Field of Dreams. The undisputed king, for sure. But here’s ten other great ones.
It was a really tricky thing putting this together because they’re ranked on niceness, not goodness. Number two and number five are the best movies on the list. But they aren’t the nicest.
Niceness is even harder to define than coolness. Niceness is a warm and fuzzy feeling that a lot of art can generate. Probably the most popular example would be Norman Rockwell paintings. Niceness, like coolness, taps into our primal brains somewhere. We’re wired to feel it because it connects us to each other. But the problem with niceness is that it borders so heavily on cheese. Cheese done right is transcendent. But cheese done wrong is, well, cheesy.
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Written and Directed by Mark Moskowitz
Mark Moskowitz could have easily just hired a private investigator and called it day. Thank god he decided to make a movie rather than just find someone.
Stone Reader is a documentary about a guy who reads a book, likes it a lot, and wants to read the author’s other work. He can’t find any, and decides to track down the author and find out why he never wrote anything else. This may seem like a pretty thin, simple premise, but the movie transcends that. It is literary, with a clear narrative and linearity, and it tackles an overall theme (that unfolds beautifully). Like a great novel, it also meanders—’hangs out’ and ebbs and flows. It’s a movie made by a writer-at-heart who just happens to be a filmmaker and not an author, and a wonderful journey that you can’t help but melt into.
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