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January 23, 2008


SJ Reidhead

I think Best in Show is a hoot!

Good list. When I was renovating my bookshelves last summer I gave away all but 2 of my tapes. I just have no room.

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Chelle Y.

Your lists are always so entertaining!

The Gal Herself

I just rented Bandits! It's one of those movies I have always meant to catch -- first at the theater and then on cable -- and always somehow missed. Good to see it has your endorsement. (Thanks for visiting my TT)

Adelle Laudan

I've seen several of these, but Shawshank Redemption is one of my alltime favs. Happy T13!

ellen b

Shawshank was and is great. I need to watch Amadeus again. Have a great rest of your week...

Comedy Plus

I've seen most of these and I must say that Amadeus must be my favorite of all of these. Excellent list as always. Have a great TT. :)

Lazy Daisy

I love Ground Hog's so funny.


Amedeus is one of my favorites as is the Shawshank Redemption. I have the Albert Speers book (very good) but have never seen the movie. I also own and love Fried Green Tomatoes.


We have many of these on VHS as well. Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite. Hard to believe how old it is!


We have Shakespeare In Love on DVD and it is probably in our top ten of most watched films. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Rian Fike

I have seen all of these, and you saved the best for last!

Great reviews, it made me remember some great moments.


I love Fried Green Tomatoes! :) That is a fave of mine! And, RE: your comment: You've seen Alice in Wonderland, right? And, the Unbirthday thing does work. I've had a party before on my unbirthday! :) LOL


Hi Nicholas,
Quite an eclectic selection. I am ashamed to say that I have only watched a few of these.

I loved "Fried Green Tomatoes". Jessica Tandy is a sweetie and I Kathy Bates is a fabulous actress. They picked a phenomenal group to play in this film. I could watch it over and over again.

"Best In Show" was good but I barely recall too much. I think you were right to say it makes you smile but not roar with laughter.

"The Shawshank Redemption" was very good. I usually do not like Stephen King novels made movie but this was an exception.

I like your Thursday Thirteen Header. Very creative.

Take care and have a nice weekend.

Nicole Austin

Great list. My VCR stopped working not too long ago and I'm in the process of buying my favorite movies in DVD.

On a Limb with Claudia

It's always a little frightening that we see the same movies, read the same books.... laugh at towns in Austria.... Our VHS collection includes the spaghetti westerns - the Outlaw Josie Wails (great movie) and vampires (all the Blades, and a couple others - I have a vampire thing). Oh and a lot of guy movies - read guy suffers a lot for no apparent reason.

Happy TT - did you see I gave you an award last Sunday?


Fried Green Tomatos is one of my favorite movies. Great list. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by:) Have a great week.


I remember those days too -- our first VCR was about the size of a small Chevy. My mom worked for Zenith and we used to get all the new stuff to try out. It was so amazing to put the tape in and watch a movie -- but it took us about a year to figure the thing out!
I still have tons of VHS tapes -- I just can't part with them!
Great TT!


"Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Shawshank Redemption" are definitely two of my favorites. Good List and Happy TT to you.


You hit a number of faves of mine: Shawshank, Shakespeare, Green Tomatoes, Amadeus, Groundhog Day, Full Monty and Memento.

My mother still has about 500 VHS tapes - entire MGM Classic collections, etc... Sadly it'll all end up on e-Bay soon!

Hey N -- you must visit my blog. I've given you an award -- you lucky bastard ;)


Some of these (Amadeus and Shawshank) are on my all time favorite movies list.

Memento is almost better on DVD where you can watch it in sequence.


Not so familiar with any of them. I'm very sorry.
Thanks for the visit.

Cricket's Hearth

Memento sounds very interesting. I can not tell you how many times I have watched Shawshank Redemption, I lost count! Part of that movie was filmed about 35 miles from where I live at the Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio. The prison has been closed for many years but they still give tours and really play up the movie being filmed there. Happy TT

Susan Helene Gottfried

Ooh, Nicholas. This is an awesome list. Lots on here that I really like!


When we moved this past year we gave away all our VHS tapes, we realized we really never were watching them. It's amazing how technology changes things.


I don't think I have ever watched a movie more than once! However, I see home here, that reminds me that I really wouldn't mind seeing them again -- like Groundhog Day, SIL. I have not seen the David Lynch film you mentioned -- and I would love to see Memento.

Angela at mommy bytes

Shawshank and Memento are on the top of my list!

Ann Bruce

Loved MEMENTO...but I couldn't watch it a second time.


Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies ever.
Hey if it's not broke don't fix it right?


I have a confession to make: I hate Groundhog Day. It reminds me of my TT theme this week:

Make the stupid people STFU.

Happy TT!

Wacky Mommy

My kids loooooooove hearing about the good ol' days. "Your TV was black and white???"


We don't have VHS videos anymore all has been converted into DVDs.


Oh, Nicholas, you have so many of my favourite films in this TT! I actually watched Shawshank Redemption for the umpteenth time last week. What a wonderful film and, I think, one of King's finest novellas. Oh and The Full Monty! I love that film almost as much as I love Brassed Off. As for 4 Weddings, doesn't it rain heavily in the final scene? Wonder if that's significant... Shakespeare in Love is also a tour de force. We actually use the opening scene in our teaching when discussing problems concerning ideas of absolute authorship. Great film! In fact they're all great! Thank you so much for reminding me of them this morning :-)

Infinity Goods

I remember those days. Boy, it's really amazing how such a short time ago our world was so different. Our technology has taken some giant steps.
Amadeus is my favorite of the list.


Fried Green Tomatoes and The Shawshank Redemption are two of my favorite films.

I remember that we were one of the first people to get a vcr (actually a betamax - bet wrong on that one) and it really did seem like magic!


Some really great flicks in there. This time I've seen most of them!

Joy Renee

amazing. i've actually seen eight of these. in a mix of tv, vcr and dvd. the latter two always by checking them out at libraries.

i wouldn't mind owning Fried Green Tomatoes. I've watched it several times and read the book.

I can't get enough of anything by David Lynch. three or four times isn't too many times to watch one of his films but i've only seen Muholland once on cable. someday...

Amadeus and Shakespeare In Love both enthralled me. Shawshank Redemtion disturbed me but I watched it three times anyway. Memento i surfed onto on cable thirty or more minutes into it so i'm watching for a chance to see it whole.

my TT is 13 more LOL Author/Title combos. yes, again! i didn't get the after pics yet and hadn't prepared an alternate concept.


Amadeus is one of my top five! Sigh...yet another cool list!

I feel better this week. I've actually seen all but one of those (Bandits)


We still watch VHS too.

The only one you have listed that I have seen is Amadeus. I really should watch Fried Green Tomatoes as I have heard that it is very good.

Thanks for visiting my TT.


Ah ... at last a list of films I've actually seen! LOL I'm old enough to remember when we HAD no TV at all and gathered around the radio to listen to our favorite broadcasts. I also have VHS and BETA machines in working condition ... and an 8 track cassette player and turntable with a collection of records I enjoy. Call me a dinosaur ... but I'm a happy one.
Hugs and blessings,


Some great movies here; I've seen Shawshank, Groundhog, Shakespeare and Monty (of course).


Love lots of these movies, Nicholas! I'm going straight to Netflix to rent them...on DVD. :)
Thanks for listing them and reminding me. Thanks for visiting my TT post!


Well, Guns of Navarone, of course..

I haven't seen Inside the Third Reich, but according to Shirer, Speer was definitely an avid Nazi, so, yeah, I imagine his wife was too.


I love Fried Green Tomatoes... I don't have it on VHS, though, it's on my iPod. :)

Happy TT!

Deanna Dahlsad

I *love* Fried Green Tomatoes -- the book too. :)

Pop Tart

Interestingly, I didn't like Groundhog Day the first time I saw it. But each additional time, I love it more and more. Yup, I know what that says about me :p


I should rent Best in Show again. That was a riot! I can't imagine seeing Groundhog Day more than once, though...! :)


I loved 8 of them! Never finished Mullholland Drive. Memento was a trip. I saw the Full Monty with my son in theater. He literally levitated off his chair laughing.


i still have a ton of vhs tapes. my son, who recently became obsessed with rugrats, has taken over the vcr with all of the rugrat videos that i have from when my older kids were little...and power rangers, toy story, tmnt, i could go on and on!
great tt!


Great list as always. We have a few movies we still watch on VHS as well. Princess Bride is the favorite around here. I love the Anne of Green Gables series myself. Happy TT!

BTW, I love you header! Cool.


I have the Full Monty on VHS as well! Actually I still have more VHS than DVD's and we watch them as well. Some of my favorites are on your list =) Great TT!

marcia v

Fried Green Tomatoes and Droundhog day are in my VHS colllection


Oh, good--I'm not the only one who still has movies on VHS that I watch. (or the only one who can remember pre-VCR days--yikes!)

I even have a couple of these tapes: Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Best in Show I have on DVD. And I've seen all but Amadeus, The Guns of Navarone, Mulholland Drive, and Inside the Third Reich.


Fried Green Tomatoes and Groundhog Day are two of my all time favorites. I can watch Groundhog Day over and over again!

I dn't think I've seen Memento so it just got added to my must see's :)


I have a lot of movies on VHS that I still watch. In fact, my son disconnected my VCR/DVD combo and connected his surround sound DVD player and I made him put it back! I have a lot of Christmas movies on VHS and lots of other really good movies too! I love Amadeus - I love and have seen all the movies on your list except for Mullholland Dr. Not sure why I never got around to that one - I'll have to check it out!


ahhhh the shawshank redemption! one of my all time favorites! happy tt!


I adore Shawshank and Amadeus both -- great movies! I think we have Shawshank on DVD now, but Amadeus is still a VHS for us too!

Secret Agent Mama

Nicholas, I soooooooooo love The Full Monty, Shawshank Redemption, and Fried Green Tomatoes. I could watch these over and over again!! Great list. ;) Mine's a bit silly this week.


I've seen the first 2 plus Fried Green Tomatoes. I still quote the FGT phrase, "I'm older and I have more insurance."

Happy Thursday, Nicolas!


I love Best in Show and the rest of Christopher Guest's oeuvre as well. I just watched This is Spinal Tap for the first time last week. I "lifted" it off TV.

Groundhog Day is another movie that ironically we watch over and over and over again...


Groundhog's Day, Fried Green Tomatoes, Shawshank Redemption, loved them all but don't own any of them. I must rectify that as soon as the budget allows!

I still need to see Muholland Drive and Shakespeare in Love. I liked Four Weddings and A Funeral as well.

I'll need extra money when I go to buy Fried Green Tomatoes because it simply must be bought with Steel Magnolias. Can't explain it, it's just how it is. *Grin*

Talk to you soon,


Cindy Swanson

Some terrific ones, Nicholas! Probably my favorite is "Groundhog Day," which is must-see viewing for our family every Feb 2. Bill Murray at his funniest!

I really did like "Memento," though. What an extremely intriguing movie!


Except "Best in show" I've seen them all, most of them on VHS like you! :)
Thanks for visiting my 13 books TT. As you've probably guessed I've read all of my list (I don't own all of them though). Nice to hear somebody else has read Pierre Gilliard's book!


I've seen 9 out of 13! Not too bad. I remember being frustrated when I saw Mullholand drive. Shawshank Redemption and Best of Show I'd watch tonight if I had them on hand. Nice selection. When I manage to get out of the house I'll rent Memento.


I have Groundhog Day (fabulous film that created a new concept in the English language) and Four Weddings...on DVD. I've watched both several times.

Happy TT!


The Full Monty is my favorite on the list.
All my favorite scenes are flashing through my head as I write.
Thanks for atopping by my site.

Dane Bramage

I don't know how you pulled it off but I have only seen one of these films. And I purposely avoided "Mulholland Drive" because I saw "Eraserhead". I still get the willies sometimes when I think about that flick.

Sandy (Momisodes)

Oh I could watch Shawshank Redemption and Amadeus a million times and never grow tired of them :) GReat list!


Awesome! Funny enough, we watched both Memento and Groundhog Day within the last 2 weeks. What are the chances?

I don't think I still own a VCR. And it frightens me that I can't remember... ;)


so many of those movies are my favorites, too. Memento was excellent! Best In Show, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Full Monty, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day are movies I could walk over and over again.

Matthew James Didier

Wow! Once again, great tastes! I've got six of these titles on VHS too and yes, we still use it! I love those people that pitched their VCRs when they went DVD... 'cuz man, TAPES went on sale EVERYWHERE for usually $0.99! We picked up some FANTASTIC classic movies for a buck! I love my VCR!


We're slowly getting everything on DVD. Right now I have "Go" and "Mystery Men" and some random movies like "The Dead Hate the Living" on VHS. Hubby has an EXTENSIVE vhs collection. A lot of stuff thats not available on dvd.


I don't have a very large collection, but I do have the first Star Wars trilogy on VHS and DVD. My grand kids gave me the Indiana Jones trilogy for Christmas.

Have a great TT.

Harris Channing

So many memories wrapped up in your favorite one on the list is AMADEUS! That was a great movie.


Great list, I've got several of those on VHS, unfortunately my VCR died. Can't decide on replacing the VCR or switching to DVD.


I think we might have a VCR up in the attic .....but I have seen most of those!

Thanks so much for visiting my TT.


I haunt Half Price Books to buy VHS tapes for $1, and we're building a marvelous library of movies. I need to remember to buy a couple of spare VCRs, though!

Fun list!


great list, some unexpecteds there, but mostly love love


Oh and really forgot to answer you...

I'm really not sure how the song went in my head. I hear it, but coming out of my finger tips isn't so good. lol.

And pwn is gamer talk for 'own'. ;P


I love Shakespeare in Love.
Thanks for the visits.


I remember the days before VCR's too! :) We even used to rent the VCR machines and VHS tapes to watch at home ... before we purchased the machine! Oh my!!

Thanks for stopping by my TT and giving me the idea to do one on carving stamps. That will be coming up some time in February!!

Have a great day!!!

Julie Doe

Thanks for stopping by my blog (and you really should try martial arts!) Of the movies you listed, I really liked Amadeus, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Full Monty, and Memento. I think I have only about 5 movies on VHS, though, and I now find them frustrating to watch because they don't have the convenience of chapters and fast-fast-fast forward. Ahh, the conveniences of technology. :)

Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama

Oh yes, Groundhog Day! This is a great movie! I, of course, love Shakespeare in Love, too.

Memento had me thinking TOO much, though. I had a really hard time keeping up, and my husband eventually gave up and fell asleep. And then asked me to explain it to him after it was over, LOL!


I love Shawshank and Shakespeare in Love! I haven't seen either in a long time. We have an assortment of DVDs and VHS movies that we keep. Most of the VHS movies are for the kids. The DVDs include some of the better movies we've loved over the years.

Great list!

Linda at 2nd cup

I am a big Christopher Guest fan, but I know a lot of his material is not politcally correct. Also love Four Weddings. Nice list. You must be a little older than I previously thought by all of your historic references in this post!


Thanks for stopping by. Some great movies on your list. We very rarely watch anything on the VHS any more. I think Into The Woods is one of the few.


I've seen several of those. LOVE "Groundhog Day."

Tickled Pink.Nicole

I'm not sure why, but I love, love, love Ground Hog day and think of it often. I haven't heard of Momento, but it sounds interesting. I haven't yet seen Shakespeare in Love - thanks for the reminder about it!


Shawshank and 4 Weddings were great!


GREAT list - of those, my favorites are Fried Green Tomatoes (can't watch without crying - ever!) and Shawshank Redemption, although I still believe the latter is better as a book.

We still have loads of VHS tapes in my house, too...the DVDs have gradually outnumbered them, but we won't part with the tapes we have!


I not only still have tons of movies on VHS, I've got shows we taped off the t.v., too. And yes, we still watch them (occasionally).
There are a few you've listed that I've yet to see (let alone own copies of) but the familiar ones, like Shawshank and Amadeus, are long-standing favorites.
I may have to steal/borrow this idea from you some time. Great TT!

Pamela Kramer

These are classics! I'm a big fan of The Full Monty and Four Weddings and a Funeral. I can't watch Shawshank, it just kills me. I get to emotional with that flick. - LOL


One of these days, DVDs will be replaced by a newer technology.... that's a little depressing, since we're still busy trying to replace all our old VHS tapes!

I enjoyed "Four Weddings and a Funeral" very much, especially the recitation of W.H. Auden's poem, "Funeral Blues."

I'm late to your T-13 party, as usual!


I still watch some of those on VHS too!

Tina Kubala

I could watch Best in Show every day and still laugh.

Thanks for visiting.

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