Verdant, 24x36 inches, Oil on panel with maple sides, © Lynn Goldstein $2100
As you, my dear readers know, my mission in life is to try to help people feel peace in a difficult world.
Here's the rub. Lately, I have had a tough time finding that calm myself. As a result, I have been searching for ways toward equilibrium.
About a month ago my husband sat down next to me, fired up the television, and surprised me with one of my all-time favorite feel-good films. He knew I would be touched by the gesture, and I was. As a result of the success of that evening, we have been looking for some old favorites that will uplift our spirits.
Hopefully, this list will help you to feel good too.
The list in no particular order:
1. Philadelphia Story - This movie has 3 of my favorite old-time movie stars: James Stewart, Cary Grant, and Katherine Hepburn. I am well-aware that some of the dialogue is dated, but man this film makes me smile.
2. Wizard of Oz - I have seen this movie so many times that I can recite the dialogue, but it never fails to uplift my spirits, even though I cry several times throughout the viewing. It's inexplicable, but the tears simply flow.
3. When Harry Met Sally - This movie had me when Billy Crystal's Harry spit grape seeds out the window of Sally's (Meg Ryan) car only to discover the car window was closed. The laughs kept coming.
4. Princess Bride - Every time I see this movie I am awed at its perfection. It's magic.
5. To Have and Have Not - When I was in my 20s, I was such a Humphrey Bogart fan that friends got me an almost life-size cutout of him that I displayed proudly in my apartment. I still love Bogie and he shines in this movie with his real-life love, Lauren Bacall. Bacall also shines.
6. Casablanca - What can I say? Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman together in a compelling story that is somehow uplifting and sad at the same darned time!
7. Back to the Future - I can't tell you the number of times I have seen this movie, and I love it every time. Michael J. Fox is pitch-perfect in his portrayal of Marty McFly, but Christopher Lloyd's mad scientist steals the show, if that is possible.
I could come up with more, but now it's your turn. Please leave your faves in the comments below.
That way we can all help uplift each other. 😉