I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it is over –
I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.
Mandy Patinkin recently did this interview and said this was his favorite line was from The Princess Bride. It is a good one.
Get your mind out of the gutter! I am talking about a movie.
Last night I watched An Affair To Remember, with Cary Grant, for the first time. I have been rifling through some classic lately that I never saw.
I admit I started the movie as a pessimist. Watching a movie from 1957 now is almost silly. The boat they were on was a joke of a set, the backgrounds of the places they were travelling were laughable. As I began the movie I didn’t think I would be able to get into it at all.
Then as the story progressed and our lovers had their first ‘kiss’ I was floored that the kiss wasn’t even on screen – it was halfway up a flight of stairs! In a world now where sex scenes count as PG rated movies – this renowned romantic movie didn’t even show the kiss! How crazy is that? I knew at this point that I was too engrossed in the scenery and what wasn’t being shown that this movie was. not. going. to. get. to. me.
An hour and a half later, when I found myself bolting into the next room for tissues… I couldn’t believe this movie with the no kissing (they more smoosh their faces cheek to cheek) and the silly sets and fake New York backgrounds not only got to me but got to me more than most movies I have seen.
What the hell happened?
I have reduced it to this – what wasn’t shown, what sets couldn’t capture your imagination takes over. You imagine their sweet phone conversations or the kiss or the struggles they went through. You didn’t have to be shown. I read a lot and this movie engages you like a good book. It wasn’t passive like many movies today. You needed to do a little engaging on your end as the viewer and I think THAT is how this movie got me by surprise.
Stupid love and feelings.
So I am sick. That sucks. One of the few highlights of being sick is cozying up with my doggies and watching some of my favorite movies that just make me feel better.
Qualities for a good sick day movie are:
- Feel good movie. Happy endings are important here.
- Something you can fade in and out of as you nap and let the NyQuil take over
- Clever humor
- Characters that you feel like are your friends keeping you company
- Must be available on DVD or Blu-ray
So without further ado, here are my top 5 movies for when I am sick and some close runner ups.
- 80’s Flicks
Overboard – That crazy redneck family in Overboard crack me up. The story line is perfect for a congested head – rich snotty woman falls off her yacht, gets amnesia and is tricked into believing she is the wife of a poor carpenter she had wronged only a scene earlier. Voila! Fall asleep whenever you want but wake up when the kids start throwing food in her face and for the final boat scene.
Runner up: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – I wish I was a better person and could put this above Overboard, but I just can’t. It is a great movie though if you are sick and not just pretending to be sick.
- Music lover flicks
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – How can you go wrong with a Coen Brother’s movie, set in the deep south, in the 30s, based on Homer’s The Odyssey and starring George Clooney? O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a great flick. Actually the first time I watched it was in a college classroom but it has done me well ever since. The story is clever and funny but with a pace that can handle a mid-flick nap. The music is also wonderful and won a Grammy for Album of the Year. NPR just did a story on the massive impact of the soundtrack, 10 years later.
Runner up: If you haven’t seen It Might Get Loud, you should do that now and not wait until you are sick. This music documentary is about the electric guitar and what it means to three legendary musicians with unique sounds: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. This is a good one for the day you are starting to feel a little bit better and want a little rock and roll with your Alka Seltzer.
- Disney movies
Finding Nemo – I am a Disney kid, so you knew it would creep in the list. Finding Nemo is a perfect movie for a sick day. I could listen to Ellen DeGeneres’ fish character all day. It is a classic Disney story line of triumph, growth and love. It is just so darn cute.
New contender runner up is a tie: Tangled has definitely moved up the ladder of sick movies. It is what I watched the day we got Brody home from his amputation and I have watched it 4 times since. What a neat movie and I will take a strong female princess any day!
- TV Series
Sex and the City – Doesn’t matter the season or the episode, catching up with the Sex and the City ladies is always fun. Following Carrie and the ladies is a perfect way to forget about the pile of tissues beside your bed. Forget runny noses and get caught up with these NYC ladies chasing men, breaking hearts, getting their hearts broken and falling in and out of love.
Runner up: My So-Called Life – Ahh Jordan Catalano… pre your screamy angst band. When this series came out, it was one of the realest displays of teen life that I had seen and I was a teen at the time. It resonated more with people I knew than the young Saved by the Bell and the surreal 90210. The series didn’t last very long but they are fun memories to visit every now and then.
- Holiday themed
Elf – We all get that around the holiday cold so a few holiday movies thrown in seemed important and both are perfectly fine to watch not during the holiday season. Elf if you are not aware is the story of a man who was raised as an elf at the North Pole who heads to New York City to find his real father. The story is laugh out loud funny but yet very sweet. Cozy up with a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and enjoy this great movie for a day home sick.
Runner up: Love Actually is a movie set during the holidays and it follows multiple story lines about love. It is sweet and I could watch it again and again.
- The Best of the Best
The Princess Bride if my favorite movie ever. Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… and don’t worry it isn’t a kissing movie. I could quote every line and I could watch it every day. Love it! Nothing makes me feel better than a grilled cheese, tomato soup and watching the Princess Bride – Inconceivable you say? Well I say I do not think that word means what you think it means. Just watch it!
Runner up: Labyrinth. David Bowie in tights and Muppets – I think that about sums it up. Great movie.
So there it is my top 5 movies and runners up for when I am sick. Just in case I ever get sick again or sick of my movies, I would love to hear some of yours!