Your Favorite Movies And Where To Stream Them!
Well, we’re starting to get out and about. We’re still social distancing and many of us are still wearing masks and washing our hands, using sanitizer, staying 8 feet apart, etc. Texas Panhandle folks are handling all this with a cheerful grace and a hopeful disposition. Through all this, I’ve seen many examples of smiles and kindness, and very little complaining and negativity. It speaks volumes as to the kind of people we are! I wish I could hug ALL of you!
Since many of us have spent a lot more time at home these days, our Streaming Platforms have become one of our main sources of entertainment. We’re not able to go to movie theaters or do much of anything that involves getting together in groups. We’re being good citizens and practicing Social Distancing, right? So let’s treat ourselves and our families to some feel-good movies!
Recently, I found out that watching tried-and-true classic movies and sitcoms is an easy way to feel good! It’s like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket of familiarity. When the world around us is unpredictable and strange, it’s nice to have some entertainment that gives something we can count on. It is also a very pleasant distraction from The News. And from everything that’s going on ‘Out There’. So, I thought I’d share some titles and where to find them! I’ll try to update this from time to time, and I hope you’ll share some of the things you find that make you and your crew feel some comfort.
Week of June 1st:
The Entire “Indiana Jones” series – Including ‘Raiders Of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Temple Of Doom,’ ‘Last Crusade’ and ‘Crystal Skull’ are all waiting for you on Netflix to share with your kids and grandkids! They’ll love you for it!
“Snoopy Come Home” and “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” – Please! Don’t let the kiddos grow up without knowing the Peanuts gang! These great animated family classics are on Hulu currently. Make sure all the youngsters in your house are able to name Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy.
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” – The original! The version we loved as kids is now on Netflix. Share it with your young’uns.
“Back To The Future” – Sure, why not watch this old favorite again! Marty McFly and Doc Brown are like old friends, just waiting to say those lines you know and love. Parts 1 and 2 are both streaming on Netflix in May.
“The Patriot” – If you have students-age kids at home with nothing to do, this movie is close enough to true and might spark an interest in the American Revolution. Stars Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, and streams on Hulu right now.
“The Green Mile” – Might be a little dark for the really young kids, but if you haven’t seen it in a while, you’ll love it all over again. It’s waiting for you over on Hulu.
“Hook” – The classic Peter Pan Universe story with Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Robin Williams is on Netflix!
“Scrooged” – It’s not just for Christmas! Bill Murray, Carole Kane and the whole gang are on Hulu right now. C’mon, put a little love in your heart!
“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” – Your favorite kids book as a brilliant animated movie, and it’s on Hulu this month.
“The Little Prince” – The book we all read as kids is now a CGI flick, and it’s so awesome! Guaranteed smiles and warm feeling. It’s on Netflix.
“Romancing The Stone” – Yep, that fun adventure/romance from 1984 starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas. and Danny Devito is back! And it’s streaming on Hulu! So is the sequel, “Jewel Of the Nile”.
“Lethal Weapon” = Am I getting to old for this? Well, the whole series (4 moivies) is on Netflix right now! With Danny Glover and Mel Gibson.
“The Carol Burnett Show‘ – It’s as hilarious as you remember! Carol, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Harvey Korman are waiting on Amazon Prime and ready to crack you up all over again!
“Risky Business” – The 80s Tom Cruise flick is on Hulu this month. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen it, you’ll lov it all over again!
“Super 8” – If you’re a fan of “Stranger Things,” you’ll love this 80s-themed adventure about a group of kids who decide to take a super-8 camera and make a movie. It’s on Amazon Prime right now!
“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” – Directed by Beatles Superfan Ron Howard, this awesome documentary about The Beatles live touring years is streaming on Hulu.
“The Kitchen” – Wives of gangsters take of their husbands racket while hubbies are in prison. Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany make this dark comedy pop! It’s currently on HBO-Go and not for the younger kids.
“The Conversation” – Great non-stop action from a time when movies were movies! With Gene Hackman at his best, and directed by Frances Ford Coppola, it’s on Amazon Prime.
“Troop Zero” – A really funny, cute family flick! An Amazon Original, it has Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, and the wonderful newcomer, McKenna Grace. A poignant, funny story of growing up in south in the mid-1970s.
“Cheers” – Sam & Diane, Norm & Cliff, Carla and Coach are all right where we left them! Netflix is currently streaming every wacky episode.
“Amazing Grace” – The awesome Aretha Franklin documentary that sat in a vault for 40 years is finally out and streaming on Hulu. You’re going to love this!
“McMillions” – The story of semi-average Americans who succumbed to the temptation of a millions dollars! These folks were offered the winning McDonald’s Monopoly piece in exchange for getting involved with the mob. You’ll find this fun nugget on HBO-Go!
“Mission Impossible: Fallout” – This one might not be for the entire family, but it’s worth a watch. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, along with Ving Rames and Simon Pegg. This one’s on Amazon and you won’t even think about reaching for the remote for 2:27!
“Arthur” – the original 1980 movie with Dudley Moore is streaming on HBO-Go!
“Shawshank Redemption” – The old favorite is streaming on Netflix this month! Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman.
“Saturday Night Live – 1970s Cast” – I’d forgotten how funny these are! Great guest hosts and music guests! Hulu has tons of ’em, and we sat and watched at least 1 dozen Original Cast episodes over the weekend!
“Harold & Maude” – The Hal Ashby classic feel-good flick is so much fun to re-watch on AmazonPrime! Bud Cort & Ruth Gordon are amazing! She says, “Go team! L-I-V-E, LIVE!” Words of wisdom we should all remember during this strange time.
“Silver Linings Playbook” – Made me feel good a second time, and it’s streaming this month on Netflix! After the younger folks are in bed, click over and enjoy Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro having the time of their lives!
It’s been a few days, and I found a few more flicks I think y’all will enjoy! Here’s the titles and where to find them:
“Avenger:s Infinity War” – Currently streaming on Netflix and it’s 2-1/2 hours of Marvel fun for the family!
“Good Will Hunting” – How long has ir been since you watched the flick that introduced us to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck? It’s time for a second look! It’s on Hulu right now.
“ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” – A groovy rockumentary streaming on Netflix!
Well, give me another weekend stuck in the house and I’ll give you 5 more Comfort Movies to fill your days with smiles!
Hope y’all are getting along alright. Stay healthy!