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December 14, 2007



I knew there was a reason I liked this blog when I first came upon it . . . anyone who likes Ozu, De Sica, and Fellini (specifically: Nights of Cabiria, not Satyricon) is a-ok in my book!


Hey S.G.E.W.,
Got any suggestions? I had to resort to "Superbad" yesterday...
Good hearing from you,


Cinema Paradiso

Two excellent "grown up" movies to see without interruption.


In the last 2 nights after putting my kids to bed I watched Transamerica and the 1st half of My Fair Lady.
I will start adding your suggestions to netflix....I have not seen many of them. Any other more uplifting ideas? I saw Monsoon Wedding and that seems to be one of the only happy movies on your list. I have a particularly hard time reading/viewing stories that involve children dying since becoming a parent.
Have you seen Earth by Mehta? Not a classic but I recently saw it and it stuck with me. I do love reading your blog---


I haven't seen Earth -- I'll check it out.

You're right, my list of interesting movies is pretty serious! It's my Norweigan background -- the long dark winters and all...

Although, from this list, Destry Rides Again, with Jimmy Stewart, is a blast. And Celebration and Happiness, while shocking, are also very funny. And It Happened One Night is a romance... And City of Women is too bizarre to be taken very seriously. And Ballad of a Soldier gives you a warm feeling. As for the rest... bleak, beautiful but bleak.

So here's a list of more uplifting movies... a little sweetness and light for when the kids go down.

Democrat Dad's Long List of Happy-Making Movies (with the briefest commentary):
Big Fish (a wild journey, Tim Burton at his best)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (always bears repeating)
Chicago (the structure of this is so tight -- and the dancing is fun)
Eat Drink Man Woman (warm family feelings, generational issues)
The Gold Rush (Chaplin's genius. Watch the silent version -- not with the terrible added narration!)
Gosford Park (Altman takes on the British costume drama and turns it upside down)
The Graduate (magical, even if you've seen it before -- and a great, good ending)
His Girl Friday (rapidfire romance, tough, funny)
Love in the Afternoon (Cooper and Audrey Hepburn in a september/may romance)
The Shop Around the Corner (James Stewart being a hopeless romantic)
Some Like It Hot (Marilyn Monroe and general hilarity)
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset (these won me over)
Charade (a thriller with Grant and Hepburn, slightly cheesy, but fun)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (a big sprawling, sappy Indian love story -- funny too!)
Fiddler on the Roof (it just works)
For Me and My Gal (Garland and Gene Kelly -- a long complicated, sometimes sad but ultimately uplifting musical love story)
Gigi (it's just downright enjoyable, except the creepy "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" number!)
I Heart Huckabees (an existential thriller, done with tongue in cheek)
Jackie Brown (I liked this "grown-up" love story)
Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson rocks)
Jane Eyre (the one with William Hurt, lush)
Lackawanna Blues (a very sentimental and loving film -- get your hanky out)
Le Million (French good times)
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (the weirdness actually pays off, and you can always just appeciate the colors)
The Long Goodbye (Altman puts Marlowe into the 70s -- lazy atmosphere -- stays with you)
Love Actually (Hugh Grant as P.M., need I say more)
M. Hulot's Holiday (goofy fun)
Manhatten (one of Allen's best)
Mediterraneo (soldiers on an island, misadventures)
Monster's Inc. (very fun animation -- kid friendly, in case they wake up)
Mrs. Dalloway (straightforward and elegant adaptation of Woolf novel -- Redgrave brilliant)
The Old Dark House (black and white classic horror story -- no gore, just fun)
The Party (Peter Sellers is so great he defies commentary. Just watch him refusing to die in the opening scene.)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (goofy)
Persuasion (a good, warts-and-all Jane Austin adaptation)
Pride and Prejudice (either the BBC 6-hour one or the new movie, both fun)
Rififi (a very satisfying jewelry heist movie)
sex, lies and videotape (if you never saw it)
Stagecoach (a young John Wayne, fascinating)
Show Me Love (brilliant movie, two high school girls in Sweden, one popular, the other a loner, falling in love)
Something's Gotta Give (Nicholson and Keaton)
Splendour in the Grass (Warren Beaty's breakthrough)
The Station Agent (very indie movie gives you great happy ending -- about friendship)
Stealing Beauty (gorgeous images, Liv Tyler discovering sensuality in Italy)
Sweet and Lowdown (just a simple satisfying movie from Allen without him in it)
Three Days of the Condor (a good thriller with Robert Redford)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (incredible lead performance, happy ending)
Whale Rider (wonderful movie about a little Maori girl in New Zealand -- stays with you)
You Can Count on Me (indie story about brother and sister loving each other despite tensions, a really heartwarming character story)
Z (a political thriller)


I've recently watched The Seventh Seal ( http://file.sh/The+Seventh+Seal+torrent.html ) - a worthy movie for people who like to think and analyze.

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