Film & TV Lunch Club: January 2020 - 'New Beginnings'
The titles for our January theme of 'New Beginnings' are available to watch on the two most popular streaming platforms (Netflix and Prime) so it should be super easy for everyone to watch them. Here they are:
1. Wild (2014; Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée)
Biography/Drama: A chronicle of one woman's one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy. Available to watch on Netflix. F-Rated.
2. The Razor's Edge (1984; Dir: John Byrum)
Drama/romance/war: He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge. Available to watch on Prime.
3. Eat Pray Love (2010; Dir: Ryan Murphy)
Drama/romance: A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself". Available to watch on Netflix. F-Rated.
Other notable films/TV shows suggested for the theme:
o The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
o Bridget Jones' Diary - A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.
o My Fair Lady - Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) presentable in high society.
o Silver Linings Playbook - After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
o Russian Doll - A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.
o Into The Wild - After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
o Rain Man - Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
o Shawshank Redemption - Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
o Room - Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
o Captain Fantastic - In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
o Happy Death Day - A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.
o Gloria - When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.