Do you have a favorite movie or maybe several that really made an impression on you? My girls will watch a movie over and over if they like it. I have never been that bad but I do have a few that I might call favorites. I tend to like movies that are true stories or are about Kentucky. I joined Netflix a while ago and have really enjoyed watching a couple of movies each week.
I will post a few of my favorites and hope that you will do the same. That way, I can put yours on my list to watch. Some of mine are older movies and you may be seen them already but here goes:
Set in 1907 in the Appalachian mountains, director Maggie Greenwald’s SONGCATCHER tells the story of Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), a musicologist trying hard to reach the next rung in her academic career. She goes to visit her sister, Elna, who lives in a rural coal mining town, and discovers that the local musicians play traditional folk music that they learned from their ancestors in Ireland and Scotland. A gorgeous portrait of music, romance, and history, this film won the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast at Sundance 2000.
A lot of this movie was filmed in Kentucky in and around Lexington. There are beautiful scenes of our horse farms throughout the movie. It is based on a true story.
Ben Crane was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer, were wasted on making other men’s fortunes. Sonya was once a great horse, whose promising career on the racetrack was cut short, suddenly, by a broken leg. Considered as good as dead to her owner–who also happens to be Ben’s boss–Sonya is given to Ben as his severance pay, along with his walking papers. Now, it will take the unwavering faith and determination of Ben’s young daughter, Cale, to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. However, the true miracle might be that, in helping this injured horse, what they are actually healing is their own family
HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A.
Director Barbara Kopple’s film about the 1973 coal miners’ strike in Harlan County, Ky., won a Best Documentary Oscar and was selected for the National Film Registry. Highlighting the struggles of families living in shacks with no indoor plumbing and enduring hazardous working conditions, the film details the conflict between the Eastover Mining Co. and the laborers determined to join the United Mine Workers of America.
WALK THE LINE
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Now it’s your turn! I could come up with more but that’s enough for today. Let me hear from you!
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