Classic movies are classics for a reason. They’re widely recognized as important movies, movies of quality, movies that defined a moment in time. You can quibble about ranking, you can debate the way they stand up to the test of time, and you can argue about their overall quality, but it’s tough to deny that classic movies are important.
But when it comes to the experience of actually sitting down and watching a movie, things get a little more subjective. Where you watch something, when you watch, who you watch it with, what’s going on in your life when you watch it – all of these can have an effect on your viewing experience. And sometimes, a movie with great elements – plot, characters, acting – can, for whatever reason, simply not coalesce into a coherent whole.
When this happens, and the movie is one of those famous ones, a clear Top 100, a real classic, it’s usually better to never bring it up in conversation. Or, if it comes up, to just fake it. Trust me, you’ve never experienced Purgatory until you’ve had a 15-minute conversation with two moderately drunk film majors about why you’re an idiot because you didn’t get Repulsion.