A film that always cheers me up will not be what you’re expecting, trust me. You’re probably thinking something light-hearted, funny, and gag filled. Or maybe an animated film that does nothing but charm the pants off of you. But when I need a movie to distract me and restart my mindset, nothing cleanses better than a combination of my favorite directors, actors, and genre elements:
From Dusk Till Dawn:
Nothing but vampire stripper filled goodness from the mind of two very stylistically defined directors: Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon A Time In Mexico/Machete) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs). This was a collaboration made in film nerd heaven. It’s exactly what I’m describing. George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino play criminal brothers who kidnap a family to drive them to Mexico. Over the border, the brothers must meet their bosses at a bar called The Titty Twister, and make the kidnapped family wait with them. But when night falls, they learn that The Titty Twister is actually run by vampires, and the night turns into a fight for survival when they become locked in by the sexy killers. Oh yeah, you read that right. George freakin’ Clooney is the main character, along with Quentin Tarantino, effects guru Tom Savini, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, the tantalizing Salma Hayek, and Danny Trejo. Watching From Dusk Till Dawn is like dying and awaking in B-Movie heaven. Both Rodriguez and Tarantino have heavy amounts of their influence reflected in the final product meaning one thing: killer dialogue mixed with crazy, over the top action. Why these two masterminds don’t work together more often is beyond me, but thankfully the world has one example of the greatness they can achieve. My go to movie when I’m having a crap day.
What about you guys, what’s your favorite movie that cheers you up?