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

harveypooka

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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?
 

Blue Velvet

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I watched Blue Velvet...

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.
 

SamIchi

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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.
 

Daveman Deluxe

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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.
 

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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!
 

RacerX

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

siurpeeman

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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:
 

TheAnswer

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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.
 

xsedrinam

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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
 

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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
Terrible. Movie.

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

Chaszmyr

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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.
 

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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.
 

cycocelica

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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.
 

harveypooka

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

harveypooka

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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.
A life without reflection is a wasted one...
 

dpaanlka

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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.
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.
 

harveypooka

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I hated Rocky Horror Picture Show for years.

Now I think it's hilarious.
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:
 

harveypooka

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Terrible. Movie.

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