My husband and I enjoy watching movies; we don't get to very often, but we do enjoy it! When time allows we order up a movie from our Netflix account (either on an actual DVD or from our Wii console) and sit down to watch. Sometimes we pick aces, but other times the movie doesn't deliver a strong punch. Our tastes run the gamut and we enjoy many different genres. On the other hand, sometimes we sit down for a few minutes at the end of a long day and just "flip" or "surf" with the remote. We have nothing in particular we are looking for, but when we see a certain movie we both (or individually) adore, we are compelled to stop, no matter what part of the movie it is! There are many that we cannot stop watching.
One of the movies we must stop and watch is any of the Star Wars trilogies. We adore all six movies and, even though we own them all, we stop to watch and recite the lines! There are purists who feel the older movies are the only good ones and others, younger generations usually, who only regard the later trilogy as worthwhile, but in our family any of the six movies is lauded and watched with pleasure!
Another movie I cannot flip away from is Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan. I saw this in the theater with my oldest brother and, although he was already a long time Star Trek fan and I was not, became one myself during that viewing. The story line is compelling, the acting, though over-the-top from Shatner and some of the others, still leaves me breathless and teary at the end. This is a highly quotable movie and lines get used in my life all of the time.
Tombstone is a favorite of my husband and mine. This movie starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer is a gem that is timeless and classic in its telling of the shootout that ultimately occurs at the OK Corral as well as events leading up to and following. Superb casting, acting, and direction tie this movie into a "not to be missed" category.
I delight in finding A Few Good Men on television. I find this to be one of the few (only?) movies I can watch Tom Cruise in and actually feel he is acting...well. The supporting cast is terrific, the story line is intense and interesting, and Jack Nicholson's role is over the top in the best of ways. The final courtroom scenes are famous and riveting, but the whole movie is gripping.
Another fantastic Jack Nicholson movie is As Good As It Gets. Nicholson is superb and brilliant in his role as a man suffering from OCD. He interacts with the waitress who serves him daily, his agent, and his gay neighbor who has recently experienced major trauma. The story that weaves their lives together is fascinating, emotional, and a thrill to watch. This was Nicholson's tour de force!
An all-time favorite is definitely When Harry Met Sally. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan hit career highs as the title characters who met several times throughout their twenties and detested one another, remet in their thirties, became best friends, and discovered new layers in one another. The writing is flawless and hilarious, the supporting cast adds richness, comedy, and dimension, and the love story is optimistic and delightful. The scene that occurs near the end on New Year's Eve has people falling in love continuously! And, yes, Mallowmars are "quite possibly the best cookie..."!
Grease is a movie musical I've written about before; since I was a child I have loved this movie and although I rarely have time to sit and watch the entire show, I cannot pass it by. John Travolta was smoking (hot) in this movie and Olivia Newton John was gorgeous as Sandy. The music is catchy, eye-raising, and fun. The images are burned into my memory and are a part of my soul. Grease IS the word!
I know there are more, but now I am interested in reading what movies make you stop flipping/surfing and stay put to watch? I'm always looking for new movies to add to our viewing list. I await your responses with high anticipation!