Friday, June 01, 2007

If There Could Be Only One ...

Between VHS and DVD, I own, oh, I dunno, a couple hundred movies.

DVDs are to VHS what CDs are to albums: Some you buy in the new format, others you don't.

I crack out some VHS tapes: The Disney tapes when there's a kiddle in my midst, and whenever I need my fix of absurdity, I reach for The Jerk. Cup O' Pizza, the Optigrab, The Thermos Song. Ah, that's good comedy.

Sometimes, I flip through my DVD collection and I don't find anything I want to watch. I tend to buy more drama than comedy, and some days, the last thing you want to watch is "Monster's Ball."

But if I had to choose only one movie to watch every day for the rest of my life, it would easily be, hands down, no question, "The Shawshank Redemption."

I love this movie. I love the performances. I love the script. I love the score. I love the way it's shot. I love the way it's lit. I love the way it's edited. I love the way it's mixed. In an early aerial shot, as the bus of new inmates is arriving at the prison, the camera sweeps past a flag and there's a sound effect of the cotton snapping in the breeze. I'm a sucker for attention to detail.

Stephen King, he writes a damn fine story.

So if you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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7 Comments:

Blogger Marc said...

So if you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Um....none. I watch, maybe, in a heavy year, 6 movies or so, if that. So many movies seem to be an hour or more too long for what they say or show. I go to a movie and 90% of the time I feel cheated out of a couple hours of life.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That road trip with camels, "Lawrence of Arabia."

It poses a serious dilemma for the women in the audience: the swarthy Omar Sharif as Sharif Ali? Or the gloriously blond Peter O'Toole as the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence?

Me, I opt for Omar.

10:18 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

It would have to be Annie Hall. It's like this great comedic tapestry made up of a hundred priceless scenes. You can start at the beginning or the middle or even the final joke and it's all great and hilarious and so romantic.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Marc - You're too smart for your own good.

Anon - Ooh, dilemma, indeed. I love Peter, but I think I'd have to go with Omar, too.

J. - Ooh, I do love Annie Hall. Such great writing. It's part of my DVD collection. A close second to Shawshank in this scenario of only one movie.

12:04 AM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I bet you like that scene where Diane Keaton is singing in the nightclub...

1:11 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

So if you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Shawshank Redemption would be up there, but without a doubt, I'd have Dead Again. Andy Garcia, Emma Thompson before she was big, Robin Williams. What more could you want.

Or maybe Big. That never gets old.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Ethan said...

Re: Lawrence... there is a section of one of my bike routes I call "the Anvil of the Sun" in honor of that movie.

I second the notion of only one movie = none, however if I for sure had to pick one, Apocalypse Now.

2:53 PM  

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