Friday nights don’t have the same meaning for me that they used to. Since I no longer have my nice, cushy, 8 – 3 job as a teacher, with weekends and summers off, Friday can sometimes be my Monday.
Yet whenever Friday comes, I still get excited. If I’m working, I get to see all the people being excited about the fact that it’s Friday. There’s a different energy in the hotel. If I’m at home with the kids, I feel their excitement about the week being done. They don’t have to finish homework immediately after school. They can stay up late. I usually have an ice cream treat for them. (Unlike me, they are not allowed to have ice cream every night.) And the mood is generally pretty good.
This past Friday, I was off, but had to go back in on Saturday – so not really a Friday for me. Either way, I flipped through the TV guide looking for a movie for my hubby and me to watch. For some reason we only watch real movies on the weekend. The week nights are reserved for Pawn Stars and American Pickers on the History Channel, anything on The Food Network, and International House Hunters if they are hunting some place warm.
As I was searching the guide, I came across “O Brother Where Art Thou”. I excitedly turned to my hubby. ”Wanna watch this again?” We’ve seen the movie at least 4 times, and every time we discover parts we’ve never caught before. He agreed to watch it with me, and we laughed like it was the first time we’ve seen it. This particular show had “notes” with it, so it was pretty cool to read some facts about the stars, or the reference to the Iliad and the Odyssey. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an awesome movie. And the soundtrack is pretty cool too!
During every commercial break, the network advertised some upcoming movies. I was especially interested in “An Officer and a Gentleman” that was being aired on Saturday. I’ve seen that movie a few times as well, but it’s been so long that I wanted to see it again. The show was to start at 9:30pm, and I would be home from work by 8pm so it was a date! (Hubby left early Saturday morning for a business trip, so it was the perfect night for a chic flick.) Once again, I felt the way I did the first time I watched it. All the emotions were still there, and even though I knew it was coming, my eyes teared up when he carried her out of the factory at the end of the movie.
These movies got me thinking about some other movies that I could watch over and over again, and never get tired of. At the top of the list would be “A Few Good Men” – You can’t handle the truth! is probably my favorite line from that movie. Anytime it’s on, I watch it.
“My Cousin Vinny” is another one that I can laugh at every time I see it. I adore Marissa Tomei in this role. It has to be my all time favorite comedy movie! Remember this scene? ………….
“Imagine you’re a deer. You’re prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water… BAM! A fucking bullet rips off part of your head! Your brains are laying on the ground in little bloody pieces! Now I ask ya. Would you give a fuck what kind of pants the son of a bitch who shot you was wearing?”
“Office Space” would be on the list, along with “Overboard”. (Don’t ask me why…. I think it’s because I love Goldie Hawn… and I have ever since “Private Benjamin” came out). The “Vacation” movies with Chevy Chase are always fun to watch, although “European Vacation” is probably my least favorite.
There are many others that I have seen multiple times, but the ones listed above are ones I watch every time they are aired, and I laugh and/or feel the same emotions I did the first time I saw them. I even bought the DVD of “My Cousin Vinny” since I love it so much.
Are there any movies that you all find yourself watching over and over, with all the same adoration as the first time? I’d hate to be missing out on a new favorite! :)