My favorite “default” movies

There are some movies I wouldn’t watch for money, and others I’ll watch every time they’re on cable . . . Or, more accurately, I’ll turn them on while I’m writing. Which is usually how I watch television.

  • Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
  • Zombieland
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Iron Man 1 or 2
  • Any of the Lord of the Rings movies
  • Anything in the Star Trek franchise*
  • Anything by Wes Anderson

Do you have any favorite “default” movies?

* – But, weirdly, not anything in the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars used to be my favorite “default” movie. It just doesn’t do anything for me anymore.ย 

19 thoughts on “My favorite “default” movies

  • I agree with regards to Starwars, it just doesn’t do it for me any more either. But then I don’t tend to default to movies, I default to books. Frederica and Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer, The Mary Russel series by Laurie R King, The Nighthuntress Series by J Frost and a heap of cat books (sad I know but they are funny) By Deric Longden.

    Merry Christmas!

  • I default to Hunt for Red October, While you were sleeping, Sabrina (either version), Sliding Doors, the Lake House, and a few specific episodes of Doctor Who. I use to have a thing for Grease 2, but thankfully, that seems to have passed.

  • I loved Grease 2 as a child. I knew all the songs by heart.

    My default movies… I usually go by The Mummy 1 and 2, The Italian Job, Robin Hood : Men in Tights, History of the World: Part I and Spaceballs (I love Mel Brooks, thanks to mom ^^)

  • Um . . . So I’m not the only geek. LOTR!!!! And of course now I will eventually add The Hobbit. (Thorin and Aragorn, meet Ethan!)

    Harry Potters – but 6 & 7 bum me out a little.

    National Treasure 1 & 2.

    I can zone or watch or do a million tasks and love to see a glimpse or hear the soundtrack on any and I feel good.

    • “Um . . . So Iโ€™m not the only geek. LOTR!!!! And of course now I will eventually add The Hobbit. (Thorin and Aragorn, meet Ethan!)”


  • I’ll watch any Harry Potter movie over and over again. And I love Witness and also To Kill a Mockingbird (my two all time favorite movies). Surprisingly, since I’m not a huge Val Kilmer fan, I will watch The Ghost and the Darkness and also Thunderheart any time they are on. And two of the ones you mentioned, Zombieland and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, make me laugh so hard that I cry. Also, anything with Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, Heart and Souls, etc).

  • Ok…I think I’m the ONLY person who watches this movie anytime it’s on no matter what I’m doing…it’s Roadhouse. It’s a Patrick Swayze movie where he’s a bouncer and this rich guy controls the whole town…kind of lame but I LOVE that movie. Also, Back to the Future, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Titanic, and probably any Lord of the Rings (but the third one is my fave).

  • Back in college, my roomie would put on Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly version) when she studied. I would hear it from my room and end up sneaking into to watch it. She’ll be studying, I’ll sit quietly on the floor and watch for however long. hehe

  • Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly ) every freaking time that I found it on Tv
    Pirates of the caribbean saga
    Iron Man 1 or 2-Thor 1
    Any of the Lord of the Rings movies
    Any Sandra Bullock movies
    Stars Wars
    Stark trek
    The day after tomorrow
    Anything with Robert Downey, Jr., Jonny Deep, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Tim Burton Movies

  • Definitely LOTR
    The Avengers
    Scott Pilgram Vs The World
    Arrow (tv series) – if not just for his stomach. Do yourself a favor and check it out!!!!

    • Bex is right about Arrow – really well done (& great abs!) – don’t delete your recording! For movies, agree absolutely with your top 3, Chloe, but would swap Star Trek for Serenity (& entire Firefly series) & squeeze Snatch in there somewhere. Happy New Year!

  • I have way too many to choose from, but here are just a few!

    Any Marvel comic book movie (except Electria)!
    Any James Bond with Daniel Craig (and all the other, but I prefer the newer ones).
    And for the holidays… National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! Cracks me up every time, even in July!

  • There is a lot of films i love to watch, i have watched over & over again.

    High on the list are:~

    Captain America
    Hunger Games
    The Twilight Saga
    Chitty Chitty bang bang

  • Hmm…

    Resident Evil, any of the movies, I know them by heart (I own them) but I still watch them every single time they are shown on cable; especially the first two. As I kid I used to watch Bloodsport like it was my fix.

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