“Hello. My name is LaVon H. and I am a Netflix addict.”
“Well, I guess it started um, ’bout 3 years ago. I got a mailer from Netflicks. It sounded too good to be true, instant movies online, movies delivered to your mailbox. And it doesn’t cost anything….huh? oh yeah, I know that it is not free…duh! It was free for two weeks and then you gotta pay. They take money out of my credit card (nervous laugh) and since I don’t see it, it’s almost like free…(uncomfortable pause accompanied by painful dry swallowing).”
OK, you get the idea,
I love movies. bad ones, good ones it doesn’t matter. If I have the power to watch it again, or fast forward through it, I will give it a try. Now before I go any further I must confess that I am not a connoisseur. There are many holes in my cinematic education. Frankly there are loads of classics that I have failed to see. And if I am put on the spot, director and actor names elude me without the help of IMBD online. I also tend to be 2 to 20 years behind what it is currently being played in the theater. And no, I’m not going to tell you what I haven’t seen is right now, because it’s possibly embarrassing, but I will share some recent movies (and one TV series) that made me love Netflicks even more!
This was recommended to me by the guard at our local library, Mr. G. (hey, the library can be a dangerous place!) The storyline centers around a stuntman in the 1920’s who is injured and during his hospital stay he befriends the precocious young Alexandria. I know, cute kids and dogs can either make a movie heart-warming or cause saccharin seizures, but this is an interesting story, at times very intense, told in a cinematically beautiful way. The young actress who plays the girl is so natural, though at time unintelligible.
Dirty, Filthy, Love (2004)
The recent detective series Monk put a human face for those struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This movie though categorized as a Romantic Comedy seriously explores mental illness. Dirty ,Filthy ,Love is about Mark (Micheal Sheen) who has OCD and Tourettes Syndrome and he hits bottom, professionally and personally There is some wonderful acting in this movie. Shirley Henderson aka Moaning Mrytle of the Harry Potter films makes a significant appearance. Sheen’s performance is funny, sad and sadly complex.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
I like Aaron Sorkin. More precisely, I like watching him hone his craft as a screenplay writer. Sport’s Night, The West Wing were predecessors to Studio 60 ; and if you are a Sorkin fan, it’s easy to recognize some of the themes, he enjoys working with: uber smart people who are incapable of dealing with the ordinary problems of day to day living, the dangers and downfalls of drug abuse, friendship and loyalty and of course witty repartee. Sadly this series only lasted a season, but the storyline, though rushed was wrapped up by the last episode.
Let the Right One In (2008)
Chicken butt is my middle name. That’s Ms. Chicken Butt to you just to be absolutely clear. I don’t watch horror movies. My mind knows that it’s pretend, but my over active imagination begs to differ. But this movie seduced me. Story line in a nutshell? 12 year old boy meets odd girl. Odd girl is a vampire. Blood ensues. But beyond blood there is an interesting relationship between the two. I heard about this film on NPR a while ago and figured that I was a “big girl” brave enough to see it. It is a Swedish film with sub titles which may drive some folk mad. Whether I am a big girl is still up for debate. I found the variety of vowels heard in the Swedish language to be terrifying.
And lastly, The Secret Life of Words (2005) This is a quiet, at times slow moving film about an oil rig worker who receives serious burns after a rig explosion. The movies follows his relationship with his crew mates and his nurse. Tim Robbins plays Josef the patient (quite charmingly, I may add)t and Sarah Polley is Hannah, his Yugoslavian nurse. Her performance is quite beautiful. In this role she reminds me of the intimacy of Meryl Streep’s performance in Sophie’s Choice
So there you are, hope you get a chance to see some of them. Enjoy em and comment and tell me what you think or better yet what you have been watching. Perhaps the next post will be favorite animated films of 2010?