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    The one film you never tire of?

    Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by OurJud, Nov 7, 2015.

    This isn't necessarily your favourite film - it certainly isn't in my case - but what's the one film you can watch time over time, and never tire of? Not that this means you can chain-watch it, every day of the week, but the one that you turn to when you're feeling down. The one film you know is going to give you that warm feeling inside... your 'comfort film'. Feel free to include a clip of (one of) your favourite scene(s).

    I'll kick off and say that mine is National Lampoon's Vacation. We have a film channel here in the UK called TCM (which I think is an American film channel) that show this film on a regular basis, and if I make the mistake of switching it on, I absolutely have to, without question, watch it till the end. It may be in the early hours of the morning when my body is screaming for bed, but no, I have to watch it out.

    But to analyse why this film has such an effect on me is quite difficult. Chevy Chase's performance is certainly a huge factor, but beyond that I can only imagine it appeals to my love of long car journeys.

    One of my favourite scenes.

     
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    By FAR, Varisty Blues is the movie I have to watch every time I see it.

     
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    As a young male it's cliche, but The Dark Knight. I like to pretend that The Dark Knight Rises never happened.
     
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    One? ha!

    Some movies that I have literally seen at least 20 times or more across all formats:

    The Million Dollar Hotel
    As Good as it Gets
    Spies Like Us
    The Three Amigos
    A Few Good Men
    Alien
    Aliens
    The Fifth Element
    Star Wars IV, V and VI
    Sniper
    Platoon
    Apocalypse Now (including Redux)
    Taxi Driver
    The Last Detail
    Midnight Cowboy
    Braveheart

    (Due to my work my personal DVD collection must now be around 2 to 3 thousand titles. I can't even store most of them in cases.)

    My records for the cinema are:
    10 x Titanic - including the 3D re-release once, and twice in one day
    7 x Saving Private Ryan
    7 x The Million Dollar Hotel
    7 x The Matrix
    6 x Black Hawk Down
    6 x Avatar (all IMAX 3D)
    6 x Lost in Space (Don't ask, I know it's absolute shit) including twice in one day
    6 x Starship Troopers

    5 x or less are too frequent to recall.
     
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    Fargo
    Apollo 13
    Casablanca
    The Maltese Falcon
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Amadeus
    The Incredibles
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Young Frankenstein
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Right Stuff
    The Hunt for Red October
    Medicine Man

    soon to be on this list: The Martian

    sentimental favorite: The NeverEnding Story
     
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    There are not many. The Shawshank Redemption is the only film I can think of that I'll start over when the credits role.

    There are many films I can watch multiple times, but that is the only one in quick succession.
     
  7. jannert

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    Gosh there are a few. The original three Star Wars films on DVD. And that's my record at the cinema as well. I've seen the original Star Wars movie at the cinema 7 times—5 times during its first run, back in ...1974?

    American Graffiti
    Last of the Mohicans
    Ordinary People
    Comes a Horseman
    Working Girl
    Time Bandits
    Hear My Song
    The Last Waltz
    Amadeus
    All the President's Men
    The Big Chill
    The Right Stuff
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    Witness
    On Golden Pond
    The Bridges of Madison County

    These are all films I've seen in cinemas, as well as own on DVD. The reason they are not very contemporary (or very British) is that I don't go to cinemas any more. I really hate the modern experience here in Scotland, with the sound cranked up to ear-blast levels. My husband still goes to the cinema, on occasion, but he always wears earplugs. Me, I can't be arsed with that.

    However, I do have DVDs of more recent movies I've not actually seen in cinemas that I quite like as well. (Including all the Studio Ghibli films I can rustle up, and Avatar, etc.)

    My main watching experience these days, however, are really good TV series. Farscape. Sharpe. Foyle's War. Joan Hickson's Miss Marple, Battlestar Galactica (until the ending ...urkkk...). Cranford. Survivors (the original plus the sadly-cancelled remake) The Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle Pride and Prejudice (I disliked the Keira Knightly movie.) The House of Elliot, Yes Minister/Prime Minister.

    Well, and lots more, actually. I have hundreds of DVDs.
     
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    I sadly got rid of them all when I buggered off to NZ. Makes me kinda jealous given that all TV here has advertisements so I find it unwatchable, and could really use my old DVD collection.
     
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    That's sad. I had to abandon my giant vinyl collection when I moved from the States to the UK, and I still miss some of them. There just wasn't any way to ship them over that didn't risk warping. I know, because I did ship a few and some of them didn't arrive in a playable state.

    Mind you, DVD players aren't going to be around forever ...although they'll probably see ME out. But maybe look to streaming some of your favorites, if you can?
     
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    That's two more that should have been on my list. Thanks for reminding me, jannert! I have The Last Waltz on DVD and it's probably my favorite concert movie. Great songs! I watch that movie a lot.
     
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    Fortunately with this new-fangled techno web I can find them on the line.

    Vinyls though, that would be a shame, cause it feels like a piece of legitimate history.
     
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    Well, my sister fell heir to my vinyl. I hope she finds a way to dispose of it that doesn't include The Bin.
     
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    X-Men (1,2,3, First Class and Days of Future Past), The Matrix, Avatar and LOTR, of course. :)

    Oh, and Disney's Secretariat.
     
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    I know what it feels like. When I first moved out of my parents' house, my apartment was so small there was no room for my stereo system or my vinyl LP collection. So I left that stuff (plus tons of books and lots of other things) at my parents' house. Well, just a few months after I moved out, my parents got divorced and the house was sold to deal with the settlement, and I never saw any of my stuff again. It all disappeared when I was busy looking the other way. :(
     
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    You think that's bad? Mine are still married and they still threw all my old crap in a skip. Cheeky buggers.
     
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    Roadhouse (I know, guilty pleasure)
    Jaws (also happens to be my all-time favorite)
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
     
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    Ridley Scott's original Alien.

    It is perfection.
     
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    Last two, yes, Jaws and Alien I can watch a lot.

    What is particularly great about Alien is the subtext that it was Ripley all along, and she killed all her ship mates. It is like a dam onion.
     
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    Never tire and feel-good-films are not necessarily the same thing ;)

    Never tire:
    The Secret in their eyes
    Coherence (the one film where I've been afraid to put out the lights. I am not joking!)
    12 angry men
    Kellys Heroes
    Lola runs
    True Detective (1)
    Lucky#Slevin
    American History X
    Black Hawk Down
    The Live of Others

    Feel Good:
    Down Periscope
    Love Actually
    The Princess Bride
    The Halleluya Trail
    In July

    I have to look up the suggestions here, thanks for jogging my brain! :D
     
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    I just keep wondering why the crew didn't just turn the damn lights on. Maybe I haven't seen the movie recently enough. :p
     
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    Rocky Horror Picture Show
     
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    They were seriously distracted by Ash, the inexplicably juicy robot, which, I think, was his game all along. ;)
     
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    Seriously? The film ends and you start it again from the start??

    Now this I just don't understand. I don't care how much I love a film (My top two are Kes and Withnail and I) but not even either of these could I start watching again the second it finishes. It fact, I'd go so far as to say it would be extremely detrimental to my love for the film
     
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    That's a really good question, dude. That would've made escaping the ship just that much easier. :p
     
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    Really I don't go to cinemas since origins of long marriage: wife goes outside for puff halfway through any film, misses key scenes. I get angry, fist into popcorn.

    And don't watch any, many films at home. Pious, elderly, prefer radio static, the cucumber, that lonely garden shed and my potting. Hers indoors are all of the soap operas on all of her screens. Hence me now joining hers, twilight evening, joining is and I am practically all medically trained cockney Manchester man on an Holby East Street, the handcuffed growler, twin sofa. Shameful abdication of remote control. [And] Son, [he] says,

    'Make her Daddy, make her watch our sport, our Simpsons, Family Guy, make her play our Call of Duty iv, you loser.'

    Truly, one day on one lung, allowed - watch films: a free-will setting environment, utopian care home fantasy on the endless reel?

    Try:

    Bridge Too Far peow peow/Great Rock n Roll Swindle/Harold and Maude/Good, Bad, ugly Mary Spaghetti [hoh]/ Morning of the Earth/Morning of the Earth again/why not the Endless Summer as well?/ Weepy, weepy, need weepy for collection/1960s Swedish film with cheekbone ladies, pretentious probably perfect/pornography in every flavour and often swung on it/all monkeys for her, the documentary possibly.

    That 'Ordinary People' is good for a cry. I used to cry. @jannert, you stated Star Wars was the year 1974...hoh...f...filistin...1977.




    Ancient fantasy - that's me...
     
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