With the snow still coming down, CCD decided put sit down with our Netflix cue and find some snow day movie and TV recommendations for the whole family, and your hipster cousin who spends a better part of their day drinking coffee at Krankies and is keeping three chickens and a rooster in their mamma’s back yard.
Let’s begin with some recommendations for the whole family:
Star Trek First Contact
While often over-looked as one of the Star Trek franchises major cinematic accomplishments, the only thing that makes First Contact a lesser film than Wrath of Khan is the absence of Ricardo Montalban and Shatner. The Next Generation cast goes back in time to defeat Borg invaders at the dawn of the technological advance that creates the gleaming universe of the Original Series. And the Borg queen is incredibly sexy.
This Brit-com starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade (becoming a noted film director now), Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry takes us in the basement with the forlorn IT department of a British corporation where the folks upstairs seem to do little more than be attractive and have affairs with other attractive people. The stand-out here is Ayoade as Maurice Moss the Mensa level genius living with Asperger’s and OCD.
The Brady Bunch Movie
Subversive in the best ways, this 1995 version of The Brady Bunch Movie directed by Betty Thomas (Hill Street Blues, Private Parts) not only manages to be an able spoof, but functions as a satire of American “Me” culture in general. The secret weapon here is Gary Cole’s (Pineapple Express, Talladega Nights) brilliant performance as Mike Brady that not only manages to capture Robert Reed’s mannerisms, but is a solid comic performance beyond the impersonation.
A former Shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, years after their master’s death, to apply their superhuman martial arts skills to play soccer and bring Shaolin kung fu to the masses… there is simply nothing else that needs be said about this delightful film by Stephen Chow.
Legendary director Martin Scorsese brings Brian Selznick’s gorgeous book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, to vivid life. Adults and film fans will marvel at Scorsese’s mastery of the medium and his loving re-creations of the early film magic of Georges Méliès. Children will love Hugo’s automaton friend and the stunning visuals. The performance to watch is Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat) and his soulful work as the Station Inspector in post WWI Paris.
One of the films from the 80’s streak of family films that produced the better known Gremlins, ET, and Goonies, Joe Dante (Twilight Zone:The Movie, Small Soldiers) directed this loving re-creation of childhood staring a young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix. The sense of wonder is palatable and the somewhat ramshackle production is endearing. This film is sure to inspire the kids and film their parents with nostalgia.