Sunday, March 6, 2011

Can't Quit Movies

I'm an avid movie watcher, but I've found over the years that there are certain movies I come back to over and over again. Now, these films are also on my all-time favorites list, of course (which I need to redo soon), but there's something about them that makes me stop channel-surfing and watch. I'll watch even though I despise commercials and probably own these films on DVD or blu-ray.

USA has been running all of the Indiana Jones movies today which is what spurred this discussion. So naturally, the first movie on the list is one of them.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark - Indy is really something of an anti-hero. He has no problem with killing (sure, it's Nazis, but still) and he's kind of a dick to women (who falls asleep when Karen Allen is kissing all over you?). This is possibly the best action film ever.
  • Aliens - I want this James Cameron back...the one who simply wants to make incredible genre flicks, not the guy trying to change the movie universe every decade (although, admittedly, he's doing it).
  • The Dark Knight - The newest entry has only been on TV a couple times so far, but I can already tell I'll be watching this one for many years to come. The fact that this didn't get a Best Picture nomination is a crime.
  • The Lord of the Rings - If I catch a marathon of this trilogy, my day is pretty much shot. The Extended Editions need to hurry up and get to blu-ray.
  • The Empire Strikes Back - Duh...
  • Contact - I think this movie is criminally underrated. Powerful exploration of the possibility of life in the universe.
  • Signs - Speaking of underrated, Shymalan's last truly great movie may have some plot holes but I love the idea of an alien invasion film that shows how average people would experience it and react.
  • Spider-Man 2 - Cuz I still get misty-eyed when the train passengers save Spidey.
  • Casino Royale - The movie that made James Bond truly exciting again.

What are your can't ignore movies?

1 comment:

  1. Fight Club...I get sucked into that every time it's on TV (even though it's edited to hell and back). Also, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles, especially if it's on early Saturday or Sunday. It makes me feel like I'm 13 catching one of the old movie marathons on Fox 19. I want to yell for my Mom to make me a grilled cheese and tomato soup. :)