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G-S-T Quick 5 – Movies I’ve Warmed Up To…

OK, here I am, humbly walking on the ground where I, like broken glass, laid out all the bad things I said about these movies. In the past I might have either not been in the right mindset for these films or maybe not been able to comprehend what they were trying to do. While not all of these are masterpieces (some fans would argue that one of them is) the films on this list now get my approval. I now feel much more of a connection with these films and honestly enjoy quite a bit whereas before I would say flat-out “I hated it”. Ah, the folly of youth…

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Boiler Room – I saw this in college for the first time at an advanced screening and just didn’t care for it. Maybe because I didn’t understand it or I had grown up with Wall Street and any other “stock market” flick would just be some wanna be. The more I watch this the more I become increasingly impressed with Giovanni Ribisi’s performance. The transformation he makes over the course of the film is so subtle you hardly realize it happened at all, and that’s damn good acting if you ask me. It’s only looking back you see how clever he is in his performance and how he plays off the rest of the young ensemble cast.

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Good Will Hunting – First time I really didn’t know what to think after seeing a so-called Oscar contender. I probably wasn’t too keen on a non funny Robin Williams and for some reason I just didn’t like Matt Damon….say it with me, MATT DAMON. But on repeat viewings this is just a fantastic movie that just gets me inside. I really like the connection Robin has with Matt in so many scenes but the “It’s not your fault” scene is quite stunning. Also it inspired Family Guy to spoof it so I can’t be the only one to like it now can I?

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American Beauty – To this day I’m still a bit bitter about this beating out The Sixth Sense, but watching it a few more times I’ve decided to put my hate to rest and say that I really, really like it. I still think The Sixth Sense is the better movie but American Beauty is a well made film. Also Kevin Spacey is just awesome…too bad I didn’t realize it the first time. Plus I can’t hate Sam Mendes either because he went on to make Road to Perdition (one of my all time favorites).

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Dogma – I’m not a huge Kevin Smith fan and this is really the only thing of his that I do find funny…and maybe its because I’m Catholic. The wit in the movie is satirically based but still razor sharp. Also, much like Good Will Hunting, the more I watch this, the more I find things about Matt Damon that I like. Plus some of the points Smith brings up about religion (although not to be taken seriously) are really quite thought provoking. I’m glad to see that George “the effen man” Carlin (who has his own issues with religion) playing Cardinal Glick of all people. Such a smart movie, and can you say Alan Rickman?!? This movie is satirical gold and Smith is a genius…even if I don’t like Clerks, Chasing Amy or Mallrats.

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Blade Runner – Rounding off this list is one film that has probably kept me on the blacklist for saying, “yes it’s a culturally LOVED film but I just don’t get it“. Even Harrison Ford wasn’t happy with the “he’s a replicant” ending but it doesn’t stop all you fans from going crazy over the movie. Watching it again, but this time the Final Cut (thanks Hatter) I’m starting to now get what people are talking about. I have always loved the visuals but I can now say I like the movie, especially the symbolism of the origami figure at the end (which now that I know what it is about, is kinda cool). That said, I don’t think I’ll ever own it, but having watched all 3 versions, the Final Cut is the definitely best.

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So there’s my reviewed opinion on some movies I initially panned at first glance. I guess as you grow up, your tastes change and you learn to appreciate things that you missed the first time around. Wonder will happen when I watch Paul Blart again…no, that movie is pure garbage no matter how you look at it. But what about you at home? Anything you found redeeming value in after giving something a second look?