requested by my amazing friend @tullera! I try to watch 50 movies a year, which is actually a challenge for me because my eyes are usually on a painting. but those I watch/love have to be a true, engaging escape! or they need to make me laugh. here are a few of my favorites I've seen at least 20x (exception: bonus rounds), riveted every time!
  1. Clue: based on the classic board game
    I can probably quote every line of this movie. i was obsessed with it as a kid but it's held up.
  2. All About Eve
    This is a movie that hits me hard every time. Bette Davis is mesmerizing.
  3. Singles
    This is a time capsule of two fascinating things: subculture of the 90s... and everything I didn't know about dating until I saw this. If you haven't seen it in this decade, now is a good time. Just drop whatever you're doing.
  4. Rear Window
    I think about the genius of this film almost every day, not exaggerating. For the conspiratorial at heart.
  5. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
    This is also the only DVD I've found that also has an amazing commentary track — the true test of any short attention span.
  6. Heathers
    When I first moved to the west coast, I met very few people who had seen this movie. I discovered this because they didn't comprehend my references to it. This is also when I realized I make frequent references to the movie Heathers. Iconic and infinitely rewatchable. Teenage suicide: don't do it.
  7. Beetlejuice
    This amazing cast (yes, that is Alec baldwin), Harry Belafonte in the soundtrack, and "this is my art and it is dangerous!!!" Could not be greater. also: the second movie on this list to feature Winona Ryder. and sorta Tim Burton- who has an amazing cameo in Singles as an employee of a video dating service.
  8. Best in Show
    I primarily watch documentaries, but none are as rewatchable as this. Parker Posey! second time Catherine O'hara (Beetlejuice) and Michael McKean (Clue) are on the list.
  9. Robin Hood (animated)
    This movie is so well-done, it's sort of stupid it's not more beloved. Easily the best Disney movie ever by, like, no contest whatsoever.
  10. Bonus round: documentary: Cane Toads: an Unnatural History
    if you haven't seen it, you need to see it.
  11. Bonus round: foreign: The Triplets of Belleville
    animated, nearly silent, and incredible. a visual feast. every time I'm sore after a workout, I crave experiencing the kitchen stretching scene.
  12. Bonus round: recent: The Heat
    I can't believe how much I loved this movie, except I can. Good fun.