We know a large amount of you are going to be binge watching Daredevil Season 2 this weekend. We will be doing the same. However, if you need a break from ten episodes or you need to fill the void after finishing the season, our contributors offer up their own recommendations. Have a happy movie watching weekend, everyone!
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The West Wing (Netflix) – What better time to get into a political drama than an election year? Seriously though, Aaron Sorkin’s White House drama may actually make you believe the people at the top want things to be better. Even though the flavor of the moment is the dark (and semi-depressing) House of Cards, The West Wing is probably an apt overly-optimistic alternative. If you take the time to dive into this show, then I think it you will find the topics and discussions surprisingly relevant to the issues we’re still working through as a nation.
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The Quiet Man (Netflix) – A St. Patrick’s Day staple for me. Director John Ford’s love letter to Ireland is one of my favorite films, and a must-see for any true film fan. John Wayne gives one of his best performances with his finest leading lady, Maureen O’Hara. Together, the two of them light up the screen, their chemistry obvious. It’s a tale of stubbornness, tradition and pride between men and women. If you’re looking for an Irish yarn for St. Patty’s Day, this is the one for you.
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The Colony (Netflix) – I almost hesitate to call this a recommendation, because it isn’t particularly good, but it’s not all that bad either. Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton anchor a decent cast in this apocalyptic ice age thriller in which an unknown number of colonies strive to make it from day to day with the limited resources they have. When one colony fails to check-in, a small group hits the road – or the snow – to discover the reason for their silence. What they find brings terror to them, and to their home colony as they make their way back.
If you’re looking to scratch an itch for a post-apocalyptic film, you could probably do much butter, but you could also do worse than The Colony. Have I planted myself firmly enough in the middle of the road yet? As with most films in this genre we get a couple specific instances of examining the value of a single human life, and the cost at which one life is worth keeping around. We get a somewhat promising power-struggle that really fizzles out. But we also get a threat to the colony that feels legit, even if some pretty ridiculous decisions are being made on both sides. If nothing else, you get to see Morpheus once again lead and underground group of survivors!