There are some movies when they come on TV, no matter what you're doing, you stop and watch. Forget you've seen it a million times. And it doesn't matter where in the movie you start watching it. It can be 10 minutes in or have just 10 minutes left. It doesn't matter.
Who cares if you know almost all of the lines from the film?
What you think is going to take a few minutes out of your day turns into an hour or so. That eventually rolls into a couple more hours because the movie is shown back to back and then a good part of the afternoon or night is gone.
If you have cable or satellite, then there's a pretty good chance a movie you love is on a channel somewhere. It doesn't matter if it's 10 in the morning or 10 at night. The same holds true for 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning. They're not really hard to find.
I was talking with a friend recently when she brought up the movie, "Remember the Titans." It was a favorite and she tries to watch it whenever it's on TV.
That's one of a handful of movies I can't pass up watching. If it's on TV and I'm cruising through the channels, I'm stopping.
Having sat down to watch several of my gotta-watch movies within the last few weeks, I've come up with top 10 and honorable mentions lists.
Honorable mentions: "The Natural," "City Slickers," "Rear Window," "The Goonies" and "The Breakfast Club."
No. 10 - "Field of Dreams." The classic about baseball in an Iowa cornfield. The line in the movie, "If you build it, he will come," should be changed to, "If you put it on TV, he will watch." That's definitely true in my case.
No. 9 - "Twister." Tornado trackers chase twisters across the Midwest, just getting out of harm's way by the skin of their teeth. Any movie with Helen Hunt getting her hair tussled to and fro by some big wind is worth watching.
No. 8 - "Stand by Me." Four boys set out on an adventure to find the body of a missing teen. This one has a killer soundtrack that includes "Lollipop" by The Chordettes and the title song, "Stand by Me," by Ben E. King.
No. 7 - "Goodfellas." Moving up in the mob isn't the easiest thing to do, considering you're always worried about being "whacked in the street."
No. 6 - "Independence Day." You just can't beat a movie that has aliens attack earth and the world fights back. How can you not love a movie where Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Randy Quaid save the day?
No. 5 - "My Cousin Vinny." Pesci ... enough said. An inexperienced New York lawyer heads South when one of his cousins ends up in jail. The Cuz sets the legal world on by bucking maybe conventional means of defense. Abbeville Opera House executive director Michael Genevie is a guard, specifically Guard No. 2, in the movie.
No. 4 - "Big." Boy wants girl. Boy gets woman. When a boy wishes to become big, the transformation happens overnight. The most memorable scene is when lead character Josh is in the toy store playing chopsticks on the giant piano keys on the floor.
No. 3 - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." "Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?" Bueller goes AWOL from school to have some fun with his friends, despite what the principal says. Bueller goes from Sausage King of Chicago to the sultan of "Twist and Shout" in a matter of hours on a day many of us wished we could have had in high school.
No. 2 - "Apollo 13." The ill-fated flight of Apollo 13 takes everyone along for the ride from inside the space capsule to mission control in Houston. When a NASA director says, "This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever faced." Gene Kranz replies, "With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour." If nothing else, it's the finest space movie out there.
No. 1 - "Remember the Titans." "You make sure they remember, forever, the night they played the Titans," players on the first racially integrated football team are told. "Leave no doubt." Watch it once and there's no doubt you'll remember the Titans."
Sitarz can be reached at 943-2529 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.