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We’ve all been there: we watch a film and not quite sure what to make of it, we toss it to the side. Or, we watch a film and hate it. So, once again, we toss it to the side. We get it: time is valuable. So, why waste an hour and a half watching something that you don’t quite enjoy. However, it’s much more complicated than that. Regardless of your personal opinion, every film in and of itself is a work of art. And as is the case with most artwork, there are several films that require a second viewing. So, here’s our list of films that we urge you to give a second chance.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN (2016) – Alexandros (Blog Writer)

While I’m not a major fan of what the superhero genre has become in recent years, Snyder’s criminally underrated film is genuinely, in my opinion, one of the finest superhero films ever made, and towers even above Marvel films. Snyder transformed the superhero into a modern myth, drawing inspirations not just from theology, but primarily Greek Tragedies, to create a modern epic about the complex relationship between fathers and sons. Larry Fong also does an outstanding job with the cinematography and Snyder and Fong cement themselves as one of the best action director/DP tandems currently working today. For true cinema fans willing to give this overlooked and unfairly lambasted film a chance, they will be greeted with an experience that is surprisingly audacious in a world full of cookie-cutter formulated tent-poles. Skeptical critics should pay close attention to each of the three main characters, (Lex, Batman, Superman) and their relationship to their respective patriarchs.

SAVAGES (2012) – Veronica (Blog Writer)

When Oliver Stone’s crime thriller Savages hit theaters in the summer of 2012, it was met with mixed reviews, despite Stone’s stature as a Hollywood veteran and the film’s star studded cast. Starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as successful marijuana growers/partners in Southern California who share everything including their girlfriend O (played by Blake Lively), Savages quickly turns upside down when the Mexican drug cartel, headed by a vicious Salma Hayek and enforced by a terrifyingly evil Benicio del Toro, kidnap O after their business proposal to merge is rebuffed by the guys. What follows is a twisted, action-packed thriller embedded with elements of western, daylight noir, stoner buddy movie and  love story that some will see as messy, while others (like me) enjoy the ride and sheer craziness of it all. In some ways, similar to Natural Born Killers, Stone explores the ugly underbelly of the American dream and Savages is often intoxicated with beautiful cinematography and pretty faces to the point of distraction. At the time of its release, the film was taken too seriously, in great part because of its impressive cast and Oliver Stone’s renowned auteurship, but if you sit back and enjoy the cinematic spectacle that is Savages, you’re in for some grade-a eye candy and some serious quality action.

CLICK (2006) – Antonio (Blog Writer)

In no way, shape, or form am I an advocate for Adam Sandler’s recent films. Having said that, there are a few gems Adam Sandler has created in the 21st century – specifically Click. Many people are quick to jump on the bandwagon of hating another Sandler flick, but despite the awkward concept, this film is surprisingly quite good. Adam Sandler steps away from the goofball role and leads a drama/fantasy film where his character is granted a universal remote that controls time and allows him to fast forward through the boring parts of life. This movie has great acting that supports the heavy and important themes that teach you to appreciate each and every day. The viewer is left emotional and re-evaluating how they go about their daily lives.

CRUEL INTENTIONS (1999) – Juliet (Member Experience Associate)

Basically, everything anyone has said about this movie is true: it is trashy and corny, much of the dialogue is cringeworthy, and some of the acting is way over the top.  Still, there’s some sharp humor hiding in the cringe, some genuine adolescent triumph and grief, and underneath it all is essentially the same old story of how hunger for power destroys and how love redeems.  It’s also pretty wild to see a young Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe play opposite each other in a good girl – bad boy coupling.

LILA & EVE (2015) – Emmanuel (Member Experience Associate)

A film that should be given another chance is Lila and Eve, starting Jenny from the Block (Jennifer Lopez) and Oscar-wining powerhouse, Viola Davis. Of course I am biased towards Viola Davis. I think that anything she does is spectacular and this film is no different. Ms. Davis is the rare actor who gives me chills whenever I encounter her on any medium and anytime I look into her eyes, I feel nothing but the raw and painful truth of her characters’ immediate circumstances.  The story is interesting and new, especially its twist ending. Just enjoy the movie, technically any reaction is a good reaction whether it is negative or positive.

THE BRASS TEAPOT (2012) – Cassie (Blog Writer)

Indie comedies are always a mixed bag, trending from the esoterically funny to lowbrow comedy. Then, there are those films, such as The Brass Teapot, that come across as off-kilter. Upon release, the story of a young couple who find a mystical object that grants money for pain didn’t get a lot of traction. Though it garnered some terrible reviews, it does have a lot of redeeming elements. Juno Temple (Killer Joe, Atonement) gives a fantastically layered performance, the screenplay is actually quite well-rounded in a lot of areas, and the directing works quite well. It’s just hard to keep the darkly comedic elements in balance with madcap sensibilities, something that falters in the film’s final act.

COLD WEATHER (2010) – Dan (Blog Writer)

Films That Deserve a Second Chance” – Aaron Katz’s 2011 Cold Weather. I’m actually due for a re-watch of this one, especially since Katz’s new film Gemini was picked up at SXSW by new distributor Neon (already a 2/2 with me for Beach Rats and Risk) and is playing BAMcinemaFest next month. A missing person story, but also a film about relationships (with people and places), Cold Weather has an ambient, but energetic rhythm that I immediately took to (I’m sure due in part to the score by Keegan DeWitt). The subtlety of the performances (all charming, including Looking‘s Raúl Castillo) adds to the natural, unassuming vibe of the film. The expressive, beautiful shots of Portland and quiet moments ultimately hit it home for me and made me investigate Katz’s filmography (Quiet City and Dance Party, USA). Recommended.

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (2001) – Eli (Blog Writer)

Josie and the Pussycats will never not be my answer to this type of question. I’ve been known to refer to it (totally non-ironically) as my favorite movie. It’s way more clever than critics gave it credit for, and the music is legitimately great. At the very least, Josie deserves to be revisited for how very 2001 it is; it was released just a few months before the release of the iPod, so we’re bearing witness to a surging music industry that was very soon to breathe its dying breaths. The fact that’s it now a sort of unintentional period piece makes it all the better.

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