Weekend Movie Recommendations: History Edition

There’s a website I use for these movie recommendation pieces. It tells me what movies are available on which streaming service, and I can also search by, say, genre, or year. Of course, the genres are off occasionally. For example, I decided I wanted to look for history movies this week. After the election, I am in a historical mood. One of the movies that showed up The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Well, maybe that movie is historical in that it almost made the history of ruining Spider-Man as intellectual property. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.  Alright, let’s get historical on Netflix!

Another jumping off point for this theme is that I recently watched Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, which I thought was really good. Does it have some of the issues inherent to Sorkin’s movies. Sure, but not to a terrible degree. It’s not, like, The Newsroom or what have you. This movie is a courtroom drama, and the man knows his courtroom dramas. There are some good quips, and a few really good performances. I think Jeremy Strong should get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. However, Eddie Redmayne isn’t great as Tom Hayden.

In The Irishman, Martin Scorsese finally takes the glamour out of gangsters  - The Verge

To stay political, and to stay in a similar era, then you can move on to The Irishman. Yes, this is going to be a long day of movies. You’ll need to start in the afternoon, but the point of these pieces is to get you through a day with movie recommendations. I really liked The Irishman, though I know it was divisive. Of course, part of that is people being conceptually against long movies, which I don’t agree with. Robert De Niro deserved an Oscar nomination, and maybe even a win.

Then, let’s end with something fun and breezy. Miracle is the story of the Miracle of Ice, when the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. It’s not a great movie, but it’s good, and it’s an easy watch. Plus, you know you are getting a feel-good ending. Well, unless you’re Russian. Then maybe watch something else on Netflix. Maybe not The Death of Stalin, though. Not the brightest look at that country’s history.

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