Holiday, starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is a story I count on for inspiration. Grant plays Johnny Case, a finance visionary whose unconventional ideas juxtapose with the socialite family he encounters. Hepburn plays the eccentric and subtly snarky Linda Seton, who is grounded enough to glean Case’s inspiration. This is a timeless story and relevant today.
On the surface, Joe Versus the Volcano is a silly and fanciful film. Tom Hanks plays Joe, a hypochondriac who is chained to a monotonous and stodgy life. When a medical appointment brings unexpected news, he begins to see the world with more clarity. Along the way, he encounters three memorable characters (all played by Meg Ryan) that each uniquely influence his path. Beyond its zaniness, this film is surprisingly daring and has the power to ignite soliloquies about how we all choose to live our lives.
Holiday (USA) 1938, Columbia
Available on Google Play and Vudu
Joe Versus The Volcano (USA) 1990, Warner Brothers
Available on Amazon Video and iTunes