What’s Your Comfort Movie?
It was 1985 and my family stepped into a new era. It was a year of firsts – our first microwave oven and our first VCR player. And both were enormous by today’s standards, but back then we stood in awe of these modern inventions and the convenience they would bring.
The VCR particularly interested me as a kid since it changed the face of home entertainment forever. No longer were we captive to the network’s schedules to catch our favourite television shows or Christmas specials. No, we could program the VCR and watch these programs at OUR convenience. Finally, we could sing along with the Sound of Music anytime, not just at Christmas. Then came along the video stores and our heads spun with the options that lay before us, row upon row!
Fast-forward many years later to Y2K and I just gave birth to my firstborn. My own little family had both a VCR and DVD player. The big, bulky VHS tapes were starting to be discounted to make way for the slick DVDs, so we ended up with a small collection of children’s videos for cheap. My sons had their favourites over the years and we actually wore the tape out on a few Thomas the Tank Engine videos.
Now, we haven’t gotten fancy and upgraded to TiVo or anything like that since we aren’t hooked into any one program. But I do have my favourite “comfort movies” that I like to watch, and re-watch. I’ll stick one of these in when I have a mountain load of laundry to fold or iron, or I’m sick and my eyes refuse to focus on a book. Another time might be on a cold, icy winter day when I opt to run indoors on a treadmill while being pleasantly distracted by Mr. Darcy.
My top comfort movies are: Pride and Prejudice (BBC Version), Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Sense and Sensibility, Australia, Becoming Jane, Sound of Music, Anne of Green Gables, The Princess Bride, and Sleepless in Seattle. I will add Les Misérables to the list when that’s out on video. (You see I like sappy…I guess the LOTR trilogy doesn’t quite fit the pattern…)