Monday, April 10, 2006

The Roadhouse Syndrome

What is the Roadhouse Syndrome you ask? Well, the Roadhouse Syndrome is what happens when you're flicking through the channels and you come to a movie that you just HAVE to watch. It doesn't matter if there is only five minutes left, doesn't matter if it just started, doesn't matter if you have to go to're gonna watch it. Every scene is delicious and you'll enjoy it no matter where you come in.

It doesn't mean the movie is any good (Roadhouse), there's just something about it that you like. Some movies you have to be in the mood for them...and some you have to watch the whole thing. Not Roadhouse Syndrome movies (Patrick Swayze plays a guy called Dalton and he happens to be a 'Legendary Bouncer' called in to clean up the infamaous Double Deuce bar...How stupid is that???)

Here are mine:

1. Roadhouse (Just wait until the bad guy Ben Gazzara shows up in the monster truck!)

2. Dirty Dancing (Nobody puts Baby in a corner!)

3. Jaws (See? Even great movies can be part of the Roadhouse Syndrome)

4. Planet of the Apes (almost a perfect movie...not a second of boredom)

5. It's a Wonderful Life (you can come into this anywhere and still dig it)

6. Blazing Saddles

7. Kelly's Heroes (Pretty bad war movie that just always sucks me in)

8. Blues Brothers (not even a nano second of dullness in this)

9. The Great Escape

10. Dr. No

11. And most prison movies.

What are yours? And don't get all high faluttin' and start listing Citizen Kane and Birth of a Nation and Ghandi and crap...


assholeway said...

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Godfather, 1 & 2, parts of 3
Lady & the Tramp

Lois Lane said...

Blues Brothers
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Funny Face
The Producers

Lois Lane said...

oh, and Grease and Love Actually too.

Yeah, I'm feeling girly today.

HorrorU said...

Animal House
12 Monkeys
Any Connery Bond movie
Escape from New York
Anything with Traci Lords

Dirty Dancing Steve, really??

I Ain't No Oprah said...


If the Producers is on I have to watch until at least the Blue Blanket scene...after that I can change the channel. Just a minor compulsion.

And Love Actually is the best chickflick ever. EVER!

I Ain't No Oprah said...


Yes...Dirty Dancing. I admit it. Every scene is pure horrible gold.

I Ain't No Oprah said...

and let's not forget The Fifth Element...very hard to change the channel if that sucker is on.

pwdonz said...

The Shawshank Redemption
The Dirty Dozen
Demolition Man (damn that TBS)
Better Off Dead (pretty much any Cusack movie)

Lois Lane said...

Oh, I almost listed The Fifth Element! I've watched that more times than I can count. It's not like it's really great, its not like its so bad its great, its just compelling in a way I can't quite describe.

And as a shout out to the other comic book geeks, howsabout Batman with the one, the only Adam West.

"Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb."

I Ain't No Oprah said...

And of course Rocky III with Mr T. as Clubber Lang.

pwdonz said...

And Ferris Buehler's Day Off

I Ain't No Oprah said...

I'll see your Ferris Bueller and raise you the Breakfast Club.

Phil Donahue's Niece said...

French Kiss - My ass is tweetching, you people make my ass tweetch.

ANY Lord of the Rings (even the crappy animated one from 1980)

Troy - Brad Pitt in a toga. Nuff said.

Ocean's 11 & 12 - the sountracks are like a lullaby to me

Titanic - the lapping of the water sends me off until the screaming stars.

cake said...

I'll get sucked into almost anything, if I'm tired enough.

Any of the Indiana Jones flicks, for sure...and Big Trouble in Little China and Kelly's Heroes. I've seen them both in bits and pieces on tv probably about ten times each.

I saw Dirty Dancing last summer and it was better than I remembered. How scary is that!?

cake said...

Oh and Citizen Kane and Gandhi, of course.