Comfort Entertainment

Everyone has one, whether it’s a movie, a book, a video game, a TV show, it doesn’t matter, everyone has one. It’s that one thing that every time you were home sick as a child, you had to do. You watched the same movie, every time. You played the same video game, every time. You watched the same TV show, every time. I’m quite certain that every time after that first time Fred Savage got sick he wanted Peter Falk to come over and read him the story of Princess Buttercup and Westley. It’s just what you know. It’s like comfort entertainment to go with your comfort food. Well in my continuous quest to extend my ever growing DVD collection, I browse new titles being released about every couple weeks. This week, I did something different. I joined Netflix, as if I don’t already have enough to watch. Well I had to browse through a lot of titles to decide what movies I hadn’t seen that I wanted to see. Then, I remembered that there was one movie that I loved as a kid and as a result wore out my VHS taped off the TV version of it. I’d checked over the years to see if/when it would be released by the studio that owned it, but to no avail. So, just for fun, I typed the title into Netflix and wouldn’t you know it, it resurfaced. Not only did it resurface, it is being released on DVD on February 14th. I have never in my life wanted Valentine’s Day to actually come around, but if it means I get to see “Somewhere, Tomorrow” on DVD, by all means, let the countdown begin.

The movie stars Sarah Jessica Parker just after her days on Square Pegs and right before her portrayal of Willard Hewitt’s girlfriend on Footloose, and most definitely YEARS before her stint as Carrie Bradshaw. It’s a silly movie really, but I cried every time I watched it as if it were the first time I’d seen it. It always made me feel better, sleep better, get better, etc. A short synopsis from IMDB says this: Young Lori Anderson lost her father in a plane crash. While her mother appears to be picking up the pieces of her life, Lori isn’t. She is resentful of every decision that her mother makes from selling the family horse farm to a relationship with the local sheriff. Lori doesn’t know what to do and turns to her father’s journals filled with psychology and metaphysics for answers. One day, a client coming to see about the boarding of his horse, crashes in a plane with his best friend. The friend manages to escape tragedy, but the client, Terry Stockton, dies in the accident. However, Lori can see and actually touch the supposedly dead Terry after she finds him in the woods. After some struggle, Lori comes to believe that she is meant to help Terry. With the aid of her father’s journals and Terry’s best friend, they try to find out why Terry’s spirit hasn’t crossed over. A complication then develops in the situation when Lori and Terry begin to fall for each other. Lori has a riding accident and tries to join Terry in the afterlife. It is then that the reason why Terry had trouble passing on, and the secrets of her father’s journals are revealed.

I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m terribly excited about this movie being released. It’s like an old friend that you’d lost contact with somehow finds your number and calls you up to see how you’ve been. We have a lot of catching up to do, but it’ll be tons of fun.

Anybody else have one of those all time movies, games, shows, books, etc. that you just had to have when you were sick or needed a little comfort entertainment?

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About Leann

Lazy Pancreas Owner. TV/Movie/Theatre Junkie. Sports Fanatic. Peyton Manning Expert. Alabama Graduate. Car Karaoke Performer. Believer In Love. Come along for the ride.

Posted on January 2006, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. yep, The Princess Bride. I mean Fred Savage was sick when it was read to him. I’ve seen the movie more times than I could count, sick or well, happy or sad.

  2. RAISING ARIZONA…I defy anybody to get through this movie without laughing at least once, or RUDY

  3. Interestingly enough, I just signed up for Blockbuster Online last Friday. I was going to go with Netflix, but Blockbuster has the same prices, the same titles, the distribution center is in Gaithersburg so the movies get here FAST, and you get two coupons for free rentals per month in a Blockbuster store.

    Actually it’s very cool. If anyone’s interested I can get you a month free trial.

  4. I’m not sure where the distribution center for Netflix is, but I started my subscription on Monday and my first movie arrived yesterday. Although the coupons are definitely an added bonus to the Blockbuster deal.

  5. Netflix is also in Gaithersburg (wouldn’t it be funny if it were the same place that both companies outsourced to?) to the movies typically get to you in the next business day.

    Typically when I’m sick I drink Mandarin Orange tea or Ginger Ale. It’s pretty much the only time when I will drink either.

    Movie wise: Ghostbusters or UHF I watched the most probably.

  6. I had tons of taped-off-TV movies I watched as a child and I was sick a LOT, so I watched lots of them. I have several favorite movies as well, but since we’re going for obscure here — anyone remember the movie D.A.R.Y.L.? I loved that movie when I was a kid. So funny and heart-warming. And stealing an SR-71 Blackbird really puts it on the top of my list.

  7. Weird weird weird. I was thinking about this very movie the other day, remembering that I had only seen a snippet of it years ago, and wondering what the title was. Now, by golly, I KNOW!!! Thank you thank you. I was a big SQUARE PEGS fan. As for my comfort movies, ohmygosh, so many. Definitely SENSE AND SENSIBIILITY and EMMA and THE MISSION and MAN ON FIRE and LOTR are at the top of a super long list. If you like foreign films, I’m always trying to get people to rent EARTH. I find it amazing everytime I watch it.

  8. p.s. I second D.A.R.Y.L. I love it. And also NICO THE UNICORN, and THE PARENT TRAP (new version).

  9. Never Ending Story, the original.. could probably still recite every word…

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