I have been pleasantly surprised at the many golden nuggets of unknown movies and documentaries you can find on Netflix. Here are my top four.
“Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview”
This interview was filmed in 1995 and literally lost in someone’s garage for over 15 years. In my opinion, it is classic Steve Jobs at his best. Seventy-two minutes of pure delight, as we meet a passionate, determined visionary who shares much of his early life and the challenges and opportunities he found in the business world. Steve Jobs was a very intelligent, creative, and inspiring man, as you will see from this lost interview.
“The Man With One Red Shoe”
I have always been an avid Tom Hanks fan, yet I had never ever heard of this film until I stumbled across it on Netflix. Part comedy, part action, and part spy thriller, this 92 minute movie from 1985 has a young Tom Hanks at his best. Hanks plays Richard, a classical violinist, who is mistaken for a spy because he was seen wearing one red shoe. Soon, he is being pursued by two different government agencies, one trying to kill him and another one trying to protect him.
I have always enjoyed reading about and studying the Titanic disaster. This 1995 documentary was originally filmed for IMAX, and has stunning footage of the Titanic wreckage and computer simulations. This 62 minute documentary goes in-depth into what really may have happened to sink this “unsinkable” ship, including intimate details from some of the Titanic survivors. A must-see for Titanic buffs of all ages.
“National Geographic: The Human Body”
This 56 minute documentary follows four real-life human dramas. Beginning with a couple who can’t get pregnant, it goes in depth with conception, genetics, and stem cells. Next are the wonders of the human brain, as a man with a brain tumor undergoes open brain surgery while conscious. Then the rigors of the human heart are studied in the life of a basketball player. And finally, how neural pathways grow and expand in the brains of cab drivers, who have an extraordinary ability to memorize city streets.
Go to www.netflix.com and sign up. It is good, inexpensive entertainment. Don’t forget the popcorn.