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Question Time III – Last Chance Movie

I am frequently asked what my favourite movie of all time is. I’m sure you have been asked this countless times too. I always struggled to answer this, because it depended on my mood, or a million other things, and I felt it was pretty much impossible to give just one film as my definitive answer.

That is until the day I decided to take a different approach to the question. What if I had only enough time left on this planet to watch one film? In the same way as a prisoner on death row gets to choose their last meal, I started to think about my film choice in a similar fashion. What if I could watch just one more movie, and then, Sopranos style, my life just cut to black. What would I choose?

Goodfellas. That was my first answer. Not one of the other incredible movies I have had the privilege of seeing, but Goodfellas. So whenever someone asks me the question now, that’s the answer I go with. I could reel off 20 of my favourite films right now, but there’s no fun for any of you in that, and the point of this post is to ask a question.

My question this week then, if you could choose just one movie and then your life was over, what would you choose to watch? What would be your last chance movie? Unlike my Desert Island project, where people tend to pick 8 films they could watch over and over, this question is really trying to see how you approach it. Ideally I want to see your favourite movie choices, as surely you want to go out with a bang and watch the best film possible, you know, the one you enjoy the most.

It’s all hypothetical of course. I’m not trying to be morbid or looking to get into an emotional ‘where are my loved ones/why is it my last movie/I cant choose one, so here are ten’ type scenario, it’s all meant to be a bit of fun. Please just try and go with it, see if you can pick one film and let me know in the comments section. No poll for a change and I’m not counting to see which film is the most popular, just curious to see what my fellow bloggers favourite movie would be.

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Question Time II – Movie Screeners

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  1. This is a great question. I’d go with Kill Bill. I think. Hahaha.

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  2. My favorite movie is Apocalypse Now, which is the film I could probably watch the most, but I think I’d want a film that make me feel the most hopeful. In that case I’d pick Groundhog Day. Nice post.

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  3. Star Wars Saga all in one 🙂

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  4. Such a difficult question! I’d have to go with the movie that started my love of cinema with Night of the Living Dead. It started that way, might as well end it the same!

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  5. My initial response was like it always is: Casablanca. Then you added that ‘last meal’, end-of-the-world caveat. Hmm… Well, then I’ve have to go with what’s been my usual close second film, It’s a Wonderful Life.

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    • Yeah had to throw a curve ball in, only way to try get people to commit to one film!

      Beautiful choices either way Michael, all set to watch It’s a Wonderful Life next week as a build up to Christmas time 🙂

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  6. I’d probably go for Wayne’s World. It makes me laugh more than any other film and I think if I could only watch one film before shuffling off this mortal coil or whatever I think I’d want it to be a comedy. Tough choice though!

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    • So long since I last saw Waynes World. I remember buying them both on VHS and nearly wearing them out through constant rewatches. Such funny films, especially the original.

      Great choice and thanks for playing 🙂

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  7. Thomas Priday

     /  November 19, 2012

    The answer would be Raging Bull.

    But I think the most universal answer for a ‘favorite’ film would be the one last seen by ‘x director’. For me, it’s the latest Fellini film I’ve seen, with others it may be Scorsese etc. :L

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  8. I think you already know mine bro. It is, of course, The Big Lebowski.

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  9. One movie before I die, man, that’s tough. I guess it would have to be the movie I’ve watched the most in my life, and is an all-time favorite, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Even though Empire is my favorite SW movie, I couldn’t imagine a better way to go out than watching Han, Luke, and Chewie get their medals. 🙂 Great post!

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    • Cheers for not cheating and picking ONE Star Wars movie! Despite not being a huge fan of the films, I love your reasoning. Thanks for playing along William 🙂

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  10. theipc

     /  November 19, 2012

    The Professional (Leon), Captain.

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  11. While I Know You’re Waiting For Me To Say “KRULL”…
    …I’m Throwing You A Curveball.
    If I Were Gonna Die Right After The Film Ends…
    …I’d Choose “PATTON” As My Final Film.
    It’s A Flick Near And Dear To My Heart, But The Memories Attached To It, And Even More-So The People In Said Memories, Are Keenly Felt. Yeah. “PATTON” Would Be My Choice.
    And If I Were Still Slightly Alive At It’s End, And Another Film Was Suddenly Possible…
    …I Choose “ROCKY III”!!! 😀
    GREAT QUESTION, Dude!!!
    -B.

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  12. Reblogged this on "You Jivin' Me, Turkey?" and commented:
    I Figured Reading More Answers To This Question Would Be Plenty Fun, So Why Not Do Ye Ole Rebloggin’ing?! Why Not, Indeed! 🙂

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  13. I’d go with Scottish director Bill Forsyth’s film, “Local Hero.” Released in 1983, I’ve never seen a film use location, mood and irony any better than this one. And Mark Knopfler’s soundtrack is amazing.

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  14. Hmm… Maybe The Green Mile. There’s so many out there. Whenever someone asks me that question, I just say there’s too many. I should really narrow it down hahah.

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    • Thats why I tried to offer the threat of immediate death to try and coerce a definitive answer out of you! Green Mile is a great choice though, and very apt for your situation (not your real situation, I hope, but prisoners have internet now so who knows! Lol)

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  15. jmount43

     /  November 19, 2012

    Kill Bill, perhaps. Maybe Goodfellas. Then again Taxi Driver or The Godfather would be great. This is the last film before I die, right? Hmm, what’s the longest film ever made?

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  16. Surprisingly, as hard as it is for me to answer “what’s my favorite movie”, this variation isn’t so difficult. Assuming I know it’s my last movie, and then I die, I’m going to want to go out on a happy note. And since I know I’m dying, that may or may not be easy. So it’s got to be a movie that’s guaranteed to put me in a good mood no matter what. And that means The Muppet Movie. I defy anybody to die unhappily after that.

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    • Yeah I tried to add a little twist to try and get a more definitive answer from people. Seems to be working and is a little different from asking people for their favourite 🙂

      The Muppet Movie would be happy deaths all round, great choice Morgan 🙂

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  17. Great question! I think for me my all time favourite film would be the same one that I would choose to watch last…No Country For Old Men.

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    • Thanks very much!

      I’m going to show myself up here, and whilst I own that film on blu ray, and hear nothing but awesome things about it, I still havent watched it! I know, I know, but I will, very soon!

      Cheers for playing buddy 🙂

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  18. The Wind and the Lion.

    And it didn’t even make my top eight. Weird, huh?

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    • Weird, but a different approach and resulted in a different answer! Thats what impending hypothetical death does to people! 🙂

      Great choice, and thanks for playing along Marilyn! 🙂

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  19. jenkakio

     /  November 20, 2012

    Hummm…good question. It’s a tie between Scarface or The Hangover. I agree with you on the whole “how you feel determines the answer”. I guess, if I’m super depress that I’m leaving this earth, then I would watch The Hangover. Or if I’m feeling like, “eff this!” attitude, Scarface all the way. I bury those cockroaches!

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    • 2 (cheat!) great choices, especially love the Scarface one! That would really fire you up before you died. Thanks for playing along 🙂

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  20. daveackackattack

     /  November 20, 2012

    Amelie. No other movie has left me with a smile like that movie. That’s the way I’d want to go.

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  21. Garry Armstrong

     /  November 20, 2012

    I’ll have to go with “The Searchers”. I love westerns and John Wayne was my favorite “star”. This was his finest effort and, arguably, one of the best westerns ever made.

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    • Thanks Garry 🙂

      Always love you taking the time to stop by, and great choice! That film gets a lot of love around here, and rightly so!

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  22. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” – love that film and Clementine is essentially me so yeah, it seems fitting.

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  23. Big Trouble In Little China …..Its the best movie ever.

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  24. I’d pick “The Dreamers” — beautiful people, beautiful film. Before I die, it’d be nice to once again, and for the final time, feel the spark that ignited my love affair with movies.

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  25. Amelie for sure, it got everything in a movie. Ok no action but everything else.

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    • Does it have a scene featuring sex between a man and the genetic part human part alien baby his wife conceived? No, that was Splice………still can’t get that image out of my head 🙂

      Great choice buddy, thanks for playing 🙂

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  26. While my favorite movie is Rocky Horror Picture Show (of course along with a slew of others), the one I will watch before I die will be Lynch’s Blue Velvet, that wonderful wonderful slice of creepy Americana. Sure, I’m not American or anything but, man, I love that whole twisted universe Lynch created, with all of its quirky characters, the wonderful music and the superb acting and it gives me such wonderful goosebumps every time I see it. Plus, it would bring a nice sense of coming full circle as the movie was released in the year of my birth.

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  27. Probably something funny, a comedy, but I’m at a loss to pick just one.

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  28. Monty Python – Life Of Brian. Epic movie and great song at the end!

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    • Never been a fan of Monty Python to be honest, just never got it………

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting though Luc, thanks very much 🙂

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  29. I`d definitely go with a Miyazaki movie. It would a debate between Howl`s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro but I have to go with the latter. My Neighbor Totoro is a movie that brings me hope and happiness. Joe Hisaishi has beautiful and uplifting soundtrack to match the actual story that Miyazaki gives us. Dying after feeling happy and hopeful sounds like a good plan 🙂

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  30. I think I’d pick The Breakfast Club. It’s one of my favourite movies (top 5) from one of my favourite directors but it also has one of my favourite songs in it (Don’t You Forget About Me). Plus, that film helped me a lot growing up and has shaped some of my world views/attitudes.

    There’s a whole spectrum of emotions too, with a hopeful ending so I wouldn’t end my life on a downer.

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  31. I would go with the “Fade To White” version of Lady Vengeance where the color slowly fades away in the second half of the film until it is completely gone. This is one of my top ten (maybe five) films of all time. It was also the first film I watched in 2012 so it may as well be the last as well.

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  32. After uncovering Tyson’s fiendish plan to ask us our last movie, show it to us, then kill us IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROPHECY, I hesitated for a bit before answering, then did it anyway.

    I’m not sure I’d really want to watch a happy movie before I go. I think it would make me want to stay around a while longer, so assuming I’ve whizzed past all the other stages of grief, I’d go with something to help ease me into acceptance: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

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    • It is fiendish, I apologise 😉

      Another Python fan I see, had some others reply with one of theirs. Still wont convert me 🙂 Thanks for playing Stacia, I appreciate it.

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  33. Hmm…how tricky…Under “normal” conditions I think I would say Gummo, because it is a film I can watch over and over and over again and I always get something new out of it or notice a tiny little detail I hadn’t seen before.

    But! Assuming I would be aware of the fact that I would die after this final film, I’m pretty sure I would be drinking heavily throughout, so I would have to go for Bring It On. I must have watched this at least two or three times every year since it came out and it never fails to make me smile. That’s probably the kind of film I’d like to say “good bye, world” with…or more aptly “Burr, it’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere!”

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    • Yeah I havent made these normal conditions have I! Sorry about that 😉

      Bring It On! Amazing, wasn’t expecting that. Good and unique choice, well played 🙂

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  34. This is such a tough question but at the moment I’ll choose Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, because it would end things on a fun note and I’d get to see Cary Grant and Myrna Loy give fantastic performances one last time.

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  35. Abbi

     /  November 21, 2012

    Everything is Illuminated. If I had only enough time to watch one film and I didn’t get to see it at least one more time (bearing in mind that I have probably seen it about 40 times), I’d be inconsolable.

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  36. Good question – I think I would take Big Lebowski

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  37. r361n4

     /  December 4, 2012

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, without a Doubt

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  38. Well, my first intention would be to choose a Tarantino movie ’cause he is my favourite director of all time. But when I think about for some time, I’d pick ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

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  39. Ryan

     /  May 16, 2013

    Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life. Holy Grail was probably their silliest film, and Life Of Brian was their best-written, but neither one made me laugh as hard as this one did. It has the Pythons doing what they do best, pointing out the rediculous futility of everything around us and being hilariously mean and cynical about it. What other film ranges from the sheer fun of The Crimson Permanent Assurance to the surreal and disturbing Live Organ Transplants to the best Grim Reaper ever(“Well, you’re dead now, so shut up!!”)? Too many other classic moments, I could go on and on. And it would be nice to hear “The Universe Song” one more time before I blip out.

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    • Wouldn’t it be awesome if some cool movie theater did a triple-feature of all three of those Python films? Let’s say, beginning at midnight until around 6:00 a.m. Then breakfast. Perfect night.

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      • Ryan

         /  May 16, 2013

        I could definitely get behind that. I’ve seen Holy Grail on the big screen before, but not the other two, and they’re more hilariously cinematic in parts. T’would be great.

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        • I was lucky enough to see all three in the movie theater, the latter two when they first came out, and Holy Grail about a decade after it first came out, at a midnight movie showing. “Meaning of Life” is the choppiest and most uneven of the three, but as you point out, it has several hilarious moments.

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