Thursday, December 04, 2008

Top 3 Comfort Movies

Captain's Log, Supplemental

I stole this from My Friend Amy. However, I cheated and listed miniseries.

My top 3 comfort movies/miniseries

1) Pride and Prejudice, the BBC version. I just love love love this miniseries. The acting is superb and I love Jane Austen (if you haven’t already noticed). I have the DVD and watch this at least once every few months.

I love how this miniseries follows the book so well. It captures the essence of each of the characters, and the extra dialogue is just what Jane Austen would have written.

2) Cranford, by BBC. I saw this miniseries just this year and it’s FABULOUS! The cast is marvelous! The writing is terrific! I have it saved on my Tivo and I’ve already watched it twice. I intend to get the DVDs when I have a bit more cash.

I think I like it because the characters are flawed, and yet they’re so worthy. There’s humor and drama and romance. The ensemble cast ensures for a script that’s always moving forward, always telling a new story. And the ending is fantastic.

3) Sense and Sensibility by Emma Thompson. The script is just brilliant. The secondary actors are also fabulous, including Kate Winslet, and I love Alan Rickman. Actually, I love all the actors on this movie. I watch this again and again, partly because it’s shorter than a miniseries and also because the ending is so satisfying!

(I was tempted to list Firefly by Joss Whedon. Yes, I know, it’s not really a movie, it’s another miniseries, but the characters were so well drawn and unique! I honestly didn’t like the ending of Serenity but I can watch the episodes and pretend all is well in the ’Verse. However, I had to be honest and admit I don’t watch Firefly as often as I watch Sense and Sensibility.)

(I was also tempted to list North and South because honestly, I could watch Richard Armitage act all day, but the story itself doesn’t grab me like Sense and Sensibility.)

Your turn! What’s your 3 comfort movies?

15 comments :

  1. Definitely P&P (BBC version)! Then of course I adore My Best Friend's Wedding, with Julia Roberts.

    And my all-time favorite comfort movie is a little known 1970's Disney movie called The North Avenue Irregulars. It's about a group of church ladies who try to bust up a gambling ring in their town. Love, love, love it--guaranteed to cure what ails you.

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  2. If I didn't already think you fabulous, this post would have confirmed it. I don't own the BBC P&P, so I rent it from the library. And it's in VHS, so you get six VHS tapes, all stacked together in a giant box. Hilarious.

    When I read "North and South" I almost swooned just thinking about the ending. I definitely was born in the wrong time period. I would have been a great heroine in an Austen or Gaskell novel. Sigh. :)

    Other comfort movies (or rather, movies I watch over and over)? When Harry Met Sally. The new P&P version with Matthew McFayden. Persuasion.

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  3. Movies...mmm, I love a bunch of movies. But, I'd have to say comfort movies for me are:

    1. Sixteen Candles
    2. Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (both are good)
    3. Sky High

    :-)

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  4. Georgiana, I have GOT to check that movie out! It sounds fun!

    Sarah, I think you're fabulous, too. :) Good movie taste. I love Persuasion, too!

    Lynn, I LOVE LARA CROFT!!!!! I actually own both Tomb Raider movies.

    Camy

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  5. Georgiana - North Avenue Irregulars is a lot of fun! Haven't seen it in ages, though...

    Camy - three random favorites would be: North & South (love the story, but most of all I adore Richard Armitage!), Casino Royale, and Stardust. Pride and Prejudice ranks very highly as well...this list is constantly changing for me. LOL!

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  7. I'm a big musical fan so for me it would be:

    1) Singin' in the rain
    2) Gentlemen prefer blondes
    3) Mary Poppins

    But I do love Sense and Sensibility..it's one of my favorites. :)

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  8. Ohhh, I just happened on your blog and am so glad I did.
    I love Gone with the Wind!
    You've got mail is a fav.
    And I really like the original Yours, Mine and Ours ... (the new one is ok, but I love Lucy!)
    Excellent post!

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  9. I can only pick three?!?

    Camy, all of yours I LOVE! I didn't like the ending of Serenity, either, but did you really expect Joss to let everyone live?

    Pride and Prejudice, Gone with the Wind, Anne of Green Gables.

    And, as long as we're on Jane Austen, I love Emma!

    I like Tomb Raider, but I wouldn't exactly call it a comfort movie.

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  10. I too love P&P (BBC, of course)and Sense and Sensibilty. I am waiting for Cranford to come in at the library, but haven't seen it yet. I also love Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hind.

    BTW, North Ave Irregulars was the first movie I ever saw at the theater.

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  11. 1. Sixteen Candles ("What's happening, hot stuff?").

    2. Terminator 2 (don't mess with The Governator).

    3. Hoosiers (nice basketball movie about a small school in Indiana winning the state championship).

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  12. The Little Mermaid
    Thoroughly Modern Millie
    Singin' In The Rain.

    I'm one of those rare few who can't stand Jane Austen. I've seen P&P once and that was one time too many.

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  13. Ever After
    The Sound of Music
    The Three Musketeers

    Of course, that's just my mood at the moment. There are a score of others I could chose.

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  14. 1. Chariots of Fire (I get misty when they read Isaiah 40)

    2. Beckett

    3. Star Wars IV (favorite scene is Luke under the double moon)


    Sense and Sensibility is a strong fourth

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  15. This is probably really sad, but my big comfort movie (that I put in when I am sick, or have a migraine and can't tolerate anything) is the Muppet Christmas Carol. This would be followed by Mary Poppins and any Cary Grant or Gene Kelley movie. Or at this time of year, Holiday Inn.

    I think these are my comfort movies because they go back to my childhood.

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