Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Holiday Treats: Best Friends Day

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“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh

What would life be without friends?

Dull? Lonely? Meaningless? No man is an island and on June 8, we celebrate the people around us that make our lives worth living. It’s Best Friends Day, everyone! So pick up the receiver and meet up with the people you can’t imagine your life without to show them how much you cherish them.

To honour the occasion, the three of us each created a Top 3 of our favourite BFFs from the cinematic universe or TV shows. Enjoy!


3. Aladdin and Abu (Aladdin, 1992)

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While the cute factor is very high with both of them, there are many other reasons why Aladdin and Abu make the perfect pair of friends. They're both street-smart and athletic, they know what it's like to be alone in the world with nobody to hold on to but their best mate, they have each other's back and, above all, they know how to sport the same outfit with class and grace. The two of them have been through fun adventures, food shortage and life-threatening situations, and have always come out on top. That's a winning team, if ever I saw one.

2. Steve Rogers and James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes (Captain America trilogy, 2011-2016)

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The Cap (Chris Evans) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) have been through a lot together - puberty, war, loss, mutual enmity, single combat, brainwashes and the like. But somehow they've always managed to save not only their respective skins but also their friendship. Outside influences have done their utmost to keep the two apart, but when Bucky had his memory erased and, consequently, was programmed to be a mindless killing machine, Steve would not rest until he'd managed to bring back the old Bucky. Bucky, despite his memory loss, could never forget his friend completely. Something always told him that  Steve was special to him. The two have been best pals since childhood - facing bullies, WWII and double dates. Even when the entire world is against them, they always stand up for each other. True bromance doesn't get much better than this.

1. Alan Shore and Denny Crane (Boston Legal, 2004-2008) 

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Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (William Shatner) couldn't be more different: the first is a convinced liberal, the latter a gun-wielding conservative. But despite their political disagreements, the two are the very best of friends. They enjoy their daily afterwork drinks, they travel, dance, laugh, fight and make up. They even spend some quality time at the spa together. There's really nothing they wouldn't do in order to take care of each other - even the topic of marriage has come up once or twice. Alan and Denny show that life isn't about societal norms, it's about striking human chords and making the best out of the time we've got. The two embrace their friendship to the fullest and aren't scared of subverting conventional ideas of masculinity and male bonding in particular. Cheers to them and their inspiring friendship.


3. Troy and Abed (Community)

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¿Dónde está la biblioteca? - Need I say more? Troy and Abed met at Community college and became fast best friends. Their best-friendship is as official as it gets, I mean, they have their own friendship mug and even published a magazine about how good a friend they are to each other. Troy and Abed in the Morning, their morning show, was the highlight of many a persons day and provided you with insights you didn't know you needed. During the course of the show, Troy and Abed even moved in together to become the ultimate roomies. With these two weird, but lovable dudes it's hard to imagine ripping that team apart.

2. Joey and Chandler (FRIENDS)

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Let's face it: before there was Chandler and Monica and even Rachel and Ross, there was Joey and Chandler. These two were the ultimate married couple on the show, even though they were never romantically involved. They became roommates shortly after moving to the city and even if they hit a bit of a rough start these two quickly hit it off over Baywatch. Although they have very different personalities (Joey being the Italian Stallion ladies man and Chandler the sarcastic nerd), they are equally excitable about women, silly jokes, and Foosball. Through years of living together Joey and Chandler are completely in sync and were even mistaken for a gay couple, when babysitting Ross' son Ben. Later on they become parents to a chick and a duck and take care of them together (more or less responsibly). Joey tries to help Chandler out with the ladies and Chandler helps out Joey with basically everything else (someone on roughly calculated how much Joey would owe Chandler and came to a staggering $ 123,900!!!). Even after Chandler moves out the door is always open for Joey. When Chandler and Monica decide to move to the suburbs with their kids, they reserve one room especially for Joey.

1. J.D. and Turk (Scrubs)

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J.D. and Turk constantly stretch the boundaries between friendship and romance. They have been best friends and roommates since college, helped each other through med school, and found jobs at the same hospital. J.D.'s vivid imagination and Turk's athleticism help these two come up with the most elaborate games and practical jokes. Their minds are so in sync that they don't even have to voice their thoughts most of the time. Years of friendship have resulted in many awesome rituals (like Steak Night, that has it's own song) and handshakes. Even starting their own families can't keep Turk and J.D. apart and they even got their future in the afterlife all planned out. These two truly are the ultimate bromance!

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3. Cher and Dionne (Clueless, 1995)

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Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) from Clueless are the kind of friends that always have each other’s back. The foundation of their friendship is that they understand each other’s everyday struggles. “She’s my friend because we both know what it’s like to have people be jealous of us.” They know everything about each other, always manage to make each other smile, they wear matching outfits, but NEVER the same thing, they have a secret handshake, they love to gossip and scheme together and, perhaps most important of all, they stick to the rule: your enemy is my enemy. 
What more could you want from a friend?

2. Bill and Ted (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 1989)

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In Germany there is a proverb about a good friend being someone you can steal horses with. And while having such a friend would be pretty great already, how about a friend who will travel with you through time and kidnap important historical persons in order to improve your grade in the final history oral report? Wouldn’t that be…like... EXCELLENT?
Bill Preston (Alex Winter) and Ted Logan (an extremely young Keanu Reeves) are two dim-witted teenage boys, who care about nothing but their dream of having their own rock band, the “Wyld Stallyns.” However, if they were to fail their upcoming history presentation, which seems all too likely, the two would end up separated, for Ted’s father threatens to send his son to a military academy in case of failure. With help from the future, the two BFFs do whatever it takes to stay together and stumble from one adventure into the next. This friendship that bridges centuries gets a deserved second place on my list.

1. Sam and Frodo (Lord of The Rings trilogy, 2001-2003)

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There are friends who will go to hell and back for each other, with each other, and then there’s Sam (Sean Astin) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) who go to hell without believing they’ll ever make it back. The two hobbits were already something like friends before their journey but became practically inseparable in the course of it.
An integral part of friendship is recognising and accepting the other’s burden, but helping them carry it. Frodo’s burden is the ring. Sam’s burden is Frodo. Frodo may be the ring-bearer, but there is no doubt that he wouldn’t have made it to Mordor without Sam guarding his back, caring for him and keeping his spirits up – at least as much as is possible in regards to their suicide mission.
So now, to conclude this ranking, here are Sam’s inspiring words that show the depth of their friendship:

Frodo : I can't do this, Sam.

Sam : I know.
It's all wrong
By rights we shouldn't even be here.
But we are.
It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn't want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy?
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened?
But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo : What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam : That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

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