The first Avatar film is back in theaters for a limited run ahead of its much-delayed sequel. This is just the start of the hype train for Avatar 2, which is coming 13 years after the first film became the highest-grossing movie of all time. No one I know has watched Avatar since it was originally in theaters—as perhaps the only good 3D movie, the movie loses its sparkle in the home theater (though I did once see someone watching it on a plane, the way James Cameron intended).
It’s a bit surprising that national theater chains and distribution companies haven’t made more of an effort to bring back older films for limited runs in-between the big hits. It’s an easy sell for people who love going to the theater: hey, come check out this movie you know you like and get an experience you can’t get at home. Win-win!
So, as we gather around the water cooler tonight, let’s discuss: what older movie would you rush out to see in theaters if it came back for a limited run?
This Night Water Cooler is a relic from Night Water's days on Substack, and the original comments are stuck over there. Luckily, copy and paste exists. Here's a selection of older style movies from the original thread:
The Hunted (1995; starring Christopher Lambert)
Fright Night (the original version).
Fanny and Alexander.