Monday, 22 June 2020

My "go-to" book or movie for a pick-me-up

This topic from Long and Short Reviews was an interesting one. For one thing, when I need a pick-me-up, I don't tend to turn to a book. I don't know why - I think it's just the immediacy of a film that does it. And my favourite film, funnily enough, is not one that people are likely to think of for a pick-me-up.

Heavenly Creatures.

I know a lot of people would look at that film and think "How on earth could a film with an ending like that be enjoyable?" And I would agree, except that the rest of the film is both passionate and uplifting. Peter Jackson's direction takes you through a wild swirl of romance and excitement which sweeps you up, all the more to shock you at the end - by which point I'm in a better mood and more ready for it.

My other two go-to films are Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I absolutely adore Gene Wilder and he is at his hysterical best in these two films, especially Blazing Saddles which is one of the few comedies I actually like. Even though I've seen them both dozens of times I don't miss a moment whenever I watch them.

So what do you go to for a pick-me-up?

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  1. I love rewatching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It's so fun.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-my-go-to-movie-for-a-pick-me-up/

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    1. I make a point of watching it whenever it's on.

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  2. Just watched Blazing Saddles with the boy. He needed a pick-me-up after having his wisdom teeth removed. Good choice. :-)

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  3. Oh my gosh, I ADORE "Blazing Saddles". So much to love. I'm old enough, I actually saw it in the theater, lol. And the original Willy Wonka? So clever. So many little tidbits and nuances that you can miss. It's another I actually saw in the theater first. I haven't seen Heavenly Creatures, though. How'd I miss that?

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  4. I've never heard of Heavenly Creatures, so I don't know how it ends, but I do love City of Angels which has a really crappy ending, so I do get it.

    Willy Wonka is on my list, too. Gene Wilder was so good in that movie.

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    1. It's definitely a shock if you're not ready for it. And I do love Gene Wilder.

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  5. Yep Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of my all time favorites. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-my-go-tobook-or-movie-for-a-pick-me-up/

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  6. If there is ever a time when this whole world needs to see a movie Blazing Saddles fits the bill. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/06/wc-062420.html

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  7. We recently got the boys to watch Blazing Saddles from start to finish (Firstborn's request -- he'd seen most of it, but not all at one sitting) and I think we're setting up for Willy Wonka next. So, y'know, good choices...

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  8. I must admit I blinked a few times when I read Heavenly Creatures, Tanith!
    Great choice with Willy Wonka.

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    1. I think the passion of the rest of the film balances out that ending!

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