A scene to inspire in these trying times.
Movies you save for when life has you down. - Page 2
The week before the election, I watched an Aardman movie every night - all three of the original W&G shorts, Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists. It was incredibly therapeutic, though I doubt I'd leave them to only times where I feel crappy.
Some fabulous choices here (Airplane! Josie and the Pussycats! True Grit! Singin' In The Rain! FLASH GORDON!), but one I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned yet, because it's got great music, it's funny as hell, AND tells you exactly how to deal with those goddamned Illinois Nazis, which is advice we'll sadly all need sooner rather than later:
For me, my pick-me-ups always need to be inspiring. Here lately that has taken the form of GATTACA (which also happens to be my favorite movie of all time) and A KNIGHT'S TALE. So many inspiring, quotable lines in those movies. I just watched A KNIGHT'S TALE the other day. Towards the end when Ledger's fraud is found out and he is in the stocks with a wild mob cursing and throwing food at him and his friends. The prince reveals he has been there all along and comes up and talks to William. I just love that bit:
"Your men love you. If I knew nothing else about you that would be enough. But you also tilt when you should withdraw. And THAT is knightly too."
All the feels.
THE NATURAL & BULL DURHAM are the films that say, "It may be tough now but everything will be ok".
THE RIGHT STUFF is the film that says, "Life. You've got this".
I was reminded recently that in Bruce Campbell's book, he reprints an e-mail from a fan who says that after a bad day, he looks to Evil Dead 2 to watch another guy have a terrible day. I think there's something to that, and would add that it's kind of uplifting to watch Ash transition from hapless victim to demon-slaying badass. And, no matter how often I hear it, that "Groovy" always makes me smile.
Mos Def steals the film.
The final scene and Eddie's letter brings me to tears every single time.
People can change. Such a simple message but such hope is contained in those words!
Richard Donner has probably contributed as much to my mental health as my family.
Speaking of Richard Donner, the original Superman.
"Well, I hope this little incident hasn't put you off flying. Statistically speaking, it's still the safest way to travel."
Shit, just listening to the score for that does it.
No love for 4?
WE ARE FAMILY!
After a second viewing I saw that it's not the perfect film I remembered, but there is still is something so heartwarming about the movie that it retains its place in my list of favorite films. I think the reason why I like it so much is that it pulls off an earnest and optimistic tone while at the same time avoiding the schmaltz, which is a near miracle considering how Al Franken's public access self-help TV host Stewart Smalley is a character that needs to sugarcoat himself to get through the day by repeating the affirmation of "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggon it, people like me!"
Edited by Tim K - 11/23/16 at 11:31pm