I said before that City Slickers should be watched on a Sunday. And it’s very true, some films work better on some days than others. It is a strange idea when you first hear it (Why should Skyfall be watched on a Saturday and not a Monday?) but I tell you that it becomes a natural reaction. By knowing vaguely what a film is about, I can give a good guess of which day it should be watched, about as naturally as reading the description is. So what film for which day?
Monday: as the first day of the week, Monday is a day for a happy film. The kind to remind you that a weekend does always come back. Monday films should have a bit of silliness to them, a bit of joy. I like films liek Ferris Beuller’s Day Off or Date Night.
Tuesday: the weekend is still relatively recent, so your brain can cope with a bit of a battering. Tuesday is the day for a talky film. Sorkinesque dialogue and a lot of sitting in dark rooms are what’s needed for this day. The films generally have dome kind of dark deeds and characters with questionable morals. The Social Network (actual Sorkin) and The Ides of March (questionable politics) are good examples of this kind of film. Watch them, concentrate on them, and then feel happy that real life is never this shady.
Wednesday: its mid week, and the weekend is still quite far away. What you need is a drama. A period drama to be precise (although that could just be a girl thing). A classic book made into a not-so-classic film. Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility (yey for Austen!) or Romeo + Juliet.
Thursday: it seems to be the day for watching the best TV shows (although I generally record and watch another day). So use Thursday to keep current with whatever TV shows you watch. Or read, if TV isn’t for you.
Friday: the last day of the working week and, if you are anything like me, you don’t really want to concentrate much on anything. Tired and mentally spent form the week, the movies you should watch on a Friday night are the kind of mindless action films where the goodie always wins and the baddie generally gets his/her comeuppance (and there is often a rather high body count too.) Many of these movies got slammed by the critics. Transformers, Iron Man, Die Hard, Jurassic Park, The Da Vinci Code. You get the idea. Just nothing that causes actual thinking.
Saturday: you’ve been having fun all day, and have given your mind a chance to relax. What you need to finish the day is a more challenging film, something to perhaps discuss next week (“At the weekend I watched…”) For me, Saturday has become a day for some good old fashioned film education. The thing is, to end the day you don’t want a hugely intellectual film. Something like Kill Bill or The Dark Night or Skyfall or In Bruges will do the trick nicely.
Sunday: this day has two parts, Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. For the afternoon, what’s best is a heartwarming film. Sweet, easy going and unchallenging, these are the kind of film that you could easily nap during. The general idea is a coming-of-age movie, or a chick flick or self discovery story. Such lovely pieces of entertainment as The Breakfast Club, Roman Holiday or It’s a Wonderful Life. The evening, however, calls for a classic. Not really any specific genre, just great films. Star Wars, The Godfather, that kind of thing.