On Hulu Plus, unlike Netflix of their television portion of the site, there is not a lot of room for suggesting movies. Essentially, you really have to know what you are looking for when searching for movies on Hulu Plus or at least have a genre in mind. With that, a lot of great movies often slip through the cracks. Of course, to find those gems, you have to sift through a sea of terrible B-movies to find them. So instead of wasting your time with terrible movies, why not try some of these?
Walkabout is a classic drama about the ponderings of technology and civilization. Alternatively, it can also be seen as a coming of age drama. Walkabout follows a girl and her younger brother who are dragged out into the Australia outback by their father, where he attempts to kill them before killing himself. Left stranded in the outback, they much learn to cope with the natural world without the comforts of home. During their journey to civilization and quest for survival, they meet a young aboriginal boy who is on his traditional walkabout. This is an aboriginal tradition in which young boys are set out into the wilderness to fend for themselves as a rite of passage into manhood.
Walkabout is a powerful rumination on civilization, cultural differences and overcoming cultural and language barriers through the commonalities of youth.
Brian Lackey is determined, obsessed ever, with finding out what happened to him during a blackout he had when he was eight years old. He woke up after the blackout with no memory and a bloody nose. Due to this event, he believes he was abducted by aliens. Neil McCormick, who played with Brian on a baseball team, may be the key to discovering exactly what happened that night. As Brian tries to track Neil down, Neil moves to New York and takes up hustling to try to forget the childhood memories that haunt him. Together the pair will unravel the horrific web of the scars they share from their childhood.
Mysterious skin is hard to watch at first, however as you continue it is hard to let go. The movie takes an interestingly realistic approach to child abuse and the alienation that goes with it. Yeah, that's right. It's not really about aliens.
This movie features the collaborative directorial efforts of four new filmmakers (though all went onto have successful careers, namely Quentin Tarentino), each of whom directs a segment of this comedy. It's New Year's Eve at the Mon Signor Hotel, a former grand old Hollywood hotel, now fallen upon hard times. Often using physical comedy and sight gags, this movie chronicles the slapstick misadventures of Ted, the Bellhop. He's on his first night on the job, when he's asked to help out a coven of witches in the Honeymoon Suite. Things only get worse when he delivers ice to the wrong room and ends up in a domestic argument at a really bad time. Next, he foolishly agrees to watch a gangster's kids for him while he's away. Finally, he finishes off the night refereeing a ghastly wager.
Four Rooms is one of those great feel-good comedies that are hardly seen today, but were prevalent in the late 80's and 90's. It's a fantastic movie to unwind with after a hard day.
On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Whale Rider tells the story of young Paikea, a girl in the modern age, who lives under the roof of her stern grandfather, who is the current leader of their people. Paikea, too, wants to someday lead her people. However, because she is a girl, her traditional grandfather denies her this even though she is rightfully in line for the position. Now Paikea must convince her grandfather that she can lead just as well as a man could, by any means.
Whale rider is one of those movies that has a traditional plot, girl wants to do some, man will not let her. It is the basis for many a movie, however just when you think you have a movie all figured out is drastically changes. It is a great watch and a great spin on a classic plot.
My Dinner With Andre
A movie that is essentially a conversation over dinner between two men should not be a good movie. No one in their right mind would assume it would make a movie. However, My Dinner With Andre is a classic and there is a reason for that. The conversation focuses between two friends Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn. Gregory is a spiritual traveler of sorts which Shawn plays the cynical skeptic who is surprised by the conversations' effect on himself. Essentially Andre gives Wallace's soul a solid stirring.
So what makes this movie so engaging? While that thought-provoking conversation might be enough to get some intellectuals interested, it is not enough to make it a classic. The lyrical way that the conversation flows, however, is what hooks all of the viewers. It is essentially like listening to a song without a beat and only the lyrics.
My Life As a Dog
Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika, the dog on the news who was sent into space. He gets sent away to stay with relatives for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life. Filled with off-beat characters and situations, My Life as a Dog is a funny, touching, endearing picture that engages some of life’s biggest questions through the eyes of a 12-year-old without being overly sentimental or trite.