Blogathons

Against the Crowd Blogathon 2021

If we all felt the same way about every movie, there would be no point in discussing them, would there? That’s the basis of Dell’s annual blogathon, Against the Crowd. If you aren’t familiar with Dell on Movies, check out his blog now and give him a follow, his knowledge of movies is so enviable! I’ve only taken part in Against the Crowd once before I think, but I’m already looking forward to taking part again next year!

I won’t try and explain the rules because 1, I’ll mess it up and confuse you and 2, Dell has already done a wonderful job himself, so here they are for you now:

  • Pick one movie “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com (or at least 7.5 on imdb.com). Tell us why you hate it.
  • Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com (or 4.0 or less on imdb.com). Tell us why you love it.
  • Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.
  • Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own (just include all the pertinent details), or just mention this blogathon if using an audio or visual medium.
  • Let us know what two movies you intend on writing, vlogging, posting, or podcasting about in one of the following ways: Comment on this or any AtC 2021 post on this site, tweet me, or hit me up on instagram @dellonmovies, or e-mail me at dellott@yahoo.com.
  • Publish your post on any day from Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12, 2021, and include a link to this announcement. If you’re a podcaster or YouTuber that is interested in participating just talk about your chosen movies during your closest podcast and/or video to those dates and mention that you are taking part in this blogathon.
  • If posting on social media, use the hashtag #AgainstTheCrowd2021

I very nearly picked a pair of quite recent movies where the tomato meter score shocked me, but I hand-on-heart think most of you could agree with my views and that’s not quite so fun, so I’m going with a couple of older movies. One very old, and another that just makes me feel old. I apologise in advance for my views, and it was great having you as a follower up until this fateful day.

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Casablanca (1942) 99%

Yikes, I knew Casablanca would have a high score, but I wasn’t expecting it to be 99%. I watched it around 6-7 years ago for the first time back when I was determined to watch all of IMDB’s Top 250 movies. I never made it, but one day for sure. I straight up hated the movie, I’m sorry. I’m not a lover of old movies to begin with, but there are of course exceptions to that rule. I love a bit of romance, but I’m too modern and I need more substance and excitement on screen to really hook me.

What I hated the most was the famous line, “Here’s looking at you, kid”. First of all, ‘kid’ isn’t an endearing term to me. That’s what one of my neighbours calls out to me when he’s out walking his dog. Secondly, it felt like it was already decided that was a great line that would be famous, so it was going to be stuck into the movie as many times as possible. As the youth of today would say, it gave me the ‘ick’.

So yeah. I’m really sorry – but nothing about Casablanca appealed to me at all.

Here’s the importance of doing your homework before writing a blog post. I’d already decided my ‘hated’ movie was going to be Twilight but I’m looking it up now to find the score and it’s higher than I expected! So good in fact, that it breaks the rules if I chose it. So if you’ll allow me some desperate scrabbling time…

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Bubble Boy (2001) 31%

So I delved into some of my favourite actors and sought out which ones were rated bad. As last month was Jake Gyllenhaal month here it seemed fitting to pick one of his movies and I was APPALLED to learn that Bubble Boy was rated so low. What more do you people want?! It’s a charming little romcom from 20 years ago featuring an adorable baby-faced Gyllenhaal playing a boy forced to stay inside because he has no immune system. No one can stay inside forever however, so he designs himself a bubble suit to enable him to go outdoors and let’s face it, the way the world is heading this movie might not be so fictional after all.

It’s just a cute movie. Is it great? No. No it isn’t. But it’s charming and entertaining and I’d watch it 10 times back to back before I watch Casablanca again. In fact, it has a better romance than Casablanca, and it even has a better memorable quote. “Dog poo?! This is awesome!”.

Thank you Dell, for allowing me to ruin any credibility I might have had. I’ll accept the abuse likely to be thrown my way in the comments!

17 thoughts on “Against the Crowd Blogathon 2021

  1. I don’t find “kid” to be an endearing term either but I really loved Casablanca despite of it. I know I’ve seen Bubble Boy but for the life of me I can’t remember it. lol

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  2. Bubble Boy is a film I pretty much would rather forget as it was just dumb as fuck. I hated it when it first came out and I still hate it. Plus, when you get to the end of the film for its climax. You hate it even more. We’re going to disagree on this as I love Casablanca.

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  3. Aw man, Allie! I’m a big fan of Casablanca. Do I think it’s the greatest film ever made, like some would have you believe? No. But, I do like it. I haven’t bothered with Bubble Boy because, to be honest, it just looks terrible. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

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    1. I know, I know I’m upsetting a lot of people today! It’s just a movie that never clicked with me, and my second-choice was a movie I’m not sure many would have even seen.
      But thanks again Dell for hosting, I’m just sorry I missed so many years!

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  4. Casablanca is a bold choice! I only saw it once, long ago… I may need to rewatch it but I remember not being terribly impressed. I’m almost afraid to go look at what Twilight’s score is. lol

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  5. I’m afraid I’m with the crowd on Casablanca, I love it very much. I am a big classic movie fan but even with that I think it’s wonderfully romantic. I’ve always been a fan but I will say that after I had a chance to see it in a theatre on a special run with an audience it increased my appreciation of it. Being able to experience their reactions added new depth to the picture. Sorry it didn’t work for you.

    I’m a big Jake Gyllenhaal fan as well as Swoosie Kurtz but I thought Bubble Boy was dumb as dirt. I barely made it to the end credits.

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  6. I like Casablanca, but it’s not my favorite, I like Paul Henried in it the best, I don’t really like Ingrid Bergman’s character, and Humphrey Bogart’s character is okay.

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