Here's a nice big list of recommended movies - Both current and DVD movies so you can fill up your viewing list or go out and enjoy the movie theater.
MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS - Autumn 2010
Cemetery Junction (2010)
An excellent movie from the acting, to the humor to the touching and real view of life in England in the 70s -- it's a wonderful film.
Netflix: Taking a new job to escape a bleak existence as a working-class stiff in a small English town, Freddie Taylor (Christian Cooke) gets ensconced in more drama than he bargained for when he runs into his old flame, Julie (Felicity Jones). Now Freddie and his mates, Bruce (Tom Hughes) and Snork (Jack Doolan), must navigate the consequences of the lovely lady's unexpected reappearance. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant direct this inspired comedy.
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
I just watched this again - Great Steve Martin movie and a personal favorite.
Netflix: Gumshoe Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) takes on the case of a missing cheese maker/scientist when the man's shapely daughter, Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward), hires the detective to investigate. In this film-noir spoof directed by Carl Reiner, Reardon interacts with a host of Tinseltown legends -- including Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner and Joan Crawford -- in clips intercut from vintage detective films.
After the Fox (1966)
This is a light-hearted comedy with a clever script and good acting. The surprise ending really made us laugh.
Netflix: More than $3 million in gold bullion is bound for Italy from Cairo, Egypt, and con man Aldo Vanucci (Peter Sellers) knows just how to pilfer it: masquerade as a flamboyant director filming a movie about a gold heist. Victor Mature is a self-mocking delight as a narcissistic Hollywood has-been. This 1966 comedy's pedigree boasts a screenplay by Neil Simon, direction by Oscar-winner Vittorio De Sica and a score by pop maestro Burt Bacharach.
Out of Africa (1985)
A very beautiful movie.
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.
50 First Dates (2004)
This might be a total chick flick. Some very odd characters in the movie, but the overall message is pretty cool: an amazing create everyday of their lives on thiier relationship.
Netflix: Henry (Adam Sandler) is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again … and again, and again. That's because the delightful Lucy has no short-term memory, so Henry must woo her day after day until he finally sweeps her off her feet. Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd and Rob Schneider co-star.
Date Night ((2010) (2 Votes)
I didn't have a lot of interest in seeing this movie but I’,m glad I did! Very entertaining and many laugh-out-loud moments- HILARIOUS about sums it up. :-) I laughed so hard my sides hurt.
NetFlix: Who knew simple dinner reservations under a different name could turn one New Jersey couple's date night so terribly upside-down? Claire (Tina Fey) and Phil (Steve Carell) Foster leave their kids with the sitter and head out for a night on the town -- as the Tripplehorns. Shawn Levy (Just Married, Night at the Museum) directs this action-comedy; Mark Wahlberg and James Franco co-star.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
After seeing this movie, I was completely done with movies forever... Ok, that lasted a week, but the point is sometimes something is just so completely perfect that nothing else exists and that's that! The Making Of feature on the DVD is incredibly moving and very worth watching also!
Netflix: Australia's aboriginal integration program of the 1930s broke countless hearts -- among them, those of young Molly (Evelyn Sampi), Gracie (Laura Monaghan) and Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), who were torn from their families and placed in an abusive orphanage. Without food or water, the girls resolve to make the 1,500-mile trek home. Meanwhile, a well-intentioned tracker is trying to return the girls to the authorities.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
An interesting and romantic encounter with death personified.
Netflix: When the grim reaper (Brad Pitt) comes to collect the soul of mega-mogul Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a vacation among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe Black, Death begins taking part in Parrish's daily agenda and falls in love with the man's daughter (Claire Forlani). Yet when Black's holiday is over, so is Parrish's life.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
I bawl my eyes out every time I watch this and I’ve seen 15 times...
Netflix: Robin Williams plays Chris Nielson, a kind of everyman who dies in a car accident and goes straight to heaven. Overcome with grief, his wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra), commits suicide and ends up in slightly warmer climes. Undeterred, Nielson embarks on an epic journey to hell (assisted by angelic Cuba Gooding Jr.) to find his despairing wife. Lush special effects will make this movie resonate in your own dreams.
Shadows in the Sun (2005)
(HAVE TO SEE) 2 very different men with the same passion help each other in the most unexpected ways. Staged in pictorial Italian country side.
Netflix: On a pilgrimage to Italy to find Weldon Parish (Harvey Keitel), his literary idol, a budding young writer named Jeremy (Joshua Jackson) finds exactly what he's looking for -- and then some. But a funny thing happens while Weldon's encouraging Jeremy to expand his worldview: He finds his protégé has something to say, too. Claire Forlani co-stars as Weldon's daughter Isabella, who takes an unabashed interest in her father's admirer.
This incredible movie won a load of Oscars and deserved every one of them!
Netflix: This awe-inspiring biopic about Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) -- the diminutive lawyer who stood up against British rule in India and became an international symbol of nonviolence and understanding -- brilliantly underscores the difference one person can make. Epic and unforgettable, the film swept the 1983 Oscars, winning eight awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Kingsley), Best Screenplay and Best Director (Richard Attenborough).
La Cage aux Folles (1979)
Well worth watching the subtitled French version as opposed to the American remake with Robin Williams which was disappointing). Two colorful homosexuals in the south of France have to deal with their son's in-laws to be. Hysterical!
Netflix: After son Laurent (Rémi Laurent) turns up and announces his impending nuptials, transvestite-nightclub owner Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and his drag-queen star attraction, Albin (Michel Serrault), agree to keep their gay lifestyle under wraps for the benefit of the bride-to-be's ultraconservative parents. When the prospective in-laws come to dinner, Renato and Albin masquerade as a straight, married couple -- with farcical results.
August Rush (2007) (One of the MOST recommended movies)
The story of an orphan music genius child who is on a quest to find his parents.
Netflix: After cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) and guitarist Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) share an enchanted night together, circumstances rip them apart, and the child (Freddie Highmore) produced by the union is raised by an opportunistic stranger (Robin Williams) who nurtures the boy's musical talent. Determined to find his parents, the boy -- known as August Rush -- relies on music to draw his mother and father to him. Terrence Howard co-stars.
A very enjoyable movie. My husband didn't think he would like it, but he did.
Netflix: An Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) hauls in an unexpected catch when a mysterious girl (Alicja Bachleda) gets tangled in his nets and soon affects the lives of everyone around her in this fantastical seaside tale from director Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire). Is it possible this beautiful stranger is a mythical sea nymph who's been summoned from the ocean's depths ... or is she something far more common?
In America (2002)
A story about a young Irish couple with two kids who move to New York. It is based on a true story. The two little girls are really good.
Netflix: With their two daughters in tow, Johnny (Paddy Considine) and Sarah (Samantha Morton) leave Ireland and head to New York so Johnny can pursue an acting career. What follows is a series of adventures, both comical and terrifying, as they struggle to make the most of their new life. Academy Award-winning director Jim Sheridan brings authenticity and grit to this heartwarming drama about an Irish family starting anew in early-1980s America.
We recently re-watched a Steve Martin comedy, Bowfinger, and it still made us laugh out loud. I recommend it highly.
Netflix: Lame producer Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) has a script that's brimming with possibilities, and dreams of making his first big hit. The catch? To get seed money to produce the film, it must feature Hollywood's leading box-office star, Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy). Of course, Kit would never be in such a disaster, so Bobby and his cast of misfits -- including Kit's brother (Murphy in a dual role) -- trick Kit into unknowingly starring in the film.
Cold Mountain (2003)
This was a great movie with excellent acting - A really good story.
Netflix: Anthony Minghella directs this epic tale of love and loss based on the best-selling book of the same name (and, in part, on Homer's The Odyssey) about a wounded Civil War soldier (Jude Law) making a long, treacherous journey to his home in Cold Mountain, N.C. All the while, his faraway love (Nicole Kidman) fights for her own sanity and survival on her father's farm with help from a brave young drifter (Renee Zellweger, in an Oscar-winning role).
Imagine That (2009)
This has Eddie Murphy doing what he does best - being extremely funny. A very good family movie.
Netflix: Work problems are piling up for financial exec Evan (Eddie Murphy), and his ruthless rival (Thomas Haden Church), greedy boss (Ronny Cox) and touchy-feely best (DeRay Davis) friend aren't helping matters. But when Evan discovers a pathway to his daughter's imaginary world, he starts finding some solutions. Nicole Ari Parker co-stars as Evan's estranged wife in this inventive family comedy from Over the Hedge director Karey Kirkpatrick.
Just saw this last night and it's got lots of action and plenty of twists and turns. Very entertaining and fast paced, although a little on the long side.
Netflix: Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) cuts a deal with Saito (Ken Watanabe) and agrees to use his ability to enter people's dreams for a special assignment involving business titan Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy). Along for the labyrinth-infused ride is Cobb's new mind architect, Ariadne (Ellen Page). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger and Dileep Rao also star in this sci-fi thriller from writer-director Christopher Nolan.
This is a classic by Werner Herzog about a man who has a vision to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle. This role is played excellently by Klaus Kinski and is a great story about not giving up on your dream.
Netflix: Klaus Kinski's manic intensity lends itself perfectly to the role of obsessive genius Fitzcarraldo, a rubber baron intent on building an opera house deep within the Peruvian jungle, in this film from Werner Herzog. Capturing both the enormity of the jungle and the human spirit, the film finds cast and crew hauling a steamship over a mountain to achieve their mad goal. For his efforts, Herzog earned Best Director laurels at Cannes Film Festival.
Le Diner de Cons (The Dinner Game) (1998)
I have yet to watch the American remake that just came out, which I think is called "Dinner for Schmucks". This one is an hysterical French comedy well worth watching in sub-titles.
Netflix: Writer-director Francis Veber's clever comedy shadows a group of French intellectuals who gather each Wednesday night for a dinner game, in which the challenge is to bring along the most idiotic guest. Pierre (Thierry Lhermitte) thinks he's found a ringer in François (Jacques Villeret), a civil servant whose passion is making architectural models out of matchsticks. But Pierre gets more than he bargained for when François becomes his houseguest.
The Matrix (1999)
Great story, incredibly well done using some very new and innovative (at the time) technology.
Netflix: In this complex story that aspires to mythology, a computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He finds his answer with a group of strangers led by the charismatic Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). What they encounter in confronting that truth makes for a lightning-paced, eye-popping thrill ride of a movie that cleverly combines sociopolitical commentary with cutting-edge special effects.
City Island (2009)
Much better than I anticipated. Very funny. Some really great comical scenes. Secrets, lies, mis-communication, love, and most of all, family.
IMDB: The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
The Back-Up Plan (2010)
Light fluff and every enjoyable in between blood and guts movies!!! Humorous and romantic.
Netflix: When Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) tires of looking for Mr. Right, she decides to have a baby on her own. But on the day she's artificially inseminated, she meets Stan, who seems to be just who she's been searching for all her life. Now, Zoe has to figure out how to make her two life's dreams fit with each other. Alan Poul directs this hilarious, heartfelt tale of confusion, confession and romantic slapstick.
Believe in Me (2006)
I thought, ok another sports movie, etc. It was very good and different. And it is based on a true story which makes it even better.
Netflix: After accepting a job to coach high school basketball, Clay Driscoll (Jeffrey Donovan) is disappointed to discover he's been assigned to the girls' team. But the harder he works his female players, the more he sees that they're just as capable of greatness. Samantha Mathis and Bruce Dern co-star in this small-town sports drama based on the true story of an Oklahoma coach who led his team to the state championships in the 1960s.
Going the Distance (2010)
It was great! My daughter and I went to the Drive-In to see it. It's a laugh out loud movie for sure.
Netflix: New couple Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) don't want their summer fling to end, but Erin must move across the country to finish school. As the bicoastal lovers try to keep their relationship going, they experience the tricky challenges of living long-distance. Directed by established documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture), this romantic comedy also stars Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston.
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This is a long-time top 10 for both of us - We just rewatched it after maybe 7 years and loved it all over again! Based on a Steven King story, it bombed at the box office and went on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards. It's now considered amongst the best movies ever made by those who poll and keep lists of that sort of thing... Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life has a similar bad flick/good flick history.
Netflix: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden (Bob Gunton). During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman) -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
Bernard and Doris (2007)
Netflix: Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes star in this Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated tale inspired by the life of billionaire heiress Doris Duke, which speculates on the relationship between Duke and her gay butler, Bernard Lafferty, whom she left in charge of her fortune. Newly sober, Lafferty (Fiennes) finds domestic work with the demanding and eccentric Duke (Sarandon). And in six short years, the two opposites forge a bond deeper than anyone would comprehend.
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Netflix: The seemingly stable Travis family crumbles when one of the children kills himself in this wrenching drama about long-buried secrets and lies, and ties that bind too tightly. Soon after the tragedy, patriarch Ben (Jeff Daniels) distances himself from everyone else, intent on coping with his pain alone; his wife, Sandy (Sigrouney Weaver), turns to pot for release and escape; and their restless son, Tim (Emile Hirsch), longs to be elsewhere.
Edge of Darkness (2009)
There are a bunch of very bad guys in this movie, who get their just rewards before it is over. And a very spiritual theme running through it that resurfaces toward the end in a very nice way. We weren't sure we'd like it from the trailer, as we are getting a bit tired of shoot-em-ups and such, but it was a very enjoyable movie which we highly recommend.
Netflix: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's (Bojana Novakovic) killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to uncover the disturbing secrets surrounding her murder, including corporate corruption, government collusion and Emma's own mysterious life.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006) (Much recommended!)
I really enjoyed this movie!
Netflix: With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Despite discouragement from her mother (Angela Bassett), Akeelah gets support from her bookish tutor (Laurence Fishburne), her principal (Curtis Armstrong) and proud members of her community.
The Ladykillers (2004)
Tom Hanks does a wonderful job with his roll in this crime/comedy. The Coen brothers directed & co-wrote it. Not funny ha-ha, but funny in the plot twist.
IMDB Plot: An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.
Simon Birch (1998)
A story about believing in yourself and being true to yourself.
IMDB Plot: Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen.
Rain Man (1988)
A great story and one of Tom Cruise's and Dustin Hoffman's best performances.
Netflix: Fast-talking yuppie Charlie Babbitt is forced to slow down when he meets a brother he never knew he had, an autistic savant named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman, in an Oscar-winning role) who's spent most of his life in an institution. When their wealthy father dies, leaving everything to Raymond, Charlie takes his unusually gifted older brother on a life-changing cross-country odyssey that neither is likely to forget.
Monsters Inc. (2001)
If you've ever (as in ever in your whole life...) been scared by what might be lurking in the closet or under the bed, you will appreciate this clever turn and viewpoint of the other side of things. A very sweet and funny animated movie that's not just for kids.
Netflix: Pixar pitches another computer-animated classic with this family-friendly tale about the professional scarers of Monsters, Inc., who sneak into children's bedrooms at night to elicit screams that they convert into energy to run their world. Life is fine for top scarer Sulley (John Goodman) and his assistant, Mike (Billy Crystal), until a little girl named Boo accidentally finds her way into the monster world -- and into Sulley's heart.
A sumptuous and winderful movie!
Netflix: F. Murray Abraham earned a Best Actor Oscar for his imperious performance as Antonio Salieri, a mediocre composer whose churlish young rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), wins immortality with his musical genius. Not happy to see his talent eclipsed, Salieri dons a disguise and deviously plots revenge, obsessed with muffling Mozart's maddening laughter. Milos Forman's masterful drama also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
The Illusionist (2006) (Much recommended!)
Magical and enthralling from beginning to end. A most unexpected ending.
Netflix: With his eye on a lovely aristocrat (Jessica Biel), a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim (Edward Norton) uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince (Rufus Sewell). But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged inspector (Paul Giamatti). Set in early 1900s Vienna, this lush period drama from writer-director Neil Burger earned an Oscar nod for Best Cinematography.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)
One of my favorite stories of all time. The captivating story of an innocent man who was unjustly sent to rot in France's worst nightmare of a prison by his best friend and his subsequent revenge. Delightful.
Netflix: Gerard Depardieu stars as the French sailor Edmond Dantes in this faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure tale. Wrongly imprisoned in the formidable Château d'If for 18 years, Dantes learns of buried treasure from a fellow inmate. After pulling off an ingenious escape, Dantes finds the loot, assumes a new identity as a count and sets out to get revenge on those who betrayed him. Ornella Muti and Jean Rochefort co-star.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
The story of an evil King of France and how he was overthrown by the four Musketeers and his twin brother.
Netflix: Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis (Jeremy Irons), Athos (John Malkovich) and Porthos (Gerard Depardieu), have fought together with their friend, D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne). But with the tyrannical King Louis (Leonardo DiCaprio) using his power to wreak havoc in the kingdom while his twin brother, Philippe (also DiCaprio), remains imprisoned, the Musketeers reunite to abduct Louis and replace him with Philippe.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
A musical orgasm :-)
Netflix: Director Joel Schumacher brings Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical to the big screen. Gerard Butler stars as the disfigured, reclusive genius who roams beneath the Paris Opera and takes budding star Christine (Emmy Rossum) under his wing. But as he falls for her, she finds love with handsome Raoul (Patrick Wilson). Enraged, the Phantom nearly kills Christine, but soon refocuses his efforts on expressing his love -- and humanity -- through music.
Beautiful horse story of courage and perseverance against all odds.
Netflix: Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen), reputed to be one of the best riders of the Wild West, gets his chance to prove his talent when an affluent sheik invites him to join one of the most outrageous and grueling races of all: a 3,000-mile trek across the Arabian Desert. Previously, the event was open only to those who ride Arabian horses. But now Hopkins is allowed to join the fray with his faithful mustang, Hidalgo.
Notting Hill (1999)
Netflix: A chance encounter brings together reserved bookstore owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) and Hollywood icon Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), who forge an improbable romance until Anna's mega-stardom begins whittling away at their relationship. Can their love overcome all the pretense -- and the flash of the paparazzi? Rhys Ifans co-stars in a scene-stealing turn as Spike, William's dim-bulb, bedraggled flatmate.
John Travolta as a sardonic angel.
Netflix: Two struggling tabloid reporters and an angel expert are sent by their boss to check out an old kook who claims to have an angel living with her. Sure enough, the guy's got wings, but he's also into smoking, drinking and womanizing. Unconvinced that Michael (John Travolta) is not an Earthly being, the reporters take him to Chicago, when Michael's unconventional methods begin to work heavenly magic. Director Nora Ephron also wrote the script.
From Paris with Love (2009)
John Travolta has some of the BEST lines ever :-)
Netflix: While working at the American embassy in Paris, low-level intelligence agent James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) gets involved in espionage when he's pulled into a terrorist plot by high-ranking but uncouth American operative Charlie Wax (John Travolta), who's trying to stop it. Pierre Morel directs this fast-paced international thriller with a script by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) and Adi Hasak. Richard Durden also stars.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
An Oscar-winning endearing story.
Netflix: When her gruff demeanor costs her yet another nanny position, desperate Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) wangles a job as the assistant of an aspiring American actress (Amy Adams) and soon gets swept up in a dizzying world of glamour and high society. Ciarán Hinds, Lee Pace, Shirley Henderson and Mark Strong also star in this charming 1930s-era comedy based on Winifred Watson's best-selling novel.
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Sort of a slow paced movie with lots of beautiful shots of various places. A nice movie to unwind with after a long day.
Netflix: Restless and young Elizabeth (Norah Jones) travels cross-country working a variety of waitressing jobs and connecting with an odd assortment of characters along the way, including policeman Arnie (David Strathairn), his unfaithful wife, Sue Lynne (Rachel Weisz), and a flighty young gambler (Natalie Portman). But Elizabeth realizes that her touchstone is Jeremy (Jude Law), the owner of a café she haunted back home in New York.
Ten Things I Hate About You (1999)
A nice teenage Romantic Comedy with some funny lines (Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles play great off of each other!) and some sweet moments. The movie was made in 1999 and so it escapes a lot of the sexual innuendos/situations that you find in most Romantic Comedies that were made after American Pie came out. The story: A remake of the classic Shakespare play The Taming of the Shrew set in a modern day high school.
Netflix: After learning that Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) is forbidden to date until man-hating older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) finds a beau, Bianca's would-be boyfriend hatches a plan: Pay moody school rebel Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to escort the churlish Kat around town. Larry Miller plays the siblings' overprotective dad in this witty farce that transplants William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to a contemporary Seattle high school.
We loved this film. It is very beautifully photographed. I marveled at Visconti’s use of light and dark to create dramatic effect. The acting is exquisite and there are some fantastic lines in the script. If you are interested in how the major families of the world helped mold history, this movie may fill in some gaps.
Netflix: Helmut Berger stars as Bavaria's notoriously mad king, Ludwig II, in Italian director Luchino Visconti's lavish biopic, which earned an Oscar nod for Best Costume Design. Set in the 19th century, the film follows the quirks of the eccentric Ludwig, who was so taken with German composer Richard Wagner's work that the sovereign became obsessed with building real-life fairy-tale castles in his kingdom. Trevor Howard plays the manipulative Wagner.
Love Story 2050 (2008)
This is one of the few Bollywood movies I have enjoyed. It has something for everyone – past lives, reincarnation, sci-fi, comedy, romance, drama, and some great dancing.
Netflix: Karan's (Harman Baweja) mad scientist Uncle Ya (Boman Irani) sends him and his girlfriend, Sana (Priyanka Chopra), to a futuristic Mumbai, complete with flying cars and talking robots, but their love may not survive the trip in this sci-fi Bollywood blockbuster. When the two lovers are separated, Karan must track down Sana and bring her back to the present -- but he's becoming involved with a mysterious woman from the future.
The Hoax (2006)
IMDB: Early in 1971, McGraw-Hill passes on Clifford Irving's new novel. He's desperate for money, so, against the backdrop of Nixon's reelection calculations, Irving claims he has Howard Hughes's cooperation to write Hughes's autobiography. With the help of friend Dick Suskind, Irving does research, lucks into a manuscript written by a long-time Hughes associate, and plays on corporate greed. He's quick-thinking and outrageously bold. Plus, he banks on Hughes's reluctance to enter the public eye. At the same time, he's trying to rebuild his marriage and deflect the allure of his one-time mistress, Nina Van Pallandt. Can he write a good book, take the money, and pull off the hoax?
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Netflix: Hoping to earn some extra cash during the Thanksgiving holiday, poor prep-school student Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell) agrees to look after blind -- and cantankerous -- Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Al Pacino, in a tour-de-force performance). Though the callow student and jaded colonel are mismatched, their relationship grows as Simms follows Slade around Manhattan on a string of wild escapades, and Slade is unmasked as a sentimental romantic.