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stylez dainty
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"Life-affirming movies (that are actually good)"


  

          

I recently watched the animated shorts playing at Sundance, and they were impressive in their own ways, but damn were they depressing, to the point that some of the filmmakers just felt like jerks to me. It didn't feel honest, really. Like they wanted to make people feel something, and decided it was just easier to make people feel crummy.

I think we can agree that it's a tougher task to make a quality movie that makes you feel good than a quality movie that makes you depressed as shit. What are some of the best life-affirming films?

This is kind of a Slumdog Millionaire spin-off.

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I check for: Serengeti, Zeroh, Open Mike Eagle, Jeremiah Jae, Moka Only.

  

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Subject Author Message Date ID
Smoke
Jan 20th 2009
1
RE: Smoke
Jan 20th 2009
3
Amelie
Jan 20th 2009
2
Once
Jan 20th 2009
4
Chungking Express, After Life, Duck Season, Yi Yi
Jan 20th 2009
5
Shawshank Redemption
Jan 21st 2009
6
RUDY
Jan 21st 2009
7
Little Miss Sunshine
Jan 21st 2009
8
I can't think of any
Jan 23rd 2009
9
Last Holiday and The Bucket List are two that come to mind
Jan 23rd 2009
10
Rachel Getting Married
Jan 23rd 2009
11
Saint Ralph
Jan 23rd 2009
12
Fearless (the good, Jeff Bridges and Rosie one)
Jan 23rd 2009
13
Depressing movies are supposed to be life-affirming.
Jan 23rd 2009
14
Ratatouille
Jan 23rd 2009
15
Cinema Paradiso
Jan 23rd 2009
16
My Left Foot
Jan 23rd 2009
17
Buena Vista Social Club
Jan 23rd 2009
18
Rocky
Jan 23rd 2009
19
Dead Poets' Society
Jan 23rd 2009
20
It's A Wonderful Life
Jan 23rd 2009
21
Big Fish
Jan 23rd 2009
22
Lars and the Real Girl
Jan 23rd 2009
23
Meh. I loved the cast but I wasn't really feelin it.
Jan 24th 2009
27
The Fisher King
Jan 23rd 2009
24
The Truman Show
Jan 23rd 2009
25
Yi- Yi
Jan 24th 2009
26
I really wanna say Synecdoche, New York but I need to see it again
Jan 24th 2009
28
Please explain
Jan 26th 2009
32
Billy Elliot
Jan 24th 2009
29
Wild Strawberries.
Jan 25th 2009
30
RE: The Great Debaters-n/m
Jan 26th 2009
31

The Damaja
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Tue Jan-20-09 04:40 PM

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1. "Smoke"
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really positive film
In my top 5

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*puts emceeing in a box*

  

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Arch Stanton
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3. "RE: Smoke"
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It's a decent flick. Except for having the worst prosthetic arm in film history.

  

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janey
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2. "Amelie"
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Grrrrrr © Tatiana

  

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stylez dainty
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4. "Once"
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I actually put it as my number one movie from 07, despite great films like No Country and There Will Be Blood, because it was so joyful.

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Sponge
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5. "Chungking Express, After Life, Duck Season, Yi Yi"
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Groundhog Day


An Angel at My Table (which might make you think WTF am I talking about, but wait it out, I promise)


Late Spring


Ikiru


Three Colors: Red (but you have to watch the previous 2 flicks first; a great trilogy kind of weak in the middle, but still great)


Our Song (an indie film that can stand up to most mid-major and major films; great stuff)

  

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6. "Shawshank Redemption"
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Frank Mackey
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7. "RUDY"
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Frank Mackey
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8. "Little Miss Sunshine"
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I'm done

  

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ryc
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9. "I can't think of any"
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that don't have at least an element of sadness or bittersweeetness
I mean, thinking about it, I guess that's actually intrinsically linked to life-affirming in many ways

Looking through my DVDs, the only one I remember feeling good through is The Station Agent, and I don't even remember how it ends lol

  

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Cam_eleon
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10. "Last Holiday and The Bucket List are two that come to mind"
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n/m

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I've had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst. In other words, I had a life. -Richard Pryor
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ZooTown74
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11. "Rachel Getting Married"
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12. "Saint Ralph"
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I liked it at least.

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13. "Fearless (the good, Jeff Bridges and Rosie one)"
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14. "Depressing movies are supposed to be life-affirming."
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They just remind you of something that you might not have thought about lately, and challenge you to come up with a solution.

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15. "Ratatouille"
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n/m

  

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16. "Cinema Paradiso"
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17. "My Left Foot"
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18. "Buena Vista Social Club"
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19. "Rocky"
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20. "Dead Poets' Society"
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21. "It's A Wonderful Life"
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22. "Big Fish"
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23. "Lars and the Real Girl"
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27. "Meh. I loved the cast but I wasn't really feelin it."
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24. "The Fisher King"
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25. "The Truman Show"
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in my top 5

  

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26. "Yi- Yi"
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numbers look crooked like king kong shook it - jdilla

  

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28. "I really wanna say Synecdoche, New York but I need to see it again"
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32. "Please explain"
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how Synecdoche, NY was in any way life-affirming.

SPOILER BELOW



















He failed on every level and died alone.

  

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29. "Billy Elliot"
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I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

  

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30. "Wild Strawberries."
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<--- HK47: Reminding you to choose your weapon wisely.

Don't think-FEEEEEEEEEEEEEL! © Bruce Lee

  

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31. "RE: The Great Debaters-n/m"
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