Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.
Late last summer, my family celebrated my parents’ 50th anniversary with a vacation in the Ozarks. My parents are from the Missouri bootheel and we’ve been taking family trips to the Ozarks my entire life. It was a fitting way to celebrate. On my drive down through the winding country roads from St. Louis, I drove deeper and deeper away from civilization. At one point, I saw a wooden plank tied to a tree, advertising simply that they had “Goats 4 Sale.” And down there in the Ozarks, you really are far, far away from anyone or anything that could ever bother you. “You know?,” I thought, “I really need to re-watch Deliverance (1972).” It took me 6 1/2 months, but it finally happened. Continue reading