High quality films were on my mind today. This morning I read an article from Time Magazine titled, Top 10 Reasons Why Top Gun Is Still Awesome. I love that movie. It never, ever gets old. Then, on Twitter Lady Estrogen was trending and blogging about one of my all time favorite movies in her post Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Heathers. It’s a great read, which I immediately posted to Facebook where it also got lots of love and infamous quotes.
All that talk got me thinking about the movies that I refuse to turn off whenever they are on TV. Sadly, Heathers is way too cutting edge, even now, so it is never on TV. But, there are lots of others that can and often do stop this household in its tracks. Let me tell you, it’s not The Piano or Schindler’s List either.
We’re too hoity toity for those kinds of movies. Instead, we will stop whatever we are doing and plop on the couch to watch a butchered for TV version of these classic films.
Revenge Of The Nerds – Any movie with a main character named Booger is a go in our house. Nerd persecution must end.
A Few Good Men – This is classic Tom Cruise, before he went crazy. “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”
Tin Cup – This is Dallas’ all time favorite movie. I think he wants to be Roy McAvoy when he grows up.
Star Wars – Duh.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – The name of this blog is totally a take off of the “ism” speech in this classic. “A person should not believe in an ism. He should believe in himself.”
Parenthood – This movie was funny when I was a kid. Now that I have kids, it’s hilarious.
Tombstone/Wyatt Earp – These films are interchangeable. Either way, I’m your huckleberry.
The Breakfast Club – “Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?”
Roadhouse – This is another Dallas pick. I think the first time he watched it with the twins they were 9, he said, “It’s on TNT all the bad stuff is cut out.” In my opinion, cutting out all the bad stuff would leave you with a 20 second movie.
Point Break – In high school my friend Beth’s parents owned a video store. For Christmas she gave me this movie poster framed. Still one of the best gifts I have ever received. “100% pure adrenaline. Some guys snort for it, some guys jab their veins for it, all you’ve gotta do is jump.”
War Games – Dabney Coleman. That is all.
Steel Magnolias – It’s not only me, Dallas too. He just doesn’t cry like an 8-year-old girl at the end. See, I do have a heart, try not to fall off your chair in shock.
Sixteen Candles –“Jake, Jake!!” When I was in high school there was a hot history teacher that we thought looked like Jake. I’m pretty sure we used to mime this scene on the window of his classroom door. While he was inside. I don’t know how I graduated.
Die Hard – Any incarnation. Dallas loves these movies. So does my Dad. You know that saying, marry one parent become the other? Scary.
Erin Brokovich – We never turn this off just so we can see the last 3 minutes. “Do they teach beauty queens how to apologize? Because you suck at it.”
What movie stops you in your tracks?