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April 17, 2008

Flypaper Movies

Chatting with See-Dub about the underrated Force 10 From Navarrone, he called it a "Flypaper Movie," a movie you can't not watch when you see it's on. He got that term from Dave at Garfield Ridge.

Which ones are yours? I know a recent one for me was The Prestige, which I watched in part six thousand times when it went through its recent rash-on-cable phase.

All I can remember now are the ones I watched eight billion times as a kid. Most of them were G- or PG-rated, so HBO could show them all damn day and night if it wanted. Which it did.

Rocky III

Nighthawks

Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles

Mr. Mom

Looker

SlapShot

The Man With Two Brains

Bad News Bears and Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (Let. Them. Play!)

Road Warrior

Conan the Barbarian

Excalibur (Ana-nothra-uthvas-bethod-dotheille-diende)

Superman and especially Superman II

The Three Musketeers, but that was never on, it would always be the down-note and not as good The Four Musketeers that was on, and I would get sucked in until I realized it wasn't the one I never got to see

Body Double and Blow Out

Oh... The odd thing about these movies is that one tends to stumble upon them already in progress.

How many times have you actually seen the beginning of Kelly's Heroes? I've only seen the beginning once. I've seen the rest of it twenty times. I usually come in at either Don Rickles, the minefield, the artillery-cover break out, or Oddball.

Another movie like that is the kinda-cool 70's mystery The Last of Sheila. It being a mystery, the initial set-up is especially important, but I saw it about 20 times before ever actually seeing the beginning.


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