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by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can't Resist

Summer! Lazy, hazy...really hazy, actually. On days that are too hot to spend outside, what is there to do? Watch your favorite movie on cable. And chances are, it's on. We asked our writers about the movies they loved so much that they couldn't help watching them for the fourth, eighth, or fifteenth time -- even with all the swears and boobies edited out.

Trying to come up with a short list of cable movies I cannot resist tends to be difficult because there are just so many of them, and very few could be argued to be "good." Cleaning to do because the parents are in town? Sure, right after I catch my thirty-seventh viewing of Drive Me Crazy! Teen movies in general are a weakness; I've seen the entire Freddie Prinze Jr. oeuvre, despite the fact that I think he is possibly the worst actor in the world. Ever. Summer Catch? Check. She's All That? Check indeed. Those are the titles that embarrass me and yet I still watch, but then there's another class which are movies I unabashedly love, and can recite nearly line-for-line, and of which I own the DVDs yet cannot resist them, even when they are running edited and with commercials.

I've seen Overboard in German. And not just once in German, but probably three or four times. Granted, it's because it was one of the movies that my high-school German teacher had taped off the TV when he was living abroad and had on hand for days when we had substitutes. I feel Overboard contributed to the minuscule amount of German that I learned, because by eleventh grade I already had most of the English lines committed to memory, so it was fairly easy to translate.

...That's a complete lie. I didn't translate crap. I just imagined all of the lines where they were supposed to be. Eleventh grade was a long time ago, but I still consistently continue to watch the movie. I have the DVD, I could pop it in at any time, yet I watch it at least an average of once a month when it's reliably on one of the Turner networks. I could be doing more productive things; I've still never seen most of the AFI Top 100, or the Academy Award Best Pictures, but it's because I'm too busy watching Overboard and learning valuable tips for living from spectacularly bitchy Goldie Hawn, like the fact that all closets should be made of cedar. Or maybe I'm switching things up a bit and watching Soapdish. It's on less often, but because of that it's even more irresistible, if that's possible. My roommate and I were known to put off leaving the house for whatever reason because we decided we needed to see the end of the movie. Again. And oh yes, we had the DVD of that movie too. And Center Stage, I cannot leave you out. (Own the DVD? Check.) You get sucked in by Peter Gallagher choreographing the most dreary ballet ever conceived, and then you have to stay for the toe shoes that magically turn red and the bad-boy dancer who drives his motorcycle on stage (what a rebel!) and the simulated ballet sex all during the final performance. Suddenly it's an hour later and you're late to meet your parents.

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Staff Flick Picks

by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can’t Resist Summer! Lazy, hazy...really hazy, actually. On days that are too hot to spend outside, what is there to do? Watch your favorite movie on cable. And chances are, it's on. We asked our writers about the movies they loved so much that they couldn't help watching them for the fourth, eighth, or fifteenth time -- even with all the swears and boobies edited out. Trying to come up with a short list of cable movies I cannot resist tends to be difficult because there are just so many of them, and very few could be argued to be "good." Cleaning to do because the parents are in town? Sure, right after I catch my thirty-seventh viewing of Drive Me Crazy! Teen movies in general are a weakness; I've seen the entire Freddie Prinze Jr. oeuvre, despite the fact that I think he is possibly the worst actor in the world. Ever. Summer Catch? Check. She's All That? Check indeed. Those are the titles that embarrass me and yet I still watch, but then there's another class which are movies I unabashedly love, and can recite nearly line-for-line, and of which I own the DVDs yet cannot resist them, even when they are running edited and with commercials. I've seen Overboard in German. And not just once in German, but probably three or four times. Granted, it's because it was one of the movies that my high-school German teacher had taped off the TV when he was living abroad and had on hand for days when we had substitutes. I feel Overboard contributed to the minuscule amount of German that I learned, because by eleventh grade I already had most of the English lines committed to memory, so it was fairly easy to translate. ...That's a complete lie. I didn't translate crap. I just imagined all of the lines where they were supposed to be. Eleventh grade was a long time ago, but I still consistently continue to watch the movie. I have the DVD, I could pop it in at any time, yet I watch it at least an average of once a month when it's reliably on one of the Turner networks. I could be doing more productive things; I've still never seen most of the AFI Top 100, or the Academy Award Best Pictures, but it's because I'm too busy watching Overboard and learning valuable tips for living from spectacularly bitchy Goldie Hawn, like the fact that all closets should be made of cedar. Or maybe I'm switching things up a bit and watching Soapdish. It's on less often, but because of that it's even more irresistible, if that's possible. My roommate and I were known to put off leaving the house for whatever reason because we decided we needed to see the end of the movie. Again. And oh yes, we had the DVD of that movie too. And Center Stage, I cannot leave you out. (Own the DVD? Check.) You get sucked in by Peter Gallagher choreographing the most dreary ballet ever conceived, and then you have to stay for the toe shoes that magically turn red and the bad-boy dancer who drives his motorcycle on stage (what a rebel!) and the simulated ballet sex all during the final performance. Suddenly it's an hour later and you're late to meet your parents.

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