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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

The movies that make us happy

A week or so ago, a lot of you chimed in on the topic of “movies that make us cry.” It was a lively discussion, with more than 100 movie titles tossed out, but ultimately I think it left a few of us a little weepy. (Can anyone think of our big winner, the first ten minutes of “Up,” without getting a little misty-eyed?) Anyway, let’s try starting the week with something cheery. What are the movies that make us happy — the ones that we watch when our spirits need a lift, and that never feel to bring a smile and make us feel better about the world? For me, these range from ’30s comedies (“The Thin Man,” any Astaire/Rogers musical, “My Man Godfrey”) to movies I saw and loved as a kid (“Mary Poppins”), to Woody Allen films (“Everyone Says I Love You” is probably my top pick; also adore for cheering-up purposes “Manhattan Murder Mystery” and his latest, “Midnight in Paris”), to a number of miscellaneous movies, recent and distant, that just brought me joy, in ways both profound and sily: “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Bill Cunningham New York,” “(500) Days of Summer,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Ocean’s 11” (the remake), “Hairspray” (the musical), “Groundhog Day,” “A Room with a View,” “All of Me” . . . I could go on, but I’ll let you chime in. What are the movies that make you smile?

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