Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Miranda: A Lost Treasure of a Movie

I hope this doesn't sound like an advertisement, but if you don't already subscribe to Netflix, it's time you did. Netflix is a subscription-based movie and televisions show rental service that offers video entertainment to subscribers via the Internet and via the US mail. DVD's are sent directly to your home. When you're done with the DVD, you simply return it with the postage paid envelope. Subscribers can also watch unlimited movies through the Internet by video streaming. Instead, of waiting for a movie to arrive by mail, you select a movie on your computer. It is then "streamed" to your television or computer for immediate watching. I've been a happy Netflix subscriber for about 10 years. (I wish I had bought the stock when it was an IPO. I would be a millionaire twice over by now.)

In the age of the television "reality show," television has become the medium for the brain dead. There is nothing to watch. One wonders who watches traditional TV? Luckily, there is Netflix. It has a huge selection of domestic and foreign movies, documentaries, and television shows. There is something for every taste and age. 

Miranda 1948
Starring Glynis Johns 

One thing I like to do is browse through the Netflix movie catalogue. You never know what you might find. Last night, I discovered a 1948 British film entitled Miranda. I had never heard of it, but it sounded fun and cozy: something to watch on a cold snowy night.

Miranda is a charming bit of comic whimsy. It's funny, in a dry British way; and it will keep you guessing until the very end. There isn't any violence, nudity, action scenes, or foul language. This movie isn't for everybody. A lot of people will find Miranda dated and somewhat old-fashioned, but I found it pure FUN and an opportunity to view post-war Britain. Although it captures an innocent time, I wonder how the ending got past the censors. 

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