Friday, December 21, 2012

Netflix Instant TV and Movie Picks: Life Affirming Movies Edition!

If you're reading this, then congratulations! You've made it through the Mayan Apocalypse. As we all breathe a collective sigh of relief that we've made it through the end of the world, and by end of the world I mean the the relief of moving past annoying social media posts and memes, we can now go back to our regularly scheduled life of viral dance videos and reading end of the year lists. Now we can brace ourselves for the next calendar to end, the next crazy group to claim the apocalypse is coming, or for actually fire to fall from the sky.

But until any of that happens, lets all have a nice group hug and watch some life affirming films (fantastic idea by my cohort) together this weekend as we wrap the gifts that we I put off until the last minute.

Hal Ashby's dark comedy from 1971, HAROLD AND MAUDE follows the strange relationship between two unlikely people. Harold is a young man obsessed with death while Maude is an older, free spirit with a carefree attitude towards life. Only through their relationship does Harold begin to understand the truth of life and that being obsessed with death isn't all it's cracked up to be.

A small Irish film that made a big splash over in America, BILLY ELLIOT proves that you're never too young to discover your passion and what you're meant to live for. As a young boy expected to make his family proud by learning to box, Billy discovers he has the talent and drive for dancing. This film is sweet, heartwarming, and encouraging to everyone to follow their dreams even if your family is against you.

And what finally, what could help you affirm your life more than having Monty Python tell you what the meaning is. Even if British humor isn't your cup of tea, this film breaks down life into sections everyone can relate to including Growth and Learning, Middle Age, and Death. You'll find enlightenment coupled with many giggles in this zany film.

That's it for me this week. From all of us here at We Drink Your Milkshake, have a fabulous weekend and may your eggnog (spiked or otherwise) be plentiful next week!

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