You know what a REALLY great old movie is ? "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" - it bears repeated viewing as like "Gulliver's Travels" there is a straightforward adventure yarn but a sub-text that plumbs the depths of misanthropy and cynicism (and like that work it has a really uncomfortable "happy" ending).
The 1967 orignal version of Far Fron the Madding Crowd ( OMG how handsome is Terence Stamp in this ! ) The Third Man with Orson Welles brillant cuckoo clock speech The Hitchcock The 39 Steps with Robert Donat's lovely melodic tones.
You've Got Mail Sleepless in Seattle Pretty Woman Footloose (this is also my 'comfort blanket' of a musical, it's damn awful but I love it) Animal Attraction, Kate and Leopold, Paperback Hero (AKA the Hugh Jackman awful romantic comedy collection) Chalet Girl (it's not that old, but it's utter utter trash and I LOVE it)
Singin' in the Rain Mary Poppins The Sound of Music
The Bourne films (Matt Damon not the weird new one)
The X Files: Fight the Future (so sue me I know every word, it's oddly comforting) Any of the early X Men films.
And because I can't have a post without it...years ago it was Angels in America. But since finishing the PhD I haven't actually been able to watch it. (though I did attempt to start a re-watch last week)
3 pages and still no love for Ferris Bueller? It is the ultimate duvet day film!
OMG how could I leave it off? I adore that film.
It's quite a generational one I think- many of the others on my list I can share with my Mum and/or she introduced me to. However she LOATHES Bueller with a passion that is quite hilarious. Whereas for me it feels very much 'of my time'
The only film I re-watch regularly is The Santa Clause (Tim Allen). 2nd Sunday before Christmas, the tree goes up and afterwards the film goes on, with hot chocolate for everyone. We recite every line between us. My children are 21 and 24 and we still have to do it every year. That day they become 8 and 11 again and I wouldn't change it for anything.
Got a couple of weeks at a loose end and the weather's crap, so I went round the charity shops for DVDs after discovering that my copy of Working Girl was updated onto my Freeview box from video which, in turn, has been updated to a Sky box so I don't actually have a copy to watch. I've come home with these beauties:
Frankie and Johnny Sliding Doors The Interpreter The Ides of March Changeling In Her Shoes Australia
In every single charity shop were several copies of Alfie, Oceans (various) and Donnie Darko. (I resisted.)
Who'd have thunk that Jackman and Kidman could be in such a crock of do doos?
I've survived about 40 minutes and am about to hurl something. I mean. Take a brilliant Aussie actress, send her off to the Outback with a brilliant, gorgeous Aussie actor and....make her do an English aristocratic accent for which she obviously had Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins on a loop whilst researching.