Someone asked me the other day if I had seen a new movie — one that was still in theaters. The answer was no. The last movie I saw was The War Horse, a Christmas present for a special friend last New Year’s Eve. Prior to that, it was Mama Mia with Karen during her good days. Typically, my movie watching is limited to my three year old queue with Netflix.
I also don’t typically like to watch a movie more than once. But there are exceptions.
My all time favorite film is The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond. It’s a combination of restlessness, passion and, most important, redemption I can relate to. And it has an awesome sound track!
In the action realm, I can watch the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) films — Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears — more than once and have been known to have a Lethal Weapon weekend marathon. I liked The Fugitive (also with Harrison Ford) and The Perfect Storm. For a little bit of intrigue, oldies The Net or War Games could command my attention more than once. True Lies and Jumping Jack Flash were Karen’s quirky action favorites that sort of grew on me as well.
Comedies are always a pick me up. My favorites include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fletch, For Richer or Poorer, Funny Farm, Housesitter, Leap of Faith, The Money Pit, Overboard and Sister Act but my all time favorites are The Long, Long Trailer and Vacation.
My lovely wife and I watched many “chick flicks” over the years. My favorites are The Cutting Edge, Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Ghost, High Society, Ice Castles, One Fine Day, An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Sabrina, Serendipity, Sweet Home Alabama, When a Man Loves a Woman, Working Girl and my favorite, Up Close and Personal.
My drama list would include A Few Good Men, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Firm, The Pelican Brief and Twister.
Family fare would include the Shreck series and Lean on Me, which brings me back to Paterson.
I also enjoy watching Charlotte’s Web, Ice Age 1 and 2 (3 was a bit too much), Inspector Gadget, Stuart Little and The Lion King 1, 1 ½ and 2 with the grandkids.
My sporting blood enjoys Hoosiers, The Hurricane (another Paterson connection), Miracle, We Are Marshall and the Rocky marathon.
I’m not a big musical fan, but I can watch Best Little Whore House in Texas (which I actually saw in a theater in Texas), Bells of St. Mary’s, Going My Way and Damn Yankees.
Christian movies that have made their mark include Left Behind, The Gospel and The Second Chance.
Holiday classics include Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas — a family staple which we watched every year since its release in 1977 — Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (the original from 1947), The Preacher’s Wife, the Santa Clause trilogy and White Christmas. Can’t wait for the season to dust these CDs off.
Well, those are my picks. What about you?
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: When things are difficult, smile by faith.