Whenever I get especially stressed out (like now, or really the entire month of December), it’s comforting to return to something that’s a constant in my life — some of my favorite movies. Depending on how I’m feeling, I would pick one of these old standbys that are all guaranteed to put me in a better mood.
The Goonies or The Princess Bride – If I want adventure mixed with laughs, I know I’ll never go wrong with either of these picks. The Princess Bride is my all-time favorite movie, and The Goonies is in my top ten. The Princess Bride features Robin Wright and Cary Elwes as star-crossed lovers determined to be together despite the dastardly Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and Count Rugen’s (Christopher Guest) attempts to keep them apart. “Even death cannot stop true love!” In The Goonies, a group of misfit kids take off on the hunt for a pirate treasure hidden somewhere deep beneath an elaborate cave system in their hometown of Astoria, Oregon. Truffle shuffle 4eva!
The Breakfast Club – If I’m looking to relive the ‘80s or am feeling a little rebellious, I turn to John Hughes’ story of a brain (Anthony Michael Hall), an athlete (Emilio Estevez), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald) and a criminal (Judd Nelson) all stuck together in Saturday morning detention at their high school.
The Matrix – If the situation calls for Keanu Reeves (and really, what situation doesn’t?) and some deep thoughts about the very nature of our existence, it’s Neo, Trinity and Morpheus to the rescue.
Grease – If I want to sing, there’s no one I’d rather sing along with than Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as mismatched high school lovebirds Sandy and Danny.
Titanic – If I’m feeling sappy or in the mood for a good cry … or if I just really want a reason to shout “I’M THE KING OF THE WOOOORRRRLLLLDDD!!!!” at the top of my lungs, James Cameron’s masterpiece starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet fits the bill. There was room on that door for Jack, Rose!!!
If you are also in the need for a pick-me-up, odds are that we’ve got your old favorites on Redbox on Demand, too!