Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderfully fun-filled Labor Day weekend. Mine was quite the change of pace for me: I spent most of it doing practically nothing. Yes, it was the weekend, and normal people tend to use the weekends to, like, relax and stuff. But ask my boy or any of my friends - I don't do nothing. Ever. I have to be working on a project or running errands or doing something, allll the live-long day. Some sort of switch flipped in me on Friday though, and I suddenly felt one more task away from a nervous breakdown. I've definitely felt overwhelmed with work before, but in those cases, I find some sort of non-work project to concentrate on instead. Not this weekend though. Mama's brain needed some serious bed rest.
I realized that the only way to remedy this mayhem was with some gold old fashioned laziness. This included avoiding the computer, reading magazines, eating a lot of almonds and chocolate, and even (gasp!) taking a nap. But the real secret cure for brain overload, I learned, is one thing in particular: movie marathons. Who knew???
Since I'm feeling much more rejuvenated today, I thought I'd share with you some of my all-time favorite movies. If you ever find yourself one step away from flying over the cuckoo's nest (pun absolutely intended), just turn off your phone and computer, turn on a couple of these films, eat something bad for you, and I guarantee you'll be feeling better in no time.
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoos's Nest >> Perhaps a little intense if you're really trying to clear your brain, but this film has some really brilliant acting and is a definitive example of 1970s social critique. More info here.
3. Garden State >> This movie is sweet, intelligent and sort of brilliant. It's one of those films that's both heavy and light, melancholy and happy, serious and funny. More info here.
4. The Motorcycle Diaries >> Although it centers around the story of a young, pre-revolution Che Guevara, the film itself is about a literal and figurative journey, full of love and learning. Really beautiful. More info here.
5. The Graduate >> Seriously, this is one of the best movies ever made. It's visually stunning, but in a purposefully subtle way. The story is raw and a little gritty, but touching and witty and fun too. And the soundtrack is to die for. More info here.
6. 500 Days of Summer >> This movie so perfectly captures all the feelings that go along with love, infatuation, and heartbreak that it's impossible not to feel like you're a part of the story. Plus, who doesn't love Zooey Deschanel? More info here.
Ever had a movie marathon to help clear your brain? What are your all-time favorite flicks?