The 1978 "Superman" is one of those movies, along with "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day" and "The Godfather," that you have to -- *have to* -- stop and watch the rest of if you happen to catch it while flipping the channels.
Of course, everyone has their own personal "I'm-finishing-this-movie-that-I've-seen-17-times" movie, but we're going to say that the bulk of movie-watching humanity can agree on the Richard Donner-directed flick. If you catch it 10 minutes in, a half hour, near the end, you're finishing it.
The reasons for this remote-based devotion are numerous. 1) Christopher Reeve. 2) through 30) Christopher Reeve. We'll also give props to Gene Hackman who is an especially stylish Lex Luthor, the gorgeous and hilarious Valerie Perrine, and Margot Kidder. Margot Kidder, a ballsy, brilliant Lois. Who has the best line of the flick. "You've got me?! Who's got you?" You know the thrilling, copter-and-building-top moment, because you've watched this flick 50 times, which is a very good thing.
Forget the cable flipping for one day, however, because The Skirball Center is screening the "Superman" for free. You probably haven't seen it on the big screen since you were a mere whelp, or maybe you've never seen it played large. Do it. See it from start to finish. 1:30PM, Tuesday, June 9