Category Archives: Feel Good Cinema Season

Martin | Inside Out

Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Animation Studios that almost always with each film they make, deliver to its audience some delights, whilst also on more than a few occasions, will have them wiping away tears. Over the years the studio has forged a reputation as one of the best in the business at making animated movies that are a delight for both kids and adults to enjoy. And very few films hit these notes, as beautifully, and as thought provokingly as Inside Out. 

The film tells the story of Riley, and the five little emotions that work away all day controlling her actions, thoughts and unsurprisingly her emotions. These emotions find themselves in turmoil when Riley and her folks are forced to move from Minnesota to San Francisco. The adverse effect this has on Riley, and consequently her emotions, makes for some entertaining dialogue and a really enjoyable film to watch. Above all, this is what makes this movie, extremely heartfelt, and quite simply a work of utter genius.


As human beings, we all experience emotions at various points in our lives. Whether we lose someone we love, get a job, get married, start our own families etc., these emotions are what make us human. We as humans have our good times, and the not-so-good moments. And though we do have more than just 5 solitary emotions, to have had more than 5 would have just felt like overkill. Perhaps a sequel one day will develop this further and utilise other emotions?


Anyway, for sure there are some moments in the film in which some of the characters, experience some heart-breaking realisations, two characters in particular. The voice work from everyone is tremendous but the five emotions especially Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) steal the show, but the others like Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust(Mindy Kaling), and last but not least Anger (Lewis Black) all have their moments to shine, and make you laugh.


The film is above all a realisation that in those moments in life where we’re down in the dumps and need someone to talk to, and no matter who you are, we have all had these moments. These messages will resonate with all who watch this movie. As no matter who we are, we’ve all had those times where we have been down in the dumps, and we just had to let the emotions out, and this film reminds you that sometimes that’s okay, because that’s part of being human.


This is what makes Inside Out above all a feel good film, though the film does have moments that feels like it’s ripping your heart right out of your chest. It’s well balanced by some truly brilliant humour, as well as the usual abundance of jokes that are aimed at the adults that will sail over the heads of the younger viewers. There’s a fun adventure to be had, that the kids will enjoy watching, but there’s so much more to this film than that.


I believe that Inside Out is one of those rare movies of the animated variety that are really aimed at the adults. It has themes and messages that will resonate more with the adults than with children, especially for any adults who have had children. You may laugh, and you will almost certainly cry, but that’s life in a nutshell, and once the credits begin to roll, you will find it hard not to have a massive smile on your face, not least because the credits themselves are ridiculously entertaining!


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Cam | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off



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150096150017175It is fair to say that the definition above is the perfect description of what I feel when I watch John Hughes’ classic coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. From the relatable characters, to the insanely-quotable lines, to the great advice, to the beautiful Chicago setting, this 1986 cult flick deserves a spot on my favourite films of all-time list.

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Cinemates | Cool Runnings


Everyone needs a film that boosts their mood, or helps them go to sleep happy. Or, even just something that you can watch without having to concentrate. Cool Runnings is that film for me.

Cool Runnings starts by introducing us to our main characters almost immediately. We instantly learn what is important to them, whether that be running, pushcart racing, or more generally, their country. The light-hearted comedy is present right from the start. Derice, a motivated young Jamaican makes fun of his friend Sanka, and Sanka replies with a witty one liner. We are then introduced to our other main characters Yul and Junior and the comedy and character development continues when we are shown what kind of relationship these two will have through the film.

The story – to keep it simple, develops quickly when Derice after failing to make it to the Olympics wants to find another route to success, so he can fulfil his dream of becoming an athlete.

Although Sanka is mortified by the thought of being near that much ice, he is loyal to his friend and instantly joins him on his hunt for a coach, and team members. They contact gold medallist Irving Blitzer and nag him, and push him to his limit until he finally agrees to help them out. They gather more people for their team and enough money to get them to Calgary. Yul and Junior join them, and off to Canada they go ready to compete.

For such a simple story on paper, it must be emphasised that this film is so much more than just a story about some athletes that did fine. Messages about more than just aspiration and determination flood this film, and being set in the 80s, race is still a big issue here. Yet this is not something thrown in our faces throughout this film. Even through the comedy there are clear moments where the creators of this film wanted to portray the idea that anything can be done, if you are willing to commit.

The cast in this film fit the characters that are being displayed consistently. Sense of humour, of course, is bound to differ from viewer to viewer. The characters, though, have obviously been thought out enough so that it isn’t just sappy, standard ‘U’ rated film level of comedy. There is a character for every person to relate to, or a reaction to amuse everyone.

Admittedly, this isn’t a film that is a cinematic masterpiece, the way it was shot wasn’t exactly thought out extensively, the script isn’t phenomenal, it is a simple film, but it just suits what it is. I don’t think anything more could be added, or anything taken away. The score sets the tone for the film as soon as you press play. The colours used in the opening credits just fill me with joy, the pacing of the film is spot on because it doesn’t drag yet we know enough about, and understand enough about the characters for it to hit the spot.

It all just fits. Cool Runnings is my comfort film, it makes me feel better when I’m sad, or sick. It’s fun to just have on if there’s nothing good on TV. It’s a classic that just makes you feel great, and should be watched by anyone that hasn’t, and likes easy-to-watch films… or just really likes bobsleds.

It deserves the hype it has always gotten, and will hopefully continue to get.

As per, nice one Disney.

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