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Old 03-11-2018, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default Good/great films that aren't rewatchable

After the recent award season, I found myself asking why I don't usually see most Academy Award Nominees and Winners after the season is over.

Films like The King's Speech, 12 Years a Slave, The Revenant, Birdman, Room etc. Good films, some of them even great, but almost nobody talks about them when all the dust has settled.

So I came to the conclusion that I don't want to experience any of that again. I saw them, I liked them, I appreciate the art, but for some reason I don't want to revisit any of them.
I loved Room. It was my favorite film that year. But I only saw it once and I really don't want to see it again. Is not that I don't like it, like I said, it is a wonderful film, but I don't feel like owning it or even go through those emotions again. Same with most nominees.

Does anyone else feel this way? Or is it just me?

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Old 03-11-2018, 09:39 AM   #2
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I've always thought that a key definition of a great film is that it is rewatchable (though in 12 Years and Room's cases, the film might just be too difficult to watch). Maybe those films just aren't that great, even if they're very good.

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This could turn into an 'unpopular opinion' thread but I will stick my neck out and say Citizen Kane, for all it's plaudits and accomplishment as a first time directed film, by lawd it's boring.

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I've watched The Revenant several times. I do kind of want to fast forward a little at times though.

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Old 03-11-2018, 07:00 PM   #6
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One day I’ll sit through Lawrence of Arabia again.

Preferably in a theater. Had a hard time sitting through it at home, tho.

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Inception was all the rage when it came out, but I feel like upon rewatch you don't really care what happens due to a lack of surprise. Contrast with something like Vertigo, in which the character dynamics are so nuanced that the plot almost feels secondary upon rewatch.


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Then there are movies like Ex Machina, Inside Out.
Ex Machina is definitely one for me. Saw it when it first came out, loved it. Rewatched it once when it was released on DVD - still loved it. But no desire to watch it again.

Also Godfather I and II. Loved them but no desire to watch them again. I'm sure there are others I can't think of right now.

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Inception was all the rage when it came out, but I feel like upon rewatch you don't really care what happens due to a lack of surprise. Contrast with something like Vertigo, in which the character dynamics are so nuanced that the plot almost feels secondary upon rewatched.
Actually to me Inception and TDK are Nolan’s most rewatchable movies.

I don’t know if I’ll ever watch Interstellar or Dunkirk again.

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Actually to me Inception and TDK are Nolan’s most rewatchable movies.

I don’t know if I’ll ever watch Interstellar or Dunkirk again.
Ah yes, agree on Dunkirk.

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Avengers I only ever watched once though it was a glorious experience.

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Old 03-13-2018, 01:08 AM   #12
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I feel a great movie I don't rewatch touched me on a "universal-people" level while a film I do re-watch is a more tailored to my specific likes. Room is a great movie, but there's not much of "me" in that film. There is in John Wick.

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Birdman is rewatchable.

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Inception was all the rage when it came out, but I feel like upon rewatch you don't really care what happens due to a lack of surprise.
I can't think of single Nolan film that is eminently rewatchable.

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Memento demands rewatches. I don't think it completely makes sense but at least keeps you interested in who is lying, who is telling the truth, etc.

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The Godfather
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I've always thought that a key definition of a great film is that it is rewatchable (though in 12 Years and Room's cases, the film might just be too difficult to watch). Maybe those films just aren't that great, even if they're very good.
IMO everyone has their own definition of what makes a great film. And to ME, just cause it's rewatchable, is not a key point of why I feel a film is a great one.. There's many movies i rewatch just cause i like the actors or the action in it..

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I've watched The Revenant several times. I do kind of want to fast forward a little at times though.
The revenant was well done, cinematically. But the plot/acting etc, was NOT well done enough for me to re-watch it..

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Inception was all the rage when it came out, but I feel like upon rewatch you don't really care what happens due to a lack of surprise. Contrast with something like Vertigo, in which the character dynamics are so nuanced that the plot almost feels secondary upon rewatch.
That is true Coco.. Inception was great as a film, cause of the twists in it. BUT since you have seen those twists, it loses some of the joy, doing a rewatch...
However, i've still rewatched it half a dozen times.. Just LOVE the cinematography..

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Also Godfather I and II. Loved them but no desire to watch them again. I'm sure there are others I can't think of right now.
Maybe i am strange, but i've never really LIKED any of the godfathers period.. Too slow, too long..

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I don’t know if I’ll ever watch Interstellar or Dunkirk again.
Interstellar (or that Arrival one) no. Dunkirk, maybe..

It can ALSO depend on how many times the TV has shown a film. Some (twister!!!!) have been shown and reshown and reshown to death, that i can no longer STAND watching it..

Much like a # of songs, or even a genre.. Back in boot camp IF we were allowed to listen to the radio, all we had was Country music. Then to ET "A" school, i had the same, with the radio in our barracks lounge area.. So after a while, i got sick of listening to country music...

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One day I’ll sit through Lawrence of Arabia again.

Preferably in a theater. Had a hard time sitting through it at home, tho.
Lawrence of Arabia is a film I've never really been able to take to.

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Little note about my opening post: I know the quality of films is subjective, like most things are, but I was trying to comment on movies that are considered great by awards and recognition.

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Little note about my opening post: I know the quality of films is subjective, like most things are, but I was trying to comment on movies that are considered great by awards and recognition.
I've seen films listed as award winners that i couldn't stand.. And others that have never won a damn thing, i loved.. Just cause it gets 'recognition' doesn't mean its somehow objectively better..

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First, this is a great idea for a thread, as I've often said " wow! That was a great movie....but I'm never seeing it again!"

Some that come to mind:

Logan

Schindlers List

Se7en

The sixth sense

Interstellar ( but I love rewatching other Nolan films, Begins, TDK and Inception I've seen many many many times).


The Godfather films I watch every 5 years or so.

Give me some time and I'll come up with more.

Oh wait ! Leaving Las Vegas ! A Beautiful Mind...


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Old 03-14-2018, 06:54 AM   #23
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I've seen films listed as award winners that i couldn't stand.. And others that have never won a damn thing, i loved.. Just cause it gets 'recognition' doesn't mean its somehow objectively better..
Well exactly, like I said, quality is subjective. But I didn't want this thread to become another "why I like/what I don't like" but specifically to films that are often regarded as good by awards and recognition that people usually agree with. I used them as an example to explain what I was trying to say. Just name a great film that you liked (awarded or not) but you don't want to revisit because of x reasons. That's what this is for.

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I'm pretty reluctant to rewatch Strictly Ballroom or I Heart Huckabees, both quite good but I fear they will seem less so from viewing with a lot less novelty.

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