Thursday, May 09, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Movies You Have a Different Opinion on After a Re-watch
For the 19th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We delve into a subject based on my own suggestion which is about films you saw before but would have a different opinion after seeing it the first time. Re-watches are important where it allows someone to watch a film they’ve seen before either out of enjoyment or to miss something one didn’t see the first time around or in previous viewings. Then there’s films where you probably liked or didn’t like the first time around but then would watch it again and feel differently about it. Here are my three picks:
1. Heaven's Gate
I first saw the film in 2005 on IFC (then the Independent Film Channel) which was showing films that had an impact on one of the very first cable channels that is Z Channel. My initial opinion of the film was mixed where I felt the film had some problems in its narrative and motivations. Yet, I found myself unable to not watch it again as it intrigued me. Then came the 2012 restoration version of the film as while it still has some flaws, it is a film that has this grand vision that isn’t seen often in films as well as tell a fictionalized story of a real-life event that not many Americans know about.
2. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
I wish I never saw this film and I wish I had my money back as well as get a time machine to tell my younger self to not go see that fucking film. Back in 2008, the idea of seeing Indiana Jones kicking ass was just fun as I had never seen Indy on the big screen. When I saw it, I was more wrapped in the nostalgia element while I was in denial over some of the silliness that had happened. After watching it, I was saying to myself that it was a good movie. Months later, I would watch it in my head and began to question whether or not I really did enjoy it. I don’t remember when I re-watched it but I do remember finding myself not enjoying it all. I hated the visual effects, Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt character was really annoying, I started to not like the look, and some of the other things. Eventually, I realized how bad it was and I’m now convinced that this is the worst film Steven Spielberg has done. I’m angrier at myself for thinking it was good as I realized that I should’ve known better due to the fact that it was co-written by George Lucas.
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story
I first saw the film in 2011 on HBO as I didn’t think it was that great as I was distracted by how light-hearted and twee it was for me personally. A year later having gone through my own issues with mental illness and being hospitalized for a few days and having re-watched the film recently. I realized how spot on it was in this story of a teenage boy checking into a mental hospital and the struggles he was going through. It is a comedy-drama but it still explored the anguishes and issues that people have with the world and the break that they need to deal with these overwhelming issues.
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