A special edition of the “10 cool things” series! Woo!
As you probably know, I do a lot of knitting/sewing/embroidery/etc. This requires a lot of sitting down and staying still. And so, I watch movies. And television. Quite a lot. BUT. Not enough to pay for them. So I subsist off of Hulu and the instant streaming on Netflix – a dear kind friend gave me his password so I can use the instant streaming, but not the mail-order option. Anyway, for me finding a good show on Netflix instant streaming is a delight, so I thought I’d share some of my recent finds.
1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. So much to love for this. The lovely curmudgeon Big Daddy, the incredible gorgeousness of Paul Newman when he’s sulky, Liz Taylor’s excellent wardrobe and performance, and most of all (obviously) the fantastic interpretation of Tennessee Williams excellent script.
2. Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind. A really well-done documentary. Probably one of my favorite music documentaries ever. What a lovely lady Ms. Mitchell is.
6. Wet Hot American Summer. I don’t even need to tell anyone to watch it, right? You all already know you need to watch it.
8. Persona. This was my introduction to Ingmar Bergman, and hoo boy did I love it. I was glued to the screen at every second, and it took me about a week to watch because I kept on wanting to pause and think.
9. The Duchess. More than anything else, this film is pretty. The acting and the story aren’t bad at all, but they just can’t outshine how pretty the thing is. And I’m a sucker for a pretty movie.
10. Theater of War. This may very well be my favorite documentary ever. It follows the creation of a production of Brecht’s Mother Courage – the one translated by Tony Kushner – and is so incredibly beautiful. It covers Brecht’s history, the effect of Marxism on the script and the world the script was created in … Ugh. I don’t want to talk about it because it is too beautiful. It’s the reason I thought of writing this post, because I just want everyone to watch it.