Cinephile or Movie Nut?

I was channel surfing the other night and came across Mad Max on AMC.  It was weird enough that it was on AMC but when they went to commercial I found out it was a special 30th anniversary edition.  That means I first saw Mad Max when I was all of seven years old. I saw it at the same drive in where I first saw Escape From New York.  Yes, my parents were awesome. 

The point is for most of those thirty years in between Mad Max probably wouldn’t be considered a ‘classic’ by alotof people, certainly not a whole cable station about classic movies.  I always thought it was though and for me it’s always been ‘instant classic’ with movies.  If I see a movie I love I don’t really care how ‘good’ it is.  These are some movies I love.  The ones I’ve seen over and over (into the hundreds in some cases), the ones I never have to be ‘in the mood for’ or more accurately I’m always in the mood for ’em.

The Road Warrior.  Also known as Mad Max 2 and one of the ones I’ve lost count of viewings for.  I know every line (not that there’s much dialog) and I’m always pissed when Max’s dog gets shot.  In the eighties there were tons of post apocalypse movies but this is the best.

King Kong.  The original of course no offense to Peter Jackson.  If you don’t love this movie there’s something wrong with you.  Seriously, seek help.

Conan the Barbarian.  Again, easily into the hundreds of viewings.  Arnold is huge.  His sword is huge.  The guys he fights are huge.  This movie is huge.  Sandahl Bergman’s boobies are not huge but they are perky and more importantly, exposed.

Predator.  Arnold again but this time with an ensemble!  Talk about a Guy Movie.  There’s only one chick in it and she barely speaks English (just like Arnold).  Easy to mock?  Sure, but that doesn’t stop it from being a bad-ass testosterone masterpiece.  Watching this movie is like doing fifty pushups and a shot of Jack.

Babe.  Yes the one about the talking pig.  I love that movie and I love that pig and I love Hogget’sFarm.  You got a problem with that?

The Princess Bride.  There are people who haven’t seen this movie.  When they ask what it’s about one doesn’t really know what to say.  It’s a movie that defies genre/log line explanations (is it a fantasy? a romance? a fairytale?) but it is one of the most perfectly filmed movies out there.  My wife walked down the aisle to the theme by Mark Knopfler.

There’s more.  Probably quite a bit more.  Cinephiles might be able to pick a top ten list but when you’re a movie nut you’ll have a psychotic break before you could fit all your favorite movies in one blog post.  That’s what the comments are for.  What are some you never get tired of and why?

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Eric Bahle stopped going to his real job so he could be a full time digital author and storyteller. He loves being in the woods with his bow or on the water in his kayak. He lives in Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and a mongrel dog. He is working on his next bestselling story.


  1. There are three movies that I’ve watched at least a dozen times each, and I would be happy to watch them a dozen times more:

    The Outlaw Josey Wales (Great characters, archetypal themes, and Civil War era revolvers. What more could you ask for from a revenge Western?)

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? (The music and dialogue do it for me every time.)

    The Big Lebowski (The quintessential Coen brothers film, in my opinion.)

  2. Agree with all three though I admit O Brother had to grow on me a little. I’d have to throw in Raising Arizona.

  3. Okay, let me think.
    I’m with Scott on The Big Lebowski, it never gets old and a great way to find out whether or not someone I am talking to has true “friend potential” is to quote a couple of lines and see if they can quote back.
    Fight Club is another of my favorites. It has some epic lines and the acting is superb. I can relate to the movie on several different levels (some more frightening than others).
    I’m probably going to catch hell from some of my male friends for this one but I don’t care: Terms of Endearment. Jack Nicholson is fantastic in this movie and I try and use the line “I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.” as much as possible. Also, I like Shirley Maclaine. That’s right. She is crazy, and I am crazy…why wouldn’t I like her?
    Others include: Goodfellas, The Usual Suspects, The Breakfast Club, Stranger Than Fiction, and Silence of the Lambs.

  4. I LOVE the Princess Bride. Not that I’ve ever kept count, but I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. It is my all time favorite movie, and it always cheers me up. I completely agree with the difficulty to describe it. Even my dad, who doesn’t watch movies often has been known to say, “Just watch it, rewind it and watch it again.”