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Andrew Cate
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The Watchmen has been on cable pretty much non stop lately. Can't help myself to get sucked in every time it comes on. Remember walking out of the theatre thinking it was a decent to solid movie, now I have to say it's up there in my top 5.....just kept getting better the more I watched it. Probably have watched it 10 times now, outside of JAWS I never do that. 
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WATCHMEN had the opposite effect—and it didn’t start too high for me to begin with.

Movies that have “grown” on me after a shaky start include CARS, WRECK-IT RALPH and THE TEMPEST (Helen Mirren).

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When you have 4 kids under the age of 12 you try to avoid Cars and Wreck It Ralph whenever possible. I associate those movies with a smelly minivan traveling cross country to visit in-laws.

Inglourious Basterds is my new Shawshank. If it's on I have to watch it. 


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Watchmen is an odd one. I can watch any scenes in isolation and really appreciate their accuracy to the comicbook... it’s just as a whole movie it feels, meh.

Weirdly, I used to read the ‘graphic novel’ at least once a year. Since the movie came out I can’t bring myself to reread it.
I have no idea what that means!

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(WATCHMEN, to me, is one of the most pretentious, self-important comic book films ever made.  I tried to watch it once... that's all I needed.)

In terms of "gets better with multiple viewings," I guess I'd throw in DANCES WITH WOLVES.  Really did not see the appeal of that one for years after its release; but a few years back, I sat down and finally watched it straight through from beginning to end, and was won-over.  Never thought I would have admitted it 20 or 25 years ago, but (though somewhat flawed in spots) it's really a beautiful film.



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THE BIG LEBOWSKI is one of those films for me. When I first saw it with some friends (who loved it), it didn't really do anything for me. I saw it again in a Chicago hotel room and kept it on as nothing else on TV that night interested me. I found myself getting into the film more than before. I now own it on Blu-Ray.

WATCHMEN, I like about as much as I had before, which is to say, "eh." I don't hate it, don't love it, but I can still watch it.


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Silence of the Lambs is a film that I grew to like and admire on repeated (although occasional) viewings, after initially feeling a little ambivalent towards it.

Watchmen left me cold for some reason. Liked the comic; the film just didn't garner the emotional response, though being superficially faithful. It tasted like plastic. And I've therefore never gone back to watching it again.

I generally feel that repeated viewing inevitably diminish a film's impact; it just takes a lot longer for the really good films. I watched Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future and RoboCop many, many times in the 80s and early 90s and used to get something out of it each time. However, they have lost a lot of their zest, just from familiarity. My head still knows they're excellent; but the punch is lacking unless I leave several years (even a decade) between viewings.
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CARS was one of the films that grew on me, after forced multiple viewings when my nephew was in his CARS phase.

Another film that I initially disliked, but grew to enjoy was OFFICE SPACE.
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I didn't care for Dumb and Dumber at all when I first watched it. The overall plot is just very weak. However, individual scene viewed in isolation are rather funny! And you forget how it doesn't make sense. 

I'll add the first Harry Potter movie. It really isn't very good, especially when compared to later movies. It was done with a tighter budget and time frame, since they didn't know if the movies would be successful. However, I love the casting and looking back at all the actors as little kiddies is so much fun!


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Watchmen suffered from the same problem the comic did which is the slow pacing. Yes, it's a deliberate choice to set the tone of the story and it does have some great moments but both are something of a chore to get through. If it tightened the pacing up a bit, it would flow more smoothly and keep things rolling. Instead it just kind of drifts along using mood to carry it forward.

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I can't watch anything directed by Zack Snyder. I think his work is very, very immature. A movie version of WATCHMEN was probably a bad idea anyway, but if it was to be done, he was very much the wrong person to direct.

(I don't know who the right person would've been. David Cronenberg? Darren Aronofsky? Jim Jarmusch? Someone NOT associated with Big Action Movies.)
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Watchmen came out on my 40th birthday. I was apprehensive as I disliked Snyder’s overuse of slow motion.

The film, for the most part, was very accurate to the comic. But it was like watching people with no actual connection to the material. There was just no energy. Padestrian even.

& I walked out of the cinema wondering how something so faithful could be such a disappointment. 

I’ve watched it a couple of times since but still fail to be moved by it.

I can’t really think of a film I wasn’t impressed with that I grew to like. I can think of plenty where the opposite is true though.
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