12 Movies to Stream
By Felicia Crosby
This movie is the ultimate oversized cozy sweater. Sweet, screwy, full of great one-liners and warm-hearted eccentrics who feel like friends. If you only know Jessica Lange from American Horror Story, you’ll see a totally different – and Oscar-winning – side of her. Happy, happy movie.
All About Eve (1950):
In an era that cast 40-year-old women in the grandmother role (I’m not kidding; see Joan Bennett in 1951’s “Father’s Little Dividend”), Bette Davis’ sexy, sophisticated 40-something Margo Channing is brave, bold and utterly compelling. It’s also an incredibly witty movie with lightning-quick dialogue.
Little Women (1994, 2019):
The ’94 version is sacred for me, seamlessly melding the classic story with the Alcott family’s progressive (and historically radical ) philosophies. I didn’t think I could love another. The 2019 version proved me wrong. Utterly different, but just as faithful, just as true. Contemporary, fresh, joyous.
Best In Show (2000):
The gold standard of the “mockumentary” genre, it follows the finalists in a Westminster-type dog show. The ensemble cast is comedic perfection; the dogs are adorable fuzz monsters (especially the bloodhound) and for anyone who’s missing Schitt’s Creek, it’s a chance to see Moira and Johnny together again. This movie does not get old.
The movie that loosely inspired the series. Immensely bighearted, laugh-out-loud funny and a little heartbreaking; a poignant reminder that a family’s beauty – and its strength – lies in the imperfections of its members. Teenage Keanu Reeves is glorious. My all-time favorite last scene in any movie, ever.
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948):
Fixer upper, 1948-style. Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are New Yorkers looking to build in the wilds of Connecticut (back when Connecticut had wilds); naturally, everything goes wrong. Best line, when Grant’s affluent ad man character complains about all the hidden costs, “You know, not everybody makes $11,000 a year like I do!”
The 90’s view of the LGBTQ community already feels long ago, but it wasn’t. The story is intimate, heartbreaking, nuanced; the performances are beautiful. This is my all-time favorite Tom Hanks role.
This is Lupita N’yongo’s movie; I can’t take my eyes off her. It’s a scary, bloody horror movie, yes, but it’s the story of her character that takes it to a whole other moral level. Who is good? Evil? Innocent? Complicit? And the expression on her face in the last scene...
The Exorcist (1973):
The special effects are a bit cheesy now; the slow creep of ominous dread is not. This movie still scares the bejeesus out of me; it’s also deliciously, richly atmospheric with one of the best movie scores ever.
North By Northwest (1959):
The chicest Hitchcock movie ever made; beautiful people with gorgeous clothes in sumptuous settings, including a rarely seen side of Mount Rushmore. A smart, witty and increasingly tense trip across America. Even the killers look great.
Wild Rose (2018):
Little indie movie about a working-class Scotswoman, fresh from prison with two small children and a mother to whom she needs to make amends – but her goal is Nashville, USA. Lovely, satisfying, and like most British movies, can tug without being sentimental.
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