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Friday, May 1, 2015

Feast on these five Netflix finds in May

Netflix, worth the price for Daredevil alone, has some tempting choices this month that makes its $8 a month price totally ten-buck-worthy.

SOMM (2012)
Pair this insightful film with a quiet night at home and a nice bottle of red. If you’re curious about what it takes to be a sommelier, rent this documentary and watch four sommeliers as they attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. It had me at merlot. (Available now.)

Fruitvale Station (2013)
This drama from two years back mirrors what is probably going on in your newspaper today and is worth a look if you’ve never heard the story of Bay-Area resident Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan) and his mother (Octavia Spencer). This film took both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, but never got the Oscars attention it deserved. (Available May 12.)

Fed Up (2014)
The title reads like “fed up,” but it’s clear that this documentary from Katie Couric and Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) is talking about our f’d up nutrition system and food industry. It’s not as clever, well produced and insightful as  Super Size Me (2004), but it’s an engaging film and is certainly food for thought. Plus it's a great kick-start to healthier eating for the month before swimsuit season. (Available now.) 

Muscle Shoals (2013)
Need some good music before summer? Put in this documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as Brown Sugar and When a Man Loves a Woman. Who would have thought so many magical songs would have come from a place that's not Motown. And who would have thought that place would be my sweet home of Alabama? (Available now.)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (T2) (2002)
Ready, set, action films! It’s the beginning of blockbuster summer movie season and the way I see it, there’s no better way to celebrate it than by watching the biggest and Arnold-est of them all, baby!

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