Do you get the classic must watch movies
January 27, 2010 12:17pm CST
Over the decades the are various movies which have won critical praise, cited as classics and gaining a cult following. Movies such as "Citizen Kane" and "Easy Rider" are heralded as must watch movies which have influenced cinema since their creation. But as is often the case many movie fans just don't get them, they don't see what is so special about them, and I included myself in that. For example I know why and can appreciate why "Citizen Kane" is often regarded as the greatest movie, yet when it comes to "Easy Rider" I struggle with it's uneasy editing and floating almost documentry like story. So is there a classic movie, a cult classic which when you've watched it you don't get what the fuss is about. Maybe someone who understands why it's such a great movie can share why.
• United States
9 Jan 11
Citizen Kane is that movie for me. After resiting for years, I finally watched it. It wasn't bad or anything, but I didn't think it was the best movie of all time. I've heard all the reasons for it, but none of them make me see it any differently. Yes, it was ahead of its time and innovative for its time, but those things don't make a movie great in itself. At least in my book. It was like it was trying so hard to be special and edgy that I couldn't engage with the characters. Although that may partly be because after being bombarded with "It's the greatest movie ever and if you don't agree you don't understand." So partly, I resented being told what I need to find great, and partly I was picking it apart to see what was great about it. Not that I mind analyzing movies, but I do like to simply watch at least at first and find deeper insights as I watch, instead of going in beforehand thinking so critically, that I can't experience the story. Also, while I've enjoyed Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead, I wasn't all that thrilled with their performances here.
• United States
27 Jan 10
I know why you would think one movie was trash and another person would think it's the greatest movie in history! Because people are DIFFERENT and they like DIFFERENT things! lol But really, that's the reason. There really are no set in stone rules for what makes a good movie because everyone has different ideas about what makes a good movie. For instance, Casablanca. I don't get it. I mean, it's not painful for me to sit through it, but I really don't see what makes it such a great love story. And another one, 2001 A Space Odyssey. I really don't get it. That movie IS painful for me to sit through. It's painfully slow, and dreadfully confusing at the end. It gets hailed as the greatest science fiction movie of all time, but I think Star Wars is much more enjoyable.