Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Movies that age badly

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Movies that age badly

Old 01-10-03, 07:47 PM
  #26  
Moderator
 
wendersfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Nuova Repubblica di SalÚ
Posts: 32,990
Received 29 Likes on 13 Posts
Originally posted by Playitagainsam
By the way - to the horror of many, I guess - I invite those who enjoy silent movies to play them accompanied by some good music of personal choice. The result is akin to reading a good book while having your favorite music in the background. Sometimes (I personally use electronica) it even seems that the music is extremely well-synchronized with the action, and some elements are emphasized to the point where you wonder "gee, I saw this so many times, but never caught THAT detail".
I don't mean this to be a threadcrap, but reading this just now makes me want to relate this story:

Two nights ago I had the joy to see Dovzhenko's Earth in a theater, accompanied by live piano. The effect was incredible. I have probably never enjoyed a silent as much, with the exception of the time I saw (don't hate me) Potemkin with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performing the Shostakovich score with it. Seeing a silent with live musical accompanyment is to see a living, breathing work of art. It is truly special.
Old 01-10-03, 08:32 PM
  #27  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 5,147
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Fast Times at Ridgemont High - This movie doesn't seem to hold up. I had never seen it up last year. When it came on TV, I decided to see it since people talk about it so much. Was the most stupid movie ever. Gave up after 3/4 hour.
This is probably an example of if I had watched it back when it came out, it would have seem much cooler then. Because of liking it then, I could still like it today.
Old 01-10-03, 10:12 PM
  #28  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 23,465
Received 78 Likes on 55 Posts
When I saw Easy Rider, I thought it was terrible. When I told this to a former-hippy film professor, he admitted that it hasn't held up well.
Old 01-10-03, 10:15 PM
  #29  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 23,465
Received 78 Likes on 55 Posts
Originally posted by wendersfan
I don't mean this to be a threadcrap, but reading this just now makes me want to relate this story:

Two nights ago I had the joy to see Dovzhenko's Earth in a theater, accompanied by live piano. The effect was incredible. I have probably never enjoyed a silent as much, with the exception of the time I saw (don't hate me) Potemkin with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performing the Shostakovich score with it. Seeing a silent with live musical accompanyment is to see a living, breathing work of art. It is truly special.
As I type this, they're showing Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. along with a live jazz band at the Kimo. They're promising about 50% improvisation, and have been rehearsing for months. I'm here at work.
Old 01-10-03, 10:16 PM
  #30  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Carrollton, Ga
Posts: 4,809
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Star Wars
You've got to be kidding. Those films have arguably aged better than any film of it's time. If they hadn't, they wouldn't be as popular today as they are. You don't stand the test of time by aging poorly. It still looks phenomenal, even by today's and the prequel's standard.

I'd have to say all of those late 70s and 80s sex comedies haven't aged too well.
Old 01-10-03, 11:10 PM
  #31  
DVD Talk Legend
 
GoldenJCJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Colorado
Posts: 14,807
Received 115 Likes on 81 Posts
I saw Jim Carrey's The Mask on TV a few weeks ago and was amazed at how dated it seemed for a movie less than 10 years old. I guess that new swing dancing crap really was just a fad.

Unfortunately, even classics get caught aging badly. West Side Story is considered a classic and yet it's horribly outdated. Great songs and choreography but who doesn't laugh nowadays at rival gangs dancing and singing together?
Old 01-10-03, 11:35 PM
  #32  
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 139
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Buttmunker
My only problem with "Scarface" was that Tony Montana had zero redeeming qualities. Pacino plays him as a total scumbag, and that's fine, I guess (a great performance) but I could have cared less that he died at the end.

I did, however, care about his friend/partner who he wound up killing. Towards the end, I couldn't wait for Montana to be blown away.

Really? I mean, he wasn't exactly a model citizen, but it could be argued that his one redeeming moment was the cause of his downfall. Spoiler mode, just in case.....

Spoiler:
He was ordered by the drug baron to kill that guy (Was it a government official, or a witness?), and suddenly backed out when he saw that the target's wife and kids would undoubtedly be killed as well. When his accomplices persisted, he sabotaged the assassination and killed them.

Again, we're not talking about a Boy Scout here, but he didn't get killed because of the bad things he did, but because of the one GOOD thing he did.
Old 01-11-03, 09:24 AM
  #33  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 922
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
... and no, by the way, I'd like to name a film that has aged very bad: "Fritz the Cat"
Old 01-11-03, 10:04 AM
  #34  
DVD Talk Legend
 
DeputyDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 14,081
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Manhunter. When I first saw this in the theater I thought it was a fantastic serial killer flick. After Silence of the Lambs came out I maintained that Manhunter was better (based solely on memories). It wasn't till Red Dragon was announced that I decided to revisit this classic from my youth. It wasn't awful, just very dated. The lighting, the editing, the clothing, the music... it screams 80's.

This may be an invite to flame, but I think if you take the villain from Manhunter (Tom Noonan) and place him (unaged) into Red Dragon, you have a superior movie.
Old 01-11-03, 04:00 PM
  #35  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 1,388
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
not that aliens is dated, but one part always bugged me. the part where ripley is at the hearing, and the dude says "you freely admit to destroying an m class starfreigher, a rather expensive piece of machinery" the other dude says...."64 million in adjusted dollars". what does "adjusted" mean?? now 64 million doesn't sound like too much for an m class starfreighter to me.

anyone else think the price for the ship was way too low??
Old 01-11-03, 09:16 PM
  #36  
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Posts: 203
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by BuddyRevell
not that aliens is dated, but one part always bugged me. the part where ripley is at the hearing, and the dude says "you freely admit to destroying an m class starfreigher, a rather expensive piece of machinery" the other dude says...."64 million in adjusted dollars". what does "adjusted" mean?? now 64 million doesn't sound like too much for an m class starfreighter to me.

anyone else think the price for the ship was way too low??
LOL! maybe there's a serious case of deflation in the future...
Old 01-11-03, 09:38 PM
  #37  
DVD Talk Hero
 
jfoobar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 38,103
Likes: 0
Received 16 Likes on 11 Posts
Two quality 80s releases that sprung immediately to mind:

Manunter
No Way Out
Old 01-11-03, 10:03 PM
  #38  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 9,686
Received 13 Likes on 8 Posts
I think most 80's comedies haven't aged all that well. Specifically one's geared towards and/or featuring teens. I watched "Fast Times at Rigdemont High" when it was released on DVD (a year ago?) and man was that dated!
Old 01-12-03, 09:07 PM
  #39  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 50
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Exorcist.
Old 01-13-03, 10:14 AM
  #40  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 9,864
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally posted by Nick Danger
When I saw Easy Rider, I thought it was terrible. When I told this to a former-hippy film professor, he admitted that it hasn't held up well.
Same happened to me... a friend who saw it originally in the theaters basically said "What did *we* know? We always saw it stoned. It would suck otherwise." Hmm ... sounds about right.

The Man Who Fell To Earth is WAY dated as is Woody Allen's Sleeper.
Old 01-13-03, 10:44 AM
  #41  
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: So Cal
Posts: 20
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Valley Girl!
Old 01-13-03, 10:47 AM
  #42  
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: So Cal
Posts: 20
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Terrell
You've got to be kidding. Those films have arguably aged better than any film of it's time. If they hadn't, they wouldn't be as popular today as they are. You don't stand the test of time by aging poorly. It still looks phenomenal, even by today's and the prequel's standard.

The plot of STAR WARS and some of the acting do seem a little hokey today.

think of it this way: what would the reaction be if the film (as is) was released today for the first time.

people would HATE it.
Old 01-13-03, 11:29 AM
  #43  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Hollywood
Posts: 1,310
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
A lot of John Hughes stuff: Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, etc. They're not necessarily bad, but they're such a product of the times that they show their age.
Old 01-13-03, 11:52 AM
  #44  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,518
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I agree that XXX will be very dated in just a few years. I enjoyed it, but they used too much rock music on the soundtrack.

In my opinion, horror, sci-fi, mysteries and comedies age the best overall. If you think about it, the movies from the 30s-60s that still have a large audience are often from these genres. That's not to say thre aren't incredibly good westerns, dramas, musicals, etc from those decades but overall, they aren't as fondly or widely remembered.

I think a good movie is a good movie, no matter when it was made.
Old 01-13-03, 11:55 AM
  #45  
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 71,034
Received 27 Likes on 20 Posts
It's interesting that most old Disney films can still be enjoyed today, whereas it seems most newer animated films are much more contemporary. Will kids still be watching Shrek 10 years from now? Lilo and Stich?
Old 01-13-03, 02:27 PM
  #46  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
The Bus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New York
Posts: 54,909
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Groucho: Shrek dated itself on its release, unfortunately, and it's been sinking ever since. Lilo and Stitch will probably age a bit better, although overall the movie wasn't that good (only if compared to what Disney has put out post-Lion King).
Old 01-13-03, 02:44 PM
  #47  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
funkyryno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 4,149
Received 125 Likes on 70 Posts
A lot of the 70s and early 80s sci-fi stuff looks really dated now -- I'm thinking West World and Logan's Run (I still enjoy these movies, thought).
Old 01-13-03, 03:08 PM
  #48  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 52
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Guess my latest experience was with friends watching "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". When it first came out I remember basically falling out of my seat laughing. (Oh crap--I just dated myself). Anyway this film had every major comic in the business --for that time anyway. I built it up to wife and friends and got the DVD. Got positioned for the event just knowing these folks were going to LTAO. All I got was snoring and glares. They still work me over about this one. (The Jonathan Winters work is still a gut buster IMHO).
Old 01-13-03, 05:01 PM
  #49  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Rypro 525's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: a frikin hellhole
Posts: 28,264
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally posted by thebargainguy
The plot of STAR WARS and some of the acting do seem a little hokey today.
If you think the acting and story in Star Wars IV is bad, then see either TPM or AOTC.
Old 01-13-03, 05:02 PM
  #50  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Rypro 525's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: a frikin hellhole
Posts: 28,264
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally posted by resinrats
Fast Times at Ridgemont High - This movie doesn't seem to hold up. I had never seen it up last year. When it came on TV, I decided to see it since people talk about it so much. Was the most stupid movie ever. Gave up after 3/4 hour.
This is probably an example of if I had watched it back when it came out, it would have seem much cooler then. Because of liking it then, I could still like it today.
You missed the main reason why 95% of people like it still today by watching the Tv version.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.