There are some classic movies that I couldn't bear to watch more than once. I'm not saying that these movies are crap, I'm just saying that I would find it incredibly hard to sit through them a second time. What brought this on? Last weekend I began watching some of the films I had DVR'd on TCM and The Grapes of Wrath (1940) was one of them. The first thing I noticed about this film was the 2.5 hour running time. Right away I thought "oh man, this one's gonna be a long one!" but then I thought that since Henry Fonda was in it, the 2.5 hours would fly by. Nope. That was wishful thinking on my part!
Let me just say this: I finally finished watching this movie last night. Thursday! So, from Saturday to Thursday I would watch little bits of it at a time because I couldn't sit for longer than that on the couch! But again, I'm not saying this movie was awful -- it wasn't, and I can totally understand the hype behind it and all the accolades it received and such. I'm just saying that it lagged in places, didn't keep my attention and was a bit too preachy for me. I will, however, say that it was beautifully photographed and inspirational. Yes, it's something that everyone should watch at least once (but a second or third time? I think not).
Another film that springs to mind is Citizen Kane (1941). A masterpiece? No doubt. But a masterpiece that I could watch on repeat? Holy Moses, spare me! Twice was enough - and yet, I still purchased it on DVD because I knew it was something I'd love to have in my collection. See? This is proof that I acknowledge the greatness that is this movie, but I haven't watched it again since I purchased it. Maybe if I give myself another couple of years, I'll be ready to sit through it again in its entirety without shutting it off after half an hour.
|Rosebud? Yeah yeah I get it. Onwards!|
What are some of your picks for films you couldn't sit through more than once? I could name a few others, but I'm scared that some of you would boycott me. Heh. Please don't do that.