So much of NIGHTMARE ALLEY is great, when it fell apart it broke my heart. So much of it’s truly amazing. More so than modern films, when old movies fall apart I find it more disappointing. It goes from discovering something great to not. Of course, lots of people still hang tough with problematic movies. I find myself less able to do so. There’s just not enough time. The NIGHTMARE ALLEY post doesn’t get many readers. It might have done better years ago (with the DVD release), but it’s bad now.
I saw EXECUTIVE DECISION at a sneak preview, liked it, went back again (with more people) on release. And when EXECUTIVE DECISION hit home video, it became a frequent family favorite. I think my mom had the VHS, I had the laserdisc. I guess I saw it in college or so and didn’t like it. I was probably at my snootiest. This viewing was a lot more rewarding. For a somewhat obscure–at this point–nineties action movie, the EXECUTIVE DECISION post gets readers. It still has interest.
I saw SLEEPY HOLLOW the second day with a friend. He’d seen it before. Don’t think I would’ve gone twice. We watched SLEEPY HOLLOW–which I hadn’t seen since the theater–for the podcast (so a six month delay on the posting). SLEEPY HOLLOW was the movie to kill my enthusiasm for Tim Burton. But that podcast did at least remind me I used to love him. Readership on the SLEEPY HOLLOW post has been bad. It’s got a low, rocky year-to-year. No one else wants to remember it either.
I don’t know why I insisted we watch the extended COWBOYS & ALIENS (or why I insisted we watch it at all). COWBOYS & ALIENS was a blockbuster where my wife wasn’t offended but I was hostile towards the film. I got over caring about it fast. Getting dispassionate about movies has always been a problem, especially when I pick a movie I’m not watching alone and I loathe it. No one has been reading the COWBOYS & ALIENS post. Because, really, why would anyone read a post about that movie? Extended or not.
I remember my mom watching AGAINST ALL ODDS in the eighties. She was a Jeff Bridges as heartthrob aficionado. I got around to seeing AGAINST ALL ODDS sometime in high school and liked it. More, as I embarrassingly recall, than OUT OF THE PAST. This viewing was miserable. Not only did I hate the movie, I spent the movie wondering what was wrong with my youthful opinion. A surprising amount of readers for the AGAINST ALL ODDS post, at least in the first (last) year. It’s still doing all right though.
I’ve been waiting to see CREATURE since I was a kid. That VHS box cover used to call to me in Video Adventure. Later, I found out CREATURE was supposed to be awful (regardless of Mr. Bueller’s presence in the film). And I forgot about it. When I did remember it, I couldn’t find it OAR. Then I did find it widescreen and watched it. And it is, no doubt, a terrible movie. The CREATURE post gets a decent amount of readers, at least it did the first year. Who knows if interest will hold up next year…