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Oct. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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12:06PM on 10/13/2013
While it's not a good movie, one of my least favorite (recent-ish) titles is '21'. It's such a bland title that reveals nothing about it's anything. Is it about someone turning 21? Is it about the game of Blackjack? Is it the number of an apartment? Who knows? (Based solely on the title)
While it's not a good movie, one of my least favorite (recent-ish) titles is '21'. It's such a bland title that reveals nothing about it's anything. Is it about someone turning 21? Is it about the game of Blackjack? Is it the number of an apartment? Who knows? (Based solely on the title)
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1:00PM on 10/12/2013
I agree with Star Trek Into Darkness and I Heart Huckabees. I also kinda agree with Cinderella Man, not exactly a title that suggests Depression Era boxing as the subject matter. I don't really have a problem with the rest however.

Some movies I would have replaced most of this list with:
Dave
John Carter
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
I agree with Star Trek Into Darkness and I Heart Huckabees. I also kinda agree with Cinderella Man, not exactly a title that suggests Depression Era boxing as the subject matter. I don't really have a problem with the rest however.

Some movies I would have replaced most of this list with:
Dave
John Carter
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
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10:24AM on 10/12/2013

Se7en did it first

Nobody was substituting numbers for letters until Se7en did it. I don't mind writing it either way, but perhaps you don't remember that the posters and commercials didn't include the number...they just spelled it "SEVEN" and left it at that. You know how "Iron Man 3" spells out the word "THREE" in the credits? Now that's stupid. Fincher and his credits designer simply used a "7" because it looks like an upended V. I thought it looked cool at the time but now it's gone on way to much:
Nobody was substituting numbers for letters until Se7en did it. I don't mind writing it either way, but perhaps you don't remember that the posters and commercials didn't include the number...they just spelled it "SEVEN" and left it at that. You know how "Iron Man 3" spells out the word "THREE" in the credits? Now that's stupid. Fincher and his credits designer simply used a "7" because it looks like an upended V. I thought it looked cool at the time but now it's gone on way to much: THR3E, SCRE4M, etc. Not blaming Fincher for that.

BTW, I will NEVER call it "I Heart Huckabees"...it's LOVE. A heart symbol does not mean "heart", it means "LOVE"! The title is "I LOVE HUCKABEES"...END OF STORY!

Also, I agree with everybody who said you should've picked dull, generic titles instead. Like "The Town".
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1:12AM on 10/12/2013
"I Heart Huckabees" is the only title I agree with. Not because I don't like it. But because it started the whole trend of "I Heart..." Those t-shirts you see people wearing saying "I Heart NY" used to say "I Love New York" without having to actually spell it out. People didn't say Heart unless they were learning to read or something. Okay, that gave me a scary vibe about education, so I'll quit.

Okay, my little rant over, this list, as stated, is useless. Maybe "Se7en" is a little too much,
"I Heart Huckabees" is the only title I agree with. Not because I don't like it. But because it started the whole trend of "I Heart..." Those t-shirts you see people wearing saying "I Heart NY" used to say "I Love New York" without having to actually spell it out. People didn't say Heart unless they were learning to read or something. Okay, that gave me a scary vibe about education, so I'll quit.

Okay, my little rant over, this list, as stated, is useless. Maybe "Se7en" is a little too much, except that after what, 17 years? Yeah, I don't even care anymore. You can just call it "Seven" because it sounds the same to everyone else. The fact that most of the titles on this list are based on books or plays of the same name is bad. I usually resent when they retitle movies based on books to make them more "accessible." "The Assissination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is still probably my favorite movie title of the last ten years. It's a lot of words, but it gives a sense of historical credibility to the movie.
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11:44PM on 10/11/2013
Nothing I can say that hasn't been said and I'm not one to knock someone for having a differing opinion (even if it is wrong). Alex, this list was a misfire. Sure it got us talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Even if we the readers don't always agree, I'm sure we are all appreciative of the hard work the Joblo crew puts in. I hope you bounce back with a really cool list for us next week!
Nothing I can say that hasn't been said and I'm not one to knock someone for having a differing opinion (even if it is wrong). Alex, this list was a misfire. Sure it got us talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Even if we the readers don't always agree, I'm sure we are all appreciative of the hard work the Joblo crew puts in. I hope you bounce back with a really cool list for us next week!
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6:37PM on 10/11/2013
Mr. Maidy, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent Top 10 were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no creative points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Mr. Maidy, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent Top 10 were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no creative points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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6:22PM on 10/11/2013
Sorry bro but most of these aren't that bad. I was expecting something like "Midnight Meat Train" which is a cool but crap title (see box office number) and it was a good movie and not seen by many because of the title. I remember when I saw he trailer in the cinema the entire crowd laughed when the VoiceOver came on with the title.
Sorry bro but most of these aren't that bad. I was expecting something like "Midnight Meat Train" which is a cool but crap title (see box office number) and it was a good movie and not seen by many because of the title. I remember when I saw he trailer in the cinema the entire crowd laughed when the VoiceOver came on with the title.
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4:08PM on 10/11/2013
The Shawshank Redemption? Seriously?
The Shawshank Redemption? Seriously?
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3:15PM on 10/11/2013
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1:00PM on 10/11/2013
I agree about Seven. GGGR could have been called Always Be Closing or better yet, "Fuck You. That's My Name." The others I could give a shit about the titles.
I agree about Seven. GGGR could have been called Always Be Closing or better yet, "Fuck You. That's My Name." The others I could give a shit about the titles.
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12:53PM on 10/11/2013
This is truly one of the worst and also needless top 10's, i have EVER seen. Sorry guys from Joblo, i'm usually the last guy to be complaining... but really, double check for yourself.
This is truly one of the worst and also needless top 10's, i have EVER seen. Sorry guys from Joblo, i'm usually the last guy to be complaining... but really, double check for yourself.
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12:17PM on 10/11/2013
Technically, Braddock is the title of Missing in Action III, And there was also a movie called Gone that came out in 2006 and Gone Baby Gone came out in 2007.
Technically, Braddock is the title of Missing in Action III, And there was also a movie called Gone that came out in 2006 and Gone Baby Gone came out in 2007.
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11:48AM on 10/11/2013

Terrible List

This is, like, your opinion, man.

But seriously - The Leads instead of Glengarry Glen Ross? Braddock instead of Cinderella Man? Gone instead of Gone Baby Gone? It's my opinion that your opinions are terrible.
This is, like, your opinion, man.

But seriously - The Leads instead of Glengarry Glen Ross? Braddock instead of Cinderella Man? Gone instead of Gone Baby Gone? It's my opinion that your opinions are terrible.
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10:58AM on 10/11/2013
Sometimes movie names can be too short and they just confuse people. Take John Carter. The title didn't mention Mars so people don't know what it is about. It would have been much better to call it Warlord of Mars. John carter? They might as well have called it John. Or Carter.
Sometimes movie names can be too short and they just confuse people. Take John Carter. The title didn't mention Mars so people don't know what it is about. It would have been much better to call it Warlord of Mars. John carter? They might as well have called it John. Or Carter.
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10:22AM on 10/11/2013

Hmmm

Maybe the worst top ten I've gone through on here. I can go through my DVD collection right now and pick out 10 worse titles for good movies.
Maybe the worst top ten I've gone through on here. I can go through my DVD collection right now and pick out 10 worse titles for good movies.
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10:07AM on 10/11/2013
Can't say I agree with your list that much.
My picks:
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes: They could have made it less clumsy and more simple with "Rise of the Apes", but they felt they need to further beat the point that this is part of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise.
- Tom Yun Goong/The Protector: The original title has nothing to do with the movie at all, it's the name of a Thai hot and sour soup! The US title doesn't fare much better with its generic-ness.
Can't say I agree with your list that much.
My picks:
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes: They could have made it less clumsy and more simple with "Rise of the Apes", but they felt they need to further beat the point that this is part of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise.
- Tom Yun Goong/The Protector: The original title has nothing to do with the movie at all, it's the name of a Thai hot and sour soup! The US title doesn't fare much better with its generic-ness.
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10:04AM on 10/11/2013

Awful.

So I guess every movie should just be called generic shit like "The Reckoning" or "Vengeance" or "Meltdown" or whatever.
So I guess every movie should just be called generic shit like "The Reckoning" or "Vengeance" or "Meltdown" or whatever.
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9:32AM on 10/11/2013

usually a big fan but...

if we were living in your world, every movie title would be one word! "Shawshank" "Braddock" "Gone"
if we were living in your world, every movie title would be one word! "Shawshank" "Braddock" "Gone"
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9:31AM on 10/11/2013

HATED THIS LIST

I agree that this list is opinionated but I disagree with almost all the titles think most of them are actually great. Oh well. To each their own. I honestly was expecting shit like SALT, Dark of the Moon, 2 Guns, and City of Bones.
I agree that this list is opinionated but I disagree with almost all the titles think most of them are actually great. Oh well. To each their own. I honestly was expecting shit like SALT, Dark of the Moon, 2 Guns, and City of Bones.
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9:28AM on 10/11/2013

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agree with others, terrible top 10 list
Lots of these are some of the best movie titles. I heart Huckabees, The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy - these are great titles. Sounds like you want every movie title to explain the entire plot to you. Movie titles are suppose to intrigue you, not tell you everything there is to know about the movie.
agree with others, terrible top 10 list
Lots of these are some of the best movie titles. I heart Huckabees, The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy - these are great titles. Sounds like you want every movie title to explain the entire plot to you. Movie titles are suppose to intrigue you, not tell you everything there is to know about the movie.
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6:01PM on 10/11/2013
Very much agreed! Titles like 'The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus', 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III', 'A Fantastic Fear Of Everything', or 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb', all make it much more intriguing to want to watch the movie.
Very much agreed! Titles like 'The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus', 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III', 'A Fantastic Fear Of Everything', or 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb', all make it much more intriguing to want to watch the movie.
9:07AM on 10/11/2013

good list

others i thought of

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Intouchables
No Country for Old Me

others i thought of

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Intouchables
No Country for Old Me

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12:57PM on 10/11/2013
Yes but no Country For Old Me, was a bit unoriginal after that....
Yes but no Country For Old Me, was a bit unoriginal after that....
9:23AM on 10/11/2013
I thought No Country for Old Men was a terrific title
I thought No Country for Old Men was a terrific title
9:06AM on 10/11/2013

I agree with puffcity

If I'm in a video store or best buy looking at blurays I'm gonna be far more drawn to something like "the shawshank redemption" than something that's jut called "shawshank." The former tells far more of the story without being to long of a title while also flowing while the later could be confused for the characters name, or a town, at least the former tells what's happening to the noun. Not to mention all of these title are far more unique and identifiable than say "tranformers revenge of
If I'm in a video store or best buy looking at blurays I'm gonna be far more drawn to something like "the shawshank redemption" than something that's jut called "shawshank." The former tells far more of the story without being to long of a title while also flowing while the later could be confused for the characters name, or a town, at least the former tells what's happening to the noun. Not to mention all of these title are far more unique and identifiable than say "tranformers revenge of the dark moon". I will give you seven though. The number was unnecessary.
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9:03AM on 10/11/2013
Meh. As usual, opinion is everything. That said, I think STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS works, because it's about taking a star trek...into (guess what!) darkness.

A few decent or halfway-decent films that *I* think deserve better titles are...

-Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Why? Because it makes it sound like there are doubles of people running around, occulting the real heroes. That sounds a lot more intriguing than a movie that happens to feature an army made of cloned
Meh. As usual, opinion is everything. That said, I think STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS works, because it's about taking a star trek...into (guess what!) darkness.

A few decent or halfway-decent films that *I* think deserve better titles are...

-Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Why? Because it makes it sound like there are doubles of people running around, occulting the real heroes. That sounds a lot more intriguing than a movie that happens to feature an army made of cloned soldiers, dunnit? ;)

-Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Too clunky! It's not about a "kingdom," but it IS about the skull! "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull." Boom. Simple.

-Chronicle - Too vague, too simple. Even though it'd put it closer to obvious peers in The Blair Witch Project or The Poughkeepsie Tapes, it might benefit from some kind of clarity/expansion, like, "The Power Chronicles."

-Sinister - WAY, WAY, *WAY* too similar to Insidious! At this rate, there could be many other movies coming out with similar quality creepiness, yet with other adjectives and metaphors for being malignant. Hey, there's the next one: Malignant. I'm also going to call it now: coming soon...Malicious, Malevolent, Nefarious, and even Vile.

-The Heat - It. Has. Nothing. To. Do. With. The. Movie!!
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8:35AM on 10/11/2013
What a horrible list. I know it's a matter of opinion, but my opinion is that, except for THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, all of these movies' titles are fine and some are even great. Worst Top 10 list I've seen on this site.
What a horrible list. I know it's a matter of opinion, but my opinion is that, except for THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, all of these movies' titles are fine and some are even great. Worst Top 10 list I've seen on this site.
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