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Mmmmmm, Meat Popsicles

By Miscellaneous | Comment Diversions | August 26, 2010 |

So with all these movies available to me in a myriad of different formats I could watch a different movie every day for years and never repeat. But that's not what happens. I still find myself standing there looking at my collection, the four or so unopened Nuckflix envelopes and my computer screen and asking myself, "What the hell am I going to watch?" I will readily admit that I kind of feel like a schmuck when I'm in this situation. It's like having full satellite and complaining that there's nothing on any of the seven hundred channels. In instances like these I always end up watching one movie. The old faithful, never let me down, seen it a hundred times and will see it a hundred more, never ever get tired of it disk of digital redemption. I think all of us have on or two of this type of movie. Whether it is comedy, horror, drama, action or a hybrid of some sort, it's that single movie that always finds its way into your player. It may not be the best movie, it may not even be your favourite movie, but it's the one that you'll always pick in that circumstance. For me, it's 1997's The Fifth Element.

I'm not going to re-hash the review that the more than capable Steven Lloyd Wilson has already done because that would be redundant and I hate redundancy because it's redundantly redundant. Nevertheless, for me, it's got the perfect blend of comedy, action, science fiction, drama and plot. The effects are excellent, the story brisk and, come on, costumes designed by Jean-Paul Gauthier in all of his haute-couture glory! When you stir in what turned out to be some stellar casting in Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Mila Jovovich and Chris Tucker in his only good performance since Friday, well, pass me Gemini Croquettes because I'm having a party. I've seen it so many times that I can nearly recite the damn thing which really is saying something considering how terrible I am with quotes. This was undeniably proven by Dustin's quiz on Lightly Salted yesterday. I know every character, I know every musical score and I know every scene where Leeloo's orange thong-suspenders perfectly encircle her perky nipples. Don't judge me, they may as well have painted bulls-eyes on the damn things.

It's not the greatest movie by any definition of the word nor is it my favourite movie in my collection, but I watch it every time I can't find anything else or if I just don't feel like deciding. Of all the options that I could avail myself of, it's the one I'll always come back to. What's your go-to movie?

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