Once More With Feeling

There are a few, very few, movies that I found I enjoy more every time I watch them. Actually, there might only be two, and one of them I have only seen twice up to now, but the experience struck me as strange, so here it will be mentioned nevertheless.

The first one and probably my favorite movie of all is „Wag the Dog“. The story goes: I saw it when it came out here in a small cinema in Cologne that specializes in children’s movies and showing movies in the original language (with or without subtitles). I would like to mention that original language does indeed mean original language, so if for example you go to see „Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“ you should realize that this movie is Chinese. Hence, dialogue will be in Chinese. I’m still kind of sorry for the English guy that had his friend have the movie translate for him.
Anyway, back then I thought „Wag the Dog“ was a nice movie, but years later when I got the DVD – for whatever reason – I couldn’t even remember what it was about. Then the fascination thing began. With every time I watched the movie I laughed more, giggled more, adored the actors more and love it more and more. I can’t seem to get enough of this movie. So, if you kinda liked the first time around, try it again. If you still only kinda like it, you’re obviously not me.

The other movie is „Abyss“. The story goes: We got the DVD because the husband bought it. I hadn’t seen it before. The first time I thought that it was too long (it was the uncut-deluxe-whatever version) and the end was kind of cheesy. Then on a very boring day at work I dared to watch the whole movie on my laptop (hey, it’s not that I was too lazy to work, we freaking had nothing to work). And loved it. No more talking about the movie being too long. I thought the pacing was excellent, I enjoyed the long scenes tremendously, felt that they contributed to the whole weird setting of being caught underwater and waiting for something to happen. I think this is incredibly amazing, because the movie is so long and I was prepared to be bored watching it the second time. Instead I enjoyed it even more.

There’s a third movie that may fall in the category, although I’m not sure if I actually liked it better the second time around or if I just get never tired of watching it. It’s „The Usual Suspects“. I think part of me loving to see that movie over and over again is that I can’t wait to get to the end. I enjoy the end so so much, it’s insane. I’m trying not to give away spoilers, so my description might be a little vague or cryptic, but I simply adore the end when everything falls into place and there are all these little shots and you can see his face working and it’s „Oh, oooooh…“ and everything is clear and it’s just perfect and I love it. I can’t get enough of it even though I have known the identity of Keyser Soze for some years now. Plus, I love how ‚Keyser Soze‘ was used as verb in and episode of Buffy.

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.