Ah, glue movies. The perfect way to spend a gloomy rainy afternoon, and the perfect way to ruin a bright sunny afternoon.
In case you’re unawares, a glue movie is a movie that when you are flipping the channels and see it on television, you have to watch it, right then and there. Not a DVD that you can pop in whenever, or a movie that makes you say, “Oh, I like that move, I think I’ll PVR it.”
No, it has to be a movie that you’ll forego everything else you have planned to watch it. Maybe it starts off as, “hey, I’ll just watch five minutes,” or “I’ll just wait until it gets to this scene,” but you know deep down that you’re hooked and you’ll be watching every second of it.
And it has to be on TV. A lot of movies have been ruined by watching it on television (Grease and American Pie are two great examples. So are any movies that have sexual innuendo and/or violence). So a movie that can make you keep watching over and over usually had something going for it.
Everyone has a favourite glue movie. Some have more than others. I must have about 20.
But I figured I should narrow the list down a little.
So that being said, here are my top five all-time favourite glue movies.
5. Legally Blonde. I have no idea what the appeal of this movie is for me. It’s not hilariously funny. It’s not really romantic. You don’t really care for many of the characters (it actually confuses me when I wonder if I’m supposed to hate Selma Blair’s character or not). But there’s just something about the movie that gets me hooked every single time.
4. Die Hard 3. It’s not even my favourite Die Hard movie (that would be the second one). But there’s something about the third movie that is so much more fun than the others. Whether it be Samuel L. Jackson’s role, the crazy plot holes that make no sense (really? You’re going to leave not one single cop at the scene of a subway bombing in New York City), or the fact that there’s plenty of action, if I see this movie, I’m hooked.
3. The Replacements. I think almost everyone would have a Keanu Reeves movie on their list somewhere. This is one of my favourites of his. He is basically a quarterback that couldn’t hack it on the big stage, but is signed by a professional football team during a players’ strike. Big bonus for the singing and dancing in the jail cell scene. I end up with the song, I Will Survive, stuck in my head for days after watching this movie.
2. A Few Good Men. So many good scenes. So many great quotes. Tom Cruise was great. Jack Nicholson was great. Kevin Bacon was great. Demi Moore was… er… in the movie. Overall, a simply superb movie. Everything seems to work. The baseball scene. The courtroom scenes. The final verdict. I could probably watch this film three times in one day, and not get bored of it.
1. Tremors. Back-to-back Bacon films. My buddy Keith first encouraged me to watch it way back in high school (almost 20 years now… wow). For those not familiar with the movie, it’s about underground monsters that can sense vibrations and will eat anything that moves. A small town (population of about 15) is stuck battling these monsters. Also stars Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. Great fun flick to watch. Has everything you could want in a movie to waste away an afternoon.
What about you? What are some your favourite glue movies?