The Retwatchables Strike Back Armin Fakouhi November 26, 2013 2 20 In the past weeks, there has been some talk about the correlation of rewatchability and the quality of a movie. My favorite movie podcast held a great debate which I can only recommend listening to. This discussion was derived from a piece by Matt Singer in the dissolve which discusses if movies qualifying the “TNT-Test” does automatically translate into quality. I have tried to think about this question and am clearly undecided. There are certain genres which just automatically qualify for rewatchibility like the 80s/90s Action classic or for some of my friends the war movie classic. And truth to be told, these movie do directly translate into pure awesomeness. There are however some movies which are true masterpieces but must never be watched again for different reasons – either the suspense factor (The Sixth Sense) or the pure disturbance (Requiem for a Dream). Having said all that, I want to continue my series to reflect about my most favorite “Rewatchables”. Pulp Fiction This is certainly no secret but this is one of the best movies ever made. It did so many things for modern cinema; defining the art of non-linear storytelling, perfecting the art of dialogue or just making John Travolta cool again. Everything in this movie is close to perfect and aside from the just mentioned factors one should certainly mention the cult soundtrack. There are so many genius scenes and it wouldn’t even be fair to the movie to name a best scene, so I will let this best-of video speak for itself. In fact, while I was planning to write this post, I stumbled over it on Netflix…and yes, I re-watched it. The Last Boy Scout While I was writing this blog post, I recalled one of the most re-watched movies of my life: The Last Boy Scout. Made in a time when Joel Silver was still one of the biggest producers in Hollywood and buddy action movies were the absolute shit (in a good way). Even today on a relaxed weekend afternoon, I could just sit down and enjoy the great dialogues between Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. And I believe that the “Ask me how fat your wife is”-scene along with the “You touch me again, I kill ya”-scene will forever and after remain in my all-time hall of fame. But see for yourself…. Good Fellas At least every year (or maybe every second) when I feel the need to watch the perfect Mafia movie, I slide in Good Fellas. I can’t really start to talk about the many great things this movie delivers but more my outrage that Scorsese was not actually awarded with the Academy Award for this masterpiece. Everything about it is so great starting with the tale of a mobster who “always just wanted to be a gangster” and his two best friends – crazy Joe Pesci and awesome Robert DeNiro. What do you mean funny? Like a clown? Do I amuse you? Huh? Face/Off Of the many (action) movies, I have been re-watching over the years, I believe Face/Off to be in the Top 5 (counting at least 7-9 views). There are just so many aspects about this movie which are awesome; it marked the beginning (and the end at the same time) of John Woo showing Hollywood how you shoot a beautiful action movie. So many of his Hongkong elements were incorporated greatly into this picture (slow motion shootouts, the 2-guns shooting and the fantastic editing and cinematography). Alongside a great duel between both Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in their prime as Hollywood action heroes. If you just put aside the fact that “face transformation” is just sheer non-sense, this movie is still today one the most epic action operas of the 90s (if not of all times). Heat The cover of this talks about “A True Los Angeles Crime Saga” and I think this is a perfect description of Michael Mann’s best work. With DeNiro and Pacino being at the peak of their careers, playing cat-and-mouse with each other in a true epic setting is a pleasure which one can watch certainly more than one time. So many things in this movie are perfect, the great pictures of Los Angeles, the fantastic cinematography along with a who-is-who is great supporting actors like Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Jon Voight …. I could go on and on. This movie is and was one of the true action thriller masterpieces of our times. Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner Forrest Gump Depsite being a very long movie, this absolute classic just always passes the TNT/Pro7 test. For some reason, whenever I’d be switching through the channels and I saw Forrest running cross country while being hopelessly in love Jenny, I wouldn’t switch the channel. This movie is so great in all the different aspects of storytelling, drama, timelessness and most importantly Tom Hanks’ probably best performance of all times. The way how Robert Zemeckis tells a story of modern America with its ups and downs all through the eyes of a unique person like Forrest Gump unifies every ingredient of a classic. I believe this dialogue between Bubba and Forrest is my favorite of this movie. Gladiator Admittedly the re-watchability is more in the single digits (just because this movie is so darn long) but nothing short of awesome regardless. The fight scenes with Russell Crowe among with the epic Hans Zimmer soundtrack in a movie crafted with the Ridley Scott handwriting all over it are just plain fantastic. The movie opening is probably one of the best strongest movie openings and it just gets better and better as the movie goes along with the climax in the “unmasking” of Maximus…which still gives me the chills. And well the ending marked the beginning of the word “Gladiator-Man-Tear” in my vocabulary. My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next. Armageddon I know that this is probably the cheesiest movie on the list and Michael Bay typically does not indicate high quality movies (ever since he jumped the shark with Pearl Harbor). But there are just so many fun and entraining elements about this movie which made me watch it over and over again. The epic’ness, the soundtrack and the chemistry between the actors made this Sci-Fi tale just such a fun ride and and it did give me a Gladiator-man-tear in the end (in case you haven’t seen it, don’t watch the video below). There are so many more movies which obviously deserve some more recognition but the blog would just become endlessly long and would probably never be posted, so I will just leave it at that. So now tell me, what are your most rewatchable movies ? Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPocketMore 2 Responses W11 November 26, 2013 Requiem FOR a Dream 😉 Reply Armin Fakouhi November 26, 2013 Damn…corrected 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.