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360 Essentials: Top Feel Good Films

360 Essentials:  Top Feel Good Films
    written by
    Hannah Cooper

    Let’s face it – we all need a good pick-me-up from time to time. Film carries the uncanny
    capability of not only reaching out and inspiring us through the imagination
    but magically carrying us into a completely different moment. There may be nothing better than a feel-good film; it’s escapism at its
    finest.

    So call up a few
    friends, grab a bucket of your favourite ice cream, and enjoy a movie night at
    home. Seeing as it’s sweltering outside, staying in is always a safe and cosy
    bet.  

    Amelie
    (2001) From the director
    of Delicatessen, this soul-moving
    French film delves into the life of Amelie Poulin (Audrey Tautou), a Parisien girl who decides one day that her fate is to help those around her. Through
    her beautiful journey of fortuity and happenstance, she discovers love. From
    the film’s surrealist cinematography and soundtrack, to the most unusual of
    characters and its unattainable simplistic nature, this film cannot help but
    warm even the saddest of hearts.  

    Saturday Night Fever (1977) Not only does the music rock, but
    John Travolta’s dance moves are utterly sexy. Tony Manero (Travolta) lives
    through a depressing daily grind. The only thing that gets him through the week is
    anticipation of the Saturday night, Brooklyn
    disco. From his failing relationship with his father to unsuccessful attempts
    at school, Tony makes way for himself on the dance floor, teaching us not only
    to follow our hearts but to also find an escape when life gets you down.  

    Love Actually (2003) A passionately hilarious love
    film… even for the boys. It’s a story of eight different couples that are all
    interrelated and set in the heart of London,
    England . With
    great actors such as Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley and the inevitably swoony
    Hugh Grant, it will leave you laughing at moments and hurting at others. While
    love can often bring the most unexpected bouts of happiness into the deepest moments
    of heartache, it reminds us that it truly is all around us.

    The Jungle Book (1967) Originally directed by Wolfgang
    Reitherman and reproduced again in 1994, this classic Disney film takes us back
    to our childhood. Sweet little jungle-grown Mowgli, Bagheera the panther and big
    bear Baloo– infamous for his care-free attitude– set off on their adventure
    and regardless of their scary run ins, they take it all in stride… ,the
    simple bare necessities… forget about your worries and your strife.’ And we
    can’t forget the jazzy ‘King of the Jungle’ performance by trumpeter and Vegas
    performer Louis Prima and company.

    The
    Princess Bride
    (1987)
    From wizards to absurd battles, to rodents of unusual size, this is not your
    everyday fairy tale. Directed by Rob Reiner, this 80s classic turned from a
    bedtime story to a cult classic. Throughout the film, you cannot help but let the film coax
    your imagination into its enlightened and magical world, where good battles
    evil, and humour always triumphs.

    Forrest Gump (1994) It’s that infamous quote referring
    to life being like ‘a box of chocolates.’ The cliché fashion rings true in the
    life of Forrest (Hanks); a simple man with a huge heart that faces the most
    unexpected twists and turns, from being drafted into the war to falling in love
    with free-spirited Jenny. Chronicling events throughout the 1950s-1970s, the
    scene backed by the Byrd’s ‘Turn, Turn, Turn‘ is a gentle reminder of how life
    works. Sing along and embrace it.

    Yes Man (2008) While Jim Carrey usually drives us insane with
    his wacky faces and rather annoying characters, his role of Carl in this film caught us all off-guard. From running out of gas to his most recent
    heartbreak, Carl begins to take advantage of every opportunity with one word…
    yes. As cheesy as it may be, he begins living life to its fullest regardless
    of the ridiculous amount of crap that is thrown his way. Allow it to inspire
    you; and you might just find yourself wanting to yell ‘YES!’    

    Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Directed by Gene Kelley, this
    early 1950s romantic musical describes the life of popular film star Don
    Lockwood (Kelley), who in a mad romance with Kathy, decides to flee the
    enthusiasm and blinding bright lights for a more natural approach to
    life. From silly gestures of pie-throwing and running short-film sequences, Singin’ in the Rain takes you on a
    musical journey of love and life through its upbeat soundtrack and let’s face
    it, the rain truly is wonderful.   

    A Hard Day’s Night (1964) This energetic and comedic
    full-length feature documents the crazy yet wonderful life of the Beatles as they try to rescue Paul’s loony grandfather. If you’re a Beatles
    lover, you can’t help but be fascinated by their personality quirks. From the
    classic tunes to their seemingly goofy take on nearly every situation, this
    film is bound to have you feeling good with bouts of laughter– sometimes, for
    no reason at all.

    Up (2009) This is a sweet tale of a bonding
    friendship between 78-year-old Carl and young, adventurous
    Russell. Carl sets out on a hot-air
    balloon adventure after a promise made to his late wife Ellie, only to find
    little Russell waiting to take off with him. From talking dogs to various
    villains, the newly formed duo set out on the trip of a lifetime that leaves you
    giggling one minute and crying the next… cheers to childhood!

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