Christian had this idea that you guys might enjoy knowing a few of our favorite things. Maybe he was wrong, but we’re going to tell you anyway. This week, let’s all share our favorite movie. Like books, movies are hard to narrow down to a single, all-time favorite, but we did try. Most of us anyway.
Liam: There are many movies that I can, and do, watch again and again. The three that I quote the most (and I quote them almost daily, even though most folks have no idea what I’m talking about) are Animal House, The Great Race (with Tony Curtis and Jack lemon,) and The Scalphunters (Burt Lancaster, Ozzie Davis, and Telly Savalas.) If I absolutely have to only pick one… I’m going to go with The Scalphunters, because I love the soundtrack too.
Katrina: Any of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Don’t @ me.
Mike: Barry Lyndon.
**We googled it. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/ You’re welcome.
Tony: There’s a list of favorite movies and they’re usually the ones I’ve watched more than once. It’s rare anymore I watch anything twice, but there are certain movies that are more enjoyable the second time around. The most recent ones are The Fountain, Mr. Nobody, Inception and Bladerunner 2049. They all have stunning cinematography and a layered or non-linear story arc. But all time favorite? I suppose that’s Bladerunner, the original. I think I watched that 50 times in college, back in the day when I could watch something that much. That was the movie that really influenced what I write today: what it means to be human. Side note, I’ve watched Stepbrothers half a dozen times in the last couple of years, so I suppose that deserves a mention.
Peter: If I could choose two, they would probably be Pan’s Labyrinth and City of God. They certainly rank highly on the list, but so does Dumb and Dumber which is my level of humour.
Christian: My choice might surprise a few people. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a 2008 romantic comedy written by Jason Segel, who also stars in it with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Russell Brand, who steals every scene he’s in. It’s pretty much the perfect movie. Great script, amazing acting, lots of belly laughs, a touch of sentimentality, and beautiful scenery. Watch the unrated version. It’s longer. “When life gives you lemons, just say ‘fuck the lemons,’ and bail.”
Words to live your life by.
Renee: It’s a tie between Labyrinth and Dirty Dancing. I’m a sucker for fantasy and happy endings. I know, I don’t give a lot of happily ever after in my writing, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love it. Also, David Bowie and Patrick Swayze dancing around in tight pants? Come on.
Steve: The most influential movie in my life was without a doubt Evil Dead 2. It’s such a unique and interestingly handled schlock horror, and an iconic cult classic- often mimicked, never bettered. I first found this movie as a surly teenager, and there’s something about its low budget charm that really got me thinking about the mechanics of film making. What followed was ten years of plotting out my path to indie film making, which sadly ended when I realised no one was going to give me a big sack of money. Still, time spent on your passions is not time wasted. Shit, I think I can actually hear my student loans laughing at me…
Now it’s your turn. Tell us what we should be watching.