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Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

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Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby pjbogart » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:42 pm

So my brother called me tonight and went into an irrational tirade about how Jaws isn't any better on Blu-ray than on VHS and I sat down to watch Jaws before bed, because it was fresh in my mind. It occurred to me that I've seen this movie no less than 25 times and somehow I always find it entertaining anyway. Have you got a DVD collection? What are some movies that you just never, ever get sick of watching? In alphabetical order, looking over my DVD collection:

1. 28 Days Later
2. Aliens
3. Conan the Barbarian
4. The Exorcist
5. The Goonies
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. Jaws
8. The Lost Boys
9. Pet Semetary
10. Salem's Lot
11. The Shining
12. Silver Bullet
13. Star Wars
14. The Thing

Hmmm... almost exclusively horror. I have some often-watched films that aren't horror, like Annie Hall, Fried Green Tomatoes and The Princess Bride, but the movies I never seem to get sick of mostly seem to be horror films. And Stephen King books. Maybe I watch movies over and over because they remind me of my childhood, kind of like an Oedipus complex only no sex and no mother.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:03 am

Off the top of my head and in the order I thought of'em (and drunk, to boot):

The Muppet Movie
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Once Upon A Time In America
Once Upon A Time In The West
Midnight Run
Smokey And The Bandit
Bringing Up Baby
His Girl Friday
Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey
The Sting
Horse Feathers
Duck Soup
Monkey Business (the Marx Bros. one, though the Grant/Rogers one is pretty good too)
The Train
A Face In The Crowd
Johnny Guitar
My Man Godfrey
Better Off Dead
Jaws
Lone Star
Blood Simple
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
This Is Spinal Tap
The Adventures Of Robin Hood
Animal House
Ghostbusters
Airplane!
Citizen Kane
Life Of Brian
The Great McGinty
Double Indemnity
Penn & Teller Get Killed
Play Dirty
Nothing Sacred
The Sea Hawk
Destry Rides Again
Angels Have Wings
People Will Talk
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (the original, natch)
One, Two, Three
White Heat
Blonde Crazy
Touch Of Evil
The Big Clock
The Right Stuff
The Big Sleep
Casablanca
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
The Maltese Falcon
Sahara
Shane
The Thin Man
Topper Returns
Laura
Reign Of Terror (a.k.a. The Black Book)
Easy Living (w/Claudette Colbert, not Rodney Dangerfield)
Reservoir Dogs
The Big Lebowski
Blood Simple
Die Hard
It's A Wonderful Life
The Thing (John Carpenter's)
Big Trouble In Little China
Dog Day Afternoon
The Searchers
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
Kansas City Confidential
His Kind Of Woman
Brain Candy
Cabin Boy
Harper
It's A Wonderful Life
Ace In The Hole
Ice Station Zebra
Emperor Of The North
Beat The Devil
The Longest Yard (the original, of course -- I refuse to watch the Sandler one)
Kentucky Fried Movie
Babe & Babe: Pig In The City
Panic In The Streets
Shakes The Clown
The Big Heat
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
My Name Is Nobody
The Tuttles Of Tahiti
No Name On The Bullet
Allegheny Uprising
Cause For Alarm!
The Princess Bride
The Blues Brothers
Champagne For Caesar
48 Hrs.
Trading Places
Bridge On The River Kwai

Is that too many?
Seriously, I will watch any of these movies at the drop of a hat. Heck, keep your hat on -- what do I care?


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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby fennel » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:22 am

Young Frankenstein.

("What hump?")
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby kurt_w » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:34 am

In no particular order

The first few Pink Panther movies, especially A Shot in the Dark and Return.
Various old Alec Guinness films (Lavender Hill Mob, Horse's Mouth, etc.)
North by Northwest
Dr. Zhivago
Until the End of the World
BBC version of Pride & Prejudice (Ehle/Firth)
A Fish Called Wanda/Fierce Creatures
Some Like it Hot
Pretty much any James Cameron film
Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day Lewis)
Princess Bride
A Night at the Opera

Oh, and a fair number from the top third of Wagstaff's list, too.

But oddly enough, I've never seen most of the movies on PJ's list. Literally, I've only seen like three of them. The whole genre of Horror just doesn't interest me at all.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby TeachInPeace » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:08 am

Kill Bill (I like 2 better, but I love both)
Pirates of the Caribbean 3
Steel Magnolias
Bridesmaids
The Breakfast Club
Glory
Malcolm X
It's a Wonderful Life
Dawn of the Dead
Shawn of the Dead
Zombieland
The Craft
Practical Magic
Match Point
Gangs of New York
Labyrinth
The Neverending Story
Muppets Take Manhattan
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:46 am

I'm more this way with TV than with movies. "Seinfeld," "M*A*S*H" and "Star Trek" entertain me forever.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby minicat » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:39 am

O Brother Where Art Thou
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Wizard of Oz
Kiss Me Deadly
Clerks
Ride the High Country
Easy Rider
The Long Goodbye
Brewster McCloud
A Hard Day's Night
many more...
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:47 am

You guys remembered a lot of the movies I forgot....

No Mel Brooks? What was I thinking? Add: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers

I'll steal Fish Called Wanda and Some Like It Hot from kurt's list.

Kenneth's list reminds me that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khaaaaaaaaaaan! should be on mine.

And I'll swipe The Long Goodbye and Kiss Me Deadly from mini.

And how the heck did I forget Top Secret!?
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby kurt_w » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:51 pm

Yeah, likewise there's a lot of movies on your list that I'd happily watch any day. And since I watch probably 1% as many movies as you, that could keep me occupied for years....

But, I've got to ask: how come you've got Horse Feathers, Monkey Business, and Duck Soup, but not A Night at the Opera? Accidental oversight, or deliberate choice?
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Marvell » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:14 pm

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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:36 pm

kurt_w wrote:But, I've got to ask: how come you've got Horse Feathers, Monkey Business, and Duck Soup, but not A Night at the Opera? Accidental oversight, or deliberate choice?

Opera is hilarious, to be sure, but it (like Animal Crackers, which I prefer) gets bogged down in uninteresting plot and songs, whereas the three I listed are non-stop Marx zaniness from start to finish. Monkey Business, in particular, is pretty much just plotless anarchy (although Horse Feathers remains my favorite, as hinted at by my choice of Foron handle.) So yes, I never really get sick of Opera or Animal Crackers, but if someone suggested one of them, I'd probably try to convince them to change their pick to one of the three I listed.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:50 pm

Duck Soup is the only perfect Marx Brothers movie. The others have too much Zeppo, or too much of something else.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby kurt_w » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:55 pm

I'm sorry, KB, but Night at the Opera doesn't have too much of anything, or not enough of anything else.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:01 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:Duck Soup is the only perfect Marx Brothers movie. The others have too much Zeppo, or too much of something else.
Now, now... Zeppo has his moments.
He shines as Captain Spaulding's secretary in Animal Crackers, and he gets to save the day with fisticuffs in Monkey Business. He's even got a few funny lines in Horse Feathers (his delivery of "Hello, old timer!" cracks me up every time) although he does get shoved aside at his own wedding in the capper. He's also a game participant in the "Going To War" number in Duck Soup and a welcome component of the war montage at the end. He was certainly in the best shape of any of the Marxes...

The rest of the Marxes all claimed that Zeppo was the funniest one in real life, but somebody had to be the straight guy.
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Re: Movies you never ever seem to get sick of watching

Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:02 pm

Zeppo being funny is fine. Zeppo singing love songs is not okay.
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