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Four Fun Things

Ovenly cookies

What food gifts do you like to give? When friends are going through a hard time, or I want to send a thank-you gift, Ovenly cookies have become my go-to. They’re described as “secretly vegan” because they taste so buttery — and they’re the softest, richest, loveliest cookies.

Talented Mr Ripley

Alex and I have been watching old movies we used to love but have sort-of forgotten, including Donnie Brasco, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sliding Doors, Jackie Brown and Fargo. It’s been really fun to revisit them, and they hold up! (Any other recs?)

The Onion

Made me laugh: The Onion ran a breaking story of Dad Suggests Arriving at Airport 14 Hours Early. “The plane leaves at 6:45 at night, and it takes a little while to park the car and get through security, so we should plan to get there no later than 4:45 a.m,” says the father. (At press time, he had revised the arrival time to 3:45 a.m. “just to be safe.”)

Ricotta pasta recipe from Food52

A mom’s 15-second trick to make plain weeknight pasta seem fancy? Put regular spaghetti on a generous dollop of cold ricotta. Done and done.

P.S. More fun things, including rating movie accents and which TV shows do you watch as a couple?

  1. Katie Sue says...

    I put some pasta on cold ricotta 3 times this week after reading this last week. I loved it. It felt kinda healthy and fancy and delicious with fresh herbs cut from the garden. Thanks for the tip. Also…Sliding Doors!!!! YES! Such an underrated amazing film. I love it so much and the soundtrack was my hype up music in college before we all went out for the night.

  2. Abby says...

    In my head I read, “Four Fun Fings”.. and I laugh (every time)!

  3. Claire says...

    The 4 fun things is one of my favorite features here lately. It seems such a welcome respite from the rest of life and the world’s turmoil and pain, to just think about some fun. I used to think I sucked at having fun, maybe because I was working from a stupid idea of what fun was supposed to be, leftover from when I was in my 20’s- that fun is loud, raucous, drunken, and involves crowds and staying out way too late. As an introvert who doesn’t drink much, I always felt out of place and wondered why I didn’t enjoy it like others did. Even after all this time, it’s still good to be reminded that there are so many different way to have fun and that happiness is in the everyday pleasures.

  4. Ane A says...

    lol the dad Onion article! so hilarious and relatable… just sent it to my family :)

    • C says...

      my dad and I read it when it first got published quite a few years ago I think (or at least a very similar article) and we still text each other a few days before the other person’s flight and say “hope you are already at the airport”.

  5. Joanne says...

    Hi Laura. Have you seen Stealing Beauty? It looks like we have similar taste in films and this one is my favorite.

  6. Wuselbibi says...

    Amélie
    Oh Brother Where Art Thou
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller’s version)
    All three are incredible beautiful to watch and have a certain wit, great music too.
    Highly recommend :-)

    • Brooke says...

      Oh i so love these!! Each have exquisite visuals and enchanting music… I think I own soundtracks for all of them. Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez still gives me chills…

    • Wuselbibi says...

      Thanks Brooke! I’d love to hear what you’d add to my list!

      We do still have to add the Soundtrack of Walter Mitty, but will definitely buy it soon.

  7. Em says...

    I grew up in the 80s and have fond memories of going with my dad to rent movies from Buy for Less, a grocery store, on Friday nights. We always watched older movies, especially screwball comedies, so:
    *Bringing up Baby
    *It Happened One Night
    *Some Like It Hot
    I’d add the “Moonlighting” TV series (the repartee! and so creative for the time) and any BBC adaptation of literature, like the 6-hour “P&P,” “Wives and Daughters,” etc.

  8. “Remember this” movie recommendation : Roxanne
    *swoon*

  9. j says...

    It’s fun to pick an actor then watch all their movies. I do the same with authors too.
    My picks are:
    A Chorus Line – really fun, so gritty, yet glam
    Romeo and Juliet with L Decaprio and C Daines
    Stardust – also C Daines
    Love The Count of Monte Cristo
    American Beauty – dark but such good acting, editing, producing

    Great rec’s here, will look for the French original Purple Noon someone above suggested.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s such a fun idea! you could also see how different actors seem in different movies (or not:) i think that all the time about phillip seymore hoffman. he’s a COMPLETELY different person in each movie!

  10. Deb in Oklahoma says...

    I love to bake, so my go-to food gift is the favorite dessert for my friend’s or coworker’s birthdays. Cakes are always single-layer in their favorite flavor, or pie, or cookies, or sweet treat. They pick it and I’ll bake it. My office hires college students for part time work, and they are often nowhere near home and don’t get to have birthdays with family, so I make sure they get a treat for their day. It helps fight homesickness.

    And we will always watch Tombstone, because there are so many great, quotable lines!

    • Ali says...

      oh thats so lovely Deb!

  11. Rue says...

    1) Secretly vegan chocolate chip cookies are my jam! I’m not even a dessert person, except for these! I work at a university and occasionally eat lunch at the dining hall using my faculty discount slash reliving my own youth. The dining hall is famous for its vegan chocolate chip cookies. The enormous serving tray is basically always warm because the turnover is so fast on these things. Again I’m basically never a dessert person, just not the food I usually crave, EXCEPT these cookies! I always walk out with my little stack in a napkin, chips still warm, feeling like I’m 20, but dressed much nicer.

    2) Ricotta is my “secret fridge ingredient” to punch up so many things. But my favorite way to use it is just to fold it into any cooked pasta, no matter what else is going in, or even if nothing but ricotta is going on that pasta.

  12. Sonia says...

    I recently re-watched Bull Durham. It made me so happy that I watched it again the next day! My comfort watching pick is the 6 part BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

  13. Kelly says...

    I love to re-watch Dan in Real Life (Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche)

    • Amy says...

      I remember living that soundtrack!

    • Amy says...

      *loving obvs.

    • Abby says...

      Yes! This movie is incredibly underrated but amazing and very funny

    • rach says...

      thank you!!! i had totally forgotten about this movie, SO GOOD. so soul warming!

  14. Laura says...

    I love that Onion headline. My dad not only likes to get to the airport really early, he needs to be one of the first people on the plane. The second there’s any movement near the boarding door, he starts anxiously pacing around and trying to get in line. Today he and my mom were flying to NYC for a long weekend, and my mom texted me that they were there so early, and he was so anxious to board, that he almost got on a flight to Fargo instead.

    • Amy says...

      Hahaha! That would teach him!

  15. rachel simmons says...

    dead poets society & goodwill hunting . classics!

  16. Emma says...

    Moonstruck! That perfect blend of rediculous where you ask yourself a million times “Is this meant to be funny or were they going for serious?” Cher and Nicolar Cage, an unlikely duo and yet it works so well. Once again, Nicolas Cage crushes the only role he ever knows how to play. :)

    • AMK says...

      Yes!! The acting and directing. Magic in motion.

  17. Kat says...

    12 year old me thought First Knight was the most romantic movie ever and I still return to it every few years. Richard Gere as Lancelot, Sean Connery as King Arthur, and Julia Ormond as Guinevere. Probably best to ask someone else whether it holds up though… 😂

  18. Valeria says...

    What’s eating Gilbert Grape
    Buffalo 66
    The straight story
    In the mood for love
    Do the right thing
    The commitment
    The piano
    Bronx
    Léon
    Romeo+Juliet
    Punch drunk love
    (This movie made me discover Adam Sandler and now he is guilty pleasure… Thanks to Netflix, I think I’ve almost watched his entire filmography and ok, I know it’s not all Paul Thomas Anderson, but, even in the worst movies I think I could intercept a truth in acting, a fun in making his job and a humanity as a person that make me want more of him!)

  19. Joanna says...

    Stupid question….how are you watching these old movies. I love everyone listed. Where are they available? Im losing touch with how to access …ever changing….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Usually through Netflix or Amazon Xoxo

    • Deana says...

      I check DVDs out of the library.

  20. Elliesee says...

    Ha! my Dad missed his flight in Rome due to traffic (beware of the Grande Raccordo Anulare!) and made us leave at 4am for our noon flight. We got there 4 hours early. I love watching Star Trek from 1966 – I loved the re-runs when I was 11 and I now love to watch it with my daughter.

  21. Ellie says...

    “Sideways” – A bit of a time commitment, but worrrrth it. My husband and I settled in to watch it with a bottle of wine one night after the kids went to bed early-ish. We wound up drinking at leeeast two bottles and then fell asleep around two AM. Needless to say, it was fun.

    • Sara Harris says...

      One of my favorites!

  22. Kelsey says...

    Recommendation: Anthropocene Reviewed podcast. How have I been missing out for the last year? It’s like listening to the Onion.

  23. LOST IN TRANSLATION!!!
    As Good As It Gets
    When Harry Met Sally
    Good Will Hunting

    :)

    • Brooke says...

      Oh my gosh, this is amazing, A! I find it amazingly comforting that dad frustration/funniness has *such* common themes.

    • Sasha L says...

      My own dad, “this town and all these god-damned one way streets!!” Two, Dad, there are exactly two one way streets in my town, one going each direction on either side of Main Street 😂

  24. Clair McLaughlin says...

    Amelie!
    One of my absolute favourites. Especially the travelling gnome :)

  25. Abigail says...

    Dirty Dancing
    Thelma and Louise
    Before Sunrise

    And that comment thread about The Cutting Edge. The Pamchenko. Priceless. So bad it’s good.

  26. Jill says...

    Julia
    Thelma and Louise
    Wings of Desire
    The Full Monty

    • Deana says...

      The Full Monty, yes! The only film I’ve seen where the audience applauded throughout.

  27. Heather says...

    Totally my dad. On a recent visit, he tried insisting we leave the house at 7am for my 11:45am flight! I even had TSA Pre-check, no checked bags, and was traveling without my kids. Granted, Detroit traffic is awful and can make the 45-minute drive twice that sometimes but still. I finally was able to get him to begrudgingly agree to an 8am departure. The kicker is in the end (if my flight hadn’t been delayed), I actually wasn’t even there that early.

  28. Nicole says...

    Speaking of rating movie accents, my cubicle at work has begun a new challenge where every day we choose a new accent to talk to each other in. We give each other new names, and everything! Yesterday it was southern accents and my name was “Tulip.” Today it was British accents and my name was “Penelope!”

  29. Catherine Maley says...

    I could the movie, Beautiful Girls, every week and still be entertained by it.

    • Heather says...

      LOVE that movie! It’s my screen equivalent of comfort food.

  30. Cara says...

    My dad is THEE worst with getting to the airport ungodly early. Dad, the plane isn’t going to leave earlier just because you get there early. I always have to bring a good book and be patient when traveling with my parents.

  31. Laura says...

    The English Patient
    Out of Africa
    Heartburn
    Chocolat
    L.A. Story

    And the airport is my traveling husband’s (for work, 27 years now) happy place. He leaves at least 30 min earlier than needed, just for the executive lounge snacks.

  32. Deana says...

    Movies:
    The Crying Game
    Independence Day
    Wall Street
    Annie Hall
    Misery
    The Firm
    Urban Cowboy
    Donnie Darko
    Clueless

  33. Whitney says...

    Benny & June, always and forever a favorite. It takes my breath away every single watch.

  34. SB says...

    Legends of the Fall
    Grosse Pointe Blank
    Wonder Boys
    L’Auberge Espagnole
    Before Sunrise (well the whole trilogy, really)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes to the whole sunrise trilogy!!!!

    • Danielle says...

      L’Auberge Espagnole! I’ll watch the sequel too just for the familiar faces.

    • Laura says...

      Love Grosse Pointe Blank!

    • Louise says...

      I can’t here to say Before Sunrise too. I agree about the whole trilogy. I can’t watch it too often though because Before Midnight really affects me – I’m not myself for days after watching it every time

  35. Elizabeth says...

    I love going back to “old” movies and my husband always teases me (he’s 10 years older) and says things like “you were 3 when this movie came out! I saw it in theaters!” HA!

    My List:
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Robin Hood (Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman (BEST villain EVER!)
    Die Hard (yes. It IS a Christmas movie)
    My Cousin Vinny (!!!! I have been known to quote it in the middle of business meetings)

    The Talented Mr. Ripley still gives me the creeps but its SO good. :)

    • Diana K. says...

      Great list! A Fish Called Wanda is my favorite.

  36. Janine says...

    Addams Family Values!

    It’s such a great sequel and I’m shocked by how well it’s held up. Everyone in that movie gets it exactly right. It’s also a great summer camp movie, and pretty much child family, if you can get around one direct reference to sex and some other veiled references that I didn’t get until adulthood.

  37. Silver says...

    I feel so old – when I think old movies I think African Queen, Casablanca, La Strada… I think of Betty Blue as a little while ago and isn’t it still the 1990s? (I guess not). How did I turn 46?

  38. Megan says...

    Sabrina (the 90’s remake)!!

  39. Meighan says...

    the ovenly salted PB cookies are some of the best GF cookies i’ve had besides the tate’s GF chocolate chip !!!! for my GF ladies who need to satisfy their sweet tooth

  40. Jeanne says...

    Untamed Hearts. Marisa Tomei and Christian Slater ❤️❤️❤️.

  41. Brooke says...

    My three favorite 90’s movies that I can see in my mind’s eye at any moment: Big Fish (so whimsical and family drama but quirky plus Ewan McGregor ;), Amelie (I love that so many here also love it!), and Chocolat (wear a french inspired outfit and bring own sweets ;). I love love movies that are visual, sensory, imaginative and immersive.

    • Meg says...

      Stealing Beauty

  42. Erin says...

    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    High Fidelity
    Stealing Beauty!!!!!!!

  43. Emily says...

    Broadcast News! So, so good. I just love Holly Hunter. Also just re-watched 9 to 5, which is still great. And Clueless too!

  44. Kim says...

    Like Water for Chocolate
    Pretty Woman
    Crooklyn

  45. Jenna says...

    We have been watching 80s kids movies with my daughter. OMG! So many inappropriate things happening! FYI. Do not watch BIG with your child. It is not a kids show! haha.

  46. I recently (re)watched The Princess Bride with my five-year-old (his first time watching), and I cannot describe how happy it made me.
    He now randomly blurts out, “Inconceivable!”

    • Brooke says...

      Nora, Oh my gosh, this is so adorable! When I was five I also loved Princess Bride (still do ;). My parents would make sure we were out of the room during the “Rodent of Unusual Size” fight and then later, I about laughed til I cried to see the low-tech vibes of a man in a rat suit rolling around. ;p

    • Alli Horst says...

      We just watched this with our boys (4&8)! And now they run around saying, “marriage is what brings us together.”

      Also, have done E.T., Where the Red Fern Grows, and Swiss Family Robinson (their favorite, but I did make sure we took time to point out the absurdity of some of the gender roles in it ;)

  47. Amanda says...

    On the topic of good but forgotten moves – and especially 90’s movies – throwing my hat in the ring for Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.

    It is magnificent EVERY time.

    • Emily says...

      Such an amazing movie!

  48. Heather says...

    After reading a recent NYT interview with Emma Thompson, I feel the urge to go back and watch her period pieces from the 90’s–Howard’s End, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility.

    I also get a craving every few years to rewatch the Wes Anderson movies.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i love all emma thompson movies!!!!!! her crying at the end of sense and sensibility. love love love love.

  49. Michelle says...

    The Italian Job was a recent re-watch that I absolutely loved.

    • Amanda says...

      The original or the remake?! I’ve seen both and while I wish I could say I like the original more, Mark Wahlberg gets me every time haha.

  50. Lila says...

    I also just watched Sliding Doors and could not get over how they made GP say the most “Britishy-Britishisms” to make up for her just okay accent. At least I think that’s why, because no one else in the movie spoke like that. Haha.

  51. Amy says...

    Amelie
    A Room With a View
    Usual Suspects
    Shawshank Redemption
    Eat Drink Man Woman
    Wedding Banquet
    Tootsie

  52. Amanda says...

    On our last trip, my husband and I were checking our bags at the counter and overheard the airline agent next to us explaining to an older man and his son that he couldn’t help them check in for their flight because the flight they had been booked on was YESTERDAY. As in, they were a FULL DAY late. Oh. My. God. Worst nightmare right there.

    After hearing that, I’m pretty sure I might adopt a policy of arriving at the airport 24 hours before my flights from now on…just to be safe.

    • Adrienne says...

      My husband once did this for his Christmas flight home. Another Christmas we showed up at the right time to the wrong airport. Tragic.

    • Erin says...

      That Onion piece is my whole family, all the time. My sister has a horror story involving badly lost luggage on a return flight from Europe … the luggage got flown back and forth over the Atlantic three times before she was reunited with them. The bottom line was that her suitcases most likely got lost because she checked in WAAAY too early. :)

  53. Rebecca says...

    Movie recommendation: Lost in Translation. That’s one that I always want to revisit. Your suggestions are great too! Also, I always think about Magnolia as one that might be interesting to watch again.

  54. justyna says...

    The Ice Storm is a great one to revisit, especially on a chilly eve.

  55. ashley says...

    Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead!

    “I’m right on top of that, Rose”

    • ashley says...

      And Empire Records
      And Spaceballs
      And hard agreement with the person who said What About Bob?

    • A Martin says...

      Yes!!! Love that movie!! I’m right on top of that, Rose!! I watched that religiously one summer. Gosh, I haven’t thought about that movie in years!

  56. I love this! I recently heard a song from Little Miss Sunshine and thought that I should rewatch it. And what about Garden State? I love that movie. Amelie? And one of my favorite all-time movies is The Power of One. I should watch it again to make sure I actually still like it. It was so inspiring to my younger self—it really pushes you to want to have courage and do the right thing in the world.

    And thank you for the cookie rec! I’ve been sending plants from The Sill. So lovely!

  57. Kaitlyn says...

    Yes to ricotta with spaghetti! I just did this with leftover ricotta the other night!

    Other obsession – spaghetti with hummus. Sounds weird, but I’ve been doing it a lot recently!

    Also I’ve recently shared the goodness of CoJ with my big sister Kim. So Kim, if you read this, HI, love you. Can I please borrow your new everlane trousers?

  58. Lauren E. says...

    I live for old-ish movies. I recently rewatched Singles, and it was just as good as I remember it being.

    • gracemarieatx says...

      I LOVE that movie. So good.

  59. L says...

    i love you!

  60. Roxana says...

    Sliding Doors! Haven’t seen that in ages, but I think I own the DVD and the CD/soundtrack. Haha! Will have to watch again.

    Other “oldies, but goodies:”
    Spy Games (I mean, Robert Redford AND Brad Pitt!)
    The Interpreter (Sean Penn is hot in this movie)
    Uncle Buck
    Swingers
    Tell No One (it’s a French film that a kid in one of the last standing video stores recommended to us. It’s sexy and pretty good! Especially the first time)
    Sneakers (Robert Redford and Ben Kingsley. Hello!)
    Get Shorty (the characters are so ridiculous and hilarious)

    • Thea says...

      Whoa, Yes!!!
      Sneakers! Had totally forgotten about that one. Loved that when it came out. Yep, I’m dating myself. And Get Shorty is too, too funny!
      I have to watch Notting Hill a couple of times a year. Julia Roberts is so so but love everyone else in the film.

    • Em says...

      Sliding Doors, and Sneakers! Yes! I had such a Robert Redford crush as a teenager!

  61. Loved and still do these films:
    Bread and Tulips (Italian)
    I’ve loved you so long. (French)
    Passion FIsh ,
    The Secret of Roan Inish
    The Shipping News ( Cate Blanchett at the beginning of her career)
    Legally Blonde
    Four Weddings and a Funeral
    Love Actually
    The Station Agent

    • Trina says...

      My FAVORITE all-time movie is The Secret of Roan Inish! I had forgotten about it, so thanks for the reminder! I’ll be re-watching it soon. :o)

    • Emily says...

      Jane-You’re my moving twin! The Station Agent is so great. A must-see, especially for fans of Peter Dinklage (though seriously that movie has such incredible talent throughout it).

      I would add to this list…(and I bet you like these also)
      Secrets & Lies
      Lovely & Amazing

  62. Kristn says...

    Royal Tenenbaums. Always and forever Royal Tenenbaums.

    Am I sensing a Gwyneth theme here…?

  63. J says...

    If you like rewatching movies you have to listen to the podcast The Rewatchables!

    • Emily says...

      Love that podcast! My husband and I will see what movie they’re doing next and then re-watch it (if it’s one we’re interested in) before listening to the podcast. I highly recommend the Pretty Woman episode.

  64. Sarah says...

    My FIL left our house this morning at 5:30 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. flight. The airport is an hour and fifteen minutes away. 🤣

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahah i LOVE it. also love imagining him setting his alarm for 4:30.

    • Heather says...

      I always wonder (as I run by on the way to my gate) who these people are that have time for pedicures and sit-down meals at the airport. Now I know!

  65. Lindsay says...

    Well, I watched The Cutting Edge last night and it’s terrible.ly fun! The music score is absolutely the worst ’80s/’90s music you can possibly imagine…and then worse than that.

    Best movie: Sense & Sensibility (1995)

    And a list that mostly holds up: Rushmore, Adaptation, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Double Life of Veronique, Punch-Drunk Love, The Spanish Prisoner, Being John Malkovich, Coming to America, True Stories, The Station Agent, The Truman Show, A Fish Called Wanda, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i once went on a first date and the guy said his favorite movie was the cutting edge. i’ll never forget that. his FAVORITE movie! of all the movies! :)

    • Anna Yolkut says...

      Cutting Edge! So bad it’s great! As a young teen I bought my (very cultured, no use for pop culture) mother Cutting Edge as a gift. She loved it, claiming that it was.better than any sleeping pill. She watched it whenever she couldn’t sleep for years! Toe pick!! (Do I recall correctly there is a sequel?)

    • Jenna says...

      I love that movie!!! But definitely not an appropriate favourite movie :)

    • Kelly says...

      one of my college roommates had a video (not a dvd people, a video) of the cutting edge…in the days before on demand anything we watched that movie oh so many times:

      ‘we’re doing the pamchenko’ became our slogan for any over the top late night behavior…

    • Deana says...

      The Cutting Edge is great! My skating friends and I can quote many lines from it!

    • Lindsay says...

      Wait, ALEX’S favorite movie in the whole world is The Cutting Edge?!! ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Omg no!!! Hahaha it was a first date with another guy many years ago. Alex’s favorite movie is Chinatown.

    • Lindsay says...

      Ha, I knew it wasn’t really Alex, just teasing. Although…Chinatown is exactly the kind of movie someone would say when they’re trying to hide the fact that The Cutting Edge is really their favorite! 🧐

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahahahaha

    • Heather says...

      Speaking of Chinatown — Did you know that it was based off of the same storyline as I Am the Night? I listened to the “Root of Evil” podcast before watching the miniseries, and I can totally see the Chinatown origins. Also, George Hodel’s wife Dorothy was previously married to John Huston.

  66. rena says...

    yes to not-too-old, but-still-sort-of-forgotton movies! In particular, I think 90’s cinema is something special. Some favesssss:

    -What About Bob
    -Conspiracy Theory
    -Marie Antoinette
    -Stranger than Fiction
    -Away We Go
    -the Way, Way Back
    -the Count of Monte Cristo
    -Munich

    • Roxana says...

      Munich! Totally! I forgot about this one. Good movie!

    • Emily B says...

      I absolutely love What About Bob. Apparently Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray despised each other on the set which is perfectly fitting given their characters.
      I also love the Count of Monte Crisco.

  67. Samantha says...

    We just re-watched My Blue Heaven, and while it looks dated it’s still funny as ever!

  68. sasha says...

    Oh I’m a huge fan of re-watching old movies – here’s some of my faves:

    the big chill – one of the best movie soundtracks
    a perfect murder
    9 1/2 weeks – the original 50 shades of grey
    fear/the craft/empire records for your 90s movie fix
    juno
    philadelphia
    if these walls could talk – more relevant now than ever
    wall street
    the turning point – because: Baryshnikov

    • Heather D says...

      9 1/2 weeks is steaaaammmyy! And back when Mickey Rourke was still a fox.

    • Jo says...

      Out of Sight!

  69. Lorraine says...

    LOVE that Onion headline. My dad is exactly like this! Except he’s so forgetful. Once, I drove him & my mom to the airport and after dropoff i had to drive back to the airport TWICE from home because he brought the wrong bag and forgot something else important. but because it was SO EARLY they still made the flight. *shakes head*

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooooh yes!!!

  70. Jennyg says...

    We’ve been watching our high school/college favs with our teenagers this past year:
    Breakfast Club
    Risky Business
    Pretty in pink
    The Goonies
    Ferris Buellers day off
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    And some of my beloved horror movies. The shining. Cujo. The Omen. Interview With a Vampire. The Birds

  71. Anna says...

    I have a good friend who is also from NYC but lives in Seattle. I overnighted her bagels a few years ago and recently shipped her a Juniors cheesecake using goldbelly.com (which also ships bagels!). It ain’t cheap, but I wanted to send her a reminder of home.

  72. Anya says...

    I second Reality Bites, it’s one of my all time favourites! The original Jurassic Park also really holds up — I’ve introduced a bunch of people to it as adults, and everyone loves it!

  73. Leah says...

    After a recent loss in my family, a friend sent a Zabar’s gift basket. Everyone went nuts over the chocolate babka, and it was going in about 2.5 seconds.

  74. Rose says...

    My oldie but goodie is Cher and Nic Cage in “Moonstruck.” So classic and full of quirk. I love it.

    • Sasha L says...

      Snap out of it!!!!!
      😂

    • Emily says...

      Love, love, love Moonstruck!! I think my husband and I have watched it at least 100 times. We quote it constantly. :-)

  75. Alarcon says...

    If you haven’t seen the 1960’s French version of The Talented Mr. Ripley (“Purple Noon” or “Plein Soleil”), I highly, highly recommend it. It’s gorgeous. The character of Marge in that version is my number one style icon forever. (The low white heels, boatneck striped tops, the Italian seaside casual elegance… love it all).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4cvv91kt-E

    • Danielle says...

      Thank you for this suggestion. This looks so good!

  76. Laetitia says...

    My husband and I have been rewatching old Tom Cruise mvies:
    Cocktail, Risky Business, Top Gun, Jerry Mc Guire and the firm are still really good!

  77. Louise says...

    I am that Dad and I’m a Mom. I’m an anxious person who was raised by a father who believed if you weren’t early you were late.

    • Bonnie says...

      YES!!! And if you happened to be the last one to arrive, early even, then you were “late”! I have an inner clock that is too connected but absolutely NO sense of direction or spacial awareness. I can wake up in the middle of the night and guess the time within two minutes of actual time more often than not. I wish there was some sort of prize for that. Alas, nope.

  78. Laura says...

    One Fine Day, Grosse Pointe Blank, and Beetlejuice!

  79. Suzyn says...

    Our kids are at the age where we’re starting to share our favorite R-rated movies with them. Definitely a “boys’ taste” bent to these. So far, we’ve seen and loved: District 9, Snatch, Hot Fuzz, and The Usual Suspects.

  80. Marisa says...

    My mom did that pasta trick growing up and we called it “lazy man’s lasagna” It’s still my favorite comfort meal.

    • Anne says...

      This is so genius

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that!

  81. Sasha L says...

    Old familiar movies are so fun, aren’t they? Love your recommendations! I would add: Bringing Up Baby (just pure silly fun), Raising Arizona (same!), Good Fellas, Meet the Parents, and A Walk on the Moon (aka The Blouse Man movie – Vigo Mortensen is just ridiculously hot).

    A fun movie and those melty chocolate chip cookies would be the best afternoon ever!

  82. Stacy says...

    It’s not a good movie but it evokes such a period in time for me that I will always watch St. Elmo’s Fire. Also, caught The Graduate recently and I never before noticed the design elements. It was great.

  83. Micah Lambert says...

    Nothing could be truer than that Onion headline.

    • Kelly says...

      omg my dad was the opposite! he was a very frequent flier for work and I think took pride in knowing exactly how long it took to get through the airport. To this day striding up to the gate right as they call your boarding group feels like winning to me.

  84. Emily says...

    Some of my favorite older movies to revisit:
    Reality Bites
    Forest Gump
    Say Anything
    Some Kind of Wonderful

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh thank you! crazily enough, i don’t think i’ve ever seen reality bites!

    • celeste says...

      Watch Reality Bites! (I was a little worried being in high school, that after college it would be that bad. Also, at that time, I wondered about Lanie’s final pick of guy, which I will not reveal!)

    • Emily says...

      Okay, 2 more:
      The Lost Boys
      Wonder Boys
      Promise, I’m done.

    • Roxana says...

      This is a great list.

      Some Kind of Wonderful and Say Anything! Love! Thanks for the reminder :).

      What ever happened to Eric Stoltz? He was so hot.

    • Danielle says...

      @Celeste: You might like this (Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t seen it) https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2013/07/25/lelaina-made-the-wrong-choice-in-reality-bites

      This year is the 25th anniversary of Reality Bites (!) so there’s some really entertaining press out there.

      Joanna you have to watch it! Winona Ryder’s style was the ultimate influence on my 1994/95 style and now that I think of it on my 2019 style too. Old habits die hard.

    • Ally says...

      I really hope Joanna watches and does a post on what she thinks of it! I loved this movie in high school and still watch it when I run across it on tv. Very curious what a first time watcher would think of it now that it is two decades older (and so are we!)

    • Sheila says...

      Yes to Say Anything! My favorite movie! I can’t believe more people didn’t mention it. I thought all us 90’s high school girls were in love with John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler. I even named my youngest daughter Skye, after Ione Skye.

  85. Melissa says...

    We recently re-watched What Lies Beneath. It’s dated, but in a good way.

    • Scariest movie ever!

  86. Fortune cookies!