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Everyone has music they turn to when feeling sad or anxious. What about movies?

I just recently realized that whenever I feel really down I feel like watching "The Thin Red Line" oddly enough. Not for the plot but the general sound, look, and ambience of it.

I think my only other comfort movie is Back to the Future!

ryan, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

First Wives Club, My Best Friends Wedding and The Hours

Surmounter, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:00 (eleven years ago) link

mystery science theater: the movie

and what, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:01 (eleven years ago) link

valley girl

lauren, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:01 (eleven years ago) link

Actually one more for me: cast away.

That's two zemeckis movies!

ryan, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:03 (eleven years ago) link

It changes, a few years ago it was certain Carry On movies, especially Camping and Up The Khyber. Woody Allen's Sleeper was a favourite, along with Diamonds Are Forever - bizarrely the only "proper" Bond in this list - and also the David Niven version of Casino Royale. At the moment it's Withnail & I, especially when it's cold and raining, and also the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

snoball, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

Dazed & Confused, Jackass

milo z, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

and Wonder Boys

milo z, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:13 (eleven years ago) link

Dazed & Confused, Trading Places, nearly any b&w

Granny Dainger, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:15 (eleven years ago) link

i love having comfort movies. they kinda tend to be a bit on the super escapist side for me tho. first ones that come to mind and have held up for many years:

empire strikes back
indiana jones & the raiders of the lost ark
die hard
aliens
bourne identity

used to watch 'purple rose of cairo' and 'annie hall' as comfort movies in my early 20s but when i attempted to watch again a few years ago they did not comfort :/ there are a few go-to jane austen adaptations that i shamelessly go for when needing that kind of comfort. ah and 'shadowlands'

rrrobyn, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

and for some reason, this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kPSSviWMg34

rrrobyn, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:19 (eleven years ago) link

Clueless
Groundhog Day
Beverly Hills Cop
Any Harry Potter film

musically, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:21 (eleven years ago) link

unnecessary rudeness from milo upthread

Granny Dainger, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:22 (eleven years ago) link

spinal tap
gremlins
alien/aliens of course

latebloomer, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:24 (eleven years ago) link

ELF

jel --, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:25 (eleven years ago) link

my neighbour totoro

jel --, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

goonies
better off dead

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

empire strikes back
indiana jones & the raiders of the lost ark
die hard
aliens
bourne identity

Except for Bourne Identity (which is great, but I haven't seen enough) this is pretty much my exact list.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

Pulp Fiction
Heathers

anything by Almodovar with Carmen Maura

warmsherry, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

virgin suicides for the yellow color throughout - sunshining through blonde hair etc

sunny successor, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

Big Lebowski, Temple of Doom, Empire Strikes Back, Spinal Tap, Life of Brian, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant.

chap, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:32 (eleven years ago) link

Better off Dead
Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club
Say Anything
Steel Magnolias
Kicking and Screaming (the Noah Baumbach one, not the Will Ferell one)
Fletch
Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation
RHPS
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Big Lebowski

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:33 (eleven years ago) link

my neighbour totoro

oh totally word on this, could watch x 5mil

rrrobyn, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

Also:

Buckaroo Banzai
Big Trouble in Little China

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

Any Miyazaki from Castle In the Sky on will do for me.

chap, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

rushmore, starship troopers, tons of HK action shit, film noir stuff, totoro

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:37 (eleven years ago) link

I don't do this anymore

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:44 (eleven years ago) link

how come?

Surmounter, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:44 (eleven years ago) link

Dazed & Confused, Rushmore, A Woman Is A Woman

C. Grisso/McCain, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:45 (eleven years ago) link

Can't Hardly Wait
Dazed and Confused
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Sixteen Candles
Empire Records

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:45 (eleven years ago) link

OK I have to add Can't Hardly Wair, Rushmore, and Empire Records now too.

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

SHALLOW HAL

Surmounter, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

Too long a list. I tend to put them on as background.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

Sliding Doors

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:49 (eleven years ago) link

A lot of Altman stuff (esp. California Split and The Long Goodbye), The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, Head, Rock N' Roll High School, Eraserhead (strangely enough), Running on Empty.

Deric W. Haircare, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:01 (eleven years ago) link

The Big Lebowski
Anchorman
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Trainspotting

Finefinemusic, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:20 (eleven years ago) link

oh, and High Fidelity!

Finefinemusic, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:20 (eleven years ago) link

ENBB, yes to Empire Records!!

trainspotting is a big one too

sunny successor, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:22 (eleven years ago) link

repo man

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:23 (eleven years ago) link

god of cookery, shaolin soccer, kung fu hustle

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:23 (eleven years ago) link

ENBB, yes to Empire Records!!

I haven't seen it in so long! I should rectify that.

I was at a club once in LA and realized that the guy DJing was the long haired musician guy from ER and I was drunk enough that I totally went up to him and asked if it was him. It was and he gave me a CD. /boring story.

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:26 (eleven years ago) link

Mishima, M, Kikujiro, Spartacus, Zéro de conduite, lots and lots of others. Movies in general are comforting I think.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:26 (eleven years ago) link

x-post Also I love Ethan Embry in that movie. Sadly he has not aged well.

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:26 (eleven years ago) link

Kung Fu Hustle - yes!

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:27 (eleven years ago) link

Kicking and Screaming (the Noah Baumbach one, not the Will Ferell one)

yes!

also: metropolitan, some kind of wonderful, kitty foyle, withnail and i, sixteen candles, parenthood, the secret life of walter mitty, la jetee

lauren, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:28 (eleven years ago) link

casino royale (2007)

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

miller's crossing

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

bullitt

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

ENBB did you know that in some countries Empire Records was called "Rock and Fun"?

sunny successor, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

AH - how could I have forgotten some kind of wonderful? I should count withnail too I think.

It turns out that I have a lot of comfort movies.

Sunny I did not know that but from now on that's what I'm going to call it. That's great - ha!

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:32 (eleven years ago) link

The most recent addition to my comfort canon: Giant Little Ones. I watched the last fifteen minutes again over lunch yesterday.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:20 (two weeks ago) link

First Wives Club, My Best Friends Wedding and The Hours

― Surmounter, Monday, July 7, 2008 10:00 AM (eleven years ago) bookmarkflaglink

is the second post in this thread intentionally horrible

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

The Hours lulls you comfortably to sleep.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

First Wives Club > Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

White Sun of the Desert
The Emperor's New Groove

I haven't watched any of these in almost 20 years, but Evil Dead 2, Yojimbo, and Sanjuro used to be like this for me too

Dan I., Tuesday, 1 October 2019 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

Rogue One.

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 20:50 (two weeks ago) link

Ace Attorney movie (by Takashi Miike!) and Closer. Have watched both tons of times. Ace Attorney because of the sheer absurdity and a pretty gorgeous cast, Closer for how nostalgic it makes me and how much I like the structure and how horrible everyone is.

gyac, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

Pretty much any Studio Ghibli apart from Grave of the Fireflies

Stockhausen Serves Empirical Jism (Matt #2), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:26 (two weeks ago) link

Shane

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 04:07 (two weeks ago) link

Beautiful Girls

― Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, September 12, 2011 7:05 PM (eight years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Said this eight years ago and saw it at least once every year since then.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 09:15 (two weeks ago) link

Beautiful Girls is a good shout, might have to bring my DVD back from home next time I’m there. Haven’t seen it in years but still know tons of it by heart.

gyac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 09:16 (two weeks ago) link

1996 was one of the first years I was seriously invested in the Oscar race, and I remember looking at the cast of Beautiful Girls and thinking it had a best picture nomination in the bag.

Pauline Male (Eric H.), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

Portman, Thurman and Hutton are all fantastic.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 13:16 (two weeks ago) link

Kiki's Delivery Service
Happy Go Lucky

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

Metropolitan

Master of Treacle, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:30 (two weeks ago) link

In Bruges

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

xp Good call!

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

doom (2005), dir: andrzej bartkowiak

xps Metropolitan otm

the Bill Murray version of The Razor's Edge was at one time. For some reason watched over and over on vhs, but haven't seen it in years.

Dr. Zhivago, first movie I can remember seeing, at the drive-in in the back seat of our VW Bug. Brother and I played the soundtrack endlessly as kids.

Mentioned before, but any Powell and Pressburger, especially I Know Where I'm Going.

Jules and Jim

Any of Jørgen Leth's cycling films: A Sunday in Hell, Stars and Water Carriers and The Impossible Hour.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:13 (two weeks ago) link

I've only seen it once, but I bet Céline and Julie Go Boating would make a good comfort movie

Dan I., Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

any of the first eight friday the 13th movies
sleepy hollow (idk why)

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:04 (two weeks ago) link

Clue
Throw Mama from the Train
Amicus horror anthology movies
The Car
Dead of Night (1945)

MrDasher, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:15 (two weeks ago) link

Also some Universal and Hammer horror

MrDasher, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:23 (two weeks ago) link

Clue!!!

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:32 (two weeks ago) link

We should poll the endings of Clue one of these days.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:34 (two weeks ago) link

no day like today

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:36 (two weeks ago) link

brad otm re sleepy hollow

all over bar the shouting (im here for the shouting) (darraghmac), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

i should rig it up so that the odd couple is just constantly playing in the background if im not actively watching something maybe

all over bar the shouting (im here for the shouting) (darraghmac), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

I don't remember if I've seen the movies all the way through and I've never read the books, but I love putting on any of the LOTR trilogy when I'm falling asleep. They've got two of them on Netflix right now. I never know what's going on but it always seems like a comfortable place to be.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

All About Eve
JFK
Tootsie
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:08 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah Metropolitan for sure, it has that 'staying up all night' thing going on.

piscesx, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

Tootise is another one, for sure.

I’ll put the Clue poll together on a day when I’m at home, unless someone else wants to go ahead with it.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Repo Man
Chinatown
episodes of The Wire

sarahell, Thursday, 3 October 2019 18:00 (two weeks ago) link

repo man is a great choice

Ronin

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 3 October 2019 18:09 (two weeks ago) link

The Long Goodbye

Also will 3rd or 4th Metropolitan.

nickn, Thursday, 3 October 2019 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

Repo Man thirded
This Is Spinal Tap
probably Tetsuo: The Iron Man tbh

Stockhausen Serves Empirical Jism (Matt #2), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:07 (two weeks ago) link

Train movies are great for this. I own:

Emperor Of The North (Lee Marvin vs. Ernest Borgnine)
Unstoppable (Denzel Washington and Chris Pine)
Runaway Train (Jon Voight and Eric Roberts)
The Train (Burt Lancaster)
The General (Buster Keaton)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:28 (two weeks ago) link

Chef

― ... (Eazy), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 06:40 (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 7 October 2019 15:00 (one week ago) link

Couple weeks ago I was sick and bedridden and randomly put on Predator (which I never really enjoyed previously tbh) and found it was kind of perfect for this... Just a bunch of cartoonish looking guys busting each other’s chops, beautiful nature shots, and every once in a while someone’s head explodes.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 7 October 2019 15:31 (one week ago) link

Trees Lounge is my go-to for this.It's the closest film in feel (and cast, outside of Goodfellas) to The Sopranos, which is my comfort TV show.

henry s, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:36 (one week ago) link

20th Century Women has emerged as a big one for me.

ryan, Friday, 18 October 2019 20:06 (two days ago) link

I need to give that one another shot.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:07 (two days ago) link

it fits a lot of requirements of this genre for me: a uniform mood and pace, ensemble cast giving great performances across the board, a pleasing setting along with a strong sense of place and time (santa barbara 1979), melancholy.

ryan, Saturday, 19 October 2019 15:08 (yesterday) link

I think that'll be one of mine eventually. I always watch my comfort movies over and over again until I kill them, so I'm keeping some distance from that one for now (two or three times so far).

clemenza, Saturday, 19 October 2019 15:20 (yesterday) link

one that hasn't been mentioned yet:

bridesmaids

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 19 October 2019 17:37 (yesterday) link

Confirmed last night: Cluny Brown.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 19 October 2019 17:46 (yesterday) link

a uniform mood and pace, ensemble cast giving great performances across the board, a pleasing setting along with a strong sense of place and time

Yes I was coming to this thread to say, IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:02 (yesterday) link

Documentaries work great for me. They usually have that passage-of-time element some mentioned needing as a comfort movie staple. American Movie is one that immediately comes to mind.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 20 October 2019 11:41 (five hours ago) link

ryan otm w what makes a comfort movie.

mine is slacker, a movie i wish went on forever

olly, Sunday, 20 October 2019 15:03 (two hours ago) link


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