Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Movie Clip Wednesday - BEST MOVIE TO WATCH ON A RAINY DAY
Boxer is hosting a Movie Clip Wednesday Meme where everyone picks a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme. This week's theme is BEST MOVIE TO WATCH ON A RAINY DAY. I don't think I have ever (consciously) picked a movie to watch specifically because it was raining and I really didn't know what the criteria for picking a rainy day movie was, so I did some research. I found that most people like to pick movies that are long and upbeat or cheery to chase away the rainy day blues.
Now I can see wanting to have a long movie because most rainstorms are going to last for several hours. So I'm down with this. The upbeat/cheery part may be good for most people but not me. I'm generally not upbeat/cheery on a bright sunny day because, let's face it, I have a wife and kids.
So I dusted off the old thinking cap and tried to recall movies I watched while it was raining. I found that I typically watch war movies. I think it's because most wars happen outside and a lot of times, it's raining. Especially Vietnam type movies. Now there are a lot of good Vietnam War movies out there. I guess because it was such a turbulent time in American History that left a lot of scars, most film makers do the subject justice. I can't really think of a bad Vietnam movie (maybe the Rambo movies, but they weren't horrible). It's of particular interest to me because I missed being drafted by less than 3 years. I always think of that when I watch these movies.
So three that came to mind immediately were Platoon, Apocalypse Now and Predator. Yeah, I know Predator was after Vietnam, but it took place in the same region and it's got Arnold and Jesse Ventura in it. I couldn't find any decent clips that weren't modified or 10 minutes long. Then it came to me. My favorite Vietnam movie and one that I would watch over and over again on a rainy day - Full Metal Jacket. Kubrick's best movie, it's really two movies in one - boot camp and Vietnam. This is my favorite scene from the Vietnam side of the movie.
And, of course, this scene:
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