Just a very quick 'film list' this month, since I am in transit this week.
I thought I'd do a brisk rundown of the films that I watch most regularly. There are a few titles that I watch at least once a year, perhaps as many as three or four times a year.
Films I Can (and DO) Watch Over And Over Again
Music and Lyrics
(Dir. Marc Lawrence, 2007)
In addition to being a cracking romantic comedy (I've already reviewed it more fully here), this film has a special sentimental hold on me because it was a Christmas gift - one of the very few I've received in my adult life - from my good friend Tony the Chairman. It has become a bit of a personal ritual that I revisit this one every Christmas.
Cool Hand Luke
(Dir. Stuart Rosenberg, 1967)
The only serious film in this list, it is perhaps my favourite film of all. I can't watch it too frequently because it holds too powerful an emotional spell over me, is apt to provoke depression.
The Simpsons Movie
(Dir. David Silverman, 2007)
I am a complete nut for The Simpsons. If I had boxed sets of the TV series I would probably watch whole seasons back-to-back. The film is thus a godsend for me: the chance for a serious fix of Homer, without the danger of overdosing - only the equivalent of four consecutive episodes!
Shoot 'Em Up
(Dir. Michael Davis, 2007)
A slightly guilty pleasure, since some of the violence strays too far into the realm of the warped and sadistic (Paul Giamatti's hitman is really much too nasty for what is essentially an action comedy), but Clive Owen is superb as the taciturn, down-at-heel hero, and some of the action sequences are deliriously over-the-top.
National Lampoon's Animal House
(Dir. John Landis, 1978)
I first saw this film one week after starting at university, and I often feel that I have never looked forward since. I have to watch this magnificent campus comedy at least once a year to remind myself of that pivotal moment in my life.
Team America: World Police
(Dir. Trey Parker, 2004)
Satire done with marionettes - GENIUS! Matt and Trey even manage to make Kim Jong-il a sympathetic figure. Brilliant songs, too. I never tire of this - even better than South Park.
For A Few Dollars More
(Dir. Sergio Leone, 1965)
The middle film of the 'Dollars' trilogy is my favourite Leone western. I loved it when I first saw it at the age of about ten, and I've never lost that sense of exuberant delight in it. The film is chock-full of awesome moments.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
(Dir. Adam McKay, 2004)
By far Will Ferrell's best film to date (and he gets excellent support from Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate), this quickly became a cult favourite among a group of my drinking buddies in China. Our conversation is regularly littered with silly quotes from the film. (The morning after my 'leaving party' a few days ago, I announced to them, "I shat a squirrel.") News of an imminent sequel fills me with a mixture of glee and trepidation. It will be tough - impossible - to top the original.