Top 5… Movies I can watch over and over and over again

It’s the calm before the storm at the cinema with the Oscar films all been and gone and the summer blockbusters starting in a few weeks. To fill the gap I thought I’d share my top 5 films that I can watch over and over again without getting bored.

I feel like I have to point out though that for a film to make this list it does not need to be one of the best films ever made. In fact I can confidently say that none of these would be in my top 10 best films of all time. What qualifies them for this list though is some quality that makes them fun, easy to watch and entertaining.

5. The Descent

Six girls go spelunking in America. After taking a wrong turn they end up trapped underground and have to find their way back out. If this wasn’t hard enough already, then they stumble across a species of humanoid cave-dwellers that start to pick them off one-by-one. Neil Marshall’s sophomore effort is still his finest achievement.

4. Zack Snyder double-bill: Dawn of the Dead & 300

Zack Snyder isn’t liked by the critics but there’s something beautiful about how he handles action. His first film, a remake of the classic Dawn of the Dead, totally knocked my socks off when I saw it. I love zombie films at the best of times but this shot up near the top of the list. He then followed it up with a film that should have been awful; 300. A bunch of well-oiled men wave swords around in front of a green-screen. The outcome though was a film that takes the visual flair of The Matrix to the next level.

3. The Mist

I always get frustrated by so-called “monster films” as inevitably they are a let down or there are no monsters at all. When I started to watch The Mist i was thinking this would be another “there’s something out there but we’re not going to show you what” kind of film. I was pleasantly surprised then when the first monster appears and then another, and another. But it is the reaction of the survivors held up in a supermarket that really grips. If you haven’t seen this film then you really need to!

2. Taken

Liam Neeson is a fine actor and has starred in some huge roles in his career. When he turned up in this 18 certificate kick-ass action film though I was stunned. What was more stunning though was how amazingly good he was in it. He quickly became the most intense action star I had seen in years. From the moment he says “I will find you and I will kill you” in a calm and collect voice you know you are in for an amazing ride. 90 minutes of intensity.

1. Sunshine

I love sci-fi but I always get a little annoyed when the fiction outweighs the science. So when I saw Danny Boyle’s foray into space I was immediately impressed at how much effort had gone into making the science make sense but also the characters. When Chris Evans’ Mace makes clinical and correct decisions I always cheer inside at it is refreshing to see characters who understand what is at stake and know what has to be done. Brilliant cast, brilliant story and endlessly rewatchable.

Honourable mentions

  • Moulin Rouge! – This crazy musical always cheers me up
  • Dazed and Confused – It’s the soundtrack and great characters that draw me in every time
  • Garden State – My favourite romcom and the film in which I fell for Natalie Portman
  • The Day After Tomorrow – There’s something about this disaster film that makes it endlessly watchable
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  1. Hmm, interesting… I don’t know what my list would be, never really thought about it.

    Here are some of the films I do enjoy watching and have done so quite a few times now:

    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
    Back to the Future
    Back to the Future II (not three though. :wink:
    Bad Boys!
    Gone in Sixty Seconds
    Grease

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