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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.

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.

Donne Paine, film enthusiast, once lived round the corner from the Orson Wells Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where her strong interest in films, especially independent ones, began. Supporter of the arts, she travels to film festivals and frequents Sundance. Donne encourages film lovers to join “ONLY SECOND SUNDAY” film club at Coligny Theater on HHI. To support her habit of frequent movie going, she is an executive recruiter and staff development consultant. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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