Sunday, October 18, 2009

Movie Recommendations

We are extremely picky about our movie choices, which makes it extremely difficult for us to find anything we're interested in watching, especially at the video store.

About six months ago we joined Netflix and we're ecstatic about the convenience and selection, the control it gives us in our media choices. It turns out that there are tons of excellent movies -- we just never hear about many of them through traditional channels.

We especially like that we don't have to wade through garbage at the video store. We won't even take our kids into Blockbuster anymore. Every time we do they're blaring horror film previews, not to mention the soft porn you see plastered all over covers.

Below are a few of our favorites. We'll continue adding to this list over time (since we currently have 142 more saved in our queue).
  1. Amazing Grace (5 stars)
  2. August Evening (4 stars)
  3. Beyond Belief (4 stars)
  4. Beyond the Gates (3 stars)
  5. Beyond the Gates of Splendor (3 stars)
  6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (4 stars)
  7. Children of Heaven (4 stars)
  8. Darfur Now (3 stars)
  9. The Elephant Man (5 stars)
  10. Emmanuel's Gift (4 stars)
  11. The Future of Food (5 stars)
  12. God Grew Tired of Us (4 stars)
  13. Grace is Gone (3 stars)
  14. In America (5 stars)
  15. John Adams HBO Series (4 stars)
  16. The Kite Runner (5 stars)
  17. The Namesake (3 stars)
  18. Paper Clips (3 stars)
  19. Saving Private Ryan (5 stars)
  20. Searching for Bobby Fischer (4 stars)
  21. 7 Pounds (3 stars)
  22. The Soloist (4 stars)
  23. Sweet Land (4 stars)
  24. Slumdog Millionaire (4 stars)
  25. Under the Same Moon (4 stars)
  26. War Dance (3 stars)


Brooke said...

Thanks for sharing. We love Netflix too. We'll have to try these out.

Anaise said...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was so horrifying that we literally could not speak after it ended. Once we got our breath back, we watched another, much lighter, movie to release the tension!

Judy Francisco said...

A friend of mine loaned me a stack of films recently while I was convalescing--they were all "Feature Films for Families," which "reinforce family values." I don't know where I've been that I'd never heard of them, but I'll tell you what, there wasn't a single one that didn't make me cry and just feel warm and cozy and grateful afterwards! I was SO IMPRESSED by their quality--of acting as well as filming!

Am I the only one on the planet that hadn't tuned in to these movies?!

Rhyetta Musser said...

Maybe it doesn't fit into your favorite genre, but I think you're forgetting a little gem of a movie called "Dan in Real Life."