Sunday, 17 May 2015

Netflix: Family

This month on Netflix sees the arrival of new a comedy show. "Grace and Frankie" centres around two women who find themselves sharing the same patch after their husbands leave them. For each other. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as the title characters, and do a great job in the roles. Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as their husbands are equally good. This isn't the first time Fonda and Waterston have shared the screen in recent years, as both were on the fantastic "The Newsroom".


This show brought up the topic of "family". The more I thought about it, the more I realised that in terms of movies, the word "family" has a few different uses. You have family movies; movies for everyone in the house to enjoy. You can have movies about families, and you can have families of movies, such as all the Marvel films that have come out in recent years. 

I've decided to take a look at some examples of each, all streaming now on Netflix in the UK and Ireland. 

Family Movie:


When it comes to family time, Disney are a very tough act to beat. In the 80's however, Disney were going through a bit of a dry run. It was during this time that Don Bluth rose to the top of the heap in terms of successful animated films. "The Secret of Nimh" and "An American Tail" were hits, but "The Land Before Time" is my personal favourite. Lillibug loves it too, as she's really into dinosaurs at the minute, so she plays with her toy dinosaurs acting out the film as it happens. 

Movies About Family:


When people think of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the first things that come to mind are men (and women) getting beaten up and Conor McGregor acting the eejit in front of the world. In "Warrior" though, it's the backdrop for a fantastic story about two estranged brothers and their deadbeat father. One of the brothers has a family of his own to look after, while the other has family of a different kind (what? I don't want to spoil it!). It goes past what a normal sports movie and crosses over into a great film about family and forgiveness. 

A Family of Movies:


With a new, fifth film in the series arriving in July, now is the perfect time to revisit the "Mission Impossible" series starring Tom Cruise. It's hard to believe that the first film came out in 1996! I still vividly remember being in the cinema and everyone being quiet as mice when Ethan Hunt (Cruise) was swinging in the vault, trying not to make too much noise or touch the floor (above). The series has gone from strength to strength, even though it did take a dip in quality with "Mission Impossible II". "Mission: Impossible", "Mission: Impossible II" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (the fourth one) are now all streaming on Netflix UK and Ireland.

What are your family favourites?


*Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........


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13 comments:

  1. I believe Grace & Frankie is one to watch & one I'm looking forward to viewing soon ;-)
    I never heard of Warrior but sounds like my kind of film :-)

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    1. It has me in stitches Eimear, you have got to watch it ;)

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  2. Ah the Land Before Time. "Petrie, do not feel sad. It is alright. Many things cannot fly. Rocks, trees, sticks, Spike..."

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    1. One of the films to this day that still makes me cry like a baby :( I love it. x

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  3. Grace and Frankie sounds good and I love the cast. It's shows like that, that make me wish our internet speed was fast enough to stream Netflix down here.

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    1. I was really intrigued when I found out that Jane Fonda was in it so that really helped. The whole thing is so funny and I'm loving it! Hope your internet gets better!

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  4. We've already started watching Grace and Frankie, really enjoying it but expect no less from the super actors and production team behind the show. The scene in the first episode by the beach still has me laughing

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    1. The whole thing just makes me laugh from beginning to end, the actors are superb!

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  5. I think my Netflix thoughts have been well and truly squished by Three, I have to move the router round the kitchen several times to even blog and watching youtube videos is a painful exercise lately - I do miss the old family movies from the 80s and 90s. All those ones we loved like Mighty Ducks, Mr Nanny, Mrs Doubtfire, Baby's Day Out, Problem Child, Honey I Shrunk the Kids - is there anything now that a whole family could sit down and enjoy together that's not animated or CGI? Old woman alert!! xx

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    1. I wouldn't recommend 3 to my worst enemy after the way I was treated by customer service years ago about my connection. I'm sick of CGI and I'm sick of 3D, both drive me nuts! xx

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  6. i really need to start watching G&F, i keep seeing people tweeting about it. Lillibug sounds adorable!! The land before time is also a personal fave.xx

    www.jesskadenise.com

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    1. It's an absolute hoot Jess. Lillibug is mad into her dinosaurs reminds me of when I collected them as a kid :) x

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  7. I love the family movies when I finally sit to watch one :) Thank you for linking on #wineandboobs

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