Open Thread

Open Thread: Movies!

We posted this open thread on April 5 inviting you to share your favorite movies, the ones you watch over and over again. There was lots of love for the Sound of Music, but a few surprises too! Scroll down to see all the comments from readers and add yours! 

While we’re all hunkered down temporarily, we’re spending more time watching movies.  If it seems that old familiar favorites appeal more than something new, you’re not alone, according to one study.

Besides the special event binge watching (I marked Toshiro Mifume’s 100th birthday with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Sanjiro) I love comedies:  Airplane! leads the way, along with Young Frankenstein (or any Mel Brooks movie)…and don’t get me started about The Big Lebowski. (I’d include a clip of dialog but it’s hard to find one without a bunch of F-bombs.)…and of course, then there’s The Princess Bride.

I will also see the Aliens franchise anytime it’s on, because it’s so well done (and yes, I know the dialogue to all of them –  xoxo’s to Bill Paxton’s “But it’s a dry heat!!”).  It’s oddly reassuring to see a film about a shadowy, implacable menace that comes out of nowhere and is roundly defeated, again and again. (Now why is that, do you suppose?)

But now it’s your turn.  What are your top three ‘comfort’ movies – the ones you can see over and over (and over and over) again – and why.   Bonus if you toss in your favorite quote!  Let us know in the comments, and we’ll post an update on Friday 4/10.


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47 responses to “Open Thread: Movies!

  1. Love Actually – my go-to holiday movie, always makes me shed a happy tear and Bill Nighy’s portrayal of a washed-up rock star is brilliant.
    Blue Velvet — first David Lynch movie I ever saw. Deeply disturbing and highly entertaining at the same time. Yes, I am that person who saw every episode of Twin Peaks several times over.
    Withnail and I — cult British movie about two unemployed, drunken actors who “accidentally” go on holiday to the countryside. There’s a good spin-off drinking game — every time they take a slug of alcohol, so do you. Don’t know anyone capable of standing by the end.

  2. Sneakers for the chemistry between the characters:
    Whistler: I want peace on earth and good will toward man.
    Abbot: Oh, this is ridiculous.
    Bishop: He’s serious.
    Whistler: I want peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
    Abbot: We are the United States Government! We don’t do that sort of thing.
    Bishop: You’re just gonna have to try.
    Abbot: All right, I’ll see what I can do.
    Whistler: Thank you very much. That’s all I ask.

    The American President for Aaron Sorkin’s writing:
    “We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people. And if you want to talk about character, Bob, you’d better come at me with more than a burning flag and a membership card. If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I’ll show up. This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up. My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I AM THE PRESIDENT!”

    Dave for the humor and heart:
    “If you’ve ever seen the look on somebody’s face the day they finally get a job, I’ve had some experience with this, they look like they could fly. And it’s not about the paycheck, it’s about respect, it’s about looking in the mirror and knowing that you’ve done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel this way, and then another person, and then another person, soon all these other problems may not seem so impossible. You don’t really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try.”

  3. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden
    A fascinating documentary (Netflix and libraries have) about German expats who move to an uninhabited island in Ecuador in 1930s. First, a romantic couple. Second, a family with a kid. Third, an Austrian baroness with her two lovers. Then, murder(s)! Never solved, excellent vintage film footage etc.

  4. Recent movies (all now streaming):
    Parasite–amazing social commentary, won both Best Picture and Best International Film at Oscars, subtitles
    JoJo Rabbit–incredibly inventive, wacky, disturbing, touching
    Marriage Story–great performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple divorcing

    Streaming series:
    Unorthodox on Netflix–fascinating, disturbing glimpse into Hasidic Jewish culture in Brooklyn and woman who escapes it…is it a matriarchy or a patriarchy?
    Counterpart on Prime–dystopian spy thriller

  5. Three favorite movies:
    First movie seen in a threater – The Sound of Music
    Quoted all the time – “What we have here is a failure to communicate” – what I call a “Cool Hand Luke” situation
    Watch again & again – Elf which I still laugh at even though I know it by heart. Best line in Elf — Congratulations! (for the world’s best cup of coffee at some greasy spoon diner in NYC). Best scenes — Elf getting on the escalator and Elf spinning in the revolving door and getting sick from it.

  6. Just discovered this thread so here you are.
    Best Western: Tombstone. Intriguingly developed characters. of Wyatt Earp & Doc Holiday : Doc Holiday commenting on Johnny Ringo after killing him in a gunfight: “He was just too high strung” .
    Best Comedy: Annie Hall. Great Rom-com by a great comedian, comic actor & director. Woody Allen character after listening to Annie’s brothers account of his urge to veer into oncoming traffic while driving: “Excuse me I’m due back on planet earth”.
    The Godfather. Iconic crime drama. Vito Corleone: “Women & children can afford to be careless, not grown men”.

  7. It’s a Wonderful Life-
    – “You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”

    What Dreams May Come-
    – “ Sometimes, when you lose, you win”

    -”What’s true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not.”

    – I can’t pick a favorite quote but I love the dialogue in that movie!

    Galaxy Quest
    – ” Because I died… in episode 81!”

    Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back- ” I know.”

  8. Notting Hill – love
    Love, Actually – love, love, love
    The American President – more love
    Master and Commander – gripping adventure, excellent soundtrack
    French Kiss – love + lactose intolerance

  9. Hatari – My name is Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez, and I don’t wear pajamas.

    Singing in the Rain – Make ’em laugh!

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s – It’s useful being top banana in the shock department.

    Charade – Because I already know an awful lot of people, so until one of them dies I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.

  10. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (I am very Holly Golightly…the best soirées!)

    GONE WITH THE WIND (Love the way Rhett would tell you off w/o cursing!, and loved Scarlett’s attitude..”I can’t think about that right now…”)

    THIN MAN feat. William Powell (anyone of them)

  11. Senior Planet San Antonio took a poll today via Zoom. We came back with:
    -Imitation of Life
    – Steel Magnolias
    – Coco
    – Dune
    – Spirited Away
    – About Time
    – Love Story
    – Terminator 2
    – Pretty Woman

  12. Sound of Music – “Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens…”
    Sweet Home Alabama – Melanie: “Why would you want to marry me for, anyhow?” Jake: “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”
    Hocus Pocus – “Amok, amok, amok, amok”

  13. Easy
    1) Best in Show
    2) burn After Reading
    3) naked gun 331/3
    I can cite from all but too lengthy
    But in Naked Gun 331/3 is my single favorite line in moves ( and my 2nd)
    Leslie playing LA undercover cop frank Drebbin goes to penitentiary as an inmate to get close to super bad guy Rocco Dillon to find out his secret plan ( to blow up the Oscars)
    In the prison dining hall, Leslie causes a riot complaining the wine they serve is not properly chilled ( or some such)
    A major riot ensues with hundreds of inmates fighting the guards and Nielsen and bad guy Rocco hide under a table for safety
    Rocco says to Nielsen in thanks for causing the riot “Ya did good Drebbin”
    Nielsen responds “ Did WELL”
    ( even in middle of prison riot, grammar still matters)

  14. Hiroshima Mon Amour- Dense and elliptical love story. Always see some new angle every time I view it.
    The Producers- Funny as all get out. Zero and Gene such a mismatched pair. Great movie for when things are going bad.
    Nights of Cabiria- Exploited prostitute with indomitable spirit. 10 hankies for a brilliant performance from Giulietta Masina.

  15. Oh the horror!

    This was always such a funny alternate destiny for Mary had George not been around. It’s such an antiquated line of thinking, but I suppose back in 1946 a woman being an old maid and working at a library was comparable to death or being locked up in a nut house.

  16. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – “Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends.
    GONE WITH THE WIND – Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a dam!
    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – I wish I knew how to quit you!

    1. Nice picks! Have you ever wondered why, in the ‘nightmare alternative reality” of “Wonderful Life,” Donna Reed is wearing glasses? Did mean Mr. Potter drive all the eyedoctors out of town?

      1. Sorry to say it was probably old Hollywood’s way to make sure the audience knew she’s an “unattractive, spinster”! Forgot, was she to be the town librarian?

      2. No, I didn’t wonder why she is wearing glasses, because if there was no George Bailey, she became a librarian (a fate worse than death apparently) and ruined her eyes reading in poor light. She also wore ugly rubber boots, and was terrified of her own shadow. As a librarian, even tho it’s one of my favorite movies, this always makes me see mad!

  17. Tootsie had me laughing out loud again – really well written script and cast…
    quote: Michael… I was a better man with you as a ‘woman’ than as a man – …
    something like I will work on that…
    The Big Chill, The American President, Dave, That’s Entertainment, Goodbye Girl,Ghost, Sister Act
    But I am finding out that most of these are now on a pay to view cable station – ugh!
    Even most of the Classics but I did watch ‘Charade’ not too long ago… Ahh Cary Grant… Audrey Hepburn.
    And I know that I am forgetting alot of goodies..
    also current ‘Yesterday’ I’ve watched 3 times… Love it!!

  18. My choices are not necessarily comfortable to watch but you will be engaged;
    The documentary about Toni Morrison, the first Afro American woman writer to win the Nobel for literature.
    ‘Get Out” direction by Jordan Peele
    Comic relief in the midst of a romance gone bad! Won for Best Screen play.
    Toy story, touching and teachable moments for you and family.

  19. This isn’t an answer to your question, but it’s related. The Silver Spring (Maryland) Village holds a monthly Cinemaniacs event during which we gather together to screen and discuss a film under the aegis of a college film instructor. This month, we’re holding our first virtual session via Zoom. We’re in the middle of a Howard Hawks series, and we’ll be screening “His Girl Friday” (1940) independently in advance courtesy of our library’s free streaming platform (Kanopy) and discussing the film at our usual time. Should be fun.

    As for films I’d watch over and over again, there are too many to mention, but here are three (since that’s what you asked for): Citizen Kane, Out of the Past, and The Stunt Man. Also, one guilty pleasure, Steven Spielberg’s 1979 flop, “1941.” And here’s my favorite extended quote, courtesy of YouTube:

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