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Mon Apr 22, 2019, 11:41 AM

Go ahead, watch that movie again - research shows you'll enjoy it more than you think

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/04/13/watch-same-movie-over-over-study-shows-youll-enjoy-it-more-than-you-think/?utm_term=.4e07bfd05dcb&wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1

By reflexively seeking out novelty instead of returning to the tried-and-true, we may be leaving many of life’s enjoyments unenjoyed



If you’ve spent any time around little kids, you’ve probably noticed they have an almost limitless capacity to repeat activities they enjoy: getting tossed in the air by an obliging adult, say, or watching the same movie over and over and over again.

New research from Ed O’Brien at the University of Chicago suggests that adults could stand to learn from the toddlers in their lives. In controlled experiments involving hundreds of volunteers, O’Brien has found that people typically enjoy repeating leisure activities much more than they thought they would.

Those who repeat enjoyable activities, like watching a movie or going to a museum, seem to pick up on nuances and dimensions of the experience they missed the first time around, the study found. By reflexively seeking out novelty instead of returning to the tried-and-true, we may be leaving many of life’s enjoyments unenjoyed.

Many previous studies have shown that, when it comes to leisure time, people have a general tendency to seek out novel experiences. In the language of social science, O’Brien said, “Filling leisure with novel experiences indeed disrupts adaptation and promotes discovery."

Or, in the more poetic formulation of 18th-century English poet William Cowper, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.”


I've noticed this some time back with books, movies, museums, and even places I've visited. I don't catch everything the first time and I notice new things the second or third time. Also things I've seen towards the end help me notice things in the beginning the second time that make more sense in how it ties together. My family likes going to a new vacation spot every time but there are some spots I'd like to go back and revisit because I liked it so much.

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Reply Go ahead, watch that movie again - research shows you'll enjoy it more than you think (Original post)
IronLionZion Apr 2019 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Apr 2019 #1
Wounded Bear Apr 2019 #2
dixiegrrrrl Apr 2019 #3
nocoincidences Apr 2019 #4
IronLionZion Apr 2019 #5
nocoincidences Apr 2019 #7
WSSlover Apr 2019 #11
MyOwnPeace Apr 2019 #6
Leith Apr 2019 #8
TexasBushwhacker Apr 2019 #9
WSSlover Apr 2019 #10
WSSlover Apr 2019 #12
JudyM Apr 2019 #13
Coventina Apr 2019 #14
gratuitous Apr 2019 #15
Submariner Apr 2019 #16

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:13 PM

1. Depends on the movie.

Some of them wear well with time, others don't.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:14 PM

2. I like re-watching movies and catching the editing errors...

A couple of my faves:

1 The men's room scene in Twins, with the disappearing/re-appearing beer bottle on the towel dispenser.

2 A scene in El Dorado where a spot suddenly appears and then disappears on the bottom of Mitchum's boot. Presumably, he had a smoke between takes and the editor wasn't watching when he made the cuts and splices. Also, Mitchum's use of a crutch (he kept switching it from side to side while limping on alternate legs) during the film and how Wayne actually mentioned it on screen towards the end.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:16 PM

3. speaking of, I did just that this week.


Happily watched re-runs of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, plus repeat of that marvelous series The Wire earlier this month.

And all of Game of thrones in preparation for this weekend's Season 8 premier.

Books I love to re-read...anything by Rick Bragg.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:27 PM

4. I've noticed I kind of reflexively think

"Oh, I have seen that" but when I think about it, it was years ago, and my memories of the movie are pretty sparse.

Recently I have gone back to a few movies I saw years ago, and enjoyed them as if they were new: The Untouchables, 2010, and Bonnie and Clyde, most recently.

It's amazing the details I have forgotten! I have decided I need to return to a fave movie at least once a week, maybe more, if I am inspired!

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Response to nocoincidences (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:34 PM

5. I've misremembered things

I could have sworn I knew exactly how a scene played out. Then I watch it years later and find it looked a bit different, or a memorable quote was different, or something.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 02:43 PM

7. Me, too!

It really brings home how fragile and malleable memories can be.

We think they are set in concrete and then get slammed in the face with one that just isn't what we thought it was at all.

And lucky us, it just gets worse the older you get. Yippee.

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Response to nocoincidences (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 11:29 PM

11. Saturday Night Fever.

When I went to see the 40th-year Anniversary screening of "Saturday Night Fever" at a movie theatre here in Boston, I remembered it due to having seen it 40 years ago when it first came out. i enjoyed seeing it again 40 years later.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 01:10 PM

6. I'm working my way

through "Justified" (FX series with Timothy Olyphant) for the second time. Perhaps "working my way" isn't the proper description - I'm loving it. As someone said earlier in this thread, I'm seeing things I missed the first time as well as having a better understanding of all of the relationships that are used throughout the series.

Watching it all a second time really shows the thought and planning that the writers put into a series.

To be honest, I could never understand how someone could stand to watch something twice - now I know!

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 03:37 PM

8. I've always done that

Movies I've seen several times:
Casablanca
Star Wars trilogy
Star Trek (especially The Journey Home and First Contact)

Books I like to reread:
Earth Abides by George R Stewart
Hawaii by James Michener
All science fact books by Isaac Asimov

I've been thinking about rereading books I may have been too young for the first time. These include Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, and whatever else most people read in English class.


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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 06:01 PM

9. Depends on the film

I never seem to tire of Shawshank Redemption.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 11:26 PM

10. I can relate to that.

I never seem to tire of Shawshank Redemption.


Well, I never tire of the 1961 film version of "West Side Story". so I can relate to your not tiring of the Shawshank Redemption.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 11:31 PM

12. I can relate to that when it comes to the film 1961 film West Side Story,

ironLionZion, because every time I go to see the film West Side Story, whether it be on TV or in a movie theatre, I always notice things that I didn't notice during my last viewing of this film.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 05:01 PM

13. Yep. The Notebook, Shawshank, Bourne. And Game of Thrones episodes.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 07:39 PM

14. Isn't this why DVDs are a thing?

I mean, why would anyone ever buy a DVD unless they planned on watching something multiple times?

My DVD collection is well-used / loved.

I watch all my favorites over and over.

I do watch new stuff as well!

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:29 AM

15. Coincidence

I just ordered the DVD for "Cutter's Way," an obscure little movie from the early 1980s that I enjoyed very much at the art house theaters where it played from time to time. It's paired with "Chilly Scenes of Winter," which sounds like a similar kind of movie, both featuring John Heard.

We'll see if the movie lives up to my memory.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 07:53 PM

16. "Canadian Bacon" fits in this category

I can watch it over and over and not tire if it. One funny scene after another, after another. Each scene a gem on its own.

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