Friday, March 23, 2018

Movies I've Enjoyed Recently

Anyone who has read my blog for very long knows that I enjoy movies. I don’t just enjoy the movies everyone is going to see, but I also like some movies that a lot of people don’t know about. Here are a few of the movies I have enjoyed recently.

Growing Up Smith

The children of immigrants often live in two worlds. There is the world of their parents homeland they live in their homes. And there is the world of the culture of their new land that these children face each day in school. Smith is a ten year old boy who is living this life. He wants to know what it’s like to be like everyone else in his school. He is constantly reminded of just how different he is in every day interactions. His American school mates see his Halloween costume as an elephant instead of reflecting his Indian heritage, and he just wants to find out what chicken tastes like when he tries Kentucky Fried Chicken. I liked this movie because it shows just how difficult it is to get comfortable in your own skin no matter what your heritage is. And the movie does have a happy ending.

The Lunchbox

Imagine receiving a note from a stranger in your lunchbox. Would you read it? Would you respond to the note? That is the beginning of a relationship between a man who is close and a housewife. The man receives the meal that was meant for the woman’s husband. He responds to her note in the lunchbox and a friendship grows between the two. But the question then becomes do the two of them meet in the real world? I liked this movie because it shows the possibilities when you put aside what we normally see. These two are an unlikely pair who share many of their secrets. It is a nice story. And there is a reason it won awards at Cannes.

My Life As A Zucchini

This is an animated movie about a boy who becomes an orphan. The boy has a secret. Like so many individuals he blames himself for his mothers death. He finds love and friendship at the orphanage. But he is afraid he will lose his best friend when he has the chance to be adopted. The film is made with claymation. It is a sweet story that people of all ages will enjoy.

The Looming Tower

This is actually a series that is running on Hulu. It is based on the book of with the same title. It’s all about the investigations prior to the 9/11 attac. The battle between the FBI and the CIA over information that might stop terrorist attacks. A new episode comes out each Wednesday. If you enjoy stories based on true events you will like this show. The program uses real footage from the incidents that occurred. It makes it feel a little more real.

Unfinished Song

If you like sentimental movies this one is for you. A grumpy old man is married to a popular woman who is terminally ill. She loves to sing with her friends in the senior singing group at the local community center. When the passes away, the man is grief stricken. He cuts off contact with his son. But he finds himself at the community center singing with the group his wife was involved with. But where will this take him? This is a sweet movie, about mourning. Everybody mourns in different ways. And it shows how one individual does make a difference in so many people's lives. If you enjoy music, and sentimental movies check this one out.

So do any of you have movie recommendations for me?

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