Groundhog Day, A Hard Day's Night, Four Weddings and a Funeral: The feel-good films to watch while self-isolating due to coronavirus
We're all in need of a lift, so Indie film reviewer and Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes has chosen his top 10 feel-good films to watch while self-isolating...
10. Four Weddings and a Funeral
If you're in need of a pick-me-up, then where else do you need to go other than to Mike Newell and Richard Curtis' immensely popular romantic comedy? With an impressive cast and perceptive dialogue, this British favourite is likely to be on everyone's DVD shelves.
9. The Artist
Although it won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2012, Michel Hazanavicius' hugely enjoyable ode to silent cinema is often overlooked. However, extraordinary visuals and boundless energy make The Artist the ideal treat for the whole family. Look out for the greatest performance by a dog I've seen in any film.
8. Local Hero
One of Scotland's greatest films takes the form of a low-key sentimental comedy from Bill Forsyth. Concerning an American oil company representative sent to scout and purchase a remote Scottish fishing village, this David and Goliath story is sure to lift the spirits. It is a gorgeous, cosy film that is ideal for a lonely evening.
7. A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles' first film is a rock and roll classic, bursting with energetic songs and quirky characters. It follows the legendary band's tour from Liverpool to London, as they run away from crazed fans, sing in train cargo holds and try to find the missing Ringo. Even if you're not a Beatles fan, you'll be wanting to twist and shout after this one.
6. Groundhog Day
Bill Murray's trademark sarcasm is never more present than in Groundhog Day, a high-concept comedy that delivers on laughs, thrills and tears in equal measure. The plot, which centres around a weather man reliving the same day over and over again, has infiltrated almost every aspect of pop culture. I can guarantee that you'll want to watch it over and over again.
5. Good Morning
A late offering from Japanese auteur Yasujiro Ozu, Good Morning thrives on a charming simplicity. The plight of two young brothers trying to persuade their parents to buy a TV is hilariously realised in this touching and comedic film that explores family dynamics and generational conflict. It is an underseen but delightful gem from world cinema.
4. The Princess Bride
Both a fairy tale parody and an enchanting fairy tale in its own right, Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride is so funny you won't have any choice but to feel good. Cliffs of insanity, rodents of unusual size and a pit of despair all play a part in the film's rich narrative. How Reiner manages to pull this all together into one of the greatest comedies of all time is "inconceivable".
3. A Matter of Life and Death
Conceived as propaganda to boost ally relations during the Second World War, Powell and Pressburger's sublime romance film transcends its original purpose. David Niven is typically elegant as a fighter pilot who appeals to a celestial court for a second chance in life after miraculously surviving a plane crash and meeting the love of his life. The film is full of ravishing fantasy visuals far ahead of its time, but at its core is a joyous love story to melt even the coldest of hearts.
2. My Neighbour Totoro
Over a period of 40 years, world renowned Japanese animators Studio Ghibli have created a wealth of feel-good escapist films. None however are as simple or as effective as Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro, about young sisters befriending spirits in their garden. Its magical animation and spellbinding score make it a family film that truly caters for the whole family.
1.Kind Hearts and Coronets
Although Alec Guinness is more often cited for his nine roles in the film, it is the lead Dennis Price who brings the black humour, style and endless likeability to this masterful Ealing comedy. One of the greatest British films of all time, Kind Hearts and Coronets is outrageously funny, detailing the ascent of a distant relative as he murders his way along his aristocratic family's line of succession. Despite its macabre premise, Kind Hearts and Coronets will brighten up your week.