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    Shows and films you keep returning to

    Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Annaberru, Jul 13, 2013.

    I have a habit of re-watching TV-shows (as in, from pilot to end), and it seems like some shows just never let go of the grip they have on me.
    In fact, there are a lot of shows I re-watch every other year or so, and I cry at the end every time, if the show has an end. Today, it was 'Six feet under' that once again lured me into watching the pilot, which to me is like giving beer to a recovering alcoholic. This will be the third time I completely watch it through, if I do, but there are plenty others I have seen again and again. Why is that?

    Apart from 'Six feet under', some shows I can't let go of are Bones, My Name Is Earl, Scrubs, That 70's show, and a small, six-episodes long tv show that had horrible quality and got cancelled, and can only be found on youtube with severe lag in the sound. Didn't bother me much when I was younger, but my not-so-inner nerd cringes every time I try now. There are more, but I can't remember the names right now.
    (I also keep trying to re-watch 'The Tribe', but the lack of quality in EVERYTHING keeps throwing me off within the first six episodes.)

    There are a lot of films I keep watching also, and I do the same as with my tv-shows: I wait at least a year, and watch them at a different season than last time, and then I compare my perception of it to the last time I saw it.


    What shows and films do you guys keep returning to?
    And how do your perception of them compare to last time?


    Last time I re-watched 'six feet under', I experienced the show completely differently than I had done a few years before. I think it is both due to aging and being in a different situation in life than last time, and I'm curious to see how it will affect me this time. I know one thing for sure, though: I will cry like a baby when I watch the final episode.
     
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    I watch Becker, Seinfeld, Roseanne, and Andy Griffith re-runs over and over. I guess I'm just afraid that if I try out a new sit-com, the show won't be something I like. Their are a lot of sit-coms out there that are too foolish for me, after all.
     
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    But Roseanne isn't?

    Focus-

    There are a few movies that I have watched at least upwards of 50 times throughout my life, starting with when I was 8 years old; the masterpiece Conan the Barbarian, Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, and Jean Claude Van Damme's Bloodsport and The Quest.

    Those last three are all very well-done martial arts tournament films. Howevever, I understand that they're not for everyone. As for John Milius's classic, that is simply one of the greatest films ever.
     
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    For some reason, the shows Bones, QI and Have I Got News for You, Would I Lie To You?. And Top Gear, I guess, but that's more hangover TV than anything else. Even though it's terrible. And the films of David Lynch & Stanley Kubrick, and Dawn of the Dead, Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Machinist, and The Thing are films I've sat through a good few times. Again, no idea why. I just really really like them.
     
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    Twin Peaks - phenomenal! I love surrealism

    Blood of a Poet - also surreal. I watched this when I was twelve and it took me years to find it again.

    Just the Ten of Us - I wanted to be a Lubbock babe! - I have a few episodes on vhs

    Muppet Babies - found it on You Tube! Awesome.

    The Fugitive Kind - Brando is so sexy in this one! Very under rated.

    Are you Being Served and Grace and Favor - I actually like Grace and Favor the sequel the best. It's
    fun to see older people with their own series for a change!

    You Can't Take it With You - Without a doubt one of my favorites. A perfect movie.

    Gummi Bears - they're a guilty pleasure the villians - Duke Igthorn and his lackey Toadie are a hoot.

    I'm a huge old movie fan so this list could go on and on.
     
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    Seinfeld, Alien, Aliens, Terminator 2, The Shield, Star Trek

    You notice different things each time, but I mostly rewatch stuff I saw growing up, since my perspective has changed.

    That's what has made Captain Planet so unbearable, like being slammed in the head with a sledgehammer.
     
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    While it's not something I return to again and again, I do love me some Twin Peaks. :D

    I might have to watch it again. Thanks for reminding me of it actually.
     
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    In terms of television shows, I'm a sucker for

    Keeping Up Appearances (God I love Patricia Routledge in this)

    The Benny Hiill Show

    and of course

    Married with Children

    I could watch those forever and ever.
     
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    Truly a grand show. :) "...lady of the house speaking!" :D


    SG:U
    Torchwood

    The Tomorrow People (the original episodes)
    Jonny Quest (The original episodes. The subtext is too good and just gets better over time.)
    All of the ALIEN films (I sometimes make a marathon of it when I have to work over the weekend)
    Kung Fu Panda 2 (guilty pleasure. I love the ending when Po finds his inner peace)
     
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    Anything and everything Monty Python
    Fawlty Towers
    From the Earth to the Moon (HBO series)

    Movies:

    Casablanca
    The NeverEnding Story
    A Clockwork Orange
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Forbidden Planet
    The Flight of the Phoenix (original w/ Jimmy Stewart)
    The Great Escape
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Ten Commandments (Charlton Heston version) (cheesy but endless fun)
    Witness for the Prosecution
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Aliens
    The Lord of the Rings movies
    The Last Waltz (hey, I love the music)

    I'm sure there are more I'll think of later.
     
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    TV shows:

    Stargate SG-1
    JAG
    Supernatural
    Blackadder
    Futurama
    Battlestar Galactica (reimagined)
    Scrubs
    Married With Children
    X-Files
    Deadwood

    Movies:

    Disney's The Beauty and The Beast
    Natural Born Killers
    Heavy Metal
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Platoon

    It's often the mood that lures me back. Or if I need a pickme up, or a kick in the butt I often return to some series or movie I know through and through.
     
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    [MENTION=53403]KaTrian[/MENTION] I'd add these to our list.


    Movies:
    Full Metal Jacket
    I Am Dina
    Taxi Driver
    Sirens
    Silent Hill
    Way of the Gun
    The Little Mermaid
    Escape from LA
    Aliens
    True Romance
    Canterbury Tales (Pasolini's version)
    Seven Samurai
    Lilja 4-Ever (probably unheard of in the States, but highly recommended to anyone interested in a realistic portrayal of human trafficking)
    The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (the version with Alex Kingston as Moll)
    Princess Mononoke
    Spirited Away
    The Harry Potters
    The LOTR movies (Jackson versions)
    Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail
    Life Aquatic

    Shows:
    Battlestar Galactica (we both wish we could wipe our memories so we could watch this for the first time again and again, the pilot is one of the greatest pilots in the history of TV)
    Fawlty Towers
    Xena
    The League of Gentlemen (Papa Lazarou is one of the greatest characters ever)
    Millennium
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Futurama
     
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    Kill Bill 1 and 2
    Dune (D. Lynch version)
    Life of Brian
    Blades of Glory
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Ninja Scroll
    Ghost in a Shell
    Akira
    Sherlock Holmes ( with Jeremy Brett)
    Poirot (with David Suchet)
    Will and Grace
    Hell's Kitchen
    Mike Leigh's movies in general
    etc.
     
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    Ah Napoleon Dynamite I love that one - the time machine - tater tots in a pocket - Tina Majorino in a side ponytail

    Lemex - I almost want to watch Twin Peaks again myself it's been about a year. But I just recently watched Fire Walk with Me.
     
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    Let's see ...TV series ...

    Farscape (number one favourite show of all time)
    Firefly
    Sharpe
    Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version)
    Cranford
    Wives and Daughters
    Miss Marple (the Joan Hickson version)
    Foyle's War
    Father Ted
    Fawlty Towers
    Rome
    The House of Elliott
    Jakers!


    Movies

    Last of the Mohicans
    The original Star Wars Trilogy
    LOTR trilogy
    Witness
    Blade Runner
    Amadeus
    Chocolat
    Hear My Song
    American Graffiti
    The Last Waltz
    Getting Married in Buffalo Jump
    Belleville Rendez-vous
    My Neighbour Totoro
    Spirited Away
     
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    Movies:
    The Godfather (I and II)
    Goodfellas
    The Sound of Music
    Office Space
    American Pie
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Sixteen Candles
    The Breakfast Club
    Grease
    Saturday Night Fever
    All the Airplane and Naked Gun movies
    Revenge of the Nerds


    As far as television shows, there are very few that I'll watch the reruns of anymore. There are a few shows that I just really, really love and sometimes I re-watch the last season of them to remember what happened right before the new season starts (such as Breaking Bad or Mad Men). And I could be interested in watching some of those shows again, if the opportunity were to present itself. Right now, though, I never have a large stretch of time where I don't have anything else I need or want to do AND the television is available. It is usually used for watching shows like Yo Gabba Gabba or Dora the Explorer, or else for some video game.

    As far as a show that I don't know why the heck I watch it, but for some reason just can't stop myself is the American version of Big Brother, which they show every summer. I always despise just about everyone on the show, but I end up watching it every year.
     
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    Sometimes the show Roseanne could be foolish. Like on one episode, the Conners were on a train that was taken over by a group of pirates.

    However, to me, most of the episodes were true to life.
     

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