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Movie Redundancy

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Dave!I was watching an interview with Edgar Wright by Ali Plumb where the very first question was What movies have you seen the most time in your entire life?

The question is a fascinating one, because it's so hard to answer. Back before streaming... heck, back before VHS tapes could be rented... I would watch movies I liked several times because it was the only thing available! HBO and Showtime had a limited number of films available to them, so they would play them over and over again. I watched the 1978 version of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile dozens of times because it was something to watch and I knew I liked it...

The new Kenneth Branagh version has been delayed several times (I think it's been pushed to 2022 now!), so I can't comment on how good it is... but I find it hard to believe that it will replace the Peter Ustinov movie I loved so much (and still love).

As for my list though? That took some thought. I watch (and rewatch) tons of movies each year. Eventually I decided to break them down into categories, each with movies I've seen at least ten times each (some by virtue of just having been around a long time but, yes, there are movies from 2021 I've seen already seen ten times that got listed too!)...

• MARVEL STUDIOS MOVIES. No need to list them. I've seen ALL of them multiple, multiple times.

• JUST PLAIN AWESOME FLICKS. These are movies I don't put on as "background noise" but actually want to watch over and over again. And, yeah, I haven't seen the current Dune movie ten times... but I probably will have by the end of the year since I'm already at five times!

  • Atomic Blonde (2017)
  • The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) (1998)
  • About Time (2013)
  • Blade Runner (2007)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • Cinema Paradiso (1990)
  • Dune (2021)
  • Field of Dreams (1989)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • Gifted (2017)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • The Old Guard (2020)
  • Paul (2011)
  • Sneakers (1992)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1997)
  • Wonder Boys (2000)

• COMFORT FOOD. Movies I put on when working just to have something nice going on in the background which won't distract from my work because I've seen them so many times.

  • 9 to 5 (1980)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • About Time (2013)
  • Back to the Future Trilogy (1985-1990)
  • Baseketball (1998)
  • Bedazzled (2000)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • The Bird Cage (1996)
  • Burglar (1987)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • Coming to America (1988)
  • Commando (1985)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Death on the Nile (1978)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • Die Hard (1988)
  • Doc Hollywood (1991)
  • Dune (1984)
  • Eurotrip (2004)
  • Fever Pitch (2005)
  • Fletch (1985)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • The Heat (2013)
  • Ideal Home (2018)
  • Knight and Day (2010)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Love, Simon (2018)
  • The Lovebirds (2020)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • Music and Lyrics (2007)
  • My Cousin Vinny (1992)
  • Ocean's 8 (2018)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • Overboard (1987)
  • Overboard (2018)
  • Popstar: Never Stop Stopping (2016)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Secondhand Lions
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • Spy (2015)
  • Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • Trading Places (1983)
  • Under Siege (1992)
  • V.I. Warshawski (1991)
  • Veronica Mars (2014)
  • What We Do In the Shadows (2015)
  • White Chicks (2004)
  • Wimbledon (2004)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)

• HALLMARK-STYLE MOVIES. These are also "comfort movies" for me... but kind of deserve a category all their own because they are even less of a distraction as background noise (except Bridal Wave, which sucks me in every time). These movies are playing ALL THE TIME while I'm working or blogging or whatever.

  • The Baker's Son (2021)
  • Bridal Wave (2015)
  • The Christmas Card (2006)
  • Dashing in December (2020)
  • A Frosty Affair (2015)
  • Holidate (2020)
  • Like Cats & Dogs (2017)
  • Love and Sunshine (2019)
  • Love at the Shore (2017)
  • Midnight at the Magnolia (2020)
  • My Summer Prince (2016)
  • Royally Ever After (2018)
  • Second Chances (2013)
  • The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
  • Summer Villa (2016)
  • A Winter Princess (2016)

These are far from a list of my favorite movies (all of Tarantino's films would be on here if that were true). They're just the movies I've seen the most.

It would be interesting to revisit this in five years to see what movies get added.

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