I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs
Include movies and TV shows in the quote above, and you will accurately sum up why I rarely watch (or read) things twice. When my "to be watched" list unfurls on the floor like a cartoon scroll, there just aren't enough hours in the day. Which means that when I do re-watch a movie, it has to be for a really good reason.
Some films I re-watch for the sake of tradition (It's A Wonderful Life), nostalgia (hello Disney!), or because I'm introducing a friend to something strange and wonderful (like Repo: The Genetic Opera). There are a few that manage to worm their way inside my soul, that I'll watch again and again, but one in particular that stands out.
Well, one trilogy. To rule them all.
The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)
These are the films that I watch when I'm sick and stuck on the couch. When I'm sad, and need something to distract me. When I can't sleep, when I need a lazy day, and sometimes when it's just been a solid few months without watching one. They remain in rotation at all times (as I write this, I'm back to The Fellowship), with the occasional addition of the Hobbit trilogy, and in over a decade of regular watching, I'm still not bored.
There's just something about J R R Tolkien's world that will never get old. Archers and swordfights, fantasy lands and incredible creatures, love and loyalty and adventure. Lord of the Rings remains the best fantasy trilogy of all time, and I re-read the books almost as often as I re-watch the films (although it takes a little longer!).
It's no secret that I dream of the quiet life of a Hobbit, (although with a little less hair on my toes!) and drifting away into Middle Earth for the thousandth time is as close as I'm going to get for now.