There are so many films that I use for cinematherapy. I can watch them again and again and lose myself and my worries in them for a little while. They're not always critical acclaimed films but something in them touches something in me and that's all that really matters. Here are ten of them, in no particular order:
1 - Bell Book and Candle - my favorite holiday movie. No, it's not really Christmas-y per se but it takes place in the Winter and warms my cold, cold heart so it counts.
2 - Love Actually - my second favorite holiday movie. I love the way it shows love in all it's many forms, happy and sad.
3 - A Knight's Tale - This ridiculously anachronistic film, never fails to make me smile, no matter how dark my mood. Heath Ledger sells it but so does the wonderful supporting cast.
4 - Mystery, Alaska - my favorite hockey movie, hands down.
5 - Shaun of the Dead - I came late to this, only discovering it last year but I've seen it numerous times since. The one zombie movie that shows that we are already the walking dead.
6 - Howl's Moving Castle - One of the most beautifully animated films I've ever seen. Miyazaki is amazing and this is my favorite of his many wonderful films.
7 - Beauty and the Beast - my favorite Disney film. As a friend once said, "we all know Belle's the princess who would end up riding off on the back of a motorcycle" and that's why I love her.
8 - The Big Chill - I can recite the entire script to this and I'm still not tired of it.
9 - The Avengers - one of my top three therapy movies. It always comforts me and makes me happy.
10 - The Thin Man - love the whole series but the first is the best. Myrna Loy and William Powell are so witty and charming.