Movies We Enjoyed in 2008 – Edit 2
We like to watch movies as a family, and it’s gotten both easier and harder as the girls have gotten older. Easier because we don’t have to watch animated movies (unless we want to — like Kung Fu Panda), but harder because it’s difficult to find a movie that we all like. I prefer hard-core action/adventures or science fiction, Trixie prefers chick flicks and romances, Impera always votes for comedies, and the Consort suggests old non-classics like Robocop (“I seem to remember it with more of a philosophical message” — Huh.)
And then there is the sex, which I prefer to keep to a minimum with the girls, since they gross out easily (although I’m not very successful at picking appropriate movies sometimes).
This means that we often end up watching non-blockbuster indie films, for the most part.
Here are a few of the oddball movies we enjoyed last year, in case you haven’t heard of them or chosen to watch them yet. As I was writing the descriptions, I realized one word could be used for all of them, to one degree or another: Poignant. I suppose that’s a fine thing to enjoy in movies, isn’t it?
I hope that I can add a few more later today as the others see this post and remind me of other good films. Edit 1: Trixie reminded me of one, so I’ve added it at the end! Edit 2: I remembered another one, again tacked at the end.
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? The newest Morgan Spurlock documentary (‘Nuf said). Not as perfect as Supersize Me, but still pretty dang funny. But OK, this one? Not poignant.
Pieces of April. The black sheep of the family invites her parents and siblings to her NY tenement for Thanksgiving. (And Katie Holmes before she was Cruise-ified!)
Son of Rambow. It was tricky for me to accept religious fanatics in England, but once you get beyond that, then this story of two boys recreating the Rambo movie, and the French exchange student who gets involved, really gets you chuckling.
Lars and the Real Girl. A seriously antisocial young man tries to fit in by ordering a girlfriend off the Internet. His family, and eventually the Canadian town he lives in, become involved.
King of California. Michael Douglas as a dad just released from a mental institution trying to convince his daughter that he’s figured out where a Spanish treasure has been buried — in the megalopolis which is southern California. Some great social commentary in it, too.
Eagle vs. Shark. About two misfits in New Zealand. Once you figure out the accent, there are some killer lines in this movie. The male protagonist never really becomes someone you’d like, though. But in this movie I learned that in NZ they don’t say Samoa like we say Samoa up here.
The Savages. Two adult children need to face the facts of their father’s dementia. This is complicated by their own problems, as well as the fact that their dad abandoned them when they were kids.
Our “To Rent” list is empty. Any suggestions?