Depressed? Lonely? Stressed? Sad? Snowed in? Lazy? Whatever your reason, at some point in time we all need distraction in the form of feel good dvd viewing. But what oh what to watch, you ask? Worry not, for I’ve got just the list of dvds to keep you occupied and feeling good!
I’ve broken these into categories for easy reference, hope you enjoy! Oh, and if you think of one or more that I’ve forgotten, let me know!!!
It always makes me feel better to say, well, “At least I’m not . . .”
. . . stranded in a Thai prison. Bridget Jones’ Edge of Reason.
. . . married to the Devil’s son. Devil’s Advocate.
. . . dying of something or other. Terms of Endearment, Sweet November, Stepmom.
. . . trapped on an island with killer dinosaurs. Jurassic Parks I and III (can’t recommend II, sorry)
. . . about to drive off the edge of the Grand Canyon. Thelma and Louise.
. . . being hunted by sharks. Jaws. Deep Blue Sea.
. . . lost in the woods and scared out of my mind. The Blair Witch Project.
Another thing that always makes me feel better is a little bit of escapism; I call this category “Children’s books writ large for the big screen”:
All the Harry Potters (rent them all and watch them in order)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (again, rent and watch them all; you’re depressed, what else do you have to do?)
Hook, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Herbie the Lovebug
Oldies but Goodies that never fail to cheer me up:
The Sound of Music Sing and dance in the Alps with the von Trapp family, fave song: These are a Few of my Favorite Things. Oh, or the “goodnight” song.
It’s a Wonderful Life. Sure, things are bad, but what if you’d never been born? Hmmm?
Bringing Up Baby. Big Cat hijinks with very watchable (read: hot, hot, hot) Cary Grant and perky fun Katherine Hepburn
Arsenic and Old Lace. Yep, Cary Grant again (any of his films is worth the viewing, actually), this time he’s mixed up with his lovely aunts who just can’t stop murdering people and stuffing them in the window seat.
Gone with the Wind. Four hour opus about . . . everything under the sun.
Hello Dolly. One of the few Barbara Streisand films I can stand because her overacting actually makes sense in this light and breezy musical comedy.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Lovely and lovable film about . . . you guessed it! . . . the ghost and Mrs. Muir
Movies that Make me Laugh:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Quirky quest fun for the dry of humor and the smarty pants among us.
The Jerk. Steve Martin plays the title character hilariously, and we follow him from his beginnings as a “poor black child” to his fame and fortune and back again.
Animal House. Toga, toga!! It’s a riotous romp through frat life, gross, rampantly misogynist, and just good fun.
Caddyshack. One of the funniest movies of all time, as far I’m concerned. Bill Murray and his gopher/golfer confusion is fabulous.
Weekend at Bernies (the first one, the second was stupid. Er.). Where’s the best place to hide a dead body? Why, out in the open, of course!
Summer Rental. John Candy cracks me up in this one; it’s a riot from beginning to end.
Miss Congeniality. I love Sandra Bullock, and this film is just light and funny and good fun all ’round.
Just Good Movies:
A Few Good Men, Memento, Braveheart, the Patriot, Platoon, Shawshank Redemption, When We Were Soldiers, Rainman, Independence Day, Walk the Line, Dead Again, Forrest Gump, Speed
As a rule, I don’t recommend “chick flicks” for sad women unless the films have something going on besides the traditional girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy plot (Thelma and Louise is an example), so I’m not listing any here.
Television is a wonderful resource for the person in need of feel good viewing. Some of my favorites are:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (all seven seasons. In order. From the beginning)
Supernatural (It’s that good!)
Lost (so far this isn’t my favorite season, but the first two were great!)
Reno 9-1-1 (omg, this is the funniest, most politically incorrect show, and it is hil-friggin’-larious. That’s them pictured above, note the guy in the shorts!! Haha.)
The X-Files (again, working on the premise that escapism is good, reality is not)
Well, that’s my list for now, and though it’s not comprehensive, it’s got a good range of feel good viewing for even the most discerning viewer!