Back when I was doing my purging, I came across an old notebook that contained a list of movies I used to own on VHS. See, back in the day VHS was king and I loved having lots of movies to watch in my room and to fall asleep too. Then DVDs took over and I was left with a bunch of movies that I never got around to re-buying on DVD. At one point during another purge, I just threw away all my old VHS tapes. They were taking up too much room and I knew the odds of dragging out my VCR to actually watch them was slim to none. But of course I wrote them all down in case I wanted to re-buy them one day. The list made me smile to remember all those movies that I used to love, but now haven't seen in years. Let's review, shall we?
Road Trip - One of those movies that I wasn't crazy about the first time, but later grew on me. What can I say, I'm a sucker for stupid comedies.
Freddy Got Fingered - Speaking of which, I love Freddy Got Fingered. Where's my LeBaron anyway?
O - There seemed to be a lot of Shakespeare updates when I was in high school.
So I Married an Axe Murderer - A classic. If you ever hear me refer to a kid looking like an orange on a toothpick, I'm quoting this movie.
Out Cold - I didn't realize until recently that this movie starred a young Zach Galifianakis, along with one of the London brothers (I can never tell them apart). I loved this movie and thought it was hilarious, I wonder if it holds up today?
Dragonfly - I always really liked this movie with Kevin Costner. It's one of those movies that kind of has a bit of everything - a little romance, a little mystery, a little supernatural...it kind of reminds me of Frequency.
Idle Hands - Love this movie! Devon Sawa, Seth Green, a young Jessica Alba, it's everything that was great about 1999.
Orange County - While I never thought that this was a perfect movie, I do love Colin Hanks.
The Mexican - Even though this got pretty crap reviews, I always thought Brad Pitt was pretty hilarious in it. El Camino!
Labyrinth - A classic. Who doesn't love David Bowie in stretchy pants?
Center Stage - This is one I should definitely have on DVD. My sister and I used to quote it pretty heavily. "I'm all splotchy!"
Signs - I have a soft spot for old M. Night, okay? Signs is a damn good movie.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - In high school I used to watch this movie every day. Young Matthew Broderick is the cutest thing ever.
Vanilla Sky - A mind trip, to be sure. I do love Cameron Crowe movies though.
Legally Blonde - Where would we be if Elle Woods never taught us how to bend and snap?
Mars Attacks! - I love the inherent cheesiness of this movie - and the young Natalie Portman as the first daughter! She's always awesome.
Skipped Parts - A random little indie gem that I loved with Jennifer Jason Lee and a very young Mischa Barton.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Don't we all love this movie? Our love fern! You let it DIE!
Clerks - Kevin Smith's classic. It's always been a dream of mine to go to Jersey and see the real Quick Stop.
Whipped - Another kind of random indie movie with Amanda Peet. I looovve me some Amanda Peet. I wouldn't mind seeing this one again just to see if it's actually any good. I always thought it was pretty funny.
Mallrats - This one I actually have re-bought on DVD! Love me some Jason Lee.
Slackers - Okay, more Devon Sawa. You can never have too much Devon Sawa. Bonus points for a young Jason Segel.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - Again with the Kevin Smith. I miss having Kevin Smith movie marathons!
Bring it On - I may or may not have spent an entire day once watching all of the Bring it On movies. The first is still the best though. This isn't a democracy, it's a cheerocracy. Well you're being a cheer-tator, Torrence! And a pain in my ass!
Heartbreakers - Jason Lee in a non-Kevin Smith movie! It's actually pretty funny, Ray Liotta is great in it.
Go - Oh I love Go. It's like Pulp Fiction's little sister.
Boys Don't Cry - Not all goofy teen movies on this list!
Sugar and Spice - And we're back to the goofy teen movies. You know, because sometimes cheerleaders have to rob banks.
Romeo + Juliet - Didn't we all want to be Claire Danes? Leo has never looked yummier than in R+J.
The Mothman Prophecies - This scared the hell out of me when I saw it for the first time. I love those eerie, based on a true story kind of horror movies.
The Ring - It's a terrible idea to watch this movie on a VHS tape.
Super Troopers - I don't want a large Farva, I want a goddamn litre of cola!
Dogma - Yes, I enjoy Kevin Smith.
Indiana Jones Trilogy - I always liked Temple of Doom best, then The Last Crusade, then Raiders.
I am Sam - Such a sweet, sad movie.
Jawbreaker - Oh I loooovvveee this movie! So dark and twisty, and Rose McGowan is so awesome.
Laws of Attraction - Can't beat the Beek! It's actually not a great movie, but I love Shannyn Sossamon.
Drop Dead Gorgeous - This movie is amazing, if you haven't seen it you need to check it out. I love the whole mockumentary style, and the cast is just amazing.
Chasing Amy - Yay KS!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Here's a confession - I've never been crazy about this movie. I always thought it was only okay. Feel free to throw things at me.
Blair Witch Project - I still love this movie, it's still good and creepy.
The Princess Bride - Sigh, one of my all-time favourites. I have it on DVD now, of course. As you wish.
Nightmare Before Christmas - I could never decide if this movie should be watched at Halloween or at Christmas. Thoughts?
Return to Oz - One of the all-time creepiest weirdest movies ever. I always loved it as a kid, but in that way that I was also terrified of it. If you've never seen it, you need to watch it. Those wheelers will mess you up.
Grease - Grease is one of those movies that I loved in high school but have since grown to hate it. Ugh, is there a more annoying movie in the entire world?
Pecker - Awww, I wouldn't mind watching this again. Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci. It's awesome.
The Good Girl - An awesome movie with an awesome cast. Love Jennifer Aniston in this.
SLC Punk! - Woo! More young Jason Segel!
I know that there were more, but I had already upgraded to DVD at the time, so I didn't bother to write them down. This of course doesn't include the movies that I remember having recorded onto blank VHS from the TV (I can remember The Craft and Conspiracy Theory off the top of my head) It's funny how many of these movies I would have completely forgotten about if I hadn't written them down.
What about you? Any old high school favourites you've kept around for old times sake?