Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My Top Ten "Comfort Movies" are all Sci-Fi + Giveaway

Before school ended for my children, I was talking with one of the other parents at the bus stop about movies we like to watch when we're having a bad day, or when the world is having a bad day, and watching the news makes us incredibly sad. They're movies we watch over and over, and never get tired of watching. He called them "comfort movies", and his #1 pick was Ferris Bueller's Day Off. While I've seen that movie many times, it has never been a comfort movie for me. But, the idea made me think about my own comfort movies. And the only ones I came up with were all science fiction.

Here's my list of Top Ten Comfort Movies:

1. Independence Day - I know this may seem strange as a comfort movie, with aliens attacking the Earth, but in the end, the world came together to fight the aliens and bring them down. It's that unity in the end that gives me hope for our real world.

2. Contact - Once again, the world has to come together to send Eleanor Arroway on a mission to make contact with alien life. In this movie, the aliens are peaceful, which is what I hope for when first contact is made.

3. Avatar - Even with all the weapons one could imagine, it is love and what is right that wins.

4. Super 8 - An alien is stuck on Earth, and it only wants to get back home. Sometimes it takes a bunch of children to help us realize the truth.

5. The Host - Aliens come to Earth, and believe they have made the planet a better place to live. But, it's the human spirit they did not expect that wins in the end, our desire to live.

6. Home - This is such a fun movie about aliens again learning about the human spirit.

7. The Martian - While this is a newer movie, I have watched it many times already. Once again, the world comes together for a purpose. This time, to bring Mark Watney home.

8. Any Jurassic Park movie - While some in the series are better than others, I love watching these movies about genetically engineered dinosaurs.

9. Any Star Wars movie - Once again, there are some I love better than others, I will watch any of these space adventure movies.

10. The new Star Trek movies - I do love some of the older Star Trek movies, but it is the new ones I will pop into the DVD player. I love all of the interpersonal relationships involved in these movies, and I've become attached to the characters. I admit, I wasn't around when the original series was on television, so the actors playing the characters now are the ones I've become accustomed to.

Please share with me your comfort movies. Are any of them sci-fi?


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  1. A lot of my comfort movies are scifi too!

  2. Love your movie list. Many of my favorite movies are there. Looking forward to reading Bryce. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Fun post, Jessica!

    I share several in common with you--Contact, Avatar, The Martian, Jurassic Park I, Jurassic World, the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens. I also love and often re-watch Terminator, Alien, Aliens, Serenity, Oblivion and The Abyss.

    There's one more I have to mention, because I rewatch it on regular basis--Defying Gravity. Although it's not technically a movie, the DVD of the TV series is much like viewing a movie (with a lot of short intermissions). The cinematography and music are awesome and the characters' arcs are complex and layered. Oh, and it has a great romance or two, as well.

    1. Thank you, Laurie! I've seen all the other movies you mentioned, but they never stuck with me the same way. I'm not sure why. I'm not sure if I've ever seen Defying Gravity. I will have to check the movie store to see if I can rent the series to watch it.

  4. Star Wars (the original 3) are my comfort movies. Love the Star Trek reboot movies, too. After I'd had surgery and couldn't concentrate on reading or writing, I'd veg out on the DVDs. Thanks for sharing your list, Jess.

    1. The Ewoks would have to be my favorite in Return of the Jedi. And when you can't concentrate, there's nothing better than a movie to take you away to a new world. Thanks for visiting me! :)

  5. I agree with many of these choices, although I'd add a couple to the list. Interstellar, for its accurate science if nothing else. Forbidden Planet for old-time fun and a very young Leslie Nielsen.

    Personally, I'd take Independence Day off and trash it. The idea that a little ol' laptop could somehow communicate with and hack into an alien computer system and blow it up has got to be one of the stupidest, dumbest, most ridiculous examples of execrable science in any movie ever made. (If you ask nice, I might tell you how I really feel about the movie!)

    1. Interstellar is a good movie, too. I haven't seen Forbidden Planet, though. When I watch these movies, I'm not looking for accuracy, just a fun movie to help me escape from real life. But, everyone has their own likes and dislikes. :)


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