Bishop’s 10 Most Re-Watchable Movies
Ranker.com put out a list of the Most Re-Watchable Movies of All Time with Forrest Gump topping the list. This got me thinking... what are my top ten most re-watchable movies? In no particular order, let's give 'em a look...
You need a warm fuzzy? This is your movie. Not only is it beautifully shot, it is one of the most touching, and at times hilarious, films about love, heartache, and self discovery I've ever seen. Hits me right in all of my introvert feels. Audrey Tautou is magnificent and her chemistry with Mathieu Kassovitz gives me hope that one day I might find my Nino Quincampoix.
2. The Fall
I do not exaggerate when I say The Fall is a piece of art. From the costumes and colors to the soundtrack and toothless grin of Alexandria, it is an exhilarating ride to redemption. You cannot watch this film without becoming supremely emotionally invested, so much so that when the plot takes a sudden, dark turn, you are left breathless. Lee Pace is heartbreaking. Give yourself enough time to watch this one twice in a row. You think I'm kidding?
3. Kill Bill
Let me get this out of the way; I don't consider Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2 separate movies. Quentin Tarantino set out to make Kill Bill as a single film, realized that it was WAY to long, so split it in two so he didn't have to sacrifice any plot. So, how much do I love this movie? Well, it has always been my tradition to bless a new apartment with a screening of the film (with Chinese takeout, naturally), the soundtrack was what I chose to have played when I got my wisdom teeth removed, and I named one of my cats O-Ren Ishii.
Not everything I watch is high art, people. I, too, like a bawdy comedy every now and then. Sure this merry band of traveling college students would have certainly been arrested for their wacky shenanigans, but it's all forgiven because love, and wrapped up in a quotable bow. And I still have a crush on Cooper all these years later. This isn't where I parked my car...
Arguably one of Mel Brooks' funniest films, I was first introduced to this film at the tender age of 6. It was on television and HIGHLY censored, but even so, the jokes landed, and my love of all things meta was born. It has also contributed greatly to my lexicon.
Before you get the Nerd Police to come and arrest me, hear me out. When I was a small child, all my babysitters had to do was press play, rewind; wash, rinse, repeat. I was happy to sit and watch this magical movie over and over and over again, going along with Atreyu on his quest to save Fantasia from The Nothing. Back then the film had no plot holes and Falcor wasn't slightly creepy. Adulthood steals your innocence.
7. Chasing Amy
My absolute favorite Kevin Smith film. Hands down. Sure, it hasn't aged all that well (what were we thinking, fashion wise, in the 90s?), but the story holds up. A lot of people don't like it because there's no fantastic Hollywood ending to this love story, but that's exactly why I like it. Sorry, but sometimes, love isn't enough. (Also, I think Dwight Ewell's performance in this movie is underrated as hell.)
This is the first zombie movie that got everything right. Everything. There isn't a bit of fat to be trimmed. It also introduced me to Simon Pegg and my world is better for that.
Originally, my friends and I rented The Orphanage because we were all in the mood to watch a terrible horror movie, which was a favorite pastime of ours. We would rent two or three films, roast them MST3K style, and have a few laughs. It didn't take long for us to stop laughing during this one. Spooky, terrifying, ultimately heart wrenching.
I will never NOT be down to watch this movie. In fact, if I catch it halfway through, I will insist on whomever I'm with starting it over from the beginning so I don't miss of single second of quoting along. I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is looking like a pretty reasonable basis for a system of government.