Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's one movie you'll always watch...

  1. ...if you happen to click by it while channel surfing.
  2. ...when you're feeling down.
  3. ...if you need something romantic.
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91 comments:

Murtada said...

Four Weddings and a Funeral

James Colon said...

1. Mortal Kombat--no lie, this movie has a curse-like stranglehold on my psyche.

2. Sideways--I know its a movie filled with bummed-out characters, but it always makes me smile.

3. The Apartment/Annie Hall--depends what kind of romance I'm in the mood for: the classic kind or the neurotic.

do you have a flag? said...

Hook, Pride and Prejudice, and Clueless

NATHANIEL R said...

do you... Hook, really? EEK! but which Pride & Prejudice?

murtada for all three?

james Ha! I appreciate the honesty. I suspect the answer to #1 is often of the guilty pleasure school.

tony d said...

die hard

the big lebowski - the dude always manages to cheer me up for at least 2 hours

when harry met sally

Michael C. said...

1. The Manchurian Candidate on TCM has stopped me cold more than once

2. Wonder Boys. For reasons I can't entirely articulate it fills me with good feelings. "Take a bow, James!"

3. The Apartment. Romances get me when I feel like the couple really earned their happiness. That Serendipity fate baloney does nothing for me.

suburbanidealist said...

1. Weirdly, The Wedding Planner.

2. Starter for Ten. Can't think of a better pick-me-up.

3. Amelie, natch.

Christine said...

1) Best in Show
2) Ghost World
3) Swing Time! Seriously, this is not to make you feel guilty about the late post; this is my honest answer.

rosengje said...

1) Clueless

2) Anything Woody Allen

3) The English Patient: I like my romances tragic

Michael said...

1. Trouble in Paradise
2. Hannah and Her Sisters
3. A Foreign Affair. Jean Arthur rocks my little world. Seeing her toss those chairs on her way over to John Lund kills me.

- Michael Shetina

Seeking Amy said...

1. Bridget Jones' Diary (sorry Nathan, love Renee!)

2. Amelie

3. In the Mood for Love, Crouching Tiger

Kevin T. Rodriguez said...

1. Princess Mononoke

2. Amadeus

3. UHF

misfit said...

1. Bowfinger
2. Monsters Inc.
3. When Harry Met Sally

Brooke Cloudbuster said...

For all three, Moulin Rouge! Hands down.

Daniel T said...

The Truman Show, LOVE that movie!

LoquaciousMuse said...

Hah, the answer to all three is ANY romantic comedy. Literally if a romantic comedy is on TV, I must watch it, even mediocre ones like Two Weeks Notice and bad ones like Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Hugh Grant is obviously gorgeous in both.

I've noticed I'll always watch Never Been Kissed also. And Clueless. Oh god and While You're Were Sleeping! I love romantic comedies.

vince said...

1. Fargo

Beau said...

1) Magnolia
2) The Devil Wears Prada
3) Before Sunset

Anonymous said...

1.) Mean Girls
2.) Mean Girls
3.) Mean Girls

Fernando Moss said...

1.Freaky Friday (with JLC and LiLo)

2.Buffy on DVD (does that count)

3.Eternal Sunshine...

Kelsy said...

1. The Shawshank Redemption or Bring it On
2. That Thing You Do!
3. While You Were Sleeping
(2 and 3 are really interchangeable for me)

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J.D. said...

Legally Blonde. It ALWAYS lightens me up. Coincidentally, it's always on. I've probably seen it at least 80 times.

Mean Girls would work as well.

Patrick said...

1. The 40 Year Old Virgin (or Being John Malcovich, love Catherine Keener)

2. Adam's Family Values

3. Closer (It's romantic I guess...)

Sally Belle said...

1. Pulp Fiction or Die Hard
2. Raising Arizona
3. The Princess Bride

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Bernardo said...

1. Legally Blonde - It's ALWAYS on TV and it's also one of the funniest films ever.

2. Billy Elliot

3. Moulin Rouge!

Paul Outlaw said...

1. All About Eve
2. Beetlejuice
3. A Place in the Sun

sphinx said...

1. Babe
2. Babe
3. Babe

Neb said...

1. The Shawshank Redemption. Forever and for always.

2. (tie) Being There and Harvey. I love characters who, no matter what happens keep the same happy, dopey disposition.

3. When Harry Met Sally... My wife's favorite film, and I can't help but enjoy it as well.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

1. Toughie. I did see the Wicker Man remake five times on HBO last year. I guess that one.

2. Capote (God, I have no idea what that says about me)

3. Love Actually or Breakfast at Tiffany's. One is the Ultimate, the other Definitive.

GregWA said...

1. The Philadelphia Story
2. The Philadelphia Story
3. The Philadelphia Story

richard said...

1. Terms of Endearment - and i always come in just in time for debra winger's goodbye scene with her kids. i'm a fuckin mess every time.
2. The Pianist - when i'm really depressed i need something that makes my life seem not that bad.
3. Moonstruck, big time

Margaret said...

Anything by Jane Austen, an Agatha Christie mystery, Gosford Park and Fargo.

Glendon said...

1. Die Hard 3 (no matter how terrible the dubbing of the cuss words are)
2. The Big Lebowski
3. High Fidelity

psf said...

1. Clue. Always.

2. Being Julia. That laugh! so infectiously cheerful.

3. Moulin Rouge!

Karen said...

1. Deja Vu. I've seen that movie an obscene amount of times.
2. Raise Your Voice always cheers me up. Hilary Duff singing that final number. *Tear*
3. Knotting Hill. It's one of the cutest romantic comedies ever.

Fun questions!!!

Glenn said...

# ...Thelma & Louise. Generally I start crying the moment it comes one.
# ...Showgirls. Honest.
# ...Sleepless in Seattle. I really do love that movie.

Denzel Hawke said...

So I stole some others but oh well...

1) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Clue
2) Sideways or What about Bob
3) Brown Sugar

Stephen said...

1. To Wong Foo... - I have no idea.
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Beauty and the Beast

Michael Parsons said...

1 - The Parent Trap (60's version). Maurine O'Hara was just glorious in that.

2 - Clue. The Oscar nominated actresses completely steal the show. A comedy highlight. 'Husbands should be like kleenex. Soft, strong and disposable.

3 - Moulin Rogue! But of couse

Nigel said...

Groundhog Day fits all three for me.

Aracir said...

"While you were sleeping" is all I can think of right now.

satlure said...

1.American Beauty
2.Indiana Jones....any of them.
3.Moulin Rouge!

crazycris said...

oh boy, how to limit the choices?! :p

1. dunno, way too many to list! but actually not likely to here 'cause if they're on TV they're dubbed!!! :o(

2. The Princess Bride (if I'm sick) or The Goonies, Bride and Prejudice or Meet Me In St Louis (if I need cheering up)

3. Pride and Prejudice (both the BBC and the movie)

LaDeeDuh said...

The answer to all three: '60s Batman.

Oh, there's romance...

"...holy heartbreak, batman!'

...and compassion for other people:

"They may be drinkers, Robin, but they're still human beings."

...and life truths:

"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb..."

:D

Murtada said...

Nathaniel-
I was thinking for all 3 yes but I can be specific :
1. My best friend's wedding, saw bits of it jst last weekend while surfing
2. Four Weddings or Devil weas prada
3. Brokeback, Now voyager or the way we were are my fave romantic movies

Billy Held An Oscar said...

1. Titanic -- I'm all Kate all the time.

2. Nine to Five -- Tomiln, Fonda and Parton just make me smile. Brilliant!

3. Love, Actually -- Christmas time in London. It doesn't get better than that.

Catherine said...

1. Mean Girls. I saw it in the cinema, my dvd copy is almost unplayable from overuse and still whenever I see it in the tv listings, I'll drop whatever I'm doing to slump in front of the set and speak the lines along with the characters. Also, Casablanca. I always begin by telling myself I'll only watch until Ingrid Bergman comes in, or just until the Marseilles, but nah - the whole thing sucks me in every time. And, um, Ms Congeniality.

2. I didn't even need to think about it, the answer is Hannah and her Sisters, easily. That film is my comfort blanket.

3. Moulin Rouge, I guess. Except I always turn the dvd off after the final song, so Satine lives forever! And also, Now, Voyager and The Awful Truth.

Catherine said...

That should be 'La Marseillaise', obviously.

Roberta Lipp said...

Ordinary People. Cancel all plans, there's not a scene I'm impervious to. Or Clueless. There's no explanation, but it has happened a lot, and I see I'm not alone.

Big Chill, or all six hours of Pride and Prejudice.

You've Got Mail. I only need the last 25 minutes. Or all six hours of Pride and Prejudice.

NATHANIEL R said...

sphinx and GregWA I love the movie to suit all needs. hee

psf Nick and I have actually discussed this. The Bening has the best screen laugh in the business. It sounds so real. And it's contagious and ... how hard would it be to act laughing? So hard, I'd think

Seisgrados said...

1.- Some like it hot
2.- Witness fro the prosecution
3.- The apartment

I guess it's all Wilder for me.

Dr. S said...

For all three questions:

Bring It On, Somewhere in Time, and Strictly Ballroom.

JA said...

1. So many movies fit this bill, but I just touched on this phenomenon with regards to Poltergeist the other day.

2. Muriel's Wedding - I always forget all the sad parts of this movie beforehand (Her mother! Gah!) but I still leave it every time (and I've seen this movie dozens of times) with a huge smile. Goodbye, Porpoise Spit! Although Wonder Boys is a great, apt choice for me too.

3. Hitchcock's Notorious is the most romantic movie ever made, so that, although lately it's also been Punch-Drunk Love or Eternal Sunshine too.

jimmy said...

1. sideways. or lately, "year of the dog"...it's always on...i don't know why i watch it over and over.

2. It's a wonderful life....or peggy sue got married.

3. easy....Moonstruck.

Dame James Henry said...

1. The Silence of the Lambs or, at the very least, I'll stick around for Hannibal's opening scene.

2. Singin' in the Rain ALWAYS puts a smile on my face...especially Jean Hagen. Either that or Mommie Dearest

3. Brokeback, I guess, although that's just not right, huh?

KD said...

Kal ho na ho ...A Story Of A Lifetime.......In A Heartbeat
(Tomorrow May Not Be, USA DVD box title)

brianmaru said...

Before Sunrise or Before Sunset on all accounts.

Clarissa Polati said...

Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice.

Anonymous said...

Holiday
Out of Africa
Heathers

NATHANIEL R said...

omg these answers are making me want to pop up 20 movies i don't own into the dvd player. ayiyiyiyi. so many good choices

Marshall1 said...

always, answer for all 3 questions, Bridget Jones Diary!!!

Anonymous said...

1. Poltergeist
2. Poltergeist
3. Dead Poets Society

Michael in DC

Jordan said...

1. The Devil Wears Prada ("yeah, I'm hearing this and what I want to hear is...this." LOVE Emily Blunt.)
2. Amelie
3. Carrie (Ok...this is stretching "romantic" a little bit, but that scene where Carrie and Tommy are dancing and the camera circles around them is the most romantic scene in the history of cinema for me.)

Middle-P said...

1. Selena - And it is ALWAYS on! Makes me laugh, cry and sing along. My friends all make fun of me because they know that if Selena is on, I have an uncontrollable desire to watch it. They don't even try to stop me anymore.

2. The Little Mermaid - Sick, sad, lonely, whatever, that movie is a fail-safe to lift my spirits.

3. Brokeback Mountain - Is there anything else to say that hasn't already been said? (especially by Nathaniel...)

Dimi said...

1) Anchorman (that's just plain fun)

2) Garden State (does that make me more depressing?)

3) Love Actually? (Oh now that's embarrassing)

Sid said...

Jerry Maguire

Anonymous said...

1. Titanic(which is absorbing every time i see it, i don't care what anyone thinks. or Night of the Hunter( which is my all time favorite movie)
2. Night of the Hunter because a good villain always takes my mind off my problems.

3. i guess Titanic

Deborah said...

1. Can't turn away from Moonstruck if I happen to click on it, no matter how often that happens.

2. Top Hat always cheers me when I'm down.

3. For romance, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, You've Got Mail...I'm a cheesy girl.

mikey67 said...

For all three:
Sense & Sensibility )

BeRightBack said...
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BeRightBack said...

1. The Devil Wears Prada
2. Go
3. Threesome (does anyone else remember this movie?)

Sarah said...

1. Back to the Future - Because no matter how many times I've seen it, I have to make sure Marty gets back to 1985.

2. Working Girl - This movie has all the ingredients for a mood enhancing drug: a classic comeuppance, Carly Simon’s ballad, and Joan Cusack’s accent. (“It’s not even leatha!”)

3. Brief Encounter - Heartbreaking, but so beautiful. A treasure.

Garen said...

1) Legally Blonde

2) Steel Magnolias

3) Erin Brockovich

Dave said...

1. I usually hate not watching films from the very beginning, but if Down With Love is on I can't resist. Also Mary Poppins unless it's the Andrews-less section.

2. The Purple Rose of Cairo. (Ignoring that it has a sad ending...)

3. Before Sunrise forever.

Wayne B. said...

1. Jackie Brown or Dazed And Confused
2. Opposite of Sex - Christina Ricci makes me smile :) OR the "Once More With Feeling" episode of Buffy!
3. Some Like It Hot - it works, don't ask me why.

Anonymous said...

1. Kill Bill
2. La Strada
3. Eternal Sunshine

Kamila said...

1. Pretty Woman
2. White Chicks
3. Notting Hill

NATHANIEL R said...

BeRightBack -- i remember Threesome and I've actually been curious to see it again. No one ever talks about it. I remember it being really wimpy scared of actually being a threesome movie though ;)

Kamila --white chicks? Why you wanna hurt me?

Melanie said...

1. Christmas Vacation

2. Notting Hill

3. Brokeback Mountain

Liz said...

Vertigo answers all three of those for me.

JenKneeBee said...

1. Casablanca. Cannot take my eyes away.

2. Groundhog Day. Funniest movie ever? I think so.

3. Love Actually. It makes me swoon. That and Amelie too.

Sebastian said...

1. A League of Their Own

2. I Love Lucy (I know this is TV but its the best thing to cheer someone up)

3. Notting Hill

Erin said...

1. The American President. Uh. I was a government major?

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is apparently the cinematic equivalent of comfort food to me.

3. Before Sunset. This has been said before but PERFECT ENDING.

Moses said...

Sideways actually for all three.

I like that it touches on all three of these things, without overpowering them.

Maya's speech is the most romantic thing I've seen since the movie came out.

Ariella said...

My answer all in one is "Good Will Hunting" because 1) it's ALWAYS on 2) I know the script by heart, which is surprisingly uplifting and 3) I'm not a particularly romantic person.

NATHANIEL R said...

moses so true. God, Madsen was so moving in that movie.

Ryan said...

1.) AMERICAN BEAUTY
2.)(if wallowing) LEAVING LAS VEGAS/ (if want to feel better) ERIN BROCKOVICH
3.) BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Jeje said...

I think I can say Catch & Release for 1-3,though that doesn't reflect on it being a masterpiece of a film. It's just the most adorable movie, the girl is right the guy is right the friends are right the kid is right, the whole cast fits perfectly. I could probably add Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Jeux d'enfants(Love Me If You Dare) to no 3.

Anonymous said...

I cant rank these :/
- Grandma's Boy
- Starsky & Hutch
- Mallrats
- A night at the Roxbury
- You Dont Mess With The Zohan
- Once Upon A Time In Mexico