The hashtag #7favfilms started making the rounds on Twitter yesterday, and while I did eventually come up with a list, it made me reflect upon what “favorite” really means for movies.

I mean, I can write a list of movies that I really love, but it’s all for different reasons. Some are great films, but some are boosted by the circumstances in which I watched them. There are plenty of movies that I liked 20 years ago that I would probably enjoy a lot less now. There are movies that I enjoyed because they were action-packed enough to distract me on a long flight, and movies that I will only watch when I’m sick or having a bad day.

So while I did come up with a list of seven.. ish movies, I thought I would provide some more contextual lists.

The movies I said were my favorite on Twitter
Shaun of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead (orig)
The Shining
Office Space
The Breakfast Club
Galaxy Quest
Starship Troopers
Cabin in the Woods

Favorite movie to watch on repeat when you’re 13
The Lost Boys
Pump Up The Volume
The Breakfast Club

Favorite movie to watch when I’m home sick
Idle Hands
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Oceans 11 – 13

Favorite movie that I will deny ever actually watching because it ruins my dour indie cred
Moulin Rouge
The Notebook

Favorite movies I loved like crazy in the 90s but aren’t as good now
Fight Club
Natural Born Killers

Favorite movies I didn’t like in the 90s but love now
The Big Lebowski

Favorite fantastic movies that are so bleak I never want to see them again
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Requiem for a Dream

Favorite movie titles that were actually disappointing films
They Look Like People
Dude, Where’s My Car?

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