Friday Pick Six - Six Blustery Day Movies

Friday, February 03, 2012
Happy Friday, all! TheEffinBear here, unaffected by the dreaded Gomboo that has wracked the rest of Casa White recently. Sorry about the lack of updates on my part - I'll be returning next week with a 10-part epic covering all of the Oscar movies that I'm probably going to hate. In the meantime, here's a Friday Pick Six!

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Winter's in full swing here in Wyoming - after a few months of dinking around, the bitter cold and the snow have staked their claim on our fair state, and you know what that means! Sledding! Snowball fights!  Snow Forts! Oh...wait...I'm not ten anymore (a fact which is a source of constant disappointment to me). Well, then that means curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and watching television until work or school forces you into the frigid cold! That's almost as good, right?

Blustery days like today necessitate comfort movies - the kind of movies you can watch over and over again, that take your mind off the bleak reality of the frozen world around you. Comfort movies aren't high art, they're pure escapism, and you know what? That's exactly why we love them.

Check them out after the jump!

1 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off: John Hughes' finest hour, Ferris Bueller's Day Off details one man's heroic struggle to lie to his family, forge school documents, fake the death of an old woman, ignore his education, steal a car, hijack a parade, drive his principal to madness, and break the fourth wall. It's also freaking incredible.
2 - Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope: You know, there are people in the screenwriting department who use "Star Wars" as a pejorative term. Let the haters hate - the classic Star Wars will still get you from a frown to an ear-to-ear grin in under 12 parsecs.
3 - Ratatouille: While Up and WALL-E are technically superior films, they grapple with themes so weighty that this flick seems like a fluff piece. Ratatouille still stands as Pixar's breeziest, most freewheeling vehicle. Also, it won't make you break down in tears, which is a bonus.
4 - Ocean's Eleven: A movie that is as fun to watch as it probably was to make. Easily one of the most quotable movies of the last decade, to boot.
5 - Hot Fuzz: I'd put Shaun of the Dead here, but SotD gets so dark in the third act that you could mistake it for an episode of The Walking Dead. Hot Fuzz is pure joy the whole way through.

6 - Apocalypse Now Redux. Just kidding.

6 - School of Rock: Even if you don't like Jack Black (and I've heard that a lot), School of Rock is just a delightful way to spend 90 minutes. Perfect for fighting off the cold.

What movies do you watch on days when the weather's crappy? Sound off in the comments!


  1. I love watching Twister. I know it's a blustery movie, but the byplay between the characters and the main character, a twister, is just delicious!

  2. I agree with you on Star Wars Episode 4 (though it was just called Star Wars when I was a kid) It's a great pass the time movie. Sadly, I always fall asleep at the end, because I used to watch it on nights I couldn't sleep well. I am now conditioned to fall asleep right when Luke says "I used to bull's-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They're not much bigger than two meters.". Now I always miss the end.


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