A few movies I stumbled onto

While HBO and Showtime are more into showing series in prime time, I catch most of my movies in the afternoon during these shelter-in-place days. Here are few I stumbled onto that kept my attention.

The Recruit with Al Pacino, Colin Ferrell and Bridget Monayhan – about a CIA trainer picking a recruit to help in ferreting out a mole in the CIA.

Seven Pounds with Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson – I had seen this before, but it is excellent. Smith’s character is donating parts of various organs (which tally seven pounds in weight, hence the title). The story is why and how.

Temple Grandin with Claire Danes, Julia Ormond and David Strathairn – This is a terrific movie about a true hero, Temple Grandin. Grandin is autistic, but earns a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and helps reshape the livestock industry, treating cattle as humanely and efficaciously as possible. She also became an advocate for better understanding autistic people.

Mary Magdalene with Rooney Mara, Joacquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor – this move drags on at times, but is of interest in telling Jesus’ story more from Mary Magdalene’s perspective. I find movies like this interesting, as they provide a new lens.

The Legend of Bagger Vance with Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron – this movie is little cheesy at times, but it has a great cast. It is about a former golfer who lost his swing and is being asked to take on Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen in a match.

The movies above have a little bit for everyone. In terms of unexpected enjoyment, “Temple Grandin” is very moving. You may need some tissue in a few parts. If your have not seen “Seven Pounds,” it is also excellent. What are some of the ones you have been watching?

12 thoughts on “A few movies I stumbled onto

  1. I love the Temple Grandin film…also her autobiography. Mary Magdalene looks surprisingly interesting, I guess I’m drawn by the cast. I think I missed Seven Pounds when it first came out. I should check it out. A couple I’ve watched this week, Road To Perdition with Tom Hanks; a 2002 film about a depression era reluctant gangster seeking retribution. The Two Popes, which I’ve seen twice now, 2019, Pope Benedict vs Pope Frances and starring Anthony Hopkins & Jonathan Pryce. Last night I watched The Pianist, which I thought I saw when it originally came out in 2002, but I didn’t remember any of it. It’s about WWII…a subject I seem unable to get enough of.

    • Linda, thanks for the tip on Temple Grandin’s book. I have seen “Road to Perdition” and “The Pianist,” but have not seen the “Two Popes.” I hope you enjoy the others.

      We saw a RomCom this morning called “The Switch” with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston. Not much heavy lifting, but it was cute. We just finished “A Dog’s Journey” with Josh Gad’s voice playing a series of reincarnated dog. It was good, but an easy movie to watch. Keith

    • I agree about Will Smith movies. We watch a lot of British series as well as a few US ones. Across the pond, we like Call the Midwife, Grantchester, Midsomer Murders to name a few. Here we watch all the NCIS, 911 and Chicago Fire. We got hooked on Prodigal Son and Lincoln Rhymes. We have adored The Masked Singer and watch Little Sheldon, as our Big Bang Theory fix. There is a Canadian show called Frankie Drake Mysteries we like.

      How about you? Keith

      • Midsomer Murders, Black Mirror, Father Brown, (Downton Abbey of course), Masked Singer, The Blacklist, Russian Doll, Grace and Frankie, Outlander… I’ve heard The Stranger is really good. Going to check it out next.

      • We have similar tastes. We likw Father Brown as well, and have been watching Blacklist when Lincoln Rhymes ended its season. I saw where Downton Abbey’s creator has a new series coming out. Thanks for sharing your favs. Keith

  2. Cool list, Keith! Thank you for sharing it. I remember seeing “The Recruit” and “Seven Pounds” sometime back. They are good movies. I haven’t seen the others. I recently saw “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Rocketman.” I didn’t include them in my list today. I wouldn’t mind watching “The Wedding Singer” or maybe “Beetlejuice.” Stay safe!

    • Lisa, thanks. I love the movies you mentioned. My boys would recite dialogue from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on long tripes. “Rocketman” is so cool. What a talent.

      I love discovering old movies. There is a channel that plays film noir movies, many I have not seen which is cool. We are watching the mini-series on PBS called “World on Fire” about WWII. Very good. Keith

      • That’s funny! I’ll have to let my son watch Monty Python sometime. I don’t know if he’ll like it. I think there’s a couple of others on Netflix. “World on Fire” sounds interesting. I like to read or watch items about history. Thanks for mentioning it.

      • Lisa, we watched several Monty Python movies. How old is your son? My kids love Mel Brooks movies – Young Frankenstein, To be or not to be, etc. Keith

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