Friday, October 3, 2014

7QT (Vol. 103): Recommended Movies

I read a post recently about recommended movies and thought, "What a great idea! I can do a list of movies I think are worthwhile." I didn't plan to write about my favorite movies necessarily, but about movies I would recommend as thought-provoking and valuable. (All links are affiliate links.)

All movies listed are better than what we were watching when Colin gave up and went to sleep

Good Night, and Good Luck Based on a true story, this provides a good look at the United States during McCarthyism and the Red Scare. It has value as a historical piece, but also as a lens for looking at the current political climate. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind This film is in Japanese with English subtitles. A dubbed version is available, but the dialogue translation is really terrible in parts. I like the way this movie examines environmentalism, greed, power, peace and courage. It is a masterful story while still being appropriate for younger viewers.

Pope John Paul II This biopic tells the story of a man who changed the course of history. A poet, an actor, a teacher, a priest and ultimately a pope the world would come to love. I watched this in college with a handful of non-Catholic friends who were all amazed and inspired by his life, so it's not just a Catholic thing. (Though if you are Catholic, you'll probably get more out of it.)

Life Is Beautiful Much of this movie takes place in a German concentration camp during WW2, so it is definitely too intense for children. While I think it is a good historical piece, I am more inspired by it as an illustration of Gospel themes. I won't go into too much detail, just in case you haven't seen it and plan to watch it.

12 Angry Men (1957) Good in so many ways! This is another good history piece, set in the 1950s. It does an amazing job of character development of the 12 jurors without ever leaving the jury room. No flashbacks, no voiceovers, just dialogue. Very impressive. It also brings to light how racism and classism can present themselves in gentler guises until one is in a situation where a life hangs in the balance.

And... those were the only films I could think to recommend. I have since thought of Gattaca as a possibility, but it has been so long since I watched it that I'm not sure. Jeremy says the reason I can't think of more is that I generally refuse to watch PG-13 movies and good films have themes and scenes inappropriate for younger viewers. He is probably right, but that doesn't make me want to go watch American History X or Requiem for a Dream. Do you have any recommendations of powerful films that I won't hate?

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  1. I'm not much of a movie watcher but those sound interesting

    1. Let me know what you think if you end up watching any of them!