Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Over and Over and Over

This week, I've taken to putting in movies while getting some things done around the house (another round of Spring cleaning), and I've had a problem. I have a stack of movies I like to watch over and over and over, and I end up staring at them all, unable to pick which one to put in next.

Do you have favorite movies that you could watch over and over again? Here are some of mine:

Emma (2009) 
The 2009 BBC version of Emma with Romola Garai and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore!). I love everything about this miniseries. The acting, the story, the Knightley. I recently purchased the soundtrack to write along to, and every time I hear it, I want to pop the DVD in and watch it again!
Favorite quotes: "I suppose you've come to tell me off about the Chinese." -Emma
"Badly done, Emma." -Mr. Knightley

Lost in Austen

Lost in Austen. What a hilarious swapping of Elizabeth Bennet and modern day Amanda Price. She throws off the whole storyline of Pride and Prejudice, confusing Bingley, Darcy and Wickham. Watch this one with the subtitles--they talk SO fast! Still waiting for the soundtrack to be released!
Favorite quotes: "Are you very angry about my fishy tales?" -Wickham
Amanda: "I can't dance this sort of dance."
Darcy: "Nor I. Together we shall make a shambles. But we shall do it with such authority that everyone will stare at us to learn the step."
Amanda: "You're so relentlessly unpleasant! I just can't get at the real you!
Darcy: "Madam! Behold, Fitzwilliam Darcy. I am what I am. If you find yourself unable to get at an alternative version, I must own to being glad. I despise the intrusions of a woman so singularly dedicated to mendacity, disorder and lewdness. They repel me. You repel me. You are an abomination, Madam. Good afternoon to you."
Amanda, after Darcy leaves: If I dream about him tonight, I shall be really angry! ...I'm going to dream about him. Well, I hope in my dream you choke! Hateful man!"

Pride & Prejudice

This is my favorite version of Pride and Prejudice, probably because it was the first one I saw, and it kind of started the madness of my love for these types of movies.
Darcy: "Are you rejecting me?"
Elizabeth: "I'm sure that the feelings which, as you've told me, have hindered your regard, will help you in overcoming it."
Darcy: "Might I ask why, with so little endeavor at civility, I am thus repulsed?"
Elizabeth: "And I might as well enquire why, with so evident a design of insulting me, you chose to tell me that you liked me against your better judgment!"

Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (+ Digital Copy)

I grew up watching the Back to the Future trilogy, and I never get tired of it. It's SO well done. The twists of the story, the acting, the effects. The whole thing is brilliant. Sadly though, we may be more than four years from hover-boards (the "future" portion takes place in 2015. I'm sure back then it seemed very far away!).
"There's that word again; 'heavy'. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth's gravitational pull?" -Doc
"The justice system works swiftly in the future now that they've abolished all lawyers." -Doc
"Crazy drunk pedestrians!" -Red

The Holiday

I don't know what it is about this movie exactly, but I watch it all year, not just at Christmas time. I've always been a fan of Kate Winslet, but she does fantastic with her character in The Holiday, and I want to be friends! I also have the soundtrack to this one!
"You look like my barbie." -Olivia
"You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend." -Arthur

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. There are so many little moments in this gem that could pass you right by without notice. Jimmy Stewart is a comedic genius. 
"This whole place is really lousy with birds." -Mr. Hobbs
Mr. Turner: "You haven't done much walking, have you, Hobbs?"
Mr. Hobbs: "Only since I was about four years old." 

Desk Set

If you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of the old movies (thanks, Mom, for introducing them to me at an early age). Desk Set is so witty, and I've seen it dozens of time, but I still find new bits to laugh at. In this movie, the ladies in the reference department of a TV network are fearful for their jobs when a computer is brought in to help them work faster. And yes, the computer takes up half the room!
"More power to you! You may be lonely, but more power to you!" -Bunny
"It has usually been my experience, when a car cruises around the block, slowly, it has usually been my experience, that they are mostly just looking for a place to park." -Bunny

Some Like It Hot

One of my favorite Monroe movies ever. HILARIOUS seeing the beautiful Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon try to pass themselves off as women to avoid mobsters.
Joe: "Forget about the whole thing, will ya? Just keep telling yourself you're a boy."
Jerry: "I'm a boy. I'm a boy. I wish I were dead. I'm a boy. Boy, oh boy, am I a boy. Now what am I gonna do about my engagement present?"
Joe: "What engagement present?"
Jerry: "Osgood gave me a bracelet."
Joe: "Hey, these are real diamonds!"
Jerry: "Of course they're real! What do you think, my fiance is a bum?" 
Jerry: "Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built in motor or something. I tell you, it's a whole different sex!"
Joe: "What are you afraid of? No one's asking you to have a baby!"
Joe: "But you're not a girl, you're a guy. And why would a guy want to marry a guy?"
Jerry: "Security!"
Jerry: "Now you've done it! Now you have done it!"
Joe: "Don't what?"
Jerry: "You tore off one of my chests!"

So there are seriously way more movies I could watch nearly daily, but I'll have to share them another time! 


  1. Someone is a Jane Austen fan. haha I had no idea anyone else had ever watched "Lost In Austen." I LOVE that miniseries! It's kind of my fantasy lol Have you watched "Bride & Prejudice"? It's a Bollywood version of P&P, and omg! It's so good! It's a MUSICAL! :) You must watch it!!!

  2. Okay, def just added AUSTENLAND to my TBR list!!!! It looks precious! I've read a few Austen-inspired books but haven't much cared for many. I did love Amanda Grange's diary books, however. They're all told from the POV of the hero in the Austen books, as told through his diary. Mr. Darcy's Diary was my favorite, then Captain Wentworth from PERSUASION.

    I adore all the Austen novels, but I love classics, so...I guess I'm partial to all the gorgeous language. :)

  3. I love the movie Lost in Austen. I watched it over and over and over when I got it from Netflix. My husband finally had to step in and return it or else I'd still probably have it. I also love Pride and Prejudice, but my favorite movie version of it is the BBC one with Colin Firth as Darcy. The only problem is it's eight hours long, so I'd have to clean my house four or five times in order to watch the whole thing while I clean.

  4. I loved seeing that you posted "Emma" and "Pride and Prejudice" two of my favs. But my number one is "Something's Gotta Give." I laugh every time.
    Thanks for sharing your favs!

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Holiday .... it's the first "chick flic" that my husband watched and liked. Another one I could watch over & over is "You've Got Mail"! It reminds me of a bookstore I recently found and LOVE.

    Thanks for a cool post!

  6. I really liked that version of Pride & Prejudice, but my fav movies--the ones that I watch over and over and over are The Notebook, Man on Fire, & When Harry Met Sally.

  7. How have I not seen Lost in Austen! I must watch that immediately--it looks so cute! And I totally want to be Kate Winslet's character's friend, too. And live in her English cottage.

  8. I am sad to see that Becoming Jane is not on this list! Do you own it? (Read: Should I get you this for Christmas?)