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Friday, October 8, 2010

Comfort Movies

I read a review for Serenity on KS Augustin's blog and I left a comment, but the blog ate it. (It was probably my fault.)  But I was left having to email her my rebuttal. :grin:

Serenity is one of my comfort movies. It's one of those movies I'll watch just because it makes me feel good, a standby for when there is nothing on tv and I am dying for some diversion. 

I don't have cable so I have to rely on movies as my primary source of entertainment. We are quickly amassing quite a movie library. I pick up dvds at garage sales and the sales bin at Walmart. Only rarely do we buy first run movies anymore.

Sci-fi and fantasy is at the top of our hit list. But historicals and action movies are also popular at our house.

These are the top six movies I like to watch:

When Greg's home we tend to watch more adventure flicks like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Star Trek, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, I Robot, and 300.

How about you? What movies do you like to curl up with some popcorn? What movies do you recommend? We are always looking for new movies to add to our collection.

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Programming note: I normally don't post on Sundays, but this is a very special Sunday. It is my wedding anniversary and I am going to tell you the story of how I met Greg. (It was a very scandalous affair.)

Be sure to stop by because you know I'm going to ask you how you met your significant other, be it man, woman or first pet.


Taryn Kincaid said...

I can't watch very many movies more than once. The exceptions seem to be old Humphrey Bogart movies. I've watched Casablanca so many times I can recite the words of dialogue along with the actors! I guess it's not only my favorite movie of all time, but also my "comfort" movie.
I can't think of any recent movies I'd put into that category. I may have loved them at the theater, or at home on TV, but I don't know that I'd watch them over and over again. Well, possibly Pirates of the Caribbean.

Maria Zannini said...

Taryn: Ooh, Casablanca. The husband LOVES that movie, yet we don't have it in our collection yet.

I'm putting it on my list. Thanks for the reminder!

Marianne Arkins said...

My faves?

Ever After
While You Were Sleeping
Lord of the Rings (though I tend to skip most of the Frodo parts)
Undercover Blues (funniest movie ever)
The Princess Bride

And when DH is around:

Any and all of the "Bourne" movies

Maria Zannini said...

Marianne: You are such a romantic!

If your hubby likes the Bourne movies, he'll like Shooter with Mark Wahlberg.

J.L. Johnson said...

There are a few movies that I can watch over and over. Drives Husband nuts. :P

The Lakehouse (I start crying halfway through this movie because I know what's going to happen.)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. (Another tear-jerker)

Serentiy - I never watched Firefly, but this movie (based on the scifi show) is really good.

Speed - An oldie, but a goodie.

There are more, but I can't think of them right now.

Lydia Kang said...

I like MR and Mrs Smith too. Don't know why I keep coming back to it.
I love comfort movies. They're the best!

Maria Zannini said...

Jannette: I'm looking for The Lakehouse now. Haven't found it yet.

I didn't know Divine Secrets was a tearjerker. I'll put it on my radar too.

Lydia: Mr and Mrs Smith makes me laugh. My sister once commented that those characters reminded her an awful lot of me and my husband.

Considering the characters, I hate to ask her why. LOL!

Joanne said...

My tastes vary. Sometimes a chick-flick is in order, sometimes suspense, and I have a few oldies I can watch again and again. Marty is a great one of those. I enjoyed Sliding Doors too, good twists in that one.

Kaz Augustin said...

I think my problem is that I have a low boredom threshold. I'm even getting a bit sick of The Princess Bride. Hmmm, at the moment, closest to a comfort movie might be The Fifth Element. I never tire of watching bull terriers on YouTube though! :)

Maria Zannini said...

Oh, Joanne. You brought up something I forgot. Some of my very favorite movies are oldies and not yet available on dvd.

Someday, I hope.

Maria Zannini said...

Kaz: Oh, The Fifth Element! It's been showing on tv so much I hadn't even thought about getting it. But I love that movie.

I like tossing out movie titles. It reminds me of what I don't have yet. Thanks!

Dru said...

I like action movies.

Liz Fichera said...

I love the big, epic movies. LAST OF THE MOHICANS and BRAVEHEART are at the top of my list!

Scandalous affair?! Can't wait to get the deets!

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: Now that surprises me. I would've taken you for deep psychological drama.

Maria Zannini said...


I haven't seen Braveheart in ages. I always get upset with the ending. But yes on epics.

I love anything on a big scale.

Meghan Schuessler said...

I'm with Taryn, there are very few movies I can stand to watch more than once (twice is usually my max). The exception to this rule is "When Harry Met Sally." My absolute favorite movie of all time.

I did see Serenity, tho. Great movie. I'm bummed that the Firefly series didn't get more than 1 season.

Stacy said...

Oh my gosh - I've seen Serenity and all the Firefly episodes about a million times - my kids are complete addicts! We quote them constantly - surprisingly there's always Firefly-like moments around here.

I like super quirky movies (Amelie, Lars and the Real Girl, The Brothers Bloom, etc) - I tend not to do sci-fi unless with the kids who adore it.

Maria - you might enjoy renting the Firefly series and also Dollhouse if you haven't seen them - Dollhouse is another Joss Whedon creation. Really good.

Kim said...

My go-to movies?

(But only up until Harrison Ford gets frozen. What's the point in watching it once he's off-screen??? ;p
Duck Soup <- One of the funniest movies ever made.

and one of my absolute favorites - Steel Magnolias

I'm sure there more, but I'm blanking out. :)

jackie b central texas said...

Movies that I have watched over and over and over are ones that in the past were some of my Father's favorites.. Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" series for one and of course a couple of his Spaghetti Westerns for sure....

Nowadays my watching of movies is when my sweetie is home at night or on weekends as the remote is part of his hand and TV is on pretty much full time... We both love to watch Johnny Depp and if you are looking for some new to you movies try The Ninth Gate, witches and devil worship and lots of action.... (Including some smut) The one I love though is one he made with Christopher Walken called "Nick of Time" and my next favorites would have to be either "Chocolat" or any of the "Pirates of The Caribbean" movies because after all he wears mascara and looks and sounds like a gay pirate as Captain Jack Sparrow!

Now for the real Action movies we watch anything with Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis or Sigourney Weavers "Alien" franchise over and over on DVD....

jackie ^_^

Maria Zannini said...

Meghan: It's funny you should say that. I felt that way all through the 80s and part of the 90s about movies.

Either movies got better or I'm a lot easier to please now. LOL.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: We bought the Firefly series, but I couldn't get into Dollhouse. The characters just didn't work for me.

Ref: quirky
Why does that not surprise me? LOL.

Maria Zannini said...

Kim: You like a huge range of movies! I would not have expected Jaws and Steel Magnolias in the same line up.

It's neat to see our ranges.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: I have never heard of Nick Of Time, and Greg and I both like Walken. I am going to look that one up.


Ref: Depp
Yeah, it's not just any man who can pull off mascara. :)

Amy Inferno said...

I m obsessed with art, experimental and documentary films and everything in between. really, nothing suits me more. :D

Maria Zannini said...

Amy, you hit my purr center! LOL.

I'm not crazy about art films but I adore documentaries, especially about the underbelly of life, the things we normally take for granted.

Anonymous said...

Some of my comfort movies are on the list because they were movies my son and I could both enjoy.

The Die Hards 1-4. (1&2 are Christmas Favorites)


Twister (we've got cows!)

The Replacements

Ocean's Eleven (the new one - the soundtrack makes the movie)

Happy anniversary!


Maria Zannini said...

Charlie: OMG, the cows!

Ref: Ocean's Eleven
Now there's a movie that surprised me with its coolness. Can't say as much for the last film though.

Angela said...

Happy Anniversary!

Now to the movies. If I need something that will send my tear ducts in a frenzy, Sense and Sensibility or The Color Purple will do the trick. If I just need something to tickle my fancy, anything with Johnny Depp will suffice, though Pirates of the Carribean is an understandable favorite, savvy? But because I am a big fan of anime and of director Hiyao Miyazaki, I adore watching his anime movies like Howl's Moving Castle or Sprited Away(yeah, I'm a big kid). For a more adult anime movie that I like to see repeatedly, I go with Cowboy Bebop. And last but not least, when I need a sci-fi or fantasy fix, the first Matrix and The Lord of the Rings provide that comfort every time.