Movies for the Weekend: Play the Film Game
What are the best movies to watch at the weekend?
It was only last week that my new neighbour Kelly and I sat on the deck while having a glass or two of wine, and we were asking each other about our weekend plans. The wonderful thing was that neither of us actually had any. We decided that it one of the best ways to spend a weekend — snuggling up with your other half on the sofa and having an indulgent movie weekend.
Sure enough, that's what we both did. It was interesting afterwards to compare the films that she and her husband enjoyed with the ones we had watched.
We both agreed on the same thing: On weekends, our aim was to relax and have fun. We didn't want films that were deep and meaningful. We didn't want to be upset or bothered. We definitely didn't want horror — we wanted to return to work on Monday feeling bright and breezy. We decided that weekend movies fall into one of four categories. I wonder if you'll agree with our selections? Let me know in the comments below.
We both agreed that fun should be one of the main criteria for weekend movies. That's what Saturdays and Sundays are for, after all. So we both decided that we'd need comedy films on our lists. Oh, there are so many to choose from.
After all, even if you discount silent movies, the industry has been around for many, many years. During that time, thousands of films have been made — some good, some bad, and some quite brilliant.
We limited ourselves to two choices for each of us for each category. Below are the ones we chose. If you have more to add, please let me know in the comments section below.
When Kelly told me that this was one of her fun selections, I was so pleased because I'd forgotten all about this terrific film. Goldie Hawn is simply brilliant in this, transforming herself throughout the film.
Because our idea was to watch our films with our other halves, we didn't want anything too girly, but as Kelly said 'Which man ever objected to watching Goldie Hawn?'
I was surprised to learn that my neighbours have never seen this film. It was especially strange because it was filmed in Miami, just down the road from us.
Oh but what fun this film is. With Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple, how can you go wrong? They are having to play it straight for the best of reasons but fail miserably. Truly hilarious.
We had great fun selecting our favourite comedy films. There was plenty of discussion as you can imagine. Part of the enjoyment of this game is the choosing and the discussions that come about.
All Of Me
The funny thing was that I was considering this film and suddenly, Kelly suggested it. Like the others, it's pretty old but I love every second of it.
This is a typical Steve Martin, full-of-fun, laugh-every-minute movie. There's some great music too. It's also got a (sort of) moral to the story: beauty is only skin deep. That's not a bad message to give to our menfolk.
If there's one genre I could do without, it's cowboy films. But I had to consider him too, and I knew that he'd love this movie.
That's because this isn't a cowboy film at all, but a wonderful riverboat gambling romp with lots of twists and turns in the tale. It's very funny and has an ending that you won't expect.
As we were sitting there selecting our fun films, we could hear music coming from our neighbour Tim's apartment. We both realised at the same time that one of our film genres ought to be musicals and music-based movies.
I knew what mine would be straight away. In fact, I think I could have chosen hundreds which is just as well because I'm pretty sure that we'll be playing the weekend movie game again soon.(Details below).
And, because I imagine that the game is going to become a regular thing, do remember to let me know in the comments section below if you have any suggestions. We'll need your ideas.
The Blues Brothers
The second I knew that we were going to be choosing musical movies, I had no hesitation. This would definitely be on my list. Interestingly, Kelly and her husband have seen the sequel (which is also pretty good) but not the original.
It's going to be interesting to see what they make of it.
This was a very difficult section. There are so many fabulous films featuring wonderful, evocative music. Fortunately we intend to play the movie game often so we've got plenty to look forward to in the months to come.
In the same way she surprised me with her choice, Kelly was just as surprised when I decided on Top Hat.
Believe it or not, they have never seen a single Astaire / Rogers movie.
I imagine they'll want to see many more.
My Fair Lady
This choice surprised me as well. Kelly says she loves the music and I know that I'll enjoy it too when it comes time to trade movies.
While I like the music, I also love the sets. That scene at Ascot is one of the most gorgeous film scenes anywhere. Plus there is one of my favourite quotes in this film, from Stanley Holloway. Can you guess what it is?
Now we had to be very careful here, because we didn't want to risk the wrath of the guys by choosing totally girly weepies. We suggested quite a few, but then realised that the guys just wouldn't stand for it. We knew that we had to be careful.
As the conversation went on though, we realised that our menfolk weren't exactly immune to the odd weepie. They are human too, we reluctantly suggested. (Only sometimes, admittedly.)
We didn't actually throw caution to the wind. But, instead, by thinking of films that our macho tough guys had liked in the past, were were able to come up with the following. What do you think?
An Affair to Remember
I couldn't resist, I really couldn't. When someone mentions romantic films to me, this is the one I always think of.
I will admit, there is one scene which the director ought to have totally abandoned. But that's why we have the fast forward button. Other than that, this is the ultimate romance.
When Kelly started talking about this one, a tiny bell rang in my in my brain. Then when she told me about THE song in this film, I remembered. This is SO good, with an intriguing plot.
I saw it many years ago on television and loved it, but I'd forgotten all about it. It will be lovely to see this again. Also, I know the guys will like it.
Again, we had a great time making our movie selections but it wasn't easy to whittle our lists down to just a couple. I imagine that this game will keep us interested for years and we'll continue to discover (and rediscover) some wonderful films.
The Importance of Being Earnest
My neighbours haven't seen this, so I think they're in for a treat.
Although it's about two romances, the comedy is excellent and the repartee is enough to keep any guy on his toes. The cast is simply stunning too. Also, the plot weaves its way around these magnificent characters and I could watch it over and over again (which I do).
Four Weddings and a Funeral
I love this film. But I was a bit dubious when Kelly suggested it because a) there's a really sad part and b) Hugh Grant ended up with the wrong woman, in my opinion.
But Kelly was right when she said briskly that that's just my opinion and that she could watch Hugh Grant all day long. Absolutely!
Out of this world
We agreed that we should have a category entitled 'out of this world' but we couldn't quite decide how to define it. We decided eventually that the best we could do was 'anything that couldn't really happen'.
Now that's a pretty tall order because, in my lifetime, all sorts of things have happened that 'couldn't really happen' — inventions, particularly. Who'd have thought microwave ovens would exist?
My husband is still hankering after the science fiction products of his childhood such as flying cars and hover boards though, maybe lots of bloke are?
Back to the Future III
Speaking of hover boards, I'd hardly had time to draw my breath before Kelly came up with her first choice: the third in the "Back to the Future" series.
I had to agree. I loved the first one, but I've seen re-runs on TV so many times. The second one, though enjoyable, isn't a film I wanted to see more than once. The third is a pure classic.
It's going to be fun to watch this again.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I had no hesitation whatsoever about this one. I loved the books and I admit that I was a bit wary when I heard that there was going to be a film version. I was sure it would be bad.
Actually, it's wonderful. My neighbours haven't seen it but I think we have similar tastes. It will be interesting to see what they think.
There are so many films in this genre. Kelly and I aren't particularly fond of Star Wars type movies and inter-galactic battles (unless they are comedies) but nevertheless, I can see that we're going to have great fun with this section the next time we play.
There then followed a long conversation about what is real and what is fantasy. However, we decided that it's our game so we can determine the rules.
This is Kelly's next pick. I have a vague recollection of seeing it once, so I'm looking forward to seeing it again. It has a great cast, as I recall.
Time After Time
Time travel is one of the ultimate 'it could never happen' subjects (or is it?) We've already got one, but here's another that I really enjoyed.
True, we have some murders and so forth but after all, it's pure fantasy.
How You Can Play
- Open a bottle of wine and sit with your neighbour, friend, or relative and choose a selection of your favourite films. Remember that they should be fun and relaxing — nothing scary or too thought-provoking.
- Order the ones you don't already own at Amazon. The delivery is really quick, so you'll receive them by the weekend.
- Shop for your other supplies. Things such as popcorn, frozen pizza, beer, wine. This is going to be fun.
- Equip your sofa with cozy throws and pillows and then over the weekend, watch your selections with your other half. Your friend will be doing the same with his or her other half.
- During the week, get another bottle of wine and sit with your friend on the deck comparing notes. Don't give the game away about the films though. No spoilers. Just discuss important items, like did you get enough beer? Would frozen lasagna be better than pizza for your movie sessions?
- Switch films. Give yours to your friend and vice versa. Now get your supplies in again.
- Enjoy another weekend of films, this time watching your friend's selections.
- Later in the week, get together and discuss how you enjoyed each other's films. This is best done sitting on the deck enjoying a bottle of wine. Oh wait, we've been here before . . .
- Repeat as often as you wish.
© 2014 Jackie Jackson