28 June 2007

Over and over and over again

I just finished watching the lovely film Gosford Park for probably the 37th time and I can't quite put my finger on why it is I never get tired of it. "It's a Robert Altman masterpiece," you tell me in a knowing tone, "of course you don't get sick of it. The layered dialogue, the brilliant acting, the elegant staging, hot hot hot Clive Owen (holy crap, I can't even talk about it)--there's so much to digest!" True, to be sure. The problem with all that is it doesn't quite explain away my ability to watch the following list of films over and over and over again:



Breathtaking, right? I absolutely could watch any one of these movies any time of any day and be completely content--try me sometime. You may have heard me refer to these four in particular as "Forester Family Favorites". Granted, I do have some more worthy selections in this over and over and over again category, like:



...but still, I can't come up with a common theme. I wouldn't call any of these "all time" favorites (actually, that was a lie--two of them are definitely on that list), yet there's something sweet and comforting and constantly renewable about them. Do other people have these? I think I can guess what Renee's is:

6 comments:

Renee said...

Right-O! You know me so well. I would also include in that list Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, Doni Darko, and First Wives Club (I know).

gamine said...

I totally scanned down to Shag and thought "Oh, that's Renee's fave too!" and then read your entry. Awesome. I'd have to say that my list would include Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Sixteen Candles, Return to Me, and Fletch (a Pett Family Favorite).... oh and Short Circuit.

Get Weird said...

this is a great subject, one i have pondered immensely. There really are some movies you can watch over and over again, and you can't put your finger on why. Just try and explain to me why I've seen early 90's teen hit "airborne" over 70 times.

Renee said...

I thought of another one this morning (don't ask me how this movie popped into my head while blow drying my hair but it did). This glorious movie that I've seen a million times and never tire...Peggy Sue Got Married. Love it.

Sarah said...

Nervous breakdown! Nervous breakdown!

Ryan said...

About a Boy, Harold and Maude, Back to the Future.