by Patrick Bromley
One of the very, very few things I like about myself is my ability to give a movie -- even one I didn't dig the first time I saw it -- more chances, knowing that while a film can never change, I can (and hopefully do). Were I only willing to watch a movie once and assume I had gotten everything I was going to get from it, or were I to write off those movies that didn't connect with me on first viewing, I would be denying myself a lot of movies I've come to love a whole lot. That's the theme of this 24-hour marathon: they're all movies that, for one reason or another, I wasn't crazy about the first time I saw them but over time or over repeat exposure grew on me in new and unexpected ways.
10 am - Mars Attacks! (1996, dir. Tim Burton)F This Movie Fest is what inspired this marathon, because I remembered not loving this when it came out. I thought it was too nihilistic and mean-spirited, which it sort of is, but now I've made piece with it and enjoy the anarchy of it all. I'm programming it first because that's where we watched it in the FTMF lineup and I thought it played really well. A movie with as many gags as this one has is going to do well in a marathon.
12 pm - Waterworld (1995, dir. Kevin Reynolds)
Years ago, Doug and I did a podcast on Waterworld during which I came to terms with the fact that I liked it. I had previously believed I was mixed on the movie but knew I had a compulsion to revisit it every year or so, a fact which I finally came to understand meant that I was a fan. These days there's no question that I really love Waterworld, particularly in the extended three-hour "Ulysses Cut" form, which is what I'm choosing to program here. It makes a good movie even better.
3 pm - Full Metal Jacket (1987, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
5 pm - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989, dir. Stephen Hopkins)
7 pm - Avatar (2009, dir. James Cameron)
10 pm - 8mm (1999, dir. Joel Schumacher)Se7en-style bleakness and despair, playing pretend rather than knowing the world. I revisited it on the Scream Factory Blu-ray a couple years back and this time watched it as more of a noir thriller; on that level, it actually works quite well. It helps to have Nicolas Cage as my anchor, as I'll always be more accepting (forgiving, even) of anything he's in.
Midnight - Dawn of the Dead (1978, dir. George A. Romero)
2:30 am - City of the Living Dead (1980, dir. Lucio Fulci)relationship with Italian horror is better explored on this site than my relationship with Avatar, so anyone who has been here for a while knows full well that it started as something I couldn't get into and eventually grew into something I dearly love. Ten years ago, Fulci represented an entire subgenre that kept me at arm's length. Now he's one of my favorite filmmakers. Funny how that works.
4 am - House by the Cemetery (1981, dir. Lucio Fulci)
6 am - Goodbye Lover (1999, dir. Roland Joffe)
8 am - Jurassic World (2015, dir. Colin Trevorrow)
Never give up on a movie.