by Melissa Uhrin
I recently started an eight week diet that has me craving all of my comfort foods of which I am not allowed within a ten foot radius. No gluten foods, no milk (lactose) foods, no TEQUILA(!!!!), why don't I just throw myself off a cliff now and be done with it. Ugh. It got me thinking about comfort foods, and how and why they seem to fill the gap when nothing else will do. Because the body wants what the body wants, you can try and trick it with alternatives, but it knows! Spin this 'round to movies and let's have ourselves a little chat about the films that we receive a real sense of comfort from, whether it be the familiar story that we return to time and again, or the characters we love (or hate... depends on your choice of comfort!), or the nostalgia of a great time.
In the early(ish) 2000's I had the opportunity to share an apartment with my brother and sister, which still holds up as one of the best time periods of my life. We partied too much, stayed up way too late and watched the same few movies on repeat until people stopped coming by our place because they just couldn't stand to hear us repeating “I made it to Shell City, I beat the Cyclops, and I rode the Hasselhoff!” We were a fine group of young adults that had a thing for the SpongeBob Squarepants Movie. What of it? Heh heh heh. Between that and School of Rock, those two are the comfort movies that tie me back in to the best times spent with my siblings and every so often I will pop them in just relive the “good ole days.” I have to admit, it's much different now singing along in an empty room to my favourite songs from both movies, but who's judging me... My cats? BAH! I did wear out my love for Dodgeball, though, another of our go-to movies of that era (era). The last time I started watching it, I think I made it partway through and had to shut it off. So maybe part of me has grown up?
Aside from the nostalgia side of comfort movies that we love, we have all been home sick from work, (too sick to be at work, but not too sick to lay in bed and watch movies all day!). Back in the day before the grown up me had unlimited funds to spend on VHSs and DVDs, I was stuck watching TBS. And TBS would ALWAYS have What About Bob and Groundhog Day cued up for me. I don't know how it knew that THAT was the day to play it, but it always seemed to be there waiting for me on my sick days... Wait, ....what? TBS had those movies playing on a loop? Huh. You would think I that I would have tired of them by now... but NOPE! After hundreds of viewings on the station that seemed to own nothing but those two movies, I can still re-watch either of them whenever I am seeking the comfort of a quirky Bill Murray. Which always tends to be when I am feeling a little under the weather.
School Days 24 hour marathon, I think I will have to schedule in an entire weekend featuring nothing but my comfort movies, because I have only ever watched them staggered occasionally and never back to back to (Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes To Mars). I mean who wouldn't love sitting through this badass line-up?
Total Recall, Election, Oscar, Sam Raimi's Spiderman 1&2, Alien and Aliens, Pulp Fiction, Dirty Dancing, Mean Girls, the Kill Bills and all of the other movies I mentioned.
Except for Four Rooms. Four Rooms can suck it. Also this stupid gluten-free crap. I want bread. And pizza. And cuppycakes. With extra gluten and tequila, please.