Top 10 comfort films
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'Running on Empty'( Warner Home Video )
Why? Because it feeds that radical wannabe in me.
I'm the sort of person who won't even cut in line when the plane is pulling out of the gate -- so the idea of protesting war by blowing up a napalm lab then going underground for decades feels completely foreign. But this Sidney Lumet film, starring Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch and a young River Phoenix, always plays to the dropout dreamer in me on those days when escape of any sort from anything seems impossible. Besides, it's got a great soundtrack.
Scene bite: The house, empty, with everything in it. The dog deserted in a parking lot. The price for a life on the run emerging from all that is left behind. And then, on a sidewalk of another new town, Hirsch's character picks up the family's new identity and learns this, "Listen, your mother. She died. Four weeks ago. Cancer . . . you were just too hot to contact . . . sorry."