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Three movies that you could go to on the darkest day in the darkest mood and come out all better. Go…

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  1. Sideshow Bill says:

    This Is Spinal Tap. I laugh just typing that. Funniest movie I’ve ever seen.

    Gremlins. Pure fun and great memories. This what my 1984 was all about.

    Boogie Nights. Shame the Wahlberg thinks he needs religious forgiveness for this. To me it’s one of the most humanistic, moving, empathetic, humane films I’ve ever seen, and he is fantastic in it.

  2. Mike says:

    Joe vs. the Volcano
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Kiki’s Delivery Service

  3. Bender says:

    Certain Fury
    Along Came Polly

  4. Pete B says:

    Gotta tip my hat to the inclusion of Gun Crazy in the original post. I attended Noir City Detroit this year and had my first screening of the 1950 classic. Wound up even buying a book written by Eddie Muller on the making of the film.

  5. Pete B says:

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Big Trouble in Little China

  6. spassky says:

    Sherlock Jr.
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Sixteen Candles

    I would definitely put Holy Grail, Gremlins, Big Trouble, and Boogie Nights in Little China into my fun top 10

    And Bender, you’re a total psychopath. that list is great!

  7. spassky says:

    that is a really really uplifting typo in the above post.

  8. YancySkancy says:

    Bender, you mean the Certain Fury that stars “Academy Award Winners Tatum O’Neal and Irene Cara”? I wonder if that was the ad campaign that set off young Chucky?

  9. YancySkancy says:

    Ruggles of Red Gap
    A Letter to Three Wives
    Charley Varrick

  10. Ray Pride says:

    Gun Crazy is entertaining as heck, as well as rich on so many levels.

  11. LBB says:

    So many good picks above. I’ll go with:
    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (original or GTFO)
    Raising Arizona
    Young Frankenstein

  12. Triple Option says:

    Well, it’s not a full length feature but if I could throw A Charlie Brown Christmas on the list, I would make that number one.

    I could see Holy Grail, Raiders, Raising AZ or Young Frank on my list. Some comedies are tricky cuz if I see them too close inbetween viewing they won’t be as funny.

    #2 Can’t Buy Me Love

    I could go a number of different ways for the last one. Used Cars would be up there. Batman Begins, Kikujiro, Spidey II and Toy Story 3 have uplifting themes to them. Also, a German film 4 Minutes. I like how I feel after watching the Italian film, An Unknown Woman.

    Ultimately, I’d say hope is a good thing.
    #3 Shawshank Redemption

  13. palmtree says:

    Groundhog Day – Murray’s every move is hilarious. And the whole premise is just designed to make your life brighter.

    Singin’ in the Rain – The performances are so exuberant it’s hard not to let it rub off.

    Spirited Away – Wonderful with a logic all its own that actually does spirit you away in the best way.

  14. Ray Pride says:


  15. Ray Pride says:

    It’s yer list, you make the rules.

  16. Ray Pride says:

    Always gratified to hear Joe vs. bringing joy to someone.

  17. leahnz says:

    ray pride thx for linking the ‘blair witch’ piece on the main page, i may not have seen it otherwise

  18. Arisp says:

    Wrath of Khan
    The Inlaws (original obviously)

  19. hcat says:

    Nobody’s Fool

    and though I have spent years enjoying it yet dismissing it as a truly great film, Clueless is pure gossamer joy and I might be the last to acknowledge it as a modern classic but there is never a time where I am not in the mood to watch it.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, plucky and happy setting you up for a gut wrenching downer of a second half but uncontrolled sobbing is cathartic. Bumped In America off my list for ‘need a good cry’ go to movie.

  20. Night Owl says:

    1. Another vote for Casablanca. Absolute perfection.

    2. The Princess Bride. Enough said.

    3. The Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera. Not only hilarious but includes a legitimately worthwhile romantic subplot. I adore it.

  21. Doug R says:

    A lot of great options upthread, can’t believe no one has mentioned Blazing Saddles.

  22. Ray Pride says:

    At yr service

  23. spassky says:

    I’m really really enjoying the good vibes on this… thanks!

  24. JS Partisan says:

    Back to School.

    Working Girl.

    Michael Clayton.

    Fuck Brett Ratner!

  25. Pete B says:

    @Doug R
    It was a toss-up between listing Holy Grail or Blazing Saddles as they’re the top 2 comedies of all time for me, and either will get me out of a funk. Grail won out just for overall goofiness plus bonus points for a killer rabbit.

  26. hcat says:

    Hate to show my ignorance but which film does the Hopper still above represent, is that his Wenders one?

    Lovely still, looks like Dennis Hopper living in an Edward Hopper.

  27. Dr Wally Rises says:

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

    Midnight Run.

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  28. Ray Pride says:


  29. spassky says:

    Best Ripley adaptation!

  30. Js partisan says:

    Dave is right: Thor is fucking wonderful.

  31. Hallick says:

    (I love seeing Kikujiro and Back to School in this thread…)

    Me, Myself and Irene (Dumb and Dumber is funnier, but this one earns love)

    Caddyshack (Ted Knight > Bill Murray)

    The Martian

  32. Bulldog68 says:

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    The Incredibles (Still my favourite Pixar film of all time.)

    And I really couldn’t decide between The Princess Bride and Back to the Future Part I.

  33. hcat says:

    Working Girl is a wonderful pick but you are going to have to start fast forwarding through the early Limo scene.

    You think Spacey went into the audition for that and read his lines “c’mon baby loosen up, Its a PARTY” and thought to himself “Man I GOT this.”

  34. LBB says:

    hcat- Totally forgot that bit in WG. Oof.

  35. JS Partisan says:

    Hcat, it’s always been a terrible fucking scene. Just fucking dreadful.

    Oh yeah, THOR HAS A FUCKING 94 PERCENT on RT! Justice League, is so epically fucking boned.

  36. hcat says:

    It is nearly criminal that this is all the studios have to offer Blanchett. I am fine with her playing a mustache twirling villain every once in awhile but they also used to give her meaty parts like Elizabeth and Notes on a Scandal (which were delightfully pulpy themselves) as well. It wouldn’t even have to be a full on drama, there has got to be some Prime Suspecty Northern European television drama Working Title can repurpose for a film adaption that would give her a plum starring role and a wide release. Oceans 8 looks like a lot of fun (though of course because of the gender gap the woman are only allowed 75% of the criminals the men were allotted) and a step in the right direction but whenever I see these immensely talented people taking fourth billing in a superhero movie instead of carrying a movie themselves it seems like a waste of resources.

    But that is my standard broken record rant whenever a new superhero movie or trailer comes out and off topic. Now lets return to the love.

  37. Breedlove says:

    True Grit (newer Coens version)

    Wonder Boys

    Erin Brockovich

  38. JS Partisan says:

    Yes, Hcat, that’s a terrible rant. Cate Blanchett, has four kids, and what parent, who also happens to be an actor, wouldn’t want to look all bad ass in front of their kids, in a Marvel Studios movie? Seriously? You seem to forget, that the talent comes from a person, who happens to be a parent, and probably took the job to make her kids happy. She also worked with a lot of talented people, for one of the best studios in all of the business, and gets to have a pretty kick ass action figure. It also beats, doing a TV show.

    Now, sure, this can all be conjecture, but she’s Death. Guess what? DEATH ISN’T DONE WITH THE MSCU! If you know why, then you know why. She also has two ACTING Oscars. Go look at that list, then come back to be with your indignation. I do love me some Nobody’s Fool. Hell of a movie.

    Oh yeah, I want to know what movies SB’s chill out movies. WHERE YOU AT, SB?

  39. Bulldog68 says:

    I’m with JS on the Cate Blanchett thing. If I had 10 Oscars to my name, and the MCU or DC came aknocking, I’d answer too. Especially if most of my filmography wasn’t exactly kid friendly.

    Only thing I disagree with is the TV show comment. I’d do Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, The Sopranos, Deadwood, in a heartbeat.

  40. hcat says:

    Tell you what if some studio rewards the success of this movie by giving Taika Waititi 30 to 40 million to do whatever project he wants next and he brings Blanchett along I’ll withdraw my complaint.

  41. Ray Pride says:

    Waititi’s next, a follow-on to What We Do In The Shadows, titled: WE’RE WOLVES

  42. Ray Pride says:

    Hey! You got your THOR blog already! Get over there!

  43. JS Partisan says:

    Hcat, but that’s ridiculous. He’s going to have, like an 800m dollar, possibly 1bn, dollar film next to his name. He’s going to be fine. Also, he’s probably going to put out an Akira live action movie, that’s going to blow people’s socks off. This is why you do fucking movies like this, Hcat. This is why the Russos have their own deal at Fox. If you do it well, then it PAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bulldog, I’d love Cate Blanchett on something like Stranger Things, but what I was implying
    are detective shows. BBC, ITV, SKY, and Grenada fucking love their female driven detective shows, and I can see all four of them chomping at the bit, to have Cate Blanchett on one of those shows. I’d, as a fan of both the MSCU and Cate Blanchett. Definitely prefer her being a hell of a villain instead of a detective on British TV.

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