Thursday, January 14, 2010

For your Friday Family Movie Night

(if you have one.  We don’t.)

Gifted-hands-movie

Ryan and I rented this movie and watched it on the plane ride home from the East Coast.  We had earbuds in our ears (we were using our travel DVD player) and something surprised me and I yelled out really loud and everyone turned around and the stewardesses glared at me. 

But it’s not really a suspenseful movie.  (Just that one part.) It’s inspirational and interesting and well-acted and faith-filled.  I won’t give you a synopsis, because I HATE knowing anything about a book or a movie before I start it (I won’t even read the back cover), but, trust me, you will love it and your kids older than 5 will, too.  I highly recommend it.

Now.  We have kind of exhausted our Blockbuster queue.  I need you to return the favor:

What are some lesser known movies that you would recommend to us?

29 comments:

G and G Nut said...

We liked: Taking Chance,
I Am David,
and Ghandi.
xoxo

Erin said...

Spirit of the Marathon!!! Especially if you are planning on running a marathon--or even thinking about it. Great documentary. Very inspiring!

Tristan said...

Fireproof. Great movie!

katie said...

Hotel Rwanda was really inspiring too.

Secondhand Lions is a really clean, funny movie (probably OK for kids).

Griffin & Phoenix will probably make you cry, but it is a great film.

Hollyween said...

Well, can you watch it alone? I guess Ryan can watch with you if he's in to chick flicks though...
If you liked A&E's Pride and Predjudice, then you MUST watch North and South. Great movie.

Katie said...

Oh, I love movies, I would love to comment.
Not all of these are family movies. Some are serious, some are romantic comedies, and others are just dramas.

The Maiden Heist - Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy

The Kite Runner - From the book

Ghost Town - Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear

Passengers - Anne Hathaway

God Grew Tired of Us

The Painted Veil - Naomi Watts

The boy in the striped in pajamas

I've loved you so long - Kristen Scott Thomas

If you like the classics/Jane Austen stuff
PBS does one every Sunday night. They are well done and fun to see.
Go to their website, to check it out. It runs from Jan- April.

P.S. I loved your babysitting post! Fantastic!

Lima Bean said...

The Visitor.

I also second the comment above that recommended I've loved you so long

(p.s. I'm one of Ilene's Eugene friends--I enjoy reading your blog)

Lauren in GA said...

I love that you yelled out loud.

Thank you for the recomendation, too.

Have you ever seen Deep Impact with Tea Leoni? I haven't seen it in years but it gave me so much to think about and Mike and I talked about it for days afterward.

Brooke said...

Thanks Jessica!!
We love getting movie recommendations.
Flywheel is an inspirational one we've seen lately.

Christie said...

If your family is into musicals, my daughter and I's current favorite is "The Happiest Millionaire." It's a CLASSIC. I watch it simply to stare at John Davidson's beautiful face. YUM.

the wrath of khandrea said...

cuba is my "pass" man. like if i had a free pass to sneak off with any man and not get in trouble for it, it would be him.

we actually do have family friday movie night. it's fun! i'll have to peruse our viewing history and see what i can suggest. thanks for the tip... this one will go in the queue.

kara jayne said...

too funny because i am in the middle of reading this book! glad to know there is a movie to go along with it.

Jacki said...

I could never be your woman with Michelle phiefer. I don't think it was kid appropriate but I was laughing out loud with it. It has a cute mother daughter theme.

zeeny said...

You HAVE to see Lars and the Real Girl...one of my all time favorite. We also like Penelope...one to watch with your girls as well! But please, pretty please, watch Lars and the Real Girl and let me know what you think! Also A Room with a View is really good but there is a bit of nudity...but it is innocent nudity, so I figure it is ok! Enjoy!

Camden said...

How about The Visitor.

Kristen said...

The Spanish Prisoner - it's a Drama/Mystery/Thriller written by David Mamet (super famous -and award winning- playwright/screenwriter known for TERRIBLE language) that is actually PG and 100% clean! The rumor was that his wife (who stares) asked him to write a "clean" movie to showcase her as a serious actress.
P.S. it's also starring Campbell Scott who we stole the name Campbell from.

heidi said...

i loved this movie when it was on tv last year and i bawled my face off onto the floor. loved it.
i must reiterate BBC's north and south. but that's just for you. i watched it jumping back and forth to my fave parts just last night...
i love big costume movies like the 10 commandments and ben-hur. and just charlton heston in general.
and of course, gone with the wind.
or spellbound!!! so funny. a documentary about the scripps howard spelling bee.
i've heard AUSTISM!the musical is really good too.

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Shannan said...

Grey Gardens with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

Also I discovered this on my netflix instant queue the other day - a fun British miniseries called "Lost in Austen". I loved loved it!

I really like indie flicks that are different and interesting and so I'm totally taking notes from your commenters!

Ilene said...

Yo.

I think you and Ryan would get a kick out of "Fistfull of Quarters: King of Kong."

Have you seen it? It's a fascinating documentary that plays like fiction. Evil villian, Everday Hero out to save the world of arcade.

Ilene said...

Whoops, I went a bit dyslexic.

King of Kong: Fistfull of Quarters.

The Hansens said...

I love "The Importance of Being Earnest" with Colin Firth. It's ridiculous but lovely.

I heart Bride and Prejudice if you haven't seen the Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice. So funny.

Kevin said...

The Stone of Destiny. We have it if you want to borrow. Tough to find. Like you, watched it on plane heading west.

G and G Nut said...

Another documentary that was fascinating was Paper Clips (about a middle school's experiment in holocaust study.)

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gab said...

No suggestions...but I am taking notes on all the good ones listed here! Thanks...

Amy said...

I'm loved Lady in the Water by M. Night Shymalan(sp). Probably not for your kids just yet, but I loved the unique plot to this movie and the lovable characters. The previews all made this movie out to be some horror film, but it really isn't. It's a bedtime story that he began telling his own children, and it morphed into a movie that he made. It's one of my favorites.

katie said...

I love this blog entry. So many suggestions to mark down.

I thought of one more that we watched last night. Scavenger Hunt - totally a 70s movie, but pretty funny. You have to be in the mood for stupid humor though...not dirty, just stupid. (the beginning makes it seem dirty, but the rest of it is not like that - rated PG...but you probably won't want your kids to see the innuendo at the beginning)

Camden said...

I thought of you today when I watched my 'laundry tuesday movie'. i usually pick something that I'll enjoy watching alone and that my Husband wouldn't care about. Today I watched a little sweet English movie called Son of Rambow. Very sweet. Check it out and be sure to watch the "making of" bit in the special features. I just LOVE cute little English boys.