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Familial fun

So while my mother was in the hospital, I got her a NetFlix account. Since she’s not always into the technogeeky thing, and because I wanted to make her life as easy as possible while recovering, I manage the queue. It’s worked out really well — she gets the fun of opening a surprise in the mail every few days. And I have a pretty solid idea of her tastes.

But I’m feeling whimsical, so now I want recommendations from y’all. What would you rent her? The list of movies rented to date is in the extended entry — she claims to have enjoyed everything so far.

Revolution OS
Jump Tomorrow
Like Water for Chocolate
Punch-Drunk Love
Wings of Desire
The Hot Rock
Father of the Bride (not the Steve Martin one)
Lawrence of Arabia
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Russian Ark
Poolhall Junkies
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Bourne Identity
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
The Commitments
Bull Durham
The Quiet American (the Michael Caine one)


  1. Jeff Dougan Jeff Dougan

    – Cast a Deadly Spell (H.P. Lovecraft meets film noir)
    – The Maltese Falcon
    – I, Claudius
    – Best in Show
    – Arsenic & Old Lace

    That’s enough from me for now.

  2. anonymous anonymous


  3. Well since she seems to like cerebral spy movies, get her Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People.

    But then I’d say that to anyone.

  4. The Bells of St. Mary’s
    Fame (depending on how much she liked the 1980’s)
    Mississippi Masala

  5. Talk to Her (assuming she’s OK with subtitles)

  6. Galen Silversmith Galen Silversmith

    (I’ll assume the made-for-theaters version of Bourne Identity as opposed to the ’88TV version).

    Ladykillers (the original) is Wacky in many of the same ways as Kind Hearts and Coronets.

    If she’s willing to deal with subtitles, Dersu Uzala would be another recommendation. A wonderful tail of friendship by Kurosawa, but without his usual violence. Also, Depardu’s Cyrano is worth seeing.

    Zero Effect is a modern humorous take on the Detective genre. Sort of like and unlike USA Network’s Monk.

    the Wallace and Grommit series or Chicken Run doesn’t seem ideally on target, but they have a similar sense of humor to some of the other films listed, and a new direction in film style, so she might like that direction.

  7. Merlin Merlin

    Try Diggstown. I’m able to watch that movie over and over, and it remains charming. Partly because of the charisma that James Woods just oozes at the screen in that movie.

  8. How about Shakespeare in Love?
    Maybe The Big Night and Eat Drink Man Woman (for more foodie-type movies).

  9. Tayefeth Tayefeth

    One of my personal favorites at the moment is Antonia’s Line, but it has subtitles and frank sexuality (though not graphic sex). You might want to watch it yourself before you have it sent to her.

    I like the pair of Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love.

  10. Bell, Book, and Candle. (The old one.)

  11. Bedazzled, either version (though I admit I haven’t seen the original version, I do like the remake with Brendan Fraser). Emma, Sense & Sensibility. If it’s available and she doesn’t mind lengthy, the A&E Pride and Prejudice is awesome. πŸ™‚

  12. Y’all rock.

    She’ll like Chicken Run. She’ll definitely like Zero Effect. Food movies are good. Subtitles are no problem. I added the complete Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

    Yeah, taste is probably inherited…

  13. These are movies (especially the first four) which I will watch over and over again. I don’t consider myself somebody who watches movies over and over again. πŸ™‚

    While You Were Sleeping
    Sliding Doors
    The Cutting Edge
    Replacement Killers
    Run Lola Run (which Wil Wheaton said, “Tell your girlfriend it’s like Sliding Doors, and by the time you’ve rented it it’ll be too late for her to do anything about it” about. πŸ™‚
    10 Things I Hate About You
    Anne of Green Gables (Canadian Broadcast Company version starring Megan (Meagan?) Follows)
    Noises Off
    The Princess Bride (I can’t imagine she hasn’t seen it, but if she hasn’t, by george, she should!)
    Ever After
    A Knight’s Tale
    Life is Beautiful (careful, it’s heartbreaking)
    Streets of Fire (pure schlock, but the ending is perfect)

    Ok, that’s probably enough. πŸ™‚

  14. Seconding Ever After & Chocolat, and of course Princess Bride.

    Bhaji on the Beach
    Groundhog Day
    Lagaan (subtitled)
    Time Bandits
    Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
    Bend It Like Beckham
    O Brother Where Art Thou?
    Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Totoro (better subtitled than dubbed)
    Hey, Ram (if some ultra-violence isn’t out-of-bounds; it’s set partly during partition)
    The Mystic Masseur (there’s really nothing like seeing south Asians speaking Jamaican English)

    Now i can go update my list on Orkut…

  15. John Abbe John Abbe

    Say Anything

  16. Carl Carl

    Avoiding suggestions already made by others:
    Cat’s Meow
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Lost in Translation
    Everything by Miyazaki
    The Sandbaggers?
    Zulu (Michael Caine’s first starring role!)

    OK, Zulu may be a stretch, but really, everyone should see Zulu. I could be wrong.

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