Recently I watched two movies via Netflix which where thoroughly enjoyable. I think it note worthy to bring them up, in this the season of the Oscar. I will be clipping the descriptions directly from Netflix, and then will make my commentary.
1. Mary and Max
Mary Dinkle, a chubby 8-year-old Australian girl, and Max Horovitz, an obese, middle-aged New Yorker with Asperger's syndrome, are a pair of unlikely pen pals in this quirky clay animation feature from writer-director Adam Elliot. Corresponding for two decades, the friends delve into a variety of topics, including sex, kleptomania, psychiatry, taxidermy and more. Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman provide the voices of Mary and Max.
2 .Harvie Krumpet
Geoffrey Rush voices the titular character in this claymation film about the life of a man who has terrible luck. Even after being born with Tourette's Syndrome, losing a testicle, getting struck by lightning and developing Alzheimer's disease, however, Harvie is still able to look on the bright side of life and appreciate the valuable things he's seen and learned along the way. This film won the Best Animated Short Oscar in 2003.
Both of these movies are directed by Adam Elliot are not rated, and not for children. These are both dark comedies, but somehow with in the darkness is a light outlook, and acceptance that life is full of ups and down, and at no point is there ever a "normal" state. I think it's brilliant the way Elliot is able to bring such hilarity and lightness to subject matters which are somber, and somewhat dismal. What I take from this is that life does have dark points for most of us, and it's in the outlook we have, and the way we deal with what is in front of us that sets the mood.
I am recommending both of these movies with thumbs way up!