What's my number one stress reliever? The one thing that allows me to escape the world of reality? Movies of course.

When I settle in for a movie, I am all in. Don't call me, don't interrupt me, don't talk to me at all. I am not happy when my concentration is interrupted while watching a movie.

I'm pretty open minded about types of movies. Some of them are check your brain at the door types, and that's okay. I can handle most of them, but there are a few that I hit the reject button after about five minutes of trying to stay awake or trying to understand just what is going on. I'm sure you have run across some movies of that nature.

While I have a long list of my favorite moves, here are some that I will watch over and over again (Yes, I know, the end is always the same.)

What an amazing movie featuring Hawkeye, Trapper John, Radar and the crew. I can't tell you how many times I've watched this movie. And of course I watched the TV series over and over again.  I have all the episodes on DVD.

American Graffiti
A great cast featuring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford. It came out the year I graduated, so it holds some great memories for me.

Star Wars
That was the movie paved the way for all the special effects going forward. It certainly was ahead of its time.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
As far as I'm concerned, this was Jack Nicholson's best performance. It was a sad ending for R.P. McMurphy.

Apocalypse Now
This 1979 movie is a really intense war film with a stellar cast including Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Lawrence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper and Harrison Ford. A lot of roller-coaster emotions for me.

Saving Private Ryan
Who can forget the opening scene. You shouldn't. It showed the reality of the D-Day invasion as best it could. Tom Hanks did an amazing job portraying Captain John Miller. Another one of his best performances.

Monty Phyton & The Holy Grail
Okay, there's got to be a comedy in my list of favorites, and this one fits the bill perfectly. The entire cast is off the wall. I love this movie, and did my best to memorize many of the funny lines. As I get older, I'm struggling to remember most of  them. My only concern was the ending. It came out of left field for sure, but maybe that's what the Python troupe meant to do. If so, job well done.

And what are your favorite movies of all time?

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