It’s been a sick, sick, sick weekend for me; headache, fever and a chill, (that’s cause I’m feeling ill.) No flu symptoms but whatever I’ve got my body sure doesn’t like it. I’m recording the latest episode of The Greasy Pole podcast later today with The Great One but that won’t go up for a week or so and I don’t think that I’m going to have the energy for two podcasts today, so this will have to be a non podcast week.
I spent yesterday flat on the couch, huddled under some blankets, watching films. And it got me thinking about films that I can easily watch time and time again.
These films are like the sweater that I’m wearing now: old, well known, fits me like a glove; in other words, comfortable. These are films that I can settle in and enjoy myself. I know what I’m getting and it’s a nice and relaxing time. I still laugh at the humor, no matter how many times I’ve watched it before. I still enjoy the story and the characters. But more than anything else, I know what’s going to happen so I’m not going to be unpleasantly surprised. Kind of like old girlfriends too, when you think about it.
These are not necessarily my favorite films of all time, nor the best that I have ever seen. That’s not the point of this list. These are films which I will never skip a single scene. So without further ado and in no particular order, my top 10 re-watchable films.
This film has so much going for it but the best thing in my opinion is the fact that it’s an 80s film, (technically 1990 but it’s the 80s), that doesn’t look like a pile of bubblegum shit. I just love the look and feel of this film which is why I can watch it over and over again. And of course it has Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan who was far superior to Harrison Ford.
Another 80s film that looks great but that’s not the primary reason that this one is high on my re-watching list. This film is just a bucket load of cool from top to bottom. The grandfather reading to the boy while he’s sick is apt as I feel the same way when I watch this film again.
The Yanks have done so many great baseball movies, (which is interesting as there is not a single cricket film that even comes close), but for me this is one that I love returning to.
Another film based on a Michael Lewis book. He’s a lucky writer indeed to have had two of his books turned into such outstanding and re-watchable films. I just love Steve Carell and his mob in this film.
Not only can I watch this film again and again, its length ensures that it is a supremely fine choice for when you’re sick on the couch all day. You get two third’s through the movie and then it really kicks into gear. The music leading up to the courtroom scene in the Deep South gets me every time.
Obviously a fitting choice for this list in of itself but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy. To be honest, anything that has Bill Murray in it that wasn’t directed by Wes Anderson is re-watchable, but this one is at the top of a strong list.
I have written about this film before but I can’t seem to find the review. Anyway, the visuals and costumes are awesome, the style is superb, the characters are devastating, and the soundtrack is outstanding.
“Excuse me, but have you seen two giant snakes?”
Every time I watch this film I get something new from it that I hadn’t noticed before.
If The Hunt for Red October is a great looking 80s film then this Michael Mann bit of brilliance is one of the best ever looking 90s films. Mann is at the top of his game and thus all of the actors are as well, the story is riveting no matter how many times you watch it, and it has in my opinion the best shoot-out of all time.