Most have heard cold prevention steps (wash your hands often, don’t touch your eyes with hands, drink fluids, and so on), but inevitably this winter someone (maybe you) is going to catch a cold (100+ viruses cause it) and have to stay home (more prescribed advice) at some point. By then, all you really want is a soft tissue (with lotion please), some stuffy nose relief, and anything to do while you do nothing (get your rest). How about a movie? With comfort-giving in mind, Red Cross staff from around the Northern Minnesota Region offer these cinematic distractions for your head cold zone.
“Garden State,” because it’s gentle, and quiet, and lovely. Angela C.
“Big Fish” by Tim Burton. Ok – well, anything by Tim Burton. Storytelling, myths, and meaning. Plus, how can you go wrong with Ewan McGregor and Helena Bonham Carter? Carrie C.-G.
“You’ve Got Mail” : because Meg Ryan is sick with a cold and her apartment is littered with tissues & dirty dishes and she answers the door in her pajamas and a trench coat. Of course Tom Hanks is very sweet and brings her flowers. Beth D.
In my 12 years with Red Cross I have never taken a sick day! When I had knee surgery, I spent the recovery day with Ed Winters and the men of Easy Company, “Band of Brothers.” Tony G.
If I want to cry, I watch “The Power of One,”great story, good versus bad, do the right thing. Jill W.
“What Dreams May Come,” with Robin Williams. It’s a guilty pleasure. I just love the visuals, I guess, and it still always makes me cry. Besides, it’s about a painter. Judy H.-G.
“Mrs. Doubtfire.” It’s one of those movies that I can watch again and again. I love the mixture of dumb and mature humor. Keith B.
My go-to movie is “Almost Famous.” It has everything you want: comedy, drama, love, music. Kristi F.
“Jumanji.” I can never get enough Robin Williams. This is fun, fast paced fantasy movie that is sure to transport you from your illness for a time. Phil H.
“Love Actually.” I love the British zaniness, the music and the fun actors. It uplifts my spirit and makes me want to get up and dance with the prime minister when he dances to “Jump for my Love.” I feel that “love is all around me.” (One of the lines in the movie). Lori P
In between movie-watching, you can read more (serious stuff) about the Common Cold and the Seasonal Flu. Most of all, we hope that you feel better soon. XOXO!