It’s no secret I can be a little on the obsessive side. Sometimes a movie/book is just so good I can’t help but watch it again and again, to the point I could even write the script from memory if I needed to…
And I’ll admit, even narrowing it down to only 6 was a little hard.
When I thought about it, I realized I’ve watched a lot of my favorite movies at least more than five times. But the great thing about re-watching movies is the details you notice the second or third (or fifth) time around.
No matter how many times I’ve watched a film, I always discover something new about it, or look at it in a slightly different light or angle. There is always something else to notice, something else to appreciate, something else to interpret in a diffrent way than you did before. I really do believe films are made for watching more than once, there are just too many layers, too many details to take in all in one sitting. Even films I don’t quite like at first, on second watch I can sometimes develop a whole new love and appreciation for them that I didn’t quite catch the first time around (like when I rediscovered The Shining.)
So without further ado, here are the top 6 movies that I maybe watch a little too often.
6. CORRINA CORRINA- Directed by Jessie Nelson, Staring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta.
I watch this film a lot because it always makes me happy. It’s as simple as that. Watching this movie brings back great memories of watching it with my Great Nan when I was younger. I would always try and change the traffic lights to green whenever I was in the car like Molly does in the movie. It’s got a great 50’s feel to it, with the beautiful cars and the fabulous outfits that Corrina wears, the music and the overall nostalgic feel are all reasons why I watch it so often. It always makes me cry, but in a cathartic way, and the scene where Molly and Corrina dance and sing around the swimming pool is one of my favorite movie scenes.
It’s just simply sweet.
5. GOODFELLAS- Directed by Martin Scorsese, Staring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and others.
God I love this film. As soon as it starts with the words, “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a Gangster.” I just get excited. Everything about this film is great, the characters, the accents, the suits, the cinematography, the music…I could go on. It’s just one of those classic films that I’d be shocked if anyone said they didn’t like it.
I love this film, but then, who doesn’t?!
4. DRIVE- Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn, Staring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.
This is the first movie i’d ever seen with Ryan Gosling in, and it’s solely responsible for making me jump on ‘I Love Ryan Gosling’ bandwagon (if a little late.) His performance is just so good, so unique and intriguing. His enigmatic character and his touching interactions with Carey’s character and her son are the main reason I watch this move over. I also owe my love affair/obsession with Refn’s work, the long silences in Drive he includes between Ryan and Careys characters are sweet and meaningful, and never am I once bored throughout the whole movie. Plus the soundtrack and cinematography is really beautiful, I just adore the cool 80’s neo-noir feel that the movie captures so brilliantly. I think it’s safe to say this movie is well worth a re-watch, and the ending scene is one of the most subtly tense scenes, I think, in cinema history.
3. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK– Directed by David O Russel, staring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
I used to watch this movie for Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. Yes I love the story line and each individual character as a whole, but I’ve got to admit her performance was my favorite (especially the diner scene!) However, the more I watch this movie, the more I really watch it for Bradley Cooper.
He’s really great in this film, his character is quirky and highly-strung but ultimately love-able, I think you really just want the best for him. The directing is great, I love Russel’s off-beat close in zooms to characters faces during key moments, his directing kind of reflecting that of the characters mindsets, in a way. Mostly I just love the ending, when I first watched this film I wasn’t really expecting what it turned out to be. Not usually a fan of romance or the dreaded ‘chick-flicks’, this film managed to be incredibly touching whilst not making me want to throw up in my own mouth, which is pretty great if you ask me.
But on a more serious note, I also think it is incredibly important that mental illness is represented in the right way in films so that people can get a better understanding an and insight into something that is unfortunately, still widely misunderstood and not spoken about.
2. AMERICAN PSYCHO- Directed by Mary Harron, staring Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny and others.
My obsession with this film may be cause for concern for friends and family members. As a great fan of the book, Patrick Bateman remains to be one of my favorite characters of all time, even inspiring part of the name for this blog. I am just so fascinated with his character, his psyche, and watching the film is just so interesting to me every time. It’s also extremely funny (I love satire) and highly quotable, “Don’t touch the watch,” but most importantly, still highly relevant today. It’s commentary on society, wealth and status in the 80’s is still something that is extremely current and the daring way in which it talks about it is something rarely seen in other movies. It’s also just so stylish, I love how this movie looks on screen. To me, Christian Bale will always be a murderous psychopath with great fashion sense. Sorry Christian but you are forever my Patrick Bateman.
1. BLACK SWAN- Directed by Darren Aronofsky, staring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel.
If you know me on a personal level, you know it’s no secret that I watch this film more than any other film. I think I’ve watched it around 30 times to date, maybe even more.
Sometimes I will be in my room deciding on a DVD to watch when my eyes will catch it and then I can think of watching nothing else. If there was any film in the entire world I would have liked to make myself, it would be this film. Having already spoken about it in another post of mine, you can tell the obsession is real. To quote the movie it’self, it’s just “perfect.” The plot is unique and thrilling, as it’s no secret I also love a good psychological thriller, the characters are unique and beautifully performed, and most importantly this film has always got me speculating. I always notice something diffrent the next time I watch it that I didn’t notice before, and the beautiful musical score and soft, delicate, cinematography is always pleasing to me no matter how many times my ears have listened to it and my eyes have seen it. Natalie plays Nina’s character so well, fragile like that of a china doll, yet passion and quiet determination bubble under her surface. For me, it’s truly a masterpiece and well deserving of an 100th watch. When that happens, I may have to celebrate with a pink ballerina cake.
So there we have it, those are the strange mix of films I can (and do) watch over and over again without ever getting bored.
What films can you watch over again with nothing but growing love and admiration for? Tell me in the comments! Now if you’ll excuse me, “I have to return some videotapes... “