I’m bad at movies. I love fantasy adventures, superhero flicks, movies based off books (though that can get unpleasant very quickly), and other large-scale blockbusters. I’m far less for the critically acclaimed dramatic pieces that are often bleak, overly serious, and just generally out of my idea of what movie-watching should be about–sitting back, relaxing, and tuning out of life for awhile. TV shows are for engaging with, discussing and analyzing and obsessing over. But movies…movies are a comfort. In fact, if I watch a movie on the small screen, there’s a 99% chance it’s only on because I needed some serious detox with minimal emotional entanglement. That’s not to say, of course, that my favorite movies don’t tug the heartstrings or affect me very deeply. It’s just a different kind of attachment.

I’m seeking one of two types of comfort when I tune into a movie; I either want a fun, romantic comedy type romp that’s just stupid enough to wind down and do nothing but be heartwarmingly entertained, or something beautifully crafted that will make me bawl my eyes out at the end. It’s a catharsis that’s just necessary sometimes!

Moulin Rouge

159551055_d8a8e2Do I even have to say anything about Moulin Rouge? Ewan McGregor is perfect, the songs are incredibly done, the film is vibrant and meaningful and dazzling, and that ache at the end leaves me feeling melancholy in such a good way.

Howl

howl-quad-theatrical-film-movie-posterIt must be the rhythmic lull of James Franco’s voice coupled with the glorious
piece of poetry that is Howl. This is my go-to for the times when I’m most likely
not watching the screen carefully…or at all.

Big Fish

splashI’ve written about Big Fish before, because it is lovely and filled with sadness and lessons and such a finely crafted story overall. Big Fish makes me cry like a baby, but it’s so wonderfully done that every tear is worth it.

Nativity!

Nativity-Martin-Freeman-Christmas-Movie-Kids-CoverMy ultimate go-to happy movie. I used to feel silly watching
this movie in the middle of summer, but it just leaves me feeling
so gosh darn happy. No matter what.

Get Over It

getoveritIt started as an obsession with Shane West back in the day. But this modern twist on a Shakespearean RomCom is always good for laughs and a dose of hopefulness.

 

My movie preferences go through cycles, too. This is my current most reached for list, but any given time it’ll include things like 27 Dresses, American Psycho, Cabin in the Woods, The Holiday, Sweeney Todd, or Whatever It Takes.

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Writer. Cosplayer. Binge Netflix Watcher. Anime Dweeb. Book Enthusiast. Harbours inappropriately strong feelings about Shakespeare and William Blake. Once lost a whole day theorizing about Game of Thrones. The most motivated procrastinator she knows. Sometimes it works out in her favor. Mostly just causes widespread panic. It's all good though, because she never forgets her towel.

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