He (paraphrased): 2001: A Space Odyssey put me to sleep twice and when I did watch it all the way through I didn't get it.
Me: "That's because it's not a good movie.
It's a spectacular visual cornucopia of snippets of input wrapped around a story it never tells you, but as a movie, it's crap."
There. I said it. Well, I typed it. And because opinions are free I'll list a few more classic items my SciFi tastes tend to run counter to, although in these cases I don't think it's because they're bad books or movies...
- Dune. Hated it. Overly long, dense, and boring. Never bothered with the rest of the trilogy. At a friend's urging I read a little more Herbert, but found it unbearable.
- Neuromancer. Got interrupted with 2 pages to go, never bothered to finish it. An utterly forgettable sampling of a subgenre that never appealed to me.
- Blade Runner. Might as well call it Nap Runner. I've slept through parts of it both times I tried to watch it - theater and rental, and a movie where the sets are more interesting than the characters is not my thing. Still, this one I should probably dial up again just to see if I can see what the fuss is all about.
O, to be such a heretic!