It’s a Mystery

You all know that I turn the tv on for background and comfort; I rarely watch anything “new”.  In the last few weeks, I’ve turned even more to my oldies but goodies.  Not sure if it’s the weather or the holidays being over or even 2021 being a buzz-kill for the time being.

So I’ve been happy that a couple of movies that I really like have been available on demand through my cable company.  The World of Henry Orient is one and two old Agatha Christie’s as well: Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun.  Knowing that these won’t be around forever on demand, I’ve been watching them quite a bit, as if I can fill myself up with them before they’re gone.  Yesterday, I not only watched all three of these while I was working in my studio, I followed them up by watching Murder on the Orient Express (the old one), which I actually own.  I love Agatha Christie, although she breaks one of my “rules”; she almost always leaves out one or two necessary clues for the reader to figure out the mystery. 

YA came into my studio while Death on the Nile was playing and she commented that I should know the whole movie by heart by now.  She might be right – I can do most of the dialog right along with the actors.  One of my favorite scenes contains this bit:

  • Hercule Poirot: Do not allow evil into your heart, it will make a home there.
  • Jacqueline de Bellfort:  If love can’t live there, evil will do just as well.

So melodramatic – I love it.  I’ve searched for a couple other Agatha Christie movies with the library – can’t wait for those either. 

Tell me a movie you’ve watched more than once.  Way more than once??

60 thoughts on “It’s a Mystery”

  1. harvey
    it’s a wonderful life
    christmas story
    wizard of oz
    philadelphia story
    some like it hot
    jaws
    fiddler on the roof
    psycho
    to kill a mockingbird

    and then next weekend

    citizen kane
    lawrence of arabia
    it happened one night
    maltese falcon ….

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    1. Maltese falcon has been playing a lot the last month. I will add that to my list of things that I’ve watched a couple of times recently.

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  2. The Princess Bride, Moonstruck, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the previously mentioned Casablanca… Moonstruck is really one of my “comfort” movies. I think I have watched it close to half a dozen times since the world went into lockdown. (“Aw ma, I love him awful… “that’s too bad.”)

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    1. That’s my favorite line in Moonstruck as well. I’m also fond of that “someday you’ll die and I’ll come to your funeral in a red dress” line although I know it’s not original to that movie.

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  3. The Great Escape (probably my all time favorite)
    Casablanca
    The Wizard of Oz
    The Philadelphia Story
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    The Apartment
    …and too many more to list. I have a fairly large DVD collection. As much as I like the above listed movies, I really like to rewatch several Masterpiece Mystery series….particularly “Foyle’s War”, all 3 Morse series, and “Prime Suspect”.

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  4. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    So many. My faves are Ordinary People, Tootsie, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Little Miss Sunshine, Moonstruck, Cabaret. I have watched the series The Sopranos twice because I found that the writers and actors portrayed the criminalization of flawed and vulnerable people to be fascinating.

    When my son turned 13 he had a birthday party with his friends. In my van, on our way to a rock climbing wall, were 6 boys reciting all the dialogue of Monte Python genre.

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      1. I’m not as crazy about the Hepburn /Tracy movies as I probably should be. But so many of them end with the woman capitulating to the man that they kind of put my teeth on edge.

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  5. Several Christmas classics; just because it’s tradition.
    Casablanca and Young Frankenstein every New Year’s Eve; respectively my all-time favorite movie and all-time favorite comedy movie. Why? End each year on a high note.

    Other than that, I’m not much of a rewatcher of movies. My nature is to always want to keep going, see what’s around the next corner, try a new restaurant, find a route in the BWCAW I haven’t traveled, etc.

    Two movies in recent memory that I did watch a second time were The Avengers and The Secret Life of Pets. Don’t ask why, because I’m not sure of the answer–other than I enjoyed them both a lot more than I expected.

    Chris in Owatonna

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  6. Harold and Maude (love that movie)
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (doing the time-warp dance)
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    When Harry Met Sally (“I’ll have what she’s having.”)
    Babette’s Feast
    A River Runs Through It
    Big Fish
    Five Easy Pieces (more great quotes)
    Avalon
    Fried Green Tomatoes (lots of great quotes in that one)

    I’ve seen the above movies multiple times over the years, along with some of the movies mentioned by others.

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    1. There was a time in my life where I might’ve been able to do the dialog from “When Harry Met Sally” from beginning to end all by myself. After wasband number two and I got married (at The Good Earth) we had a big party a couple of weeks later. I made a three tier coconut cake with chocolate sauce on the side.

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  7. I own Babbett’s Feast. Should watch it again but Sandy does not like it. We own all of Northern exposure. I am going to work my way through those again. There are several movies I did watch often but I became tired of them.

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    1. I loved Northern Exposure. I actually have a Northern Exposure cookbook and once had a Northern Exposure party; folks came over to watch an episode. That’s another series that lost it’s steam quickly when Rob Lowe left the cast. I heard someone say once that it never comes up on TV for reruns because of the music licensing fee issue. Too many songs that they have to pay for.

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  8. A la great lines. I remember being very happy seeing Mandy Patinkin doing an interview in which he talked about how much he loved playing Inigo Montoya and how even after 30 years, if people stop him on the street, especially little kids, he is happy to repeat the line …with accent.

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    1. I watched the WisDems fundraiser that was the script read of Princess Bride. Such fun. Also have been watching “Criminal Minds” with Daughter (goodness is that dark) – it’s fun to catch the glimmers of Inigo in Mandy Patinkin’s character. Especially the half smile when he tips his head. 😄

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  9. There are a lot of movies we’ve watched twice. Often not because the movie was so incredibly good but because it wasn’t bad and it happens to be on offer. We have a lot of DVDs of movies and TV shows because we especially liked them the first time. Often after a span of years we discover they don’t wear well. I’m sure Robin has movies she likes that I wouldn’t consider and there are some I especially like that wouldn’t be on her list. We have done this before on the trail, so some of the movies I list will be repeats from an earlier post.

    Princess Bride
    Time Bandits
    Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
    Local Hero
    Midnight in Paris
    Cold Comfort Farm
    Forbidden Planet
    Manhattan

    We have a film festival’s worth of food movies and they are always good for a rewatch:
    Babbette’s Feast
    Big Night
    Chocolat
    The 100-Foot Journey
    Tortilla Soup
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi
    Ramen Girl
    East Side Sushi
    Seagull Diner
    Waitress
    I just recently got a DVD of Midnight Diner that is supposed to have different stories from the television show but we haven’t watched it yet.

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  10. HI-
    Daughter picks a movie and then will watch it for 3 or 4 days straight. She’s got her order and there’s a process in her head for it. During the day she’s working her way through ‘Glee’, but the latest ‘evening’ movie has been ‘The Incredibles’. A fun movie, but after the first 16 times It starts to wear. And that’s not counting the other 147 times we’ve seen it since it came out. Good movie, but. (She doesn’t watch TV ALL day, She spends the first few hours in her room listening to music, then makes gets to breakfast and books and THEN the movie. If a movie only makes it two days on the list, it’s not a hit.
    So I’ve seen a lot of movies over and over. I’ll try to stick to the ones we actually like.
    I just saw ‘The Good Liar’ and really liked that. So much so I ordered it so Kelly could see it too. That’s a movie we’d watch again.

    All That Jazz is a favorite
    Princess Bride
    Secondhand Lions
    RV
    Brother Where Art Thou
    Blazing Saddles
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    Up
    Wall-E

    I know there’s more.

    I don’t understand why the TV station ‘ThisTV’ will play the same movie a week later for 5 or 6 weeks it seems. Do they get a deal on it or what? There are some good movies I will watch again, but there’s a lot of cheesy movies that just keep coming back.

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    1. I haven’t watched “All That Jazz” in a long time. I am overdue. “Up” makes me a little weepy, but I like it and it’s in my “when I’m in the mood” rotation. If you have Disney+, “Soul” is well worth your time.

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      1. “Up” Made me a lot weepy. To the point that I’ve never seen it a second time. Same with the first animated Tarzan movie and Toy Story 3.

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  11. How could I forget The Princess Bride and Waitress? I also neglected a few animated movies: “Wall-E”, “Coco”, “Up”, “Finding Nemo”, “Antz”, Toy Story 1, and “A Bug’s Life”

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  12. I’ve watched several Monty Python movies multiple times, esp. The Holy Grail (when you’ve had a teenaged boy, as mentioned above…)
    and several of the classics mentioned above.

    The Uptown Theater used to (well, late 70s) host classic movies, often double features. I remember re-seeing Cabaret, Camelot, one of the Tracy/Hepburn ones, and then Harold & Maude teamed with King of Hearts. We just re-watched K of H recently, and it was even better than we’d remembered.

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    1. The Uptown and its wonderful double-features was where I first saw “Harold and Maude,” “All That Jazz,” a bunch of the Beatles movies, Rocky Horror, “A Clockwork Orange,” and the list goes on. Gosh I miss that old format.

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  13. Little Women. It doesn’t matter which version either. Meet Me In St. Louis, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Like you I turn on the TV for background and these days it seems to be Little House On the Prairie for some crazy reason and Gunsmoke. Go figure. When those movies are on though, I am still gonna sit and watch.

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