This, “Four Movies You’re Pretty Sure You Like More Than Anyone Else You Know,” is a prompt going around on Twitter, and I thought it would be fun to share my four movies.
These are the movies that came to mind first. I have a well-earned reputation for having a bad memory, and so I’m not good at thinking of movies (or music or books or names or … ) off the top of my head. Perhaps, then, there’s a movie I’ll think of later that better fits the prompt. That’s also why the films are more recent for the most part. Until then though, here are the movies I selected to fit the prompt. Also, fair warning, I included short clips with each to give you a taste of the films, but not too much so as to hopefully not spoil anything!
Road House (1989)
One of my all-time favorite cable television watches growing up is 1989’s Road House. What’s not to love?! You have a jacked Patrick Swayze, the gritty cool Sam Elliott, and for the wrestling nerd in me, Terry Funk! There’s a lot of fun bar brawling, and also enjoy the idea of the relatively small guy (Swayze small, huh?) being able to win because he’s more skilled. But when great action films get brought up, I feel like nobody mentions this one anymore. Also, this film still has one of the most quotable scenes in film history for me:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
One of my all-time favorite horror movies is a remake of another all-time great horror movie, 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I want to do a full film review of this film soon, so I’m not going to say too much here. Suffice it to say, they did a laudable job of capturing the gritty feel of the 1970s in 2003. Add in Jessica Biel (who I was crushing hard on at the time, but she’s also fantastic in the role) and the great R. Lee Ermey, and you have the trappings of one of my favorite films. But perhaps because it’s one of many early 2000s remakes, it gets sort of lost in the shuffle, as well as being compared to one of the all-time great horror films.
Seven Pounds (2007)
A film that is especially applicable to this prompt is 2008’s Seven Pounds. Nobody talks about this film, it was panned by critics, and it’s certainly not going to be something mentioned among Will Smith’s oeuvre. It was also the last great Will Smith movie, in my opinion, after a string of great movies. It also marked, arguably, the end of his run as a box office juggernaut since it didn’t do too hot in that realm, either. All that said, it’s one of the most affecting films I’ve ever seen. I saw it twice in theaters because it moved me so much. I’ve never seen another drama twice in theaters. And I fell in love with Rosario Dawson, who gives one of the most authentic performances I’ve ever seen. I might be the only person on the planet who loves this film. If not, let me know!
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
I’m a sucker for romantic dramas and I’m a sucker for Rachel McAdams, who I would contend is perhaps the best modern actress working today. Among romance movies and even McAdams’ movies, it wasn’t well-regarded by critics or fans. Perhaps only by fans of the 2003 novel by Audrey Niffenegger it’s based upon (which I haven’t read). It’s sappy and dramatic, and put that all into my veins, please. Again, I think what helps elevate it above that well-trod ground for me is the subtle charm coupled with potent emotion of McAdams.
What would your four movies be and why?