Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Films I Have Watched a Million Times

Films I Have Watched One Million Times

There are movies you just go back to over & over again. Movies you watch because they're comforting & comfortable. Movies that, for whatever reason, just feel like home. Here are 6 of my all time favorite films. These are films that I will pop in if I just need a win. Most of these are older because it takes a while for a film to become cemented into my rotation, but they are all solid, albeit a little off-kilter. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Benny & Joon

Benny & Joon is first and foremost a brother & sister story. Benny & Joon Pearl have lived together their entire lives. Benny takes care of Joon, to the detriment of his own dreams, goals & personal life. When Sam comes into the picture, it's clear that some things need to change, but nobody is prepared for the amount of change they are in for. What to watch for: Johnny Depp doing his very best Buster Keaton impression, the now iconic diner scene & Mary Stuart Masterson in one of her best roles ever.

2. Stardust

Based on a wonderful novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust is a fairy tale of sorts, with several storylines & a whole cast of characters all intertwined! When a young man crosses a forbidden fence in search of a fallen star, he gets much more than he bargained for & the adventure that ensues could change the course of not only his own life, but the lives of all he comes into contact with. What to watch for: Peter O'Toole as the King, Michelle Pfeiffer in her witchiest role since The Witches of Eastwick & Robert De Niro as the fabulous Captain Shakespeare.

3. With Honors

I had a huge crush on Brendan Fraser when I was younger & this movie was probably the root. Fraser plays Montgomery Kessler, a snooty, high strung senior at Harvard University. When his computer crashes, he is left with only one hard copy of his thesis paper. Matters get complicated when he crosses paths with Simon Wilder, a local homeless man who sees through Monty's tough exterior. What to watch for: A scruffy Patrick Dempsey as one of Monty's roommates & Gore Vidal as Professor Pitkannon.

4. MirrorMask

This imaginative coming-of-age story comes from the minds of Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean. 15 year old Helena works at the family circus & has dreams of running away from the circus to live a "normal" life. This is one of the most creative & visually stunning films I've ever seen. What to watch for: Stephen Fry as the Librarian & the character of Valentine.

5. High Fidelity

If you've never seen this film, go out right now, find a copy & watch it. John Cusack plays Rob Gordan, a melancholy record shop owner. As the film opens we find Rob in the middle of a loud, messy break-up. The rest of the movie follows Rob as he analyzes the top 5 most devastating break-ups of his life. What to watch for: Jack Black as Barry, Let's Get it On & a pony-tailed Tim Robbins listening to techno.

6. Away We Go

Burt & Verona are an eccentric couple who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. As the birth of their child draws near, the couple go searching for the best place to raise their family. They spend time with other parent friends & family in hopes of learning how to be parents & grown-ups. Everyone in this film in interesting and worth watching & there are so many cameos! The amount of heart in this film will leave you feeling so emotionally invested in these characters & their lives. What to watch for: Maggie Gyllenhaal, the stroller & the family bed & Jim Gaffigan & Allison Janney.

What's on your list of movies to watch on repeat? I would love to add them to my to-watch list!

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