Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Netflix Fever

The first three movies I rented from Netflix:

1. Nacho Libre - After spending his childhoon in a Mexican monastery, Ignacio (Jack Black) decides to remain there and work as a cook, mostly to be close to beautiful Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera). So it's natural that when he learns the orphanage is in financial trouble, he pitches in to help - by disguising himself and joining the professional wrestling cirucit as a luchador named Nacho. But htere will be hell to pay if the church elders find out!

2. Hotel Rwanda - Amid the holocaust of internecine tribal fighting in Rwanda that sees the savage butchering of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, one ordinary man (Oscar nominee Don Cheadle) musters the courage to save more than 1,000 helpless refugess by sheltering them in the hotel he manages. Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix co-star in this powerful film (sort of an African version of Schindler's List) directed by Terry George.

3. Crash - A 36-hour period in the diverse metropolis of post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles is the theme of tis unflinching drama that challenges viewers to confront their prejudices. Lives combust when a Brentwood housewife and her D.A. husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple all converge. Director Paul Haggis's Best Picture Oscar winner stars Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Jennifer Esposito.

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