Top 5 Movies I Can Watch Endlessly
There are still special screenings of the cult classic ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ happening across New Jersey. With Halloween around the corner, they become more frequent. This is a movie I never saw once, but many have seen hundreds of times. Often in costume. While I’ve also never dressed up for a movie (‘Star Wars’ freaks, ‘Star Trek’ freaks, etc.), there are some movies I can definitely watch over and over and never get tired of. Here are my top five.
1) ‘Night Of The Living Dead’: This is my Halloween tradition. The George Romero classic that started a genre is one I’ve only missed once on Halloween ever since I saw it at 4 years old. Yes I said 4. My parents in their infinite wisdom decided it was okay to take a 4 year old to see a movie about flesh eating ghouls. But hey it set me on a path as a lifelong zombie fan!
2) ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’: Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in this Christmas favorite is another tradition for me. The scene at the end of the movie where he’s on the bridge crying and saying, “Please God, I want to live. I want to live again,” still gets me choked up every time despite the fact I’ve seen this movie probably a hundred times.
3) ‘Forrest Gump’: Seen this one maybe 70 times? And not always all the way through. This is one of those movies that’s so good you can pick up at any given point if you happen to catch it scrolling through channels on a weekend and suddenly you’re hooked until the end.
4) ‘Shawshank Redemption’: The Stephen King novella from the Different Seasons collection turned into a major motion picture is one of the ultimate guy movies. It’s one of those movies you’ve seen so many times you can recite line by line along with the characters yet you can never turn it off. And the final parole hearing scene with Morgan Freeman is genius.
5) ‘As Good As It Gets’: My favorite movie of all time. I’m a huge Nicholson fan and to get to see him play something unlike ‘The Departed’ or ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ is interesting. Plus, the acting all around with Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. is top notch. The writing is smart as hell. It’s funny, neurotic, has a bit of everything. Could use a car chase and a shooting, but other than than it’s a great movie.
Damn, I hit five already. Didn’t even mention ‘Goodfellas’. Whoa, and I didn’t even get to ‘Training Day’ or ‘Pulp Fiction’. I shoulda made it a top ten.