Thursday, December 1, 2016

Comfort Films

I stole this from Wandering Through the Shelves because I love this week's theme.

Comfort Films. 

I have lots of comfort films--movies I could watch over and over and over and over without ever getting tired of them. Some are just general comfort films, and some are watched for specific reasons. I'll start with the general all-purpose comfort films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I LOVE Star Wars*. And this episode is definitely my fav, followed closely by A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back (I tend to get bored halfway through Return of the Jedi; The Phantom Menace is ok I guess; The Clone Wars is a f**king mess; and the first half of Revenge of the Sith is garbage, but the second half is alright I guess).

We recently ordered a voice-controlled BB8 for the office. Videos shall be posted forthwith. BB8 is the best in the world ever.

impulsive purchases from M.'s birthday trip to Walmart

......anyway, moving on...


Everything about this movie is perfect.

The Princess Bride

I can actually recite this entire movie from start to finish.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

All the Coen Brothers films are amazing (except Burn After Reading, which is trash), but this one is my fav.

Now some comfort movies for specific occasions:

Christmas - Harry Potter Number 1

I'm not sure when or why this became our family's Christmas movie, but for some years now we always watch it after Christmas dinner.

Sick Days

If I am super duper sick and bed-ridden (which does not occur often), I am probably watching one of two films.

She Devil
 (if you've never seen this, you need to immediately)


Death Becomes Her

Worth watching for Isabella Rossellini alone.

What about the rest of y'all? What are your comfort movies?

*For some reason, most people are extremely surprised by this.


  1. May the force be with you. I have so many comfort movies--Scream, Halloween, Poltergeist. I'm lying. I don't like horror movies. The Blindside is a big comforter for me.


    1. I got really excited for a second, I thought we could have a fun movie night with all 8 Hellraisers. Ah well.

  2. This is a fun week since it's always interesting to see what others find especially appealing. Yours lean heavily towards sci-fi & fantasy neither of which is a genre that I particularly gravitate towards, though John Boorman's Excalibur is one of my comfort films.

    This is a nice lot and you match one of Wanderer's picks, I didn't expect to see any overlap this week because the theme is so individual. I liked but didn't love Stardust and have only watched it once.

    I've seen all of these, my favorites would be Death Becomes Her a wild black farce with top performances by all and The Princess Bride which is such a charmer and very rewatchable.

    The 1st Harry Potter huh? That's my least favorite of the series, I thought they became progressively better as they went along. I guess that just shows how different people react to film.

    My list of comfort films could be endless so to avoid that I stuck strictly to the trio limit and came up with these, all of which I love and could watch any time of the day or night.

    The Prize (1963)-It’s Nobel Prize week in Stockholm and as the winners gather reprobate writer Andrew Craig (Paul Newman) begins to suspect that one of the other winners physicist Max Stratman (Edward G. Robinson) has been replaced by an imposter. As he blunders about looking for answers his initially doubtful chaperone Inger Lisa Andersson (a very beautiful Elke Sommer) comes to believe him and tries to help. Both fun and suspenseful this is the Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock didn’t make!

    Women’s World (1954)-Ultra luxe, star studded drama of a corporate competition for the top job at an automobile company. Three couples, the loving Midwesterners (June Allyson & Cornel Wilde), the wry but troubled East Coast couple (Lauren Bacall & Fred MacMurray) and a Texan and his rapacious wife (Van Heflin & Arlene Dahl) are brought to New York by the owner of Gifford Motors, (Clifton Webb) so he can assess not only who is best for the job but whose wife is the most suitable. Shot in Cinemascope, laced with humor, nicely directed in sumptuous settings (the offhandedly mentioned country house is a mansion of enormous size!) with a fine group of performers cast to their strengths this makes no heavy demands on the viewer, like wrapping yourself in a warm, cushy blanket.

    My Dream is Yours (1949)-Doris Day’s second film is a bandbox pretty concoction. She plays Martha Gibson, a hopeful widowed singer with a young son discovered by radio agent Doug Blake (Jack Carson) who has a hard time getting her a big break despite the fact that she sings like a bird. That doesn’t stop him from trying everything under the sun with the help of his good friend Vi (Eve Arden). In the meantime Martha falls for radio star Gary Mitchell (Lee Bowman), a pompous jerk with a drinking problem. Eventually her chance comes, she’s a smash but there’s pesky romantic complications to deal with. Cheery musical loaded with great music, a bright studio sheen and Doris at her early best. There’s a sequence where she and Jack Carson dance with Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and other animated Warner cartoons that is like some kind of fever dream!! Though it’s radically different from the other movie Martin Scorsese has sited this as his inspiration for his “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”.

  3. I don't know if I really have a comfort film. There's not really many things I can do repeatedly without getting sick of them. When I was younger though I did watch the bejesus out of the Goofy Movie and Tarzan.

    Heck I still do sometimes.

  4. I adore "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" too and watch it whenever it comes on TV. I have the soundtrack too which is in regular rotation on my CD player. "She-Devil" is a fave movie of mine too -- I think it is much maligned and deserves a wider audience than it received.

    I don't know if I have "comfort" movies per se, but there have certainly been movies over the years that I have watched repeated, some might say obsessively, just because I love them so much. Such as "Casablanca," "Watership Down," "Witness" and most recently "Captain America: Civil War."

    1. Watership Down still makes me cry.

  5. I was really surprised by Stardust, a very good movie

  6. IDK know that I have a comfort movie. Maybe anything John wayne. The one I saw from your list was O Brother, and that was great!

  7. Love the Star Wars movies (discounting the ones with Jar Jar who I despise), Love The Princess Bride, which has so many lines appropriate to so many occasions (Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something), and Stardust ( I should watch it again) and HP.

    A few of my faves: Contact, Lord of the Rings (Oh, Viggo), Practical Magic, Meet Joe Black (the music kills me), and Groundhog Day, all of which I have seen too many times to count. For Christmas, either Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, or The Grinch :)

  8. StarvWars is excellent and despite Jar Jar and Yoda going all Bruce Lee, the evil red guy is great and I love the music but the middle 3 are not thatbgreat. You are the second one to pick Stardust. I have to see it. Princess Bride is priceless and love Peter Cook! The Harry Potter films are all so good.

  9. OMG, I LOVE Stardust. Am absolutely obsessed with it.
    I don't know that I have "comfort" movies. I have movies that suck me in every time. Movies that I enjoy when I come across them, but I don't seek them out.

  10. Star Wars & Return of the Jedi are comfort films because they remind me of the good bits of my childhood.

    I can always watch When Harry Met Sally. Carrie Fisher strikes again & she's brill as the best friend character. And, although it isn't exactly comforting, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory(Gene Wilder is my 'comfort actor')still rules.

  11. I love most of these films. I've not seen O Brother, Where Art Thou? or She Devil. Maybe I should as we have a similar taste in films?

    My number one comfort movies are usually Disney, to be honest.


  12. I love the Star Wars movies. The prequel trilogy is awful, I loved The Revenge of the Sith though. The Harry Potter movies are all good. Death Becomes Her isn't the best film ever, but I never miss the chance to watch it when it's on tv.

  13. Love these picks!! TFA is slowly becoming a comfort film - can't get enough of it and another year before we can continue the saga!!

    So pleased you have She Devil and Death Becomes Her - love these films to bits!!

  14. Yay to Stardust! didn't steal from've joined in the fun and you're welcome to join in my weekly series again.

  15. Great list! I love Death Becomes Her, The Princess Bride, and O Brother Where Art Thou. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I don't even know why, either. I just haven't. I know, I suck.

    And poor, poor Charlie Cox. I love how he gets absolutely no love in that Stardust poster.


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