I saw a comment on the “Oscars: 2015 Best Picture nominees - ongoing tracking thread of which of the films you have seen” thread and wanted to reply to that comment, but didn’t want to hijack it, and thought the subject deserved a thread of it’s own.
There was this comment concerning how a film finished on a “Best Picture” list: “I thought Spotlight, The Big Short and Bridge of Spies, despite the great people involved, were all serviceable but readily forgotten. I wouldn’t bother re-watching any of them.”
I’ve read many comments similar to this one, judging how great a film is, just by how re-watchable it is.
Really? Does the quality of greatness for a movie really just mean that you can watch it again and again?
"Schindler’s List" for example. It’s direction, the performances, some very good scenes all add up to a great film. But it’s subject matter, the dire situations, don’t generally mean you could pop it in the DVD player and re-watch it at the drop of a hat, unlike a fun comedy you might like or a campy monster movie. So because it’s not easily viewable again, does it make it any less good?