I’ve been rewatching movies recently and enjoying them. I used to rewatch out of boredom (I think I’ve seen Towering Inferno half a dozen times because it came on TV and I had nothing better to do at the weekend) but I’ve realised that deliberately setting out to rewatch a movie you enjoyed, especially one you don’t remember very well, can be extremely rewarding. The movies I rewatched recently are:
I thoroughly spoilt alien for myself when I was a teen. I was so hungry for information that I saw all the sets and learnt the entire plot before it came out in the cinema. It’s one of my biggest movie going regrets that I didn’t get to experience it cold not knowing that the flippin’ heck was going to happen next.
Seeing it again I was stunned by how real that world and those characters feel. The Nostromo feels like a real, working ship despite the old fashioned computers (the ones I grew up with.) Also, watching Ash, the science officer and paying close attention to his expressions, is chilling. I had no idea of his agenda when first watching it but, on rewatching, it’s clearly exactly what he’s doing.
2. Monsters (2010) Directed by Gareth Edwards
My kind of monster movie. It doesn’t really work the same way as many movies of it’s ilk. I can see some being thoroughly bored by it. It’s more of a tone piece. A look at what the grounded realities would be if there were monsters that had a foothold on Earth. It has my favourite ending to this kind of movie ever.