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10 Movies to Watch During Your Facedown Recovery

10 Movies to Watch During Your Facedown Recovery

Since you are facedown for up to 10 days, how are you going to use your time? With the mirror provided with our rentals, you have the opportunity to watch TV, enjoy some YouTube videos and lose yourself in some good movies. Our encouragement is to focus on entertainment that is going to lift your spirits, something that is a feel good story, something that can help point you toward mental health? Considering the success of John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' on YouTube with millions of views during the pandemic, it is obvious that we want and need good news and good stories; stories that instil hope, and motivate toward loving and caring for others and teach.

So here is our top 10 list of movies to help you get through. Most, although not all of these are available from Netflix, Amazon Prime, as well as Google. Many of these services offer 30 day free trials.

Movie Summaries from except as noted.

Great Stories 

1) Sully 

"Viewers around the world were astonished in 2009 when airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. This fact-based drama illuminates Sullenberger's life and heroic achievement." Rating: PG-13

 2) 4 Minute Mile

"Drew Jacobs is a high school track star who shows tremendous potential -- until his brother's drug trade gets in the way. But when Drew draws the attention of a reticent former track coach, the two slowly begin to transform each other's lives. "Rating: PG-13

3) Coach Carter 

"Samuel L. Jackson stars in the true story of high school basketball coach Ken Carter, who controversially puts school before sports and benches his entire undefeated team because of poor academic performance." Rating: PG-13

4) The Pursuit of Happyness 

"Chris Gardner is smart and talented, but his dead-end salesman job barely pays the bills. When he and his son are evicted, they face trying times as a desperate Chris accepts an unpaid internship at a stock brokerage firm." Rating: PG-13

5) The Peanut Butter Falcon 

"Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. On the road, Zak meets Tyler, a small-time outlaw who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together, they set out on a wild, life-changing journey and try to convince Eleanor, a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them." Rating: PG-13

 Overcoming Inequality in Society

 6) Just Mercy

"After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. " Rating: PG-13

 7) Hidden Figures 

"In the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians play a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the first American to orbit Earth." Rating: PG

 8) 42

"This biopic focuses on the relationship between baseball icon Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson and in 1947 made him the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era."  Rating: PG-13


9) Biggest Little Farm 

"The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination." Rating: PG-13

10) The Boy Who Harvested the Wind 

"Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the best selling book and true story of William Kamkwamba." Rating: PG (Official Synopsis)


As you work through your time facedown, this is one of many ways to help keep you distracted from your situation and focused on the goal ahead, your eyesight.  I trust you'll find each of these movies to be inspiring, thought-provoking and encouraging.

Keep pressing on,


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