By Ben Reiser, Wisconsin Film Festival Coordinator and UW Cinematheque Programmer
(POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW)
Movies I saw in a theater more than once and what I learned the second time:
Mad Max: Fury Road - The second time through I adjusted my expectations and knew to follow Furiosa’s journey as the primary protagonist, and also knew not to expect Tom Hardy’s performance to be verbal as well as physical. I loved it the first time through, but appreciated it even more the second time due to those two factors.
Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens - I focused on and prepared myself for the act III change in tone and was able to greater appreciate the things that happen after one character’s shocking death. I also learned that seeing a rectangular film in an IMAX dome is not a good idea, at all.
Jurassic World - Sitting in the front row at an ultrascreen theater, even with the motorized recliner in full recline, is not a good idea, at all.
Movies I found interesting enough to watch a second time, but this time at home:
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The D Train
Heaven Knows What
Movies I missed in a theater but am glad I caught up with at home:
Manson Family Vacation
Movies I really wish I’d skipped:
Older movies I saw for the first time this year that blew my mind:
The Saragossa Manuscript
The Underworld Story
The Apu Trilogy