Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Creature Comforts

I absolutely love watching a fantastic new film, experiencing the thrill of not knowing what will happen next and relishing every moment, because I know I will never watch it again for the first time. Nevertheless, if I enjoy a movie, there is little doubt that I will rewatch it, probably within days. I always do this and I'm not sure why; maybe it's the ability to notice things that you don't observe the first time round, or knowing the outcome and sort of being able to relax rather than be all tense, or simply getting to experience whatever makes the film so great again.

My favourite films to rewatch are the ones from my childhood. I was never a fan of cartoons but I did love Snow White, Cinderella and Lady and the Tramp. Every time I watch them, my heart breaks because I instantly forget that inevitable happy ending. I don't think I've ever watched Lady and the Tramp without having to fast-forward the bit with the dog-catchers. Whenever I see Cinderella, I have always marvelled at her beautiful hairstyles and different costumes. Some things never change.

Equally beloved are the film versions of the wonderful Roald Dahl's The Witches and, of course, Matilda. No horror movie will ever be as scary as the Grand High Witch or Ms. Trunchbull.

And of course, there are the tear-jerkers. Whilst Titanic and The Notebook have both left me completely cold, I have never failed to be moved to tears by A Little Princess, Madeline or The Sound of Music. On a rainy day I can always turn to Dick van Dyke for some entertainment with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Mary Poppins and Grease is still my favourite soundtrack.

I may be able to appreciate the ethereal beauty of a film such as Picnic on Hanging Rock, or the cinematic accomplishment and phenomenal acting of the grand Oscar winners like There Will Be Blood. But I doubt I’ll ever watch these films more than once, maybe twice, unlike my favourite films from my childhood.

I know it's silly, but sometimes after watching a truly fantastic film, I feel sad, because I don't think there'll be another quite so perfect. But of course this doesn't matter, because I can always just watch it again.. and again.. and again. What are those films that you just can't help but rewatch a billion times?


  1. What a brilliant question!

    A few:

    Annie Hall, Before Sunset, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,
    A River Runs Through It (not a million times, but I do like it),
    Cinderella:), Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Clueless

    There are also those movies that you stop what you are doing when you see that they're on tv (or at least everyone in my family does): French Kiss, Groundhog Day, etc.

  2. I'm such a sap, I love "You've Got Mail," and "Sleepless in Seattle." I watch those every time. Same with all the John Hughes '80s films, because the rang so true for me, and were filmed in my neighborhoods.

    My alltime repeaters are the Godfathers I and II. I'll watch them every single time I stumble across them on tv, and I have the boxed set of DVDs.

    Not childhood films, surely, but my favorites nevertheless.

  3. Im a double movie watcher also and a double book reader. PS how great is P.at hanging rock? an Australian classic. One of my all time favs. xf

  4. I thought it was so beautiful that I dedicated a whole post to it francis:


    Pam and enc - from a non-kid movie perspective I can rewatch:

    The Princess Bride, Love Actually, Romeo and Juliet, Legally Blonde, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gosford Park over and over again. Basically I'm a sucker for a romance.

    And books, god, books! I love re-reading them but I have the opposite problem with books; there are so many I want to read and I can't read them all at once! So sadly rereading has taken a back-burner recently.