MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS - Winter & Early Spring 2012
12 Feb 12 - By J. Ganz - TheRazzLine Compilation
Hello Movie Lovers! It's been a while since our last entry and we have quite a list to keep you entertained! We're adding TV series on DVD/streaming and there are some great recommendations to start us off at the end of this list~
Winter & Early Spring 2012
OMG...I like "intense" and this was over-the-top-intense! By the time it ended I practically needed a chiropractic adjustment! This is a thriller in every sense of the word and is full of unpredictable twists and turns. It’s not a movie for children as it does contain violence. If you like Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen, and intensity in your movies, you will like Derailed.
Netflix: Charles (Clive Owen), a successful ad exec and devoted family man, meets a sexy woman (Jennifer Aniston) on his morning commute. But their casual flirtation turns serious -- just not in the way either expected -- when a criminal pulls them into a dangerous plot. Now, with their lives thrown off-kilter, Charles and his paramour must turn the tables on the bad guys to save their families. Mikael Hafstrom directs.
Bride Flight (2008)
Netflix: Set in the 1950s, this lush epic centers on Ada, Marjorie and Esther, Dutch brides-to-be flying to New Zealand to take up married life. On the trip, they form a bond and meet a dashing cowboy who alters their lives in unseen ways.
The Green Lantern (2011) 2 Votes
I REALLY liked this movie. It’s sci-fi, far fetched and super hero phony, but the MESSAGE it gives is just awesome! The message is don’t give in to fear as that leads to evil and death. The best thing to do is to confront life, be courageous, choose the path that will improve most areas of your life, and NOT give in to fear! Best message I’ve seen in any film for a long time.
This film was spiritual and fun with a positive message at the end about one seeing all the good that lies within us and using that for a good purpose.
Netflix: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a brash, talented test pilot, is chosen by an alien force of warriors to become their representative on Earth and use his new powers as the Green Lantern to promote order and justice before conflict destroys his world. Despite being the first human to wear the ring that bestows his abilities, Hal must combat villain Parallax. Fellow pilot Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) aids Hal in his quest to save the galaxy.
The In-Laws (2003) (2nd Vote)
Netfix: In this "reimagining" of the comedy classic, daredevil secret agent and father of the groom Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas) gives conservative podiatrist and father of the bride Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks) a bad case of prenuptial jitters when they finally meet. The two men, who are soon to be matched as opposite fathers-in-law, become entangled in a secret adventure that takes them to South America just before the big wedding.
Queen to Play (2009)
It's about a hotel maid who gets intrigued by chess. It's a foreign movie but in English and one of the stars is Kevin Klein who is always good.
Netflix: Intrigued by a pair of vacationing lovers playing chess, hotel maid Hélène sets her sights on mastering the game. With some coaching from a doctor who employs her services, Hélène hones her chess skills and begins to notice big changes in her life.
Searching for Bobby Fisher (1993) (2nd Vote)
This also deals with chess but is a true story and the main character is a very young boy. Quite an amazing story.
Netflix: After watching speed chess in Washington Square Park, 7-year-old Josh Waitzken (Max Pomeranc) gets hooked on the game. Josh's father (solidly played by Joe Mantegna) learns that his son is a chess whiz and decides to hire an implacable chess master (Ben Kingsley) to coach the boy. When Josh is entered into high-stress competitions, what was once a pleasant hobby turns into a source of anxiety and indignation, forcing dad to reassess his decision.
The Emperor's Club (2002)
This is about a boarding school and a troubled young student.
Netflix: Based on Ethan Canin's short story The Palace Thief, the Emperor's Club traces the 30-year teacher-student mentor relationship between dedicated prep school teacher William (Kevin Kline) and troubled young Sedgewick (Emile Hirsch; Joel Gretsch plays him as an adult) who lives in the shadow of his senator father. When Sedgewick rebels, William sticks with him and helps him achieve great things, but the relationship is later tested. Rob Morrow co-stars.
As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me (2003)
A German movie about a war prisoner escaping from a Siberian labor camp and walking home.
Netflix: After escaping from a Siberian labor camp in the wake of World War II, German soldier Clemens Forell (Bernhard Bettermann) makes his way toward his wife and children, traveling more than 8,000 miles over the course of three long years to reach his final destination. Hardy Martins directs this critically acclaimed adaptation of the best-selling book by Josef Martin Bauer, a true story of survival and courage.
Stardust (2007) (7th Vote)
I know this has been recommended before, but it is a great movie to watch with the family. You have a true magical world, witches, unicorns, flight. This is a true fairytale for the ages. Beautifully shot, a perfect setting, and the special effects are so seamless as to go almost unnoticed. There is action, drama, love, swordplay, loyalty, betrayal, violence, magic with an underlying story of love and family.
Netflix: After promising the beautiful Victoria (Sienna Miller) that he'll retrieve a fallen star to secure her love, young Tristan (Charlie Cox) journeys to a magical world to win her heart in this charming fantasy based on Neil Gaiman's novel. Along the way, he battles a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro), an evil witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) and other assorted goblins and ghosts. Peter O'Toole, Claire Danes and Rupert Everett co-star.
A fun, visually wonderful ride through a classic story, told with interesting characters, good performances and lots of martial arts-type battles from beginning to end. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181795/ Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3866598425/
Red (2010) (2nd Vote)
Loved, loved, loved this movie and if you like action/adventure movies, you will too. Awesome cast. See it!
Netflix: After trading in his professional past as a black-ops CIA operative for a new identity, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is basking in normality. But he's forced to return to old habits when an assassin puts a target on his back and goes after the woman (Mary-Louise Parker) he loves. Helen Mirren and John Malkovich co-star as former members of Frank's team who reluctantly reassemble to save his life in this Golden Globe-nominated action-comedy.
The Concert (2009) (2nd Vote)
I just saw it and liked it!
Netflix: Golden Globe-nominated as Best Foreign Language Film, this uplifting comedy follows fallen Russian maestro Andrey Filipov (Aleksey Guskov), who seizes a chance to reunite his orchestra and reclaim his life 30 years after politics cut short his music career. After intercepting an invitation sent to the Bolshoi to perform at a Paris theater, Filipov gathers a ragtag band of ex-colleagues and a French violinist (Mélanie Laurent) to realize his dream.
Hot Shots! (1991)
This film is super hilarious. Practically every shot had us on the floor it was so funny. It is a farce of top gun, very well done.
Netflix: Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes star as hotshot flyboys (think Top Gun) in this hilarious spoof of some of Hollywood's legendary films (including Gone With the Wind) from director Jim Abrahams (Airplane!). Ace pilot Topper Harley (Sheen) is obsessed with living down his father's disastrous reputation and winning beautiful psychiatrist Ramada from professional and romantic rival Kent (Elwes) -- all while trying to carry out a vital military mission.
The Tourist (2010)
The Tourist is very good spy-thriller-suspense.
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 to arrange their "chance" meeting and is using him to trap a thief who happens to be her ex-lover. The film earned Golden Globe nods for Depp and Jolie.
Bottle Shock (2008)
An inspiring underdog story. If you are even remotely interested in wine, you'll enjoy this one! Based on actual events, the story and characters depicted put California on the map as a wine producer and changed the wine industry forever.
Netflix: France's position as the world's top wine producer went unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines on the map -- a story delightfully told in this full-bodied tale about the heady early days of Napa Valley's success. Bill Pullman, Chris Pine and Freddy Rodriguez star as the dreamers -- and drinkers -- who dared to challenge the establishment, with Alan Rickman hitting just the right note as a toffee-nosed sommelier.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) (5th Vote)
We liked it a lot! Plausible plot twists, good cast, great story!
Netflix: Tasked with defending rich lothario Louis Roulet, who's been charged with assault, lawyer Mick Haller finds himself and his family in danger when he deduces the truth behind this and former cases he's worked on.
The Way Back (2010)
Wow - we really enjoyed this one! It's based on a true story and has a wonderful cast including Colin Farrell and Ed Harris. Directed by Peter Weir (Master and Commander and loads of other movies you've seen and heard of...)
Netflix: After narrowly escaping from a wretched World War II Siberian labor camp, a small band of multinational soldiers desperately undertakes a harrowing journey to traverse Siberia, the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas on foot.
Marilyn Hotchkiss's Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)
We loved it! A sweet, romantic and inspiring story.
Netflix: Writer-director Randall Miller's heart-achingly sweet drama centers on the unsatisfying personal life of protagonist Frank Keane (Robert Carlyle), a sensitive baker who remains deeply despondent over his late wife's untimely death. When Frank helps a stranger (John Goodman) who's sidelined by a fatal accident on his way to a fateful reunion, he decides to show up for the rendezvous in the man's place. In the process, he finds hope and redemption.
Dangerous Beauty (1998) (3rd Vote)
Based on a true story - we enjoyed it a lot. Really well done script, costuming, art design and cinematography.
Netflix: Prevented from marrying her nobleman lover (Rufus Sewell) because of her commoner status, real-life historical heroine Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) is left with two choices: join a convent or become a courtesan. Following in mother's (Jacqueline Bisset) footsteps, she chooses the latter. Set in 16th-century Venice, this biographical drama follows Franco as she rises to power and fearlessly fights off accusations of witchcraft.
Get Low (2009) 2 votes
We liked this movie a lot more than we thought we would - so much that we're recommending it! A great story with a really good cast. It's a story of redemption and forgiveness with great examples of the power of honesty and coming clean.
2nd vote: We loved this one! After about 10 minutes we were "done" and almost switched to another movie, but it was just interesting enough to watch a little more and we're both glad we did! It's an awesome story about telling the truth.
Netflix: Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to tell the true story of irascible Felix Bush, a backwoods Tennessee loner who planned his funeral in 1938 while he was still around to attend -- and enjoy -- the proceedings. Director Aaron Schneider's deft blend of dark humor and poignancy also stars Bill Murray as Frank Quinn, the huckster owner of a failing funeral home, and Lucas Black as his dubious assistant.
Dare to Dream (2005)
We really enjoyed this - a very well done and interesting documentary.
Netflix: In the late 1980s, women's soccer was barely a blip on the radar of American sports. Then came five players, young women of exceptional skill and charisma. This documentary follows the careers of U.S. Women's National Team members Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Joy Fawcett as they parlayed a talent for the game into unprecedented fame and brought national attention to the sport.
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) (3 Votes)
Well, of course, there’s MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, GHOST PROTOCOL! Very exciting. Incredible action and stunts and very good story. Check out the behind-the-scenes stunts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_-blkp5MbQ
Netflix: Super-agent Ethan Hunt dangles from skyscrapers and otherwise takes daring to new heights on another operation from the Impossible Missions Force. Helping Hunt get the job done is droll fellow IMF agent Luther Stickel. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner
Netflix: The boy who wasn't supposed to grow up -- Peter Pan -- did just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer (Robin Williams) whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids, in this family-oriented fantasy from director Steven Spielberg. But a trip to see Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) in London, where the vengeful Capt. Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps Peter's kids and forces Peter to return to Neverland, could lead to a chance at redemption.
The Warrior's Way (2010)
A very different action/martial arts/battle movie with an unusual (in a good way) visual style.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032751/
My Fair Lady (1964)
My Fair Lady is one of our all-time favorites.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058385/ A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
29th Street (1991)
Netflix: Based on the life of Frank Pesce (Danny Aiello), an actor who won $6 million in the first New York State Lottery in 1976, this comedy focuses on the tight-knit Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn where Pesce grew up. It's also the story of how those gigantic winnings ended up becoming a curse of sorts (a case of "be careful what you wish for"). Lainie Kazan and Anthony LaPaglia co-star.
Netflix: Engaged to wealthy Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), freethinker Johnny Case (Cary Grant) discovers that her family wants to remake him into their idea of the perfect son-in-law -- and he's beginning to consider compromising his values. But as he gets to know Julia's headstrong sister (Katharine Hepburn), he realizes he has more in common with her. Directed by George Cukor, this witty romantic comedy earned an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction.
We really liked this movie and it has an 8.3 rating at imdb.com, which is good. Great story, superb acting. As always Nick Nolte was brilliant.
Review at imdb.com by a movie goer: My girlfriend took me to an advance screening of Warrior because I'm an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) enthusiast. She told me she did not expect much. She ended up leaving the theater in tears.
The fighting in the movie is almost an after thought. What the movie is really about is a broken family trying to get on with their lives. You have a recently sober father trying to earn the forgiveness of his sons for destroying his family years earlier, one son trying to provide for his wife and children, and the other son trying to earn money for the family of his friend and fellow Marine who died overseas. All of it comes together seamlessly and provides for a truly gripping movie.
It's emotional without being sappy. It's funny without being goofy. It's inspirational without going over the top. It's hard to say anything bad about it. Even if you have no interest in martial arts, you will get something out of this movie. I highly recommend this movie for men AND women, fight fans and average Joes alike.
I Don't Know How She Does It! (2011)
A great movie and even my 11 year old son loved it!
IMDB: A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammer.
The Last Holiday (2006) (2 Votes)
Great chick flick. It is about music, cooking and the love of life!
Netflix: When her doctor gives her the worst possible news -- that she has a terminal illness -- a timid woman (Queen Latifah) decides to throw caution to the wind, break out of her shell and take a no-holds-barred European vacation. But while she's celebrating her last hurrah, she touches the lives of everyone around her. LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Gerard Depardieu, Alicia Witt and Giancarlo Esposito co-star in Wayne Wang's life-affirming comedy.
Awesome movie! Hubby loved it too!
The Iron Lady (2011)
Netflix: Meryl Streep provides a subtle and nuanced portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, whose political career and determination changed the rules that had limited women's opportunities for leadership.
Hugo (2011) (3 Votes)
Netflix: When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo's destiny.
WONDERFUL MOVIE. NOT TO BE MISSED.
Fabulous movie! Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz (both 18 years old), Ben Kingsley and Sasha Baron Cohen give incredible performances, as do all the other actors. There is a scene between the two kids where they are discussing how important it is to have a purpose in life that really wowed me.
The Adventures of Tintin in 3-D (2011)
Netflix: Blockbuster filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi's classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his trusty dog, Snowy. Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Cary Elwes also lend their talents to this action-packed family adventure.
The Artist (2011)
Netflix: This modern-day silent film artfully recounts the poignant end of the silent-movie era in the late 1920s. The story contrasts the declining fortunes of a silent-screen superstar with his lover's rise to popularity as a darling of the "talkies".
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
With Meg Ryan. Very Funny.
Netflix: It's love at first sight for Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan. Within days of meeting, they're walking down the aisle, and a strange thing happens: An old man shows up and kisses the bride. Then, on the honeymoon, Baldwin begins to suspect that the woman he's with isn't the person he married. Screenwriter Craig Lucas' comedy is a thought-provoking mix of romance and philosophy.
A Separation (2011)
Just saw this film from Iran, and it was amazing. Currently it is ranked 8.6 on the International Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1832382/ On Rottentomatoes.com, 99% of critics liked it (which never happens) and 94% of the the audience: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_separation_2011/ I was very impressed by the acting, directing, script, in fact, everything about this film. Reading subtitles didn't seem to diminish the film. In the end, I felt a brotherhood with this family. Great acting and directing. My highest recommendation.
Netflix: An Iranian husband and wife split up over his decision to stay and care for his aging father instead of leaving the country with his family. But his fateful choice to hire a stranger to do most of the care-taking breeds unexpected consequences.
It Could Happen to You (1994)
This film demonstrates the concept of standing by your word once given, no matter what and regardless of how dangerous it might appear to be. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez and our dearly departed Isaac Hayes.
Netflix: In this charming romantic comedy based on a true story, a coffee-shop waitress gets a life-changing tip when a beat cop comes up short on pocket change and promises her half of his potential winnings from a lottery ticket.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Here's an oldie but goodie - for Christmas my hubby gave me the list put out by AFI (American Film Institute) of the 100 best movies ever. Hard to choose from, but one I did choose was THE DEER HUNTER with Deniro, Streep, and Walken! I saw it when it first came out and forgot how GREAT it was. Take a look or take another look!
Netflix: In this Oscar-winning epic from director Michael Cimino, a group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven (John Savage) married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael (Robert De Niro) and Nick (Christopher Walken) were in love with the same woman (Meryl Streep). But all three are different men upon their return.
Water for Elephants (2011)
Netflix: In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.
This is an old one with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton. Very good story.
Netflix: Radical journalist and socialist John Reed (Warren Beatty), along with his paramour, protofeminist Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), gets swept up in the world-changing spirit, euphoria and aftermath of Russia's 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the newly founded Soviet Union. Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Edward Herrmann, M. Emmet Walsh and Maureen Stapleton co-star in this Beatty-directed, Oscar-winning epic.
Moneyball (2011) (2nd Vote)
I'm sure this has been recommended, but a great story, especially if you like baseball. A good example of insouciance.
Netflix: An all-star cast brings to life the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), a former jock turned general manager who uses unconventional methods to bring the best players to the Oakland A's, a major league baseball team struggling against financial hardship.
Margin Call (2011)
A very slow-paced, yet gripping movie. As usual, Kevin Spacey is great.
Netflix: An all-star cast shines in this engrossing drama about a critical 24-hour period at a high-profile investment bank in the early days of the 2008 financial crisis, when young analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) uncovers information that could destroy the firm. When he alerts upper management to the precarious position of their risky investments, an emergency meeting is held to decide if they should alert clients or abscond with the profits.
Quigley Down Under (1990)
Another oldie with Tom Selleck, who does a great job playing, well, Tom Selleck!
Netflix: In this outback Western, American Matt Quigley answers Australian land baron Elliott Marston's ad for a sharpshooter to kill the dingoes on his property. But Quigley hits the road when he learns that Marston's real target is the aborigines.
Apollo 13 (1995)
I recently rented "Apollo 13" and was completely riveted. The fact that this was a true story made it even more meaningful. The DVD has additional material: The making of Apollo 13, and the option to watch the film with director commentary from Ron Howard, and another option to watch the film with commentary by the astronaut who led the mission, Jim Lovell, who had even more to say about the events as they occurred. I watched all 3 additional sections and still cried at the end of each one.
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
We really enjoyed this one.
Netflix: Pharmaceutical representative Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes a player in the big game of male-performance-enhancement-drug sales and, along the way, finds unexpected romance with a woman (Anne Hathaway) suffering from Parkinson's disease. Based on the real-life Jamie Reidy's memoir, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, this satirical look inside the culture of Big Pharm is directed by Edward Zwick.
The Music Never Stopped (2010)
A very uplifting story based on real life. If you happen to like the Grateful Dead, this movie is even more enjoyable.
Netflix: Nearly 20 years after their son ran away from home, his estranged parents learn he has a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. Desperate to reconnect, the father realizes the best way is through the classic rock music he despises.
Saint Ralph (2004)
Loved it! Great story about goals and determination.
Netflix: Ralph (Adam Butcher) is a typical teenager with atypical questions, the largest of which concerns his mother. She's fallen into a coma, and the 14-year-old has set his sights on winning the 1954 Boston Marathon in a makeshift barter with God to make his mother well. His teacher, Father Hibbert (Campbell Scott), wants to encourage his dream, but in doing so, he goes up against the reserved, ever-realistic Father Fitzpatrick (Gordon Pinsent).
I just saw Outsourced and it was terrific!
Netflix: When his department is outsourced to India, customer call center manager Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) heads to Mumbai to train his successor (Asif Basra), and amusing culture clashes ensue as Anderson tries to explain American business practices to the befuddled new employees. In the process, he learns important lessons about globalization -- and life. Ayesha Dharker and Matt Smith also star in director John Jeffcoat's cross-cultural comedy.
Toy Story 3 (2010) (Many previous votes for this one!)
Great flick for kids of all ages. We really enjoyed it!
Netflix: In this installment of the Pixar animated franchise, toy cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), his astronaut pal, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and their friends cope with their owner's departure for college -- and their new home in a day-care center. Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton and Ned Beatty also lend their voices to this delightful sequel that earned a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
TV on DVD/Streaming:
Everwood (2002-2005) Seasons 1-4 DVD
I loved this show! It has several seasons, although the last one is not available on Netflix for some reason, I ended up buying the whole set used on Amazon. This is a great show, you’ll fall in love with the characters, it’s full of drama and goodness, some of the best acting on TV! http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Everwood/70143840?trkid=2361637
The West Wing (1999-2005) Seasons 1-7 DVD
Such great acting! It’s a thinking show, Charlie Sheen is a president you would be proud to have, and you feel smarter and more “in the know” about politics after each episode. It’s truly a work of art! http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_West_Wing/70157152?trkid=2361637
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (2010-2011)
BBC Mini-Series on PBS. Awesome. A period piece of English drama/soap opera. Incredible cast, make-up/costumes, location. It's sucks you right up into it's vortex and you won't want out! Season 1 can be rented on Netflix.
Netflix: Exposing the snobbery, backbiting and machinations of a disappearing class system, this series chronicles the comings and goings of the upper-crust Crawley family and their assorted servants. Shevaun Ang, Rebecca Davis and Heather Haines star.
Camelot (2011-2011) Season 1 (Streaming, DVD and Blu-ray)
This series is GREAT! The episodes were short and I couldn’t wait to watch the next one! Love, love, loved this series!
Neflix: The classic fables of King Arthur's realm get the Starz treatment in this series, which features plenty of romance, magic and chivalry as Arthur and his knights struggle against dark forces -- including Arthur's half-sister, Morgan.
Intelligence (2006-2007) Seasons 1-2 (Streaming and DVD)
Intelligence was a great one. Great script, great acting, interesting.
Netflix: Smartly plotted and smoothly acted, this cops-and-criminals drama is set in Vancouver, where Mary Spalding (Klea Scott) is the regional director of the government's Organized Crime Unit, and cocky Jimmy Spalding (Ian Tracey) heads a successful pot-smuggling ring. When unforeseen events result in unexpected circumstances, the two supposed enemies become unlikely bedfellows to save their distinct but closely linked franchises.
Six Feet Under (2001-2005) Seasons 1-5 (Steaming and DVD)
Six Feet Under was a great TV Series.
Netflix: For five seasons, viewers hung on the grim antics of the Fisher family -- left to run a funeral home after the death of Dad. Living their own lives while putting to rest the loved ones of others poses constant (often comic) challenges to the clan.
Person of Interest (2011)
Person of Interest (produced by J.J. Abrams and created by Jonathan Nolan) has some of the best acting seen on the small screen with stories that can keep interest piqued throughout. The dialog doesn't go the usual route and, in fact, sometimes doesn't occur at all - the actors are good enough to communicate clearly with expressions. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1839578/
IMDB: Centers on ex-CIA hit man and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen.
That does it for this edition!
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