Late Night Movies

TNT has been running and re-running The Fellowship of the Ring all this weekend (in fact, I’m watching the fight in Balin’s Tomb right now) and I’ve watched chunks of each showing over the last three days, in spite of the fact I have it on DVD. Its that interesting to me. Also, SciFi is running The Last Crusade at the same time so I’m swapping back and forth. Which got me to thinking: If these movies were on at, say, 2am (and I happened to be up), I’d watch them regardless of the late time. So, what other movies hold this much interest to keep you watching even though its really late?

For me:

The Star Wars Trilogy

Raiders and The Last Crusade

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (new addition)

The Matrix, the first one only

The Fifth Element

Ghostbusters

Babylon 5, any season 1 – 4 episode

Star Trek, original, some episodes

I’m sure there are more, these are the only ones I can think of. And most interesting, I own all of these on DVD (some B5 and ST:TOS DVDs), and I’d still watch them if they were on late…

10 thoughts on “Late Night Movies”

  1. Great topic. There certainly are some movie I can’t resist watching, especially during those late hours. What is it about that time that makes these movies even better than they already are? I guess that’s a topic for another discussion but my list would start with Aliens. I used to think that Star Wars was at the top of a list like this but then I got to thinking about my favorite movies and how I would define my favorite of all time which lead me to this discussion thread. I think the real meaning of all time favorite is the movie you would pop into the DVD player when you absolutely, positively have to watch a decent film. When you are feed up with all the worthless crap in entertainment and you need something to remind you of why you love movies in the first place. What would that movie be? Like I stated, for me it is Aliens. Some others I always watch, no matter: what

    Total Recall

    Alien

    Planet Of The Apes

    Andromeda Strain

    Star Trek(1979)

    Tremors

  2. Day of the Dead and Sleeping in Light from Season 5 of Bab 5.

    Any episode of Crusade.

    Dark City.

    Time Bandits, Brazil, or Baron Munchausen.

    Any Farscape episode and most Lexx episodes.

  3. For me, when I do find myself watching TV late at night, all sense of right and wrong goes out the window. While some good-to-great films will keep me up (Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, Dead Again, Ghostbusters, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [“This is Ceti Alpha Five!“]), extremely bad ones do too (Food of the Gods, Earthquake, Ghostbusters II).

    Other films that may keep me up late are not scifi at all. Films like Scarface (“Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!”), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (“Those aren’t pillows!”), Uncle Buck (“I’m Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell’s wart.”).

  4. Ooh! The 1986 version of The Fly kept me up late just a couple a week’s ago. Darn that Geoff Goldblum and his acid-spewing ways!

  5. Babylon 5 (as well).

    Firefly

    Lord of the Rings

    Any of the Quatermass films.

    2001 or 2010 or Silent Running.

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (yes, I like that one).

    Contact

    Any George Pal or Ray Harryhausen movie.

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Haunting (directed by Robert Wise, not the hack remake).

    An X-Files marathon.

  6. I also thought of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It came to mind right away when thinking of non sci-fi movies. Some of those scenes I’ll never tire of. Also some so bad they’re good movies:

    Star Trek 5

    Battle For Planet Of The Apes

  7. I’m more drawn into films that I just can’t see that often (seemingly anyway.) For me that would be:

    War of the Worlds

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Andromeda Strain

    Forbidden Planet

  8. Great topic!

    1) The Thing

    It doesn’t matter which version. Given a preference I would rather see the John Carpenter version, but I still have a sentimental attachment to the original.

    2) Tremors

    This one is probably borderline to the SF category, but I decided to keep it because of the gratuitous use of seismographs. Otherwise, this one has it all, priceless buddy banter between Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, plausible scenario where hot girl-next-door chick absolutely must remove blue jeans to escape peril (nicely done), and Michael Gross/Reba McEntire as everybody’s favorite recluse gun nut survivalists. Whenever it comes on I just can’t look away.

    3) The Last Starfighter

    This movie was the ultimate teen-age geek male fantasy. We all wanted to believe that spending more time playing video games would lead to our life’s calling and win the heart of the beautiful girl-next-door (see Tremors). When this movie comes on late at night, I just turn off the brain and go with it.

    4) Aliens

    I liked the first Alien movie, but it’s the sequel that really holds my attention when it comes on late at night.

    5) Any other Kurt Russell Sci-fi film…

    The Kurt Russell factor is a force to be reckoned with. A lot of his movies tend to pull me in late at night. Some have already been mentioned above. Others are Escape from NY/LA, Soldier, and Stargate. And who could forget the Disney classics: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes or Strongest Man in the World.

    Non sci-fi movies that also refuse to let me turn them off:

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    Better Off Dead

    Jaws

    Patton

    CraigE.

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