Films you've seen, hated, then loved...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by harveypooka, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. harveypooka macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    An example...

    I watched Blue Velvet, disliked it quite a bit, on every re-watch I enjoy the darkness, frankness (take that as you will) and horror of it more. It's a truly brilliant film.

    I've also started watching LoTR again (all three) and I'm enjoying those much more than the first time.

    Any others?
  2. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    Seeing as we're on a blue theme,films I liked initially but get better on each viewing include The Big Blue and Betty Blue.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    From inside the closet I shoud hope... Next time, I shall close the blinds. ;)

    I'm not usually like that with films; it's usually 'difficult' albums that I come to love after some time. Mind you, talking of Lynch, Fire Walk with Me was initially disappointing, now I find it one of his best. Overdue for reappraisal, I believe.
  4. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Why would you watch a film again if you know you didn't like it the first time? I'm not a big movie guy so I only watch movies once. If they are really good, I'll watch again, but even that is rare. 1.5hrs of time spent watching something seems like such a waste to me.
  5. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    Two films spring immediately to mind: The Pianist and 2001: A Space Odyssey. They both stayed on my mind for a few days after watching them (much the same way the taste of a good wine stays on your tongue for a few moments) and I grew to appreciate them in the afterglow.
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I didn't enjoy Casino Royale much the first time around, but I have watched the DVD a couple of times since and now I'm in love :p

    I've seen angels fall from blinding heights, but you yourself are nothing so divine - just next in line!
  7. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    I didn't care much for Star Wars when it originally came out... but I loved The Empire Strikes Back which made me look at Star Wars in a different way than I had originally. I think that The Empire Strikes Back gave the characters much more depth which I ended up taking with me when I saw Star Wars again after that.

    So how dramatic was my change of heart?

    I only saw Star Wars once in it's original release. I saw The Empire Strikes Back 3 times on opening day (yes, I got right back in line again after the first two times I saw it) and more than 30 times during it's original run in the theaters. :eek:

    So, for me, Star Wars became a much better movie once it was part of a series of movies. Had no other films been made in the series, I would most likely still have the same ambivalence towards that movie today. But as part of a larger story line, it was much better for me.
  8. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I wasn't a big fan of Apocalypse Now when I first saw it, but I've since read the book Heart of Darkness, and gained quite an appreciation for the film. I've also gained a taste for (good) war films, which is somewhat of an acquired taste.
  9. 173080 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2003
    Good Will Hunting.

    The first time I saw it I thought it was so boring that I fell asleep.

    The second time I saw it I thought it was brilliant.
  10. j/k/Andy macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    One that was better on the second viewing:

    Christmas Vacation
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    it isn't a great movie to begin with, but dragon: the bruce lee story. i hated it the first time i saw it, but i felt compelled to see it again years later for some reason. and each time i saw it, the movie just got better and better.

    on a side note. the first time i saw pulp fiction, i loved it. the next time, i hated it, loved it and hated it again. :eek:
  12. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Well the first ones that spring to mind are Ozu's "Tôkyô monogatari" and Fellini's "La strada". I think I was around 18 when I saw them both the first time, which is a little too young to appreciate either the simplicity of Ozu's cinematography or the complexities of the relationship between Gelsomina and Zampanò.

    "La strada" is now one of my favorite films and I've seen "Tôkyô monogatari" a couple times since then. Another would be Antonioni's "L'Avventura". In that case, like with "Tôkyô monogatari", I don't think I began to really appreciate some of the subtleties until I was at least 25 or so.
  13. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    I was going to put Titanic, but then realized I still hate it. It didn't help that I saw it in Bogotá, Colombia in a theatre which had a version with someones shadowy head walking out for popcorn showing on the screen during the "king of the world" segment. :D
  14. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Terrible. Movie.

    I am deeply disturbed at the fact that it's the reigning highest grossing flick of all time.
  15. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Here's a timely one: The Bourne Supremacy. I think the first time I saw it I was too tired to deal with the ultra-fast pace of the movie, but I saw it more recently and enjoyed it quite a bit.
  16. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I didn't like The Rocky Horror Picture Show upon first viewing. I was young, half watching an edited version and not really paying attention. It seemed kinda dumb. Watched it with some friends who were really in to it, and got a better appreciation. Now I can recite most of the lines and lyrics by heart.

    I'm sure there are others, but that was the one that popped into by head off the bat.
  17. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    I don't usually watch movies I don't like again. Unless I am forced. I am a big movie guy, but do not like to repeat movies I did not like. A waste of time.
  18. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    For, its has to be Stephen King's "IT." I hated that movie when I was a kid, it terrified me. Now, I really like it and appreciate the twisted yet interesting story :D
  19. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    I watch a film again to try and understand it or appreciate it. I usually try and find what it has to offer.

    If a film is really terrible, like Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, I'll watch it again for comedy value, but a film like Blue Velvet isn't terrible, it wasn't bad, it was just difficult to understand. By watching it again I guess I hope to understand Frank Booth (one of the best characters ever) and Lynch's direction. Anyone remember the shot at the start of the insects writhing under the grass? Very dark.
  20. Joshua8o8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    I have noticed this pattern in my life. Generally speaking, things that i am attracted to quite a bit initially, lose my interest in the long run. But things i am not quite interested in usually start to appeal to me over time. I know im weird. But i have learned my habbits, and tend to be more open minded.
  21. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    A life without reflection is a wasted one...
  22. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    This is exactly how I was. I hated Rocky Horror Picture Show for years. Didn't get why everyone loved it.

    Now I think it's astounding. When I saw this thread title Rocky Horror was my instantaneous thought.
  23. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    Good one! My girlfriend loves this film. I was even forced to go to the theatre production last year. I did not enjoy doing the timewarp. :mad:
  24. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    I could not agree more.
  25. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    Noooo! I saw this far too many times at the cinema, more than 10 if I can remember correctly. I was quite amazed by the sheer scale of it and although I don't think it's a great film now, it's flawed and the story is one dimensional, it still has that epic feel about it. It's enjoyable nonsense.

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