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I Just Can't Look Away

By Daniel Carlson | Comment Diversions | June 3, 2010 |

By Daniel Carlson | Comment Diversions | June 3, 2010 |

I have hundreds of cable channels and watch maybe four with regularity. This leads to a lot of random surfing in hopes of catching something good, which happened when I stumbled on Casino the other day. It was well into the movie — Ace and Ginger were already married, but she was still a good way off from blowing Nicky for protection — but I knew I was going to watch it till the end. For me, Casino isn’t just a great movie; it’s one I have to finish if I start watching it, from any point. Some movies are just like that. They’re more compelling than others, and no matter how many times you see it, you can’t help but watch again.

So that’s what I’m looking for. What movie, if you come across it on TV, do you just have to finish watching? It can be a great film or a terrible one; it can be a premium movie channel or a hack cable outfit that dubs over the expletives and stretches a two-hour film over three. Doesn’t matter. What are the movies you just can’t help but watch to the end?

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