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Since the 84th Annual Academy Awards takes place this weekend (Sunday, 02/26/12) I decided to choose some Oscar winning films that you can enjoy right now on Netflix Streaming.


If you are more of a watcher than a reader and/or just want to watch me fangirl out over some of these flicks you can watch me also explaining this post above, or you can just skip that and read through.

Brokeback Mountain (1995) (Available Until 12/16/14)

Ang Lee, Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Brokeback Mountain


(Best Director-Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay-Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Best Original Score-Gustavo Santaolalla)

Brokeback Mountain is the story of two cowboys who fall in love but can’t be together except during a brief time when they are working alone on a mountain. The film stars the late Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway and Randy Quaid.

What Dreams May Come (1998) (Available Until 01/01/14)

Robin Williams in What Dreams May Come


(Best Visual Effects-Joel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson & Kevin Scott Mack )

Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciorra star in a movie about a man who tries to find his wife in the afterlife after he dies. The problem is that while he was meant to reside in heaven she is damned to hell.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) (Available Until 10/01/13)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's


(Best Original Song-Moon River by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer, Best Score-Henry Mancini)

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard star in this movie that was loosely based on the book by Truman Capote. Hepburn is a wannabe socialite who meets a writer when he moves into her apartment building.

The Graduate (1967) (Available Until 03/01/13)

Dustin Hoffman & Mike Nichols on the set of The Graduate


(Best Director-Mike Nichols)

I finally watched all of The Graduate last year when I was able to see it as part of a classic film series on the big screen. It’s quite disconcerting. Dustin Hoffman is a guy who’s right out of college and drifting. So he spends his summer drinking and sexing up Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Then he decides that he’s in love with her daughter. In homages to the movie Hoffman is usually portrayed as a sympathetic character but he actually seems totally sociopathic.

Good Will Hunting (1997) (Available Until 01/01/13)

Robin Williams & Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting


(Best Actor in a Supporting Role-Robin Williams, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen-Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made their splash into hollywood when they wrote and starred in this Gus Van Sant flick. Affleck is a janitor at a college who is actually a genius. When he starts attending the college himself he butts heads with the yuppies. Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard costar.

Girl, Interrupted (1999) (Available Until 11/01/12)

Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted


(Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Angelina Jolie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKpibWkTBGg

This is the fantastic adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel (which I also recommend) about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. There’s no doubt that Jolie is great in this but I always felt like it must have sucked that the press on her performance overshadowed Ryder’s leading role. Ryder’s character is basically just misunderstood and being treated in a sexist manner (though she’s officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder) while Jolie’s character is completely out there.

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) (Available Until 08/01/12)

Hilary Swank & Chloe Sevigny in Boys Don't Cry


(Best Actress-Hilary Swank, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Chloe Sevigny)

Boys Don’t Cry is based on the true story of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) who was a trans man (a person who is born female but gender identifies as a man) who falls in love with the pretty Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and the hate crime that follows. Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan Sexton costar.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) (Available Until 07/01/12)

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire


(Best Makeup-Greg Cannom, Ve Neill & Yolanda Toussieng)

I do believe that Mrs. Doubtfire was the first video tape that I ever begged for (and received!) as a birthday gift. Robin Williams (how is he in this post so much anyway?) is a man whose wife (Sally Field) is divorcing him. He’s a struggling actor who is desperate for both a steady job and a way to see his children more often. Of course the best idea is to dress as an elderly woman and become their maid, duh! I rewatched this again not long ago and it’s still great. Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein costar.

Dirty Dancing (1987) (Available Until 07/01/12)

Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing

Franke Previte


(Best Original Song-(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-Franke Previte, John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz)

I wish that I could be nonchalant and say that I don’t even like Dirty Dancing but alas, no, not true at all, I have one of the special edition DVDs and eveything. The late Patrick Swayze stars as the older dance instructor that teen Jennifer Grey falls for, while developing her dirty dancing skills.

The Fly (1986) (Available Until 06/01/12)

Chris Walas


(Best Makeup-Chris Walas & Stephan Dupuis)

This David Cronenberg horror film stars ex-married duo Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It’s about a scientist who accidentally merges his body with a fly.

Misery (1990) (Available Until 05/01/12)

Kathy Bates in Misery


(Best Actress-Kathy Bates)

Kathy Bates stars in this horror movie based on a Stephen King book. She’s an obsessive fan who snaps when her favorite author (James Caan) has stopped writing his huge hit book series that she loves. So she kidnaps and cripples him to force him to write a new book in the series. Lauren Bacall costars as his literary agent.

All About Eve (1950) (Available Until 04/01/12)

Anne Baxter in All About Eve


(Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role-Anne Baxter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role-George Sanders, Best Director-Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Best Costume Design-Edith Head, Charles Le Maire, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording)

This drama stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm and Marilyn Monroe. It’s about an aging actress and a young actress who usurps her popularity.

The Age of Innocence (1993) (Available Until 04/01/12)

Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence

Gabriella Pescucci


(Best Costume Design-Gabriella Pescucci)

This is a such a good costume drama. Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic as woman who is considered to be scandalous because she’s left her husband. Daniel Day Lewis starts seeing her on the side despite being engaged to the adorable young Winona Ryder.

Death Becomes Her (1992) (Not Currently Available)

Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her

Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.


(Best Visual Effects-Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.)

Death Becomes Her is definitely a favorite of mine. The stunning Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep star as vanity obsessed women who fight over Bruce Willis. They will do anything to stay young looking, even take a magical potion from Isabella Rossellini. It’s awesome that this movie won for visual effects because they still stand up today.

Beetlejuice (1988) (Not Currently Available)

Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton & Steve LaPorte on the set of Beetlejuice



(Best Makeup-Ve Neill, Steve LaPorte & Robert Short)

Yes, Beetlejuice! A married couple (Geena Davis and an adorabley young/faux nerdy Alec Baldwin) die and discover that they are still trapped in their home. When some annoying yuppies (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara) and their gothy teen daughter (Winona Ryder) move in they hire a bio-exorcist to scare them away. They don’t realize that this guy, Betelgeuse, (Michael Keaton) is worse. You don’t know how cool I was when I played a copy of this PG masterpiece at my 6th birthday party.

Toy Story 3 (2010) (Not Currently Available)

Tom Hanks & Lee Unkrich


(Best Animated Feature Film of the Year-Lee Unkrich, Best Original Song-We Belong Together by Randy Newman)

Toy Story 3 is cry worthy even for adults. When Andy grows up his favorite toys, Woody and Buzz, end up accidentally being thrown out. They arrive at a daycare center with some scary, stern toys and then must escape.

The English Patient (1996) (Not Currently Available)

Ralph Fiennes & Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

(Best Picture-Saul Zaentz, Best Director-Anthony Minghella, Best Actor-Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress-Kristin Scott Thomas, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Juliette Binoche, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published-Anthony Minghella, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration-Stuart Craig & Stephenie McMillan, Best Cinematography-John Seale, Best Costume Design-Ann Roth, Best Film Editing-Walter Murch, Best Original Dramatic Score-Gabriel Yared, Best Sound-Walter Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker & Christopher Newman)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_xAhg_qV4

I haven’t watched this in forever, despite it starring the delicious Ralph Fiennes, because it’s depressing. You’re going to want to check it out at least once though. Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.” (via IMDB.com) The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth.

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I want to let you guys know that next week I will be launching my series of Mini Netflix posts. These posts will be like the Netflix streaming series that you know and love but shorter. I love doing the Netflix posts but they present two problems, they take a long time and some categories lack sufficient titles.

I don’t have a specific number of titles that I force myself to include in each Netflix post because I don’t want to have to include something that I hate just to fill out the number. However in my head I think I’ve always thought “you want to include at least 8 movies”. Then when Netflix started losing a lot of newer, well known titles and replacing them with older films and indies that I haven’t seen I’ve thought “you want to include at least 6 movies”.

Sometimes I’d like to tell you about an actor or specific genre that I can’t find that many movies for and what happens is that I just trash the post and move on. In my Mini Netflix series I shall have posts that include as little as three films. This way you can still find out about awesome stuff to watch even if there isn’t much available related to it.

The other factor is time. It takes me quite a while to do a Netflix post because I’m such a perfectionist to myself. Ideally I’d love to do a full Netflix post every week but that’s not happening. So instead I’m going to set out to do a full Netflix post at least once a month and a Mini Netflix post every week. This may turn into a bi-weekly feature if I run out of time.

Mini Netflix starts next week. Please let me know if there is any type of movie or a favorite actor you’d like to see in the spotlight! Thanks.

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This post is in the spirit of those year in review style posts. To be clear, these aren’t what I consider to be the best movies of 2011 out of every movie. Although a couple will also appear on that forthcoming list. These are just the best on Netflix. I know you need to watch something up to date every once in a while.

Technically some of these films are dated as being from 2010 but I’m going on when it was actually available to be seen by the majority of folks in the US. So I’ve included some that had a foreign, limited or festival release in 2010 but went wide on DVD in 2011.

Simply click the film’s title to be whisked away to it on Netflix.

DRAMA

Certified Copy (Copie conforme) (French) (Available Until 12/27/14)

"I'm afraid there's nothing very simple about being simple"

It’s certainly difficult to describe Certified Copy without giving away the movie. So let’s put it this way, a man and a woman who have a barbed attraction share a day together. Yes, it’s a talking movie. I loved it! The film stars Juliette Binoche and William Shimell.

A Little Help (Available Until 10/25/14)

After her husband’s passing a woman has to deal with raising her son and herself. This is a good little movie starring Jenna Fischer. Chris O’Donnell and Rob Benedict (Waiting) costar.

Passion Play (Available Until 07/20/13)

“Fuck normal”

Oh, Passion Play. I love the entire idea, casting, visual choices, et al of this film. Mickey Rourke stumbles into a traveling sideshow and meets a beautiful young woman (Megan Fox) who plays the part of an angel. Of course they fall for each other. Then there’s the fact that he’s tangled up with some other unsavory folks. The movie costars Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch and Rhys Ifans.

Limitless (Available Until 05/16/13)

Limitless is about a writer (Bradley Cooper) who ends up trying a drug that gives you hyper focus and confidence, or as I saw one commenter remark, something like a mix of Ritalin and Cocaine. Limitless was originally entitled Dark Fields and I get the feeling that it was supposed to be darker but it still works so well as this polished finished product. I’m still not sure of the character’s motivation but yeah, it was awesome!

Last Night (Available Until 01/01/13)

Last Night is about a married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) who’ve been together for a while but are both tempted to cheat on the same night. Knightley’s character is definitely more fleshed out and relate-able. Ah, maybe that’s just to me, she’s a novelist who currently writes fashion pieces. Her possible fling is with a hot, foreign ex. Worthington mainly seems like a stock faithful husband who is confused and tempted. It’s by Eva Mendes though so it totally makes sense. In real life I believe cheating is basically the worst thing you can ever do but when it’s possibly going to be Worthington and Mendes getting it on, well, yes, I was egging them on. And Griffin Dunne plays a writer! I love when he does that.

A Beautiful Life (Mei Li Ren Sheng) (China/Hong Kong) (Available Until 12/13/12)

A booze and high heel loving real estate agent meets a police officer. She leads him on a bit while basically using him to do things for her. It’s one of those friend zone relationships. Do they get together? Ooh.

COMEDY

No Strings Attached (Available Until 06/22/13)

Well this is one of the two fuck buddies movies that were released in 2011 and it’s not the better of the two, that would be Friends with Benefits. However this is a decent, entertaining movie. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher are two acquaintances who keep meeting. Eventually they hook up and then fall into a friends with benefits situation. I adore Portman playing a woman who is now trying to compartmentalize her life into just work (as a doctor) and sex after seemingly just working for a while. Kutcher works in TV. Kevin Kline and Cary Elwes costar. I feel like they were underused. Well Kline gets some scenes but is a bit cartoony. Elwes gets to say like two words. Ludacris, Lake Bell and Mindy Kaling costar.

Take Me Home Tonight (Available Until 05/16/13)

Topher Grace stars in this 80s themed comedy as a high school graduate (who was promising) but has been squandering his time since then. He runs into a crush (Amber Heard) and decides to lie his way into her good graces. The bulk of the film is set at a party involving a ton of great actors, Anna Faris (as his sister), Dan Fogler (as his sidekick), Chris Pratt (Faris’ IRL hubby as her onscreen fiance), Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black and Michelle Trachtenberg. Funny flick. Check it out.

Potiche (Trophy Wife) (French) (Available Until 03/17/13)

Catherine Deneuve stars as the housewife of a jerk who runs a plant. She ends up taking it over. In doing so she meets up with a youthful dalliance (Gérard Depardieu) who opposes everything that her husband stands for. And it’s set in the 70’s! The costumes are awesome.

THRILLER/HORROR

Faces in the Crowd (Available Until 10/25/16)

Milla Jovovich witnesses a murder and then is attacked by the murderer. In the process she is injured resulting in Prosopagnosia, which is severe face blindness. She can’t recognize anyone. Not only does this interfere with her day to day life but now she has no way of identifying the criminal. Julian McMahon costars as a police detective who takes a shine to her.

Hobo with a Shotgun (Available Until 08/05/14)

Rutger Hauer stars as the title character, yes a hobo with a shotgun!, in this zany exploitation flick.

The Resident (Available Until 07/20/12)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan creepily stalks his tenant, solitary doctor Hilary Swank. Lee Pace and Christopher Lee costar.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Available Until 12/29/14)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQOZHEYhVtU
This was so frickin’ funny but it wasn’t really promoted at all. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Mad Love) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse) are two likeable hillbillies who’ve saved up to buy a vacation cabin in the woods. They are all excited about chilling out when they meet some yuppie college kids who only see them as scary backwoods stereotypes. A ton of hilarious deaths ensue.

Red State (Available Until 10/18/14)

Three high school kids go in search of tail but end up in a really fucked up situation in this Kevin Smith film. Supposedly Kyle Gallner actually had a real panic attack during filming. The cast also includes John Goodman and Michael Angarano. The movie drags a little at one point but it picks back up.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Available Until 05/03/14)


Dylan Dog wasn’t that great or anything but I still feel the need to include it because there’s some good stuff in it. Brandon Routh is a supernatural PI who’s bestie, Sam Huntington, dies and is shocked to find out that he’s now one of the undead. Huntington always cracks me up. Routh’s chest is mesmerizing. Some of the undead stuff is pretty inventive. The big bad is way too Spawny though.

Insidious (Available Until 05/09/13)

The creative team behind the first Saw film, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, wrote and directed this flick. It’s a vintage feeling ghost story. A family has to deal with a haunting. Rose Byrne (barf) and Patrick Wilson play the parents. Eventually they bring in a team of Ghost Hunters type investigators (including Lin Shaye and Leigh Whannell). The movie has a great ambiance. I didn’t see that first little twist near the ending coming either.

Please share your 2011 picks with us in the comments section.

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I am not suggesting that you stay home and watch movies on New Year’s Eve if you want to go out. In fact, it’s always a bad idea for me. However if that’s what you and possibly a SO or friend have decided to do here are my top picks. Plus you could also watch one before you head out or after you return.

Chaos Theory (2007)



“Are you trying to kill yourself?” “Well, obviously, but I think it’s going to take a little while.”

Chaos Theory is a dark comedy starring Ryan Reynolds. He’s an efficiency expert. The character is somewhat similar to Ben Stiller’s in the abysmal Along Came Polly, except you know, this is an enjoyable movie. He manages his life down to the minute and doesn’t take risks.

One day his schedule is thrown off by his wife (Emily Mortimer). Once that happens he ends up performing a good deed that is misinterpreted by his wife. Then he finds out a big secret about her that leads to him making lists that say things like “Kill Myself”. Instead of doing that he goes wild and does or tries to do a bunch of risky acts that he’d normally never do.

The always amazing Stuart Townsend costars as their playboy best friend (who’s also in love with Reynolds’ wife). Sarah Chalke also makes an appearance. The movie is told using a timeframe of 3 important times in his life, one is the New Year’s Eve that begins his relationship with his wife. In addition to that it touches big time on trying to alter yourself which is very popular this time of year. It sucks that the film didn’t get a wide release. I bet Reynolds was really excited about showing his range in it.

Swingers (1996)

"kiss me you fool". Sorry that's not in the movie, just my imagination.

“How about if I wait six weeks to call. I could tell her I found her number while I was cleaning out my wallet, I can’t remember where we met. I’ll ask her what she looks like and then I’ll ask her if we fucked. How about that? Would that be money?”

No, Swingers is not a New Year’s movie. It’s not set on New Year’s Eve or any specific holiday (that I’m aware of). I suggest it for New Year’s because it’s now sort of a New Year’s tradition for me to watch it around this time of year. One year when I couldn’t go out on NYE I decided to watch some of my favorite movies instead. One of those was Swingers. I think it’s a decent New Year’s choice because it involves a bunch of partying and trying to pick people up.

It’s about a group of friends who are trying to break into acting. Jon Favreau wrote the film and stars in it as the sappy one who is also trying to find love. This was Vince Vaughn’s breakout role. Ron Livingston and Heather Graham costar.

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…and now it’s time to have a Christmas movie marathon!

TV movies have (TV) next to the title.

Click the show’s title to visit it on Netflix.

Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)

The specials included are Merry Madagascar, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular and The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper. These specials would be a good fit if you have small children.

Mrs. Miracle (2009) (TV) (Available Until November 1, 2012)

Yes, I watched this flick cuz I still have a thing for James Van Der Beek. Two people who are grieving begin a relationship with the help of Mrs. Miracle (who may be some sort of guardian angel).

Snowglobe (2007) (TV)/Christmas Cupid (2010) (TV)

(Both Available Until November 1, 2012)

Both of these ABC Family Channel movies star Christina Milian. In Snowglobe she longs for romance and a traditional Christmas. She also has a loud, stubborn family. She ends up visiting a magical Christmas land that is inside of her snowglobe. She meets a guy there (Matt Keesler) but will she keep seeing him or fall for her new neighbor down the hall? Christmas Cupid is a take on A Christmas Carol. Milian is a workaholic who is haunted by a dead client who tries to get her to find love. Chad Michael Murray costars.

Holiday In Handcuffs (2007) (TV) (Available Until November 1, 2012)

Melissa Joan Hart is a struggling artist and waitress who’s told her Christmas crazed mother that her boyfriend would be joining them this year. Instead he dumps her. She snaps and kidnaps a slick looking Mario Lopez to pose as her boyfriend. Markie Post costars. This movie is so much fun.

Snow (2004) (TV)/ Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008)(TV)

(Both Available Until November 1, 2012)

These movies were adorable. I watched them in one day, in fact back to back. Tom Cavanagh (Love Monkey) stars as a newbie Santa Claus who has had a reindeer stolen. While on a mission to retrieve it he meets and falls for Ashley Williams (Huff), who works at a zoo. She also has an evil, interfering ex who acts like a caricature of a character from The Most Dangerous Game. The first film features a lot of cute reindeer scenes. These would be fun for a family to watch together. In the second film Santa has amnesia. Both films operate under a time crunch. What will they do? Christmas is in a couple of days.

The Hebrew Hammer (2003) (Available Until September 29, 2012)

Yes, this one is about Hanukkah. I adore Adam Goldberg so I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to watching this movie. It’s hilarious and he’s fantastic in it. It’s a Jewish take on Blaxploitation movies. Goldberg has to stop the evil Andy Dick (the new Santa) who is trying to get rid of Hanukkah. The very talented Judy Greer costars. The cast also features Peter Coyote, Mario Van Peebles, Sean Whalen, Rachel Dratch and Tony Cox (Bad Santa).

Friday After Next (2002) (Available Until April 24, 2012)

This is my favorite in the Friday series and it’s set during Christmas. Ice Cube and Mike Epps get jobs as security guards. A robber who dresses as Santa Claus robs their home and steals from stores in their strip mall. Katt Williams and John Witherspoon costar.

The Santa Clause 2 (2002) (Available Until June 28, 2012)

In this sequel Santa Claus finds out about the wife clause which requires him to get married ASAP. This film stars Tim Allen, David Krumholtz, Judge Reinhold, Kevin Pollak and Molly Shannon.

Reindeer Games (2000) (Available Until January 1, 2013)

Ben Affleck’s character is fresh out of prison and has decided to pass himself off as his cellmate, who was having a relationship through the mail with Charlize Theron’s character, which seems like the thing to do. However he doesn’t know what is in store for him. Gary Sinise costars. (Also appears in Top Action Movies On Netflix Streaming)

Go (1999) (Available Until March 1, 2012)

This comedy is told in the Tarantino style of separate plot lines for intersecting characters, told out of order. I’ve watched this film so many times and it’s still fantastic. It takes place on Christmas Eve. The lead is played by Sarah Polley. She is a grocery store cashier who decides to do a one time drug deal to make her rent money. Timothy Olyphant plays the hottest fucking drug dealer. Other plot lines revolve around her fellow cashiers. One is a hot Brit (Desmond Askew) who goes to Vegas and ends up on the run from some really shady characters. Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr play adorable soap actors. Pretty much the only peeve I’ve ever had with the flick is that initially Katie Holmes is irritating in it. The film costars William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, James Duval and Jane Krakowski. It was directed by Doug Liman. (Also appears in Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomething on Netflix Streaming)

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

This Coen brothers film that was co-written by Sam Raimi stars Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman and Bruce Campbell. The inexperienced Robbins is put in control of a failing company as part of a stock scheme. However he invents the hula hoop which becomes hugely popular.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) (Available Until February 1, 2012)/

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

Both of these are about a court case to prove the existence of Santa Claus. The 1994 remake was what caused my initial crush on Dylan McDermott. Elizabeth Perkins and James Remar costar in the remake.

Babes in Toyland (1986) (Available Until January 1, 2012)/
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) (Available Until March 1, 2014)

A young Drew Barrymore finds herself in the magical Toyland on Christmas Eve. Keanu Reeves costars.
In Santa Claus: The Movie a toymaker finds out about the North Pole. Meanwhile an elf goes to work for a rival toy baron. Dudley Moore and John Lithgow star in this film.

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