We all have things that make us happy; something that pulls us out of the muck of a bad day or a bad few weeks. There are workouts, yoga sessions, walks in the sunlight, reading or writing. One of mine is sitting on the couch for a movie night. I recently came across a twitter post asking about our four “comfort movies” and I decided to take up that challenge.
On my library of digital movies and shelves of hard copies, there are those films that I think about instantly going to; films that I can put on at any time of the day and will never get sick of, no matter how many times I’ve watched them. Despite wanting to see new movies and chop down my watchlist, there are always those treasured classics that I can put on and it’ll instantly put me in a good mood or a better place than I was before.
I present you my four “comfort movies”:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
The movie that introduced me to the genius of Edgar Wright as always been a go-to favorite of mine. Exciting with its fast-paced action sequences inspired by video games and comic books images and a story that any person could connect to on some level assists in making this movie a cult favorite. Watching the story of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) fighting the seven evil exes of his newest girlfriend, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is like seeing a man’s imagination about winning the girl of his dreams in live-action. Alongside future Hollywood stars like Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Anna Kendrick and Brie Larson, this hilarious film always warms my heart.
Back To The Future
I remember cruising through the Starz channels one Friday night, my 6th grade homework finished, as I tried to find something to watch. I stopped on a channel as I saw a speeding silver Delorean disappear in a flash of light, leaving a pair of fire trails behind. I watched the rest of the movie and waited until it came back on so I could watch from the beginning. The adventure of time-traveling teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) journeying from 1985 to 1955, interacting with his parents and interrupting their meeting. With the help of Christopher Lloyd’s “Doc” Emmett Brown, Marty has to make sure they meet in order to save his existence and the future. Inventive, funny, and a very put together film, Back To The Future has an enduring film with an unforgivable spirit.
One of the first movies my father introduced me to and we bonded over, this film hold a special place in my heart. The biographical sports drama film stars Russell Crowe as world heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock, nicknamed “Cinderella Man”. Braddock fought his way for his family in the uncertain times of The Great Depression to reclaim victory just when everyone thought he was down and out. Along with excellent performances by Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti, this powerful underdog story is something that everyone should watch when you feel down on your luck and feel there is no way out of your current struggles. I watch this movie when I’m really down on myself or need that uplift, that reminder, there will be bigger victories coming your way.
If it wasn’t for my grandfather, I probably wouldn’t know about this film. Focusing on an adult Peter Pan who has forgotten all about his childhood, known in his new life as Peter Banning (Robin Williams). The older Banning is a successful, but unimaginative and workaholic corporate lawyer with a wife and family. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) returns to kidnap his children, Banning must travel back to Neverland and reclaim that inner child in order to save them. It’s not Steven Spielberg’s best film (he admits disappointment in the final product), but it is a memorable one to those who grew up to watch this film and earning a cult following.
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