If you’re reading this you are undoubtedly a movie lover. You likely have a list somewhere of your favorite movies. You can probably make a pretty accurate guess at how many times you’ve watched your favorite movies. But what if you were forced to watch just one movie on repeat for the rest of your life! That is the question we tackle in this month featured list post…
Obviously we need some essential things like food and sleep for a venture such as this. But if you had to watch just one movie on repeat for the rest of your life, only stopping to eat and sleep, what movie would that be? Would it simply be your favorite of all time? Would you branch out and look for a movie that touches on a number of genres? This is the question we all asked ourselves.
The question posed is an impossible one, of course, but after a great deal of consideration I settled on my favorite Pixar film: Up. As in most Pixar films, there is a wide emotional range, and when the movie is over I feel not unlike a child after her first roller coaster: “That was fun! Let’s do it again!” If I get to watch the accompanying animated shorts on this hypothetical endless loop, so much the better.
Without any hesitation I’ll answer this very simply; The Matrix. This is indeed my favorite movie of all time and the endless analysis of this film is a testament to its never-ending ability to stir the mind and keep me engaged for the rest of my life. I imagine the first thing I might do is memorize it line by line. That might take a few weeks to a month. Next I’ll attempt to learn kung fu! I could totally do that with a lifetime to learn from this movie. Since that might involve a trip to the hospital, I might disqualify myself from this feat.
Either way, this movie is insanely watchable, even if I’m forced to keep it on repeat. It’s the pinnacle of Keanu Reeves’ career, it revolutionized CGI in action films and brought one of the best decades for film ever to an amazing close. Sign me up and sit me down.
I don’t hesitate on my repeat movie: It’s A Wonderful Life. Though I don’t watch this as often as I would like [to spare my family], I still watch it several times a year. I connect with George Bailey on a personal level, from wanting to get out of my home town, but being drawn to stay, to sacrificing self to helping others, to giving everything to my family that I can. I even connect with his low points when the wight of the world is on his shoulders and he just feels like giving up. One of the greatest lessons in a movie ever: Trust God.
It’s difficult to decide which movie that I had to watch (on repeat) for the rest of my life. There are so many good ones to choose from for different reasons. When I was younger I was a huge James Cameron fan… until Avatar came out and ruined everything. Then Christopher Nolan came around and blew my mind with some excellent films. Inception and the Batman trilogy are movies that I have watched and rewatched many times over. But, no, none of these films have that particular longevity that I need to sustain me in the long-term. We are talking about a movie that I would have to watch on repeat for the rest of my life.
For that, I need to go back to childhood, to a movie that I watched almost religiously, a movie that I watched so much without tiring that I knew every line by heart, a movie that is the perfect blend of action, science fiction, comedy, and 1980s nostalgia. Of course, I’m talking about Back to the Future! Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd were (and still are) the perfect pair of oddball screw-ups that stumble their way through space and time with the funniest gags, the best lines, and the craziest rendition of Johnny B. Goode I’ve ever seen. “Look, you’re not going to be picking a fight, Dad. Dad, Dad, Daddio?” Hilarious! And with brilliant performances by Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, and Lea Thompson, I dare say this movie is the perfect choice.
If I was to watch a movie on repeat, it would have to be something with a little humor, a good ending, and something that has or will age well. Because of that I would choose, You’ve Got Mail….surprised?
You probably thought I would have picked something geeky. But as I’ve grown older a lot of those nerd movies I liked haven’t aged well. Action movies are great the first couple times, but just action gets old quick. I’d much rather watch characters interaction over and over again. So why would I choose “You’ve Got Mail”? First off, Tom Hanks is my favorite actor. Secondly , the humor in it, isn’t a bunch one liners. It’s much more subtle and simple, which doesn’t grow old. Thirdly, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s chemistry is great throughout and although it is technically a chick flick, it really doesn’t feel like it. Lastly, this is one of the only movies I’ve given 5 stars. This is one of my favorite movies of all time so I think it would be an excellent choice.
We would love to hear from you as well. If you had to pick one movie to watch on repeat the rest of your life, what would it be and why???