Movie Day: My Picks So Far

This is Day Two of my 2012 head cold (sneezing, coughing, runny nose, etc.), so I’ve chosen to spend the day catching up on movies. With plenty of water and cough drops beside me and the remote for our Blu-Ray player in my hand, here is my growing list of ‘sick day’ Netflix films:

Upstairs, Downstairs: This is the original 1970 series, partly in color, partly in black and white (due to a union strike). I’ve been watching a lot of murder mysteries lately (Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Miss Marple), so I just wanted a break from death and murderers. The gentle predicaments of the maids and mistresses in Upstairs, Downstairs provided a lovely trip backward in time.

The Double: My sister Ann recommended this one. Richard Gere stars as a CIA spook who must track down the last of the Cassius 7 (Russian spy Ninjas who kill anyone and everyone). It has several plot twists, and Gere is always worth watching. Thanks, Ann!

Suspect Zero: A disturbing look through the eyes of a remote viewer and the FBI agent who wants to catch him. The viewer sees only serial killers and their victims, and the big question is who is the most disturbed–the killer, the viewer, or the agent? Excellent film filled with symbolism.

Vanishing on 7th Street: One of several recent films to offer an alternative ‘explanation’ for the sudden disappearance of people from the Earth. The ‘left behind’ comparison is obvious and even mentioned. Shadowy figures extinguish all life like living black holes, taking all humans–leaving only animals and two small children to ‘reset’ the world.

That’s it for now. Sam just jumped off the couch and is heading toward his food dish–the empty food dish. I know when I’m being summoned.