For your entertainment, I'm going to recommend a few films that I saw and loved, films that may have flown in under the radar and were missed by you moviegoers when they opened. The first one I suggest you stream came out last year. My wish is that Academy members will notice and remember it come Oscar nomination time. DRIVEWAYS, directed by Andrew Ahn, holds the final film performance of the late Brian Dennehy. It's one of the best of his film career. This simple, graceful indie film focuses on three people. Each one really needs a friend. The single, working mother -- played by the excellent Hong Chau -- must hit the road with her lonesome little boy on a family matter. Her sister died. She and her sister drifted apart emotionally and now she must deal with her sister's house and personal effects. The sister lived next door to a big, burly widower who's played by Brian Dennehy. A mutual, unstated loneliness brings the sweet kid and the old widower together.
This is a tender film about family ties and friendship and connecting. Hong Chau, who should have been a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for her stunning performance as the miniature Vietnamese dissident determined to help the needy in DOWNSIZING (2017), a fantasy drama, again shows her range as Kathy, the loving mother. Lucas Jaye is perfectly cast as her son, Cody. Dennehy's final monologue touched my soul and I feel it may touch yours too. If Brian Dennehy gets a posthumous Oscar nomination for DRIVEWAYS, it will be well-deserved. Here's a clip. DRIVEWAYS is available on Amazon Prime and YouTube. Also, it will be airing on Showtime, if you get that channel.
MUDBOUND is on Netflix. Here's a clip featuring Mary J. Blige. The cast includes Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell.