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Me and Me and Orson Welles

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Mark Kermode | 17:48 UK time, Thursday, 26 November 2009

With Zac Efron as the titular "Me", this beautifully nuanced, studied, and hugely rewarding take on Orson Welles's game changing production of Julius Caeser at New York's Mercury Theatre in 1937 is a must see: but is it really, as one critic said, "The Feel Good Film of the Year"? And what does that phrase even mean? Man alive!

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  • Comment number 1.

    Feel-good film of the year would probably be (500) Days of Summer, for me. Yes, Mark, I know it's too quirky and self-indulgent with itself for you, but I remember smiling mostly throughout and a happy feeling radiating from within. Quite charming, if it's like an indie teen's music collection being played throughout the film.

    Up wasn't feel-good throughout(pretty darn tearjerking in places) but I felt happy after I saw it ... if that counts, you know, like the time spent has been worth it, the journey with Carl and the little boy.

    As for mis-representing taglines, well any that made really godawful steaming rubbish like Transformers 2 look in any way good!

  • Comment number 2.

    I had the pleasure of seeing "Me and Orson Welles" at the Irish Film Institute two weeks ago, and loved it, I thought the characters were pretty true-to-life for the period and the business they were in, meaning that the older characters (Orson, Sonja etc.) were a bit cynical and not entirely loveable.

    My feel-good film of the year would have to be "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" - the mad Kimchi Western. I don't know any really bad taglines, since I don't tend to pay much attention to them at all!

  • Comment number 3.

    Not a misleading tagline for a film, but it did bug the Hell out of me when it was first released, was the film 'Serenity'. Its tagline then was, 'Can't Stop the Signal', which makes sense in the context of the plot, but it is still a pretty rubbish tagline.
    And perhaps the film wasnt as succesful as it should have been, because it wasnt brilliantly marketed.
    This leads me to believe that a film is only as succesful as its marketing strategy.

  • Comment number 4.

    My 'feel good' movie of the year has to be Star Trek 11. I was overjoyed when i stepped out of the cinema. Just what the series needed and one of the few films i've seen in the cinema where, as soon as I got home, i began talking about what the sequel might do.

  • Comment number 5.

    'Feel good' film of the year? Well, for me it has to be Trick 'r Treat, which I was lucky enough to catch on what I believe was its only UK cinema showing at FrightFest. It was such a playful and pleasingly mischievous celebration of all-things Halloween that it left me grinning like a loon for several days.

  • Comment number 6.

    Drag Me To Hell is the 'feel good' film of the year for me. Immense, laugh out loud fun from beginning to end. A Serious Man, Let The Right One In, In The Loop, Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank, The White Ribbon and Synecdoche New York all showed how great cinema can really be, but Drag Me To Hell is the one which made me 'feel good'. In The Loop is great fun but the ending is rather dark and prescient.

    The most misleading marketing I've seen this year is Inglourious Basterds. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that it was actually an extremely dramatic and tense film, with 5 of the years very best acting performances, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, August Diehl, and Daniel Bruhl. I was very pleased to find out that it was not so much a a men on a mission film in the conventional sense, and that Brad Pitt took a back seat to these superior actors. The taglines for the film, like Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied France were actually pretty good though, so perhaps that's not the best example.

    By the way, Dazed & Confused is Richard Linklater's true masterpiece and I wish you would have praised him for it.

  • Comment number 7.

    What really kills me is whenever you hear a film being described as "The Ultimate Popcorn Film" (which is on the same level as "beautifully shot"). This was most recently done on the ad for Law Abiding Citizen, which I have not seen, but have no intention of seeing, primarily because of this quote.

    Does it mean people who don't like popcorn won't like the film? Does it mean I've got ammunition to throw at the screen when I get annoyed? I won't starve to death in the cinema as I wait for it to mercifully finish? I can use the popcorn to plug my ears and get some sleep?

  • Comment number 8.

    Feel good film of the year. Easy: Up. No film this year has made he walk out of the cinema and feel better about what life has to offer ahead of me, the film is beautiful and now with 10 nominees allowed for the Best Picture category I am sure Pixar will get the nomination they have truly deserved since the day of Toy Story.

  • Comment number 9.

    I'm with RioBravo on this one, Drag Me To Hell had me overjoyed at the very fact i just had seen a scary the 2009!

    Definitely in my list of the year's ten best.

  • Comment number 10.

    I'd say District 9 may be my 'feel good' film of the year. I went in expecting something a little different, was nearly dissapointed in the first 20mins because of the 'real time' camera perspective but came out utterly amazed by the depth of layers to the story and freshness of a pretty original idea!

    I'm tempted to say this film was also the film that I felt was marketed incorrectly. It was great to see a film in which the poster revealed very little about the film but I wonder if this held the film back from enticing an even larger audience.

  • Comment number 11.

    We had a teacher at school who would set homework, we'd busy ourselves finishing it in time, hand it in, only to be faced with the teacher throwing our books back at us unmarked, even unopened, as he set the next bit of work for us. Eventually we stopped doing anything and he never even noticed.
    How many questions are you going to set before giving some feedback Mark? Tut.

    And you know what they say about big hands...

    By the way, we all got A's in our reports every term.

  • Comment number 12.

    I recently bought a copy of Synecdoche, New York. and it said 'Smash hit comedy of the year!' on the side. Made me want to vomit up my own testicles.

  • Comment number 13.

    You know, Revolver was shot in the Isle of Man. Just sayin'...

    My feel-good movie of the year? Antichrist. After getting through the horrors of that film, I felt great that I had been through something challenging, shocking, and altogether extraordinary.

    Incidentally, I have a question for you on Antichrist. In your review, you said that there were moments that made you go, "Oh come on Lars, stop it!" Pray tell, what were those moments?

  • Comment number 14.

    I know it came out in 2008 but got to see it on the big screen this year & have to nominate Anvil as a feelgood movie. After seeing it I had a massive grin on my face & didn't make a cynical comment for the rest of the evening. Lips' eternal optimism was infectious.

    If I've got to pick something from 2009 then I'll go for Bronson. Can't explain why, just felt great after seeing it.

  • Comment number 15.

    Zombieland has to be my feel good film of the year crackin' zombie comedy, although not as good as Shaun of The Dead. As for misrepresentation 'Inglourious Basterds' entire advertising sold it as a man on a mission movie, did I just fall asleep at those part through boredom of the bad dialogue?

  • Comment number 16.

    My feel good film of the year is definitely Mary and Max. Come to think of it, I belive thet it is also my best movie of the year all together.

    As for the taglines, I don't pay any attention to them as they are usually put there by somebody who only wants to sell the movie to the broadest audience, and not by the authors or anybody else who would stop and think about it making sense or not.

  • Comment number 17.

    Feel-good film of the year - Inglourious B*st*rds. Didn't want to see it, had very low expectations, loved every second of it.


    The latest Avatar Trailer.

  • Comment number 18.

    Let The Right One In made me smile because out of all the rubbish out there, I'm glad films like Let The Right One In come along.

    It is a tender film, that, although not in the literal sense is a "feel-good film", it made me feel good that I was watching a great film and probably the best film of the year. I hope that you agree.

  • Comment number 19.

    I second (500) Days of Summer. When I went to see that movie, I managed to land myself in the same screening as a group of nattering teenage girls who clearly didn't care about what was going on. With seriously inane things like "shut up, you're not even famous" being said at the screen for most of the running-time, you'd think it'd be a terrible movie-going experience. And yet the movie was so uplifting, so genuine and so amazing that it overpowered any displeasure I might have felt. Kook be damned; it was fan-tastic.

    As for misleading taglines, anything on the advertising for In Bruges did it a disservice. "The two most entertaining and eccentric hitmen since Pulp Fiction!" It was far more affecting and engaging than the quirky comedy it was painted as.

  • Comment number 20.

    Philip Ridley's Heartless.

    Not because it is the 'feel good hit of the year' but it is a great film and I have seen it while it is most likely that the good Doctor has not and if you are a fan of Philip Ridley, the near enough 10 year wait since his last film will make you feel very good indeed!

    My more conventional choice would be 'Drag me to Hell', a film which really made me laugh. It showed there is still some elements of what made Sam Raimi one of my favourite directors as a teen. Contrast that to one of my other favourite directors of the era Peter Jackson, who's most recent film 'The Lovely Bones' is supposed to be absolutely terrible.

  • Comment number 21.

    Moon was definitely my feel-good film of the year. I left with a nice warm glow that felt really, er, good.

  • Comment number 22.

    I second Moon as my feel good film of the year. A very rare instance for me of attending the cinema alone, and all the better for that. I sat through the entirity of the credits and then rode the bus home with a big silly grin on my face about it.

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Mark,

    Your review of "Law Abiding Citizen" confirmed what I thought of it from seeing the trailer, in that it looked like "Saw". As has been written out, the Saw Theme ("Hello Zepp") has been used in trailers Deja Vu, Valkyrie, and more recently The Box.

    P.S. Star Trek would perhaps also be my feelgood film of the year, the first viewing being because of how Trek-literate it is and, as you say, it is "terrifically enjoyable".

  • Comment number 24.

    My feelgood film of the year so far would be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. There are creepy and stange things in it, but the script is terrific and I haven't laughed so much in a cinema since the first two Shreks. It's not the best film I've seen this year - that's still Coraline - but it's by far the most enjoyable and surreal.

    As for worst taglines, for me there can only be one nominee: the poster for Guy Ritchie's Revolver. A film so bad they had to pay someone to say it was good:

  • Comment number 25.

    my feel good film of the year has to be 'The House of the Devil'.. i felt like i'd stumbled on a lost 80's classic.. beautifully paced and with enough don't-do-that-you-idiot moments to have my adrenaline pumping.. and great to see Tom Noonan again being as creepy as ever.

    as others have said i don't pay attention to taglines/marketing spin as they usually say nothing useful. actually if i can i don't watch trailers of things i really want to see either.. just incase it's anothr spoiler fest that the marketing departments are so very good at nowadays

  • Comment number 26.

    My "feel good" film of the year is UP. You go through a dark and depressing opening, yet your left feeling refreshed and thinking the world a better place when you leave the cinema.

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Mark,
    My old VHS copy of Batman Forever has a quote on the back from Jonathan Ross. The quote reads 'The Greatest Movie ever made'. Now i'm not suggesting Jonathan Ross got paid lots of money to say that but i'm certain i've never seen Batman Forever on the lists with The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption etc as one of the greatest movies!! I wonder if he'd retract that today??

  • Comment number 28.

    Feel good film of the year is Twiglet: New Shorts.

    I have never heard so much laughter in a cinema, everyone looked really pretty, and can't wait for the next one, gasp. I left the cinema feeling pretty good.

  • Comment number 29.

    There have been so many feel good films this year! Moon, Anvil, Let the Right One In, cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! (Although I always feel good when Bruce Campbell appears in a movie just to know he's getting some much deserved recognition). Even Drag Me to Hell. All of these left me feeling uplifted, satisfied and relieved that among the mainstream and subversive alike, people are still making good movies. The industry hasn't collapsed under the weight of uninspired cash ins and Michael Bay monstrosities just yet. In my opinion that is the definition of a feel good film, and not an irritatingly cooky smiths fan in sight.

  • Comment number 30.

    Agree on Moon and District 9, both showing an optimism in the face of adversity which is a little more authentic than the get-the-girl-save-the-world nonsense of things like 2012. Also, both Sam Rockwell and Sharlto Copley deserve nods at any awards ceremony for their performances.
    However, my feelgood film of the year was definitely The Final Destination...there was something darkly gratifying about all those pretty, toothsome American teenagers meeting their demise...

  • Comment number 31.

    My feelgood movie was "Aliens In The Attic".
    Why? Two reasons:-
    1) It cost less than £3 to go with my two 5-year-old boys (Vue AM).
    2) They enjoyed it.

    On the other hand, £27 to see "Up" in 3D 'dull-o-vision' with them did *not* make me feel good at all.

  • Comment number 32.

    I just looked at a list of 2009 released films in the US and none of them stood out as having made me feel good. Last year would be much easier with "Let the Right One In", "I've Loved You so Long" which both had some disturbing themes but left me feeling very good indeed. Also the excellent "Man on Wire" which was like a thriller and very uplifting (no pun intended).

    Of this years offerings the most "feel good" film that I can come up with is "Pirate Radio". What? That's how "The Boat that Rocked" was inexplicably renamed over here. This was a Richard Curtis movie that didnt make me want to reach for the sick bag (until the flotilla arrives at the end). There were rather too many shots of people listening to the radio while on the toilet for my liking (which wasn't particularly 'feel good') but hearing Kenneth Branagh repeatedly say "Good work, Tw?tt" warmed the cockles of my heart.

    Now the "Feel Bad" movie of the year would be much easier. That's Paranormal Activity, not because it was a bad film (au contraire) but because it really gave me the willies, although I can see a toughened old horror roue like Mark Kermode would be unmoved by it. Very nice gradual building of the tension in this film. The fact that it all takes place in a family home and filmed on home video makes it feel like if such phenomena exist, then it could happen to anyone and there's nothing you could do about it. Scary.

    Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite.

  • Comment number 33.

    Transformers 2... made me feel good about hating Michael Bay.

  • Comment number 34.

    I thought Drag Me To Hell would be an unusual choice but it seems I have company. Definitely the most satisfyingly entertaining film I've seen this year.

    Coraline also deserves a mention, I thought it was really underappreciated.

  • Comment number 35.

    I see people have posted Moon as being their feel good film of the year, and while I definitely think it's been this years best film (and Sam Rockwell should win the Best Acting Oscar next year but he'll probably be overlooked because the academy hates sci-fi), I don't really think it's a very feel good film. It gave me hope again that sci-fi isn't all just space battles, lazar guns and spaceships nowadays but feel good? No way. When Sam Bell got off the phone to his grown up daughter and whimpered "I just want to go home" I was almost crying in my seat.

    Feel good film for me has to be (500) Days of Summer. In terms of relationship nuances it's got everything nailed down to a tee. And it's a chick flick that that is, primarily, made for men. Those don't happen very often. The only other good one I can think of is High Fidelity.
    Maybe that sub genre needs it's own name. Any ideas what a chick flick for men could be called?

  • Comment number 36.

    Most misleading tagline..... On the cover of Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl were the reviews 'seriously funny' and 'laugh out loud' (with those taglines and the a cover bearing Jennifer Aniston's face, one would expect a break-up/make up caper which would undoubtedly star a cute household pet) Now (in my opinion) it was a feel good film, but for those not accustomed to black humour should be warned of it's dark material and bleak ending (the reasons i liked it so much) Maybe distributors should package dvds/posters with pros and cons, posters with a battle of reviews would make for interesting change in cinema!

  • Comment number 37.

    I've been a viewer/reader here for some time now and am with M. Kermode 100% on the miss-selling of film and as such felt I had no choice but to sign up and voice my support for the only true contender for feel good film of the year - Anvil: The Story Of Anvil. You'll laugh, you'll cry - you'll even start to like terrible metal music - and once you leave the cinema your world will be a far brighter place for because of what you've experienced.

    (And Tales From The Golden Age comes 2nd, something I thought I'd never say of a film from the warm and sunny people that gave us 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)

  • Comment number 38.

    Feel good film(s) of the year...

    THE IMAGINEARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUSS_ whats not to love?

    STAR TREK_ has never felt so good to be a geek!

  • Comment number 39.

    My Feel Good Film Of The Year Is District 9 because it was just a wonderful piece of work from start to finish.Its a film that makes you think and ponder and in the end makes you leave with a smile on your face.

    Feel Good Film Of The Decade had to be...The One AND ONLY...The Dark Knight.Wonderful ride from start to finish with The Joker being a villan you can never forget start to finish.

    Mark i have some homework for you (Don`t require that much thought seeing as your a critic) what was your top 10 films of the year and top 10 worst films of the year.

    I would love to hear a responce.


  • Comment number 40.

    What are your films of the decade Mark?

  • Comment number 41.

    It should be "Me and Orson Welles and Me".
    Actually, it should be "Orson Welles and Me and Me" but Linklater got it wrong so we have to go with his incorrect title; ergo "Me and Orson Welles and Me"

  • Comment number 42.

    Bill, I agree with you that Moon was not a feel good movie for the reason you stated. A very wrenching movie and not a particularly optimistic ending for one of the ****** and a completely unsatisfactory ending for the other ***** or ******. (Having to use asterisks here because some people may still not have seen it).

    BTW, what is the statute of limitations on having to use spoilers? If you people are going to see this movie, then go and blanking see it, so the rest of us can discuss it! What are you waiting for? :-)

    *** 2012 Spoiler ***

    How about 2012? Anybody going to claim that was a feel good movie?
    I mean, we missed hitting mount Everest and all the "right" people died. Shame about Danny Glover, though, ah, never mind. Obviously, Danny Glover is not Obama because he is too old and has an adult daughter. So what happened to Obama, who should be in office during the period of the film? There must be a more interesting movie in there than the one that was made.

    Before anybody says "Yes, 2012 is a feel good movie", I have to point out that the total body count must be higher than any other film to date, with the possible exception of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Although, in "On the Beach" the whole of the earth's population is wiped out, it was made 50 years ago when the population was considerably smaller. But if you thought that Moon was a feel good movie then maybe you would like that one too. As a later film, "Dr Strangelove" would come next in body count stakes with an unspecified number of survivors. I am not sure if HHGTTG was set in the present day when Douglas Adams wrote it or at some unspecified point in the future in which case it could still win over 2012 in the mass extinctions terms.

    However, I still feel "good" when I watch "Strangelove".

    Independence day was, I think, intended to be a feel good movie. Although the aliens wiped major cities including LA, NY & D.C., to name a few, off the face of the earth and Houston was taken out as collateral damage. But Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum still break out the cigars at the end so it all turned out nice again.

    One last thing on 2012. Why is it a problem for you, Mark, that it is nobody's fault that the destruction of earth occurs? I think you have been paying too much attention to Al Gore, who has been making some fairly alarming predictions but even he and the IPCC have not gone as far as saying the end is coming as soon as 2012 or that it will be as a cataclysmic event!

    Remembering that the title of the movie was inspired by the Mayan calendar, I find it hard to think that they would have predicted the end of the world to such accuracy based on the amount of car and airplane trips we would all be making.

    Did you have a similar problem with your mate, Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" where the sun goes into a "solar winter" in 2057 (obviously not caused by human interaction)? No, I didn't think so!

    No, I rather think that if there is any substance to the Mayan predictions (or lack of predictions), it must be some cosmological event which is already predetermined e.g. an asteroid with our number on it but that movie has already been done, twice. Of course, the Mayans don't seem to have predicted their own disappearance, so what did they know, really?

    But that whole business with neutrinos (which are harmless) melting the lower crust was an absolute ruddy nonsense.

  • Comment number 43.

    I feel that The Road, which is extremely grim and more provocative then eventful, has been grossly misrepresented. The trailer sells it as some kind of Roland Emmerich apocalyptic thriller. This is certan to confuse those familiar with the book and disapoint those who aren't. Don't make it something it's not, Hollywood!

    My feel good movie of the year has got to be 2081, which is based on the Kurt Vonnegut's scifi short story "Harrison Bergeron". Set in a totalitarian universe, it praises the triumphs of the human spirit and is a glorious tribute to greatness. It's a feel good, because it showed me that it's still possible to make a fantastic, poetic and entertaining film for under $100, 000.

  • Comment number 44.

    My feel-good film of the year must be District 9. I don't go to the movies that often and when I do I try not to set my expectations too high - this after having my dreams shattered by Indy 4: The Kingdom of Xenomorphs.

    I found my favorite comment by a critic on the film Next, starring Nick Cage. The on quote on the cover was "Cage is cool" - this was a Swedish DVD, so I don't know if any other critics had something better too say about it. I certainly didn't.

  • Comment number 45.

    On the flip side the best tagline this year was for, the nazi zombie horror comedy, Dead Snow. The tagline was, "EIN, ZWEI, DIE!".

  • Comment number 46.

    My feel good film of the year would have to be Adventureland, just a fantastic film. Great characters, good soundtrack and a story that didn't make me feel like I had been spoon fed caramel for an hour and a half.

    In terms of misleading marketing Bug from 2006 would have to be up there? It was marketed literally as a bug infestation horror film when in truth it is far more than that. I think it also damaged the films reputation as horror fans went in expecting something else and then they were disapointed and missed how great this film really is.

  • Comment number 47.

    I have to still hold to the fact that the only films that have made me 'feel good' in the most literal sense of the word under cinematic terms are Toy Story and Babe... otherwise the films that make me genuinely feel good are one of the following;
    A truly stupid but effective film that satisfies a need i have at the time of my watching it. For example Shoot 'Em Up, a film with barely any brains but so much guns, blood and shooting that, at the time of the film, it just hit the spot perfectly and left me leaving the cinema with a huge smile on my face.
    And the second kind of film that makes me feel good are the ones that you just dont expect. For example Last House on Dead End Street. I bought it because it was a stupidly low price, a quid or something, and ended up watching it in my free time a few days later only to discover it wasnt a Last House on the Left rip-off that no one had heard of for good reason, but one of the most grainy, gritty, atmospheric and eerie films i had ever seen and ended up being one of my favorite films. I certainly felt good after watching that.

    Oh and misleading reviews? How about SCARIEST FILM EVER, RUDE CRUDE AND TERRIBLY FUNNY, MESMERIZING etc etc etc

  • Comment number 48.

    With regards to critic quotes, I saw "Dr Parnassus" yesterday and Johnny Depp is only in it for about two minutes but the poster says "Johnny Depp's Performance is Electrifying".

  • Comment number 49.

    Johnny Depp in Dr. Parnassus is really good though... hmmm what are the greatest 'supporting/boarderline cameo' performances in film, I remember Vincent Price having a very small role in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and he was terrific in that; Bruce Campbell's appearance's in Sam Rami films are always good.

  • Comment number 50.

    Mark, I have almost as much disdain for Judd Apatow as you do (and sometimes more, in certain places) but last night I found myself in an almost empty theater here in small town Slovenia, chuckling my head off while watching Funny People (or "Komiki" as it's been translated).

    Sure it's really just a celebrity guest list of a flick, but I enjoyed the male friendship dynamics and Eric Bana's turn as a wannabe-new age cheating husband was heartwarming. I am still "feeling good" 24 hours after watching it....nonetheless I would be happy for Apatow and his merry band of doughy chuckleheads to never make a film again.

  • Comment number 51.

    "Oh and misleading reviews? How about SCARIEST FILM EVER, RUDE CRUDE AND TERRIBLY FUNNY, MESMERIZING etc etc etc"

    This makes me think of when those American high school "comedies" (think American Pie/Road Trip/Euro Trip/most things Sean William Scott) are released on DVD and they have Extreme Edition with tag lines like "Too Hot for the Cinema" which roughly translates to "A few unfunny scenes that never made the theatrical cut and a couple more boobs."

  • Comment number 52.

    "Too Hot for the Cinema" is something that always gives me a chuckle when I see it on a 15 certificate DVD... clearly not overly "hot".

    Not one of this years releases but I watched "Offside" on TV recently as I'd remembered it getting a good review, that was certainly a great feel good film about a subject that doesn't seen all that promising. I think the lack of on screen football helped.

  • Comment number 53.

    i remember sitting through 'raiders of the lost ark' twice and coming out thinking that was the greatest 4 hours spent in the cinema, def feel good moment.

  • Comment number 54.

    When you think about it, what does the phrase, "Man alive" even mean? As if a man being alive is somehow either exceptional, or baffling, depending on context.

    Best not to think.

  • Comment number 55.

    Feel good film of the year for me, was the pleasantly surprising 'Adventureland'. Fantastic. By the end of it I actually wanted to be in love at the age of 21. And that's saying a lot coming from me!

  • Comment number 56.

    Feel good film of the year would have to be Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee. It's a very funny and moving film starring Paddy Considine and his performance is one of the best of the year. When he finally gets Scor-zay-zee on stage just before the 'Artical Monkeys' and the audience loves it you can't help but have a massive grin on your face. I don't think it was given a very wide release but it's definately worth checking out on DVD.

    I have to echo what joe broady said about Synecdoche New York, it certainly wasn't funny but it wasn't meant to be. I'm sure I've seen another poster saying it was 'Hilarious' when it clearly wasn't meant to be. Wish I could remember what it was now.

  • Comment number 57.

    Feel-good film of the year is definitely Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I've not laughed so much at a film for a long time and it even had plenty of cute family moments.

  • Comment number 58.

    I think 'feel good films' are supposed to be those that give you that lasting smile during and after a film. For that I'd probably say 'Rudo y Cursi', for it was a good, comic film that did make you smile.

  • Comment number 59.

    I forgot to say - the poster for 'Me & Orson Welles' actually put me off seeing the film. Now I might go and see it!

  • Comment number 60.

    In addition to "The Ultimate Popcorn Film", Transformers (couldn't care a less which film) has a tag line on its poster that reads "Jaw Dropping Special Effects". Ye Gods, if that doesn't send alarm bells ringing in your brain, you shouldn't be allowed to procreate.

  • Comment number 61.

    My feel good film of the year has to be 'I'm a Cyborg' from Chan Wook Park. It came out in 2006 but I just saw it a couple of weeks ago and it left me feeling revitalised. My girlfriend delightfully compared it to a sorbet.

  • Comment number 62.

    it's not a poster comment, but...

    i used to work in a video shop in Edinburgh, and one
    day my flatmate came in and we had a competition to
    see who could find the most ludicrous quote on a DVD
    cover. the winner? "Down to You" with that hallmark of
    quality Freddie Prinze Jr. the quote? "the best film
    ever" - Bliss Magazine.

  • Comment number 63.

    For me, easily the most fitting movie tagline this year has to of been that of "Couples Retreat", which was unintentionally a perfect review of the film its self: "It's no vacation."

  • Comment number 64.

    You could of also mention that people get obsessed over certain film directors like Wells, Lynch or Kubrick. There is such unbelievable interest toward Kubrick personaly that so many books are written about him personally and documentaries made. Even an actor, Matthew Modine, wrote a book about his experience with Kubrick after finishing "Full metal jacket".

  • Comment number 65.

    I dont know about this year but for 2006 and 2008 i will choose starter for ten and son of rambow.
    They are clearly underated and really prove what good homegown british talent we have.

  • Comment number 66.

    I'm surprised no one's mentioned Ponyo, Miyazaki's latest. As is usually the norm with his films, it left me smiling hours after I left the threatre. Superb film.

  • Comment number 67.

    The horror Canadian film "Pontypool" is currently my "feel good movie of the year". It was a zombie movie unlike any zombie film I've ever seen before with wonderful acting and a script that was music to my ears. Also, to watch the director, Bruce McDonald, go from "The Tracey Fragments" to this made my heart grow ala Dr. Seuss's Grinch.

  • Comment number 68.

    For me it would have to be Moon, as due to it's awful UK release the closest screening I could find to me was all the way in Enfield. And after all the effort and going all that way and seeing a film that really was so good it justified going to London just to find a screening; I really left the screen feeling good. After seeing I'd have willingly travled from Suffolk to Edinbrough to see it.

  • Comment number 69.

    I can say I was made to feel good by let the right one in and Drag me to hell as I have not seen a real Scary film in a number of years and I look forward to seeing the Descent part 2 as I loved the descent part 1. As for the most misleading tag line probably fir The Dr Favorite the Da Vinci Code, You will see the truth sorry I could not see anything in that film

  • Comment number 70.

    Looking for Eric has to be the feel good film of the year, honourable mention to Up but the end scene at the house in looking for eric left me with a wonderful warm glow. Another mention to a film i saw this year but might have come out last year is the documentary King of Kong a classic good vs evil tale set in the world of arcade games. Much better than I have described it.

  • Comment number 71.

    Drag Me To Hell was easily the 'feel good' movie of the year for me. Laugh-out-loud moments, jumping here and there, just left the cinema feeling awesome after probably the most enjoyable movie experience on the big screen in years.

  • Comment number 72.

    Feel Good Film of the Year for me is "Adventureland", which left me with a warm, bittersweet feeling inside and had believable characters with believable dilemmas (unlike the similarly-aimed "New Moon", which I saw last night and left me laughing in disbelief). Honorable mentions should also go to "Coraline" and "Star Trek".

  • Comment number 73.

    Feel good film of the year - The Human Centipede, shown at this year's Fright Fest. I had a gleefully vomit-inducing realisation that, despite having indulged in copious amounts of torture porn, creature features and satanic stories, I could experience a full and absolute physical reaction and revulsion to horror films. So thank you to the bizarrely perverted aberrations I witnessed that night in the Empire Cinema. I will never forget it :)

  • Comment number 74.

    While thinking about this question, I realized that I didn't see that many films out of 2009. Maybe this is due to the fact that I never go to the cinema and always rent movies videotheque. However my feel good film of the year is Inglourious Basterds. It is strange though that a movie about the second world war makes you feel good. But I liked the absurdity of the film. Painfull but funny

  • Comment number 75.

    Hi Mark

    Mine has to be 'Moon'

    Saw your blog on moon films a while back and I generally trust your opinion. Needless to say it delivered.

    As a cartoonist/Illustrator I spend a lot of my working time alone and time and people can seas to have much meaning, so I related on that part. But the way the film was 'hyped' or advertised was also very well done.

    You begin assuming it's purely about paranoid schizophrenia, and then it becomes much more interesting. The mobile Kevin Spacey is immediately untrustworthy as we've all seen 2001, then you start to think he might be all right but can't be sure till the very end.

    The set design, score and effects are all brilliant in that they're tame and functional; any one with a vague knowledge of SF will comprehend all without any explanation from the cast. And Sam Rockwell does a great job of keeping up verisimilitude, humour, interest and empathy.

    Definitely feel good and a possible Silent Running style cult for the decade.

    As an epilogue (and only if you're bored on the web some time), you can view my artworks of meticulous detail at and ask yourself, 'did it take him more or less than 937 hours to do?'


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