I want to start this one by blaming Kathleen. It’s her fault. She made me do it. Ok, she didn’t make me do it, but, you know, she kinda did. Kathleen recently shared her top five comfort movies, and I was instantly jealous because I thought, man, that’s a really good topic. And, you know, and she was recovering from surgery and all – I mean, it made sense – But I did have the man flu recently. She was only recovering from surgery. I had man flu. It’s much worse.
Anyway, so I thought I would share with you my top five comfort movies. The things that I like to watch when I’m just blah, feeling down, or I am oppressed by the wicked, awful man flu. Seriously ladies … you couldn’t possibly understand.
Empire Records. I love this movie. I think it’s fantastic because it doesn’t have to be Rex Manning Day to celebrate Rex Manning Day. Damn the man! Save the Empire! It’s just a great movie with a fantastic soundtrack. And it’s one of those that certain parts of the movie have not transferred will into the 2020’s, but most of the movie has. With some movies that are set in era’s like the 1990’s – you’ll have that. Honestly, even with the bits that havent transferred well, it’s one of those movies that are so good that it’s timeless. It can be played anytime, anywhere. If you haven’t watched Empire Records before, stop reading this. Go watch Empire Records. What have you been doing with your life? Really? But, yeah, go watch it.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t really necessarily care for Michael Cera, but I honestly think he’s a great actor. And I think that for the type of roles that he plays, he’s fantastic and he does a really good job in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I love this movie. It’s got some of the throwbacks to the eight bit video game world. It’s got a pretty cool soundtrack to. The movie at times looks like a video game, and at others it looks at times like a comic book. Yet somehow, it melds all these worlds together almost seamlessly. In my opinion it’s a fantastic take on Scott Pilgrim. Well casted with appearances from Michael Cera, Chris Evans, Kieran Culkin, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Anna Kendrick … annnnnd I could keep going. It’s just such a great movie. It’s the fourth wall breaks. It’s the guest cameos. There’s so much here. If you haven’t watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The world. Stop reading this. Come back, read this later. Again, what are you doing with your life? Go watch Scott Pilgrim. Be happy!
Fanboys. Fanboys is a movie about a bunch of guys who are all Star Wars fans, and what this group of nerds does leading up to the release of Episode One, The Phantom Menace. They’ve grown up with the original trilogy, and they’re so excited about this. They find out that there’s a need to go across country, and they want to break into Lucas Ranch and they want to steal a copy of Phantom Menace and watch it before anybody else can. Now, the cool thing about this movie is that I have nowhere to prove it. I haven’t done the research because Google is expensive and it takes time. Ok I lied. Google is not expensive. Google is free, and it takes time to just do it, and if I’m being honest, I was being lazy. But I think that George Lucas must have signed off on this at some point, some way, some form, because of all the Star Wars STUFF. I mean, there’s a cameo from Billy D. Williams in it. There’s a cameo from Carrie Fisher in it. The the lines that they use, the sound effects that they use,the images and characters used, it’s amazing. And if you have been part of the Star Wars camp long enough, then you will love the way they make fun of the Star Trek people. I’m like 95% in the Star Wars camp, and I got, like, a toe in the water of the Star Trek camp – so I really do get the jokes and I laugh, a lot. But it goes both ways, the Star Trek people make fun of the Star Wars people, and the Star Wars people make fun of the Star Trek people.It also helps that its cast really well, and written very well too. They picked the right people to do the right things. And you know what? It’s just a great movie, but if you’re a Star Wars fan, it’s fantastic.
Indiana Jones. I had to pick the series of movies, not just a movie, because I couldn’t pick just one of them. If I’m going to watch one, I want to watch them all. It used to be trilogy. What do you call it when it’s 4 movies? A quadrillogy? That doesn’t sound right. Oh well, we’re about to have 5 of them anyway. But, These four Indiana Jones movies, even Crystal Skull. I watch it, and I’m okay with Crystal Skull right up until, like, the aliens come at the end, and that’s pretty much where I hit the end button and or I’ll skip the end of the chapter or fast forward or something. But, yeah, it gets a little Close Encounters of the Third Kind for me at that point. It’s no longer Indiana Jones in my opinion. But I do love me some Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford is probably my favorite actor of all time. I may have named one of my sons after him, but that’s a whole other story for another time. But, I just love these movies. There’s such feel good things to them, frankly. They’re just a good time. You can pick them apart. You can find plot holes in this, that, and the other thing, and you can chase them all down. But you know what? For the most part, they’re just a good time. They’re a fun time round the old TV. And if I had to pick one that I was going to say, this one for sure is my favorite one, this is the one – It would probably be Indiana Jones the Last Crusade. Just the way that Harrison and Sean Connery play off each other throughout the movie in the father/son dynamic. For me, yeah that probably would be the best one.
Star Wars (All of it .. Ok, most of it) Now, look, if you’re surprised by what I’m about to say, then you probably haven’t been following me very much here on The FSF PopCast. It’s always Star Wars, and it doesn’t matter what Star Wars movie. It doesn’t matter what Star Wars TV show, okay? Well, that’s not true either, is it?. I’m not watching the holiday special, and nobody should. George Lucas doesn’t even want you to watch it. So, literally anything but the holiday special and I am in. I love star wars, It’s my everything in life short of my wife. That’s going to sound really bad, but honey, you’re my everything ….. And THEN Star Wars. It’s always been there for me. It’s always been the thing that I would fake being sick at school so I could stay home and watch. It wasn’t quite a man flu back then, it was more like an apprenticeship with the teenage boy flu. But I would fake it just so I could stay home and watch my VHS copies of Star Wars. I would take out New Hope and put in Empire Strikes Back, and make sure that New Hope went into the VHS rewinder, because that was a thing kids. You didn’t want to overwork for your VCR, so you had to be kind and rewind in the rewinder. And then I’d take out Empire and put in Return of the Jedi and put Empire into the rewinder. Fortunately, as the years have progressed, it’s now digital copies of everything or bluray copies of everything. But, it’s still the same thing – take out one, put in the next, take out one, put in the next. But now its not just the original trilogy, we have so much more Star Wars Like the Prequel and Sequel Trilogies, The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch, Rebels, Resistance, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and more on the way! So yeah, It’s star wars. That’s my ultimate and my comfort when oppressed by the man flu. More often than not, it’s what I’m going to watch. But there’s other things, of course, like Scott Pilgrim vs. The world, Empire Records Fanboys and of course Indiana Jones. All these other things I enjoy to watch when I’ve watched so much Star Wars that I start worrying about my own my own sanity and I say, you know what, I probably should watch something else. So I’ watch one of those and then come back to Star Wars.
In the words of Jim morrison … “This is the end”
So, yeah, this is kind of Kathleen’s fault, frankly and I’m okay with that. But it was a good idea for a topic, and I was just jealous that I hadn’t thought of doing this one first, so I’m doing it second and blaming her. If you agree with my picks, great! I hope you do, but if you don’t, there’s a comment section down below. Make sure that you go in there, tell me what movies are on your comfort list, what do you like to watch and why. And while you’re here on the page, click that watch button in the menu. Watch one of videos and be sure to subscribe! Your subscription helps us to continue to grow and make this silly, absurd content for you guys to enjoy every week.
So long, and thanks for the fish!