This three year old list was brought back into the public eye thanks to being tweeted out again today. Classic "blog" trick NME and Vice do it all the time with lists from 2011 but I still manage to click every time.
Today FiveThirtyEight tweeted out this list of the 25 most rewatchable movies of all time:
Bro that list fucking stinks on ice. Sure I'm not exactly Roger Ebert when it comes to movie criticisms or jaws, but I know what goes into a movie being rewatchable. To me personally, time is a major factor. How are so many people rewatching all these day long movies? I swear at least half of the top 10 is three (3) hours or longer. Who is out here with two weeks off from work rewatching the Lord of the Rings series?
To me there's two types of rewatchable: chosen and tv rewatch.
To better describe what I so eloquently stated what I'm talking is movies you sought out to rewatch. I'm talking you own it, or went out of your way to look for it on demand/streaming service etc. These are the movies you truly love. Then there's tv rewatch, pretty simple you're scrolling and see that it's on and stop what you're doing and watch it. You still love these movies, but it's not exactly the same.
How so many of these movies made it this far I'll never understand.
You're telling me of all the movies on earth only Star Wars are more "rewatchable" than The Wizard of Oz or Sound of Music? Bull shit.
I watched both of those movies a decent amount when I was a kid and I have zero interest in ever seeing them again. Granted I'm a straight white dude, but I'd have to imagine I'm in the majority here. Who the fuck is bored on a Tuesday and is like "let's pop in our Sound of Music DVD?" Who did they poll to get this info, strictly grandmothers?
I get it I don't have the most "classical taste" when it comes to movies, but seriously this list has basically no comedies and none that have come out in the last 30 years? To me comedies are the most rewatchable of movies, they're usually not that long and still make you laugh (if they're good). I could rewatch Saving Silverman pretty much daily and still laugh. People really want to watch Pride and Prejudice 50 times?
I've spent way too much time thinking about this topic and started a 1-25 breakdown on whether or not the movie in question deserved being on this list when it just really came to me that this list sucked. No Dark Knight (the GOAT TNT Saturday afternoon movie), no classic comedies other than Caddyshack (which is a little overrated IMO), and Finding Nemo was on here but Toy Story wasn't??? I'm a huge Finding Nemo fan but putting it on here over any of the Toy Story's is blasphemy. This list sucks.