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

Maybe it's when Grace's mother -- played by the amazing and luminous Gena Rowlands -- nurses a bottle of wine and locks her husband and Grace's father Wyly Bichon (Robert Duvall) out of the house to punish him. And then, after Wyly defends his own past indiscretions with the Yogi Berra-esque: "I may have fooled around but I never cheated," the drunk and drawling Gena Rowlands decides to tell him a few hard truths about himself, one of which is: "You fahht in bed," punctuated by righteous nodding. Hee -- Southerners saying "fart" is funny when you're twelve.

Maybe it's all about watching tiny Kyra Sedgewick working her pre-Brenda Johnson accent as Grace's avenging sister who knees Grace's philandering husband (Dennis Quaid) in the crotch and talks about their father marking his territory by peeing on the bushes.

Yeah, they're all great moments, but I think I watch this movie more for the scene where a dottie old auntie gives Grace her recipe for salmon with mint-mustard sauce that she's kicked up with the husband-punishing ingredient of some unnamed poison than anything else. Sigh. It always comes down to the food with me, doesn't it?

--Keckler

As a snotty film major, I've seen and studied a lot of so-called great films. But when it comes to a Sunday afternoon in front of the TV, Hitchcock and Welles can't compare to these funny (sometimes intentional, sometimes not) mid-'80s classics:

Clue: No matter what part of this movie you come in on, you're hooked immediately until the end. A few years ago, when Comedy Central played this movie twice a day, many of my college papers went unwritten, causing me so much stress that I could feel flames on the side of my face. Breathing, heaving breaths. And now that I have Tivo, I can rewatch the scene where the singing telegram girl (played by Go-Go Jane Wiedlin!) sings her little heart out until a hole shot is through it. This movie also features a lot of confused shouting in unison, which I love. Clue is truly the king of the sorely neglected movies-based-on-board-games genre, even if no one ever comments on how the "lead pipe" and "wrench" were truly scraping the bottom of the deadly weapons barrel.

Adventures in Babysitting: Elisabeth Shue had to wait until Leaving Las Vegas to be recognized as the incredible talent she is, if only (and I've seen Molly, so it probably is only) in this movie. Watch as she attempts to navigate the mean streets of Chicago with a trio of babysitting charges, dodging carjackers, mobsters, and the kids' parents. The action never stops, and it never gets boring. I own this movie and I'll still watch it when it comes on TV. Apparently, they're going to remake this classic with Raven-Symoné, since no one learned from Gus Van Sant's attempt to do Psycho.

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Staff Flick Picks

by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can’t Resist Maybe it's when Grace's mother -- played by the amazing and luminous Gena Rowlands -- nurses a bottle of wine and locks her husband and Grace's father Wyly Bichon (Robert Duvall) out of the house to punish him. And then, after Wyly defends his own past indiscretions with the Yogi Berra-esque: "I may have fooled around but I never cheated," the drunk and drawling Gena Rowlands decides to tell him a few hard truths about himself, one of which is: "You fahht in bed," punctuated by righteous nodding. Hee -- Southerners saying "fart" is funny when you're twelve. Maybe it's all about watching tiny Kyra Sedgewick working her pre-Brenda Johnson accent as Grace's avenging sister who knees Grace's philandering husband (Dennis Quaid) in the crotch and talks about their father marking his territory by peeing on the bushes. Yeah, they're all great moments, but I think I watch this movie more for the scene where a dottie old auntie gives Grace her recipe for salmon with mint-mustard sauce that she's kicked up with the husband-punishing ingredient of some unnamed poison than anything else. Sigh. It always comes down to the food with me, doesn't it? --Keckler As a snotty film major, I've seen and studied a lot of so-called great films. But when it comes to a Sunday afternoon in front of the TV, Hitchcock and Welles can't compare to these funny (sometimes intentional, sometimes not) mid-'80s classics: Clue: No matter what part of this movie you come in on, you're hooked immediately until the end. A few years ago, when Comedy Central played this movie twice a day, many of my college papers went unwritten, causing me so much stress that I could feel flames on the side of my face. Breathing, heaving breaths. And now that I have Tivo, I can rewatch the scene where the singing telegram girl (played by Go-Go Jane Wiedlin!) sings her little heart out until a hole shot is through it. This movie also features a lot of confused shouting in unison, which I love. Clue is truly the king of the sorely neglected movies-based-on-board-games genre, even if no one ever comments on how the "lead pipe" and "wrench" were truly scraping the bottom of the deadly weapons barrel. Adventures in Babysitting: Elisabeth Shue had to wait until Leaving Las Vegas to be recognized as the incredible talent she is, if only (and I've seen Molly, so it probably is only) in this movie. Watch as she attempts to navigate the mean streets of Chicago with a trio of babysitting charges, dodging carjackers, mobsters, and the kids' parents. The action never stops, and it never gets boring. I own this movie and I'll still watch it when it comes on TV. Apparently, they're going to remake this classic with Raven-SymonĂ©, since no one learned from Gus Van Sant's attempt to do Psycho.

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