The Most Rewatchable Movies

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JCM, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Have you watched the entire series of five movies or have ever read the books?

    I find that most people who don't like the series, haven't watched them.

    I have the books also. If you don't like the books, then it stands to reason that you would not like the movies. But, you don't have to have read the books to either like or dislike the movies.

    Like the Harry Potter books, the both the Harry Potter movies and the Twilight movies follow the books quite closely, which are good things.

    In both of these cases, there are huge international fan bases already because they are fans of the books. Dedicated fans hate it when Hollywood makes movies that differ significantly from the movies.

    From the first movie, Stephanie Meyer was involved from the get go. on the first movie, Director, Catherine Hardwicke, worked very closely with Stephanie Meyer, to assure that the existing fan base would not be disappointed. The fans were never disappointed with any movies in the Twilight Saga.

    I only read the books after owning and watching the entire series of movies. The first couple of books were a bit too much of romantic novel stuff thrown in. It wasn't until the third book that it started backing off of that aspect. Plus, the books do contain more detail than is possible in the movies.

    Just like the Harry Potter series, the final book was broken down into two movies as to be able to better represent the material and storytelling.

    My audio room, which was the former lobby of the motel that I operate, also serves as a nice home theater. I have guests over for dinner, drinks and movie nights on a regular can continuing basis.

    Being in business for quite a long time, I have developed a regular clientele that we know very well. Many of our customers know each other, having been here over the years.

    I will usually will make an inquiry to a guest and ask them if they have seen this or that movie.

    I have found that the majority of "mature adults" have neither seen any of the movies, or have had any desire to see them.

    I have one longtime friend, who simply refuses to consider watching them, for whatever reason.

    Other than that, I can't tell you how many personal guests of mine, that I have invited over to see the Twilight (the first movie) and so, 100% of them have enjoyed the movie and 100% of them, have returned to watch the entire Twilight Saga.

    Everyone whom I have showed the entire series to, which is everyone that I have showed the first movie to, has immensely enjoyed each and every movie. Most, hate it when a movie ends and can't wait for the next installment.

    Early Hollywood featured many movies that were presented in installments back in the studio days and contract players.

    When the days of studios having players under contracts started to go away, most all of the "series" movies went away also. By the time the 1960's rolled around, they were gone. James Bond brought the series back to life with Dr. No... Then, in the later 60's, the Planet of the Apes, franchise popped up (as it has again in more modern times).

    Now there is nothing but franchise movies, most based on comic book characters (or so my impression is).

    I tend to like a well done series of movies, because it allows for both script and character development, that a single movie can not achieve.

    And it's nice to tell stories that involve the same characters. Star Trek T.O.S. had a series of books, written by different authors, and they were well know inside of the sci-fi community. This was possible because of the existence of a Star Trek "universe".

    Having good original "book" material, I think is a key to having a good movie, provided that the screenplay was properly adapted.

    Melissa Rosenberg adopted her screenplay directly from the book "Twilight", along with direct input from the author, Stephanie Meyer.

    Every bodies tastes are different. Some will light and appreciate the screen adaption of Stephanie Meyer's novels, some won't. When you can translate written words to the silver screen and the fans of the books approve, than you have a successful translation of the original work. It's hard to ask or expect more than that.

    I tend to watch movies over again, because I screen them for my personal guests. So many movies on my list are there for exactly that reason.

    I would recommend to anyone who has not seen the first movie, watch it and then decide whether or not you want to view the entire series.

    In my viewing environment, with a nice 4k 65" curved screen TV together with an excellent sound system (with a large sub-woofer), It can go things that a regular theater can not, as far a a movie going experience goes.
  2. beercanchicken

    beercanchicken Legendary Stickman

    Generally find comedies have the best "rewatchability". For whatever reason, they seem to get better and better and next thing you know, you have every line memorized.
    Monty Python & Holy Grail
    Big Lebowski
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Old School
    Blues Brothers
    Blazing Saddles
    Role Models

    to name only but a few....
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  3. Yes I had to suffer through them with my kids. To each their own but I found them puerile. Granted, they are designed for tweens and teens but the story telling just does t work for me. During a bonding session, I tried to read the first book and found it pretty awful as well. The gimmicks are kind of interesting but they just aren’t my cup of tea and I can tolerate the Harry Potter films (except the first one Chris Columbus faux Spielberg style as a director bugs the crap out of me. It feels so derivative as an approach)and the novels are quite inventive. It wouldn’t make a difference for me on home video for Twilight Saga as to how I watched it but I did so with a 70 inch 4K, 5.1 system.
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  4. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    The Godfather 1 & 2. I'd like a Godfather Channel on TV.
  5. slovell

    slovell Retired Mudshark

    Chesnee, SC, USA
    2001, 2010, Contact.
  6. stricee

    stricee Forum Resident

    john wick
  7. razerx

    razerx Who me?

    The East
    Mulholland Drive
    Lost Highway

    It's like looking at a Dali painting. After multiple viewings I gave up trying to understand it and just enjoy the scenery. Twin Peaks (2017) though not a movie is another one.
  8. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    The books certainly were designed for the younger female demographic in mind. Unlike the Harry Potter books, which were designed for younger audiences, seemed to focus on both girls and boys. And, the neat thing about this, I thought, was the continuity which allowed young adults to keep following their characters as they grew up. I thought that was neat. I also like it when you have excellent casting and you get to know the characters and follow them as they grow into young adults.

    I was quite aware that the Twilight books attracted a mostly female and tween audiences. But since I watched the complete series of movies first before reading the books back in early 2014, I didn't realize how much of a romantic novels that they actually were. At least for the first two. By the time I reached the third book, the romantic aspect has already been established and that was now more in the background and the plot and character development more in the foreground.

    I have to admit, I had to gag a bit to get through the first two books, until the third book came along.

    I thought the scenes where Edward and Bella are lying in a meadow full of flowers was quite cliched to the point of being over the top. After reading that Stephanie Meyer's had a dream and in the dream was the meadow scene and that is where the inspiration for her to author the novels came from.

    Steven Speilberg was in consideration to do the first movie by the studio, but when Jo Rowling found out that Stephen intended to cast his "I see dead people" favorite young actor as Harry Potter, Rowling said a definite NO. Smart woman, she did license movie adaptive works of her novels, but she did regain a lot of creative control say so, so Speilberg was out.

    I think the reason that Chris Columbus was cast as a director, had a lot to do with the fact that he had proven himself capable of directing a family type movie that ended up financially in the top ten movies of the time, as measured by adjusted gross income.

    Rowling also insisted that British (and those more closely associated with Great Britain) be cast in the major speaking parts. Columbus did manage to wrangle two or three of his children into the franchise. I think that Rowling's decision did contribute significantly to the fact that the franchise was anchored in England, and she did not want to have that aspect diluted by American's, in parts that were not specifically written for them.

    With Stephanie Meyer's, I think that choosing an actual American location, Forks, WA, was a stroke of genius, on her part. The Native American Indian's are a real tribe and do live in the area. The actual locations used in the shoot, provided some authentically, to me at least.

    The town of Forks, celebrates Stephanie Meyer day every year, around the time of "Bella's birthday". People come from all over the world to be in the town of Forks for the celebration. They also come at all time of the year.

    You see a lot of father's with their daughter's in a bonding experience coming together to Forks to revisit and experience the Twilight Experience.

    Twilight fans, known as Twihard's, are very tolerant of each other, more so than the fan base of most movies. I guess that you can call us here as Twihard's, as we tend to be avid fans of the saga.

    There are a couple of documentary DVD's on the subject of Twilight and the town of Forks. "Twilight in Forks" and "Destination Forks".

    They tour around the various locations referenced by the original novels and the movie. The show interviews with fans. and locals. The hospital in Forks even has a parking space set aside for Dr. Cullen.


    And Bella's house is also a real location.


    So, if you ever have a desire to do some further Twilight bonding with your children, consider a family trip to Forks.
  9. Leepal

    Leepal Forum Resident

    Swindon, UK
    I don't tend to re-watch films that much, but here are some I have watched a few times;

    Taxi Driver
    Reservoir Dogs
    Godfather 1 & 2
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Shawshank Redemption
    Toy Story 1, 2 & 3
    Wreck It Ralph
    Midnight Cowboy
    Mysterious Skin
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  10. dgstrat

    dgstrat Forum Resident

    West Islip, NY
    Night at the Opera
    Blazing Saddles
    Back to the Future
    A Few Good Men
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Breakfast Club
    Johnny Dangerously
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Murder by Death
    Silence of the Lambs
    Pulp Fiction
    Pope of Greenwich Village
    Young Frankenstein
  11. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    The Great Escape
    Good Bye, Lenin!
    From Dusk Till Dawn
    Reservoir Dogs
    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    American Psycho
  12. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Southern US
    We watch Friday once a year as a tradition. It’s a masterpiece like Christmas Story. Fun fun when you hi hi:
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  13. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Southern US
    Man I got to be ready for RD’s it’s awesome but brutal, especially if you on Cheeba Chews or smokin. Amazing rollercoaster
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  14. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Mostly action oriented stroke my muse when it comes to rewatchable films.
    Manly movies I guess .,,
    The Expendables
    REsident Evil
  15. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    The Big Lebowski
    The Man Who Wasn't There
    Broadway Danny Rose
    Lost Highway
    Touch of Evil
    The Searchers
    Blazing Saddles
    Santa Sangre
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Thin Man
  16. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    The most re-watchable film I've ever seen, IMO, is Jacques Tati's "Playtime." I bought the Blue Ray and every time I see it, it's almost like seeing a new film, if you pay attention to different parts of the screen. For anyone not familiar with it, here is one of the most helpful reviews I've seen:

    Playtime Movie Review & Film Summary (1967) | Roger Ebert
  17. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Baltimore, MD

  18. GillyT

    GillyT Forum Resident

    Another vote for When Harry Met Sally....

    "You can't take it back, it's already out there!" :D

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  19. DVEric

    DVEric Forum Resident

  20. Dirkwkirk

    Dirkwkirk Forum Resident

    Bronx Tale
    Jerimiah Johnson
    Jackie Brown
    Green Mile
    Forest Gump
    My dinner with Andre
    Gran Torino
    Deer Hunter
    Many more.
  21. OneChance

    OneChance Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA
    When Harry Met Sally
    National Lampoon's Vacation
    Office Space
    Shaun of the Dead
    Groundhog Day
    The Shining
    28 Days Later
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    It's A Wonderful Like
    The Wizard Of Oz
    The Ten Commandments
    The Godfather-s
    and a bunch of others...
  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I find myself going back to Rocky Balboa more than the other 5...
  24. Il Zio

    Il Zio Member

    Marco Island, FL
    Bell, Book and Candle
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  25. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Changing the light bulb scene clinches it.
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