Sunday, September 5, 2010

Movies We Live With

I started off detesting my film class, but I've realized that there's no reason silently seething in the second row, refusing to do unnecessary assignments and unconsciously hating all the readings when I do them, when I could instead try to find ways to enjoy it. So I spent the weekend reading Michel de Certeau's The Writing of History, which only gets good in the 8th and 9th chapters, and began to start liking it. And then, just a few minutes ago, upon watching The Sound of Music for, oh, probably the thousandth time, I remembered something Professor Conley said about "living with" films, and how there are films, and films we live with, that we watch tens, hundreds of times, films we've seen often or which have just had a remarkable impression, etc. It made sense to me, and it especially makes sense now, sitting on the couch, watching a movie that never fails to arrest my attention for its full 174 minutes.

So, I present:


*: definitely seen over 10 times
**: definitely seen over 30 times

The Sound of Music, 1965**
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971
Breathless (A bout de souffle), 1960
Contempt, 1963
Grease, 1978
Citizen Kane, 1941
The Godfather, 1972
Juno, 2007
Trainspotting, 1996*
Matilda, 1996**
Forrest Gump, 1994**
Hans Christian Andersen, 1952
Gattaca, 1997
Pink Floyd's The Wall, 1982
Fight Club, 1999
Hook, 1991*
Tootsie, 1982
Doctor Zhivago, 1965**
Office Space, 1999
Mary Poppins, 1964*
The 40-Year Old Virgin, 2005
Amelie, 2001**
American Beauty, 1999
The Big Lebowski, 1998
My Fair Lady, 1964*
Requiem for a Dream, 2000*
Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944**
The Matrix, 1999
The Fox and the Hound, 1981**
Donnie Darko, 2001**
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975*
Oliver & Company, 1988**
2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968
Moulin Rouge, 2001**
A Clockwork Orange, 1971
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004*
The Parent Trap, 1998**
Edward Scissorhands, 1990
The Lion King, 1994**
The Ten Commandments, 1956
Bring It On, 2000*
Lassie Come Home, 1943*
American Pie, 1999*

Make lists of your own! It's great fun.

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