Small films that deserve the spotlight

The Reel Dialogue team loves to discuss all things film and one of our favourite conversations to have with people is about their comfort films. 

Defined in a previous article on Reel Dialogue: ‘Most people have that movie that they slide into the DVD player or stream on Netflix during troubled times to allow them to escape for a brief time. It is the one film that always makes you laugh or releases the floodgate of tears that are needed during this awkward stage of the night.’

Read more of the article: Comfort food, comfort films or real comfort

Since this article, there have been quite a few people who shared different movies that provide comfort for themselves from around the world. We thought it would be worth sharing some of these films. If you haven’t seen them, give them a watch. If you have watched these buried treasure, send us your thoughts. 

Criteria: There were so many suggestions that we had to narrow down the list. The criteria came down to films that were either independent releases or movies that did not fair too well at the worldwide box office. They are obscure and that is what makes them great. 

Could one of these movies be your next comfort film? 

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman)

Stranger Than Fiction (Starring: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal)

October Sky – Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper (suggested by Renee)

For Love of the GameStarring: Kevin Costner, Kelly Prestons (suggested by Ally) 

Sing Street – Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor (suggested by Audrey)

Maudie – Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison

Get Low – Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray

Matchstick Men Starring: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell

Their Finest Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

The Way, Way Back Starring: Sam Rockwell, Steve Carrell, Toni Collette

Gifted – Starring: Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.