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Fucking hell, I just got dumped.

Funnily enough, one of the first things that popped into my head was that I need to watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as soon as possible. Not that it's intentional, but I guess it's something of a ritual that I rewatch this movie when a relationship comes to an end. I don't know if it's that it helps me process stuff or that it feels like it's commiseration or if it's just an indulgent self-pity thing, but it has some kind of appeal in this situation in any case.

What are some other cinematic comfort foods?

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Fri May 23, 2014 2:06 am
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I wouldn't go to Eternal Sunshine imediately. That's more of when the dust has settled kind of therapy.

Stick with escapism for a bit. What action films do you dig?

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NotHughGrant wrote:
I wouldn't go to Eternal Sunshine imediately. That's more of when the dust has settled kind of therapy.

Stick with escapism for a bit. What action films do you dig?

Hey, I don't control the cravings. I just indulge them.

(There is a rational part of my brain that knows it's ridiculous. The part that looks at me from the outside, does a facepalm, and says, "Oh, great, he's listening to Alice In Chains/drinking a highball of straight bourbon/watching Taxi Driver with the writer's commentary/whatever." But hey, that part of my brain can fuck off right now.)

As far as action movies go, I was thinking about that recently, and it's actually not a genre I'm very fond of. I have my favorites, like in any genre, but my point of view about action is kind of the same as my point of view about horror. As a set of tropes, it's not very interesting. The action movies I enjoy are usually the ones that escape the usual conventions--the ones that treat action as a means of expressing drama instead of as a thing worth enjoying in its own right. For example, the Batman and Bourne movies sink when they're just filling time with explosions and crashing cars, but they swim once they tap into the struggles of their characters.

That's way off topic. Maybe I should have just said Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Terminator 2.

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I had a theory a few years ago that the kind of movie I was watching had to be reflected in my choice of drink.

The deeper the film, the darker (meaning stronger) the booze. For example:

Slapshot = Premium lager (Stella, Kronenberg 1664, Cobra, Tiger)

Casino Royale = white wine

Sideways = Red wine (naturally)

Taxi Driver = Port

The Godfather = Spirit of choice. Typically a Whisky or American Whiskey

If I were you, in the early days, I'd stick to the top end of the list. The last thing we all want is you jogging down the street naked, hammered, with a bottle of Red Stag in your hand, telling everyone that they are all wrong!

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My cinematic comfort food would be some favorite (possibly great) movies that instantly transport me away from real life's burdens, yet still don't have to invest too much (as in, thinking along is not a requisite to get a lot out of them). By that definition, mine would be:

Speed, The Emperor's New Groove, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Trouble in Paradise. Wreck-It Ralph and Moonrise Kingdom are getting up there.


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How about I'm Gonna Git You Sucka paired with a 40 of Colt 45? Shoot a Nerf suction-cup dart gun at the bad guys.

Seriously though, I try to watch something that makes me realize I don't have it so damn bad as I might think I do. A few years ago things were getting tight financially and I (and wife) just felt trapped. We watched a documentary on the Donner Party.
Boy that perked us right up and put things in perspective.

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Totally escapist comedy works for me. Silly stuff like Naked Gun, National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddyshack, Laurel and Hardy, Looney Toons. Inexplicably, the opposite will sometimes strike my mood better - gritty material or man against the odds type stuff like The Grey, Zulu, or Unforgiven. I don't often venture into the dark, but sometimes I want to wallow in it for a little while before returning back to a functional state.


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CasualDad wrote:
Totally escapist comedy works for me. Silly stuff like Naked Gun, National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddyshack, Laurel and Hardy, Looney Toons. Inexplicably, the opposite will sometimes strike my mood better - gritty material or man against the odds type stuff like The Grey, Zulu, or Unforgiven. I don't often venture into the dark, but sometimes I want to wallow in it for a little while before returning back to a functional state.


The escapist comedy works for me, too, including Naked Gun, My Man Godfrey, the Ealing comedies, The Shop Around the Corner, some of Keaton's silents, The Lady Eve. Also old-fashioned comical musicals like Gold Diggers of 1935 and 1937, Footlight Parade and Astaire/Rogers musicals.

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I'll second Ferris Bueller, throw in Amelie for consideration, any QT movie, Juno if you're partial to it, and Raising Arizona.

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Ken, you and I know there's only one guy who can help you here:













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Lebowski isn't a half bad idea. A Coen Brothers movie or three might be in order.

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Sorry to hear about that, Prime. Hell, any good movie will do as a pick-me-up. Even a sad one. Why? Catharsis. Sometimes you watch someone else's situation and feel that much better about your own (sadly, this is probably the crux of why Reality TV is effective for so many people).

But hey, that's like, my opinion man.

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Goldfinger always if not brings back my Mojo at least make me think about it , in any case this movie is always an entertaining watch 8-)


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Seriously, go for comedies or over-the-top action.

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Prison Films - I love them to death. They always seem to be able to put things in context for me if I have a bad day at work. Life may have been bad today, but at least I'm not sharing a jail cell with Chow Yun-Fat. I couldn't tell you how many times I've fallen asleep to Prison on Fire, the best prison film ever made.

It's good your using films as your escape from a break up Ken. It feels like half the world is turning to the ice pipe at the moment in tough times.

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Goldfinger always if not brings back my Mojo at least make me think about it , in any case this movie is always an entertaining watch 8-)

Just about any early Bond flick, really. I don't have many in the series, but I've got the good ones.

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Once Were Warriors or The War Zone is my vote.

JUST KIDDING!

It has to be a feel-good movie. I need those more than anyone, so I have a few good suggestions:
-Spirited Away (this is good for any movie watching need)
-Burke & Hare
-Mrs. Henderson Presents.
-The Rock
-Tommy Boy
-Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
-Working Girl

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Damn, really sorry to hear that Ken.

Didn't you do another post a few years ago about being dumped? Is this like the 2nd time it's happened?

Anyways I would personally prescribe a steady diet of action films, can't go wrong with Die Hard.


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I think I brought up a similar subject, but that was more of an issue of my ex giving me a hard time, after (what I thought) was a smooth breakup. Either way, it's a bummer, and kind of drives the wind from your sails as far as movie watching goes.

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Ken wrote:
I think I brought up a similar subject, but that was more of an issue of my ex giving me a hard time, after (what I thought) was a smooth breakup. Either way, it's a bummer, and kind of drives the wind from your sails as far as movie watching goes.

I know the feeling, I remember when my last girlfriend had to move several hours away for her job, our split was mutual since we both knew it couldn't work, but it didn't make things any easier, and for a couple of weeks or so it was hard for me to really get into films, but it eventually did pass after a while.

I just had a talk the other day with someone on another forum who also recently went through an unpleasant break-up, and i'll tell you what I told him- it's never easy, but things will eventually get better with time, and there is someone out there for everyone, so don't give up hope.


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