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What the crap is going on? June 30, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, Entertainment, Misc, Movie Reviews, Reviews.
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So I get up this morning and, as I do on most days, check my email — and I’m shocked to see there are hundreds of unread emails that aren’t spam!  Turns out, my post on The 20 Most Rewatchable Movies of All-Time was ‘freshly pressed’ on WordPress (whatever that means).  All I know is that a lot of people have been reading it, liking it and commenting on it.

This is a humble little site that gets around 1000 hits a day, so I sincerely thank everyone for visiting and taking their time to comment, even if it’s just to say it’s the worst piece of crap they have ever come across.

I don’t have time to respond to each comment, so what I’ve done is reconsider my list based on the comments made and made an addition list of films that probably should have made the list (maybe not top 20, but on some list measuring rewatchability) but I missed for whatever reason.  Here’s another 30 super rewatchable films, in no particular order.

1. The Princess Bride — definitely my bad on missing this super classic.  I’ve only watched it twice but agree it has the qualities of a highly rewatchable film.

2. Aliens — ‘Get away from her, you bitch!’ — yes, I have seen this one many times and it’s still my favourite of the franchise.  Even the super long director’s cut is highly rewatchable.

3. Titanic — I admit, I saw this three times at the cinema, and I wasn’t even a teenage girl with a Leo crush (though I did have a Winslet crush — my friend and I had a heated debate over whether Kate showed fuzz in the infamous sketch scene).  So I agree that it has a high rewatchability quotient but I can’t bear to watch it any more, fuzz or not.

4. The Sixth Sense — I was surprised too that I didn’t put this on the list.  And it’s a strange choice because once you’ve been shocked by the ending once and rewatched it once to make sure it all made sense, there’s not much left to rewatch.  And yet I have seen this film many times.  Probably to try and forget that M Night ever made Lady in the Water.

5. Mallrats — thanks to whoever brought that one up.  ‘Snoochie boochies!’

6. Sneakers —  how did I ever miss this one?  One of my favourite movies growing up, and I still love it every time they have it on TV.

7. The Neverending Story — ahhh…Jonathan Brandis RIP.  I never got into the franchise like a lot of other kids did but I agree it deserves to be on the list.

8. Speed — the film, that is, is highly addictive.  Probably one of the best action films of the post-Die Hard generation.  Someone said the films must be first watchable in order to be rewatchable — I guess I’d put Speed 2 in that category.

9. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure — ‘Socrates!’  I am a big Bill and Ted fan and I am excited to have heard somewhere that they are making a new one?  Hilarious just thinking about it, though I have no doubt Keanu will slip right back in.

10. Groundhog Day — absolutely a rewatchable film that I have watched many times.  Amazing considering how many times we have to watch Bill Murray do the same thing over and over.

11. Home Alone — can’t believe this one slipped my mind.  The old man gets to me every time.

12. The Mighty Ducks — I think the first one was called Champions in some parts of the world, but nonetheless, made every kid want to play ice hockey.  I watched it at least half a dozen times and only recently realised that Joshua Jackson was the main kid.

13. The Goonies — one of my faves growing up and still is.  A rare, magical film for kids (and adults).  I want to watch it again right now.

14. Gremlins — of course!  Why don’t they make films like these any more (excluding remakes, that is)?

15. The Breakfast Club — ‘Don’t you, forget about me…’ and yet I forgot about it.  Judd Nelson.  ‘Nuff said.

16. Dead Poets Society — can’t believe I omitted this one.  My sister’s Ethan Hawke crush ensured multiple viewings of this one.  I wish I had teachers that made me want to stand up on desks.

17. Planes, Trains and Automobiles — very very underrated comedy and one of those I caught on TV one night and fell in love with.  I always read the instructions on vomit bags these days whenever I fly.

18. Top Gun — someone very rightly pointed out that this should have been on the list.  I concur.  Though every time I watch it I am more convinced that they are all gay.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

19. Pride and Prejudice — the 2005 version with Kiera Knightley — put this one in for my wife.  We just watched it again the other night and it still makes me cringe.  Damn you Jane Austen for such fine, corny, goosebump-inducing dialogue.

20. The Notebook — I’m man enough to admit I loved this film (or is that not man enough?).  I put this in the Titanic category, one of those films that people watch over and over because they wish they had that kind of love in their lives.

21. Clueless — only because I used to have a massive crush on Alicia Silverstone.  Man did she fail to live up to her potential.  Who could have guessed that Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy (RIP) would end up being the biggest stars from this film?

22. The Professional (Leon) — only because I used to have a massive crush on Natalie Portman.  Still do.

23. Forrest Gump — yeah, why the heck not.  I guess subconsciously I’m just still made at it for beating Shawshank (and just about everything else) at the Oscars that year.

24. Gladiator — my dad’s favourite movie to rewatch.  Every time it’s on TV he either forces us to watch with him or calls me up to let me know it’s on.

25. Field of Dreams — better than Waterworld.

26. Love Actually — I’ve only seen it once but every woman between the ages of 15 and 65 keeps telling me how much they love to rewatch it.

27. Predator — definitely belongs in the list.  Makes me want to forget all the Aliens vs Predators movies.

28. Pretty Woman — yeah, I’d watch it again if it popped up on TV.  The first time I saw it I didn’t really understand what Julia Roberts was doing (too young) but in multiple rewatches since then I’ve gotten a better idea, but it’s also made me realise what a creep Richard Gere is, which destroys some of the charm.

29. Office Space — someone mentioned ‘The Office’, but I think they may have been referring to this one.  I’ve seen this little gem at least three times and still makes me smile when I think about it.

30. Wayne’s World — last but not least.  I’m a douche for forgetting this one.  I should have myself a ‘Cream of Some Young Guy’.

Reasons for not adding certain other films that probably should be on it:

Lord of the Rings — loved the trilogy but it was too long.  Once was enough for me.

Star Wars films — I understand the obsession but I’m too young for that generation.

The Godfather films — ditto.

Harry Potter films — ditto except I’m too old for that generation.

Ferris Bueller — as a film buff I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never seen it!  And someone even called me Ferris at work for my inability to get into trouble.  Putting it on the list of ‘movies to watch’ right now.

Dirty Dancing — I put this baby in the corner.



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2. tinkertoot - June 30, 2011

love the new list more… thanx

3. redheadmouth - June 30, 2011

Forgot about OfficeSpace! Great update.

4. racheldangerw - June 30, 2011

Nice update! When I read the original, several popped into my mind that I’d thought you’d forgotten, but now I see them on this list…mostly the chick flicks, notebook, love actually, pretty woman.
I think I’ll make my own list from the feminine perspective…great idea.

5. racheldangerw - June 30, 2011

Oh and it IS insane that you’ve never seen Ferris Bueller! Classic.

6. amanda - June 30, 2011

seriously? you left off the princess bride? a travesty!

i’d add lock stock and two smoking barrels to the list…every time i find out someone hasn’t seen it, i make them sit down and watch it, and i love it, every time.

7. gardenmad - June 30, 2011

You got it totally right with the Sound of Music. My hubbie’s favourite, and we joke about it all the time, ’cause he has the DVD, but still tapes and watches it whenever it comes on (and I seem to sit right along with him and watch it again) is The Hunt for Red October, with Sean Connery. (One ping only….) My favourite to watch again and again is Moonlight with Cher and Nicolas Cage. But you did good…Shawshank Redemption, Titanic and Happy Gilmore are all up there too. Thanks for a great post, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

8. southwindtrails - June 30, 2011

I love that someone else out there has heard of Bill & Ted. I haven’t watched that movie in a while and I really should go and re-watch it soon. Speed is defiently addictive I can’t count how many times I have seen that movie — maybe even more than I have watched Die Hard.

Great List – both had some excellent movie and some I will be adding to my list to watch!

9. gardenmad - June 30, 2011

Ooops….I think I meant Moonstruck, with Cher. My bad.

10. Orrick A. R. Harriman - July 1, 2011

Many fine re-watchable movies here.

Some that I like to re-watch are Dumb and Dumber, Karate Kid, Fight Club, Bourne movies, Romancing the Stone, The Great Outdoors, F/X, Oceans Eleven, The Mummie, 13 going on 30 (guilty pleasure).

11. Natalia Perez Wahlberg - July 1, 2011

I just saw the new list, and I had commented on the old one. Good additions. As for your comments:
The Godfather… I don’t know how old you are, but one can never be too young to enjoy those films (not III, though, that one you can skip). When they first came out I wasn’t even born, but that doesn’t change that they are pretty amazing!
TLOR, I see your point. I did a marathon of the 3 movies with some friends (extended edition) a few years back and it was a one-time-thing, but I wouldn’t mind rewatching them separately at some point or another.

That’s all (my earlier post was way too long!)


pacejmiller - July 1, 2011

A friend of mine lent me the trilogy on DVD about 5 years ago and I watched them all back to back to back. I thought they were excellent, but for some reason never got the urge to watch it again!

12. goodbyereality411 - July 1, 2011

I watched half of one, and that was enough for me.

13. gemcitytiffany - July 1, 2011

Two words… FIGHT CLUB.

14. cbowiephoto - July 1, 2011

Ferris is a must see! I based my high school life on that character! It is on my top list.

15. Order of Sort - July 1, 2011

I would like to throw a vote for Forrest Gump

16. Richard Dennis - July 1, 2011

Wow! Your list(s) omit all of my alltime favorite films, all of which I have watched a number of times …
So just for the record (or the DVD, in this case), I would like to add:

17. Out of Eden Ministries - July 1, 2011

Cold Mountain. Just sayin.

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19. jackcameron - July 1, 2011

You must see Ferris. Good list. Some movies I rewatch at least a couple times a year that didn’t make your lists:
High Fidelity
Bringing Out the Dead
Wonder Boys (Great movie for writers)
The Bourne Supremacy (My Favorite of the series)
Rules of Attraction

20. edenchanges - July 1, 2011

I’d agree with this list more than the first – as soon as I saw the first blog title I was thinking ‘Top Gun’ also ‘Back to the Future’ (which I didn’t see on either this?)- its almost compulsive to watch it every time I catch it on TV.

21. Richard McCrory - July 1, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this list, and yes, I found it via the ‘freshly squeezed’ page also.

Some humble suggestions for comment with a high ‘rewatchability quotient’:

Kill Bill Vol.1&2
Monsters vs. Aliens (I’m a big kid, what can I say)
Pan’s Labyrinth
District 9
Dante’s Peak (forever re-run on UK televison!)
Hot Shots and Hot Shots: Part Deux (controversial)
The Transporter (never get tired of watching that)

Near misses:
The Matrix (wish in hindsight they hadn’t done sequels [though did like the Animatrix stuff])
Lord of The Rings Trilogy
Pineapple Express

Richard McCrory - July 1, 2011

Ah, forgot to mention Leon, great movie…

22. Peggy A Thompson - July 2, 2011

What about Dr Zhivago? I could watch that one over and over.

23. karen lee thompson - July 2, 2011

Great blog. I discovered it through freshly pressed but will bookmark it.
Surprised that you wrote it is a humble blog that receives around 1000 hits per day. To me, that’s a hell of a lot of hits.
PS. Quentin Tarantino is the best so anything he’s had a hand in is rewatchable.
I’d add:-
Truly, Madly, Deeply (sometimes referred to as the British “Ghost”)
Benny and Joon (Johnny Depp in fine form)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Another Depp but also a brilliant early Leonardo DiCaprio)
and for an insight into the renowned Aussie humour, the 1993 cult film “Hercules Returns”.

24. tbelcheva - July 2, 2011

So funny, I just checked your Top 20 post as freshly pressed, I started reading without noticing the date it was posted and suddenly I stumbled at a comment that the third Fockers movie would be released later in 2010. It is Sat morning, before my first coffee, I am half asleep…for a moment I did think ‘wow, it did happen! someone turned back time!’ :) But your ‘what the crap is going on’ explains it all. Hi back from another movie addict, so nice to go through these and remember. My friends always wondered how I can watch certain movies more than 5 times. My top of the list are Dirty Dancing, saw it 36 times as a kid, haven’t re-watched it recently though. Love Actually – at least 5 times when it came out, now the need to watch it again happens occasionally on some particular low feel days, as well as every Christmas, TV is to blame! And my recent (last couple of years) absolute favorite – The Hangover! Cracks me up! Every single time. Even though I can recite all the lines :)

25. maggiefelisberto - July 2, 2011

Much prefer this list to the first list! You should add Stardust and Practical Magic to the next list :)

26. makingmomproud - July 2, 2011

Love your new list! But if you haven’t watched the 1995 TV mini-series of Pride and Prejudice yet, do it! I know it’s not a movie and a lot longer, but it’s sooo good, and highly rewatchable! After all, it has Colin Firth :)

27. Josh Lieberman - July 3, 2011

Good list, but I would have included Spaceballs

pacejmiller - July 3, 2011

You know what? I totally agree with you. Spaceballs is indeed a rewatchable classic.

28. lhooqatlife - July 4, 2011

Can’t help it, 16 Candles is one I have to watch every time I run across it. It’s right up there with the Breakfast Club.
“No more yankie my wankie, the Donger need food!”

29. Curtis Plumstone Associates - July 4, 2011

I have just read your original list and now this new one and will now have to spend a major part of the next few months watching the films I haven’t seen before. I like all the ones you have mentioned that I have seen so its got to be done.

30. maru - July 5, 2011

Thanks to the Freshly Pressed I found you, has been nice reading your lists -the one that got the FP and this one- I agree, I disagree, I laugh and I say ‘what for?’… so, this has been fun.

31. Darlene - July 5, 2011

I just can’t believe there’s nothing by Mel Brooks on here – Young Frankenstein is one I can watch over and over, reciting every word! :)

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33. shetraces - July 18, 2011

I had totally forgotten about Clueless, I´m glad it made the cut the second time around!

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