Your Last Movie

Posted in Side Topics at 8:00 am by Stephen

An interesting thought experiment: if you could only pick one movie to see again for the rest of your life, which would it be? You could watch that movie as often as you want, but no others.

I’ve thought a lot about this, but my initial pick is still my current one. Comedies are probably out, since watching a comedy too many times completely kills it. But weighty dramas are tough, too, since there are plenty of times where I want a movie that will cheer me up.

I thought about my favorite pick-me-up movie, which is Singin’ in the Rain. But it’s just a little too sugary sometimes. So then I thought about a good rip-roaring action/adventure. Maybe Raiders of the Lost Ark? Die Hard? Again, just not quite enough substance.

So my pick has to be Casablanca. It has some serious moments, but also a lot of comedy. There’s no real action, but there are a lot of good scenes with tension and suspense. There’s a good romance, and the movie is very inspiring by the time it’s over. There are Nazis as the bad guys. I think it’s pretty much the most complete movie ever made.

How about you?


  1. Grishny (156) said,

    December 22, 2006 at 10:38 am

    I couldn’t do it. I would probably pick The Princess Bride, but then eventually I would wish I had picked something else. There is no single movie that would satisfy all my movie-watching desires for the rest of my life.

  2. Parker (16) said,

    December 22, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Tough decision. Maybe Singin’ in the Rain, which was a good suggestion. Also partial to The Princess Bride, but I agree it would get old after the 100th viewing. I never saw the appeal in Casablanca but maybe I just need to give it another chance. I always thought The Maltese Falcon was Bogart’s better work by far. But I digress.

    One movie, for all eternity? At the moment I’m torn between three that are just a blast to watch. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Return of the Jedi, and The Incredibles. Why those? I dunno. More bang for the buck, maybe. The entertainment value is highly concentrated in them, and they’re just a lot of fun. Hardly serious cinema, but with room for only one movie, art takes a backseat.

    The winner? The Incredibles. I didn’t want to believe it. But few movies are as consistently enjoyable to me.

  3. Ferrick (140) said,

    December 22, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    I’m currently debating whether it would be Ferris Bueller or The Great Escape. Neither are firm at this time so it could change as I think about it.

  4. Dave (130) said,

    December 22, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    If I could cheat and consider all three Lord of the Rings flicks as one movie, I’d pick that. If not… I don’t really know. I wouldn’t want to pick just ONE of the LotR movies because then I’d be stuck without the whole story for eternity.

    Oh wait. I know. Rocky III.

  5. WilliamTuttle (1) said,

    December 22, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    I would have to pick It’s a Wonderful Life . . . it’s a wonderful movie, one of the only ones that can bring tears of emotion from me.

    But then again, Night of the Living Dead (1968) is a movie I couldn’t live without. I guess it’s a tie between the two.

  6. Errica (2) said,

    December 22, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    I’d go with The Silence of the Lambs. It’s not my favorite movie, but it’s one that I could watch over and over again without it annoying me too much.

  7. famous (8) said,

    December 23, 2006 at 11:32 am

    When I read this post my first thought was The Princess Bride as well. But I felt bad when others picked it since I want to be “original” about my pick.

    Then I started thinking about why I’d pick that movie and I think a lot of it has to do with what you mentioned about Casablanca. It has action, romance, comedy, drama and pretty much everything you could want in a movie. I might get tired after the 100th viewing as someone mentioned, but no more tired than I would with any movie.

    I guess I need to see Casablanca to see if I can agree with why you picked it, but something tells me that The Princess Bride would always be my answer to your question.

  8. siochembio (82) said,

    December 23, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    Crap. This is hard.

    Movies that never get old for me: The Royal Tenenbaums, Gosford Park, I Know Where I’m Going!, Galaxy Quest, A Christmas Story…

    Um, I think I’d have to go with Gosford Park. I feel like there’s more and more to see in it the more you watch it. Little hints emerge upon repeated viewings. Yes. Gosford Park for me.

  9. Gharlane (12) said,

    December 23, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Hmmm, I think I have to go with Casablanca as well. I can watch that and get something different every time; drama, good characters, snappy dialogue - I could go on, but it always picks me up.

    Runners up that come close but don’t quite make it for me as a “last movie”:
    The Princess Bride - lots of fun, but I know I’d get tired of it after awhile
    Dr, Strangelove Ditto.
    It’s A Wonderful Life Great movie, but as sincere as the sweetness is, I’d need something else as well.

    Interesting question, Sam. :)

  10. Stephen (221) said,

    December 23, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    I’m not Sam, but I see how you might get confused.

  11. Gharlane (12) said,

    December 23, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    Whoa! Sorry, Stephen. Reading comprehension for the win!

  12. joem18b (231) said,

    May 16, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    If I could take only one book to a desert island, it might be the OED or a printout of Wikipedia. I wouldn’t take a favorite novel because I’m afraid that in the end I’d get sick of it.

    In the same way, if I could take only one film, it might be something like “Koyaanisqatsi” or”Powaqqatsi.” Non-verbal, image rich. Something to sit down in front of from time to time and optionally get high.

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