Like Mom's Meatloaf or a hot Chicken Pot Pie, movies can be as comforting as your favorite food, which, for me, is currently the Hot and Sour Soup at this little Chinese hole in the wall about a mile from my house in Tennessee. At barely 3 bucks, it is seriously better than the $12 bowl I had at this upscale place in Toronto...anyway...
I've been coping my way through life with movies for as long as I can remember. And, so I like the theme (A LOT!) this Thursday as part of Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks.
Ahh, Comfort Movies...kick your shoes off, put your PJs on, it's been a shitty day. Here's how you make it to tomorrow (in threes):
Three Films About Love (...Man)
dir. Woody Allen, 1977
Because of the charm, the way you can't quite remember the sequence of events. It's a fond memory, a loving one.
dir. Ted Demme, 1996
Because no movie has made me feel more secure in the how I think and feel as a man. Plus, that "Sweet Caroline" scene.
dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002
Because it's like P.T. Anderson said to Marc Maron when asked what this movie was "about"... "It's about love, man." And it's lovely. I am so stoked when I think about the fact that I know I'm getting this on Criterion Blu-Ray for Christmas.
Three Films with Bill Murray (that start with a G)
dir. Ivan Reitman, 1984
Because it's awesome. And I watched it on repeat as a kid.
dir. Ivan Reitman, 1989
dir. Harold Ramis, 1993
Because it is one of the most brilliantly written and edited films ever made (and it's totally under-praised for that.) It is just so damn clever and so much fun to watch.
Three Films of Steven Spielberg (made pretty much in a row)
Because fucking Robert Shaw, man. "Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies..."
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Because the magic of movies, man. This is 100% PURE movie.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Because that hat and that whip and that leather jacket and that dude wearing it, an instant icon.
Three Films of Wes Anderson (all with Bill Murray)
Because it just spoke to me and taught me what movies can also be.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Because of that Alec Baldwin voiceover and dry wit and that unreal great soundtrack.
Because it is one of the most perfect, beautiful stories about love I've ever seen. And the lovers are 12.
Three Great Movies
(that could not be more different from each other)
A Few Good Men
dir. Rob Reiner, 1992
Because of all that Aaron Sorkin grandstanding, delivered to perfection by Cruise and Nicholson.
Wet Hot American Summer
dir. David Wain, 2001
Because it got me through my first year teaching. I watched it three nights a week. "Wait for me, Abby Bernstein!"
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
dir. Danny Leiner, 2004
Because it is the smartest stupid movie ever made. Simple...but epic.
Speaks out! [drops mic]