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When you're down, what TV show or movie lifts you up?

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As a librarian, I'm obviously a big fan of books and reading, but I love a good movie or TV show too.  One show that I just finished on Netflix that I really liked is Arrested Development...super wacky humor (and sometimes to convoluted for my poor brain to follow)...it's fun!

A favorite movie is Shaun of the Dead, the only rom-zom-com (romantic zombie comedy) I've ever see.  I own that one so can watch it whenever I like.

What do you guys like to watch to get a little distraction or lift your mood? *

 

*Bonus points if it's something I can stream on Netflix!

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Steve absolutely loves NCIS. Even watches old repeats. Stays up late watching it. Watches it while I'm at work.

We are both into anything that involves serial killing. Can't get enough of it. Aren't we twisted! Really loved The Following with Kevin Bacon.

Also love Homeland with Claire Danes.

Also enjoy The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and Survivor.

Have supper every night in front of The Young and the Restless. We are big tv watchers.

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Do you ever watch that?  One of my personal favorites.  Kind of a double dose of serial killers, since the hero is one too...

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Love Dexter.  Such a clever show.  Who knew a serial killer could be such a good guy.

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Astonishing!!!

*grin*....I also watch it's 'mother' show (NCIS was a spin off) JAG....can't get NCIS in The Netherlands, but JAG is on twice a day....and even sometimes there is a cameo from Gibbs and Abby...

 

Hugs, Kathi

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If you have never seen "Overboard" you are truly missing out.  This is with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.  It is so a pick me up movie because it shows the good and not so good of people but in a great story line.  I've probably watched this 25 times and never get tired of it.  Another movie I love if I'm down and this is a downer movie but a great ending is "Fireproof" and "Chronicles of Narnia."  These all are feel good movies and well worth the watch. 

Kim

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have to get it in DVD, but that's ok.  Kind of fun getting the occasional surprise package in the mail anyway.  Thanks for the suggestion!

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those are all my favorites. i watch them all of the time. barb

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Castle is a recurring show and fortunately my cable has it On Demand so I can go back to watch earlier shows or ones I missed.

It has a little bit of everything...drama...mystery...humor and life lessons.

Of course it doesn't hurt that the star of the series is 6' 2", blue eyed Canadian hunk!

Makes me think, makes me consider, makes me laugh.

Marie who loves kitties

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the funny thing is that the first thing they both mentioned was the star's good looks, so he must really be something!  I have On Demand, will check it out.  I need a new show to start.

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I watch the movies over and over again.  I've read the books at least three times.  I started reading the books while undergoing chemo after my initial diagnosis.  Another great movie is Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage. 

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Love Chris Farley!
Movies are a great distraction.

TV Ellen at 3 pm CST....very funny....

Movies: Hangover I II and III
Admissions Counselor - Tina Fey and Lilly Tomlin

Netflix has very funny French subtitle movies....some are romantic comedy

Kinky Red Boots....very good and heartwarming -the name is something like that. I believe it was on Broadway
recently?

Netflix - Call the Midwife- may be off due to summer. Set in England working district. Three young nurses deliver babies with the help of nuns. Their lives and patients.

I love a great movie

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The first season is on Netflix.  Totally recommend it.  For some reason, historical stuff like that, Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, etc, really helps distract me when my mood goes south.  Not quite sure why that is.  After my first surgery, I was on the couch for a month, super depressed, and that seemed to be all I could handle.  Watched a lot of historical movies too, like The Lion in Winter and A Man for All Seasons.

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Best three years of my family's life may have been those when HP and LOTR movies were coming out within a few months of each other every winter.  Now we own them and they are well worth rewatching.  And I'm reading the books for the 3rd or 4th time to my youngest.  There's nothing quite like a good fantasy to take you out of yourself and away from the hardships of treatment.

ETA this comment is for Traci.  Kind of irritating these comments don't always go where you want them to...

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Shaun of the Dead!  Never get tired of watching it over and over with my daughter.  Looking forward to seeing "The World's End" when it comes out in August.  

I have to admit, I am addicted to many HGTV shows, like House Hunters and Love it or List it.  Patrick and I like to watch Shark Tank together and say, we didn't we think of that?   Of course we love our Philly sports teams, baseball in the summer, ice hockey in the winter.  And Downton Abbey is greatly missed at the moment, can't wait for the new season.

Have to say that watching a bit of TV does not make us "couch potatoes", it just takes us away for a time, and there is nothing wrong with that!

Ellen

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Pete may not really appreciate me making a thread off of his snarky comments, but oh well!

How old is your daughter?  Because SOTD is such a family fave with me and my older kids (adults, more or less), my 9 year old keeps agitating to see it.  He loves zombies and wants to watch zombie movie, but I haven't been able to find one that seems suitable.  Who knew it would be so hard to find a family-friendly movie involving people-eating monsters?

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when it first came out and daughter was 16 at the time.  Now she is 25 and it still is one of our all time faves! We also enjoyed "Hot Fuzz" but it didn't quite reach the love we have for SOTD. And while it is a very funny movie, it still has a lot of blood and gore so it's a tough call for you on letting your son watch. 

And my daughter and I both loved the book "World War Z" but she refuses to see the movie because she read that they changed it drastically for the big screen and that made her angry...lol.  

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love all things zombie.  We all read World War Z and loved it.

I have a feeling that the Brad Pitt version won't do it justice, but we'll probably go see it anyway.

We recently watched "Warm Bodies".  That was pretty decent.

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watch Duck Dynasty! No, Jason & I aren't "rednecks", but we love us some SI! Laughing (& that's a fact JACK! lol)

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going to have to check it out.  Hope you guys are hanging in there, Kris!

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Some older movies George and I loved to watch were:

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Carey Grant)

Father of the Bride ( the original with a young Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy)

The Great Outdoors (John Candy)

On TV I will watch anything real housewives when bored.  Does anyone really wear that much make up or argue and complain and complain about crap the way they do?  Sometimes they have so many hair extensions and make up I am surprised they can walk upright.

Hugs to all - Tina

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it was so sad that he died so young.  Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a favorite.

And I really like watching old movies.  For some reason, when I was very sick, I found the slower pace to be more soothing than modern stuff, and they helped me feel more removed from the challenges of the present.

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Arrested Development IS a good one.  Just plain ole silly. And my exboyfriend (still great friends) has been bringing by seasons of the League (I believe it comes on FX).  It is a bit raunchier comedy but keeps me rolling.  I definitely would not watch with children in the room.   And then there is my old standby from back in the day Friends.

I usually only watch action movies but am looking forward to Mud coming out on DVD in August.  I haven't been able to make it out of town to see it in the theater and a couple of my boys and their jeep are extras.  They had about a second of stardom Smile

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Didn't know we had actual movie stars (or I guess the family of stars...but 2nd hand fame is good too) on this board.  Pretty cool!

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We don't have cable but we use netflix and hulu. I'm not a big Tv fan but enjoy silly stupid humor. We've gone thru seasons of The Office and Modern Family. Also been watching old SNL episodes. Some favorites movies havent seen in a while....the Princess Bride and Edward Scissorhands! I also loved The Help...book and movie ...and think I saw that on netflix. So Ms. Librarian...do you eread or need a "real" book?

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one of those great movies that the whole family can enjoy (I sound like a commercial but it's true!).

Haven't seen (or read) The Help yet, but it's on my list to do.  I've heard a lot of raves (along with a little controversy, which makes me want to see it even more).

And I'm afraid that I'm hopelessly old-fashioned when it comes to books...I don't own an e-reader.  I love the feel of an actual book in my hands when I'm lying in bed at night.

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I love me some Mad Men and last night was the finale!  Love to watch any reality cooking show too.  One of my all time favorite movies is Office Space.  It's hysterical!

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just need to find the time to watch it.  I can only do one series at a time!  How are you feeling anyway?  Is treatment going ok?  Good TV (or even crappy TV sometimes) was such a lifeline on those long days at the infusion center.  Hope you're feeling reasonably well!

And if you like cooking shows, have you ever checked out the "dark side" of the cooking world...Kitchen Nightmares?  I just watched one episode recently (Amy's Baking Company), which was just insane.  Have to see it to believe it.

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another great movie that never fails to make me smile!

Ellen

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Sums up my job perfectly...

Shot here in Dallas btw....and when you look at that movie, it's a period time piece of what Dallas buildings (work and apartments and restaurants) looked like...our first one looked like that:)

 

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I need me some Gibbs!  That's my therapy. I like arrested development, too but havent seen the new Netflix episodes yet. Love me some Star Trek also - all except original. 

movies- best in show, the national treasure franchise, and I've started to watch film noir - some are really good and some are awful! I love the princess bride also, and yes, the Harry potters.  downton abbey? Oh yeah!

 

 

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This is a great thread!

Now I have an extensive list of movies, etc., I need to check out!

Thanks all.

 

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Pawn Stars......American Pickers......Swamp People.....Duck Dynasty.....Toy Hunter.....Cajun Pawn Stars....Storage Wars....even checked out Shipping Wars

Those are easy and disposable when they are over...you can simply forget 'em. 

It doesn't provide the escape you mention....but it's a temporary diversion during the week and something you can blow through in less than a 1/2 hour that doesn't require any big mental or emotional committment.

Waiting on the last few episodes this summer for the conclusion of Breaking Bad.....this is not good television and doesn't make you feel particulary good when you're done with it.....I can only watch one episode at a time, because you sort of walk away feeling dirty, you know?  The Shield was sort of like that too, but it was a train wreck and hard to avert your eyes....I check out the occasional Sopranos rerun too.

As for movies, we don't get to watch very many...we finally wanted to see a comedy last week, so the first time in years we rented a movie..."Identify Theft."

It was entertaining in a painful kind of way....the gal that plays the thief (Melissa McCarthy) is so good - in a bad kind of way:)  It's interesting to read what everyone is looking at.

Nice post, Ann:)

 

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Oh yeah, you and Steve would get along well. He loves all those shows. There is one that follows a tow truck company and the whole show seems to be about people going crazy when their car is towed. There is a similar show that seems to involve people getting parking tickets and then going berserk. Isn't that one on TLC terrible. The one with all those little girls dressed up like hookers "Toddlers and Tiarras". Steve doesn't watch it, but the commercials kind of jump out at me.

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So I tend to watch comedies or amusing shows.  The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorites because my husband is an electrical engineer, he doesn't see the humor in the show at all, but I guarantee I get a lot of laughs.

my second is Duck Dynasty, a bunch of wonderful family hanging together and happy happy happy.  And a lot of laughter and smiles watching that show.  Everyone but Uncle Si has a college degree, and they have a wonderful sense of humor towards one another.

Winter Marie

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guess I'm going to have to check that show out!

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During my entire chemo time I watched all of the Walton's re-runs.

Good tv is hard to find now.

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haven't thought of that show in a long time.  I remember watching it every week when I was a kid.  It was a sweet show, and I'll bet it was very comforting to watch it while going through tx (so not laughing at all!).  

Weird to think how limited our viewing options used to be.  Just this thread alone shows how many different shows there are now, and we've only just scratched the surface.  A far cry from the days when pretty much everybody tuned into Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley every week without exception.

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Through treatment I watched episodes of the Office.  Made me laugh.  I also enjoyed Mad Men and Big Love.  A movie I really liked is "Jeff Who Lives at Home."

I think the Father of the Bride movies are always fun. 

We have no cable so I just watch Netflix.  When I've been in the hospital, I've gotten into some HGTV.  (and I'll admit, "Say Yes to the Dress")

Currently I am watching Call the Midwife and episodes of the Dog Whisperer.  I recently watched Nurse Jackie which I like but didn't want to watch when I was

in active treatment. 

Last weekend I saw Identity Thief which was funny and naughty. 

I enjoyed reading other people's responses.  What a fun thread.

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O I so love Grumpy old man, I have all three of them, funny,

Then  I watch on Tv, Crimin al minds, Castle, NCIS,Crossing borders is a new show that just started and I like it.

Duck Dynasty sometimes I loike it sometimes no patience for it. Anothet funny one is RV with Robin Williams and then ofcourse I love Survivor, the drama etc etc.

I have on demand so what I miss I can go back and see later. My daughter has netflix and maybe this winter I wil order it en see.

Hugs to you all.

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TV series Breaking Bad, love it, every episode, black humor, I forget about everthing while I´m watching, my jaws drops down down down ... Tongue Out

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Wow!  I  feel as if I've been living on another planet!  I've never heard of 90% of those shows and movies!!  Where have I been???  :D

My current TV favorites are the Big Bang Theory, Elementary, NCIS and Hell's Kitchen.  Except for the original series, I loved all of the Star Trek shows, including the spin-offs, and I always hit the theatre on opening day of the Start Trek movies.  (Although I've never dressed the costume like a few of my co-workers did last month - and while at work too!!)  ;D

Have a good night everyone, this is fun thread.  :)

Cyn

 

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my late sister and I used to go with our husbands to opening night for all the ST movies, usually in the front of the line, even if it meant a long wait.  I was too young for the original series, but she was six years older and made sure I knew all about it and watched it in reruns when we were kids. 

I even once made a homemade Tribble, which was basically nothing but a piece of furry material filled with stuffing.

I was a weird kid.

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Thanks AA!

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i tend to watch things like the shows when i was growing up.there is just something about reliving those childhood moments again,i guess it makes the cancer go away for a while.my most favorite tv show was Little house on the prarie and a couple of movies come to mind The sound of music and the original Star Wars..ok you can all laugh now....Godbless...johnnybegood

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awesome!  It kind of amazed me how bad (imo) the new ones were by comparison.  Of course, any movie without Harrison Ford is definitely lacking something.  I recently taught my son the "Do Re Mi" song from Sound of Music...need to rent that so he can see where it comes from.  That's a great movie.

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What a fun post!! I as well am a huge movie buff ... but surprisingly have not been able to watch many "movies" since diagnosis.  Probably due to the non stop rollercoaster.  

Dexter of course ... goes without saying! A must watch.  Duck Dynasty is a hoot! 

I have actually found the Housewives series to be very delightful for chemo treatments. 

I have decided the reason I can watch such complete nonsense is because it actually makes me realize how lucky I am!!

Also, during treatments and hospital stays ... old familar shows (short) are the best.   Comfort of knowing what to expect perhaps. 

Lastly, during the days the pump is connected ... I for one have the TV on all night. (to mask the sound)  Up all night from the steroid and such ... for these nights any animal show ... Wild Kingdom, Big Cats, anything with nature is soothing.  Strange ... but I think just mindless and the sounds are relaxing allowing me to doze off.  My mind does not follow complex anything on chemo so simple simple works!!

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Okay, I'm NOT a football fan but a movie that always lifts my spirits is 'Facing the Giants'.  I cry like a baby at one point but it's a great make you feel good movie.  It is a Christian movie (just to forewarn those who would be offended).

Also, the Gaither DVD's will get me jumping if I'm feeling down and in the mood to watch and listen. 

Mr. Holland's Opus

Emily of New Moon (good for those days you want to lay around and watch hours and hours of the same story)

Out of Africa

 

My favorite t.v. shows are:  The Walking Dead,  Criminal Minds, Bates Motel, Hannibal, etc.........  They entertain me but won't lift my spirits if I'm gloomy.  

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I love that show, but I guess you're right...not exactly cheery.

In fact, parts of it remind me unpleasantly of some of the operations I've had over the last few years.  Good thing my surgeons weren't zombies...they might not have been able to keep themselves from snacking while they had the opportunity.

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Movies are a big part of my inspiration and have been a huge source of comfort for me at different times in my life.  I've drawn from the well of Movies and TV all my life....

The more I thought about this post, Ann...the more that I realized that with 2 absentee parents, I basically raised myself and drew knowledge and studied human behavior through some of the greatest examples that were available during that time.  

One of the very first movies I saw in my life...was as a 4-year old boy...I watched Dr. Zhivago at the movie house...and had to explain what was going on to my mom.......that's a true story.  Now, that's some pretty heavy material for a four-year old child.

In looking for strong, male role models, as a 5-year old boy, I immediately enlisted aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise on NBC every week.  Captain Kirk was strong and could make problems go away and he was comforting and gave this young boy a positive example of what a man looked like - and could be.  He held ideals and had morals - but was also fallable and human.

As a 6-year old boy, I watched human right struggles like Steve McQueen's character in the movie, The Sand Pebbles....again, heavy material for a young mind.

I also learned about prison chain gangs as a 6-year old from Paul Newman in the movie, Cool Hand Luke.

Also around 6 or 7, I learned about war and prison camps with movies like The Great Escape.  I sailed high overhead in dogfights with movies like The Blue Max...as a young child, I learned about the devious ways of betrayal and revenge were used in movies like that.

I learned about crime stories through the movie Bonnie and Clyde...

I learned about espionage from James Bond and went all over the globe seeing places that a young boy would never know about. 

I saw all of the human emotions that were available on display.  I learned the good from the bad....who the good guys were...and who the bad guys were....and I saw things I probably should not have seen at such an impressionable age.

Because, I was well-behaved in public, I went everywhere my dad went.....where he wanted to eat....and what movies he wanted to see.  He probably thought they would go right over my head and I wouldn't remember them, so he took me to save baby sitter money.  That was probably the reason, but to my benefit, I saw the greatest films and movie stars of all time. 

But, perhaps this is the reason why I am able to tap into those roots now...as a young boy, I was actually raised in all adult situations.  Most of the folks thought a little kid would ever hear or retain anything.  And yet, I was like a 24-hour tape recorder....matching content to events and storing them for use for me to extraploate at a differnt time.

I grew up with Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Jimmy Stewart, Pete O'Toole and Sean Connery.  

I didn't grow up with Sponge Bob Squarepants or Dora the Explorer....not even Kermit or Big Bird....and not even Captain Kangaroo...

No....I grew up in a different world....and this post has really made me think back to how much those images have played such a vital role in my development, especially since I had no other role models to draw from.  

Oh, there's more....but we're short of time.....

I will say, that I like most of the old movies, because they had two things going for them....

1.  They were all about Story - and not CGI effects.

2.  They were shot on Location....without CGI effects.  The real landscape was the effect and it took me to places that I would never be able to go and could never imagine at such a young age.

"Story Matters Here"

Out of some of the later movies, I know when I was down for radiation a couple of years ago, I drew heavily from one of my all-time favorite movies, Tombstone.  The part that "lifted me up" was when Kurt Russell emoted one of my favorite cinematic lines in the history of cinema...

I'm Comin' - and Hell's Comin' With Me...

When I was younger, I used to enjoy reading, Ann....I read alot of Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke's books on space travel and other worlds.....subconsciously, perhaps that was my internal crying out from wanting to go to another world - any world - to escape the world that I was living in at the time. 

And I wrote a science fiction book when I was 14...betcha I didn't tell you that.  I found it the other day when looking around and started reading some of it. 

It's crude, but I could see the rudimentary thoughts swirling about my head.  It was called Destination Andromeda - and a journey to the next solar system:)

LOL!

I've enjoyed this thread immensely, everybody - and thanks for sharing!

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haha I remember lots of your movies Craig.....and like you have enjoyed the thread.  Thank you so very much AA

5 years ago after liver surgery my daughter rented all the Sex in the City.....that was something we watched together....light

If I have to rent a movie for cheer i will always turn to a Jane Austen....yup Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in Pride and Predjudice that will cheer me right upSmile

Currently I like Big Bang too.....so entirly innocent and funny....

thanks again AA...mags

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