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Movies I watch again and again.

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Not that I watch them all the time.  They just seem to crop up repeatedly when I take out a disk to watch.  They are not necessarily the 'best' movies, though some are.  I don't necessarily see something new in them each time I watch them.  But I might.  They can be minor, insignificant, mostly forgotten.  But there's something I like about them.  It might be things recognized by the world, or just by me.

Blondie of the Follies (1932), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Red Shoes (1948), No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), The Wages of Fear (1953), Hide-Out (1934), Sporting Blood (1931), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Three Godfathers (1936), Double Harness (1933), That Man From Rio (1964), Late Spring (1949), Seven Samurai (1954), Midnight Mary (1933), Seven Men From Now (1956), Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), Funny Face (1957), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Monterey Pop (1968), Lady With a Past (1932), The Yearling (1946), Safe in Hell (1931), Baby Face (1933), Out of the Past (1947), The Big House (1930), I Know Where I'm Going! (1945), Bob le Flambeur (1956), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), Wild Strawberries (1957), The 39 Steps (1935), A Star is Born (1937), The Last Flight (1931), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Devil and Miss Jones (1941), Top Hat (1935), Angel and the Badman (1947), In Harm's Way (1965), Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Farenheit 451 (1966),  La Baie des Anges (1963), Charade (1963), The Set-Up (1949)

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Without doubt, the film I've watched the most is Ridley Scott's gorgeous "The Duellists". Its the kind of flick which for me is singular in that I can (and have) placed it on a loop in the player and simply let it play and replay all weekend long.

Hours and hours, without every growing weary or impatient. The music and photography; the authentic wardrobes and lush French landscapes; the horses ...it's like being back in the 1800s (which is frankly where I'd always rather be, than here now).

I've also done this with "Reilly: Ace of Spies" (Sam Neill); the art-docu film "Koyaanisqati"; "The Way Things Work" (German)...one other; what was it...oy yes, "Last Year in Marienbad". All these films seem to have no ending or beginning and lend themselves to cyclical viewing.

But "Duellists" is surely the best.

 

 

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1. The Sound of Music 1965  

2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 

3. The Big Lebowski 

4. My Fair Lady 1964 

5. The Music Man 1962 

6. Doctor Dolittle 1967 

7. Little Shop of Horrors 1986  

8. Hello, Dolly! 1969

9. Coraline 

10. The Breakfast Club 

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There are certain films that I've seen so often I don't even really have to watch them anymore because I can replay them in my brain anytime. These are largely films that I saw as a kid and continued to intermittently watch over the years.

One of them is The Adventures of Robin Hood, which I viewed last year for the first time in 13 years and it felt like I had seen it just a few weeks before, so embedded is it in my brains cells. I know this film so well that, should I view it, I will frequently study the background or the expression on the face of an actor not paramount to the scene in order to try to pick up something new about the film I hadn't noticed before.

One time, by chance, I noticed what seemed a slight blur in the action on part of the screen during the film's famous duel between Robin and Sir Guy. When I backed up the image on the DVD player and had a freeze frame advance, one frame at a time, I discovered that Basil Rathbone actually lost the sword out of his hand at that point. It was high in the air, upside down, beside his shoulders and head.

It is only apparent for one second in the film and is too quick for the eye for anyone to see. But that slight blur on a part of the screen clued me in to make this little discovery that has been on the screen for all these years, ever since the film's 1938 release. The editor did a great job at splicing two pieces of film together then to make the action appear seamless (actually he cuts to a shot of Flynn at that moment). I was delighted to have made this small discovery, trivial as some may regard it to be.

Other films that fall into this same category for me include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Captain Blood (1935), The Ghost Breakers (1940), King Kong (1933), etc., etc..

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Any movie I have either on tape or now on DVD is one for that list, and too numerous for me to post here.  ;)

I'll just mention:

THE GODFATHER

THE WIZARD OF OZ

RIO BRAVO

SHANE

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

DINNER AT EIGHT

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

among the many.....  ;)

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The Bad and the Beautiful

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Dead Poets Society

Out of The Past

Casablanca

Weekend at Bernie's

Finding Nemo (A childhood favorite of mine; I went to the theater three different times to see it when it was up)

Finding Dory

Stand By Me

Running On Empty

To Kill A Mockingbird

Home Alone

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I can watch just about every musical over and over (and over) again. Sometimes, I just stop what I'm doing long enough to watch the musical numbers. I even have the timing down to a science in my favorite musicals so I can leave my apartment and be back before a specific beloved dance number appears (don't judge! ?)

Like jinsinna13, FINDING NEMO I can watch again and again. Also from Disney, I continually re-watch THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, POCAHONTAS, THE LION KING and the Disney/Pixar TOY STORY films.

Some other habitual re-watches:

MEET JOHN DOE

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

THIS HAPPY BREED

SUNRISE

THE THIRD MAN

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH ( I think this one just may be my very favorite film.)

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6 hours ago, sagebrush said:

I can watch just about every musical over and over (and over) again. Sometimes, I just stop what I'm doing long enough to watch the musical numbers. I even have the timing down to a science in my favorite musicals so I can leave my apartment and be back before a specific beloved dance number appears (don't judge! ?)

Like jinsinna13, FINDING NEMO I can watch again and again. Also from Disney, I continually re-watch THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, POCAHONTAS, THE LION KING and the Disney/Pixar TOY STORY films.

Hey, I'm not judging. I think that's awesome.

I also like The Lion King and the Toy Story movies, but I haven't watched them as often as Finding Nemo. As they say, you're never too old for Disney.

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I have seen The Long, Long Trailer probably 100 times (not exagerrating). I never tire of it. 

Other movies that I can watch over and over: Sabrina (1954), Gidget, Where the Boys Are, The Major and the Minor, Some Like it Hot, Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, Rear Window, The More the Merrier, Double Indemnity, Gilda, The Thin Man, Funny Face, Roman Holiday, Mildred Pierce, Gentleman Jim...

There are tons of other films that I love but I have to be in the mood for them. They don’t seem to get as frequent viewing as others. 

In regard to Disney films, I never tire of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.  With the exception of the original Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, most of the Pixar films I saw when I was an adult. While I love them, they don’t hold as much nostalgia for me as the Disney films of the late 80s-early 90s. 

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the Monster that Challenged the World

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"no, I haven't seen any monster...just plain foolishness."

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10 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

the Monster that Challenged the World

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Heck, and here I always thought the very best part of THIS flick was the cute as all hell Audrey Dalton here...

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(...well okay her, AND seeing California's Salton Sea before it turned into the toxic sump that it would become today...water-skied on that body of water when I was a kid and just about the time this movie was filmed there...wouldn't even dip my toe in it now)

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18 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

I have seen The Long, Long Trailer probably 100 times (not exagerrating). I never tire of it. 

Other movies that I can watch over and over: Sabrina (1954), Gidget, Where the Boys Are, The Major and the Minor, Some Like it Hot, Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, Rear Window, The More the Merrier, Double Indemnity, Gilda, The Thin Man, Funny Face, Roman Holiday, Mildred Pierce, Gentleman Jim...

There are tons of other films that I love but I have to be in the mood for them. They don’t seem to get as frequent viewing as others. 

In regard to Disney films, I never tire of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.  With the exception of the original Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, most of the Pixar films I saw when I was an adult. While I love them, they don’t hold as much nostalgia for me as the Disney films of the late 80s-early 90s. 

:wacko:  :o  :lol:

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"Late '80's and early '90's" are NOSTALGIC to ya?  Wha???   Did I stumble onto the NURSERY SCHOOL version of the TCM forums?  ;) 

Actually, the first three Disney's you mention in that last paragraph, are more nostalgic to ME, my being the same age as ALICE IN WONDERLAND.  But I think I getcha.  For Disney, I'd add DUMBO,  PINOCCHIO, SNOW WHITE and FANTASIA.  

And too, as far as those mentioned in your second paragraph, there are only four I don't really care for, but I won't point out which they are, but agree that the rest I too, never get tired of.

Also , KING KONG, DEAD END, SONS OF THE DESERT and HUMORESQUE are a few more.  :)

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I'll always stop to watch until the end of;  Singing In The Rain,  The Sound of Music, Citizen Kane,  and Wizard of Oz.

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Stalag 17 1953

The Best Years of Our Lives 1946

Dial M For Murder 1954

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963

Bull Durham 1988

Cold Turkey 1971

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1 hour ago, Wayne said:

Cold Turkey 1971

Hey, there's somebody else besides me who knows this movie!

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Just to name a few...

 

1.   It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

2.   The Best Years of Our Lives 1946

3.   Casablanca 1942

4.   The Wizard of Oz 1939

5.   Holiday Affair 1949

6.   The Shop Around the Corner 1940

7.   The Kid 1921

8.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945

9.   5th Avenue Girl 1939

10.                Limelight 1952

11.                Our Vines Have Tender Grapes 1945

12.                A Thousand Clowns 1965

13.                Captains Courageous 1937

14.                Le Schpountez a.k.a. Heartbeat 1938

15.                Dersu Uzala 1975

16.                Ikiru 1952

17.                M 1931

18.                King of the Roaring ‘20s (The Story of Arnold Rothstein) 1961

19.                Grumpy Old Men 1993

20.                Grumpier Old Men 1995

21.                Safety Last 1923

22.                Onegin 1999

23.                Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998

24.                Jour de Fete a.k.a. The Big Day 1949

25.                Monsieur Verdoux 1947

26.                A Man for All Seasons 1966

27.                The Juggler 1953

28.                The Ox-Bow Incident 1943

29.                Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood 2001

30.                Frisco Kid 1935

31.                The Ascent 1977

32.                The Battle of Algiers 1966

33.                Clerks 1994

34.                Apollo 13 1995

35.                The Diary of Anne Frank 1959

36.                On the Bowery 1957

37.                Jungle Cavalcade 1941

38.                The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek 1944

39.                The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928

40.                Fun on a Weekend 1947

41.                Salvatore Giuliano 1962

42.                One the Waterfront 1954

43.                Birdman of Alcatraz 1962

44.                Bonnie and Clyde 1967

45.                Casino 1995

46.                The Goodfellas 1990

47.                Heroes for Sale 1933

48.                Das Boot 1981

49.                Fitzcarraldo 1982

50.                Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982

51.                Caddyshack 1980

52.                Office Space 1999

53.                Porky’s 1982

54.                American Pie 1999

55.                Back to School 1986

56.                The Blues Brothers 1980

57.                The Big Chill 1983

58.                The ‘60s 1999

59.                The ‘70s 2000

60.                French Kiss 1995

61.                Camille Claudel 1988

62.                The Five Pennies 1959

63.                Mary Poppins 1964

64.                The Shawshank Redemption 1994

65.                Paths of Glory 1957

66.                The Godfather 1972

67.                Star Wars 1977

68.                Sunset Blvd. 1950

69.                Double Indemnity 1944

70.                Roman Holiday 1953

71.                It Happened One Night 1934

72.                The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948

73.                The African Queen 1951

74.                Good Will Hunting 1997

75.                12 Angry Men 1957

76.                Schindler’s List 1993

77.                One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975

78.                Forrest Gump 1994

79.                American Beauty 1999

80.                The Green Mile 1999

81.                The Great Dictator 1940

82.                Once Upon a Time in America 1984

83.                The Third Man 1949

84.                Braveheart 1995

85.                Metropolis 1927

86.                Singin’ in the Rain 1952

87.                Witness for the Prosecution 1957

88.                The Apartment 1960

89.                Raging Bull 1980

90.                Die Hard 1988

91.                Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

92.                Macao 1952

93.                The General 1926

94.                Scarface 1983

95.                Cool Hand Luke 1967

96.                The Deer Hunter 1978

97.                Gone with the Wind 1939

98.                The Grapes of Wrath 1940

99.                Network 1976

100.            The Big Sleep 1946

101.            Gandhi 1982

102.            The Graduate 1967

103.            The Exorcist 1973

104.            Rocky 1976

105.            Papillon 1973

106.            The Last Picture Show 1971

107.            Easy Rider 1969

108.            Once Upon a Time in the West 1968

109.            This Land is Mine 1943

110.            Cinema Paradiso 1988

111.            Au Hasard Balthazar 1966

112.            I am Cuba 1964

113.            Le Million 1931

114.            Sansho the Bailiff 1955

115.            Ugetsu 1953

116.            Woman in the Dunes 1964

117.            The Hustler 1961

118.            The Palm Beach Story 1942

119.            At the Circus 1939

120.            The Teacher’s Pet 1958

121.            Triumph of the Will 1935

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There are several for me too, but I doubt if it reaches 121. Tombstone and Animal House probably lead the way with The Wizard of Oz close behind.

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In the interest of brevity, here are ten:

1. 42nd Street (1933)

2. The Letter (1940)

3. Out of the Past (1947)

4. The Red Shoes (1948)

5. I Vitelloni  (1953)

6. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

7. Masculin Feminin (1966)

8. My Night at Maud's (1969)

9. Taxi Driver (1976)

10. The Shining (1980)

And if I have to compile this list again, the titles will probably change.

 

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THE GODFATHER, I & II, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, INSIDE DAISY CLOVER & I know many will get a laugh out of this, but must admit it's true TRUTH OR DARE

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9 hours ago, JeanneCrain said:

120.            The Teacher’s Pet 1958

When do you find time to watch them all?

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MIDNIGHT LACE (doris day)

HITCHCOCK (anthony hopkins)

42nd STREET (warner baxter)

ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (charles mcgraw)

STALAG 17 (william holden)

ONE, TWO, THREE (james cagney)

LES DIABOLIQUES -original and the re-make

TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (jean gabin)

WHITE HEAT (james cagney)

BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (william holden)

QUAI DES ORFEVRES (louis jouvet)

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (doris day)

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