Hmmm how to follow up my Noteworthy Films of 2012 post…
Okay so over the weekend I went through my Netflix queue and swapped out a bunch of movies and shows. Embarrassingly enough I always have the maximum number (500) of things allowed in my instant queue. As I looked through some of the things I had rated, I got to thinking that there were a good number of things that would be good to share and suggest to our readers. I’ll likely make a little series of this, giving you about 5 options per week of things that are on the instant streaming list that I would suggest.
Here are your first five. Some you may have seen. Some you may have not seen, but been given the ever so obnoxious “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN…”. Others you will hopefully have never heard of but will take a chance and trust me. These are not in any particular order.
1. Twin Peaks– This might be the most bizarre television series one could watch that is also critically acclaimed. Twin Peaks combines a cerebral murder/mystery with dry humor that you spend half the time trying to decide whether it’s even meant to be dry humor (it is). But that’s what you get when you watch anything David Lynch does. He definitely possesses one of, if not THE most unique and creative mind(s) in film making. Some people reading this may watch Twin Peaks and promptly quit reading suggestions from our blog. Others might watch Twin Peaks and click refresh on this blog until more suggestions have been posted. It’s not for everyone but it’s one of my all-time favorites and it has a huge cult following.
2. Broadway Danny Rose– This is one of my favorite Woody Allen films. It’s about Danny Rose, a talent manager, who is in over his head and willing to manage anyone, including blind xylophonists, piano-playing birds, and has-been crooners. The primary portion of the plot centers around his work with a washed up lounge singer with a drinking problem named Lou Canova. Woody Allen goes above and beyond in his own way as Danny Rose to make things happen for the guy but of course nothing goes as planned. Here’s a link to one of the classic scenes and the trailer is below.
3. Tiny Furniture– I actually watched this one this past weekend and absolutely loved it. It’s indie comedy film-making at its finest. The script is so witty and the actors do a phenomenal job. I think this is a very funny and entertaining film that most anyone in the 20-30 year old range will find highly relatable. If I had to pick one of these for you to trust me on this might be it.
4. Grizzly Man– I think this is one of the funniest and most entertaining films ever made. It wasn’t really intended to be funny per se but the people in it are just so bizarre that there is like this overwhelming underlying sense of dark humor to it. I mean, bless his heart, Timothy Treadwell tries so hard to protect the bears that he thinks are his friends, but really he’s just nuts. I respect anyone who has such a strong belief in anything these days, but if you ever want to see the far end of the spectrum for caring about a cause, then Grizzly Man needs to be your go-to. Or I suppose you could find a film about jihads, but I’d just go this route.
5. Downton Abbey– If you’ve been holding out on watching this, well, that doesn’t make you cool. I group people who refuse to watch these sorts of popular shows with the people who think they are making a statement by deleting their Facebook. You’re not being a hero. You are on the other hand missing out. Look, there are seven episodes in the first season. SEVEN. Just give it a shot and watch it. If you don’t like it you are welcome to come picket my house.