I am sitting here doing my annual Easter Ten Commandments watching ritual and I started to think about past "epics". I am old enough to have watched Ben Hur, Ten Commandment, Cleopetra, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago,...when they were first released. I remember the "Parting of the Red Sea" was a monster event at the time, now, I can't even remember when was the last time that I was impressed with that scene. Which brings me to the following: There are movies that stand the test of time, but some of the "big deals" at the time seemed down right cheesy now. Ten Commandment is such a movie, the movie is still very good, but the "Big Deal" really did not hold up. Ben Hur's chariot scene I say gets even better with age, but the sea battle is kind of a joke in today's standard (the "inside", underdeck scene is still great, but the "ocean" is lousy). Similarly Cleopetra largely held up well until, again, when it gets to the sea battle. In contrast, Lawrence of Arabia held up extremely well (I do not want to again start another LOA merit discussion, but in so far as the look and scenery and effect, if any, it's still flawless). Along the same line, even with the amazing advances in effects, movies such as 2001, Forbidden Planet, held up amazingly well. Anybody else has nominations for movies that was "amazing" at the time but looks primitive now, or vice versa, the "I am amazed that it still hasn't aged" movies.