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Things We Saw Today: What’s Your Grilled Cheese Movie?

Plus the Nebula Awards, LOTR, and more!
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In times like these, it feels impossible to know what to do, what to say, or how to cope with the world we are living in. Last night, after watching the news for hours, many of us felt helpless and hopeless. And at a time when we want more than anything to be close to our friends and family, COVID-19 is keeping us apart.

I’m a firm believer in pop culture therapy. And after the week we’ve all had, it’s time to break out our respective grilled cheese movies. Allow me to explain: the grilled cheese movie is a film from your childhood that, when watching it, gives you the comfort, coziness, and satisfaction of a grilled cheese sandwich (or PB&J. Or whatever vegans and lactose-intolerant folks find soothing.)

We’re talking about cinematic comfort food here, friends. Last night, at a complete loss, I turned on Back to the Future Part III. And that ridiculous movie was everything my soul needed. It’s been years since I revisited the film, but each beat felt familiar, each joke landed, and each emotional moment was deeply felt. It made me feel a little bit better in this raging hellscape of a world.

A grilled cheese sandwich movie should be something from your childhood that, while it may not hold up, is enjoyable nonetheless. Sometimes comfort comes via hoverboard or flying time-traveling train.

What are your grilled cheese movies?

(image: Universal Pictures)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.