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Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« on: December 26, 2020, 02:59:28 pm »
Cant think of anything else right now, but the drivel I watched yesterday piqued my interest in the topic. FYI, I'm focusing on movies that capture or epitomize the decade they were released and have
either aged/not aged well.

Have NOT:

"What Women Want" - My wife was interested in watching this and we both gave it a look. I vaguely remember it from my teens. Everything from the music, the clothes the dialogue and the entire premise just screamed dated and cringe. Whoever wrote this drivel was trying
to convince me that a "man's man" is a dude who locks himself in his apartment and gyrates to Frank Sinatra. I'm guessing even the gayest of dudes will cringe at Mel's radical fayness during this scene and, of course, those ill-fitting suits in varying shades of the same pastel.

"American Pie" - Watched this a few months ago for fun. We were all teenagers once, don't judge. I couldn't believe how badly it aged, I'm not really for militant PC, but even to me, this movie is completely unwatchable.

Have:

"Breakfast Club" - Not only has this movie aged well, but it's still relevant to this day.

"The Craft"- A few scenes here and there (particularly with the 30yr old actors portraying douchey HS jocks) were just laughable, but overall, it's a really entertaining movie.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2020, 03:51:40 pm »
I think a lot of lefty types would disagree with you on the Breakfast Club aging well, thinking of those 'pre me too' type scenes where Judd Nelson's looks up Molly Ringwald's skirt but she still ends up falling for him, instead of calling the police. Or the bit at the end when the weird, but individualistic, girl gets made over to look conventionally attractive so the jock will fancy her, no doubt problematic to a lot of feminists.

Personally Life of Brian has stood the test of time IMO, as the things it takes the piss out of - mindless group think, quasi-religious political movements etc. are just as spot on today.

As for things not aging well, I'll leave that to the Guardian columnists and people intent on poking about in the past with 2020 specs on hoping to find something to complain about.   If I don't find  something funny today that I used to think was, it's probably because it was just more shocking than funny in the past, or strictly catered for my age group.
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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2020, 05:35:33 pm »
Citizen Kane (1941) I first saw in 2005, thinking it would be ho-hum, a widely-acclaimed but dated relic. ... I WAS BLOWN AWAY! It was awesome. I've watched it twice more since. I understand how some say it is the greatest film ever. It has aged very well.

Caddyshack (1980) has aged poorly. I loved it when it was first released (I was in 6th grade). Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase. But I tried to re-watch it two years ago and was aghast at how unfunny it was.


Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2020, 05:59:11 pm »
Wife and I watched 'Legends of the Fall' the other night. This has aged well, at least I think so. I enjoyed it just as much 4th time around.

Not movies, but a new channel appeared on our TV a few months ago called HITS. All 70s/80s stuff. Programs like MacGyver, Bay Watch, Mary Tyler Moore (actually not bad), Who's the Boss, etc. I can't watch most of them anymore. Just cringeworthy. But I keep going back for some strange reason.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2020, 06:45:31 am »
As good as it gets, classic movie, can never tire of watching this.
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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2020, 07:58:18 am »
2001 A Space Odyssey aged extremely well

American Beauty aged poorly. It's a good movie, but it just didn't age well at all


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2020, 08:03:02 am »
I'll just say that generally speaking, movies that are widely praised as classics over generations, say, Citizen Kane, mentioned above, Casablanca, etc, are in fact well-deserving of your attention.

I mean this "praise" distinct from the accolades some movies receive for technical reasons, like moving cameras or depth of field, etc.  AFAIK, everything directed by DW Griffith, while technically brilliant, is a pile of excrement.  Although Citizen Kane was loaded with technical breakthroughs, its a gripping story.  A Clockwork Orange, also noted for technical achievements, is an incredible film.
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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2021, 12:56:01 pm »
Aged well....ageless in fact: True Grit with John Wayne

Aged poorly: Up in Smoke - Cheech and Chong


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2021, 02:34:08 pm »
I did watch It's a wonderful life and 1951 Scrooge for the first time in many many years.  Both were decent Christmas movies and insights into a prior era. 

Some older Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, and Wil Ferrell movies are still funny.  Of course some really suck more as the years go on. 

Some action and drama type movies can be watched anytime if there is a good story line to them.  Dirty Harry, Die Hard, etc.  Buddy Pics. 


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2021, 02:44:44 pm »
The Princess Bride is still a great watch. It was also due for a remake - a heartfelt thank you to covid for quashing that one.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2021, 02:51:25 pm »
The Princess Bride is still a great watch. It was also due for a remake - a heartfelt thank you to covid for quashing that one.
they were going to REMAKE The Princess Bride????? Why?? just. WHYYYYYYYYY? it really needs to be left alone.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2021, 03:05:53 pm »
they were going to REMAKE The Princess Bride????? Why?? just. WHYYYYYYYYY? it really needs to be left alone.

Sony floated the idea but the reception was so negative I guess they dropped it. Anyways speaking of leaving things alone, Disney needs to call it quits with all this live-action nonsense


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2021, 05:03:37 pm »
2001 A Space Odyssey aged extremely well

American Beauty aged poorly. It's a good movie, but it just didn't age well at all

Basically, anything Stanley Kubrick has done is amazing and can't be replicated.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2021, 09:02:29 pm »
Basically, anything Stanley Kubrick has done is amazing and can't be replicated.
Kubrick.
Hitchcock.
Burton.

Timeless. 100 years from now their films will still be watched.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2021, 09:31:20 pm »
For some reason Die Hard is timeless....

I just watched Heat again and it doesn't age well....perhaps the soundtrack....or some of the characters.../I still love it nevertheless
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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2021, 03:29:33 am »

I just watched Heat again and it doesn't age well....perhaps the soundtrack....or some of the characters.../I still love it nevertheless
All things Val Kilmer had a limited shelf life.


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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2021, 10:13:46 am »
All things Val Kilmer had a limited shelf life.

Not true. The MacGyver movie spoof "MacGruber" is hilarious and Kilmer's role as arch villian Dieter Von Cunth is perfect. It's had me laughing till I had tears many times.



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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2021, 04:22:26 pm »
Not true. The MacGyver movie spoof "MacGruber" is hilarious and Kilmer's role as arch villian Dieter Von Cunth is perfect. It's had me laughing till I had tears many times.


MacGruber is a sold 8.5 out of ten for me, I'm not even joking. That movie is amazing.
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Re: Movies that have NOT aged well and movies that have
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2021, 04:56:34 pm »
Aged well....ageless in fact: True Grit with John Wayne

Aged poorly: Up in Smoke - Cheech and Chong
True Grit was one of those rare cases where the remake went well.


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« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 01:55:07 pm »
True Grit was one of those rare cases where the remake went well.

Yes it did. John Wayne is my favourite actor of all time and True Grit is # one of my 3 favourite movies. The other 2 being "Scarface" with Pacino and Amadeus.

I had very very low hopes of the remake of True Grit, but it was amazing.