Sunday, May 16, 2021

Tip#1247: The Recipe For Resilience, Part 53 – WarGames

This is Day 424 of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Toronto, Canada. 

Cinematic comfort food is the perfect way to describe how specific movies are helping boost my low mood days during this pandemic era. Films have always helped ease my anxiety and clinical/seasonal depression over many decades and yet more so during these uncertain times. Movies can be extremely comforting!

The escapism of favourite films always amazes me with its potent power of providing me hope and new perspectives on life. Recently I’ve been feeling a little lost despite the wonderful sunny spring weather and regular walks to nearby woods for some forest bathing I mentioned in tip#1246. And strangely, I’ve been unable to finish watching new movies I haven’t seen before. 

But thankfully I would feel the urge to watch a film straight through that I may not have seen in decades that I've always enjoyed. I found them to still be entertaining so many years later. One recent film title grabbed my attention and instantly transported me to happier times of my youth in the 80’s. It made all my troubles disappear for two wonderful hours! 

WarGames (1983) 

The thriller film, WarGames, is about high school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly accessing a classified war games program that initiates a nuclear war threat between the United States and Soviet Union during the cold war. This highly entertaining movie also features memorable performances by Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin and John Wood who also voices Joshua/WOPR.
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I loved seeing this film again with it’s many memorable scenes like hearing Joshua's electronic voice saying, “Shall we play a game?”. David also shows how smart and resourceful he was throughout the story that I always found cool like breaking out of a locked room or using a payphone without paying. It was also funny to see the old home computers of the early 80’s. And yet the visuals in the war room during the finale are still breathtaking and thrilling to see. It was all a comforting feeling revisiting this movie!

In the end the powerful message the film leaves the viewer is still powerful. It’s a reminder that sometimes better not to get into a destructive fight and that the best move to make is not play at all. I highly recommend you see this fun, entertaining film! 

There are certain films that can cheer you up and provide guaranteed relief from the troubles of your day. These are favourites you grew up loving and may have forgotten about. Seek out one of these films today because it might be the perfect cinematic comfort food you’ve been craving to lift you up!

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Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon
Part 19 – Mulan 2020
Part 20 – Waitress - Labor Day - Michael

Part 21 – Enola Holmes
Part 22 – Kiss the Ground
Part 23 – Top 5 Inspiring Thanksgiving Movie Scenes
Part 24 – Hubie Halloween 
Part 25 – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Part 26 – The Queen’s Gambit   
Part 27 – Trading Places 
Part 28 – Greenland 
Part 29 – Logan’s Run 
Part 30 – Moonstruck 

Part 31 – Remember the Night
Part 32 – Tenet
Part 33 – Noel 
Part 34 – Soul
Part 35 – Feel Good Energy of Movies & TV Shows 
Part 36 – Last Holiday 1950 & 2006 
Part 37 – Synchronic 
Part 38 – Appetite for Love 
Part 39 – Tomorrowland
Part 40 – Cinderella 2015

Part 41 – Top Secret! – Real Genius 
Part 42 – Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind 
Part 43 – Coming 2 America
Part 44 – In & Of Itself 
Part 45 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League 
Part 46 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Part 47 – Bill & Ted Face the Music 
Part 48 – Housesitter 
Part 49 – Tampopo
Part 50 – You’ll Never Get Rich 

Part 51 – The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Part 52 – Avatar 2009 – Forest Bathing 

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