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Default Movies to Watch When You're Bored

  • Aug 18, 2010
You're sat on the couch, there's nothing on cable and Netflix hasn't arrived. Time to plough the treasure chest of films you've watched 30 times but you can never get enough of.
Pirates Of The Carribean
I have an unhealthy love of this film. It seems to do everything right and I actually understand the plot. I've seen the third one twice and still don't have a clue what's going on.
What Just Happened? (2008)
Robert De Niro excels as movie producer Art Linson. It's hilarious, and I think I can even quote most of the lines by now. "The dog HAS to die!"
There are a lot of long stares and meaningful waffle, but the car chases reign supreme. Bah to all that CGI Transformers nonsense - you haven't lived until you've drive the wrong way around Paris' highways at 90 mph.
Poster for the movie
Although it runs about 20 minutes too long, James Cameron effectively torpedoed the Bond franchise and came up with enough inventive stunts and gags to keep us all salivating at the TV screen.
Deluxe Edition DVD cover
Just excellent, even if Christian Bale's suit-mumble gets a little much at times. There a point where Ken Watanabe says "impressive" and the way he says it reminds me of Miss Piggy. Anyone else get that vibe? Otherwise zipping around the Chicago in a tumbler is the only way to travel.
"What is this, a school for ANTS?" and "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills" are two phrases that try to use frequently. I might try to shuffle them into my next book somewhere. "I think I have the black lung."
The Departed
I was initially scared that Ben Affleck might show up, since the Constitution of Massachusetts requires him to appear in Boston-based movies, but Scorsese's crime flick gets better and better with each viewing. DiCaprio, Nicholson, Damon? All in one film? Now *that's* an evening at home.
My wife *loves* this film and I like it too, apart from the irritating over-acting by Timothy Spalding and Susan Sarandon. Amy Adams cements herself as a star.
I could substitute practically any Pixar film - they're all so visually clever that even when you know the plot, it's just a joy to watch.

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August 19, 2010
I think I've only seen half the movies on this list, but those that I have are dead-on. I guess I'll have to check out the rest now!

"Mur-man!  Mur-MAN!" -- Zoolander
August 19, 2010
Thanks - I'll try to find a tenth one to add too. Personally, I'd actually tune in for some slashie awards!
August 18, 2010
Now this is a list I can REALLY get behind! # 3 had that crazy car chase which was just so exciting! ( I still haven't seen # 8)
August 18, 2010
Thanks! #8 is actually much better than you'd think - the tongue-in-cheek mockery of Disney films is well done. I'm struggling for a #10 but I'll ask Wendy when she gets back.
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Ranked #19's "token Brit".
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