Top 5 Tuesday: Movies You Can’t Turn Off

Okay, it’s time to fess up. We all have at least one movie that’s our weak spot, our Achilles’ heel. You know, that one favorite film that, whenever it comes on the television, you become completely powerless and are unable to change the channel (even though you’ve seen it a hundred times, and you own the DVD–probably the collector’s edition). Here are my top 5 movies that I am physically incapable of turning off…

1.) All Harry Potter Movies – Now that the saga has ended on the screen as well as on the page, my love and appreciation for the Harry Potter series is at an all-time high, so even the earlier films (which were of much lesser quality, I think we can all agree) bring on a crippling wave of nostalgia that I can’t fight. This becomes a real problem around the holidays, when ABC Family runs and re-runs them all for days on end. It’s safer for me to just avoid ABC Family altogether during the months between Halloween and Christmas.

2.) The Princess Bride – This is the one movie that I really don’t need to watch, because I can recite almost all of it from memory. Nonetheless, any time I come across it while flipping through channels, I absolutely have to see it through. Even though it would make more sense to just put in the DVD and cue it up to the same point, it’s just not the same as watching it on TV. It’s like hearing your favorite song on the radio–you could just as easily listen to it on your iPod, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.

3.) Remember the Titans – There’s something about this movie that just reaches into your soul shakes it up (in a good way…if soul-shaking can be taken as good). Every time I watch it, it’s as exhilarating and gut-wrenching as it was the first time I saw it. Another thing that makes Titans timeless is its spectacular soundtrack. Nothing builds team spirit like a rousing locker room rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” (Watch it here and take note of a baby-faced Ryan Gosling and his awkward dance moves.) Remember The Titans gets my vote for the best football movie of all time.

4.) You’ve Got Mail – Remember the early days of Internet dating? Before eHarmony and, there was AOL. There’s a certain innocence and sincerity in watching Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks fall in love in this quintessential ’90s rom-com. Tom Hanks’ charm alone is enough to keep me glued to my TV screen, but it’s his and Meg Ryan’s epic chemistry that makes You’ve Got Mail worthy of every single replay of it on the Oxygen channel.

5.) Tommy Boy – I know some people don’t appreciate the less-than-sophisticated humor of Tommy Boy, but I am not one of those people. Whenever I catch it on TV, it reduces me to a fit of giggles in a matter of minutes. I love everything from Chris Farley’s “fat guy in a little coat” dance, to him and David Spade belting it out to the Carpenters’ “Superstar” on their road trip. This movie never gets old.

What about you, pop culture fans? What movie are you unable to look away from? Hit the comments section, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus!



Posted on November 22, 2011, in Film, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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