Exactly what is video comfort food? Obviously, the metaphor stems from the cuisine we consume that fits a particular criteria. If you call something comfort food, you mean it is enjoyable to eat and makes you feel happier, although it may not be very good for your health. Movies can work the same way, they are enjoyable and make us happy, without necessarily enlightening or challenging us much. The trick is that people have vastly different appetites’ and thus one man’s quiche is another man’s scrambled eggs.
This week on the Lambcast we overloaded ourselves with guests and put few limitations on them, to discover what makes us happy and why we resort to those choices. Some of our Lambcasters swim in the end of the pool where cuddly creatures are faced with problems that can be resolved in 90 minutes or less. We have some guests who derive comfort from the fact that no matter how bad they have it, they at least don’t have to sever a limb to survive. The films we discuss on todays show may inspire you to watch something through a different prism, or to question why you listen to any one of our guests at all..
Comedies are plentiful, but there are a surprising number of dark dramas on the lists that we all shared. Lisa Leaheey brings horror to the dinner table and Howard Casner mixes Noir with parody to fill out his menu. Tony Coogan reveals that his heart is warmed by animated characters while Nick Rehak finds himself comforted by movies that have an hypnotic effect on him. As you might expect, The Vern is all over the place and in some odd places when digging through the refrigerator looking for something to comfort him, and Heather Baxendale-Walsh, gives us the meat and potatoes we all crave at some point.
So like the unloved sequel to one of our choices, we just drop one f-bomb, but we still manage to heat up the discussion with some odd choices. “Bad Ben” may be lurking in our future but before we go full Billy, you may also want to hear about the movie described as “Showgirls” with Nuns.
Our Lists: Tony 5:00 29:05 1:07:20
Howard 8:45 32:45 1:13:15
Lisa 12:45 38:45 1:16:40
The Vern 15:20 45:00 1:23:00
Heather 19:10 50:30 1:28:10
Nick 22:50 55:00 1:33:20
Richard 25:40 1:03:17 1:39:20
Goodbyes and Plugs 2:13:20
List The Siblist
The Vern Cinema Recall
Tony Coog’s Reviews
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