Laughter Is The Best Medicine

If there's one thing I've learned in this life (but hey, I'd like to think I've learned many things by now...) it is how valuable the power of laughter is. Laughter is always good, but in that perfect moment of need, true laughter is priceless. Sadly, I have neglected my blog this last semester with work sucking up most of my time and attention, and my French class getting the rest...the supply/demand for laughter in my life has been very important. The free time I had was devoted to the pursuit of watching every possible episode of How I Met Your Mother, my new favorite obsession (it's like the t.v. show version of 500 days, and again it makes me laugh....really hard) I rented movies in some quantity in between frequently and occasionally (didn't see nearly as much as I wanted, but I did catch up on 9/10 movies nominated for Best Picture, but more on that in another post when I finally have seen all ten.)

But, I made a huge step towards the freedom I desired last week with my long awaited graduation. A lot of the pressure was relieved with school finally out of the way. Tuesday though was a stressful day for a number of reasons. So, after ten hours of work and an hour commute home, I decided to find a good remedy in my friend Courtney and the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I know I still haven't made a Top Ten for 2010, (I just want to watch Blue Valentine and then I feel like I can...) but I can tell you already that Scott Pilgrim is for sure on that list, and most likely pretty high up. I saw it last August with Anna right before I left for Paris, and I honestly can't remember laughing harder and longer in a theater. I truly love everything about it! The humor, the fight sequences, the music...it's all gold.

What's so great about it? Well for one thing, it is the perfect escape movie. It doesn't really even give you a chance to think about anything else but the zaniness that occurs onscreen. It's a non-stop little party. But more importantly, there are so many great lines...it's just so dang quotable! Plus every time I watch it I find something new. For example this viewing I noticed how seriously hilarious the character of Young Neil is. Love the text Knives sends to him. Watching it this go-round I kept thinking how amazing it would be to edit a movie like this. The film is non-stop fun and super creative due largely to the editing. I definitely want to get a little more creative with my editing...add that to my list of summer goals.

But back to Pilgrim: I read up about details of the Blu-ray and there's 4 commentary tracks FOUR. And an alternate ending. I must have it. Watching it on Blu-ray in my Dad's theater was pretty freaking awesome. It really is the perfect movie for a little escapism. So what am I trying to say with this blog? Well. I love movies for their power to take you out of your life and entertain you for a bit, and ones that are genuinely funny are essential :) I recommend Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as well as Easy A, another one that got a second viewing this week. Love that one! It's no Mean Girls ;) But Penn Badgley is pretty hot. Two lines that I love in the movie that go along with my little theme of this blog are these:

-I hope for your sake, God has a
sense of humor.
-Oh, I have seventeen years worth of
anecdotal proof that He does.

- Mom, I'm a mess.
-No, you’re not, Olive. You’re
wonderful. And you’re going to
handle this the same way that I
did. With an incontrovertible
sense of humor.

A sense of humor is really the key to it all. Come what may and love it, right?


Joey said...

Okay, I didn't get off on Scott Pilgrim like you did. But I did learn some new bad words from watching Easy A. I'm so innocent!

We will watch some of HIMYM this summer. For sure!

Emily said...

I don't recall saying I "got off" on Scott Pilgrim at all. Ha silly mother.

Sean Mackay said...

I'll bet you've sent that same exact text, just with different names, at least a dozen times.

Major Undeclared said...

I loved Scott Pilgrim and your blog has given me the inspiration to watch it again. But just so you know it came out last year, so it would have to be on the top 2010 list, not 2011. I have to say that although our taste is pretty similar, I hated Easy A. It tried too hard to be a classic John Hughes movie. It failed.

Emily said...

I know Kent, I still haven't made my 2010 list. Of course I know what year it came out! Easy A wasn't a classic, but it was enjoyable for me. But I can see the trying to be John Hughes thing.

Sarah said...

I've got so many movies to catch up on.

But you are right that having a good laugh is one of the most important things in life.

Anchorman was on cable the other day and I caught the tail end of it. That movie ALWAYS makes me laugh.

Emily said...

Baxter you know I don't speak Spanish.

Amelia said...

<3 HIMYM Yay for blogging again! I can't wait to see the best picture nom blog.

Sarah said...

Baxter, you are my little gentleman!

You ate a whole wheel of cheese? You know, I'm not even mad. That's amazing!

The bad man punted Baxter! (spoken unintelligibly).

Dang, you clean up good!

I killed a man with a trident. I know! I saw that! Brick killed a guy. I've been meaning to talk to you about that. You should probably go into hiding or find yourself a safe-house because you're probably wanted for murder.

I will take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice dinner and then NEVER call her again!

Dorothy Mantooth is a saint!