"THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY TWO audiences for movies, and there always have been. The larger one, to which most of us belong -- the one that today's Hollywood aims at and that most critics are conscripted to write for -- enters the theater with the reduced expectations of adults. A movie is a one-night stand. You get your popcorn, you get your hit from the screen, and you walk out more or less satiated, without a backward glance. I mean this literally.
The second audience, considerably smaller, enters with the question "Am I going to want to go back?" Their moviegoing is prompted by a childish anticipation of finding films they can live in, and their judgments are founded in a small child's delight in repetition. The backward glance is their basic accolade. Anything that cannot withstand at least two viewings is, for them, often not worth one. Consider Oscar night from their point of view. How many times would you return to see "The Age of Innocence"? "The Piano"? "Schindler's List"?
I want to take you into a movie that this smaller audience might consider for a best picture nomination (must sustain 10 viewings or more)" (daqui)
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