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Old October 15 2008, 07:11 AM   #1
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movies that you play in the background

What films do you play in the background, maybe when you are working on stuff, watching occasionally?

Me:

I am Legend
Star Trek films
Star Wars films
LOTR
Ghostbusters
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Old October 15 2008, 07:15 AM   #2
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Fight Club
Blade Runner
The Matrix
Empire Strikes Back
The Big Lebowski
The Hunt for Red October
Thomas Crown Affair
Clerks

Just a bunch of favorites
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Old October 15 2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Never.

If I start a film, it's because I intended to watch that film.., leaving it on in the background while doing something else would just be a distraction.
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Old October 15 2008, 01:16 PM   #4
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Blade
Blade Runner
Casino Royale
Coyote Ugly
Die Hard
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Highlander
Silent Hill
Transformers (1986 or 2007)

There are others, but my pre-coffee brain can't think of them at the moment. Generally these are fun films to have on while I work on my web site or some other task like ironing. I've also been catching up on a lot of TV shows this way too including "Lost" and "Bones".
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Old October 15 2008, 03:23 PM   #5
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Lately, it's been the Matrix. I love the movie, but I've seen it so many times that I don't even need to sit down and watch it straight up any more to follow or enjoy it.
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Old October 15 2008, 04:50 PM   #6
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Re: movies that you play in the background

It depends a lot on what I'm doing but generally speaking I like to have movies on in the background.

These are the ones I've probably played in the background the most (in no particular order):

- I, Robot
- Batman Begins
- Donnie Darko
- Lost in Translation
- Blade Runner
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- nuBSG (not a movie but...)
- Ghostbusters
- Solaris (Soderbergh)
- Airplane 1 and 2 (1 more than 2)
- Sixth Sense
- Unbreakable
- Total Recall
- Running Man


Some others I've had on but not as often (again in no particular order):

- Starship Troopers
- Commando
- Terminator 3
- Avalon
- Conan
- Last Action Hero
- ID4
- Minority Report
- Over the Hedge
- Quiet Earth
- Sixth Day
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Old October 15 2008, 04:52 PM   #7
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Re: movies that you play in the background

-any of the Indiana Jones films
-Airplane! (even though most of the gags are visual)
-several "go-to" Star Trek episodes, including In the Pale Moonlight and Yesterday's Enterprise
-sometimes I'll toss in the special features disc instead, like the 3-hour Blade Runner documentary or one of the Alien documentaries
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Old October 15 2008, 04:54 PM   #8
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Re: movies that you play in the background

It's usually "El Dorado." It just makes me feel good to have it playing like music.

Occasionally, I will play some TOS episodes like that. It needs to be something that is already thoroughly burned into your brain -- and that you like.
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Old October 15 2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Alien

I put it on a LOT - if I'm cleaning my apartment or doing laundry on a saturday morning, it's a good bet that Alien will be on. (I do the same thing with Blade Runner too).
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Old October 15 2008, 05:40 PM   #10
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Lord of the Rings or Star Wars is running all the time at my place.
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Old October 15 2008, 05:41 PM   #11
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Shrek. The Incredibles. Ice Age. Toy Story. (Are you detecting a small child in my life? )
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Old October 15 2008, 08:59 PM   #12
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Re: movies that you play in the background

I watch the movies for themselves. But when I'm sitting here at the computer, doing whatever, I usually like to listen to movie and TV episode commentaries.
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Old October 16 2008, 03:12 AM   #13
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Re: movies that you play in the background

Jaws
Aliens
Tremors
The Burbs
Starship Troopers
Jurassic Park
Die Hard... any of them

I ususally don't put anyting on that is too serious... I would end up watching it. So it is usually a action flick or sci fi that I ahve seen a billion times.
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Old October 16 2008, 09:30 PM   #14
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Re: movies that you play in the background

I usually put on an episode of MST3K while I'm falling asleep.
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Old October 16 2008, 09:45 PM   #15
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Re: movies that you play in the background

I work at home and whenever I'm not on calls, I keep TCM running in the background.

So for me, the answer to that question is 'pretty much any classic film'.

I've seen tons and tons of classic films, so I can usually follow along without even looking at the screen, because chances are I've seen the film at least once.
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