Wuthering Heights (2009): My favorite book gets the Masterpiece treatment. It's also been sexed up... I think it's well cast, but if you are familiar with the book you will notice many changes.
Cathy and Heathcliff!
The Graduate (1967): A coming of age drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. This is a cult classic. It's a time capsule, it's thoughtfully filmed, the plot is engaging, the soundtrack amazing. Give it a watch!
One word: Plastics
Star Trek TOS (1966).... lots of Star Trek TOS... hours of Star Trek TOS
John Oliver NY Stand Up (2010): Stand up specials hosted by John Oliver. A lot of these multiple comedian stand up specials are just awful, but give this a watch- it's got some good acts! And John Oliver is hilarious and endearing.
Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story (2000): I went in to this thinking it was a documentary about the Monkees... but it's a dramatic retelling. A genre I normally don't enjoy... but this was pretty watchable (though I don't know how accurate). It also starred a cast that each looked so like their respective Monkee, they could have been paid impersonators.
Those silly Monkees!
Amazing Stories (1985): This old TV show hatched by Steven Spielburg is sort of a kid's Twilight Zone. It featured every actor and actress from the 1980s. Most of the episodes I watched were very corny and tiresome. If I had watched this as a child, it would have blown. my. mind.
Microplanet (2012): Nature documentary about... not really small creatures so much as small ecosystems. I think Netflix recommended it to me because of last week's Fireants. I thought I was going to enjoy it (I am a huge sucker for nature docs) until this high pitched child's voice comes on as narration. Either I wasn't the target audience for this thing, or the director is unable to say 'no' to his child.
Pick of the Week:
Puppet (2010): Documentary that is a little bit about the history puppetry, but more about one man's creative journey from conception to stage of an original puppet show. I was so pleasantly surprised at this one. Here are some thoughts that played out in my head as I put this movie on: "I am a grown woman, it's the middle of the day, and I'm about to watch a documentary on puppets...."
But this was very artsy and interesting and poignant at times. Huge bonus: I discovered Disfarmer, who is right up my alley.
That's all of this week's screenings. I hope some of these films seemed interesting enough for you to check out. I usually watch movies on Netflix instant streaming, and you can find most of the films there.
Thank you for reading!