Maybe it’s Quint’s tale of being on the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the way you can tell he’s drunk in some shots
and sober in others. Maybe it’s the scene right before when the men are comparing scars and Brody seems for one moment to consider putting his appendectomy scar up against Hooper’s shark bite. Maybe the “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” moment.
Most likely, it’s the fact that due to the constant failure of the mechanical shark, Steven Spielberg found brilliant ways to build suspense by implying a giant, terrifying shark rather than actually showing it for the first half of the movie.
Combine all this with some fantastic performances from the stars and a script heavy on the humor and you get a movie I can never pass up. Jaws is something I will watch every single damn time I stumble across it on TV. Considering that for a few years there it seemed like TNT and TBS were trading off showing it every other day, that’s a lot of viewings. In a pre-DVD world, when channel surfing was alive and well, I probably watched Jaws 30 times. It’s just *so good*.
Jaws surely tops my list of “Anytime” movies/TV shows.
Can you guess the close second? Come on now, this IS a geek site for, among other things, Joss Whedon fans.
That’s right: Firefly/Serenity. Thanks to the SyFy channel, and if I’m not mistaken….that other weird new network that sometimes runs Buffy too, there are plenty of opportunities for a Cap’n Mal fix a few weekends a year. I’d start listing lines and moments from this one that I love, but with 13 episodes and a movie at play, it’d get a little long winded. Let’s just stick with this one, that tickles me for some reason I can’t quite explain: “Well, my days of not taking you seriously have certainly come to a middle.”
There are others. The Professional (Natalie Portmen and Jean Reno, not the 2010 movie), The Ring, The Exorcist, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, The Crazies (OK, pretty much any zombie movie or scary little girl movie, I guess). There are some movies I wish I had the opportunity to watch over and over, but no one shows them anymore. I just watched Night of the Comet on Netflix On Demand. That’s one of those B movies I could watch over and over and still get a kick out of. Also, the old classic Split Second with Rutger Hauer (not to be confused with some other movie called Split Second from 1953). OK, it’s not really a classic, but I did name my first car Durkin after a character in that movie.
As for why I don’t just watch these things on DVD instead of TV, well, there’s there’s something different about it when it’s on TV. It’s the little rush of an unexpected pleasure combined with the fact that I know others are watching it too. It feels…shared. Like a favorite song on the radio instead of on CD (or…iPod, right? We do the iPod thing now).
I know Bex has a list of these too – maybe she’ll post her own, maybe comment here. What about you? What are your “Anytime” shows/movies?Written by Rachel Proffitt
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