Thursday, 1 December 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Comfort Movies



I think I’ve written a similar post before when I used to do Fandom Fridays…but I can think of a few films that bring me comfort. There are film that I can watch over and over and those that I watch if I really can’t think of anything. Movies in my top ten aren’t my comfort films because when I sit down to watch them, I pay attention, unlike a comfort film I can put on and dose off in the middle of. I suppose Lord of the Rings is a comfort trilogy but I don’t like falling asleep through those. In fact, that reminds me, I need to do my epic watch of all three films over Christmas AND write my 15th Anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring. But for now, these are the films that bring me comfort…

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Rear Window
I think I’ve always liked Rear Window. One of my favourite Hitchcock films about (as if you didn’t know) a photojournalist who has broken his leg and is restless after being on bed rest for weeks. He starts to watch his neighbours as they go about their daily lives with no net curtains. But when he notices something strange, he starts to suspect foul play. With the help of his society girlfriend and nurse, he uncovers a dark plot. It’s a detective story where the detective never leaves his room. I used watch this when I was a teenager when I was really ill. My room faces out to the road and I can see quite far down both ends. I took the film to Uni and watched it when I was hungover, somehow it always cheered me up. Later it turned into my rainy day movie, I’d put it on when it was terrible rain. It was comforting to watch while the rain beat on the windows.

Dredd
 This has now become my go to film to watch when I’m ill or too tired or both. It’s an easy watch and I know it so well that I don’t have to worry about missing anything. Based on the comic book character Judge Dredd from 2000AD, set in Mega City One in a mega block, Peach Trees where a gang led by the vicious Ma-ma are distributing a new drug ‘slo-mo’ around the city. Dredd and the rookie Judge Anderson who has mutant abilities storm the block only to end up trapped inside. They make their way up the block floor by floor, fighting all the way. It’s an excellent premise that was unfortunately compares to The Raid which was released around the same time, but both are great in their own way. Dredd is my comfort movie though, I guess it’s the fact its set in a futuristic place yet it feels like it could take place now.

Back to the Future 2/The Goonies/Ghostbusters 
 I know this is a bit of a cheat but these three films were my comfort movies during Uni. I tend to associate comfort movies during those three years as I had barely any films with me. Now at home I’m spoilt for choice, plus I have Netflix and Amazon Prime at my fingertips, which I didn’t have 6 years ago. Watching Doc and Marty in the future Hill Valley and The Goonies on the pirate ship and the Ghostbusters fight the stay puft marshmallow man always made everything better. Kinda. These gems from the 80s were there to comfort me through all sort of things; writer’s block, post party mistakes, hangover, deadlines, come downs, stressful classes, friend problems, guy problems and yes, rainy days. The last one being the best as in my final year I had the back room which had a large window but I also had the airing cupboard so I opened that and warm air filled the room. It was bliss.

9 comments:

  1. I haven't seen Dredd, I've thought about it but if never really appealed to me that much.

    But I LOVE Rear Window, definitely in my top 5 Hitchcock movies...maybe even number 2 depending on the day along with Lifeboat. It's so smartly laid out and Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter are just so wonderful in it. It's one of my comforts too.

    Funny you picked the second Back to the Future it's my least favorite of the trilogy but that shows people react differently to most films. Goonies was okay but I think I waited to long to watch it the first time and was past the age when I could really connect to it. Sorry I detest Ghostbusters.

    This is a fun theme since it's so wide open, I was really surprised to run across a couple of matches on different list since the idea is so singular. I have tons of titles that I think of as comfort films but restricted myself to sticking to the three required with no extras.

    The Prize (1963)-It’s Nobel Prize week in Stockholm and as the winners gather reprobate writer Andrew Craig (Paul Newman) begins to suspect that one of the other winners physicist Max Stratman (Edward G. Robinson) has been replaced by an imposter. As he blunders about looking for answers his initially doubtful chaperone Inger Lisa Andersson (a very beautiful Elke Sommer) comes to believe him and tries to help. Both fun and suspenseful this is the Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock didn’t make!

    Women’s World (1954)-Ultra luxe, star studded drama of a corporate competition for the top job at an automobile company. Three couples, the loving Midwesterners (June Allyson & Cornel Wilde), the wry but troubled East Coast couple (Lauren Bacall & Fred MacMurray) and a Texan and his rapacious wife (Van Heflin & Arlene Dahl) are brought to New York by the owner of Gifford Motors, (Clifton Webb) so he can assess not only who is best for the job but whose wife is the most suitable. Shot in Cinemascope, laced with humor, nicely directed in sumptuous settings (the offhandedly mentioned country house is a mansion of enormous size!) with a fine group of performers cast to their strengths this makes no heavy demands on the viewer, like wrapping yourself in a warm, cushy blanket.

    My Dream is Yours (1949)-Doris Day’s second film is a bandbox pretty concoction. She plays Martha Gibson, a hopeful widowed singer with a young son discovered by radio agent Doug Blake (Jack Carson) who has a hard time getting her a big break despite the fact that she sings like a bird. That doesn’t stop him from trying everything under the sun with the help of his good friend Vi (Eve Arden). In the meantime Martha falls for radio star Gary Mitchell (Lee Bowman), a pompous jerk with a drinking problem. Eventually her chance comes, she’s a smash but there’s pesky romantic complications to deal with. Cheery musical loaded with great music, a bright studio sheen and Doris at her early best. There’s a sequence where she and Jack Carson dance with Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and other animated Warner cartoons that is like some kind of fever dream!! Though it’s radically different from the other movie Martin Scorsese has sited this as his inspiration for his “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”.

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    1. I also love very muchly, Lifeboat. But its not quite a comfort film for me. The second Back to the Future film was the first of the films I watched. My family had a habit of watching the second film film, it was odd.

      The Prize does sound intriguing especially as you compared it to Hitchcock! I'm a not a Doris Day fan I'm afraid but the Scorsese film that is based on that film looks good - saw the trailer to get a taster.

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  2. Love, love, love Rear Window...it's a great film. Judge Dredd is a good flick to see and I haven't see Back To The Future in a long time but do love Ghostbusters. I haven't seen the Goonies

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    1. You've never seen the Goonies? But Goonies never say die! It's a great fun film, a great source of comfort.

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  3. Rear Window is so good I'd watch it all day long. And every day.

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    1. It is just one of those movies can watch on repeat with ease oh and comfort :)

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  4. Great picks! Rear Window would make a great rainy day movie. I really need to do that next time. Back to the Future and Ghostbusters are on repeat around our house. Those never really get old! :)

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    1. Having them around the house would be so good! You walk into a room and they are playing - bliss.

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    2. Yes, Rear Window is definitely perfect for a rainy day. I love Goonies as well.

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