What to watch: 6 Netflix movies for this snowy day

So, I haven't done a post about streaming video before, but I'm thinking it's a good idea. It's so hard to look around Netflix and Amazon Prime to see what they have to offer that I usually end up Googling "best of Netflix January 2015" and seeing what I come across.

Netflix has some great stuff out there right now, and with this snowstorm in full effect, it seems like the perfect time to get you guys some suggestions.Here are some movies on Netflix that I've enjoyed recently.

Now, get yourself some hot cocoa, a cozy throw blanket, and hunker down! Be safe out there, northeast!!

Movie, Action: Jack Reacher

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.

Sometimes all you want is something mindless, action packed, with good guys and bad guys, and entertaining. This absolutely fits the bill! I watched it with my mom and dad, and while Mom audibly yelped at times, she survived. I'm not a Tom Cruise fan in real life, but as Jack Reacher, he's great.

Movie, Action: World War Z

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls.

I realize this may be a controversial pick since it's technically a zombie movie, but it is REALLY well done, and is actually about a disease that turns people into zombies. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie (and was frightened by, in a way pertaining to the real world). Give it a chance. I promise, you won't be sorry that you did.

Movie, Documentary: Muscle Shoales

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.

I really, really enjoyed this documentary. It was all about soul, music, and this odd little enclave of great musicians and producers who inspired some of the best acts of the 60s/70s/80s and more to do their best work. Really interesting!

Movie, Comedy: In a World

Lake Bell (No Strings Attached ) stars in In a World..., a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry's reigning king? her father. The charming supporting cast includes Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins...

I love Lake Bell (How to Make it in America was SO GOOD), so this movie appealed to me. She's quirky, funny, and sarcastic. If you're into her, you'll definitely like this movie.

Movie, Comedy: Amelie

Amélie is a shy waitress in a Montmartre café. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures.

Ok, full disclosure, this has subtitles. BUT it's 100% worth it. This sweet, fun story had me hooked from the beginning.

Movie, Drama: Devil's Knot

Based on the true story of the West Memphis Three where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Spurred on by the demand from a grieving town, the local police act quickly to bring three "devil-worshipping" teenagers to trial. With their lives hanging in the balance, investigator Ron Lax is trying to find the truth between the town's need for justice and the guilt of the accused.

This movie is tough. It's based on a true story and it made me really interested in finding out what happened with the West Memphis Three. We are told the story of the murders through the eyes of one of the victim's mom (Reese) and an investigator (Colin Firth). It kept me entertained and really made me think. Not the best movie ever, but a good one.

ALSO: since the storm is Juno, you might be obligated to watch Juno. You can rent it from Amazon for $3!!


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