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Confessions of Movie Addicts

2001 A Space Odyssey

Movieline magazine loved its lists.  You could count on some kind of list-based article just about every month.  In July 1995, they polled 50 celebrities to ask which movies they were addicted to.

1. Terence Stamp (actor, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) “The Tyrone Power version of The Razor’s Edge, if you include subject matter in the greatness of films– Citizen Kane is a great film, but it’s not about anything– The Razor’s Edge is great. It is about something: a man in search of himself.”

2. Keanu Reeves (actor, Speed) “I can see 2001: A Space Odyssey a hundred times and never get bored with it. Basically, I’m a major Stanley Kubrick fan. I think he’s one of the most talented directors. I can see his movies over and over again. He is so daring.”

3. Sigourney Weaver (actress, Alien) “I just love Ninotchka. I love Melvyn Douglas, Greta Garbo, and all the actors in it. Such a great ensemble.”

4. Sharon Stone (actress, Casino) “I love to see Disney’s animated film of The Jungle Book. It had incredible actors as the voices, especially George Sanders as the villain. The jazz of that period was really unbelievable and Louis Prima, a great jazz musician, played the king monkey. Great stuff.”

5. Steve Buscemi (actor, Reservoir Dogs) “It’s a Wonderful Life was an addiction–I can’t even watch it on television because I’ve watched it so many times that I need a few years off. Then I’ll get back to it.”

6. Kevin Costner (actor, Waterworld) “The Wizard of Oz. I always see new things. I continue to watch it, and mentally I go, ‘There’s nothing new in here that I’m going to see.’ But I do, I consciously did that exercise 10 to 12 times. It’s such a detail-oriented movie.”

7. Steve Martin (actor-writer, Roxanne) “I’m a sucker for oldies like The Music Man. That always stops me when I’m changing channels. I’ve always loved the musical; there’s something so perfect about it, so integrated, so happy. Why don’t I do one? I have one problem: no singing voice.”

8. Ivan Reitman (director, Dave) “Some Like It Hot I’ve seen an awful lot. It’s funny, and it’s a really well-made film.”

9. Emma Thompson (actress, Junior) “Les Enfants du Paradi’s is my favorite film. I never tire of it. So many memorable moments. The first close-up of Jean-Louis Barrault standing at the bar, talking to the grand actor, is one of the most beautiful moments on film.”

10. Jeff Daniels (actor, Dumb and Dumber) “The Out-of-Towners with Jack Lemmon. Critics rip it. Jack Lemmon’s biography barely mentions it. Lemmon does the big, believable comedy that I try to do sometimes. I just think Lemmon was one of the best at it. That picture, and also Dog Day Afternoon, because I was in college when I saw it. I saw Pacino, and I said, ‘That’s what I want to try to do.'”

11. Dennis Hopper (actor, Waterworld) “The first thing that comes to mind is The Magnificent Ambersons. Funny, because that was a picture Orson Welles didn’t like. I love that movie. I never tire of it. He always claimed that it was ruined in the editing, but I always thought it was great.”

12. Whoopi Goldberg (actress, Boys on the Side) “I love The Godfather, and I can see it anytime. It’s just a great, great movie. Also, To Kill a Mockingbird.”

13. Helen Mirren (actress, “Prime Suspect”) “Of course Citizen Kane is a movie I can see over and over again. Once you get past the story and the character, it’s fascinating to watch the camera moves.”

14. Bob Hope (actor, Facts of Life) “Charlie Chaplin was my idol when I was a kid. I used to do Chaplin imitations on amateur nights. I guess The Gold Rush was my favorite; you can find new things in it every time you see it. I made four pictures with Paullette Goddard, who was married to Chaplin at the time. He always looked at all her footage.”

15. John Singleton (writer-director, Boyz N the Hood) “Star Wars still fascinates me. Many imitations have followed, but none can approach it. Everything about it was original.”

16. Kevin Bacon (actor, The River Wild) “I love to watch This Is Spinal Tap. Why? It kills me. It just makes me laugh. Every time I see it, I see something new. I must have seen it 10 times, and that’s a lot for me.”

17. John Sayles (writer-director, Passion Fish) “I never tire of Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa. It’s kind of like a Western, but it’s based on a Dashiell Hammett book called Red Harvest. He set it in Samurai times instead of the time of the Continental Op detective.”

18. Jeff Bridges (actor, The Fisher King) “Whenever I push the clicker and watch the tube and The Godfather comes on the screen, I say, ‘Oh, I’ll watch a couple of scenes.’ I end up seeing the whole thing.”

19. Brendan Fraser (actor, With Honors) “One of my favorite films that I watch every year is A Christmas Story. It’s just such a down-home film. It’s about a kid who wants a Red Ryder BB gun and all he goes through to get it. And when he gets it, he didn’t really want it in the first place. It’s a sweet picture.”

20. Alec Baldwin (actor, The Shadow) “When I was younger, I saw Five Graves to Cairo 10 times. I thought it was a great movie. Why? Because it had Franchot Tone and Akim Tamiroff. Franchot Tone was a great actor, very underrated in his time.”

21. Nora Ephron (writer-director, Mixed Nuts) “You know what we watch every Christmas as a ritual? Both parts of The Godfather. Most people are watching It’s a Wonderful Life, and we’re watching The Godfather. We can see it every single year and be constantly amazed by new things in it. A couple of years ago, I read the book again, just because I’d forgotten it.”

22. Jim Carrey (actor, Batman Forever) “When I was a kid in Canada, I watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington whenever I could. I loved Jimmy Stewart. When video started up, I’d rent the picture and watch it and take it to bed, actually with the cassette on my chest and pray that someday I’d do something like that, I could recite the filibuster speech verbatim.”

23. Bruce Brown (filmmaker, The Endless Summer) “The Jerk is a picture I can watch over and over and over again. Every time I find something new to laugh at. My favorite line is when Steve Martin is in the gas station and someone is shooting at him, hitting the oil containers. He says, ‘He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans!'”

24. John Lone (actor, M. Butterfly) “I don’t know why, but I love Doctor Zhivago, I just adore that film. It has such a rich atmosphere, such a rich sense of place and time. Julie Christie wilt forever be remembered from that film, she was so exceptional–young, fresh and beautiful, and a great actress.”

25. Lloyd Bridges (actor, Hot Shots!) I see Casablanca a lot. I see things in it that make me realize Bogie gave the impression that he wasn’t a real actor. But he was. I did a picture with him, Sahara, but I didn’t have much to do in it. He was wonderful.”

26. Ted Danson (actor, Three Men and a Baby) “There are two answers. One is in danger of making me seem shallow, but Charade makes me feel good whenever I see it. I loved Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn–I even loved the villains. Some movies just make me feel good because they remind me of a more carefree time. The other choice is the first Godfather, which I ‘ve watched a handful of times. It’s amazing.”

27. Tim Curry (actor, The Shadow) “I’d have to say Don’t Look Now, a Nicolas Roeg film with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. I loved that film. Roeg has made several movies that played around with time. Don’t Look Now exists on the border of the real and the surreal in a very, very interesting way. And it’s set in the most beautiful city in the world, Venice. I think it’s a truly horrific film without being knee-deep in gore.”

28. Gene Hackman (actor, The Quick and the Dead) “During the past year my wife and I have been watching Jurassic Park. I think we’ve seen it four times. I don’t quite understand why I love that film so much. “Love’ is too strong a word. I find it fascinating.”

29. Russell Mulcahy (director, The Shadow) “I think I saw A Clockwork Orange 14 times. I think it was a masterpiece for what it was trying to do.”

30. Adam Sandier (actor, Billy Madison) “Caddyshack–that is my generation’s choice of a comedy. Chevy Chase. Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight–they were all great. I hope someday I’ll be asked to do Caddyshack III.”

31. Nicolas Cage (actor, Kiss of Death) “I saw A Clockwork Orange when I was a teenager, and it had a profound impression on me. It was my introduction to violence ant) the nature of violence as a necessary emotion, which was a complex thought for a young teenager.”

32. Andrew Bergman (writer-director, The Freshman) “The Godfather is a movie which I can watch any five minutes of, and I am gone for the next six hours. I have to watch both of them, the first then the second Godfather. Great films I can watch over and over again. Movies like Raging Bull–you know, movies that are the opposite of those I make.”

33. Forest Whitaker (actor, The Crying Game) “I watch The Fisher King again and again: I like that film. It’s mythical and spiritual as well as personal. And it has con-science, it has a heart.”

34. Faye Dunaway (actress, Don Juan DeMarco) “I have seen Rules of the Game many times, and I love it. I don’t quite know why. I love France. I love the notion of people coming together in that country set-ting, the chasing, the kind of broken-downness of the lives.”

35. Kenneth Branagh (actor-director, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) “Strange choice: The Great Escape. Retrospectively, I think of its time and it’s very, very well-made. A great story that really engaged you, with some touching moments in it. I can do many of the scenes from it. Donald Pleasence and James Garner stealing the air-plane. Charles Bronson in the boat with James Coburn. Then that wonderful moment when Richard Attenborough and Gordon Jackson are getting on the bus, and they nearly get away with it. Then the German officer says to Gordon Jackson in English. ‘Good luck.’ And he says. ‘Thanks.’ And they caught him.”

36. Bernard Rose (writer-director, Immortal Beloved) “One picture I can see again and again is the original version of The Night of the Hunter. It’s the only picture Charles Laughton ever directed. Robert Mitchum was terrifying, with the tattoos on his knuckles that read LOVE and HATE. Shelley Winters was good, too.”

37. Anthony LaPaglia (actor, The Client) “Anything by Preston Sturges. Like Sullivan’s Travels, The Palm Beach Story, The Great McGinty. His writing was so sharp, so crisp, so funny. The way he de-fined characters was just amazing– you can see the films over and over.”

38. Jon Avnet (director, Fried Green Tomatoes) “I did an interview with Bernardo Bertolucci at the American Film Institute in 1973. The last thing I saw before going to Paris was The Conformist, so I had the opportunity to see it six or eight times. I always saw new things. It’s always difficult to see the things that go into the making of a scene. You look at one element and try to see element by element what the choices were. I’ve studied that film very carefully.”

39. Danny DeVito (director, Hoffa) “‘I guess you could see Citizen Kane over and over. I love watching Woody Allen’s movies over and over again. And –I can always watch again.”

40. Tom Hulce (actor, Parenthood) “I used to travel with Tootsie, which I thought was an amazing piece of filmmaking. I always take a movie when I travel, because enjoying a good movie can put me to sleep. So I saw Tootsie about 30 times, but it was in the interest of getting a good night’s sleep. It was brilliantly written, with a combination of extraordinary performances.”

41. Charlie Sheen (actor, Terminal Velocity) “The first Jaws. Why? I dunno. I have a fascination for sharks. It still holds up, I’ve seen it 93 limes. Me and my brother |Emilio Estevez|, we quote it, we do all the monologues. Jaws–and also Apocalypse Now. We can never get enough of Apocalypse.”

42. Jeroen Krabbe (actor, The Fugitive) “The Visconti film Death in Venice I can see over and over again. It’s not about death; it’s about life. It has incredible performances, particularly Dirk Bogarde’s. It’s the truth about life: you’re looking for something and you can’t get it. And when you get it, you die. It’s true.”

43. Michael Wadleigh (filmmaker, Woodstock) “Here we are, 50 years down the line, and I still think Citizen Kane is the best movie ever made. I look at that many times, and I say, the invention of the photography and the damn script! I’m interested in politics and society. What an incredible piece of a man’s life with social issues and everything.”

44. Timothy Dalton (actor, Licence to Kill) “I’ve seen The Outlaw Josey Wales six or seven times. I think it is one of the best Westerns ever made. I have always liked Clint Eastwood, but that’s a different matter. I just think as a Western it is so socially creative. It’s fun–I love it–but it’s essentially a story of rebuilding after the Civil War. Rebuilding out of hatred, out of vengeance, rebuilding a society out of all these disparate people. They live, they survive, all these different ethics, different backgrounds, finding a way to live. That is something uplifting and shocking in what people think of as a Clint Eastwood Western.”

45. Stephen Hopkins (director, Blown Away) “Harold and Maude was my favorite. I think I grew up thinking I was Harold. The movie fills me with great hope and joy every time I see it.”

46. Kris Kristofferson (actor, A Star Is Born) “La Strada is a piece of art that I find absolutely believable every time I see it. The performances are wonderful, and the direction is wonderful. Things that I have done myself, I can’t see more than twice.”

47. Ed Asner (actor, “Lou Grant”) “I can’t see a movie too many times, but I guess I saw It’s a Wonderful Life six or eight times. It was a beautiful fairy tale. I loved Henry Travers’s work as the angel Clarence. Then I switched to The Best Years of Our Lives. I go nuts watching Fredric March, he was just so good.”

48. Patrick Read Johnson (director, Baby’s Day Out) “2001: A Space Odyssey was the film that made me want to become a director. I was seven when I saw it. I said to my parents, ‘I’m going to direct a movie someday.’ They told me to finish grade school first. Of course I didn’t understand it when I was seven, but I was mesmerized by the visual aspect of it and the fact that the story-telling was done essentially with pictures, not dialogue. As I got older and saw it more and more times, I realized that it compels you to think.”

49. Peter Riegert (actor, Local Hero) “I can watch Stanley Kubrick’s film The Killing over and over again. The way he puts his camera, the acting, the dialogue–I just find it an intriguing story.”

50. Drew Barrymore (actress, Batman Forever) “Every time I see Annie Hall, I learn another line I might have missed. It’s such a brilliant movie that you can hear the punch lines over and over and still laugh.”

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Bob Thomas wrote about female villains for the April Movieline.

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Posted on July 8, 2016, in Movieline Articles, Movies. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Interesting. The Godfather, Godfather 2, Citizen Kane and Jaws would all feature if I made a similar list. Obviously I’m addicted to Addicted to Love, but if I could only take one film to a desert island I’d choose Two-Lane Blacktop. I can’t even explain why, but like Jeff Bridges with The Godfather I always think I’ll just watch a couple of scenes and before I know it I’ve watched the whole film.

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    • I have never seen or even heard of Two-Lane Blacktop. I Googled it and it sounds interesting. I will keep an eye out for it. Since Jaws and the first two Godfather movies are always running on cable, I have been sucked into them many times over. I’m not a channel surfer, but if I happen to catch a glimpse, I’m going to watch them all the way through.

      I don’t tend to watch the same movies over and over again. Most movies, I will only watch once. If I have seen a movie more than three times, that’s really saying something. Even with my favorites, I like to space out viewings every few years so as not to wear them out. Citizen Kane is a great movie, but I probably watch it about once every five years.

      Kubrick came up several times on the list. Of all of his movies, The Shining never fails to pull my attention away from whatever I was previously doing.

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      • I tend to go through phases with films, often on my weeks off from work I’ll watch the same film for 4 or 5 nights running. Last month it was Thief with James Caan and The Wanderers, which just happened to be the DVDs I’d bought most recently.
        I may not have commented much on them, but I do enjoy these Movieline articles; the 1990s was definitely the apex of my movie pfandom. I was wondering, do you have a collection of these magazines, or do you access the articles online?

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        • The articles are online. Sadly, my collection got trashed somewhere along the way. I don’t remember exactly when I discarded my movie magazines, but it was probably during the twentieth century. Just check out movieline.com if you want to access the vault. Someone scanned in the articles using software, so there are formatting issues. I clean them up and add some pictures, but the raw scans are out there if you feel like reading up.

          The 90’s were also my movie prime. I spent much of that decade working in movie theaters of one sort or another, so I saw pretty much everything. I also had subscriptions to Movieline, Premiere and who knows what else. At some point I started picking up Entertainment Weekly as well. I have read all of these articles, but obviously it’s been decades. Some I remember vaguely, some I don’t. But it is interesting to revisit them all these years later to see how things have changed and to remember how things were perceived at the time. For example, at this point, they were really down on Julia Roberts. It’s easy to forget how she struggled post-Pretty Woman.

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  2. daffystardust

    If I had to name just one movie that I would claim to be “addicted” to, it would have to be 12 Angry Men. Clearly, I’ve written something like 15 articles here about that movie, so that should be no surprise.

    Other films that elbow into the conversation include Goodfellas, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Shining, and Shakespeare in Love. These are all movies that can grab me unwillingly and not let go. The Sweet Smell of Success also springs to mind.

    Perhaps in a whole different category is something like Inside Llewyn Davis, which I have found is great comfort food. I can put it on while I’m doing something else and just love having its sounds ringing through my home and its images there when I pass by.

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  3. jeffthewildman

    For me,Goodfellas. It’s one movie that I can go back to again and again and not get tired of.

    Other ones that fit that category for me: Dazed And Confused, Pulp Fiction, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, the first two Terminators, Die Hard, Dr. Strangelove, Raising Arizona and a few others.

    In the comfort food category that Daffy refers to: I’d include Friday,, Diner, Beetlejuice and a few others.

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  4. Yeah, something about both “Goodfellas” and “Scarface” in which I can view them over and over in different forms and be totally comfortable with it.

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  5. Lebeau, this is a great article, and it’s one of the articles other than the WTHH and Razzie series I enjoyed reading very much.

    I may be the only one who thinks this, but the movies I’m addicted to are also in part to actors I like that starred in them. These include “The Breakfast Club” (Emilio Estevez). “The Outsiders” (Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, and Tom Cruise), “Top Gun”, (Cruise and Val Kilmer), “Dead Poets Society” (Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles), The Indiana Jones series, except for the second one (Harrison Ford), the first two “Home Alone” movies (Maculay Culkin and Joe Pesci), “Mean Girls” (Rachel McAdam, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett), and “To Kill A Mockingbird” (Gregory Peck). I am a self admitted movie buff, and these are only a few of the movies I enjoy.

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  6. When it comes to movies that I am addicted to, my earliest and strongest cinematic addiction would still be the original Star Wars trilogy of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. During my childhood years of say 5 to the age of my mid teens, Star Wars probably comprised about 90% of all my day-to-day thoughts. I read all 107 issues of the Marvel comic book series, carried the lunch box to school every day, pieced together the various puzzles, played the board games, and spent countless hours creating new adventures with the enormously successful Kenner Star Wars toy line. If you were a kid during that era, you owned a few of those action figures and toys.

    I’m pretty sure that at least one of those childhood playtimes I had back then resulted in a more original storyline than what The Force Awakens offered, but I digress.

    Star Wars may not be as end-all-be-all as it was when I was a kid. But, and this goes for all of us….. what is? I still love watching the Original Trilogy, and I always will.

    This is something that has been lost to time, but Lucas took an enormous risk when he put every dime of his own money (plus took bank loans when the film ran double its budget) to make Empire his own way. If 20th Century Fox had retained rights to Star Wars, I cannot imagine that they ever would have allowed a darker, more mature and complex Star Wars sequel to ever happen. Fox wanted STAR WARS II, not Empire.

    I return to the Star Wars films every so often, and it’s a testament to what Lucas created that what hit so strongly with me as a young kid still connects with me as an adult.

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    • I guess it should be remembered that George Lucas really put it all on the line during the films of the first Star Wars films.

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    • I return to Star Wars every so often, but I’m very careful not to overdo it. Dusting off the original trilogy every five years or so is sufficient. I was down in the garage this weekend going through boxes and found my widescreen VHS copies of the original versions of the movie. And George, I have access to a VHS player. So deal with that! I tried watching them with my kids in 2014 leading up to a Disney World trip that included the second-to-last Star Wars Weekend, but they didn’t hold the kids’ attention. For me, the first two movies transport me back to my childhood. Jedi, not so much, but it benefits from the goodwill I have for the first two. Empire is really the glue. Without Empire, Star Wars would feel like a kids movie.

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