There’s no denying that we’re living through an unprecedented period in history right now. If you’re anything like me, between dealing with horrifying news headlines and the worries and responsibilities of daily life, you’ve found yourself feeling disbelief, shock, rage, fear, hopelessness, sadness, joy and confusion all within the same day. Maybe within the same hour.
Movies were made for times like these. Their purpose has always been escapism!
Here are 9 movies to pair with a variety of moods:
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, one way to forget about the world’s problems is to scare yourself silly. You can achieve this goal with this year’s installment of the Conjuring franchise, which again focuses creepy cases cracked by demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). Heck, why not just watch ALL the Conjuring movies while you’re at it?
The Truffle Hunters – Filled with rage? You’ll feel it melt away as this documentary transports you to Northern Italy, where you’ll learn about the lives of a group of 70- and 80-year-old men who go hunting in forests with their dogs for elusive types of truffles (which are kind of like really rare and fancy mushrooms to use in fine dining).
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain – Sticking with documentaries for a moment, if you’re in the mood for introspection or are feeling a little sad — or if you’re simply a fan of the late world-traveling chef — this intimate, no-hold-barred look at Bourdain’s life is a must-watch. Comprised of interviews with both Bourdain and those who knew him best, it doesn’t provide any answers about why we lost him too soon, but it will make you think about what’s important to you and what you still want to get out of the time you have left.
Mad Max: Fury Road and The Road – Looking for movies to remind you that it could be worse, while also offering just the teeny-tiniest glimmer of hope? Look no further than these two post-apocalyptic films — the first being a supremely messed-up, action-packed thrill ride starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and the second being a supremely messed-up, slow-paced drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Those Who Wish Me Dead – If you need a jolt of adrenaline to get you out of a funk, Angelina Jolie will oblige by serving up heart-pounding tension in this action-thriller about a smokejumper trying to help save a boy from the same assassins who killed his father.
The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 – Been a while since you really, truly laughed? Don’t care if a movie is really bad as long as it’s totally ridiculous in the process? Then this horror-comedy flick starring Mike Epps as an author returning to his childhood home and Katt Williams as a suspected pimp vampire with his eye on Epps’ family is just what the doctor ordered.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – And finally, if you know it would do your soul good to be absorbed in back-to-back action-comedies with A-list stars for 4 or so hours, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek are here to blast all your cares away as they evade bad guys and fight madmen across the globe.