I watch a lot of films (I teach Media and Film Studies, so I should really see quite a few) although I have massive gaps in my film watching; for example, I only saw Back to the Future for the first time last month and I’ve never seen Star Wars. But when I love a film, I love it totally. As I’ve been watching quite a few films recently, I thought I would recommend five of my favourite ‘feel-good’ films (you know, the sort where no-one dies and the themes are pretty nice. It’s a terrible phrase, but the best I could come up with…)
(Make sure you turn subtitles on if your French is as bad as mine.)
It’s a cliche to list Amelie as a favourite film, but I love it so, so much. I’m a sucker for most things French anyway, but Amelie is such a lovely character as well. We went on Honeymoon in Montmarte, where the film is set, and stayed not far from where it was filmed. However, I could do without the trend of naming every baby girl in Brighton Amelie.
2. Roman Holiday
This film features The Most Beautiful Man Ever To Grace A Screen (aka Gregory Peck) and one of my favourite actresses, Audrey Hepburn. This was her first film and she won an Oscar for it. It’s a lovely story with a bittersweet ending. Plus, it made me want a scooter at the age of 15.
I’m sorry, but if you don’t like Zoolander, we can’t be friends.
4. Kamikaze Girls
I love, love, love this film. It’s the story of two Japanese teenage girls who are complete opposites- Momoko, a Versailles obsessed Lolita-inspired dreamer and Ichigo, a member of a girl gang. It’s bonkers and very funny. Even if you’ve never seen a Japanese film before, this one is definitely worth checking out.
I know it’s not Christmas yet, but this is the ultimate feel-good festive film in my opinion. In fact, my copy got nicked at work, it’s that popular. I have bought it again and am saving it for December- I just couldn’t NOT include it!