I think we all can agree that 2020 has been a rough year. We wrote this post on the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election and no matter who you are voting for, we thought that you would enjoy a break from the red-faced pundits spewing talking points and 24-hour news cycle of doom.
Loud Coffee Press presents to you our guide to feel-good movies. We attempted to eschew the usual melodramatic treacle and put together a list of movies that will restore your faith in humanity.
If you decide to watch any of our picks, stop back and let us know what you think!
Bill and Ted are back! Face the Music is the third installment in the series and it's just as fun as the first two! If you take anything from this movie, it's to "be excellent" to each other. We can use some of that these days!
This is Gus Van Sant's biopic of John Callahan, an alcoholic quadriplegic who becomes famous for his controversial cartoons. The movie stars the always-wonderful Joaquin Phoenix alongside Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and musicians Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Beth Ditto. It's both funny, sad, and uplifting!
Frank is based on real-life musician Frank Sidebottom, who performed wearing a giant paper-mache head. Frank tackles subjects such as mental health, creativity, and friendship set against a fantastic soundtrack.
What happens when a troubled orphan is taken in by a couple living in the New Zealand bush? Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a heartwarming and funny movie about an unlikely friendship between a cranky hunter and a teen whose sole mission in life is to be a gangsta! From director Taika Waititi of Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnorok fame. One final note, Hunt for the Wilderpeople contains our favorite song of the year!
Jay and Silent Bob reunite in this more meta than meta film to stop a reboot of their characters Bluntman and Chronic. The movie is elevated by the sweet relationship between Jay and his estranged daughter.
This one is a bit of a stretch! Little Evil is a dark comedy about a guy who tries to bond with his step-son, who happens to be the spawn of Satan. It stars Adam Scott (Parks and Rec) and the mighty Clancy Brown. Trust us on this one, the movie takes a surprising turn midway. If you need a laugh and don't mind the horror-element, check this one out!
A man washes up on the shore of an unknown island and finds companionship in the flatulent corpse of one Harry Potter, I mean Daniel Radcliffe.
The Nice Guys is a buddy cop movie in it's purest form. It stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, two actors who I don't consider to be comedians, but deliver hilarious performances as two Abbot and Costello inspired private eyes.
Two nerds (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) take a road trip from Comic Con to Area 51 to check out the famous UFO site. On the way, they find themselves on the run from the FBI after picking up a real-life obscenity-spewing alien voiced by Seth Rogan.
A documentary about the typewriter renaissance centered around the store, California Typewriter. The movie is a love letter to typewriters and the community who continue to find joy in this outdated technology.
We can't have a Loud Coffee Press list without mentioning Moby Dick. Call Us Ishmael is a documentary about all things Moby Dick and Herman Melville.
Some Feel-Bad Movies for Balance
Maybe some of you are cynical and don't want to restore your faith in humanity. Don't worry, we've got you covered. For balance, we are including three misanthropic masterpieces of dark comedy that will surely reinforce your worst fears about the human race!
The blackest of black comedies. A man and wife keep their three grown children sheltered from the outside world by raising them to believe that they will die if they step off of their property.
A complete and utter asshole takes his girlfriend to meet his mother, who turns about to be an even bigger asshole. Another dark comedy that will leave you wincing and laughing until the tragic end.
Adam Sandler plays a shady jeweler who attempts to retrieve a pricy gem to pay off his debts. This movie is manic and will keep you the edge of your seat until the very end.