The other night, Mr. Chili came into the kitchen from the family room, looked at me, and spouted a quote from one of our favorite films. It took me a second to catch the reference, though, as I had no context for it; for me, it came out of the blue. I quickly put together that he’d found the movie while channel surfing, though, and came in to join him (throwing the DVD in as soon as the next commercial break). Mr. Chili then suggested that this week’s Ten Things Tuesday be a list of films that stop us in our tracks whenever we’re channel surfing. His wish is my command:
1. Shooter. That was the film Mr. Chili quoted from the other night, and it’s surprisingly easy to find this on television. TNT’s been running it quite frequently lately. The quote, in case you’re wondering, was “I don’t think you understand, these boys killed my dog.”
2. I, Robot. For some reason, I tend to find this during the attack scene in the tunnel. I have no idea why, but that’s where the film is when I stumble on it. “THE GODDAMN ROBOTS, JOHN!”
3. Lord of the Rings. We’ll stop on any of the three, wherever they are.
4. Harry Potter. Ditto these; any film, anywhere in the progression. We’ve discovered that ABC Family runs extended editions, though, so we put up with commercials. I’m waiting for the studios to release the directors’ cuts; I’m going to have to buy the whole series again (which brings me to…)
5. Men in Black. ‘I’m gonna have to buy the White Album again…”
6. Dances with Wolves. This one hasn’t been on the airwaves lately, but when it is – and if I find it – I’m pretty much guaranteed to watch to the first commercial then drop the extended edition DVD in the player and be unavailable for the next three hours.
7. Hancock caught Mr. Chili the other day – he came in right when Hancock drops the hoodlums’ car on the spire of the sky scraper. I love, love, LOVE the scene where Jason Bateman’s character is trying to convince the board to join his cause. “We can save the world,” he says, “someone’s just gotta go first.” Indeed.
8. Either of the Bale Batman movies. I stumbled across Batman Begins a couple of weeks ago – at the scene where Wayne burns down the Ghul’s mountaintop compound – and was pretty much hooked. I haven’t seen The Dark Knight on the t.v. in a while, but the last time I did, I caught it right where Ledger’s Joker was dressed as a nurse. Creepy.
9. Avatar. The last time I caught this one, it was damned near the opening scene of the film, so I dropped the DVD in and invited the girls to come crash on the couch with me.
10. Shawshank Redemption. The last time this one caught us, we were in the prison yard and Andy was asking Red for a rock hammer. God, we love that movie.
What about you? What films stop you in your channel-surfing tracks?