Up in the Air and Shawshank Redemption are my go-to movies whenever the mood to watch something old kicks in. What's yours?
The Big Lebowski. The Dude is one of my heroes.
This one. Also "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Probably "The Shining" as well, though it has been a while. Same with "Amélie". "Black Swan" might get there but it's not that old yet and I've seen it four or five times so far.
If I'm bored and not in the mood for something heavy, I often find myself gravitating towards the 2009 Star Trek movie. It's just the right level of vapidness and shiny to turn my brain off to for a couple of hours.
I could watch any of the 'Cornetto Trilogy' films any number of times and still love them.
Any of the first four Die Hards. John McClane is an awesome character and sort of atypical for an action hero. I haven't seen the fifth but I don't want to, the plot and the trailer looked like trash.
This man knows what he's talking about. I watch Die Hard, the first one, at least twice a year.
Chronicles of Riddick
All Star Wars
LOTRs extended version
Karate Kid ( the original with the all American hero Johnny Lawrence)
Dawn of the Dead
28 Days Later
28 Weeks Later
Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy
Basically any blu ray I own (since I'm the one picking them out). I can never get into netflix because I feel my choice is being limited in a lot of ways. Yes, buying blu rays can be very expensive, but I get more enjoyment out of creating a collection of my all time favorite movies than randomly watching whatever is on netflix. By the way, netflix really doesn't have that many great movies; sure they have a handful, but most of it is shit.
And the great thing about collecting blu rays is that they actually have fidelity comprable to theater quality (something past formats never could achieve). At this point, the only thing that a new format could beat blu ray at is running at a higher pixel count/looking better on larger tv's, but (to me) I feel 1080p on a 42 inch TV is perfectly fine. Anything past that just seems like overkill.
There are a lot of great movies that I never tire of... but I'm going to mention a couple less than great movies that I find oddly addicting.
- The Negotiator
- Enemy of the State
I don't know why, but if I see either of these movies on I can never not watch them to completion. There are probably some others that fall in this category but I can't remember them at the moment.