Inauguration Day has arrived. Whether you’re into it (you’re on the wrong blog), over it, or looking for some way to cope with it, here’s a list of what to watch to get you through.
If You Want to Fully Immerse Yourself in Inauguration Day Woes (not for the faint of heart, generally ill-advised):
- The Herzog/Kinski catalog – mainly Fitzcarraldo (1982) (a narcissistic demagogue wants to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle) and Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) (a narcissistic demagogue wants to find El Dorado, and also marry his daughter).via GIPHY
- Eraserhead (1977) – it’s David Lynch’s birthday today, and that’s a thing worth celebrating. Also, here’s a hideous fever dream about an insecure and unstable man.
- Doomsday (2008) – Worst case scenario, involves biological warfare, cannibalism, and a government that blows up bunnies. A woman with an eye patch saves the day. Plus, Bob Hoskins.
- Brazil (1985)- “Bad sportsmanship. A ruthless minority of people seem to have forgotten old-fashioned virtues. They just can’t stand seeing the other fellow win. If these people would just play the game.” – our very own Mr. Helpmann, now Commander-in-Chief.
- Marie Antoinette (2006) – Excess, excess, excess, execution.
- Every single Saw movie (2004-?) – No particular reason; just if you really want to put yourself through it.
If You Need to Laugh at Something:
- Dick (1999) – Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams take a White House tour and ruin Richard Nixon’s life.
- Veep (2012 – present) – perhaps a bit too close for comfort?via GIPHY
- Waking Ned Devine (1998) – spend a little time in Ireland with some old people and their dead friend who wins the lottery.
- Fletch (1985)- why not?
- Fletch Lives (1989)- seriously, why not?
Choose to Cope (because if you can’t escape, you should at least feel warm and cozy):
- Harry Potter (2001-2011) – but you’re going to have to do the whole seven to defeat Voldemort (spoiler alert).
- The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) – again, you’re going to have to get through all those endings to reach full catharsis (and you’re gonna need it).
- Matilda (1996)- there’s just something about Miss Honey.
- Punch Drunk Love (2002) – a love story that says to hell with that anxiety.
- Shaun the Sheep (2007-present) – he’s so darn clever.
- The Last Waltz (1978) – take a load off with The Band and friends.
Or Feel Straight Up Empowered:
- Hidden Figures (2017) – get thee to a theater and pay to see a movie carried by three black women who kick ass and make history (and the woman they’re playing did, too).
- Pump up the Volume (1990) – don’t you dare forget about freedom of speech (or Christian Slater).
- Selma (2014) – make good trouble and prepare to march.
- Footloose (1984) – ’cause we should all be free to DANCE.
- I Spit on Your Grave (1978) – if there was ever a time for a fucked up quasi-feminist revenge flick, it’s now (this is not for everyone – or probably anyone – avoid if you’re sensitive to violence, rape, or keeping your penis).
- The Witches of Eastwick (1987) – Sarandon, Pfeiffer, and Cher kick Satan (Jack Nicholson) back to hell. If only it were this simple.via GIPHY