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Tom's Feel Good For Your Isolation Film List

So this year hasn’t started off the most convenient for the human race, not just for film addicts with all the cinemas closing, but for everybody else as well. While the world is in lock down and we remain stuck inside away from the perils of thou-that-shall-not-be-named, it’s important to keep our heads held high and our moods up. There are thousands and thousands of feel good movies out there, films that lift the spirits, make you smile and take your minds far away to a whole other world. These are my favourite, personal picks for something to take your mind away from all that outside..

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE


Kicking off the list we have the indie 2006 road movie from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It follows a little girl obsessed with reaching the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ beauty pageant in Redondo beach, California. The only problem being it’s in a couple of days, and they have to drive from New Mexico, a huge trip with the whole dysfunctional family. Full of great acting from people like Steve Carrell, Toni Collete and Paul Dano, great writing and hilarious gags. If the finale doesn’t bring a big grin to your face then I don’t know what will.

Not available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £3.99

CHEF



One for the foodies out there, fans of Jon Favreau will love this. Directed, produced, written and starring the well known actor, it follows the story of a class-A chef, who has fallen upon hard times from critics and decides to abandon his 5-star restaurant business to risk it all by purchasing a food van and touring with his son around the States serving Mexican delicacies. What starts as a great food flick turns into a powerful story of bonding, with great performances from John Leguizamo, who never fails to make me laugh, Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johannson. Dustin Hoffman even pops up; a good film all round.

Not Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £3.99



FERRIS BUELLERS DAY OFF



‘What a righteous dude’, and righteous he is. Ferris Bueller is one of the most fun and classic 80’s flicks there is, full of great music, retro nuances, killer dialogue from both Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and his down in the dumps best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck). While there are many feel good John Hughes films (I was going to pick The Breakfast Club but...) this hands down for me feels the most heartfelt of them all. Ferris Buellers Day Off is a great hangout film, with enough action to keep you gripped throughout..

Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £2.99

MOONRISE KINGDOM


Wes Anderson remains one of the most prolific and unique directors going these days, his directorial style is one so defining you can spot it in a second, a mere flash. Many of his films are upbeat and hilarious while also retaining a heart felt sombre tone, emotional and beautiful. His venture into animation holds some of his best stuff, but my personal pick for his most feel good (and teen friendly) is his 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. Full of familiar Wes faces, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, the wonderful Francis Mcdormand, it's a must check out for anybody into artistic film making and camera work. You know what? Why not spend a day or a couple of days just binging every single Wes Anderson film, because why not ey? You definitely won’t feel any worse off from it.

Not Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £3.99

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY


Okay, okay. So while it’s not exactly ‘feel good’, if you’re going to have a marathon of one film series, or trilogy, you gotta go for the gargantuan, beautiful, powerful Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Return Of The King, each film of the trilogy is special in its own right, with Two Towers managing to be the most perfect middle film if not sequel ever. Award winning cinema, a good 10 hours of fantasy and action that’ll transport you right to Middle Earth. If you haven’t seen LOTR before, stop reading this right now, and go and watch it. Please.

Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £3.99 (Per film)

SOME LIKE IT HOT


A comedy classic, Billy Wilder’s fantastic Some Like It Hot with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis performing in what could be the first ever drag in cinema history, is just so funny it hurts. Don’t be put off by the age of the film, it really holds up, with the ever so foxy Marilyn Monroe getting thrown into the mix. It is a barrel of laughs, slapstick mishaps, great dialogue from the king of lines Wilder, I hadn’t seen something so funny in a good few years. And you can’t beat the punchline at the end of the film, amazing.

Not Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £2.99

O’ BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?


You’ve got to have a Coen brothers film on the list, and while Fargo, Burn After Reading and The Big Lebowski are all very good, very funny films, none of them are quite as warm hearted, merry and fun as O’ Brother Where Art Thou? A retake on the Homer’s Odyssey old tale, featuring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as a rag tag bunch of escaped convicts searching to make their fortune. It works perfectly, slapstick, witty, full of good quips that’ll leave a wild-like smile across ye face.

Not Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £2.99

ANY PIXAR FILM, LIKE, EVER


I was going to try and put down a film. I started with Wall-E, and then I put UP, and then I thought, you know what? Every single film is fantastic. One of my favourite studios (and I’m not afraid to say that), I have always had a blast watching through a PIXAR film. So, if you have the chance, start with Toy Story and work your way all the way through to their most recent film. You won’t regret it, a real easy, good few days worth of film.

SO there’s my PERSONAL quarantine flicks, there are many many more out there, you just gotta watch them! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Some films are Available on NETFLIX

Can be rented on AMAZON PRIME for £3.99 (per film)

-TOM



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