If you’re like me, you’re always hunting through Netflix trying to find an interesting movie. It always astounds me how few films I want to see after watching the trailer. I know there are lots out there I want to see but I can never remember what they are when I want to see them soo….this list.
I figured I’d save you the hassle of hunting and pecking and growing frustrated and I welcome your own lists of overlooked films. Here’s mine:
1. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” — Whoa! The amazing thing about this flick is that it was released months before the tragedy at Newtown and yet is nearly the exact same story. That’s really the power of the film. It’s like watching a home movie of the Adam Lanza family — the film is that close to reality. The fact that the book was written in 2005 and the move made well before the tragedy makes it eerie. It’s about a misfit boy who has problems relating to his mother and society who eventually takes out his anger on his classmates. The only difference is that Kevin uses a bow and arrow rather than a gun. Incredibly prescient, if I may use that word.
2. “Bernie” — Based on a true story, Bernie was supposed to jump start Jack Black’s career. It didn’t work out that way, probably because people don’t want to see Black in a semi-serious role (this is often described as a black comedy) but he does a fine job portraying this uber-good-guy who winds up committing murder. Matthew McConaughey is the district attorney out to get him. Told in a documentary style with actual townspeople who knew the real Bernie and they are fantastic. A Richard Linklater film if you like that sort of thing.
3. “About Time” — Who can resist Rachel McAdams? Not me. This flick has the added benefit of being made by the guy (it really doesn’t matter what his name is) who directed “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill” and you should really see “Love Actually” if somehow you also missed that. This film does not succeed as well as “Love Actually” but it’s sweet and about time travel for which I’m a sucker. Not as good as the others on this list but still worth a look.
4. “Frances Ha” — I love this low key, black and white movie by Noah Baubach from a script he wrote with Greta Gerwig, the lead actress. Far better than his other films IMO. It’s about the life of a single gal in Manhattan, one of the women who’s slightly off and does not have the type of talent it would take to achieve her dreams. It’s funny, sad, poignant (note the weekend she goes to Paris by herself) and somehow it all works and makes you feel really great by the end. This film is a gem.