There’s a reason I love old Hollywood films, and it’s not because of the egregious and horrible lack of diversity, cringy age gaps, and other aspects that simply just didn’t age well. It’s because of the music, the soft camera, and ultimately the directorial and acting styles that make it so easy for me to relax in comparison to modern film. As someone who is perpetually stressed, anxious, depressed, and who constantly would love to just disappear, classic movies gives my brain a way to breathe, almost granting me that request for all of two or so hours.
I won’t say I’m a classic movie buff, but I do have a certain go-to movies for when my mental health conditions are making my life just a little bit harder. Different movies play different roles, but at the end of the day they all help in pushing me and my sad little brain along.
1. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
I’ll be honest. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a classic and so many people love it for the glitz and the style, and while Holly Golightly is a very fashionable woman, the story runs so much deeper than that. It’s the story of a young woman trying to save her brother, when she can barely save herself, and because of that she keeps running around in circles.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the perfect movie to watch when you just feel lost and nothing is working. Extra points if you’re broke financially too. Yes, there is a happily ever after at the end, but getting there is the hardest part. That’s life though, isn’t it?
“I’m not Holly. I’m not Lula Mae, either. I don’t know who I am! I’m like Cat here, We’re a couple of no-name slobs. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us.” 2. “Hello Dolly”
“Hello Dolly” is a movie about grief. Similar to “Thor: Love and