This teacher is officially on summer break. For me, that means sleeping in ’til 9, blogging in the morning, and watching Netflix while I work on projects for my classroom. It’s lovely. It also means that I’m finally able to watch a little TV, something I don’t do terribly often during the busy school year. I’ve been trying to watch more movies instead of just binge-watching random TV shows, and have put together a little list of interesting flicks you might want to check out on your off time.
1. Newlyweds This film was a big buzz at the film festivals when it came out, and when I saw it was an Ed Burns film I knew I had to see it. It’s right up my alley. It’s about complicated relationships, and handles them in a very real way. Katie and Buzzy (Ed Burns) are newlyweds who’s lives become complicated when their family members take over their household and leave them questioning everything, including each other. Life isn’t perfect after I do, and this film shares this fact in a hilarious fashion.
2. The Good Guy I had a feeling I’d like this movie, but unexpectedly fell in love with it! Beth (Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls) falls for what seems to be the perfect guy. Tommy (Scott Porter of Hart of Dixie) is an ambitious Wall Street hotshot who’s handsome, romantic and seems to have it all together. Just when everything seems to be falling into place, she meets Tommy’s shy new coworker Daniel, and thus begins a strange love triangle and the characters’ true motives are ultimately revealed.
3. Boy Meets Girl This film won a truckload of awards at this year’s festivals, and totally stole my heart when I watched it. As IMDB eloquently puts it, “Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life, not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.” The beautiful Michelle Hendley stars in her first film as Ricky, a transgender girl navigating the waters of life after high school, romantic and physical love, and seeking acceptance living in the South.
4. Grace of Monaco I’m a sucker for biopics, truly biographies are my absolute favorite books and movies. I’ve always wanted to know more about Princess Grace and her amazing life, and as I suspected, things aren’t always as they seem. Nicole Kidman stars in this slightly-dramatized version of the life of Grace Kelly, the famous film star who married a prince and left Hollywood forever under a cloak of glamour and mystery. This film had me googling footage like this and falling in love with her work all over again.
5. Cake Jennifer Aniston is often pigeon-holed by Rachel-like characters to satisfy die-hard Friends fans. She’s fought against this for decades, and in Cake I was finally able to see the true depth she is capable of. Cake is the story of Claire who’s suffered incredible loss, both emotional and physical, and is struggling with mind-numbing pain as a result. The details of her life are slowly revealed alongside her personal struggle to develop an attitude that can help her crawl out of the hole of despair. It’s a difficult film, but is a truly revealing story of the difficulties we can never truly understand in others’ lives.
I’m sure there are many more little hidden gems on Netflix I haven’t come across yet. Check out Jenn’s list of must-watch TV shows here. She listed some great ones!
What movies have you loved lately? What did I miss?