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It's Not a Wonderful Life
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:43:20 AM »

Two weeks in I am ready to call it: 2017 is going to be awful. I know this is an unpopular opinion and no one was expecting it, but there is going to be some very bad stuff going on. Whatever superlatives that go along nicely with "ghastly" and "atrocious" and "blatant and illegal abuse of power" are going to be fair game. I am not going to list them all, you get the idea.

To offset the upsetting nature of the very very bad things that we have already started seeing on the television (or in the front pages, for you hoity-toity reading types), I thought it might be nice to create a bit of a happy place in the forum.

I am not going to create a watchlist and I may or may not index things. That said, if you happen to watch, for whatever ungodly, incomprehensible reason, a lovely movie, a comedy that makes you laugh, a story that put a smile on your face if only for those ninety minutes, you can put it here. Bring your Sing Streets to the party, your The Hunt for the Wilderpeoples, your Cary Grant oldies, everything that is going to get me complaining about amounts of saccharine and unearned relationship arcs. Slapstick is fair game, musicals are encouraged, Disney is pretty much mandatory (not The Fox and the Hound), love stories about teenagers will be tolerated. 

Anyone posting about a Marvel movie can also expect a cookie in the mail (Sandy-baked if I can get a deal). Just not The Dark World though. Please.

If you post about a happy movie elsewhere, because it's a Top 100 submission, or it goes into another marathon, or you like to have things on the Respond thread, I would be grateful if you cross-posted here or posted a link.

My hope is that in a few months there will be enough recommendations here to provide anyone with a list whenever they need to turn their minds away from things. I am afraid we are going to need it.




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Bondo
1SO
MartinTeller
DarkeningHumour
oldkid

DarkeningHumour
Storks
What's New Pussycat?
La La Land
Your Name

Junior
Stormy Weather

Sandy
Guardians of the Galaxy (with participation of smirnoff)

Bondo
Boy Meets Girl
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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 07:23:24 AM »
This is where I like movies about communities/families coming together to get through things:

Shortbus
Lars and the Real Girl
Leave It On The Floor
Juno
CINECAST!ing Amal
Skallamann
Bend It Like Beckham
Ink
The Truman Show
Babette's Feast

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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 11:01:59 AM »
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Airplane
Amelie
- I had a friend who only liked depressing movies, but this always made him smile
Band Baaja Baaraat
Chicken Run
Destry Rides Again
Footlight Parade
Galaxy Quest
Guardians of the Galaxy
- the Marvel film that most belongs here
Hot Fuzz - An adrenaline-fueled blast of ecstatic, violent release
Intouchables
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
The Lego Movie
Mary Poppins
The Mask of Zorro
Miracle on 34th Street
A Night at the Opera
One Two Three
- James Cagney sticks it to the Russians
Operation Petticoat
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 12:05:08 PM »
Amelie - I had a friend who only liked depressing movies, but this always made him smile
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Airplane
Amelie
- I had a friend who only liked depressing movies, but this always made him smile

So you have two depressive friends who like Amélie?  ;D

The Lego Movie is my favourite of your picks.
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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 12:13:08 PM »
Feel-great movies from my top 100:

Linda Linda Linda
Girl Walk//All Day
The Blues Brothers
Stop Making Sense
Once
Airplane!
Meet Me in St. Louis
Hairspray (I know you didn't like it, DH, but you are wrong :P )
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
Xanadu

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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2017, 12:27:28 PM »
I was not expecting people to start posting lists but hey, why the hell not? A selection from my own Top 100:

Casablanca
Moonrise Kingdom
Avengers: Age of Ultron
A Royal Affair
Aladdin
Almost famous
Her
Life of Brian
Magnolia
All Monty Python
My Neighbour Totoro
Punch-Drunk Love
Singin' in the Rain
The Big Lebowski
Hail Caesar!
The Cabin in the Woods
- no, it's not horror
The Great Beauty
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Royal Tenenbaums
Annie Hall
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Dark Knight
Beauty and the Beast
Before Sunrise
Inside Out
In Bruges
Seven Psychopaths
Fargo
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- feels oddly necessary for some reason
Ratatouille
Kirikou
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Speed Racer
Star Wars IV through VII + Rogue One
- to clarify, RO did not make it into my Top 100, it just sort of fits the bill
Avengers
Some Like it Hot
Philadelphia
To Be or Not to Be
The Lion King
The Incredibles
The Martian
Easy A
Deadpool
Pain and Gain
Chasing Amy
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Le Diner de Cons


I started thinking of more but stopped when I realised I would be here all evening.

I am sure some people will wonder at what makes me smile.

Hairspray (I know you didn't like it, DH, but you are wrong :P )

I will believe you when you tell me why.  ;)
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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2017, 12:45:01 PM »
Wait a minute..... Seven??

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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2017, 01:08:37 PM »
Stormy Weather

It's hard to watch a musical right now without thinking about La La Land. This film only cemented my thoughts on that one: it's a good drama but not a particularly great musical. This movie isn't really a good movie. The characters are paper thin and the drama is nearly non-existent. The story is there as an excuse to move from one number to the next, and it's a flimsy excuse at that. But this movie doesn't really need to be a good movie because the musical numbers are so good. This probably has the best songs of the films I've seen from the first half of the last century, and some of the best dancing. Though nothing quite matches the supreme physical chemistry that Astaire and Rogers had, the scene we've all seen now with the Nicholas Brothers daring and dazzling dancing is exhilarating every time. And did you know that Lena Horne was a good singer? Fats Waller and Cab Calloway get their moments in the spotlight as well, and it's all very fun. But the most intoxicating thing is Bill Robinson's contagious smile. It's a wide grin and it comes onto his face whenever his feet start moving, which is often. Even though there will always be stormy weather, there will still also always be people who express themselves in such entertaining ways.

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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2017, 01:43:42 PM »
I feel good when I watch depressing movies because I'm glad it's not me suffering.  :D

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Re: It's Not a Wonderful Life
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2017, 02:02:23 PM »
Guardians of the Galaxy

1SO beat me to it, so I guess he gets the baked cookies instead of me. :)
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