What to Watch. . .

What to Watch. . .

When you're blue -- Cheer up with ''Airplane!'' and ''Mary Poppins''

When you're blue

1 Airplane! (1980, Paramount, PG)
The first five minutes have enough gags to brighten the bleakest of moods. Fortunately, filmmakers Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker and stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Leslie Nielsen sustain the chaotic merriment all the way to the end.

2 The Elephant Man (1980, Paramount, PG)
You think you have problems? John Merrick's tormented life as a sensitive soul trapped in a monstrous body shames a mildly battered psyche back to health. As directed by a restrained David Lynch (and produced by an even more restrained Mel Brooks), this (true) story is quite life-affirming.

3 Imitation of Life (1959, MCA/Universal, unrated)
For a good cathartic cry, check out Douglas Sirk's supreme weepie. Lana Turner and Sandra Dee are the stars, but it's Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore, as a confused young woman and her devoted mother, who touch the heart. The film's ending is a veritable river of tears.

4 Mary Poppins (1964, Disney, G)
Sometimes sunny works better than funny, and what could be sunnier than Julie Andrews flying around via her umbrella and singing such chin-up songs as ''Chim Chim Cheree'' and ''Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious''? Just humming them makes you feel better.

5 Earthquake (1974, MCA/Universal, PG)
A perfect metaphor when your life is falling apart. See Los Angeles collapse! See Ava Gardner and Charlton Heston sucked into a sewer! This movie's death and destruction will either snap you out of your funk or give you a perverse taste for more. If the latter, rent The Towering Inferno.

By Jason Cochran, Steve Daly, Glenn Kenny, Lois Alter Mark, Chris Nashawaty, Tim Purtell, Michael Sauter, and J.R. Taylor

Originally posted Aug 04, 1995 Published in issue #286 Aug 04, 1995 Order article reprints
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