Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Movie Meme - Show Us Your...Collection

Our hosts of the Monday Movie Meme, the Bumbles, are coming up with some different ways for us to share a little of our movie selves with each other. Last week, we talked about how we watch movies. This week, we get to give everyone a glimpse of our personal movie collections through some very creative categories. Our collection not only consists of DVD's, but also a lovely array of laser discs and VHS tapes. Disclaimer: In my answers below, I am not taking into account the obsessive viewing habits of my children!

MOST VIEWED - Fatal Attraction. We seem to gravitate towards this movie any time we are looking for a little excitement. We've seen this one at least a dozen times and it just keeps getting better and better. I especially love the alternate ending.

NEVER VIEWED - Dances With Wolves. We did see this movie at the theater, but have never thought it compelling enough to pull out the laser disc and see it again.

AFRAID TO ADMIT YOU OWN - Buns of Steel. Well, what can I say? It was the thing to do back in the '80's!

GUILTY PLEASURE - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We have a boxed set of the all of the Vacations, and this is our favorite. We quote lines from this movie (the shitter was full). This movie could possibly be tied with Fatal Attraction for Most comes out every Christmas.

MOST SHARED - Downfall. We are not stingy people, but don't find ourselves swapping movies all that much. Most of our friends have Netflix, so if we like something, we just recommend it and they order it on Netflix. This movie, however, made a small tour around town lately. It is about the last days of the Third Reich. Its dark, its hard to watch and hard to turn away.

WHY DID WE BUY THIS? - Dumb and Dumber. OK I admit, I laughed pretty hard when I saw this in the theaters. But it is really really moronic. Even worse, my husband and my son watched it recently, and now my son wants to watch it repeatedly. I DON'T need my 9 year old learning how to light his farts on fire in front of company, thanks.

MOST TREASURED - Casablanca. We have a boxed set of the 50th Anniversary version of this movie in laser disc format. There is a large booklet included, with beautiful pictures from the film, and a history of the actors and the filming of the movie. I like to just sit and admire it!

WILD CARD - Triumph of the Will. If you are interested in WWII, this one is a must. It is the famous propaganda film made by Leni Riefenstahl commissioned by Hitler. It amazes us when we see the effort that was put into making this film, and trying to hoodwink the world.


Unknown said...

I always feel quite inadequate when I read these. I haven't watched any of the DVDs you mention this week. I really should watch more!

Susan said...

Oh Yeah! Christmas Vacation! My daughter was just quoting from it the other day. I think she knows every line. "Now Clark, don't you go gettin' any ideas about that there RRRR-VVVV. We're gonna be takin' it with us when we leave here next month." My son gets annoyed with me when I say the lines along with the movie. I think he's just being petty.

ds said...

Do love Casablanca, but don't own it...When your kid is almost Harry Potter's exact contemporary, you have to own those (& memorize all of the important lines to drive dad crazy). Not to mention LOTR. Yes, even the movies here are driven by books. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I know I've seen some of the Vacation movies on TV but I'm going to have to watch the one that says, "The shitter was full."

Was that line uttered by Chevy Chase?

Sandy Nawrot said...

Jackie - it is hard when you have little kids. Once they are asleep you have no energy to sit through a two hour movie! This is a big escape for my husband and I. And now that the kids are older, we can watch many with them, which they love to do! (My sister watches about six movies a week. I know about the feeling of inadequacy!)

Susan - Those vacation movies are so silly, but sometimes you need silly.

ds - yes, you know I did not account for kid viewings. That would change my summaries quite drastically. Harry Potter, Star Wars, LOTR, Twilight, ugh! I love them all, but not 100 times a year.

Cardiogirl - haha! No that line was uttered by Randy Quaid (cousin Eddie) as he is emptying this RV sewage into the storm drain (which later blows up as a result of the gasses). He says it while drinking a beer, and standing there in his underwear. I'd like to pee my pants.

The Bumbles said...

I particularly love your Vacation scene description for Cardiogirl. We are big fans of that movie as well - I agree it is the best of the bunch. Although we do say "Big Ben" every time we get lost driving around in circles so I guess European Vacation has that going for it.

As much as I enjoyed Fatal Attraction, I don't think I could get Andy to watch it over and over - psycho adulterers aren't really his thing. I would like to know what the alternate ending is though.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Bumbles - Gonna e-mail you the alternate ending...

Michele said...

Loved Dances With Wolves, but I admit, Casablanca is one of my most treasured, too!

Kim said...

I'm with Jackie in the inadequate corner!
I get together with a couple of friends about once a month for a girls movie night. We watch things like Calendar Girls, Shirley Valentine, Steel Magnolia's, Love Actually, Notting Hill, etc. It is really just an excuse to drink wine and chat, if truth be known!
Other than that I don't watch movies really.

Carleen said...

Triumph of the Will is amazing and horrifying in retrospect at the same time. I have a fantastic documentary about Leni Riefenstahl; she led quite the interesting life to be sure.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Michele - Yeah, I remember liking Dances With Wolves, so can't really explain why I've never felt compelled to watch it again! Casablanca is so romantic and noirish. I love to cuddle up with popcorn and watch it. My husband and I are trying to figure out how old the kids have to be to appreciate it. (They loved Gone With the Wind.)

Kim - those kinds of movies with friends are good for the soul! We tend to watch things that are more dramatic and serious, but is always good to lighten things up now and again!

Carleen - I have a couple of books on my mount TBR that were biographies written about Leni. I intend to get to them. She is one fascinating lady.

Daisy said...

Ha! Dumb and dumber is a silly film indeed. I wouldn't buy it but I have seen it.

hope you drop by and see my list!

Iliana said...

Ha, I had Abs of Steel :)

There was an alternate ending to Fatal Attraction? I need to see that again then!