Retrospective: In the Mood for Wintry, Melancholy, Dramedy Anyone?

After recently watching the Michael Douglas ‘writer-in-crisis’ campus drama Wonder Boys (2000) the other night, following my Kirk Douglas retrospectives, I tried to recollect other films that have this particular pleasing melancholic-but-somehow-uplifting vibe. I’ve selected some snippets from a few of them below.


Wonder Boys (2000) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers


Roger Dodger (2002 Official Trailer #1 - Campbell Scott, Jess Eisenberg Movie

Although slow-moving and occasionally indulgent, these often winter-set pictures have a real appeal around this time of year, great in a ‘late night, I don’t want to go to bed’ kind of way – even if it’s work tomorrow… How about The Ice Storm?

The Ice Storm Trailer #1 (1997) | Movieclips Classic Trailers


Aside from those listed at the head of the piece, others include the J.D Salinger-esque trio of TadpoleIgby Goes Down (both 2002) and Rushmore (1998), as well as Ghost World (2001).

Igby Goes Down Official Trailer #1 - Jeff Goldblum Movie (2002) HD



And Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) and the very underrated Somewhere (2010). 

Somewhere - Official Trailer


Unfortunately here in the UK we seem largely incapable (IMO) of replicating this particularly US feel. Honourable exceptions include This Year’s Love (1999) and 2010’s Submarine. 


Best Of British :This Years Love (1999)


Submarine (2010) Official Trailer - Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins Movie HD


And I can’t forget the Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) a slow, teasing, rapturously moody romance with Michele Pfeiffer and Jeff and Beau Bridges.

The Fabulous Baker Boys - More Than You Know

Any more you crazy kids?

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