Benjamin Baxter

Why Bother?

Only once the din of marketing campaigns and the excitement of well-managed hype dies down, do we realize the charm of Office Space and the accumulation of failure that is Titanic. That’s why we have Belated Reviews.

Expect a deserved second look at Weekend at Bernie’s, and iconoclastic but fair criticism of Casablanca. Expect careful consideration of The Descent, and a comparison between Children of Men the whiz-bang thriller and the plodding novel it was based on. Expect a bored second viewing of The Dark Knight, and an engaged seventh showing of Uncle Buck.

Once the shock and awe is gone from a film’s initial release, there’s nothing left but the film itself. Sometimes, that changes everything.

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