Every now and again, I have a crappy day. I’m sure you guys know what that’s like. Everything’s going wrong and your mood has gone down the toilet. All you really want to do is curl up in a little ball and shut out the world for a little bit. You just want a blanket and maybe a stuffed animal along with some comfort food. Well, sometimes food’s not the best idea and that’s when I turn to watching stuff from my collection or on any of the streaming services I use. Movies and TV shows are my version of a coping mechanism and it works well for me.
11 Galaxy Quest
I grew up on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and my parents introduced me to some classic Trek as well. They even took me to all of the movies in theaters (well, the ones released during my lifetime anyway). So, needless to say, this hilarious and touching thinly-veiled homage to something near and dear to me always makes me smile. Also, seriously, Alan Rickman kicks so much ass. It also helps that the movie is incredibly cute and quotable.
10 The Wiz
I’m surprised that this is the only obviously musical movie I have up here. Given my love of musicals, I’d expect more on here, but I guess it lost out to my other love. Regardless, though, there’s just something about this ego-driven seventies-tastic musical. I say ego-driven because Diana Ross really pushed hard for this movie to be made and to have herself starring in it. I could go into it, but I’d rather be easing on down the road. My head may have bobbed a bit to the music in my head when I typed that.
9 Anything Cirque du Soleil
Some days, I don’t want plot. I don’t want to have anything to really focus on. I want something surreal with pretty, bendy people in spandex. I want something surreal with beautiful music. Cirque du Soleil productions give me that and I have a few of their recorded shows in my collection. It took me a while to get used to the contortionists. I remember once telling a friend how I learned to process them. I told him that I just thought of contortionists as skeletons that happened to be covered in skin. It made it easier for me. My friend said that I made them even creepier. I guess he’s right.
8 “Batman: The Beave and the Bold”
I recently zoomed through this show on Netflix. Well, one and a half seasons so far since they were all that was available at the time. I just found out that the rest of the series is now available on Netflix. I know I’ll be watching it as soon as my current marathon of the Marvel movies is over. It’s colorful and campy. It’s sweet and charming. There’s a musical episode! So many puns! My second favorite version of Aquaman! There’s a lot of great stuff in the show and I can’t wait to see the rest of it. It just makes me smile.
7 The Emperor’s New Groove
When The Emperor’s New Groove first came out, I wasn’t a fan. I don’t know why. Then, Tumblr happened and I kept seeing gif after gif from it and decided to give it another chance. How did I not remember how funny it was? How awesome Pacha’s family was? How Eartha Kitt was such a great villain? Seriously. There’s so much in the movie that I regret not getting to begin with and now I watch it when I’m feeling a little low because somehow, it just perks me right up.
6 Captain America: The First Avenger
I’m in the minority when it comes to this movie, apparently. Yes, it wasn’t the strongest in Marvels’ Phase One. Still, it’s a good movie. Chris Evans was so well cast as the kid from Brooklyn who was always a hero on the inside but got an outside to match. There’s a sweetness to him and the way he’s portrayed. He’s a hero I can get behind and respect. His movie is full of great moments and it gave us the amazing Peggy Carter. When I’m feeling down, I know Cap’s there to make my day better and that’s all this girl wants.
5 “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited”
Oh man. This show. Yes, it’s one show. “Justice League Unlimited” is a continuation of “Justice League.” I’m not sure why they decided to do that, but whatever. These shows are amazing. They’re quick-witted with fantastic characters that are always going to be there to save my day. Also, it has my favorite portrayal of Aquaman. They had a great cast of voice actors and told marvelous stories. It helps that they’re short doses of awesome for when I don’t have time to indulge in something lengthy to bring up my mood.
4 The Avengers
The blatant heroism, the dialogue, the throwing together of various personalities and trying to get them to work as a team. . .what’s not to love? Marvel knocked it out of the park with this movie and if they can’t save my day, I know they’ll definitely avenge it. See what I did there? It’s just a good, feel-good movie. When I’m feeling in need of a little pick-me-up, this is one of the films I know I can turn to for help.
3 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
When this are really getting me down and I feel like life has kicked me in the teeth (and I have a lot of time on my hands), I start a marathon of these. As I like to say, as bad as my problems are, at least I’m not taking the Ring to Mordor. It’s an oddly comforting thought and I just love losing myself in Peter Jackson’s version of Middle Earth. There’s so much wonderful detail and fantastic performances by a brilliant cast.
2 Alice in Wonderland (1951)
This movie is not only one of my comfort movies, it’s one of my default movies too. If I can’t figure out what I feel like watching, I put this on. If I need to perk up a bit, I put this on. If I’m upset, this gets put on. It’s a movie for a variety of situations and always makes me smile. Or at least it makes me feel better. I have the soundtrack on my iPod and have been known to run through the dialogue along with the music because I’ve seen it so many times.
1 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
This movie feels just like pulling a warm blanket over my head and blocking out the world for a bit. When I had a meltdown on New Year’s Eve because I was stressed out and overloaded, I fled to my room and started watching this. I called it my Pooh Therapy. When I am sobbing and I just can’t seem to get my crap together (this happens only occasionally, thank goodness), I know that Pooh’s adventures in the 100 Acre Wood can cheer me up. Yeah, I’m a five year-old at heart, but using movies to get myself together seems like a relatively healthy coping mechanism. So, when I’m down and out, that’s what I’ll be watching. For the billionth time.