Stop waiting for the next film to come to Redbox or DVD and try something new (or would it be old?). Just because a film is older doesn’t mean its story lost value. If you are new here, these posts are about movies that maybe you missed when they came out and never got around to watching them, weren’t allowed to watch them growing up, or never even heard of them. These are five films from the 2000’s or earlier that I love and encourage you to give a try (I promise you’ll love at least something on this list).
The true inspiration for this series was Derek, my loving boyfriend. I would make all these movie references and he would NEVER get any of them. He would mainly give me this terrified look like I lost my marbles, and then just act like nothing happened. Recently, I had to sit the boy down and show him Anastasia because when I seductively and dramatically took off my jacket and said “grandma-ma it’s me, Anastasia,” I thought he was going to pass out.
Because of situations like the one above, I decided I would make a list of movies he hasn’t seen and we would work our way through that list. It has been a great and fun way to spend our evenings. I would say he enjoys about 80%-85% of the movies we watch. Derek was stuck in the Marvel and Action genre and barely knew much outside of that, and now, here we are today running around quoting movies and having a good time. Then, it was a no-brainer to make this a blog post for others that may be in a similar situation to Derek.
This list does include movies you can watch on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and other services. However, since these services often change what they have, I do not include movies purely because they are available on a streaming service. If you want to watch these movies, I would recommend looking them up on any streaming service (including any cable packages) you are currently paying for, if that doesn’t work you can usually purchase them for a few bucks off YouTube and other similar services. If not or you want a free option, I highly recommend checking your local library.
We use our library to watch almost all of these movies because it’s free and easy. Anyone can get a library card and start checking out movies, books, and much more for free the day you walk in. Most libraries have an online site that you can use to look up and request movies, all you have to do is wait until your preferred library has it on the hold shelf for you to pick it up. Super easy and completely FREE!
I always state this, but here it is again. I always offer a variety of movies in a variety of movie genres so hopefully, there will be something for everyone every month. Also, don’t judge a movie by the description. There are so many movies that have a great plot and story, but describing that to someone in the movie description would ruin the movie entirely. So, try something new and surprise yourself! Life is too short to not try new things.
Tommy Boy (Adventure Comedy)
This is a classic from the 90’s that stars Chris Farley (Tommy) and David Spade (Richard). The premise of the movie is that Tommy needs to save his father’s company by traveling across America to sell brake pads.
However, Tommy is an idiot that took way too long to barely graduate college and the situation pretty much looks hopeless, but regardless, Tommy and Richard (who is forced to go) hit the road. It’s one of those movies that you can’t believe it could get crazier but it somehow does. It had Derek laughing his butt off.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Animated Adventure)
This movie is my personal favorite of Hayao Miyazaki. It is targeted at pre-teens, but I think (as with all of Miyazaki’s work) it is great for all ages. I mostly love this movie because of the little black cat, Jiji.
The film follows Kiki (Kirsten Dunst), a young witch, who must adventure out on her own for a mandatory year of independence to become an adult witch. As she tries to settle into her new town she starts a delivery service but has to overcome multiple hurdles as she tries to live like an adult. This film is heartwarming, cute, and easy-going.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Sci-Fi Drama-Adventure)
This film is directed by Steven Speilberg and stars Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law. I don’t want to spoil this one too much, but here it is simply. In the future when robots have become a part of everyday life and resources are limited, one company ventures out to make the first ever robot that can ‘love’. The first prototype is a young boy (Osment) who longs to become a ‘real’ boy and seeks out a way to do so. This movie is sad, dark, and very intriguing.
As with most of Speilberg’s works, it is different from your average movie and does a great job of making you feel uneasy and immersed in the life of this robot boy. It has good moments but is mainly a comment on how out of hand robotics could get if we’re not careful. Honestly, this movie was probably a bit ahead of its time.
Donnie Darko (Sci-Fi Drama Thriller)
This is not for everyone, but I highly recommend giving it a try if you like weird movies that constantly puzzle you throughout. Donnie Darko is a cult-classic that I’m sure many of you have heard about, but maybe never got around to watching it (just do it already)!
After a bizarre accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) has visions of a man in a large bunny suit who forces him to commit crimes. Donnie’s world is turned upside down as he struggles to distinguish his imagination from reality and begins to think the world is going to end soon. This movie will make you feel uneasy and slightly disturbed all to leave you puzzled about what you actually just watched. But, it is a larger than life film, and after watching the movie I highly recommend reading the explanation to fully wrap your mind around the ending and film as a whole.
Okay, so after the first 10 minutes of super cringe-worthy 2000’s gossip this movie is pretty great. Derek swore he wouldn’t like it but after I forced him through it, he loved it.
Juno (Ellen Page) is a quirky, off-beat teenage girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. The movie follows her throughout her pregnancy and the trials of telling her parents, facing the guy she did ‘it’ with, and going to school as a ‘fat whale’. Juno tries to find the ‘perfect’ couple to adopt her unborn child as she is faced with growing up a little too fast. It is a heart-warming story that has some really funny moments. We both liked it because it breaks the traditional stereotypes of relationships, step-mothers, and teenagers in general. Really great watch.
Those are the five films this month (over already 😦 ). If you want more, check out my last three installments:
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