When watching movies the magic of seeing it for the first time is often lost afterwards when you watch it again. Comedies are never as funny as the first time you watch them. The shock of the horror film has long since gone, with the rare exception of some really good scares or kills. The action or adventure film may seem tame as each subsequent film ups the ante each time. It is hard to repeat that reaction the first time we see something amazing or watch something resonates with us. What marks a great movie is not if they have stood the test of time but more importantly can bear repeated viewings?
Few films can grab you again like they did the first time you saw them but there are movies and films that you can always go back to. You give them an annual viewing. Or, you may see them on your shelf and say, 'Oh, I haven't given that a go in a while'. And no matter how many times you clean out your collection you just cannot bear to part with that certain title.
A couple of these titles should be familiar to readers. I talk about a couple of them from time to time. So this isn't so much to bring you anything new but it is my wish to invoke conversation among us.
Army of Darkness -- It just so happened that this was playing on AMC Channel the other day. It was at the very end of the movie just after Ash, Arthur and Henry the Red defeated the Deadites. From there I mumbled the words to myself until the SMart scene. I got the attention of my co-worker. 'Hey. Hey. This is the best line, ever'! "Ma'am, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store". 'Oooooh. Wait! This is another good one'! "Hail to the king baby". 'Oh snap'! My coworker just stared at me.
Die Hard -- It is a Christmas tradition. I'll be back west at my parents' house and I just gotta throw it in and give it a watch. I'm going to have to get it for them on DVD though as they made the jump to digital technology and have their own multi-region player so they can watch the brit-coms on R2 which I bring with me for the holidays. Maybe I should start another article? 'My son is a film geek and this is what I have learned...'
Fist of Legend -- It is one of the greatest martial art movies -- hands down. Smooth. Brutal. Jet Li and Yuen Woo Ping are at the top of their game. It has been out long enough that more people should know about this film than do not.
Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail -- There are few movies as quotable as this one. It is one of the few movies that I can recite line for line along with the movie. I admit this should only be a solitary experience because no one wants to hear you back seat movie watching over their shoulder. Good times though. Grab your coconut halves.
UHF -- To call it timeless is a bit of a misnomer. It does show its age with some of the cultural reference jokes. But by golly if it still isn't one of the funniest movies I will ever watch. And every time I watch it I too want to drink from the fire hose. Supplies!!!
The ORIGINAL Star Wars trilogy -- Don't make the top 5 only because I am so familiar with them that I will fall asleep at any time I watch them, wake up, and know exactly where I am in the film. This has happened many a Thanksgiving over a friend's house over the years.
A Christmas Story -- Holiday films would count but cannot be part of the list because it is obligatory to watch these films during the holidays to help coax that holiday spirit out of you. Perhaps if I watched it in July? Now that would be hardcore.