I’ll be honest, I’ve needed a bit of a pick-me-up this week, so figured I’ll have a quick dive into some movie moments which are guaranteed to turn my frown upside down.
I’d love to hear yours, as it’s always good to expand one’s cinematic horizons, so please drop me a line with any suggestions.
In the meantime, here’s what I’ll be watching…
Theatre Of Blood
Alright, I’ll admit this is kind of a dark one to start off with, but show me a film where the always loveable Vincent Price is having a better time and I’m there.
For anyone unfamiliar with it, it’s a tale of a disgruntled Shakespearean actor taking revenge on his critics using methods written by the Bard.
It’s very silly, surprisingly gory, features a Who’s Who of British TV stalwarts getting bumped off, and is practically Se7en crossed with Horrible Histories.
What’s not to love?
Across The Universe
I recently watched Yesterday (honestly, a lot more enjoyable than I expected), and found myself wanting to revisit Across The Universe again.
There’s a full Late Review of Across The Universe here, but the short version is it’s got brilliantly-arranged Beatles tunes, stunning and imaginative visuals and a final moment that will make your heart leap into your mouth.
Whether I dip in for a select track or two, or just rewatch the whole thing, it’s a really lovely distraction.
The Music Box
Firstly, excuse the lack of appropriate gif, this was the best I could find at short notice.
There’s not much to say about the brilliance of Laurel And Hardy that hasn’t already been said in the nine decades since this film’s release, so again, I’m not going to say much.
What I will say is that I laugh every time that piano goes down the steps, every time the horse moves when it shouldn’t, and every time the lads do a little dance and it’s a great way to cheer myself up.
… and finally
I came to Singin’ In The Rain quite late, and while I don’t love every moment of it, there’s no denying it’s a great antidote to the blues.
The film may have more stylish, tender and better choreographed numbers, but for me, the sheer thrill of watching Donald O’Connor throw himself around the set during Make ‘Em Laugh is the highlight that will cheer me up.
Whether it’s your first time or fiftieth time watching this, I hope you enjoy…
So what are your go-to cheer up movies or movie moments? Let me know on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments!