>I noticed they were all similar in some way to “Napoleon Dynamite” — culturally or politically polarizing and hard to classify, including “I Heart Huckabees,” “Lost in Translation,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Sideways.”
To me, what all these movies share in common is that they are so original that they are less accessible to the first-time viewer (or, in the case of Farenheit 9/11, completely tied to one's political leanings).
For example, I walked out of Napolean Dynamite and was bored to tears with Lost in Translation. The second time I watched those movies, I laughed my butt off at Napolean Dynamite and I found Lost in Translation to be one of the deepest movies I'd ever seen. Just the thought of Lost in Translation now gives me a yearning heartache. If I used Netflix to rate these movies after my first viewings, I probably would have given them 1 or 2 stars. Now I give them both 5 stars.
(As an aside, I highly recommend all of the above mentioned movies. I'd love to see an expanded list, so if anyone has one, please share. Going by my theory, I bet The Big Lebowski is in there. :)
So, for example, I would exclude anyone who didn't like The Big Lebowski on the principle of them being nilhists.
So, if your theory is correct then I see two possibilities:
1) The pointy bits are themselves strange and don't appear i other movies. This goes back to "the movie is strange" again though...
2) People who dislike these traits avoid movies that have them and the algorithms don't take into account what movies people haven't seen (or that taking it into account is very tough since most people haven't seen most movies).
Not sure which is more likely.
They weren't bad in the way that a normal bad movie is bad. They were bad in the way that it took talented writing, acting & directing to make characters and situations that were so pathetic and annoying that it was unwatchable to a guy like me.
I can easily see how someone else (who presumably could relate to the emotions of the characters) would really like the films.