8 Movies you'd pick to watch on a weekend you are stuck in the house

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  1. Louis Letizia

    Louis Letizia Supporting Actor

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    I , just this past weekend, was forced to stay home the whole weekend beause I was under the weather. I rarely have time to watch my literally thousands of movies on all formats that I own and made a conscious effort to select 8 movies-4 for each day I was home-that I would just sit back, watch and just ponder life in itself. By the end of my marathon-I took breaks in between to watch silly things on cable and the Reelz channel and At the Movies-I came out of it feeling terrific.
    The choices I made-at first-were purely sentimental and/or nostalgic . But, when I said to myself I want a diversity of genres-this is what I culled from my collection:What would yours be?

    1) At 10 am Saturday . Saturday mornings make me think of Godzilla movies I used to watch on local staions (i wasnt into cartoons even at an early age), so I began with the DVD of the restored Godzilla-GOJIRA and was in heaven watching both the original Japanese version and the us dubbed one.

    2) About 5 pm I was in the mood for a comedy. But which? Again harking back to my childhood I chose a Marx Brothers comedy-HORSE FEATHERS-both for it being the funniest (imho) of their comedies and because I had recently seen George Clooney's LEATHERHEADS(while I loved the movie-a true treat for 40 somethings with its mix of THE STING, SILVER STREAK and SEMI TOUGH among others-I see why it hasnt clicked with the new generation. What do they know!) and was in the mood for a pigskin romp. You cant get better than that!

    3) after a very light dinner I settled in for a Saturday night thriller. I have also recently seen another under the radar gem called FLAWLESS -a slight yet compelling smart thriller with a very good Michael Caine and a surprisingly good Demi Moore in her most polished , subdued performance that matches her stunning beauty. I do not know why her reviews have been savage-is her stepmonster writing them?-because she commands the screen. Don't blame it on Demi-blame it on rio instead.I dusted off my dvd of DIAMONDS a pretty good 1975 international thriller with Robert Shaw and Shelley Winters(!). It was far from flawless, but it killed two hours.

    4) Still awake at midnight I couldnt choose between an after dark skintilating flick or a horror movie. Not wanting to get myself too hot and bothered (with a 102 fever I already was hot and it bothered me), I decided to go old school and hit the videotape with my still good copy of THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD-which i hadnt watched in a decade-and fell into its dreamlike trance with its decadence and mood music that 35 years later i cannot erase from my brain. It was better than I thought or remembered, despite bad acting from Michael Sarrazin and Cornelia Sharpe(her name more descriptive of her breasts-if u remember- rather than her acting). Its a sumptuous puzzle of a movie with a great turn by Margot Kidder.

    5)After a good nights rest I layed about on Sunday morning and appx about 1130 cranked up the laserdisc player and watched-for the first time ever-the 1973 musical of LOST HORIZON. I expected atrocity and instead found shangri la -that is if shangri la means dazed and confused. Not horrendous-but very close. Besides I'd watch Liv Ullmann reading a science manual(wait-didnt she do that in MINDWALK?). The fondest memory I have of this movie was the 1974 Golden Globes when the inimitable Bette Midler called it "Liv Ullmann in Lost HerReason. Classic!(the quote-not the movie). But, you have to see this at least once.

    6)I decided on a true historical extravaganza as my 430 movie. Having recently been dragged to THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL I decided on my unopened dvd of ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS and was blown away! Everything about this movie was perfect. From the Oscar nominated sets and costumes to the rousing score and literate script . The best was the acting. Richard Burton has never been better (for Henry Vlll to lose an oscar that year to Rooster Cogburn showed true grit on the voters parts. Did they vote with one eye shut?)Anhony Quayle amazing but the revelation here was the fiery, unforgettable Genevieve Bujould as Anne Boleyn. You simply cannot take your eyes off of her. It has got to be one of the Best Performances by an actress in the last half a century-it is that nuanced and near miraculous. She makes you love her as you hate her. I've never been so moved by a performance as this one. She deserved every award they could have bestowed upon her-and she won some-but not to win the Oscar?-Blasphemy! Only having known Bujould from EARTHQUAKE , COMA and OBSESSION-I was always enraptured by her beauty, but never hinted at her greatness. She deserves a comeback role-NOW.

    7) There are two movies I always have to watch on these life excursions of mine. One is DOG DAY AFTERNOON-which I recently watched with a nephew and didnt want to revisit so soon and the other is THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE-which I watched. I find myself relating more and more to Mel (Lemmon) as I myself grow older. But why the attraction to this movie at such a yyoung age as 12? I guess saw my father on screen at that age. I laugh through my tears with this movie and cry through my laughter. Its a purely personal objective-but I never tire of this movie-ever. And to own that heartfelt Marvin Hamlisch score would be a dream.

    8)I acvtually felt myself getting anxious as Sunday was closing to an end. I do not know if it was the antibiotics or the movies I had chosen-but I was feeling terrific-unusual for a guy who despises Sunday nights. What would be my capper? What would be perhaps the last movie i'd be able to watch from beginning to end in the comfort of my home vwithout disturbance or without plunking down a fortune to find myself in such a controlled place as a movie theater. I put an awful lot of pressure on myself to come up with the perfect end to a not so perfect weekend. Should i dig into my collection as deeply as i dug through my past ? I found myself making mental lists of movies I'd never seen and probably never would-and I got angry at not being able to and not having that choice. ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR TOO, ALEX AND THE GYPSY(to have Boleyn and Mel in the same movie-I'd lose my head while i cracked up)SUNDAY LOVERS, WHY WOULD I LIE?, CAN HIERYMONOUS MERKIN EVER FORGET....?, THE NAKED APE. Good movies? No way, but movies I've read about and thirsted to see -no matter how bad.
    So I did dig deep. I wanted to watch a movie that may fade to black before it ever sees the light of day-much like i feel at this stage in my life- on DVD. I chose LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR. It is about a journey, about rediscovering who you are-at any cost. Diane Keaton gave a much more towering performance in this epic of the human condition than she had in her Oscar winning role in ANNIE HALL (a movie I cherish as one of my favorites). She is jawdroppngly good in a role that even though she was a woman and Irish-2 things I am not and never can be-i completely identify with . She experimented and found salvation on the darkside but it catharsized her-for a brief shining time-because she felt unchained to family, work and religion for the first time in life. She dared to live-and all though she was punished dearly for it-she had her time. Thats what the love of movies are. There is no right, wrong, good or bad movies to watch, but to experiment with them all we feel freedom -from family, work and religion. An outstanding movie.
     
  2. Brett_M

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    How about 9?

    Star Wars Eps I-VI and LOTR (extended editions of course)
     
  3. Al.Anderson

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    You went for a good deal of heavy stuff. When trying to get through a bug I almost always go for the light.

    Whenever I'm in need of a laugh I can always count on Galaxy Quest; so that's #1. The other one I always watch when I'm home sick is Kung Fu (TV). I have no idea why but i always do.

    The rest depend on my mood; but common sick selections are: (and 8 is a lot for me; I'm usually in the 3-5 range)

    Midnight Run (if I'm up late at night)
    Back to School
    The Cooler (another late night selection)
    The 5th Element
    Firefly / Serenity
    The Full Monty
    Pleasantville
    The In-Laws
    The Milagro Beanfield War
    Mr Mom

    And I wouldn't have thought to put this one on this list; but when I was sick last month I had a craving for Pulp Fiction.
     
  4. PaulDA

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    While this list is not definitive, it represents the kinds of movies I'd select if I had a whole weekend of uninterrupted viewing available:

    Gladiator (or some other sword and sandals epic)
    at least one Star Trek movie (doesn't really matter which one)
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (or any Connery Bond--OHMSS is my favourite Bond movie, but Connery is my favourite Bond)
    LOTR: Fellowship EE(If I'm not doing an LOTR marathon, then I would pick the first one and watch the other two within a few weeks)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (gotta have at least one Kubrick)
    Unforgiven (same for Clint and I need at least one Western--this covers both)
    Patton (need at least one WWII flick)
    Slap Shot (or some other comedy)
     
  5. Ockeghem

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    That's a fun and interesting question.

    It's quite difficult for me to choose. My eight (in no particular order):

    Les Quatre cents coups
    Psycho or Vertigo
    To Sir, With Love
    L'Argent de poche or Jules et Jim
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    A Hard Day's Night
    The Andromeda Strain or Fahrenheit 451
    Tirez sur le Pianiste or The Story of Adele H.
     
  6. ZacharyTait

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    My 8 would be:

    The Shawshank Redemption
    Saving Private Ryan
    Schindler's List
    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
     
  7. Paul_Scott

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    I have a pretty sizable 'unwatched pile' at all times so I would try to make as much of a dent in that as possible. There are also a couple of favorites I've been wanting to sit down with again for a while, so I'd try to work a couple of those in too.
    As of today,these are the most likely to find their way into a marathon viewing session:
    Anne of The Thousand Days
    Elizabeth(HD)
    Pride and Prejudice (HD)
    Bonnie And Clyde (Bd)
    Michael Clayton (Bd)
    Queen Christina
    I Know Where I'm Going
    The Wild Bunch (HD)
    The Girl Next Door ('53)
    California Suite
    Emperor Of The North
    Coma
    Of course, sometimes reality intrudes and I decide to spin something I never had any interest or intention to. If Chuck hadn't passed away, I think it might have been a few more years before I pulled out Will Penny again. But I couldn't have made a better choice the other night.
     
  8. Dan1

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    1 - L.A. Confidential (1997)
    2 - Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    3 - Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)
    4 - It's a Gift (1934)
    5 - Seduced and Abandoned (1964)
    6 - Divorce Italian Style (1961)
    7 - Grosse Point Blank (1997)
    8 - Shadow of a Doubt (1942)
     
  9. Walter Kittel

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    Normally I would try to work at least one or two titles from the 'un-viewed' pile, but I will answer with known quantities. Also, I'll assume that I'm under the weather which means I tend to watch action / adventure or comedy...

    Dr. Strangelove
    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
    Some Like It Hot
    Cool Hand Luke
    The Right Stuff
    Goldfinger (or substitute another Bond film)
    A Clockwork Orange
    Young Frankenstein

    I could watch any of these films virtually anytime.

    - Walter.
     
  10. Charles H

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    1) EMPEROR OF THE NORTH, 2) FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (Aldrich, of course), 3) ADVISE AND CONSENT, 4) LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, 5) ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, 6) SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, 7) BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE, 8) THE GREAT ESCAPE
     
  11. ChadMcCallum

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    My choices:

    Lord of the Rings EE Trilogy (or Fellowship if I only want to watch one)
    Basketball (always makes me laugh when I'm feeling down)
    The Godfather (Part I)
    Back to the Future (I prefer Part II or III to the original)
    Star Wars (Episodes II, III, VI, or VI)
    Dawn of the Dead 78 Extended Version (I always want to phone in to stay home and watch this even though I've seen it a thousand times)
    Evil Dead 2 (its groovy!)
    The Big Lebowski (or any Cohen Bros movie aside from No Country, which is a bit of a downer)

    As far as tv on dvd goes:

    Chapelle's Show
    Star Trek
    Doctor Who
    Monty Pythons Flying Circus
    Clerks
    Tom Goes to the Mayor
    Kenny vs. Spenny
    Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm
     
  12. blashyrkh

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    If I was going to sit home and watch 8 I had seen before to watch some favorites, I would watch -

    1 - 3 LOTR extended versions
    I've wanted to watch the extended cuts of these for years and have never gotten to it, so this would be the time

    4 Drunken Master 2
    Since I am already on action, I'll watch one of my favorite martial arts films that I have not watched in a long time

    5 Shaolin Soccer
    And follow it up with another favorite from Hong Kong, Stephen's best film IMO.

    6 Lost In Translation
    7 Darjeeling Limited
    A couple of bittersweet comedies that I love, that touch me a little deeper than most comedies do.

    8 Almost Famous
    And finally, Sunday evening, watch a movie that rekindles the dream to be a rock star right before I have to face work for the next week. [​IMG]

    I do have a huge pile of films I have never seen that I need to get to, so if I started to knock those down, the eight I would pick -

    1 Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (A Japanese drama)
    2 Bourne Ultimatum (I just watched the first two last week and enjoyed them quite a bit)
    3 & 4 El Topo and The Holy Mountain (I can't believe I've never seen these films)
    5 Fantastic Planet (same here)
    6 Amelie (ditto)
    7 Funky Forest (I loved The Taste of Tea, I need to see the directors follow up)
    8 Maybe a couple of episodes of one of the many TV Shows I need to dig into (Monkey, Damo, Train Man)
     
  13. Jerome Grate

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    Star Wars 1 to 6
    Godzilla Monsters All Out Attack (has the best picture upscaled)
    Pitch Black
    Chronicles of Riddick.
    Keep it lively. No time for thought movies time for pure brainless entertainment when the house is yours. One time I ordered a porn pack from Directv and I regretted it the entire weekend, well until the wife came back with the kids. [​IMG]
     
  14. Greg_M

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    1. A Christmas Story
    2. A Christmas Story
    3. A Christmas Story
    4. A Christmas Story
    5. A Christmas Story
    6. A Christmas Story
    7. A Christmas Story
    8. A Christmas Story

    Oh wait.... that was Christmas 2005 on TBS
     
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    Great fun film! One of my favorite Godzilla movies.
     
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    King Kong ('33)
    The Blob (Steve McQueen)
    The Mark of Zorro (Tyrone Power)
    Oliver!
    Planet of the Apes ('68)
    Superman ('78)
    The Great Escape
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
     
  17. Jerome Grate

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    Just watched it on the A3 and wow, one beautiful picture via HDMI.
     
  18. PaulDA

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    Alternatively to the first list I made above, I might do a Hitchcock marathon (in no particular order, save the last one):
    To Catch a Thief (Cary Grant and Grace Kelly--what's not to like?)
    The Trouble With Harry
    Strangers on a Train
    Rear Window
    Psycho
    Notorious
    The Thirty-Nine Steps
    North By Northwest (my favourite Hitchcock and one of my top five films, so I'd want it to be "dessert")
     
  19. Barry_B_B

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    You're making us choose, I had to drop Platoon! [​IMG]

    Lord of the Rings (Fellowship)
    Star Trek VI
    Dark City
    La Strada
    Audition
    Black Sunday
    Kwaidan
    Ghost in the Shell
     
  20. Jacob McCraw

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    This list will always be different but here's what I want to watch now (while stuck at work):

    Grandma's Boy
    Office Space
    Lost in Translation
    There will be Blood
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    A Night in Casablanca
     

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