Movies I'll Watch Again and Again...(life? what life?)

  • 1. Patton
  • 2. Sliding Doors
  • 3. 2010--"My God, it's full of stars!"
  • 4. Field of Dreams
  • 5. Animal House--"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!"
  • 6. Gettysburg
  • 7. The Fifth Element
  • 8. Leon - The Professional
  • 9. Hamlet--The Kenneth Brannaugh version
  • 10. History of the World, Part I
  • 11. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 12. Hunt for Red October
  • 13. The Matrix
  • 14. Dune
  • 15. WarGames
  • 16. The Shawshank Redeption
  • 17. Spaceballs
  • 18. Wyatt Earp
  • 19. Aliens
  • 20. Dances With Wolves
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This could be called "the Mel Brooks/Kevin Costner Movies I'll Watch Again and Again"...hmm...

How about "Lonesome Dove"

afraid I've never seen it; heard it is good tho

I would add Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia. Definately agree with Patton and The Holy Grail.

I've never seen either, but speaking of "...Arabia" I was thinking of putting "The English Patient" on the list. It's got a lot of the things I like: epic scope, WWII, certain arachronistic characters, etc. A really good film. Watching it almost almost makes me forgive Fiennes for "The Avengers"

I figure Fiennes had plenty of good karma piled up from Schindler's List, Quiz Show, and The English Patient to offset The Avengers. If not, you must have really hated that movie. :)

Well, I did hate that movie, but when thinking of "Schindler's List" I'd say that Fiennes' portrayal of such an terrifyingly evil character eclipses almost any flaw. I don't think that either Fiennes or Liam Neeson (sp?) have since done any better characters than those in "...List".

Ah, the quote from 2010 (well, 2001, to be specific) was a question on Jepoardy a few weeks back! Nothing beats the very begining of the film with "My God, it's full of stars!" repeatedly spoken over a black screen.

My brother had a VCR copy of 2001 and 2010 back-to-back, without the 2001 credits, just a fade to black, then the "oh my God, it is full of stars" at the begining of 2010. It was _great_!

one word: schweeeeeet.

I like most of your choices, but what about Gettysburg makes you want to watch it over and over? I couldn't even get through it once!

ah, well, I intensely enjoyed the book that the movie is based on ("The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara). The book is one of the reasons why I studied history in college and have now gone on to teach it at the high school level. The movie script is about 90% directly from the book, and I thought that most of the actors were well-chosen for their roles (with the exception of Martin Sheen as R.E. Lee as he looked almost nothing like him). Anyway, I would heartily suggest reading The Killer Angels. Extremely well crafted and eloquent in a somewhat stream-of-consciousness way.

I love both the book and the movie, they're are a couple of my favorites in both fields.

Patton and The Professional are very cool. I could likewise watch them over and over again. Jean Reno needs to be recognized!

"You don't win a war by dying for your country..."
Johnny Waco


Good call, Hoopes; He's refering, of course, to Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" featuring the comic genius of the late, great John Candy...

Suggested quotations: "Torquemada? Torquemada? You can't Torquemada anything!"

"It needs no ghost, come from the grave, to tell us this."

Btw, there's a new version of DUNE been released, a three part mini-series by the Sci-fi Channel (and not a bad effort, visually lush), so from now on we'll have to indicate which version.

Thanks for the quote ideas--I get the Inquistion song in my head about once a month..."We know your wishin' that we'll go awaaaay / but the Inquistion's here and it's here tooo staaaayy!"

I saw a bit of the new Dune, but not enough to have an opinion on it.