A friend of mine just asked me for some movie suggestions – here are some of the outstanding movies that I have seen over the past year. I’m sort of a movie buff so none of these are either blockbusters or the latest greatest to get marketed incessantly. These are off the beaten path gems and all of them are available on net flix.

Secondhand Lions (Michael Cain Robert Duval – great family movie)
The Milagro Beanfield War (Robert Redford production – good fun)
Kick-Ass (another fun family movie)
Win Win (Paul Giamatti – good family movie)
Hesher (great cast a little more gritty r rated but excellent movie – big, big fans of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman)
Hard Eight (John C. Reilly – gritty has a few twists)
Cedar Rapids (under-rated comedy – big John Reilly fans)
The Yellow Handkerchief (family movie – early Kristen Stewart – Maria Bello and William Hurt – good ending stick with it)
Get Low (is great with Robert Duval)
Moon (Sam Rockwell – 2001 space odyssey vibe – mystery thriller will keep you guessing – surprisingly good)
Machete (over the top violence – better than any of the Quentin Tarantino stuff – action movie)
Runaway Jury (this is a good Hackman movie with John Cusack – it’s a drama mystery)
The Answer Man (Jeff Daniels – big fans of Jeff’s another eccentric character study but also a real pop cultural skewer – you’ll like it)
Your Highness ( a little T&A – pot movie – just good ol dumb entertainment – Not the Holy Grail but fun enough)

I totally got into Deadwood: and The Wire: both HBO television series – lots of cursing and gritty 1880’s reality, vulgar and that’s just deadwood – the Wire – lots of drugs, Baltimore street culture both raw unvarnished looks at life – needles, and heroin, and drive bys – not for children.

Must see documentaries for everyone
Food, Inc. (very important movie for all)
Vanishing of the Bees (very important movie for all – narrated by Ellen Page)
Inside Job (if you are investing in or have any money tied up in the stock market – you’ll be horrified and rightly so – everyone needs to see this)
Crude (Trans National Corporations at their unregulated best)
Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone
We Shall Remain: (Native American History from American Native point of view – history they didn’t teach you in school)

Campy Classic B Horror Movies
Val Lewton: Isle of the Dead / Bedlam
I Walked with a Zombie / Body Snatcher