Did you watch the Oscars last night? Confession: I did not. In fact, I have two confessions: I’ve only seen one movie in a theater in the last 48 years! I wait until they come out on video and I either know they’re going to be good…or I can keep one hand on the controller to press the fast-forward button if things start heating up. Those confessions aside, I thought it might be a good time to pass along some of my favorite finds from 2010 (even though they may have been produced much earlier):
Miss Potter, A+, wonderful costume drama on life of Beatrix Potter
The Young Victoria, A+ based on the life of Queen Victoria. Loved it!
Invictus: A+. Based on inspirational true story of Nelson Mendala, who became the president of S. Africa after 30 years in prison.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, BBC production, sort of a Victorian family
Oceans by Disney, A+
Flyboys, based on true story of WW1 pilots
Nicholas Nickleby: BBC, 200 min. version of Charles Dicken’s famous tale; very well done.
Toy Story 3, Pixar A+! Very sweet!
October Sky, A Based on true story of “The Rocketeers,” 4 high school boys in West Virginia who work on how to build a rocket in hopes of winning a national science contest
The Glenn Miller Story: A+; Inspirational true, G-rated story of his band and sweet marriage to his encouraging wife, Helen. He joined WWII
Something the Lord Made, A+ (with Clear Play). Marvelous story of Dr. Blalock and his black assistant, Viviane Thomas, who made history by starting cardiac surgery
The Tunnel A+ NR 2 hr. 47 min. true story of German Olympic athlete attempting to rescue his sister after the Berlin Wall went up. German with English subtitles
Temple Grandin. A+ true story of an autistic woman who started to talk at 4 and eventually got a Ph.D. She now teaches at Colorado State U.
Bella, Christian-themed story really pro-life and not having an abortion; kids, Alan, and I all enjoyed (although the flow was a little slow)
China Cry, A+, by Trinity Broadcasting Network; based on true story of Nora Lam’s experience
An American Rhapsody. A, based on true story of couple fleeing Hungary around 1950
Little Dorrit, Lovely BBC mini-series by Charles Dickens
Extraordinary Measures, A+ (except some profanity), 2010 with Harrison Ford, based on true story of a couple trying to find medicine to help their two children with Pompe syndrome (a type of muscular dystrophy)
Places of the Heart, A: Sally Fields and Danny Glover star in a moving story of young widow trying to survive during the depression; issues of adultery and racial prejudice but from a pretty healthy perspective
John Adams, HBO, 7-part historical drama about the Revolutionary War; largely good, but some gratuitous gore and sex that we fast-forwarded
Breach: Based on true story of biggest leak in FBI history; solved Feb. 2001; bad language; one short, bad scene; but otherwise an A+ movie
Patch Adams, based on the inspirational true story of Hunter Adams, a medical student who started an (ongoing) free clinic for the poor. Some language and crudity (actually, we have a “Clear Play” which can filter out sex, extreme violence, and bad language…it makes almost any movie “G” rated, but a fast-forward button works almost as well, except for language)
Last Chance Harvey; A. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, unlikely friendship develops between middle-aged single British lady and older long-divorced man. Very touching; set in London; deals with pain and loss from divorce; very well acted
Downfall: Excellent film based on memoirs of Hitler’s secretary; no sex or profanity, but extremely violent and some nudity. Heartbreaking depiction of the horrors of war. In German with captions.
Paths of Glory, Kirk Douglas, very sad WWI movie about valor and corruption in leadership, B&W; setting 1914
Downton Abby, A+ BBC mini series about English nobility struggling to save their house. This one was actually produced in 2010. The only problem is…it’s so good that they’re making another season (and maybe another and another??). At any rate, if you watch the 7 programs, you’ll be left waiting to see what will happen!!
And, the list could go on…is that 24 movies in honor of 24 categories? Maybe more, but that’s some of the best we’ve found in the last year or so. Do you have any favorite movies to recommend?
“Whatsoever things are true…honest…just…pure…lovely….of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”