Robert Zemeckis, 2000
Being stuck alone with Tom Hanks on a desert island for 90 minutes is itself a test of patience, but at least there is the whole “will-he-escape?” question. He does . . . but things don’t stop there. In a turgidly anticlimactic homecoming, he discovers that his girlfriend is married to their dentist. He looks sad. Time passes. Just when things threaten never to end he finds himself standing at a crossroads. Like we don’t get it.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975
Blade Runner (original release)
Ridley Scott, 1982
Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999
Alfred Hitchcock, 1960
“Matricide is probably the most unbearable crime of all!” And so begins an agonisingly dull lecture from know-all Dr Richmond (Simon Oakland) that explains the psychopathology of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in painfully literal terms, and brings the formerly thrilling proceedings to an undignified splat.
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg, 1998
Randal Kleiser, 1978
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson, 2003
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