My Top 5 Most Watched Movies
Last week, I told you about the top five books I’ve read the most times of any other.
After that post, it got my thinking about my other top-five-mosts. In addition to reading a lot of books, I also watch a lot of movies. I mean that. I watch a movie pretty much every day, and I have many that I continue to re-watch.
So, of course I have to tell you about my top 5 most-watched movies. These are movies that I’ve watched so many times in my life that I have most of the dialog memorized.
Empire Records (1995)
This movies was a pretty big deal when I was in junior high and high school. It features an odd cast of characters spending the day trying to save their music store from being bought out by a conglomerate.
There’s red-headed Ethan Randall (now Ethan Embry) who was silly and hot and I had a big crush on him. And Robin Tunney, who you can now watch on The Mentalist, who actually shaves her head at the beginning of the movie. For real.
“My dad always said there are 24 usable hours in every day.”
I wanted to be these people. I wanted to be their friends. And that made me watch Empire Records all the time in high school.
I’m a big horror movie fan, but most of the greatest horror movies happened in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. There was a significant drought in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. And then Scream came out.
Not only did it resurrect the slasher horror subgenre, reminiscent of Halloween and Friday the 13th, it was just a darn good movie. I loved the twists, the horror movie culture interwoven into the plot, and the hotness that was Matthew Lillard.
“There are certain RULES that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. For instance, number one: you can never have sex.”
Then, they came out with a bunch of sequels. And, instead of them being terrible like most horror movie sequels, they’re actually pretty awesome. Especially Scream 3.
I loved Clue when I was a kid. I liked that it had three different endings (two possible endings and one that was the true ending). I liked that it was based on a board game. And I always liked murder mysteries!
And then I started watching it as an adult and I have a new appreciation for it. The humor is both subtle and distinct. There are pratfalls and wordplay jokes and running jokes that last the entire length of the movie. You just don’t see comedy like this anymore.
“One plus two plus one plus one…”
Now, every time I watch it, I notice something new and appreciate it even more. This is one of those movies that I’m always in the mood to watch. I could watch it every day and be perfectly happy with it.
Center Stage (2000)
I love dance movies. So, of course, I love Center Stage. This one is all about ballet and the kids attending a prestigious New York dance academy. It follows a girl who doesn’t dance as well as her classmates but has a fire in her anyway. (And the star of that movie is totally in McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes commercials right now.)
Plus, it had a love story, which always makes me happy. Yeah, the acting in this wasn’t so great, but it didn’t matter to me. I still watched it all the time. Although, it did have Zoe Saldana in it, and she’s amazing.
“I am the best goddamn dancer in the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody.”
The thing I liked most is the awesome dance numbers. There’s one in a community dance class to a song by Red Hot Chili Peppers. And then the big dance number at the end is crazy awesome, even if it’s unrealistic with all of the costume changes. It makes me want to dance!
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
This right here is the movie I’ve watched more than any other. I used to have You’ve Got Mail on VHS, but I wore out the tape from so many viewings, so I had to get the DVD. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan team up as rival bookstore owners who have a secret relationship online, and they don’t even know it.
I always loved the email touch to this. This came out around the time I was really getting into the Internet, and I loved the idea of meeting your soul mate online.
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”
It’s just a touching story, what with Hanks building a chain bookstore right by Ryan’s little shop. I like this more than Sleepless in Seattle because of the technology and the book-centric theme. I just love it to bits. I know this entire movie by heart.
Now it’s your turn!
What movies have you watched more than any other? Let me know in the comments! I would love suggestions on super awesome movies.
I thought I’d make this into a series, so stay tuned next week for my top 5 most-played video games.