MOVIES TO HELP REGAIN OUR SANITY
By the time this column is read the 45th president of the United States will have been elected. Whether your candidate won or lost, perhaps we should start with a deep breath and a relaxing mantra.
“Eyes Closed, I withdraw deep within. I become one with everything that is. Nothing can disturb my peace, for my walls have grown thick with moss. I am cool running water down a clear stream. An Eagle soaring to great heights, overseeing the world. Unchained from the past constant media interruption of my peace.”
BREATHE! I challenged a few moviegoers to choose their top “go to” movie to relax, chill and feel good. (These may also help us after a hard day of Hurricane Matthew clean up.) So tune out the rhetoric of this past year and turn on a good movie from the eclectic list below:
QUEEN KATWE 2016 | PG (In theaters now) Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets a missionary, who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE 1987 | PG While sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of The Princess Bride. A classic and fun to see Robin Wright as a teenager.
LEGALLY BLONDE 2001 | PG-13 When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 2014 | R The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend
AMÉLIE 2001 | R Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
ONE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY 2014 | PG -13 The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.
GONE WITH THE WIND 1939 | PG-13 Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. Starting with her idyllic life on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler.
SINGING IN THE RAIN 1952 | PG-13 A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. When silent movie stars, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont’s, latest movie is made into a musical, a chorus girl is brought in to dub Lina’s speaking and singing. Don is on top of the world until Lina finds out.
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 2003 | PG-13 Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead.
REMEMBER THE TITANS 2000 | PG The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
SOME LIKE IT HOT 1959 | PG-13 When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
FORREST GUMP 1994 | PG-13 Slow-witted Forrest Gump has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother, he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save—his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).
CASABLANCA 1942 | PG In Casablanca, Morocco, in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications
YOU’VE GOT MAIL 1998 | PG Two business rivals, who despise each other in real life, unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.
Sources: www.moviefone.com,www.goodhappens.org, www.timeout.com, www.imbd.com
Many thanks to survey participants: Melissa, Seth, waitress at the Char Bar, Tim, Rob, Debbie, Chris, Marion, Michelle, Grace, Greg, Kathy, Butch, Mary and Mike..Also, a special shout out to Samaritans Purse Relief team and Butch and Kathi Fleming, couldn’t have managed hurricane clean up without you.