! Please send us your comments and follow- up to read your posts and replies! Let the fun begin!