Whether you’re snowed in this weekend or are looking for good viewing suggestions for yourselves (not for kids, have I mentioned that?), Netflix is awesome for just popping in to find something from your past or something you’ve never seen but should have. Before you peruse my list, bear in mind I’m a sucker for old movies,foreign films, rom coms, independents and comedies/dramas. I also like to catch up on the films made by or with many of the beloved actors who are no longer with us. As I sit here snowed in today, I’ve brainstormed this down and dirty list I hope you get ideas from. Remember, as I’ve mentioned here many times before, Netflix is my drug, and it’s a lot better than taking cocaine (which I could consider being snowed in with a special needs child today). Send strength and enjoy.
Y Tu Mamá También – This 2001 Spanish film follows two friends traveling across Mexico with an older woman. I remember watching this Alfonso Cuaron film so vividly. It’s funny, touching and was beautifully shot.
Anything starring Alan Rickman. With the passing of Rickman last week, one of the greatest actors of our time, I’m heading to Netflix for some melancholy, nostalgic memories of the actor I adored. Upon last inspection, they offer The Butler, Blow Dry, CBGB, Bottle Shock, Galaxy Quest and Gambit, and while these are some of his lesser known films, I plan to watch a few starting with CBGB, in which he played legendary NYC club owner Hilly Kristal, who during the 1970s, wanted to create a venue for country, bluegrass and blues music. He was as good as it gets.
Amelie – In 2001, I remember sitting back in a dark theater and taking in this romantic comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet set in modern Paris. Audrey Tautou played the lead as a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. I was mesmerized and saw it several times.
The Wings of the Dove – I was a sucker for period films of this nature (particularly that starred Helene Bonham Carter). This one’s about a young girl who moves in with her aunt after her mother passes away and gets thrust into a world unlike any she’s every known, giving her tough choices to make.
The Nasty Girl – Another film I have vivid memories of watching, this one from 1990, The Nasty Girl is about a young girl in Germany who uncovers her town’s history during WW2 and digs up some unearthed secrets. Yes, it’s as intense as it sounds.
Disclosure: I’m a member of Netflix’s Streamteam, but all opinions are my own.