I thought it would be fun to post the flip side to Harold’s thread. There are plenty of movies I have been a bit nervous about watching again, in case they don’t stand up to my rose-tinted memories, but then I have been overjoyed to find them to be every bit as good as they always were:
– ET is emotionally manipulative, but is a joy to watch and is a relatively young film maker at the absolute height of his powers.
– Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, The Sting, Torn Curtain… Just about anything with Paul Newman in it really! His imperial phase is just unbeatable.
– Tarantino films, i think, have aged magnificently. I reached both Pulp Fiction and Reservior Dogs recently and found them both vibrant and exhilarating. Apart from, ahem, some problematic language that wouldn’t be allowed today.
– All the Monty Python films. I think they set a bar for comedy that has never really been surpassed.
– The Back to the Future trilogy. While so many eighties films have dated so badly, this film series still seems timeless. Probably because, erm, it’s about time travel. But also because it uses a proper orchestral score instead of making the mistake of so many of its contemporaries and using Yello or Paul Hardcastle for the soundtrack. But mainly, it’s just such a well crafted, joyous trilogy with genuine humour and thrills.