Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Five: Comfort Media

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Katherinenzj writes:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Revgalblogpal Friday Five: Comfort Media Edition

I don't get to watch that much tv anymore, but I actually wrote today's Oprah show down on my calendar. Why? Because she is hosting a Sound of Music cast reunion!!! Those of you who know me may be surprised that I would care so much about such a stereotypically girly flick, but I love it (although admittedly fast forward through the Reverend Mother's rendition of Climb Every Mountain). I can watch this movie over and over and over again.

It seems no matter how many new movies, tv shows or books come down the pike I still have my ol' stand by favorites that I can watch/read over and over and when I do they actually bring me comfort - like an old sweatshirt or a favorite food.

Today's Friday Five is an opportunity for you to list five of your favorite 'go-to' movies/tv shows/books.

This is an interesting Friday Five for me because I just went, with my mom, to a Sound of Music sing-along. Revisiting that movie was interesting, but less comforting this time in seeing in newly re-digitized, big screen color. Suddenly the love story seemed less obvious and the national troubles in the background took more of my attention. On to my comfort media:

1. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) This story of a boy who knows exactly when he will die and thinks he knows never fails to evoke something new and deep in me. The theological, psychological, sociological, illogical aspects of this book all conspire to keep me from sleeping until I've finished it. Again.

2. A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson) Bryson's dry wit and self-deprecating humor make me smile. This is my apple-pie of books. I know exactly what it will be and I like it like that.

3. Little Women (1994) Ah, Gabriel Byrne- making Professor Bhaer hot for 16 years and counting. Love this soundtrack, casting, costumes, everything. I could never love anyone as I love my sister... or anything as I love this movie.

4. Mamma Mia (2008) Honey, honey, how it thrills me. (Uh-hunh, uh-hunh) You may think the plot is lame, the singing weak and the whole venue beneath Meryl Streep, but when it comes to feel-good movies, this tops my list. The fact that I can sing along... well, that's just a bonus. The great Greek scenery- a little whipped cream. A chorus of toned and tanned men in Speedos and flippers- the cherry on top!

5. Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs (Barry) I'm giggling even thinking about it. I cannot fail to read this book without tears coming to my eyes from squelched laughter. I even have funny memories around reading this book, including the time I read it in sushi bar and the three sushi chefs sang "Knock Three Times" to me.

Bonus: Come Ye Disconsolate (my comfort hymn) I think the title says it all.

And your five?


kathrynzj said...

I felt so guilty for how much I enjoyed Mamma Mia.

Thanks for playing!

Wendy said...

I do love Gabriel Byrnes' professor. Be still my heart.

Teri said...

Embrace the Mamma Mia love--it's fantastic!

excellent list!