Top 5 Films
1. An Education (www.netflix.com)
Looking for an opportunity to leave the mundanity of her suburban London home, high school senior Jenny Mellor begins an affair with an older man. When he sweeps her off her feet, she begins neglecting her studies and puts at risk her opportunity to attend Oxford.
2. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (www.netflix.com)
Whatever your opinions on Playboy, this documentary is a fascinating look into one of the most iconic publications and entrepreneurial ventures of the past century. Using interviews and archival footage, the film chronicles the inception of the magazine and examines how it evolved in accordance with Hef’s political involvement throughout the second half of the 20th century to the present.
3. The Baxter (www.netflix.com)
Michael Showalter and Michelle Williams charm in this feel-good romantic comedy (also written and directed by Showalter) that takes a look at characters that most movies overlook. With a tongue-in-cheek nod to classic romances, it’s about finding love in unexpected places and the fateful journeys that lead us there.
4. Creature From the Black Lagoon (www.netflix.com)
Some days (lots of days for me) there is nothing better than indulging in popcorn and a creature feature. One of the classics is, of course, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. This 1954 film, originally released in 3D, is filled with its fair share of camp and cheesy dialogue, but for classic movie lovers it’s a must see!
5. Black Robe (www.netflix.com)
This Australian/Canadian co-production is a compelling and visually striking drama. Set in Quebec in 1634, Black Robe tells the story of a young French priest’s journey from the foundling colony of Quebec to track down a missionary located in a remote Huron village. Traveling with a group of Algonquin Indians, the journey depicts the early clash of cultures between the French and Algonquins, as well as the strength and limits of faith.