Swing Life Away

I have about twenty tabs open in Firefox, more than half of which are YouTube videos. I’m not really one to browse YouTube, but I felt an urge to watch the final scene of Dirty Dancing. It makes me smile, but also makes me sad because of Patrick Swayze’s recent death. 😞

Dirty Dancing is definitely a movie that I love, and that’s saying something, because I don’t watch a lot of movies often. I do have my favourites though.

I’m generally into romantic movies or romantic comedies but I also like some action and sci-fi. James showed me this cool scene from Evil Dead 2… I watched it about ten times. I think I found myself pretty amused. πŸ˜„

I was watching Love Actually yesterday and it was funny watching Hugh Grant dance. Okay, I’ll shut it with all the YouTube plugs. Knowing very well that YouTube gets addicting.

My favourite movies include, but are obviously not limited to, The Notebook, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Back To The Future, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 10 Things I Hate About You.

I really enjoyed 10 Things I Hate About You. For a while it was one of my favourite movies, so much so that I watched it over and over every time I felt like watching a movie.

Like songs that were overplayed on the radio, I overplayed the movie. I watched it too many times, to the point that I got a little sick of it and remembered many quotes from the movie.

Of course, this wasn’t as bad as Terminator 2, yet another of my favourite movies. My brother and I watched it so many times we remembered the entire script – no joke. I guess now I can’t really remember it, but back then we would snap all of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s remarks (including the famous “I’ll be back”, but admittedly, was better teamed with a lot of his other lines in the movie).

The thing I like about that movie and what makes it different from other sequels is that it doesn’t suck. Most sequels trail on from the previous movie as some crummy attempt to bring back the awesome lead character in some way. A lot of movies are better without the sequels. Terminator 2 is an exception because of the fact that the Terminator changes to good rather than evil, and this creates an entirely different plot (I have to say, the third movie bored me out a bit).

Similarly, Home Alone 2 (Lost in New York) kept me laughing as much as the first movie. It might not be everyone’s kind of movie but keeping the same general plot was something that I liked. I guess they overdid it with however many movies they have now – four? Five?

Many movies have rare, lesser-known sequels. Such as Grease and Bring it On. There are sequels for those? 😧

Well, needless to say, most great movies don’t need a lame sequel to keep them going. Some go for the full trilogy or further, because it’s needed – Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, for instance.

Others just seem to flow on naturally, say, Back To The Future. πŸ™‚

Regardless, movies vary in their genre and in how they are presented. We all like different things. Some of us may actually like the corny sequels that come around. Some of us are better off sticking with the “first” movie. Some of us just prefer movies on their own. ☺️

  • What’s your favourite movie and why?
  • What’s a memorable scene from a movie?
  • What is your opinion on movie sequels?

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