Originally Posted by MichaelM
One of my best friends is someone whose film suggestions I immediately toss. The guy's a prince - I mean, he's really this amazingly nice guy, great to talk to, good to hang out with. But he has terrible, terrible taste in movies. His basic mantra seems to be "If it requires thought, I don't want to watch it." He can't finish or watch a lot of films if they're "too dark." Now, by itself, I can get that. But he turned off THE FOUNTAIN because it was "too dark" and "too sad."
He's otherwise a great dude - genuinely one of the best people I know. But once he said to me that MISS CONGENIALITY was "pretty good," I knew I could ignore all and any movie recommendations coming from him.
I never know what to do with the people like this who are super nice and really into movies, but end up being interested in the weirdest, most indistinguishable middlebrow stuff.
In college, there was a tech-head who lived down the hall who was thrilled to know someone else (me) had moved in and loved movies. Turns out, he had downloaded a MASSIVE library of them from off the internet, which gave me a little pause, because I don't particularly endorse that, but he was a nice guy, and open to my suggestions.
But the stuff he was breaking the law to attain was just... peculiar. Hope Floats, Home Fries, Speed 2, just endless collections of completely random studio movies with nothing in common. He tried his absolute hardest to get me to sit down and watch The Exorcist prequel with him, going on and on about how "incredible" the sound design was, when he hadn't even seen the previous Exorcist movies. Just bizarre.