When you stumble on a really great movie, you can be transported away from your everyday life to a completely different time and place. You can find yourself suddenly wrapped up in another person's life, one that's completely different from your own.
And that's exactly what happened to me this week when I watched these great movies and more on movie night with my family. I enjoyed them so much, I just had to share with my listeners, because I think you will, too.
So, are you ready to escape the everyday for a little while? If so, get the popcorn popping and check out these wonderful titles that are streaming right now.
1. THE KING'S SPEECH
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, more. (From $2.99.)
Overview: Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter; from Weinstein Co.
If you've never seen "The King's Speech," you probably remember that in 2010 and 2011 it seemed that everyone was talking about it. There's a good reason for that. "The King's Speech" is one of the best movies of this decade, hands down.
In 2011, the movie starring Colin Firth as King George VI, dominated the Academy Awards. It won Best Picture and Best Lead Actor (Firth), and Best Director (Tom Hooper). Helena Bonham Carter was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
"The King's Speech" was such a big hit for a variety of reasons. It told a true story that very few people knew anything about. A British king, it turns out, goes through hardships just like the rest of us. But his struggle to overcome a speech impediment, just as microphones were becoming the hot new gadget, was unexpectedly upbeat and lively.
King George VI, in real life and in the movie, worked really hard to deliver an historic speech that lifted the spirits of British people as Hitler was waging war and atrocities throughout Europe.
If you haven't seen it, check it out now. If you have seen it, relive its magic.
Mini-Review: "What we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful personal one." (RogerEbert.com.)