I'm sure that you can decide for yourself on what movies you'll choose next time you're online watching Netflix Instant, but every Friday, I'll give you a short list of 5 of my own recommendations.
Not one of Martin Scorsese's best films, but it's still a solid entry into his works. Leonardo Dicaprio gives a good performance as always, in this psychological thriller based on the book by Dennis Lehane. Believe it or not, this came out earlier this year. Audiences saw Inception, and seemed to completely forget about Shutter Island, when this is debatably on the same level. I love how this movie ends, it really ties the entire film together in an interpretive way, similar to Inception, while also completely different.
World's Greatest Dad:
When I say that this was the most underrated and overlooked film of 2009, you probably wouldn't believe me. No one seemed to have checked this one out, and every time I show it to someone they end up loving it. While filled with great performances by Robin Williams, and the Spy Kids star (Yes, people) Daryl Sabara, it's a fairly depressing look at how our society views death and does a fantastic job at just that. A lot of people disliked it because it was fairly bleak, but it's only bleak if you look at the glass as half empty. Bobcat Goldthwait should direct more movies.
This Film is Not Yet Rated:
A great documentary that delves into the disjointed and ineffective MPAA film rating system, as the director hires private investigators to try and learn the true nature of this terrible organization. See the words that I'm using? I can't even say a word about the MPAA rating system without using words of disgust anymore. It will influence you, and have it's way with you whether you like it or not; just as the ending will have you smiling and cheering.
If you're not familiar with David Lynch, this is definitely the best way to either reel you in, or scare you away. This movie will haunt you for days to come, and I guarantee that. Blue Velvet follows Kyle Maclachlan as Jeffrey Beaumont, who finds a severed ear in a field, leading him from the seemingly peaceful white picket fence suburbian town to indescribable madness. Remember the cool Dean Stockwell as Al in Quantum Leap? Prepare to be scarred.
The Secret of Kells:
The 2009 visual masterpiece, nominated for best animated picture, is an immensely entertaining fairy tale. I just finally checked this one out this year, and I'm glad I did. While it's not a game changer with regards to story, or plot, it is in many ways a throwback to older styles of animation, but improves on it. While it's not an animated film I'd necessarily recommend to families, or children depending on their age (it gets pretty dark.) it's really a great modern folktale.