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MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS – Autumn 2013 - GINORMOUS LIST!
01 Oct 13 - By TheRazzLine Compilation

MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS – Autumn 2013 - GINORMOUS LIST!

Hello Movie Lovers! Here's a GINORMOUS list of recommended movies (new and old) and TV shows for your consideration. Time to fill up your queue! ~ See you at the movies!

MOVIES! - Autumn 2013


127 Hours
(2010)
Truly a tribute to the decision to live. And it's a true story and you get to see the real person who did this in a short episode at the end of the film.
Netflix: A harrowing tale of real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who literally cuts himself loose from danger -- and lives to tell about it when sliding rock pins his forearm under a boulder during a climb in Utah. To stay alive, Ralston resorts to his basest survival instincts. The film scored Academy Award nominations in the Best Picture and Best Actor (Franco) categories.

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
Netflix: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of backup vocalists in this documentary that weaves interviews with legendary singers like Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler with the comments of those whose voices support them.

42 (2013)
So much about humanity and breaking through social considerations! Harrison Ford is brilliant.
Netflix: This biopic focuses on the relationship between baseball icon Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson and in 1947 made him the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era.

A Monster in Paris (2011) (in English)
Beautifully animated with some really great music.
IMDB: Paris, 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Rare Bird cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief.

About A Boy (2002)
Netflix: Hip, irresponsible Londoner Will invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings to find available women. But when Will meets the troubled 12-year-old son of a depressed single mother, a quirky and unexpected friendship blooms.

Agenda: Grinding America Down (2010)
Political documentary - Communist ties/plans behind key politicians, etc. Very well done.
IMDB: Most powerful expos of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far.

Analyze This (1999)
Netflix: Countless wiseguy films are spoofed in this Golden Globe-nominated comedy from director Harold Ramis that centers on the neuroses and angst of a powerful Mafia racketeer who suffers from panic attacks. When Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) needs help dealing with his role in the "family," unlucky shrink Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) is given just days to resolve Vitti's emotional crisis and turn him into a happy, well-adjusted gangster.

Anna Karenina (2012)
The movie is rather serious at times, but I found the way it was presented made it fun to watch. It is a unique movie that really demonstrates the Shakespearean quote on the whole world being a stage. This movie deserves to be watched.
Netflix: Oscar winner Tom Stoppard penned this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, which stars Keira Knightley as the titular 19th-century Russian aristocrat who enters into a passionate and forbidden love affair with the well-heeled Count Vronsky.

Atlas Shrugged Part I (2011) & Part II (2012)
Parts I & II have been released. Based on novel by Ayn Rand, former Russian, escaped, who became intensely anti-communist. Well done movie, follows the book well with twists to make it relate more to today rather than mid-last century.

Best Friends (1982)
An oldie but goodie!
Netflix: Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) have lived and worked together as a seamless screenwriting team for five years. But trouble starts to brew after they finally tie the knot. What they hadn't counted on were all the family dynamics that crop up the minute they decide to "make it legal." Directed by Norman Jewison, the film co-stars Audra Lindley, Barnard Hughes, Jessica Tandy and Ron Silver.

Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012) Documentary
If you like birds or are interested in them, this is a great flick for you! At the very end, there are shots of all the birds seen, along with their song and name. It's engaging, interesting and we enjoyed it a lot more than we thought we would.
Netflix: New York's Central Park holds a magical attraction for diehard bird watchers such as the diverse group of locals featured here. The profiles include a teenage girl, a trombone technician, writer Jonathan Franzen and a host of feathered friends.

Buck (2011)
Super interesting documentary - we really liked it. We're very leery of documentaries and indies, especially of anything that wins Sundance awards... Buck is an amazing man with an amazing story.
Netflix: Buck Brannaman, inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer," is revealed as a complex figure in this Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary by Cindy Meehl. The master horseman reveals details of his troubled childhood and his dawning awareness of new ways that humans and horses might work with one another. As Buck learns more about horses, he finds that the ways we communicate with our animal companions offer lessons on how we relate to fellow human beings.

Captain Beefheart: Under Review (2006)
If you like '60s rock music, this is a good documentary to see.
Netflix: An idiosyncratic icon of the 1960s, Captain Beefheart is the focus of this comprehensive documentary that effectively covers the groundbreaking musician's career odyssey in two hours. The feature-packed program includes rare live and studio performances, chats with members of the Magic Band, commentary from an expert panel, rare promo films, archival interview footage with Beefheart, TV clips and more.

Captain Phillips (2013)
You have to see this movie. I am sure Tom Hanks is going to get an Academy Award nomination for it. This is based on a true story of an American Captain whose ship got highjacked near the Somali coast in 2009. It is really well made and full of suspense -  Coming up this fall.

Captain Ron (1992)
If anyone wants to see a good demonstration of insouciance and a fair to good comedy (depending upon your comedy taste) that has a good ending, try “Captain Ron" staring Kurt Russell. The insouciance of this character “Captain Ron” is just great.

Charlotte Gray (2001)
A Scottish woman (Cate Blanchett) searching for her missing pilot boyfriend during World War II must choose between finding her lost love and taking a stand when she meets a local farmer (Michael Gambon) and his son (Billy Crudup), a leader in the resistance who's harboring two Jewish children. Australian director Gillian Armstrong helms this period drama based on Sebastian Faulks's novel of the same name.

Chocolat (2000)
Johnny Depp- Juliette Binoche.. Very aesthetic and chocolate lovers will love it.. :) . Romance with a magical touch.
Netflix: A single mother and her young daughter move into a peaceful French village and open a chocolate shop during the height of Lent. At first, the shop's rich, sensuous desserts scandalize the town. But the villagers soon learn to savor the sweetness.

Cloud Atlas (2012)
We thought we wouldn't like it and decided to give it 30 minutes... We got sucked in and loved it! It's a long movie that we split over two evenings. It takes a little while to settle in with it and sort out what's going on and who's who and when. After you get the hang of it, it's an enjoyable ride and an interesting story. Neither of us is entirely sure what is was really about, but we both liked it enough to recommend to others, so there you go :-))
Netflix: In this star-studded drama, six seemingly disparate stories take viewers from a South Pacific Island in the 19th century to 1970s America to a dystopian future, exploring the complicated links that humans share through the generations.

Counting Cars (2012 - ) TV series
Do you love tricked out cars, muscle cars, restorations, motorcycles? We love this show.
History Channel: Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny “The Count” Koker bets with cars. Known from his numerous appearances on Pawn Stars, this Sin City legend walks, talks and breathes classic American muscle cars. When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it, including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners. On the HISTORY series Counting Cars, Danny and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black. From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Danny and the crew of Count’s Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.

Despicable Me 2 (2013)
I have not laughed that much in a theater since Monty Python's "Search for the Holy Grail”. It's a very fun, silly romp in the giggles!
Netflix: Arch-villain Gru and his three orphan girls return for more shady exploits in this wacky animated feature voiced by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. The story features new and eccentric characters and a plot to abduct Gru's team of minions.

Dinner Rush (2000)
Great story with some humor added.
Netflix: Louis (Danny Aiello) is an aging bookie and restaurateur who's bemoaning the transformation of Gigino's -- his restaurant in the TriBeCa area of New York City -- from a down-to-earth, mom-and-pop Italian eatery to a pretentious, see-and-be-seen establishment. To make matters worse, Louis's son Udo (Edoardo Ballerini), a talented chef, wants to take over the restaurant ... as do a pair of thugs who murdered Louis's partner.

Django Unchained (2012)
Classic Tarentino. Jamie Foxx is excellent. We loved it.
Netflix: Accompanied by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner. Quentin Tarantino directs this modern-day spaghetti Western.

Downton Abbey (2010- ) TV Series
This kinda says it all : )
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Dr. No (1962)
I haven't seen this since the '60s and it is still a good movie. It just doesn't have all of the special effects that the newer James Bond movies have. However, Sean Connery is the best James Bond ;-)
Netflix: Sent to locate a colleague who's vanished in Jamaica, debonair Agent 007 -- in the first of the James Bond films -- finds villainous scientist Dr. No plotting to derail the U.S. space program and take over the world.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Amazing movie about a boy, Oskar, who is autistic and trying to deal with the loss of his father from 9/11. He finds a key in a vase in his father's closet and is determined to find the lock it opens. Amazing acting by Thomas Horn. Beautiful story. Great ending.
Starring Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock

Fame (1980)
Fun, dancing, drama, etc.
Netflix: Competition is fierce at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts. The kids who attend it have big dreams and the talent to make them come true.

Fantasia (1940)

Old version - soooo great for creativity, aesthetics, and play.
Netflix: Walt Disney envisioned Fantasia as a marriage of animation and music, the latter provided by composers ranging from Bach to Mussorgsky and performed by the Leopold Stokowski-conducted Philadelphia Orchestra. The Oscar-winning film is composed of eight segments (each set to the music of a different composer), including "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," in which Disney himself (in an uncredited performance) provides the voice of Mickey.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
For British humor and Hugh Grant fans, I recommend some of his older movies including Four Weddings and A Funeral.
IMDB: Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

Heaven Can Wait (1978)
A great depiction of setting things right despite great odds and incompetent people.
Netflix: When an angel prematurely takes quarterback Joe Pendleton's soul to heaven after an accident, he must be sent back to earth. With his remains cremated, Joe is put into the body of a multimillionaire whose wife and assistant have just poisoned him.

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
This is a rough movie and does not have a happy ending. However, it really does give a good picture of the war in the Balkans in the '90s. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Not for the faint of heart.
Netflix: Danijel, a Bosnian Serb soldier serving under his father's command, reunites with Ajla, a Bosnian Muslim woman he was involved with before the war, when she is captured by his camp and forced to work as a sex slave.

Inception (2010)
We just saw this again and liked it even better the second time. Cool story, mind bending effects and a great cast.
Netflix: Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, this unnerving sci-fi thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, who earns a tidy sum infiltrating the dreams of corporate titans to steal their most closely held secrets. Tapped by a rich industrialist (Ken Watanabe) for a job involving a rival's heir, Cobb marshals a team of specialists that includes his right-hand man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an architecture student (Ellen Page) and a chemist (Dileep Rao).

Invictus (2009)
This drama based on real-life events tells the story of what happened after the end of apartheid when newly elected President Nelson Mandela used the 1995 World Cup rugby matches to unite his people in South Africa.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Loved this movie! Really enjoyed the music, dance and all the creative costumes. Katy can be a bit outlandish but never vulgar or degraded; her message is fun and her goal is making people smile. This was basically a documentary about Katy so the audience was able to gain insights into her entire life. She worked very hard to get where she is today.

Kinky Boots (2005)
This is a great flick! Funny and warm, romantic and sweet, full of honor and tests of loyalty, bravery and personal integrity. We really enjoyed it.
IMDB: A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.

Leon: The Professional (1994)
This movie is now a classic! We've seen it a few times over the years and it's still a really good movie. If you like Natalie Portman, this is her very first movie role (at age 11) and she does a great job.
Netflix: Leon (Jean Reno), the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner." But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent (Gary Oldman), he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon's footsteps. Luc Besson directs this gritty and unflinching actioner.

Like Water for Chocolate (1992) (Spanish)
Interesting theme- her cooking evokes all kinds of emotions in people. A visual feast for the senses.
Netflix: Passionate Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is in love with Pedro (Marco Leonardi), but her controlling mother (Regina Torné) forbids her from marrying him. So when Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking -- and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares. A feast for the senses, this magical romance from director Alfonso Arau was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe.

Little Mosque on The Prairie (2007-2012) TV Series
A delightful series! It was created by a woman and it gave me a very, very different outlook on the Muslim society. It's very light and delightfully humorous. Wonderfully acted too!

Man of Steel (2013)
We went to see "Man of Steel" and thoroughly enjoyed it – a lot of action and special effects. Additionally, it fills in the details of the circumstances of the nascent Superman character and his early days while growing up. See it!
IMDB: A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

Masterpiece Mystery!: Foyle's War (2002-2010) TV Series
British series about a detective in a small coastal town in England during WWII. Aside from the good detective stories, I really liked all of the filming done in the English countryside and the old manors, churches, estates, etc., not to mention the old motorcycles, cars and buses! Very Engaging.
Netflix: Crooks don't stop for anything -- not even war -- as veteran and now detective chief superintendent of the Hastings police force Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) discovers in this crime drama set in England during World War II. Stymied in his attempts to get closer to the action, Foyle soon learns there's plenty for him to do at home as he attempts to quell the criminal chaos that ensues as the war rages.

MI-5 (2002-2011) TV Series
A TV series from the BBC. It's terrific. You can watch all the past seasons on Netflix.
Netflix: This award-winning series dramatizes the professional exploits and personal lives of the "spooks" of the MI-5. No-nonsense head officer Harry Pearce guides a band of dedicated spies who risk their lives every day.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and others you will like/know. We loved this movie. Kind of a sleeper. I hadn't heard much about it. It was delightful, sweet, funny and a good story. Romantic and charming, We stayed interested all the way through.
IMDB: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. (Note: the young lovers are 12 years old - so don't know if the word lovers is exactly correct.)

Mr. Deeds (2002)
Although I normally don't like Adam Sandler, this was a funny movie and I really enjoyed it.
Netflix: While living in tiny Mandrake Falls, N.H., unassuming Longfellow Deeds suddenly inherits controlling interest in a media empire and must move to the Big Apple -- where a TV tabloid reporter and a company bigwig are waiting to pounce on him.

Mud (2012)
Despite its rather nondescript name, this is one of the all-time best movies I've seen. It's beautifully filmed and has a gritty, gothic feel of a small town in the deep South, but also the acting is top-notch and it manages to be sweet, hilarious, touching and suspenseful all at the same time. If you've ever wanted to just go see a movie you knew nothing about and enjoy it, this is it! I guarantee it.
IMDB: Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey.

Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
Another Australian gem! It is for Abba music fans - soundtrack and story line interwoven ... Actress Toni Colette shines in one of her earlier movies.
IMDB: Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date...

NCIS (2003 - ) TV Series
I've become quite fond of NCIS. The group and the ethical challenges they face are so engaging! The original show is on CBS but the past episodes - since 2003, are on USA channel, mini marathons several days a week.
Netflix: Solving major crimes within the Department of the Navy is the duty of a team of quirky experts led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). Based in Washington, D.C., the crew investigates complex cases of terrorism, murder, espionage and more. Gibbs is joined by an ex-homicide detective (Michael Weatherly), a goth forensics specialist (Pauley Perrette), an MIT computer whiz (Sean Murray) and a seasoned medical examiner (David McCallum).

Oblivion (2013)
Oblivion is one of the best science fiction movies to come along in a very long time. There are some very interesting and subtle points made throughout so it would be beneficial to be alert and have some “smarts” to begin with. There is also a splash of The Matrix there too, which is really neat. Oh yes, as an added bonus, Tom Cruise stars in it and delivers an outstanding performance. Go see it!
Netflix: High above a war-torn future Earth, Cmdr. Jack Harper is maintaining the planet's defensive drones when a crippled starship enters his territory. Its sole occupant, a mysterious woman, leads Harper to shocking truths about humankind's legacy.

On Golden Pond (1981)
Elderly, well known actors, Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. It was wonderful - a teen who's a brat but gets turned around. Spectacular photography.
Netflix: Henry Fonda -- in his final role -- plays peevish retired professor Norman Thayer, who's making his yearly excursion with his wife to their idyllic summerhouse. But a hostile teen left in their care short-circuits the couple's tranquility.

On the Shoulders of Giants (2011)
Awesome movie – Documentary
Netflix: Spotlighting the all-black Harlem Renaissance basketball squad -- aka the Harlem Rens -- this film documents the segregated world of pro hoops during the 1930s and follows the Rens on their way to becoming pro basketball's first world champions.

Once Upon A Time (2011) TV Series
Our childhood classic Fairy tales interwoven with modern day story lines-Quite entertaining. Good family fun.
Netflix: Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Carlyle star in this fantastical series that follows the travails of a young woman who is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it's filled with the mystical elements of the fairy tale world.

Out of Africa (1985)
Netflix: Hoping to forge a better life, Denmark native Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) enters into a marriage of convenience with a womanizing baron. But when the couple moves to Nairobi, Karen falls in love with a free-spirited hunter (Robert Redford) who can't be tied down. Director Sydney Pollack's lush period drama earned seven Academy Awards, including statues for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Oz, The Great and Powerful (2013)
What a big bunch of fun this was! It's based, of course, on the original Wizard of Oz story, but it's a prequel, bringing the not-so-great-and-powerful wizard to Oz. The storyline is fun, if a bit predictable. It's well-written, and the actresses who play the witches of Oz are terrific. This is a family movie, although little ones might find some scary moments scattered here and there. Highly recommended.
Netflix: In this prequel to The Wizard of Oz, circus magician Oscar Diggs is magically transported to the Land of Oz, where he deals with three witches and uses his illusionist skills and resourcefulness to become the wizard the residents have been expecting.

Potiche (2010)
REally liked this one! Plus, Catherine Deneuve is one of my favorite French actresses.
IMDB: When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader.

Promised Land (2012)
Great story with good performances by Matt Damon and Frances McDormand
Netflix: Taking advantage of hard economic times, two salespeople for a natural gas company come to a small town to buy drilling rights from the residents. To their surprise, a local schoolteacher mobilizes a campaign aimed at blocking the company's plans.

Robin Hood (2010)
We love this movie! It's the story of how Robin became Robin Hood and it's an awesome, grand movie to behold - think Gladiator (same director and leading man).
Netflix: When Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in this big-budget twist on the classic tale. There, Robin assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow; and draws the ire of the town sheriff. Directed by Ridley Scott, with Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow

Safe House (2012)
Really enjoyed it! Good story, so many twists and turns and surprises I was interested from beginning to end. Good action. And I loved the ending.
Killer Reviews: Matt Weston ('Ryan Reynolds' ) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
I enjoyed this indy movie. I liked the story and the laid back nature of it, despite being about a slightly mad man who is building a machine to go back in time. Two misfits (actually four) and how they work things out.
Netflix: A team of journalists are dispatched to find out who's behind a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel, with payment on return. After tracking down their oddball prey, the team has to decide how best to approach their subject.

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
True story, worth watching to see one man's influence on a political situation. And he didn't even know about it. The story of a musician but also a poet.
Netflix: Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the commercial failure of his two critically praised records in the 1970s, two fans from South Africa, where Rodriguez was a huge hit, try to track down their idol.

Sneakers (1992)
An oldie but goodie - We loved it all over again.
Netflix: When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his offbeat team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking "black box" from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a big conspiracy in this gripping thriller.

Special Forces (2011)
This has a high body count, so you have to like war movies. Good story from a French point of view and all the good stuff like honor, persistence, loyalty, camraderie, and of course, survival.
Netflix: While covering the war in Afghanistan, journalist Elsa Casanova is kidnapped by the Taliban and faces execution, and the Special Forces unit sent to rescue her ends up in a life-or-death chase of their own.

Star Trek - Into Darkness (2013)
Excellent! We loved it. Definitely one of my favorites!
IMDB: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

The Alamo Documentary (2004)
Docu-drama, and well done, on what happened. The DVD I got also has footage on how the movie was put together, the technology of it, how huge it was to do regarding the amount of actors, etc.
Netflix: Texas's pivotal battle for independence from Mexico comes blazingly to life courtesy of John Wayne (who also directs) as Davy Crockett. Col. William Travis (Laurence Harvey) and famous knife-fighter Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) join the Tennessee frontiersman in the crumbling Spanish mission. The final attack and rousing defense in one of history's most epic last stands rank among Hollywood's finest battle set pieces.

The Big Year (2011)
Another one based on a true story (a non-fiction book!!). We really enjoyed this one. It's really funny and interesting, especially if you like or have any interest in birds.
Netflix: inspired by Mark Obmascik's nonfiction book of the same name, this high-flying comedy concerns a trio of competitive bird watchers who vow to win a contest by spotting and recording as many avian species as humanly possible.

The Black Stallion (1979)
As a kid, I'd read all of the books on this line. The aesthetics of this movie, the attention to detail, the tenderness, and the watching a child play with a large animal are just wonderful.
Netflix: This adaptation of the classic children's book follows a boy named Alec and his stunning horse from a shipwreck to the racetrack. A trainer encourages Alec to race with the stallion after the boy and his horse are rescued from a deserted island.

The Butler (2013)
A really wonderful and disturbing vision of our history of racial prejudice and violence, set against a fascinating view of one man's history working in the White House for 8 Presidents. I saw it once and I know I'll be seeing it again more than once. I think it's an important film.

The juxtaposition running through the film, of the "good" black whose life work is to serves whites, versus his son who is determined to fight for change and is consistently on the "wrong" side of the law as a result, is very interesting, particularly for what happens to these two distinct points of view as the movie progresses.

The Decoy Bride (2011)
A funny romantic-comedy with beautiful scenery in Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Netflix: When Hollywood actress Lara Tyler travels to a tiny Scottish island to get married, the paparazzi follow her, prompting her to flee in frustration. To dupe the press, her handlers stage fake nuptials and hire a local girl to play the bride.

The Dish (2000)
It is a true story about a huge satellite dish in the middle of a sheep field in Australia, the purpose of which was to broadcast the US's first moonwalk to that hemisphere on television. Very funny.
Netflix: A village in Australia is thrust into the spotlight when NASA employs a satellite dish to serve as a transmitter for the Apollo 11 moon mission. But when the dish gets out of range, it's up to the Aussies to ensure that the mission is broadcast.

The Four Feathers (2002)
A movie based on loyalty and honor. A British Empire war movie with a great theme.
Netflix: In Victorian-era Sudan, British officer Harry Faversham resigns right before a battle against Mahdi rebels, prompting his fiancée and friends to brand him a coward. Little do they know he's going undercover for a chance to redeem himself.

The Girls In The Band (2011)
This film is BRILLIANT! It reveals a world previously unknown to me and in the process, allowed me to appreciate what these gifted women did just to play the music they loved. The audience was on their feet at the end - This is a must-see film! Very Highly Recommended!
IMDB: In the world of jazz, women have long been marginalized as singers or piano players. Little has ever been documented about the enormously talented female brass players, saxophonists and drummers who struggled for recognition but were cut off from any meaningful employment by men who didn’t want women on their bandstands. This film traces the history of the all-girl bands and the struggles of the handful who broke through the male bastions, and brings us into the present day, where brilliantly gifted young women are going toe-to-toe with the finest jazz musicians of their day.

The Ghost and The Darkness (1996)
Netflix: While working for a railroad baron in colonial Uganda, engineer John Patterson finds his construction efforts stymied by a series of lion attacks. Grizzled hunter Charles Remington is called in to head the desperate effort to kill the animals.
Cast: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani, Bernard Hill, Brian McCardie, Emily Mortimer, Om Puri

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) & the sequel (1989)
Totally charming and great comparison of living simple vs the stupidity we engage in for our day to day living.
Netflix: (The original) - 1980: Three vignettes highlight the surreal in this cult comedy, including a tale about a Coke bottle that falls from the sky and becomes a one-of-a-kind object coveted by everyone in a small African village.
Netflix: (The sequel) - N!xau is back in this sequel to the 1980 cult hit, and this time, an even stranger turn of events -- stranger than a Coke bottle -- leads him to an unexpected run-in with the world beyond his African village. While hunting in the desert, N!xau discovers that his children have been abducted by elephant poachers and vows to find them. But he's forced to save the day (again) when he meets transplanted New Yorkers and soldiers who've lost their way.

The Heat (2013)
Wonderful and extremely funny. We'd see it again in a heartbeat.
IMDB: An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. With Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008)
A suspense thriller about the death of a billionaire and those who are trying to usurp his power and money with the heir being shafted at every turn. He's smart, trying to outwit the guys taking it from him. That's the game. Good flick. It has subtitles when they don't speak English which is about 35 to 40% of the time.
Netflix: When a billionaire suddenly dies, his corporation passes to his free-spirited son, Largo, who's languishing in a South American jail on phony charges. Now Largo must battle corrupt cops, corporate raiders and his own ambivalence about his new wealth.

The Intouchables (2011)
This is a wonderful movie. We thoroughly enjoyed it. A little gritty, humorous, and it was delightful to see how the caregiver, through his spirit of play and lack of pity was able to help his employer and, subsequently, enable him to entirely change his life. Definitely worth seeing, even though it is in subtitles.
Netflix: Based on a true story, a quadraplegic aristocrat's world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good humored ex-con as his caretaker. This unlikely duo overcomes adversity of every flavor as they shatter preconceptions of love, life and each other.

The Last King of Scotland (2006)
An interesting bio-pic about honor and loyalty. We really liked it. Forest Whitaker won Best Actor Oscar for his role as Idi Amin.
Netflix: During a medical mission in the 1970s, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan impresses Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and becomes the dictator's personal physician. Garrigan enjoys the perks of his new position, until he becomes aware of Amin's inhumanity.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)
TV production based on the famous book series.
Netflix: Precious Ramotswe plies her trade as a private investigator in Botswana, uncovering corruption and malfeasance with the help of auto repair shop proprietor Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and a preternaturally gifted typist named Mma Makutsi.
Cast: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube, Thabo Malema,

The Power of One (1992)
Netflix: Tormented by racist bullies in boarding school, a white South African orphan named P.K. is sent to live with Doc (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a friend of his grandfather. There, the boy befriends a political prisoner (Morgan Freeman) who teaches him how to box. After years of witnessing injustice all around him, P.K. (Stephen Dorff) -- now 18 -- unites with a former boxing adversary (Alois Moyo) to fight the uphill struggle against apartheid.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Stephen Dorff, John Gielgud, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Fay Masterson,

The Sapphires (2012)
This is a really good movie! A feel good, inspiring, romantic, heart-wrenching, funny movie with a really happy ending too ~ It's based on a true story and one of the bonus features on the DVD is meeting the actual people.
Netflix: The spirit and vitality of 1960s soul music are at the core of this film about a real-life Australian aborigine singing group and their bumpy career. Three sisters and a cousin are brought together as the Sapphires by a talent scout with a plan.

The Secret of Roan Inish (1993)
The magical tale of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life. Stunning scenery.. magical and feel-good.
Netflix: When 10-year-old Fiona (Jeni Courtney) learns how her ancestors came to leave the island of the seals, Roan Inish, she discovers there may be magic afoot in her family tree, in writer-director John Sayles' (Limbo, Lone Star) fable for all ages. This Celtic fairy tale -- about folkloric, aquatic creatures that are half human and half seal -- includes breathtaking images of Ireland's coastline and full commentary by Sayles.

The Straight Story (1999)
The Straight Story - about this old geezer who decided it was time to re-connect up with his brother - he wasn't able to drive a car so he got a seated lawn mower and hooked it up to a home-made wooden box for his sleeping and carrying of his needed stuff. He "drove" from Iowa to Wisconsin in this contraption and his experiences along the way are a treat to behold! It is a true story and a delight.

The Three Musketeers (2011)
Great fun!
IMDB: The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

The Tourist (2010)
OMG, what a FABULOUS movie!!! If you like intrigue and action you will LOVE this movie. Angelina is great in this role and Johnny Depp is incredible.
Netflix: "Watery Venice, Italy, provides the setting as Johnny Depp, playing an American tourist seeking solace for his shattered heart, instead finds it in danger again after encountering a beautiful Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie). Little does the Yank know that the artful lady has gone to great lengths...." (the synopsis gives away too much, so I ended it here. Just see it! The film earned Golden Globe nods for Depp and Jolie.

The Trouble With Harry (1955)
This is one of Hitchcock's two comedies. It's an oldie -- it debuts Shirley MacLaine. A stranger in a New England town, Harry, is found dead at the beginning of the film and won't stay buried. It's billed as a dark comedy.
Netflix: Alfred Hitchcock's second American comedy demonstrates the director's flair for gallows humor. The trouble with Harry is ... he's "expired," and the residents of a quaint New England tourist spot just can't seem to get rid of him. Shirley MacLaine makes her film debut, and that's Jerry Mathers (the Beave himself) as the bewildered boy. See if you can spot Hitchcock in his customary cameo (hint: he's strolling past a limo).

The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)
Beautiful scenery in Provence.. A feel good love story . Old fashioned family values and morals. A French movie with English subtitles.
Netflix: Pascale, a widowed laborer, lives in Provence, raising five daughters alone until his eldest daughter returns home to help care for her sisters. But a young pilot and the approaching shadow of World War I change Pascale's hopes for the future.

This Must Be The Place (2011)
This was an unusual film that I had trouble getting into at first, but ten minutes in, I was hooked. I doubt you've ever seen Sean Penn in such a role.
Netflix: Armed with new knowledge that his estranged Jewish father suffered
mercilessly at the hands of a sadistic SS officer in the 1940s, a
now-retired rock star travels to America, where the ex-Nazi war criminal
remains alive.
Cast:Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten, Eve Hewson

Total Recall (2012)
This remake of Total Recall is much closer to the Philip K. Dick short story than the original movie was. Good movie!
Netflix: Bursting with mind-blowing action sequences and spectacular visual effects, Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man on the run after a mind-bending procedure at Rekall goes horribly wrong. Co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1998)
My whole family, grandma and all, went to see this. My dad had considered getting a Tucker dealership back in the day. Good story line of building a company, being better than the others, higher-level ideas, and the hardships and stops in the way. True - documentary-drama. Well done.

Two Guns (2013)
This is a comedy/action flick. Really good. Lots of fun, comedy, guns, car crashes and a good story. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg were great together.
IMDB: A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance.

Waking Ned Divine (1998)
Another very funny British movie
IMDB: When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

Warehouse 13 (2009 - ) TV Series
Not your ordinary TV Series- touches on the para-normal and sci-fi.. Interesting and entertaining.
Netflix: Stored deep within the bowels of a South Dakota warehouse is a treasure trove of supernatural objects collected by the U.S. government -- and it's the job of Secret Service agents Myka Bering and Peter Lattimer to find those that have disappeared.

We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Very enjoyable feel-good movie based on a true story. Really good cast and a sweet, entertaining story.
Netflix: In this adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir about buying and saving a run-down zoo, the locale shifts from Britain to southern California. However, the wacky spirit of the original is retained, complete with escaped tigers and a zoo crew of misfits.

White Collar (2009 - ) TV series
We're enjoying this series - Clever, well written, no nasty, bloody violence and no dysfunction! The characters are very likable and the relationships depicted are friendly and healthy - what a change!
Netflix: Ultra-suave forger and con man Neal Caffrey (Matthew Bomer) always dresses impeccably, even when he's prison-bound after FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) captures him. To avoid jail, Neal signs on to help Peter catch other white-collar thieves but conceals an ulterior motive. Aided by squirrely pal Mozzie (Willie Garson), Neal searches for his missing girlfriend while using high-tech gadgets and old-fashioned charm to nab bad guys with Peter.
 

That's it for this edition!

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