Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by wave, Mar 25, 2010.
Jonathan Demme's Something Wild
The first time around, I had trouble adjusting to the jarring change of tone once Ray Liotta's character shows up. The second time, I realized that's what makes the movie special -- it truly is something wild.
2001. I saw when I was in the 10th Grade or so and absolutely hated it. I knew nothing about it and I think I was just expecting a straightforward narration of a space voyage. Obviously, that's not quite what I got. Too many long sequences with no dialogue, too much weirdness in the beginning and end, and then there was that damn monolith. A few weeks later I noticed they had the novel in the school library and I decided to read it. After reading it, the movie now made a little more sense to me and made further viewings much better. As a bonus, I enjoyed the novel so much that it started me on a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure.
1. Saw it when it premiered (having read the book) and walked out baffled and angry because it wasn't like the book.
2. Avoided it completely.
3. Saw it again on cable some years back, started to appreciate the mood and some of the key scenes.
4. Finally decided to get the BR.
5. Now I think it is brilliant. I may never fully understand everything in it, and that is fine too.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Was underwhelmed by its predictability and parallels to A New Hope on first view (though the visuals were still impressive, as I saw it projected from one of very few IMAX 70mm prints).
After knowing what to expect, on Blu-ray I found that it quite well recreated the comfy feeling of watching Star Wars on VHS as a kid (as I did dozens of times) and in the end given that it's a silly childhood fantasy about space wizards that's all it really needed to do.
I have not had any desire to sit down and watch Rogue One again though. Those characters were far too bland and unmemorable for me to get properly invested. I can at least tell you the names of everyone important in TFA..
Definitely Interstellar. I was lost the first time around.
Actually,Suicide Squad..go figure!!
The first time I saw The Godfather, it was on TV and I had a really hard time with it. I couldn't keep up with the characters and the commercial breaks drew my viewing out into about four hours, so I was just waiting for it to be over. I saw it again not long after that, and that time it just clicked and has been one of my favorites ever since.
I was a bit caught off guard by Taxi Driver. It was a favorite of a lot of my friends, and based on what I overheard about it, I assumed it was a straightforward vigilante movie that ended with a gritty shootout scene. I did not expect it to be a slowly paced drama, nor did I expect the protagonist to be insane, so I had mixed feelings at first. It became one of those films that just stuck in my head, and I slowly developed a more favorable view of it.
Touch of Evil. The first time it felt like the tension and energy diminished after the first 20 minutes and the investigation got confusing and weird. After a second watch, I began to understand the complicated story, the number of characters and the dark and bizarre atmosphere.
Chaplin's City Lights. The first time I saw it (in my twenties), I found the ambiguous ending to be annoyingly unsatisfying. A later viewing years later, after some life experience, I find it sublime--what Faulkner said about 'the human heart in conflict with itself.'
I can hate it the first time, relish.
Admit I was wrong and enjoy it the second time, satisfaction.
My friend just admitted to me that he now thinks "interstellar" is one of the best sci-fi films ever made. When he saw it the first time in the theater he couldn't stop telling me how much he hated it.
The Fifth Element and The Hunt For Red October.
I'm not sure I totally get the ending, but it certainly creeps me out.
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