As I've probably mentioned before, I've got a little list of previously-non-streaming films that I'd love to recommend some day, as soon as they become available. So at the start of each new streaming cycle (usually at the beginning of the month), I take a quick look to see if today is the day (or month) when I can finally recommend them.
I've also got a little list of films that I'm keeping my eye on so that I can tell my wife, Sarah, as soon as they come out. Because there are some films that she really, really loves (and I really, really love it when I find one of them before she knows about it, so I can surprise her).
Today, I discovered one of those very films, and I'm posting it here partially/primarily to remind us to watch it with the older boys when we get the chance. They've heard a great deal about it already -- because greatly beloved, remember? -- but have yet to watch it in person. (My wife did admit to me that she might have spoiled the ending for them. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that their history class spoiled it...)
I don't like it quite as much as Sarah does (for mostly film-snobbish reasons), but it's got a really fun cast (including a great turn from the ever-great Ed Harris), makes great use of a fantastic, Copland-esque score from the legendary James Horner, and boasts one of the most absurdly-implausible-yet-true stories ever.
NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.