Taking Sides: Titanic Vs Dirty Dancing Vs Pretty Woman Vs Ghost

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In hell they only show these four films alongside the odd “Hulk Hogan Marathon” or “Best of Shannon Tweed” or, at Christmas time, “The Michael Bay Celebration”. But, influenced by my earlier thread, which of these four stinkers, if you really had to, do you think you’d watch again (at gun point and in hell, obviously). Discuss the merits. I dare you.

C-Taylor, Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:07 (fifteen years ago) link

"Titanic", great once iceberg's hit, kinda cute, Kate Winslet's boob

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:09 (fifteen years ago) link

god.

I'll have to think about this one.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:20 (fifteen years ago) link

I think I'd rather watch any Shannon Tweed movie than any of the above, b/c they at least have some slight comedy value, plus she tries her best, you know? She can't act very well, but she does try very hard, and you've got to admire that (well, a little bit)

Of the four listed, I suppose Ghost. "Top Gun" is worse than any of those except titanic, which until I saw "Baise Moi", I thought was the worst film ever mead.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:30 (fifteen years ago) link

dirty dancing is the lesser of four evils, plus some of the music is good.
pshmina OTM Tweed rocks

lukey (Lukey G), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:31 (fifteen years ago) link

right.

At least no-one minds if you laugh sardonically at "Pretty Woman".

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:32 (fifteen years ago) link

"Dirty Dancing" is my sister's favourite film o.a.t. as she sees it as her life story in film. (She's not wrong fwiw).

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:33 (fifteen years ago) link

"Pretty Woman" is a goddamn terrible film! It has no redeeming qualities whatsoever!! It deos noteve nbring teh funney!!!1!!1!

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:34 (fifteen years ago) link

dirty dancing! pre- nose job jennifer grey! pre- l&o jerry orbach! the catskills in 1963! "nobody puts baby in a corner"!! patrick swayze looking scrumptious. and the soundtrack is mostly pretty good.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:35 (fifteen years ago) link

in order of preference:

ghost>>>dirty dancing>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>pretty woman>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> (x 1,000,000,000,000) titanic

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:36 (fifteen years ago) link

"Dirty Dancing" has, without any irony, a great soundtrack.

"Ghost" doesn't.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:37 (fifteen years ago) link

"Dirty Dancing" has, without any irony, a great soundtrack.

mostly otm, but c'mon dude... "she's like the wind"???

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:37 (fifteen years ago) link

What's that song where they do pot?

Sorry, make pottery?

"Wo my love" or summat?

(Don't actually answer this btw)

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:39 (fifteen years ago) link

ghost has "unchained melody." i've certainly got no beef with that song.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:39 (fifteen years ago) link

er, xpost

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:39 (fifteen years ago) link

I was going to call The Blow Monkeys the low point.

(x-post x3)

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I have "Unchained Melody" fatigue.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:41 (fifteen years ago) link

We're roundly sick of that dam song, here in the UK... (xpost) (then unxpost)

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Haha.

I should point out that there is this kind of background thing for me w/ghost. I went w/my future wife as was to a friend's house, to watch a video w/him and his partner. He went and rented "ghost" the fux0r. We (me & my friend) wound up having fits of the giggles because we kept imagining how much more enjoyable it wd be if it prominently featured Godzilla. We both wound up in the doghouse for a couple of days. You must admit though, if "Ghost" had been a Godzilla film, it would have been fucking great.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Godzilla's spirit enters Whoopi Goldberg's body, or Swayze's spirit enters Godzilla's body?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:45 (fifteen years ago) link

So, obv, when I think of "Ghost", I imagine, like the potters wheel scene, w/ Godzilla, tearing down skyscrapers, visible through the window.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I think I speak for everybody when I say we're all a little Unchained Melodyed out.

C_Taylor, Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:45 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.vsbw.com/~terry/z-wedding/zbubbs.jpg

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 10:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd do Ghost. The Godzila idea has sold me. I never made it through PRetty Woman.

C_Taylor, Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:05 (fifteen years ago) link

The film has a tacked on happy ending (as I'm sure you know C) which is the worst ever as it's totally against the flow of the movie.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Wot one? They all have bad tacked on happy endings.

C_Taylor, Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, but the others are 'heading that way' i.e. the ending was the one originally envisaged.

In Pretty Woman, the underlying moral was 'your past may well affect your future' i.e. when Gere's colleague finds out about Julia's ho past, and tries to buy a shag. The ending was a sad but inevitable one. Until they changed it to Richard buys a boat and moors it outside her flat, they embrace and head off into the sunset' crap.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Pretty Woman with Godzilla in the Richard Gere role would be unutterably fantastic.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:35 (fifteen years ago) link

gODZILLA iN tHE rICHARD gERE rOLE, gAMERA iN tHE jULIA rOBERTZ rOLE!@# bETTER sTILL!@#

"She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart. aND dEMILOSHED hIS cONDO."

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Redeemable features: Pretty Woman - Jason Alexander. Ghost - Vincent Schiavelli. So that leaves Dirty Dancing and Titanic...hmmm...Titanic is much, much worse than Dirty Dancing.

Kevin Gilchrist (Mr Fusion), Thursday, 25 November 2004 11:50 (fifteen years ago) link

pretty woman was a cute film

ken c (ken c), Thursday, 25 November 2004 12:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Dirty Dancing has one of the great soundtracks. 'She's Like The Wind' is a genuinely wonderful and moving song. Plus, Dirty dancing is probably a better movie. Plus, Jennifer Gray is sexier than Roberts, Moore and Winslet.

Ally C (Ally C), Thursday, 25 November 2004 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Plus, Jennifer Gray is sexier than Roberts, Moore and Winslet.

http://www.music369.com/cdphoto/MeatLoaf_TwoOut_1.jpg

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 25 November 2004 13:34 (fifteen years ago) link

That's the smallest joke in the world, Dom. (and I don't even get it...)

Kevin Gilchrist (Mr Fusion), Thursday, 25 November 2004 13:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Dirty Dancing, because I have sentimental associations with sleepovers from when I ws 12. Plus the soundtrack is great and then there's lines like "nobody puts baby in a corner!" and "I carried a watermelon?"

Basically I agree with everything Jody said.

Anna (Anna), Thursday, 25 November 2004 13:39 (fifteen years ago) link

i love the scene in pretty woman where george from seinfeld walks up to julia roberts at a posh party and says "so, i bet this must make a refreshing change from...hollywood boulevard, huh?"

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 25 November 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i actually enjoyed all four of these films to varying degrees - but i'm nobody's film expert.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 25 November 2004 13:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Pretty Woman is the film I put on if I'm feeling too depressed to leave the house. No, not because I want to wallow in misery like depressed people tend to do, but because it makes me feel a bit warmer and happier. I know it's not a good film, but sometimes all you want is to eat junk food, so this is my junk. Dirty Dancing would be a good alternative if I owned it. If it's on telly, there'll have to be something pretty special on another channel to make me miss it. I might watch Ghost if I was really bored, but I'd never watch Titanic again.

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 25 November 2004 13:56 (fifteen years ago) link

I picked four of the worst "big" films in history and some of chumps want to defend them? The only thing that would make Dirty Dancing better is if Linnea Quigley digitally replaced Jennifer Grey in a re-released "Special edition" and it all ended in a mad cannibal orgy.

C-Taylor, Thursday, 25 November 2004 14:00 (fifteen years ago) link

There are far worse 'big' films.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 14:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I have never seen any of these films.

Matt (Matt), Thursday, 25 November 2004 14:13 (fifteen years ago) link

doesn't taking side involve defending?

ken c (ken c), Thursday, 25 November 2004 14:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Dirty Dancing by far

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 25 November 2004 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

"NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER!"

DUH (Dan Perry), Thursday, 25 November 2004 15:59 (fifteen years ago) link

worst line evah!

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

When did "worst" become a synonym for "best"???

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:02 (fifteen years ago) link

I'll watch Pretty Woman or Dirty Dancing for the same reason I'll read something trashy on a beach. It's my Whopper with onion rings.

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Dirty dancing is the second worst film ever made

Porkpie (porkpie), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:02 (fifteen years ago) link

("Dirty Dancing" should have been about a series of elaborate schemes to make Jennifer Grey stand in the corner of various rooms with Jerry Orbach popping up as each attempt is foiled to shout that line and dance a jig.)

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:03 (fifteen years ago) link

not enough animals were massacred cruelly in any of those films for me to like them

ken c (ken c), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:03 (fifteen years ago) link

"Oh my God, there's a rabid squirrel in the corner of the ballroom! Quick Baby, go in there and stomp on it!"

"NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER!" *jig jig jig*

"DRAT."

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

see that'd have been a CLASSIC

ken c (ken c), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:11 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm imagining here that the perpetrator of this question is a man, and his two threads regarding these pictures take umbrage with what are generally refferred to as "chick-flicks". His seething frustration at his incapability to understand their appeal clearly indicates a massive and overwhelming fear of castration.

S. Freud, Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Personally, I quote enjoyed Pretty Woman's oedipal undertones, but then I have been debunked in many other areas, and also I am dead.

S. Freud, Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:40 (fifteen years ago) link

you think he might have a problem with sexually assertive women and pretty men, too?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
Titanic sticks out in this company in that it isn't gratingly shitty.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 July 2005 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link

it's magnificently shitty.

g e o f f (gcannon), Saturday, 9 July 2005 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

honestly the first image that comes to mind when i think uv titanic is billy zane flipping his bertie wooster haircut around. and the first sound is a lot of high-decibel stereo shrieking. it should have just been that for two and half hours.

g e o f f (gcannon), Saturday, 9 July 2005 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Ugh. Four flavors of shit.

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 9 July 2005 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Shitty in a number of ways that barely matter to me. Magnificent in a lot of ways that do.

Until Million Dollar Baby, Titanic was the only Best Picture Oscar-winner I thought even remotely worth the accolades since that other Eastwood picture... and pretty much nothing else until before I was born.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 July 2005 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

Off work with a fever today, and watched Pretty Woman for the first time. What a strange one. It's really well made, but at the same time just unbelievably bland - even JR's performance is merely okay. (She looks great though.)

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 14 July 2014 19:51 (five years ago) link

"Dirty Dancing" has, without any irony, a great soundtrack.
mostly otm, but c'mon dude... "she's like the wind"???

― stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, November 25, 2004 5:37 AM (9 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

she's like the wind is so so so fucking terrible

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:13 (five years ago) link

Pretty Woman was initially conceived to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles in the 1980s.[4] The relationship between Vivian and Edward also originally harboured controversial themes, including the concept of having Vivian addicted to drugs; part of the deal was that she had to stay off cocaine for a week, because she needed the money to go to Disneyland. Edward eventually throws her out of his car and drives off.

An Ice-Cold Glass of Frothy, Delicious Milk (Old Lunch), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:14 (five years ago) link

I watched the shit out of Dirty Dancing when I was a pre-teen. Re-watching it recently it ocurred to me how adult it was. Pretty sure that must have been where I learned about abortion.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:16 (five years ago) link

"I carried a watermelon?" still pops into my head on the reg and, come on people, ORBACH.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:16 (five years ago) link

lol i watched a bunch of pretty woman last week, it sucked so bad.

call all destroyer, Monday, 14 July 2014 20:18 (five years ago) link

The best scene in pretty woman is the whole you work on commission big mistake big huge scene.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:19 (five years ago) link

Also, George Costanza.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:19 (five years ago) link

not to mention Roxette

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:20 (five years ago) link

Beaches should have been included in this thread not Titanic (which blows but still).

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:20 (five years ago) link

Beaches, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Ghost

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:22 (five years ago) link

the contemporary (well not anymore)(btw more time has passed between dirty dancing and today than had passed between when dirty dancing was set and when it came out) soundtrack in dirty dancing doesn't bother me, it's generally incidental music and no more a part of the 'reality' than the score or whatever would be, but it has always thrown me that at the climax they're suddenly listening to this song that clearly couldn't have come out in 1963 and nobody's weirded out about it.

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:15 (five years ago) link

considering how expectation-bursting huge the two romantic movies patrick swayze made were, it's kind of amazing he didn't make more.

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:38 (five years ago) link

hell even his romance with keanu did pretty good, why the fuck was he making corny family shit like father hood and three wishes just two years later

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:42 (five years ago) link

not sure i'd put beaches in place of titanic (feels like it belongs on a list with fried green tomatoes and steel magnolias), but def agree titanic is out of place. not sure what would work as a fourth though - the contemporaneous absurd/absurdly successful kevin costner and tom cruise movies feel like their own beasts, and dying young underperformed enough to be an obvious Ringo if it was put with the other three.

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:52 (five years ago) link

is edward scissorhands too goth?

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:53 (five years ago) link

Titanic has Victor Garber in a supporting role. Pretty Woman has Ralph Bellamy in his last (?) screen credit. If any of the other films have any similar redeeming (?) virtues, I don't want to know about it.

Miss Anne Thrope (j.lu), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 01:32 (five years ago) link

Titanic > Ghost > Pretty Woman > Death > Dirty Dancing

You are exactly why people root for the apes (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 01:54 (five years ago) link

"she's like the wind" is totally a lost christopher cross song isn't it

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:28 (five years ago) link

DD > Titanic > Pretty Woman > Ghost

The first one is a really good film, the 2nd one is creditable, the other two bleh.

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:43 (five years ago) link

but yeah this is a weird list to start w/

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:44 (five years ago) link

i was trying to find a jpeg or gif of richard gere making his 'i'm loving this blowjob' face in pretty woman, that was a pretty good era for blowjob faces in cinema.

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 03:52 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

no lie I can't resist this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9BbUqHrWFI

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 14 August 2016 18:25 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

watchin pretty woman its p good

under a mand'rin tsar (darraghmac), Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:08 (two years ago) link

cocktail

brimstead, Monday, 25 June 2018 22:10 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

I'm watching Dirty Dancing and I forgot that Baby dumps a pitcher of water on that dickhead preppy waiter who is a creep to her older sister because he tries to give her his copy of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

It deos noteve nbring teh funney!!!1!!1!

ladies and germs, I give you I Love Everything, circa 2004.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 28 June 2020 03:34 (two weeks ago) link

The halcyon is past, the decline palpable.

pomenitul, Sunday, 28 June 2020 03:43 (two weeks ago) link

My palps discern no such cline.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 28 June 2020 03:48 (two weeks ago) link

I like Dirty Dancing.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 June 2020 10:22 (two weeks ago) link


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