It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, They lived happily ever after and the following quarter-century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work. – Nora Ephron
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It's Oscar week. On E all they are talking about is what the stars will wear, who is the favorite, and Oprah is pulling out all the stops. I love the Oscars. But more importantly, I love movies. Granted, I don't come close to the freakish obsession that my cousin, Randy has with movies. But I love them none the less.
It might strike you as odd that my favorite genre…. the movies I love the best are war movies. This year I had a field day with Inglorious Basterds and the Hurt Locker. But my favorite will always be "Saving Private Ryan." It movie brilliance. I quote if often.
"This is the Army, Rieben, gripes go up"
"This time the mission is the man"
"He better do something, like invent a longer lasting light bulb"
There is something about the movie quote… how the writers and actors and directors said it better than you could ever say it yourself. And background music. God how I wish my life had background music. Granted, today for some reason I couldn't get the "Star Spangled Banner" out of my head… so it was like my life was a 4th of July picnic. But I digress.
My junior year in high school we had to do a project that explored film as a new genre of literature. Most people chose sweeping epics and films with strong social commentary. My group, we chose "Wayne's World." It was a reflection of society, commercialism, slang, it had romance, intrigue and played at your emotions. Just like a great book.
There are certain movies that are my clutch movies. My go-to films. You know the ones… when you have a crap day and you need to see something that will make you feel better. When you break up with someone and just need a good cry. When you are sad and lonely and you need to know that there is love out there to be had. And when you just need to laugh. Hard. You need to laugh so much that your face hurts from smiling. All those emotions, all those feelings can be found so simply in a film.
So, in honor of Oscar week and because I know you've been dying to know… here is what SHERRYBELIEVES to be her clutch movies. Feel free to send me yours, post em on facebook, or comment here….but help me honor Oscar by recalling those films that help you escape for just a moment to a different place.
In no particular order, expect as they came to me…
1. Savannah Smiles
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Love Actually
4. He's Just Not that Into You
5. Smokey and the Bandit
6. Any Which Way but Loose
7. You've Got Mail
8. When Harry Met Sally
9. The Royal Tennenbaums
10. Talladega Nights
11. Grease 2…this should come as no surprise to anyone that has seen my rendition of Cool Rider
13. An Affair to Remember (the Deborah Karr and Cary Grant version, not the Bening/Beatty version)
14. Four Weddings and A Funeral
15. Remember the Titans