Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, I turn to 50’s films. There’s an idyllic feel to them, none of that gritty, realistic battle of life is depicted, but rather a utopian existence of gentlemen and perfect lady-like women under a sphere of romanticism. Houseboat is the model for all romantic comedies that ever existed, it’s light, non-contrieved, funny and elegant but most of all, hopeful.
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
If I could, I would call this my favourite Coen film. Somehow based on Homer’s Odyssey this layered Depression-era epic leaves you anything but depressed and one of the main reasons for that is the music. The genius behind it is T Bone Burnett, a guy that got completely snubbed for every award, collects an amazing mixture of tunes and sounds together to bring O Brother to a completely different level.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
A classic overlooked by many, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is kind of a screwball meets cartoon comedy, that was way ahead of it’s time. Great one-liners and one of the sexiest ladies to ever brighten the big-screen.
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea with all of the sex jokes and such (to put it mildly). I know it’s offensive on multiple levels. But to date it’s still my favourite comedy made after the year 2000. It’s Steve Carell‘s comedic persona in 116 minutes. It’s Seth Rogen before he became obnoxious. It’s Apatow‘s golden child. It’s so quotable that it will be around for years on end. And it’s hilarious.
The Full Monty (1997)
Due to inexplicable circumstances for some reason The Full Monty was my favourite film when I was about 9 years old. It’s got some great, laughable scenes, some heartfelt moments and stiff Englishmen letting loose. It’s lovable.
Spirited Away (2001)
Kind of like Alice In Wonderland, but tons better. Has some of the most amazing creatures and characters to ever hit the bigscreen, Spirited Away works on so many levels. It’s an adventure, a comedy, a drama and a classic tale of finding yourself. It’s amazingly done, and best appreciated in it’s original language, giving it kind of an eery feel. Charming and whimsical, if you’ve never ventured outside western animation, Spirited Away will blow your mind.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Possibly my favourite Pixar production, Finding Nemo is lovely and heartbreaking and funny. It’s one of the most accepted animations by adults in a long time (then came Wall-E). It made grown men cry. It’ll propably make you cry, and laugh and cry all at the same time.