With the recent torrential rains, holiday hangovers, and that pesky flu/cold/death bug floating around, a lot of you have probably been spending more time on the couch or in your beds recuperating, or at least lounging. Lucky bastards. We all have our little rituals we go about when we are down for the count. Some people eat dodgy take-out Chinese or gut-busting pizza, make salty canned soup, listen to dreary music, or pop in their favorite movies.
I know when I am hungover, sick, or blah, I have my poisons. Hungover Craig watches This Is Spinal Tap, which is like greasy Mexican food for my soul. When I am sick and or dying -- at least I think -- I watch The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and when I am blah and restless, the only thing that cures my malaise is watching Daniel Plainview chew scenery and beat down Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood.
Coming up a close second to Blood is Lost in Translation. After the first minute or so of Scarlett Johansson laying in bed in only a night shirt and underwear, whatever sort of bad day I may have had is forgotten.
I asked my friends -- my dear Facebook friends who put up with me posting random YouTube clips for 12 hours a day -- what their go-to movies were. They don't even need to be the most critically-acclaimed films, heavens no, they are the ones that hit that sweet spot in your brain.
The mentions of porno flicks and illicit substances -- which are perfectly natural and legal with a doctor's note in California and Colorado -- have been omitted, though they are understood and appreciated.
Light-hearted fare always helps soothe a rough day, including Steven Spielberg's softer non-alien related pictures, and musicals with people singing their faces off and twirling in place. Oddly, their was no mention of the great Disney or Pixar works from my little focus group. No one wants to watch Up and let out a good cry? To each their own. Once when I was recovering from hernia surgery, I watched Stand & Deliver three times in a row. Maybe it was the painkillers though.
This Is Spinal Tap, That Thing You Do!, Moulin Rouge, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Hamlet 2, The Princess Bride, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, Monty Python's Life Of Brian, Raising Arizona
These are the movies that will keep you on the couch, even while the kids are hungry, the grass needs mowing, and the wife/husband is moaning about something or other. You know every cheesy line, stab, and inflection by heart, but you keep watching anyway.
Forrest Gump, The Godfather 1 & 2, Pulp Fiction, The Shining, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Goodfellas, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Shawshank Redemption, Psycho
Yeah, that's what she said. Seriously, people responded with some of the longest movies and trilogies imaginable as their go-to comfort flicks. Some friends of mine have lost nearly 24 hours of their lives to airings of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, all six Star Wars pictures, and even the Harry Potter adaptations.
The Right Stuff, Patton, Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Stars Wars Trilogy, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, The Kill Bill Saga
Who knew when Bottle Rocket was released in 1996 that director Wes Anderson's films would become some of the most beloved hipster-centric opuses of all-time - or at least the early 21st century. Pick any of them, from Rocket to Fantastic Mr. Fox, and they will fit you like a warm Snuggie on a cold night in your non-heated efficiency. Try not cry at the end of The Royal Tenenbaums when Royal passes away in the ambulance.
Just because you are down for the count, doesn't mean you can't be hip and trendy. We know a few people whose idea of pacifying themselves Harmony Korine's Gummo and a box of wine.
Buffalo '66, American Splendor, Donnie Darko, Mystery Train, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Coffee & Cigarettes, The Room, Being John Malkovich, Slacker, Fargo, Blood Simple, Gummo, Kids
I discovered Fast Times At Ridgemont High for the first time years back on cable while nursing a case of broken heart and walking pneumonia. I hadn't seen it since I was very young, and the jokes and pop-culture references made more since. So that's what Judge Reinhold was doing in the bathroom.
Coming To America, Revenge Of The Nerds, Back To School, Labyrinth, Pretty In Pink, The Neverending Story, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Summer School, and basically anything John Hughes ever touched
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Blood, guts, bullets, and octane, and some of biggest action stars of the past 30 years wasting criminals and terrorists can clear up that flu in no time, and maybe get you back into the gym.
Big Trouble In Little China, Die Hard, Raw Deal, Last Action Hero, Heartbreak Ridge, Scarface, Mad Max, Pitch Black, The Evil Dead, Army Of Darkness, Armageddon, Alien, Starship Troopers