Sometimes movies hit a sweet spot in our cultural consciousness. It could be a gooey sensibility that appeals to our national pride, it could be a sugary flavor that stimulates our sentimental guts, or it could be mad special effects that blow our minds – at least until the next $500 million sci-fi epic rolls around.
But sometimes, these movies aren’t so great upon re-watching. Perhaps they’ve aged particularly badly, or they were up against a lousy bunch of Best Picture nominees the year they were released, or perhaps many of us just had a severe case of the Emperor’s New Clothes when we watched them in the first place. Be honest: when you told your friend that you really enjoyed a Little Miss Sunshine or a Juno, did it taste a little... bitter?