I'm a movie lover. I've had a movie by mail delivery service since Blockbuster's heyday back in 2004. I loved them until they made me mad and I had to quit them for Netflix. Then they went out of business and I like to think I had something to do with it. Independent films are hit and miss. Some are just really really bad. Some did everything right but something about it didn't quite come together. Some are so good it's a shame they didn't get more attention and those are the ones I love to find. Between being off work for three weeks and MJ being gone I had the opportunity to do a lot of movie watching. Here are some Netflix diamonds in the rough that I found recently. These are all movies that you may have never heard of and are available in the streaming section of Netflix. Grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy!!I was initially attracted to this because Juno Temple is in it. I really liked her in Killer Joe (another must see). She's a really good actress who plays a lot of really interesting characters. She doesn't seem to go for the blockbuster movies and I really like that. Once it started I realized that Milla Jovovich was in it and I love her so it was win win after that. The movie is filled with awesome hits from the 80's so if you love 80's music that alone will pull you in. The two lead characters are really deep and layered. They are thrown together and it was really interesting to watch their relationship evolve. I watched this one night in bed on my ipad. I was already crying and then when Don't Cry Out Loud came on I pretty much lost it. I was just crying alone in my bed like some crazy woman. If you watch nothing else on my list watch this one!!
How I live Now
I've liked Saoirse Ronan since I first saw her in Atonement. This movie definitely had an odd sort of indy feel to it. There were parts that I wasn't really sure what to make of but the acting was really good. The storyline was typical in that it was the whole end of the world thing but it had a different vibe that set it apart from others like it.
Chained in this category. Deeply disturbing and definitely not for everyone.
Slumdog Millionaire she's the female lead in this one. If you haven't seen that movie I don't know where you've been! It was great. Trishna follows the story of a girl growing up poor in rural India and follows her journey as she works to help support her family and falls in love with a rich boy from the upper class.
The Truth about emanuel
This one was pretty good too. Jessica Biel plays one of the lead characters. It's about a girl dealing with the death of her mother who meets someone who is also dealing with a death. They have a connection and help each other in a way they probably never expected.
NOW IS GOOD
I've been a Dakota Fanning fan since she stole the show with Sean Penn in I Am Sam. She was amazing as a little girl and still is. Her sister Elle Fanning is the same. I guess they were born for it. This is your typical girl dying of a terminal disease falls in love with boy story. I've seen it a million times and there is another one that just came out called Fault in Our Stars. Such a sad, sad storyline but people like it so they keep making them. Dakota works an English accent in this one and had me in tears at the end. If a movie like this doesn't make you cry they did it wrong.
Don't waste your time on Slightly Single in LA. It's just off. Lacy Chabert of Party of Five fame must be getting hard up for roles. Drinking Buddies was not so great either. It was just so dry. Olivia Wilde what were you thinking? Anna Kendrick you can do better. I'm thinking these are both movies that could have and should have been better but something about them fell flat. It happens.
Other DVD's that I've watched recently (not available on Netflix streaming):
The Book Thief is a very special movie and is definitely a must see. The story, the acting, the emotion. It was all good. I cried and cried at the end. A super scary one is Evil Dead. If you have a taste for chilling horror flicks this is a good one. It even had me covering my eyes. I also liked People Like Us (more Elizabeth Banks).
Yes. I watch A LOT of movies! If you have already seen these or end up watching any of them I'd love to know what you think.