Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Sept. 23–Sept. 29

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Sept. 23–Sept. 29
Ian Kane
This week, we feature a new documentary that encourages us to find gratitude in our lives, and a beautiful family drama based on a children’s classic.

New Release

‘Gratitude Revealed’

Director Louie Schwartzberg takes us on an epic journey across the world, interviewing a wide assortment of people, from philosophers to common folks. It’s a cinematic celebration of how we can all strive to have more meaningful lives through the practice of gratitude.

Beyond mere virtue-signaling platitudes, this film is a guidebook on how we can chart a course back from the disconnection and division of modern times. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs, this is an inspirational documentary that lifts the spirit.

Documentary Release Date: Nov. 1, 2022 Director: Louie Schwartzberg Runtime: 1 hour, 22 minutes MPAA Rating: Not Rated Where to Watch: Theaters Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

Family Pick

‘The Secret Garden’

Based on the children’s classic, this film tells the heartwarming story of young Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly). When orphaned, she goes to live with her uncle, Lord Archibald Craven (John Lynch), at his estate. There, she meets her sickly young cousin Colin Craven (Heydon Prowse), and most importantly, she discovers a neglected garden.

This is one of those films that can be enjoyed by the entire family. It’s a work of beauty and has an alluring fairytale-like feel that invites the viewer to enter into a world of magic and mystery.

Drama | Family | Fantasy Release Date: Aug. 13, 1993 Director: Agnieszka Holland Starring: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes MPAA Rating: G Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, DirecTV Rated: 4 stars out of 5

A French Gem With Good Life Lessons

‘Jean de Florette’

When Ugolin Soubeyran (Daniel Auteuil) returns to his rural French hamlet after serving in the military, he and his uncle Cesar (Yves Montand) hatch a scheme for a coveted spring on a neighbor’s property. But their neighbor, Jean de Florette (Gérard Depardieu), doesn’t intend on giving up his land.

This is an incredibly well-crafted film with superb acting, a charming score, and skillful cinematography. Its use of vibrant colors and stunning scenery enhances the comedic and intriguing dialogue.

Comedy | Drama Release Date: Aug. 28, 1987 Director: Claude Berri Starring: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil Running Time: 2 hours MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: Amazon, Netflix Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Charming Romance About Boundless Love

‘An Affair to Remember’

Playboy Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) and singer Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) meet on a cruise from Europe to New York and fall in love. However, since both are engaged, they agree to wait and meet again in six months. But things don’t go as planned.

This is a delectably sentimental love story, with fantastic chemistry between the leads. It’s packed with charm, humor, and romance.

Drama | Romance Release Date: July 19, 1957 Director: Leo McCarey Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes Not Rated Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, Vudu Rated: 4 stars out of 5
Ian Kane is an U.S. Army veteran, author, filmmaker, and actor. He is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.
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