Apparently God decided that this weekend he didn’t want anyone in Kansas City and the rest of the Midwest to get out and go to the movies. Thankfully we now have so many alternative delivery methods to get movies these days. Here are a few selections for things I’d recommend watching and where you can find them:
Any Documentary in the 30 for 30 Series: Many are available on Netflix
If you love sports you would be hard pressed to find something that won’t capture your interests. For all you Jayhawk fans I would recommend “There’s No Place Like Home” about a man’s journey to bring the original rules of basketball to Lawrence, KS.
“Bringing up Baby”: Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video
This is one of the finest screwball comedies of all-time. Katherine Hepburn’s machine-gun delivery is perfectly balanced by Cary Grant’s hapless paleontologist who is just trying to complete his dinosaur.
“The Inbetweeners”: Available on Netflix
Before it was a god awful MTV series it was a fantastic British series that captures the awkwardness of high school better than any show save “Freaks and Geeks”. I have seen every episode at least 5 times and there are moments that still make me laugh out loud. The whole series is only 18 episodes so for you commitment-phobes there isn’t going to be too much of an investment.
“Paperman”: Available on Hulu Plus
This is one of the nominees for Best Animated Short at this weekend’s Oscars. It is not only the best short film I saw last year, but is one of the best things I saw in general. “Paperman” is a perfect example of visual narrative and displays just how important a score can be in building emotion in a film.
“Safety Not Guaranteed”: Available on Netflix
This is one of my favorite movies from last year that no one is talking about. This is a movie that builds and builds to an ending that you are positive it won’t deliver, but it does and it made me smile from ear to ear. The movie is a charming insight in to how grief and reflection affects people and how far they are willing to go to deal with it.
“Seven Samurai”: Available on Hulu Plus
In my opinion, this is the greatest movie ever made. Every time I watch it I learn something new or discover more layers (impressive because I have seen it no less than 40 times). This film was perhaps the first modern action movie, introducing and combining many visual elements that make up our movies today.
“To Catch a Thief”: Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video
“To Catch a Thief” might be Hitchcock’s most clever movie. It features so much Hays Code-skirting innuendo that it is hard to keep up. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly make a fantastic screen pair (although I would watch Grace Kelly and anything on screen) and the rest of the film is populated by great supporting characters from Kelly’s aristocratic mother to a young French girl with an eye for Grant.
I hope you all stay safe this weekend and find something to watch. Cheers.