The winter storms on the East coast mean we're camped in front of the TV like never before. On Valentine's Day, we settled in with comfort foods and binge-watched the second season of House of Cards. We finished the entire series in less than 48 hours.
A second wave of cold air pushed us in a new direction. We watched two films over the weekend and I recommend them both. "Feel good" movies with happy endings - but far from predictable stories.
About Time is Bill Nighy at his best. The family in About Time is the kind of family I'd want to have. And such a different narrative from most films about families and relationships. I cried a little bit when I saw how happy they were and how much they enjoyed their children. A really nice movie, I thought.
Paul Newman received an Oscar nod for his role in Nobody's Fool, a film based on a novel by Richard Russo. Russo is a master at capturing quirky characters and the petty dramas of life in small towns. I never saw it the first time around, and I'm not sorry. I appreciate so much more now that I've spent some years out of the city.
Just some suggestions if you're looking for a "feel good" film to get you through the last weeks of winter. And buy a bottle of Apathy Anti-Bad-Mood Spray. Natch. Aromatherapy will help. Just a few weeks of winter and we're all good! Right? Right.