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.
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........