Favorite Movies – Old Skool

Today’s Kickin’ it Old Skool Blog-a-Thon prompt is to share some of my favorite movies.

I actually don’t watch movies all that often – always have other things to do – but I do definitely have some favorites.

The ones that I have memorized include The Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Those I can pop in any time and don’t even have to watch them to enjoy them.

I do also enjoy period films, especially those that feature James Purefoy. Ironclad, Solomon Kane, mmm…

Er, yeah! Hello.

There are also movies you’d think I’d like, but I can only laugh at. Like Jurassic Park. I’m a paleontologist. I have to like it, right? Uh, yeah.

Or geology movies like The Core, or Dante’s Peak. Groan.

I actually have a whole fleet of bad geology movies, and I’ve even reviewed many of them on this blog.

This afternoon I’ll be watching bad geology movies with my students in lab. It’s the last week of classes and I don’t have a laboratory exercise for them, so it’s movie-watching time. We’ll probably watch The Core, because it’s so awful that it’s good.

What about you? What are your favorite movies?


  1. John says:

    So then, does Journey to the Center of the Earth (Brendan Fraser) rate as a bad geology movie? Just watched it a few weeks ago. Or, for the completely irreverent – Will Ferrell’s version of Journey to the Center of the Earth (probably my favorite Will Ferrell movie just because it is so bizarre). Love your picks!


    1. Penny says:

      Yes, Brendan Fraser’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is a Bad Geology movie. I have actually reviewed it here. It gets a bit of a reprieve, however, because it’s based on a book that was written when little was known about geology and the interior of the Earth. Because of that, I can usually enjoy that movie, because I know it’s not trying to be accurate.


  2. TinkNL says:

    I understand how you watch movies that are about your science. I have the same when I watch movies about witches, or people with eating disorders, or other things I know more about than most people. In movies we often see things exaggerated, the stereotypes or just wrong.


  3. It’s fun to have it’s-so-bad-it’s-good movies to watch. Love that you’ve reviewed films related to your field – that’s delightful.


  4. Serena says:

    Oh my God, how could I forget to mention Monty Python and The Holy Grail! I LOVE that movie. And now I also remembered I forgot to mention Erik the Viking, with Tim Robbins and John Clease. That was great, too!


  5. Shannon says:

    I adore the fact that you have a tag especially for Bad Geology Movies, although now I’m feeling guilty that I love The Core (for the leadership…not the geology!). I would hazard to guess that a lot on your list are SyFy Originals and Asylum films…which I also tend to like. *hides*


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