Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Panel picks a movie… and has to live with it for the rest of their lives


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Who doesn’t like movies? Yea, I know, not everybody. Anyway, this next question has to do with movies:

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which one would you pick and why?

Here are the responses, this time in reverse alphabetical order:

• Mollie Katie: If I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life, without a doubt it would be "Clue." I'm sure those of you who've never seen it will find the idea of a murder mystery comedy based on the board game to be cheesy. But you're dead wrong, it's awesome! It has easily the best that 1980s comedy has to offer in terms of casting: Tim Curry as Wadsworth the butler (an addition along with some minor characters), Madeline Khan as Mrs. White, Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet, Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock, Michael McKeon as Mr. Green, Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard, and Christopher Lloyd as Professor Plum. Fans, and even more so haters, of The Go-Go's might want to watch just for frontwoman Jane Weidlin's exceedingly brief cameo. The dialogue is some of the funniest and certainly most quotable I have ever heard, especially the accused black widow Mrs. White's classic: "Husbands should be like Kleenex --- soft, strong, and disposable." It's 96 minutes go by far too fast and include three different possible endings.

"Clue" has quite a cult following, including shadowcasting (real live actors dress like the characters and act out the plot while the film plays on a movie screen behind them) similar to another Tim Curry feature, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." I have probably seen "Clue" at least once a week since a babysitter introduced it to me when I was about 5 years old. I have worn out two VHS tape copies and one DVD copy already, which should tell you how serious I am about this choice. Or how sad my life is. (Fellow fans are probably saying right now, "Either. Or both.") If you've never seen it before, I urge you to go out and rent it. Or Netflix. Or whatever you techno-hipsters do these days!

Michelle: Throughout the history of the silver screen, from the first talkies of years past to the massive motion pictures of today, movies have been an escape from the reality of life, especially popularized during the Depression. People would flock to the theater and part with their hard-earned and scarce money to lose themselves in an alternate world for a short time. This remains true today, and especially for me. I love nothing more than to lose myself and forget the world that surrounds me. Life is full of drama, and angst, and misery. If I could choose only one movie to watch for the rest of my life, it would be a comedy, and not just any comedy, but the one that makes me laugh every time, regardless of how many times I've seen it, Animal House. Yes, that's right, Animal House. The original national Lampoon's movie that has inspired a dozen more over the years. Low-brow humor? Perhaps. Hilarious? Absolutely. I love that movie, with it's crazy characters and it's highly quotable lines. True, it makes me sad sometimes watching it and realizing that John Belushi would die before I was even born without fulfilling the promise that he showed with his "Bluto" character, but what a character it was. "The confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn't steal!" '"I think I'm in love with a retard."-"Is he bigger than me?"' "TOGA! TOGA!" "Was it over when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor?" "You're all worthless and weak. Now drop and give me twenty." "Thank you sir, may I have another." "That boy is a P-I-G pig." Okay, I'll stop quoting now, but if you haven't seen this movie, watch it. And if you disagree with me, may you be placed on double-secret probation.

• Kristin: Silence of the Lambs would be the one movie I would be okay with watching for the rest of my life. It was the one movie I wasn't allowed to watch as a kid. Seeing it made me want to read the book. Reading the book is what changed my entire career path when I started college. I guess you could say that without Silence of the Lambs, I may not be where I am today.

• Justin: Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention? I've just been handed a urgent and horrifying question, and I need all of you to stop what you're doing and listen. Anchorman!

I love dramas, but if I had to choose only one movie to watch the rest of my life, it wouldn’t be one. It would be a comedy.

Why’s that, you ask? When I’m suffering from a spiritual and existential funk and don’t have the money to buy new suits, there’s nothing like a good comedy to cheer me up. And Anchorman does it the best of any movie I’ve seen. It’s an absolutely breathtaking movie, I mean that thing’s good. I wanna be friends with it.

The movie’s got so many glorious quotes, including one I used on my blog to describe Hurricane Humberto. Never mind the references that I’ve already thrown in.

In other words, Anchorman is the balls.

You stay classy, planet earth!

Jen: Last week I was asked to give some serious consideration to what movie I would pick if I could only watch one for the rest of my life. Och, such a question. I immediately went through my list of standbys. Silverado, any Monty Python movie, Band of Brothers (mini series/so DQ), Star Wars, Elf, Gone with the Wind (that was gratuitous, never a favorite) Easter Parade, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, oh lot's of movies.

There is a lot to consider when making a decision that will last a lifetime. Will I get tired of it? How many layers does it have? Plots, sub plots. Watchable characters. Tiring jokes. Am I looking for realism? Comedy or Drama? What would I want to take away from the only film I'd ever watch again? Does it need to be in English? Turns out, that was a very important question.

I love foreign films, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Bollywood and so I added several foreign films making it an even more sizable list. I finally settled on one and I think I made a wise choice. Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". A movie with villains and heroes, magic and love. It holds me spellbound while I watch the humanly impossible happen and believe it to be possible. It stars Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi. Fat and Yeoh are warriors that have come to a point in their lives that they want to leave the past behind and find peace together. Ziyi is a young aristocrat that is about to enter into an arranged marriage that she does not want. Over the course of the film we find out that she has been trained by another woman in the Wudan method of fighting and has natural skills that go far beyond the norm. Ziyi’s romantic past and unhappy future is the catalyst for the film’s storyline and determines the fates of the people that surround her.

This movie is poetry, ballet, drama, beauty and lyrical. The cinematography alone makes it worth watching, the acting is superb. The movie was made in the Mandarin dialect, but you can choose to have it dubbed into English. I prefer the subtitles to the dubbing as I find it to be distracting and eventually I forget that I am reading subtitles at all. CTHD made it to the top of my list for all the things I previously mentioned and more. If you have not already watched this movie, I hope this has put it on your must do list.

houston-dynamite • Houston: Trapped on a desert island with only a DVD player, a 42” Plasma TV, Electrical Power and a single movie to watch?  This sounds like one of those retarded things “The Professor” would come up with.

“Here Gilligan, I’m going to make a nuclear reactor out of this coconut so we can have never ending AC power!”

How about you build a freakin’ boat brainiac?

OK, but I digress. So if I had only one movie to watch what would it be? Forever? Only one?

ron-jeremy Maybe I should choose a porno as I will obviously be very lonely and not have much social interaction.  The problem is, after a while those get so boring and besides, it would probably have Ron Jeremy in it.


OK, that rules out skin flicks.  So do I want a cutesy movie like “The Princess Bride”?  NO!  An action film like “The Matrix”? NO, I’ll take what the freak ever pill keeps me out of that movie.

There is only one movie I can watch forever and ever.

rex-kwon-do “Napoleon Dynamite.”

It reminds me of my youth when I was a tall, skinny kid with a giant orange afro wearing terrible suits.

<Those were the days>

Besides that “Rex Kwon Do” taught me many things about self defense.
That is me behind Kip.

trisha-summer<Man I am handsome>

And who could forget Trisha, Summer and Deb.  Three hotties all in a row.  Who needs porn when you have Deb in stirrup pants?


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