I watched Catch Me If You Can with Tom Hanks and Leo Dicaprio for the 3rd time tonight. I just love love love incredibly smart movies and shows like this. It is especially refreshing to see movies about real people so Hollywood doesn't have to work so hard trying to just make remakes of old ideas.
I saw your post and the first movie that came to mind was one I loved called Avalon. Must've come out in the early 90s maybe? Wonderful story, but I always cry when I watch it. I bet I've seen it a dozen times - always cry.
Oh, sorry-shoud have said. Fiction. It was Armen Mueller-Stahl (sp?) and Aiden Quinn and a bunch of others. Family saga kind of thing. Kid remembering the stories his grandfather told him about how he and his brothers came to America, to Baltimore. Alot of it is very funny.
Sounds similar to Second-Hand Lions? That was a good one to!
Hard to believe but the only movie to make me cry was the latest version of King Kong...of course I was prego at the time so hormones were whacked, lol...but oh how I cried as he hangs off the bldg in the end!
U have a very good excuse! However, I don't, and I cry at the weirdest things. The other night I cried at the end of a "Dr. Who" episode. ((Just between u and me and the internet.)) So embarrassing.
I should check out Second Hand Lions. I think it's on "free" cable, now. :)
PS/Most of the others that come to mind as ones I can watch over and over are pretty "vintage" stuff. Like,...mmm... Rear Window (suspense..Hitchcock), and ...mmm...Mame (comedy, not the musical version).
Gosh, there are a lot I'll sit and watch part of if they're on. In no real particular order, they're all some of my favorites. I'm beginning to see a theme here, so just about anything with Robin Williams or Gene Hackman. :)
Good Morning Viet Nam
Fried Green Tomatoes
Mr. Holland's Opus
Dead Poets Society
Grumpy Old Men
I think DH and I have watched Tombstone at least 30 times. I am a big Val Kilmer fan, and I think that was his very best role as Doc Holiday. I saw Dead Man Walking for the first time last week and I was stunned by the performances; very moving. Field of Dreams is another that we will watch again and again. And even DH likes a good cry in Steel Magnolias! Oh and how could I forget Pretty Woman!
I used to adore scary movies. The scarier, the better. I read somewhere that an important reason why people liked scary movies was because in their deep subconscious, they didn't believe the plot/storyline was feasible or probable. (how many people have monsters coming out of their belly a la "Alien"?). Fantasy to people that watch these movies is safe; reality isn't.
However, today's scary movies seem a lot more realistic to me so I no longer watch anything that scares me, makes me cry or angry. Funny, romantic or inspiring is all that's of interest to me. A little suspense can be fun also.
Back to faves: any James Bond movie with R. Moore or S Connery
Clint Eastwood anything
Audrey Hepburn anything
Wm. Holden anything
Meet Joe Black (Brad Pitt in remake of Death takes a Holiday)
Terms of Endearment
Empire Strikes Back
Bend It like Beckham
The Full Monty
Can't count how many times I've watched those. DH teases me saying I don't rewatch them because I like them, but because I forget them so they're like "new movies" to me. He's silly.
I really liked Little Miss Sunshine. If you haven't seen it, go to the show and enjoy yourself with this one. I hope it wins something at the Oscars this year.
I have a terrible memory and can re-watch movies like Harry Potter and still say, "What's he gonna do now?" LOL! But movies that I've seen more than I can count on my hands (like The Princess Bride) I can narrate along with them. =)
Good point konkrete about Napoleon. When we rented it I almost couldn't make it to the end. It ended and we said, "Goll that was so dumb!" Then the next day I caught DH watching it again. He said there must be something we missed. ROFLOL because it's given us tons of laughs since then!!!
One weird thing I noticed is I was thinking the movie was set back in the day, right...but then Kip is playing on the internet...so it can't be...but gotta love that 80's music at their school dance! EW!
I LOVE "To Kill A Mockingbird"! One of my all time favorites.
Other favorites are:
"Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid"
"Dances With Wolves"
"Gone With The Wind"
"Lawrence of Arabia"
"North By Northwest"
"The Sound of Music"
"West Side Story"
Meet Joe Black
Legends of the Fall (Pitt and Hopkins again, TKO cast)
Housesitter (practically anything with Steve Martin)
Witches (with Anjelica Huston, delicious children's scarey movie)
Friday (only the first one, the rest are NOT funny)
The Terminator (plus the sequel, even T3 isn't bad)
BIG Drew Barrymore fan, so anything she's in, except ET (once every other year is plenty, LOL)
The Good Girl
It's a Wonderful Life (mandatory at Christmas)
Bad Santa (ditto)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
mgh - OT question. Did you (or anyone here) ever catch the game show "Win Ben Stein's Money"? It was the guy who takes attendance in that monotone voice, very dry, ribald humor. Co-hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
The Bridges of Madison County
Somewhere In Time
Paint Your Wagons
Nicholas and Alexandrea
Tremors, 1 2 and 3
Beautiful To Look At (from late 50's and beautiful gowns)
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Harvey Girls
Almost anything with Gene Kelly or Judy Garland
Any Which Way You Can
Any Which Way But Loose
and last but not least - Full Metal Jacket
I miss Ben Stein's Clear Eyes commercials. "Clear Eyes is awwwesome." LOL!
LC2: Grease 2 was actually good huh? I've never seen it and never heard anyone mention it! I was going to order the Grease 1 from Amazon...they have the special edition folks for like 11 bucks...the one with the faux leather jacket cover. SWEET. It's 45% off and cheaper than at Walmart.
I watch loads of films over and over, too many to list but they range from Hitchcock, Fred Astaire, Bruce Lee, Spielberg, Disney, Kurosawa, James Stewart - especially It's a Wonderful Life, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Bogart etc etc etc! Me and my sister used to quote lines from our favourite films ALL the time!
For Valentine's Day Wal-Mart has several 2 pack movies for only $10 each!!!! Some selections I picked up The Princess Bride special edition with actor interviews!!!!, Moulin Rouge, Ever After and some movie I've never heard of but will just give away LOL.
vossner mentioned "The Commitments". I LOVE this movie! You have to watch it at least twice, cause it takes that long to understand that Irish brogue!
O Brother, Where Art Thou...I don't know how many times DH and I have watched this, and laughed out loud every time.
Lonely are the Brave
The titanic (the one with Barbara Stanwyck)
Caged...this is a wonderful tear-jerker
Stella Dallas (also Stanwyck)
Imitation of Life
A Star is Born
ANYTHING with Jimmy Cagney, but especially "Each Dawn I Die"
love Steel Magnolias...lol my sister and I can just look at each other and say "Why of course you can!" Another one is Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Also like Gigi (musical) and have seen it at least 50 times...Others are Shawshank Redemption, Shindlerslist, Pulp Fiction (LOVE IT!!!) Reservoir Dogs...
Oh my goodness, everyone keeps adding my favorites! Love The Godfather movies (and agree that III was a dud). I never tire of The Usual Suspects - brilliant, and I love Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. I'd never seen Caddyshack until recently, what a hoot. LA Confidential is a favorite too (I love James Ellroy's novels).
Romancing The Stone
Arsenic and Old Lace
Yours, Mine, and Ours (the original)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Harvey Girls
It's A Wonderful Life
Miracle On 34th Street
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Arsenic and Old Lace...another laugh out loud movie for me! And what about "Bringing Up Baby"? Carey Grant was wonderful in those kind of parts.
And wasn't he in Penny Serenade, which was a tear-jerker, not his usual stuff. Or was that called Pennies from Heaven? Guess I'd better Google it!
LOL on Land Before Time, I loved the original as a kid. And can still enjoy a great kids movie! (Wouldn't want to see versions 2-7,8,9...though, to much).
What about all the Disney cartoons? I've watched and still watch those several times each. The best (funniest one with lots of adult humor) is The Emporers New Groove. I LOL every time!!!! I think almost anything David Spade is in it funny.
the ratings are definitely lacking & have changed over the years...i'm ok with people doing whatever they want in movies (as long as not illegal type of content) but the ratings & description should let you know
i remember going to see angel heart at the theaters...it was advertised as a mickey spillane type of detective movie...i was basically traumatized by the content...at that time i was at the age of not realizing i could just walk out & i know my friend didn't want to...after 20 years or so i'm over it
i did watch blair witch project against advice from a good friend who has a great sense for what i can watch or not...should've listened, but i've handled that better & i'm impacted in dreams every once in a while
Thx! I got excited about this until I read the first review:
Quoting:As the four hour Children of the Dust on television, this was an exciting and poignant story. However, for the video and DVD release, it was edited down to just two hours. Too many of the important scenes were cut, and what was left made almost no sense. I want the complete movie on DVD!
I've got to heartily agree with:
Paint Your Wagons
Two Weeks Notice
The Princess Bride
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Audrey Hepburn in anything...
and there were several others I was agreeing with but don't want to scroll back up. lol
I also want to add Bedazzled, Singles Ward, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sahara ; D
I made a mistake and watched "Fidler on the Roof" the other day and now have all the songs stuck on my brain ipod and they are continually cycling.
The music is great, but the delivery devine. It gives me shivers when the papa sings "If I were a rich man"
lol mine is Cool Hand Luke "What we have here is a failure to communicate"(drives the DH nuts when I quote it) Since he didn't grow up watching American movies much he doesn't get them. LOL took him forever to get "Say hello to my little friend"
All of me
Man with Two Brains (I can't believe nobody mentioned that one)
V for Vendetta
300 (see this at the IMAX)
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Death Race 2000 (featuring Sly Stone as a dough boy!)
Kill Bill 1 & 2
Big Fish (amazing film)
Buster Keaton in anything but definitly The General
Harry Potter (all)
City of Angels
Godzilla (the new one)
Anything by Hitchcock
The Nineth Gate
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Gosh, there are so many others
Nothing with John Wayne!
Yea, I love it when Steve Martin licks his palms making suction cups and crosses the outside Hotel wall hanging by his hands to rescue Kathyrn Turner from the next room balcony, too funny!
And her famous line:
"Its too bad your dying from a heart attack , when I'm so young and HOT!!!"
Let's not forget Merv Griffin's cameo appearance...
Many years ago, DH and I tried "Top 10 Movies"...had to change to Top 20...then changed to Top 20 in each category...Did the same with books and music. Didn't watch a lot of tv at that time, and it always got us talking...go off on different tangents that each favorite would make us think about.
My favorite conversation starter: So, Did Rhett ever take Scarlet back?
I can and do watch these everytime I see them in channel surfing or for any other reason:
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Star Wars (the original)
Anything with Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney
To Kill a Mockingbird
and of course (I do live on an island) Jaws
Without fail, I will watch these when they're on...
Escape From New York
Lord of the Rings (all 3)
The Dark Crystal
The Lost Boys
The Bone Collector
Tomb Raider (both)
anything from Disney
Star Wars (all)
Star Trek (all)
any Hammer film
Will forever love the Sound of Music
other all time favorites -- Breaking Away with young Dennis Quaid
Heart and Souls with Robert Downey Jr.
Immortal Beloved with Gary Oldman and Isabella Rosellini
Big Night with Tony Shalhoub is another good one -- got me hooked on Louis Prima music (Isabella Rosellini's in this one too) -- makes you want to eat italian food!
You have all mentioned so many I like - from the funny to the weird...
On Golden Pond, Terms of Endearment (I cry), Steel Magnolisa (I cry), BIG, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Chicago ( A BIG favorite!), oldie Dr Zhivago (fell in love with Omar Sharif), O Brother Where Art Thou (LOVE the music), Pulp Fiction (you and me, araness), Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, Blazing Saddles (I laugh just thinking about it!), My Cousin Vinny, Second-Hand Lions, As Good As it Gets, and the family favorite: Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail (Run away! Run away!) which my sons can quote from memory. Always cracks us up when they start in - with proper Bristish accents, of course.
A Fish called Wanda
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Wizard of OZ
Rear Window (the old one)
Dune (w/Kyle M)
The Fugitive (w/H. Ford)
More? probably, yes without a doubt!
I generally will not watch a movie more than once, but I can not count how many times I have watched "The Out- of Towners" with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. It is hilarious , no matter how many times I have seen it!!
I Just saw The Bucket List, and I want to see it again. Only then can I determine if I would see it over and over... But it was sure a good movie!! Best I've seen in a long, long time. I highly recommend it!
I just re-watched "A Walk in the Clouds"...seen it 3 or 4 times. The movie is a little sappy, but I adore Anthony Quinn and the movie itself is just sooooooo beautiful! I grew up near Napa, and it always reminds me of happy days in my childhood. Just gorgeous.
I do watch these over and over, starting with A Walk in the Clouds, Practical Magic,Steel Magnolias, Chicago,
Moulin Rogue,When Harry Met Sally,French Kiss,The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire, You've Got Mail, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, any of the M. Night Shamalan movies. And probably a few hundred titles I can't think of right now!
I really enjoyed No Country for Old Men, and love that the ending was one that made you think and not the norm spoon fed Hollywood ending. Love Tommy Lee Jones, I think he's gonna be my new fav sexy old guy. Sorry Sean you had to get bumped one of these days...
I did, and liked it also...although I must say I'd have extracted a much harsher punishment. LOL I watched the movie on video (we live in small town Texas that only gets mainstream movies) with the DH and was making him act as translator for the Spanish.
Ceejay - you mean Sean Penn? I didn't like him at first either...but after watching so much that he has done over the years, I must admit that he is a very talented actor, and a gifted director as well. I feel as though I did him a disservice when he was younger.
Loved Hunt! And Darby O'Gill and the Little People, his first, totally sold me on this incredible gorgeous Welsh actor!!!! Never have gotten over my first crush on him!
I understand what you all are saying. I really don't see many movies, and if they are depressing, I avoid them. Usually. But I have to admit, not liking him early on has certainly influenced me. And then there are those whom I used to like, but I don't like anymore - like Tom Cruise. Fortunately, the last movie I saw him in was Magnolia, and I detested it. Please, no hate mail...
No worries Ceejay...no hate mail, I've NEVER liked Tom Cruise! (Please, do not throw stones!). My DH used to detest John Travolta, called him John Revolting. Now, he will watch just about anything with JT in it! Even Hairspray!!
JT has grown so much since he began. I really liked him in Pulp Fiction. Yes, I am weird!
LOL! I really have to agree with you on this one re Sean Penn: 'An actor that does not rely on "pretty-boy looks" but on talent." I've been thinking about this and I guess I just don't like him as a person.
Sean Penn's most recent movie was "Into the Wild", but directed it, and does not act in it.
What do i watch again and again?
The Philadephia Story (i have watched so many times that i know it almost by heart.) Camelot - i love every version of this story. i cry every time - in the book, the movie, or the stage musical - Arthur says "For one brief, SHINING moment..." and was anyone ever more beautiful than Vanessa Redgrave in one of the last epic movie musicals? My Fair Lady Labyrinth
Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (one of the only modern-dress versions of Shakespeare that WORKS.) How to Steal a Million - Audrey Hepburn. Peter O'Toole. Hysterically funny. I'll never know why everyone hasn't seen this!
my recent obsession: The Conformist - an italian movie recently (finally) made available on DVD in its original, non-dubbed, form. One of the most beautifully shot movies i have ever seen. Directed by Bertolucci, cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.
and, signs of when i grew up: Pretty in Pink (i loved Duckie, even if Andie didn't...) The Breakfast Club Earth Girls are Easy (i wanted to be Julie Brown!)
Oh - THAT Princess Buttercup. I loved "The Princess Bride". :-D I could watch that one again, too.
The only movie that Tom Hanks has been in that I didn't see was Saving Private Ryan, and that is only because I can't watch that kind of movie. He is a fantastic actor, and always makes a good movie. IMHO
I actually like John Travolta better, now that he has become "weird". He has a lot more substance now. But I loved him in Urban Cowboy, when he was first starting out, too. (And I was a whole lot younger.) So handsome with that dimple...
The Court Jester ("The Pellet With the Poison's In the Chalice From the Palace...")
The Inspector General ("But First... We Dance!)
Gay Purree (animated tale of cats, but voices of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons...Great songs!)
Any Mel Brooks
Any Monty Python
Any Cary Grant comedy
The Jaws movies. I don't know why, I just like to have them on when I'm doing housework.
Best In Show
Funny Farm ("Cue the Deer!")
Did anyone ever see A Fine Mess with Ted Danson, Howie Mandel and Richard Mulligan? It's been a long time, but we can't watch that (have it on tape) without rolling on the floor laughing. I HAVE seen that one over and over again...
These are some of the movies I can't resist watching. If they come on TV, I'll pretty much stop whatever I'm doing to watch. There are a lot of great movies that I see once but they're too grim to watch again. But this list I watch again and again.
Some of my favorite oldies are:
Mr. Skeffington - my favorite Bette Davis movie (with Claude Raines) 1944
Top Hat - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1935 (we always watch it on New Years Eve)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town - Gary Cooper & Jean Arthur (one of my all time favorites)
Notorious - Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman, 1946 - great Hitchcock
The Shop Around the Corner - Jimmy Stewart & Margaret Sullavan, 1940
Holiday - Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn, 1938
Random Harvest - Greer Garson & Ronald Coleman, 1942
As Good as it Gets - funny & uplifting
The Wedding Singer - funny & sweet
Notting Hill - excellent romantic comedy
The Station Agent - quiet, sweet, charming
Magnolia - maybe not for everyone's taste but I love it. It is fascinating. It touches on so many human foibles but is ultimately very hopeful.
About a Boy - Hugh Grant at his best.
I Love You to Death - Kevin Kline, Tracy Ullman, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, What's not to love?
Hero - Dustin Hoffman, hilarious and touching
How to Steal a Million - Audrey Hepburn, luminous Peter OToole, sexy
Pride and Prejudice (pretty much every version ever filmed)
Must love Dogs - John Cusack & Diane Lane, This one really reminds me of the old time romantic comedies of the 30's and 40's
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - excellent FUN
Pride and Prejudice -- good call! And The Importance of Being Ernest, especially the original film version. "I've never had a brother -- not even of any kind!" It's so funny that the gal who played prim Cecily was a space vixen in Barbarella -- with that distinctive voice. I wonder what ever happened to her?
It sounds like everyone here is pretty much a Princess Bride fan -- and rightfully so! I may be the only person in the world not to realize this, but during the "marriage" scene at the end of Three Men and a Little Lady, is Ted Danson basically doing the scene from The Princess Bride? "Mawiage is what bwings us togevuh"
And I have to put in a word for The Man Who Knew Too Much with Bill Murray. For anyone who hasn't seen it, he goes to England and takes a "murder mystery tour," only, unbeknownst to him, he hooks up with actual criminals instead of the tour group. So there's all this action and suspense, but he plays it the whole time like it's just a game. Too funny.
How could I forget Room with a View - romantic, funny, sweet and just full of delightful characters - really an extraordinary film.
Also, An Ideal Husband, from the Oscar Wilde play. Stars Rupert Everett, Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore
The Long Hot Summer - Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward
We're No Angels - 1955 - Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray as prisoners who escape from Devil's Island and wind up helping a family they had planned to rob. Oh this movie is so funny - I just love it. This is a must see!
Chris - I didn't think there were anymore We're No Angels fans left!!! DH and I have been collecting Bogie movies forever, so our kids grew up with them...Youngest daughter's (now 33) favorite Christmas movie was We're No Angels!! "Okay boys, we're gonna slit their throats...but not till after we do the dishes." And we all love Adolph!
Another favorite scene from a movie: In Rick's Cafe American - the old German couple --
"What watch? Six watch. Such much???"
Mysterypoodle - that Bill Murray movie was "The Man Who Knew Too Little". Too Much was an Alfred Hitchcock movie that he did twice, and was very serious. Just didn't want anyone getting confused.
Yep! We have a friend in Colorado who met Aldo Ray when she was a little girl, she said he was sooooo big, but sweet and kind...and who could resist Peter Ustinov? No one ever believes me that Bogie made a comedy (he actually made a few!), and that Basil Rathbone is the bad guy in it! But they always love it when they see it!
I think those traditions are what helps us connect as families...sometimes we are so scattered across the world, and our lives are so different. But we sit down and watch a movie, laugh or cry at all the same places, and suddenly all the differences are gone, and we are all just "us" again...I love that moment of connection!
Wow! This thread is back. :)
Someone mentioned Arthur. How could I have forgotten that one! It's full of so many memorable lines. ("Arthur, take my hand." ..."But that would leave you with one.") etc etc etc
I thought of two oldies I love (and forgive me if someone already mentioned them - I don't think so, tho):
Gambit - young Michael Caine and Shirley McLain (caper mover + love story)..and
The Italian Job (original..also Michael Caine).
Alos popped into my mind, Mona Lisa (Bob Hoskins) - R rated.
I love Michael Caine, Deb! There for a while, the joke was that he was in everything made... "I looked at my wedding video the other day and Michael Caine was in it!"
Thanks, Islandshari for the correction on "The Man Who Knew Too Little"!!! I can't believe I screwed that up!
I'd add the Doris Day comedies -- Glass Bottom Boat (where she calls her dog on the phone, pretending to be a spy: "Don't Talk, Just Listen") and Caprice (hanging from the underside of the deck while trying not to get her fingers stepped on), especially, but also Please Don't Eat the Daisies and With Six You Get Egg Rolls.
So true about Michael Caine! There was an English comedy show that used to feature a regular segment of Michael Caine talking about his latest "check" (as opposed to "movie"). I was in love with him when I was a teeny bopper.
Oh yes...so right about MC...and the original Alfie! I don't know (and never will understand) why they remade that, and so badly! I really like Jude Law, but hated his Alfie! He was mean spirited, which MC never was!
It's so much fun to talk to people who actually know who these actors and movies are! I taught drama in Saudi Arabia, and even most of the American and British teachers didn't know who I was talking about! Thanks everyone for giving me a real treat!!
Yes! I don't know how I forgot to mention The Man Who Would Be King! One of my favorites! And its funny but one of my favorite Paul Newman movies also starts Sally Field...Absence of Malice. When he loses his temper in that movie, I just get goose bumps ...
Now, that's interesting. I actually liked the new one as well. Have them both. But then, I really like Harrison Ford too. As far as Bogie goes...thankfully no one has tried to remake Casablanca, To Have or Have Not (my favorite of his), or Treasure of the Sierra Madre. So many of his others have been remade, and fallen flat.
Our tv out here is so bad that we watch movies a lot. My MIL gave my DH a John Wayne collection for Christmas, and we have been watching a bunch of old (1935 ish) BAD!!!! westerns...they are so formulaic, the fight scenes are so hilarious...the dialog is so stilted...we are having a lot of fun. There are so many good movies from that time period, but these are not! It's a wonder how John Wayne became the star he was...but we are sure having fun at their expense!
HaH! Ceejay - thanks for the link - I'm saving it to show to my DH...he will definately get a kick out of it. We are counting things like how many times they have his short, differently clad double jump on a horse in a fancy way (17 so far out of 8 movies), how many times he throws someone over his shoulder (7), marries the girl (7), saves his best friend from a fate worse than death (7)...its really funny!
Have you counted the number of times he calls somebody "pilgrim"? I sort of liked one of his last movies - "The Cowboys" - he dies in it.
You know, you're probably safe, but I could get run out of the U S of A!!
Well, so far in these old ones, he hasn't died, he just keeps gettin married, and his name is always "John"...Hey, I know he gets better...but these sure don't look like he's ever gonna get the chance! (Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder- he he).
Kwanjin - I even have one where Bogie played a Zombie!!!! (Oh, and I loved Kiss,kiss, bang, bang too!)
Susan Hayward was in that Movie "I Want to Live", very sad, but good movie. She got the electric chair and (Her son an Attorney) he never knew his mother, defended her and did not find out that she was his mother till the end...
I think I read somewhere that she when crazy...
Okay, I really like Rambo... shoot me now..lol.. there's a new one too, can you believe that.. ole sly is back.
I love Robert Downey Jr. I think he is one of the finest actors today. Have you seen The Singing Detective? Two Girls and a Guy? Restoration? You're not alone, araness, I think he's sexy too.
And speaking of sexy. How about Johnny Depp? Oh my goodness!!!
My favorite Depp movies are What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Finding Neverland, Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one) and maybe I'm weird but I loved him in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. His Willy Wonka was so offbeat and very funny. I'd never seen the Gene Wilder version so I wasn't doing any comparing.
Both Robert Downey and Johnny Depp seem to pick interesting and unusual roles. I like that about them.
I think Robert Downey Jr. is sexy too! I loved him in "Heart and Souls."
Has anyone seen "Atonement"? Wow! What a great movie! My sister and I saw it last week and then I had to go right to the bookstore and buy the book. They did a really good job sticking to the book when they made the movie, but of course the book is better. Now I need to see "Penelope" and "Becoming Jane"...love James McAvoy!
Kniphofia: I was also wondering what sort of movie that book would make. It's been a while since I read it, but it didn't seem like movie material at the time. So, MGH and Linda, I'm glad to hear it was good. I just added it to my "see" list. :)
i was on the edge of my seat too--but maybe that was part of what made it seem slow--waiting for the plot to unravel--as for the book--the war parts were soooo long and the desriptions of plant life -- heard author was botonist--made me turn pages unread to get back to the "good stuff"---of course i wasn't a gardener when i read it!
You read the book before you saw the movie, (probably best to do that) maybe that's why you thought it slow? I don't really remember the descriptions of plant life. LOL I think that has to do with seeing the movie first too. I'm not that much of a reader (kinda funny that I was the asst. mgr. of a bookstore for 5 years!) but I knew there had to be more to the story, so I had to get the book.
Lord of the Rings (all of them)
On Golden Pond
Sweet Home Alabama
Gone In 60 Seconds
City of Angels
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead
Michael Keaton is another excellent actor and he is very versatile. Great at drama as in Clean and Sober, and of course a wonderful comic actor. Did you see Multiplicity? But wow he can be scary too. He was so scary in Pacific Heights that I can't quite bring myself to watch it again. I liked his Batman too.
I guess we all have differt tasteDid you ever watch Fear factor That show was gross when the people had to eat stuff I'd liked it the time one of guys threw something at him.I guess shows like that are bad.Do you like 1 vs 100 and the one with drew carey I forget the name.
a movie i can (and do) watch again and again, but forgot on my list: Fame
i grew up watching the TV show, and didn't see the movie till i was older, but i just love it - i guess it doesn't hurt that i work in theatre, eh?
Amethystsm, did you ever see a movie called "A Life in the Theater" with Jack Lemmon and Mathew Broderick (i think)? Very interesting little movie...I mention it because I am also very much into theater. Have been involved with community theater my whole life, from performing to set design and choreography. My sis was in "A Chorus Line" when it opened in London, umpteen million years ago. So that is one of my favorites...but I must admit, I generally prefer the older stage productions to the ones out recently. I actually saw Sweeney Todd in 1981 in LA!
CHOOD - Yes to all but Annie Hall. I have to duck low when I say it, but I'm just not a Woody Allen fan. I find I just keep saying "Okay...so????" and then there is no "so". But the rest on your list are all "over and over" movies. It's funny how many movies fit this category...but out of all the movies there are, we sure do repeat each other a lot!
I have been hearing about The Bucketlist also. I am planning to see it soon. I LOOOVE Jack Nicholson... I don't care what DH says!!!! I mean I love the movies he's done, and his acting. DH doesn't like him but I MADE him watch As Good As It Gets... And he did like it, and then also coaxed him to watch Something's Gotta Give. He kind of liked it also. He really likes moveis like 2nd Hand Lions, and is a Robert Duvall fan. He also likes Open Range. He's a big Humphrey Bogart fan also, likes them all but especially African Queen. He aslo likes Hidalgo, The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Man WHo Shot Liberty Valance and will watch them every time they are on TV. I watch them also and really like them a lot, but I don't watch them EVERY time. LOL All of his favorites he watches every time they are on TV. (He also has them on DVD and VHS but still watches them when they come on TV) I can just hear the of one of them for a few seconds from another room and I know what he is watching!
Araness, I am a Tommy Lee fan also. Loved him in Space Cowboys. There are a lot of others I liked him in too.
Good choices CHOOD. Love all but The Woody Allen anything. I'll duck with you Islandshari...
My DH's favorite is Romancing the Stone. He has it on tape, and watches it whenever it comes on TV too. I don't join him anymore. And we've seen Pulp Fiction a kazillion times. I don't usually like blood and gore; it is definitely not my kind of movie, but I find it very entertaining, with very interesting characters. BTW, the Isaiah verse is NOT correct.
We loved The Bucket List and I want to see it again (and again), but yesterday I talked to someone who thought it was sad. If it was so sad, why do I HAVE to see it again because the audience's laughter kept drowning out the lines?
Did anyone else like War of the Roses? Or am I alone?
Ceejay - WoR is one I'll have to disagree with you on...I don't care for movies that have married couples screaming and being hateful to each other. Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? was one of those, and I just hated it! The new Mr. and Mrs. Smith - my DH loves it and I just cringe...not my cuppa, if ya know what I mean.
That's OK. I completely understand. My DH hates it too. I find it funny - black comedy... little vignettes come to mind - like at the end as they lay on the floor under the shattered chandelier and he reaches for her hand. I almost yelled "Way to go!" Can you tell my first marriage ended in divorce? I think this movie was sort of cathartic. I HATED the husband!
I usually don't like married couples being hateful in movies either, but I usually don't like blood and gore either. There apparently is an exception in both cases. LOL
I didn't like Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe either. Drunken nastiness... Haven't seen Mr and Mrs Smith.
Just can't do Woody Allen...some of his personal choices in life have made me very ANTI-Woody. LOL
Saw bits of The House with Nicole Kidman this weekend and I have to say she did an outstanding job. Other parts (three main story lines going) I can't say I liked as much.
Will have to add a few to my list, one being the Russell Crowe movie Cinderella Man. Something about that movie got to me and I think it's his finest to date.
Apocalypse Now, I know strange for a female to like the movie but I'm a army brat and my dad flew Huey's so I guess I always put him in Robert Duvall's role.
Also have a few movies that aren't my fav's but have a soft spot in my heart for other reasons. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I don't think it's all that but my father can watch it a million times and laugh. You have to know him, he's not a laughing kind of person.
And of course, Imitation of Life. My Mother loved that movie, she would watch it when it came on and she was very ADHD and almost never sat through an entire movie.I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it since she's gone...
I'm a big sci-fi fan...and it is hard to find a good sci-fi movie these days...everything is blood and gore. But last night we saw The Invasion...another Nicole Kidman. This is a remake of a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Normally I don't care for re-makes, but this one was actually very good...lots of action (almost too much), and everything happened real quickly, so that some people might not "get it"...but we really liked the update bits, and the new ending made it different enough that we very much enjoyed this version. It won't supplant the others, but stands along side them very well.
Kwanjin my DH LOVES Blade Runner, we have the soundtrack...*zZZZzzzzz* he quotes the movie to me often enough I'd like to whap him one. LOL I play an online game that allows you to have a character and I've made her look like Sean Young at times just so I can get a kick out of him about it.
I like the old shows like Little house on the praire, Touched by a angle.I like my soaps too My hubby is back to work and I can watch them He likes the Sci - fi channel I also like shows like Csi,Law & order. Too & half men is pretty good too.
Harry & the Hendersons
Benny & Joon
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Little Shop of Horrors (both of them)
Death at a Funeral
Legend of 1900
Bill & Coo - starring 300+ live trained birds as the actors
Driving Miss Daisy
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
National Treasure with Nicolas cage
Grumpy and Grumpier Old Men
Blues Brothers and Blues Brother 2000
O Brother Where Art Thou?...definately!!! We also bought the soundtrack.
The Saint with Val Kilmer
Dennis the Menace with Walter Matthau
Basically any dvds that we buy are ones that we'd like to see over and over again.
The look on his face when he said it! "He lived for EIGHTEEN more years!" And when he fired the gun several times at Muffy and the police came running up the stairs thinking he had committed suicide. "It just went off..."
Blues Brothers- I had forgotten about that one. I finally watched it one too many times, except for A. Franklin singing "You'd Better Think" in the chicken joint.
Would never get tired of that.
Hi everyone; I'm a new poster but not really new to Dave's Garden. Looking forward to getting some movie recommendations here. Some of my favorites: A BEAUTIFUL MIND, PAY IT FORWARD, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, A FEW GOOD MEN, FORREST GUMP, GRUMPY OLD MEN, AFRICAN QUEEN, WIZARD OF OZ and (the original) WILLIE WONKA. There was an old Goldie Hawn and Burgess Meredith movie that I loved long ago but I can't remember the name of it. Lisa
Reality shows- I couldn't agree more. WHAT IS THE POINT? Who cares which team gets to Cairo first? Or who is voted off the island last? And the worst is the one where overweight people compete by losing pounds. How degrading! (To have that on TV, I mean.) That is so far from entertaining, which is what TV is supposed to be about.
we watched tanssiberian last night--it was very suspenseful in all the right ways--woody harrelson was very good in it--takes place in russia and scenery was beautiful! at the beginning i told my husband "i want to take a train ride in russia" at the end of the movie i said "i will never take a train ride in russia" !
Gettysburg (I watch this every 4th of July weekend)
Master and Commander
My Blue Heaven
The Last of the Mohicans
Jaws (only the first one)
The Princess Bride (of course)
The Hunt for Red October
Yours, Mine, and Ours (the original)
Funny how so many of these movies get repeated by all of us...you'd think that Hollywood, et al, would pay attention when good movies are also popular movies! But no, they keep making mediocre crap or remakes of some that were bad to begin with! Or great to begin with and then why do the remake? Remember the remake of Psycho? It was practically line for line identical, and the director said he did it as a homage to Hitchcock. Well, DUH make a NEW one then!!!
Jeannie - Agree with many on your list: "I WILL find you!"; "I think we need a bigger boat"; "Hello my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." "Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"
Leightonhill; You been raiding my movie cupboard??? I love all those movies! African Queen is on my top five (but then, I love Bogie, even his old gunky early ones!)
When flipping through TV channels, if either of these two show up, I will stop flipping and watch...even if I saw them yesterday! Star Wars and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. They may not be the best movies ever made, but they are remarkable watchable. Just plain fun.
i am getting rid of vcr tapes--yes we do have 3 vcr players so we can still watch them but we never do! i guess i am not so much into watching movies again and again--and i don't suppose anyone wants a bunch of old vcr movies? dvd is the way to go now so i have a big box to unload on someone
Linda - I got you beat...I have hundreds of laserdiscs! In the late 80's, early 90's laserdiscs were incredibly popular out here, and throughout most of the Pacific Rim. I guess they never really took off in the US, though there were a few stores that sold them. The quality couldn't be beat. Even when DVD's came out, the laserdiscs were still better quality. Now with the blu-ray stuff, the DVD's are equal to the laserdiscs. When many of the stores that sold/rented them went out of business, we bought their stock. I don't know what we'll do if our player dies...no one makes them anymore! And we have tons of DVD's and even a good bunch of VHS tapes as well!
It took us forever to go from vinyl to CD's...probably take just as long to dump the VHS's. I just can't keep up with the technology!
I agree on Glory, what a great movie. And Roots and Halocaust (not movies, so maybe I shouldn't list them here).
In May, DH and I were in Custer State Park, SD, and it was pouring down rain. We dug out Dances With Wolves and O Brother Where Art Thou and watched them both...again!
I think we know the dialog to O Brother by now!
As soon as I saw the topic, I thought, "Into the West" with Gabriel Bryne. Those kids are so darned cute, and who doesn't love a horse story.
We also love O Brother, Where Art Thou. We resisted watching it for a couple of years because it sounded kind of dumb. But now it's one of the few movies we watch over and over.
"We though you was a toad!"
Shari, I know what you mean about technology. I just got my first cell phone last year.
But sometimes, what goes around comes around. My friend's 17-year-old son has embraced vinyl records after buying a turntable for fifteen bucks at a flea market. We were listening to some of his records, and that warm sound of LPs can't be beat.
But back on topic: I've been watching Wall-E over and over on Starz this month. I'm just so intrigued by how Pixar got the animation on that film. The last half is pretty standard fare, but the scenes on Earth have so much depth and "grit" to them. You can almost see every speck of dust and flake of rust. Just amazing. That plus I just plain like the story. Just a kid at heart, I guess.
Nothing wrong with that!!! I love many animated movies...Ratatouille, Flushed away, Finding Nemo...what's not to love?!?! Not to mention all the wonderful Disney movies from the past...I love sharing these with my granddaughter. Talk about watch over and over! Ha!!!
Some I watch over and over are "To Have and Have Not", Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall (her first movie, when they met and fell in love), A Letter to Tru, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jump Tomorrow, and Bread and Tulips.
We like foreign movies, too- it's nice to see a movie with a different point of view or culture once in a while. Clean ones, of course! I once had an old boyfriend cry because he couldn't understand why I liked foreign movies. I guess in his eyes foreign = porn! geeps.
I haven't seen that one! I'll have to watch for it.
When we lived in WI a local college had a foreign film series every year. For $20 you could see something like 12-15 films. Some were new, and some a few years old. It was great.
Now we wait for them on TV, we do get some channels like Sundance and IFC that have them once it a while.
The original "Birdcage" is good- called La Cage Aux Folles.
I didn't think I'd like Wong Foo, but it was really good!
Hi Lakeside! No, we came here in 1986 originally, and have left and returned. I love my plants out here...I am a hibiscus fanatic and I love orchids...most of the articles I wrote were about gardening on our tiny island. If you are interested in learning more, just click on my name and it will take you to my info page where my articles are listed. My DH and I love to travel so we have seen much of the world - but so much more to see! From here we are learning more about this part of the world...many people forget that there is more to travel to than just Europe...aamof, we just got back from Bali - an absolutely incredible place. I love to talk about my tiny island, so if you have any questions, just ask!
Yokwe (Marshallese for "you are as the rainbow"meaning beautiful from every point of view)
Well, I have a confession, I don't read them all either. But I do read many, especially the writers I know . Quite a few are great...funny, informative, great pics. I don't write much anymore...not enough folks are interested in articles about a place that is so different from their own experiences...but I still enjoy reading some of the authors that we started out with.
OK, I'll jump in, a little late, and list some of my favorites that I've watched over and over. (I just hate to admit to watching some of these so many times!)
Titanic (Kate and Leo version) 43 times in the theater, mostly matinées
Raiders of the Lost Arc
Romancing the Stone
The Mummy (all)
Harper Valley PTA (probably 50 times at the local drive-in theater. Knew someone there so got in free)
The Lost Boys
Lord of the Rings
I found Mrs Doubtfire on DVD at a local used book store for $5.00 or $6.00. A friend tried to find the movie and it's out of print. She ended up ordering a copy from the UK, but it won't play on her Region 1 DVD player. (I could have told her that, but she never asked.) (:o( I'm surprised that the movie is not available on DVD since it was quite popular.
knip I love Australia too, they did a great job of it, of course they way sugar coated the effect of the Lost Generation, but they usually do. The one movie that comes close to what was done to my people was the 2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Any hoo Nulla's struggling to keep a brave face when standing up to the thundering cow herd made me cry.
I haven't checked this thread for a long time. Have we talked about Young Frankenstein? My BIL and my husband and I can recite plenty of lines from that.
If one of us says "it could be worse", then other one says "it could be raining".
Or suddenly someone says (for no apparent reason) "put the candle back". What a hoot that movie is.
I have to disagree on the Sean Penn/Connery remarks, though, NO ONE can beat Cary! Sexy, funny, and the most handsome thing in the world...and George Clooney is a very close second!
I have watched The Great Caruso with Maro Lanza a dozen times and will again if it is ever on tv. I am really not into opera but his singing makes the hair on my ams stand up. The other movie I could watch again, is Dirty Dancing and I love the song.
Hey, the thread's back! I must say, we all have great tastes when it comes to movies. :D
All you animation lovers, run out and get "How To Train Your Dragon"! I'm usually not crazy about Dreamwork films. They are so fixated on pop culture and cheap humor, but they created something magical with this film. The flight sequences and the score are amazing. I also love those wonderful dragons. It's nice to see animals acting like animals for once.
A favorite of mine, that I haven't seem mentioned, is "Conspiracy Theory", with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts. It's hard to separate Gibson from his current scandals and cruelties, but he gives a beautiful performance as a sad, confused and paranoid loner. Roberts plays her usual spunky good-girl-in-danger, but she does it so well! Very funny, scary and exciting. It even gives a "tip o' the hat" to a certain favorite '60s spy show at one point. ;) Oh, and Captain Picard plays the baddie in this one, too.
Here's an odd little movie that probably isn't on TV very often, but if you see it in the schedule, you should watch it- called THE DISH, (synopsis from IMDB) A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.
If you look it up, it has a lot of talk about the moon landing, but the movie is about so much more, it is funny and so entertaining. We just loved it.
Some of my favorites are a bit off the wall, except for The Princess Bride , Labyrinth, and Enchanted April
Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th dimension (Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin)
A Boy and His Dog (written by Harlan Ellison, starring Don Johnson)
Taken ( Liam Neeson)
Gun Shy (Liam Neeson and Sandra Bullock)
Bell, Book and Candle (Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak,Jjack Lemmon
Hair (Treat Williams, Beverly DeAngelo)
Any movie with David Niven or Peter Sellers (especially Being There)
Cinema Paradiso (I watch this movie at least once a year)
North and South (BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel)(I've watched this so much on netflix, I should buy the DVD already)
Persuasion (recent BBC version)
Sense and Sensibility (recent BBC version 2007 I think)
Singin' in the Rain (Donald O'Connor is just too good in this movie)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Lake House (I love the story, but I love the architecture and Jack even more...)
Japanese Story (kind of sad but sometimes that's good)
The Thomas Crown Affair (both versions but I admit I like the Steve McQueen version more)
North by Northwest
The Awful Truth...essentially anything with Cary Grant in it...he's just too cool for words
Most Jack Lemmon movies
Most Irene Dunne movies
An American in Paris
Bell, Book and Candle (I guess since Jack Lemmon is in this one I don't need to mention it, but he doesn't have a big part)
Jane Eyre (Rita Wilson BBC version, I know she is probably is not a plain enough Jane but I thought the chemistry was great between Jane and Mr. Rochester was probably the best I've seen.)
Field of Dreams
Something's Gotta Give
There are so many that I do watch a lot...however, as I've grown older I notice that most are either BBC productions from Masterpiece Theater/Masterpiece or are shown regularly on TCM. Since I don't have TCM anymore I've started trying to purchase the ones I like the most. If only TCM had a streaming version...
Hi everyone! Is it OK to join in with you? Many have named some of my favorite movies! I've spent a little time scanning the previous posts and agree with most but haven't seen anyone mention one of my all-time favorites - The Shawshank Redemption. Could watch it over and over. Also, Ghost is a huge favorite.
Seasonally, I try not to miss The Nightmare Before Christmas and also Groundhog Day. I'll add to my list as movies pop into my head. - Lynn
I like to read the book (whenever possible) before seeing the movie, and did so with both Green Mile and Shawshank. Both of these were very close to King's works.
Has anyone seen Bat 21 or Cross Creek? Two more of my faves. Bat 21 has Danny Glover and Gene Hackman while Cross Creek features Mary Steenburgen as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Cross Creek is based on Rawlings memoirs, while Bat 21 was adapted from the book about the real life rescue of a Lt. Col.during the VietNam war. The latter is a bit grisly, but quite a story.
One more - The Last Castle with (be still my heart!) Robert Redford!
My favorite is "The Legend of 1900" with Tim Roth. It won many awards but somehow missed much of the American theater. The music is fabulous. I have the CD of the soundtrack also. No matter how many times I hear the music or watch the movie, it still makes me cry from it's beauty.
I don't usually watch movies over and over again. But the movies that I love to watch for many times are Frozen and Crazy First love (Thai Movie). I really love Frozen it is very beautiful and it tells a lot of good lesson even to us young adults. Crazy first love is a great movie too! I can really relate on this movie, I could still remember the crazy things I have done for the sake of love.