Wednesday, April 14, 2010


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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Heff said...

Believe it or not, the only one of those I've seen is Predator.

Jenny said...

I love your breakdown on how you decided to pick a movie(s). And your comment about not normally being either upbeat or cheery because you have a wife and kids made me spit out my coffee.

My favorite Vietnam movie will Apocalypse Now - amazing imagery and some of my all time favorite lines. Plus, Martin Sheen was super hawt and crazy at the same time.

Come back and give me some suggestions for next week! Don't let vodka make the decision again!

Karl said...

Good evening Buzz Kill,

"Easy you don't lead them so much" Ahahahaha. Good clip!

moi said...

Another movie I have to applaud Stanley Kubrick for. I guess he's better than I thought; or else Eyes Wide Shut is so bad, it overshadows everything. But this is one bad ass movie. I've seen it four times and it never ceases to amaze me.

Buzz Kill said...

Are you kidding me? How can you call yourself a man and not watch Platoon or FMJ? *shakes head in disgust*

Yeah, Apocalypse Now was a good movie, but it's really long with not a whole lot of action for a war movie. Martin Sheen was excellent in it but not a movie I like to watch multiple times.

That line and this are the absolute best:

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I want that head so sanitary and squared-away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in and take a dump.

I really like the boot camp part of the movie the best. R. Lee Ermey is scary perfect as Gunny Hartman. I read that he actually ad libbed most of his dialogue.

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chickory said...

no. the shining is the best Kubrick movie. then FMJ. the scene that kills me is when everybody beats the big happy guy up at night - and then of course the worm turns for him after that. so sad the systematic destruction of a psyche. i think the fact that the 2nd half is a kind of urban warfare is distinctive - not a jungle setting.

interesting choice...i dont know what i would consider a rainy day movie either.

Joanna Cake said...

Great action movies there! Ruf would definitely prefer those to my choice :)

LaDivaCucina said...

We don't have rain for too long here in Miami, it's rare that it rains all day. But I love it when it does for this very reason, something about sunny blue skies just don't go with lazing about in the house and rain gives you a good excuse to be lazy! I loved your movies but haven't seen them for a long time, a couple of times was enough for me though DJ Nevah L8 will force Predator on me again and again if it's on!

Missed you for the lobsta throwdown, was looking forward to your witty commentary and take on the ingredient!

I'm up. Have a good weekend, Buzz!

Anonymous said...

It's just don't lead them as much.