Everyone loves Jeff Goldblum. Or, if you don’t, you should. And what better way to celebrate Jeff Goldblum and the month of October than with Jeff Goldblum Day on October 22nd (which, depending on what day you’re reading this, is today!)
Why October 22nd? Because that’s his birthday, and now it’s his holiday. Why does Jeff Goldblum deserve a holiday? Why wouldn’t he?
And now, fourteen ways to celebrate Jeff Goldblum Day:
1. Watch The Fly
This, like many Goldblum films, exists between genres. The Fly, a remake of a classic, is a blend of horror and science fiction, a hybrid a la the titular character. Classic Goldblum.
Also, it’s directed by David Cronenberg.
(it’s available on HBO Go and HBO Now, for those of you who use such things).
2. Watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Okay, admittedly Goldblum isn’t the main character here, but it’s another terrifying remake of a sci-fi staple. One of the highlights is the bizarre, tense dynamic between Goldblum and Leonard Nemoy.
(Also, this one is easy. It’s on Netflix.)
3. Have a Wes Anderson and Jeff Goldblum double feature evening in which you watch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Grand Budapest Hotel
What’s better than the scene where there’s a shootout and Goldblum’s character just stands there watching?
4. Watch Independence Day
Obviously. Always a good option. Whether it’s Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum Day, or any other day.
5. Watch The Big Chill
I’m not saying this movie is good. But for many people out there, it’s their first Jeff Goldblum memory.
6. Have a Jeff Goldblum Costume Contest
Always a fun time, and a good way to get ready for Halloween.
“I go visit her in high school and all the guys she goes to school with are, like, strong and handsome and really, like, funny and do good impressions of Jeff Goldblum and shit like that.”
-Dale Denton, Pineapple Express
Just don’t say this:
9. Watch Annie Hall and see if you can detect Jeff Goldblum during his brief scene.
It’s tough but pay attention and you’ll see him.
10. Watch Jeff Goldblum’s Tim and Eric videos.
These are weird. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But they also prove how cool Jeff Goldblum really is.
11. Start a petition to have Jeff Goldblum in the next Jurassic World.
It shouldn’t be too hard to shoehorn him in. I’m not saying he should be the action hero, as we saw how that didn’t exactly work in The Lost World. But if he can provide both insights and comic relief like he did in the original, then it could only make it a better movie.
12. Write a letter to Jeff Goldblum, thanking him for being in the upcoming Independence Day sequel.
You know who isn’t in it? Randy Quaid and Will Smith. But we don’t need those guys, because Goldblum is reprising his role of “unlikely hero.”
13. Watch any of his roles on various television shows, from Friends to Portlandia to Sesame Street.
You can start here:
14. Or, just start planning for the next Jeff Goldblum Day. You have a year.