Week 4: From My Vault: 7 Movies Watched

Continuing my weekly series where I go through my impressively large collection (1,054 titles) of DVDs and Blu-Rays. I have been neglecting older movies for new ones, so I’m going through and re-watching everything from my vault. I have the films divided into categories: General, Series, Classics, Kids, Shakespeare, and Documentary. I’m starting with General.

Almost Famous (2000)

Format: DVD  Special Features: Behind the scenes
Last Time Watched: Within the last ten years
Originally Viewed: Rental
Comments After Re-Watching: It is hard to believe how old this movie is and how few good movies Cameron Crowe as made since this one.
Why You Should You Watch This: The movie holds up, solid acting, solid script, and a great soundtrack.

Amélie (2001)

Format: DVD  Special Features: Behind the scenes and interviews
Last Time Watched: Since it came out
Originally Viewed: Rental
Comments After Re-Watching: I remembered liking this movie, but couldn’t remember anything specific about it, so it was like rewatching it again for the first time.
Why You Should You Watch This: If you are okay with subtitles, you will find this romantic-comedy as adorable as it is quirky.

American Dreamer (1984)

Format: DVD  Special Features: None
Last Time Watched: Within the last ten years
Originally Viewed: Cable
Comments After Re-Watching: I did not realize one of the kids is C.D. Barnes (who grows up to play Greg Brady in the Brady Bunch movies and is the voice of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid)
Why You Should You Watch This: While the clothes and plotline date the film, it still holds up as a fun detective story that has a fun twist. It would fall under the same category as Romancing The Stone.

American Made (2017)

Format: Blu-ray   Special Features: Behind the scenes and interviews
Last Time Watched: In theater
Originally Viewed: Theater
Comments After Re-Watching: Doug Liman is under-rated as a director and needs to be more of a household name. He directs solid movies and is one of the few that can make you forget how crazy Tom Cruise is in real life.
Why You Should You Watch This: While this is an era portrayed from every angle (see also Blow, Goodfellas, Narcos, etc.), it is a fun perspective.

American President (1995)

Format: DVD  Special Features: None
Last Time Watched: Within the last five years
Originally Viewed: Theater
Comments After Re-Watching: You can see the glint of West Wing‘s first season in Aaron Sorkin‘s eye when he wrote this.
Why You Should You Watch This: If you like romantic-comedies and political humor, you can’t go wrong with this film. It holds up surprisingly well too considering it was pre- 9/11.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Format: Blu-ray   Special Features: Behind the scenes and interviews
Last Time Watched: Over fifteen years ago
Originally Viewed: Rental
Comments After Re-Watching: The Blu-ray has one of the best transfers I’ve seen from a 1980s movie. I missed a ton of jokes the first time around in watching it and remembered some scenes differently.
Why You Should You Watch This: While about werewolves, it isn’t terrifying and is shockingly funny. The transformation scene is fantastic for the era. The transformation scene is fantastic for the era.

Animal House (1978)

Format: DVD   Special Features: Behind the scenes and interviews
Last Time Watched: Within the last two years
Originally Viewed: Theater (re-release)
Comments After Re-Watching: Knowing that Tim Matheson‘s role was written for Chevy Chase, it is easy to picture him in several scenes. It also made me want to watch PCU again as it is such a perfect parody of this movie.
Why You Should You Watch This: It is a classic. You need no other reason than that.

Another week’s selection with more randomness of the types of movies I own. Come back next week to see what I watched next.

Have you seen any of these movies? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!

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