Posts Tagged ‘Netflix’


This is a good news/bad news situation. There isn’t a lot of great stuff lately, but some of it is worth a look.

The Queen’s Gambit

This is my top pick for watching right now. Loved it. Loved the adult sensibility, the lack of idiots and idiocy, and the entire production was top notch. (more)

The Mandolorian

I’m stuck in the first season at the moment, so I haven’t seen enough for a full review. The opening was clearly a Spaghetti Western set in Star Wars, and so I was instantly sold. Mando is very much like Clint Eastwood’s man with no name. The Baby Yoda twist works on its own, but I haven’t seen where that thread is headed yet. I’m sure to the Disney Store.

Black Mirror

Now caught up: this is the hard scifi show to watch. If you have Netflix streaming, definitely do not miss. Charlie Brooker is a genius.

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For its vibe, its dark perspective the show has legs. It’s not my favorite, and I’m not enamored of the characters, but sometimes you need to head out beyond the belt.

AHS 1984

Jason & Freddy may be in a different copyright zone, but American Horror Story has returned to the big 80s to aerobicize the terror out of you. With the expected callbacks to previous characters, you may see Richard Ramirez get his own Satanic-powered subplot. The problem with this season (and others) is that there’s no one to root for. They pretty much all turn out shitty by the end. They’re big on redemption stories of the worst killers, and that doesn’t work for me.

The End of the Fucking World

This is kind of a show of, by, and for young psychotic serial killers. For that alone, it’s worth checking out. The deviant kid in the lead role is creepy.

Humans

One of the best realizations of The Singularity yet. (review)

Parasite

A Korean language film won the Oscar for Best Picture? Yes it did. And it’s all about class conflict. (review)

Knives Out

This is like an old time thriller they don’t make anymore. (review)

1917

Amazing achievement and also takes you away to another time and another war that has little bearing on our current reality. There’s a kind of escape. (review)

Other films I’d recommend are Destroyer (Nicole Kidman), Woman at War, Capernaum, Ford v. Ferrari, Little Women, Harriet, Queen & Slim.

There’s also Possessor, which I would have reviewed if it was a better film. It’s Brandon Cronenberg, his second film–the first one was better.

If you’re all binged-out and burned through those, there is always the greatest reality TV show of all time: Taskmaster UK, and the other good British panel shows including Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI, and Hypothetical. All are up on the web in various locations.

Or read a book.

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FLORIDA PROJECT

If you see Willem Dafoe, you get the movie. Dafoe’s worst films are better than 95% of what Hollywood craps out.

Bonus, this film is an experience mostly told from the kids’ POV. It’s a trip, and while not solely confined to the feral gang of Florida motel brats, enough of the story is set in their world that this is a must-see.

Great cast.

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My thoughts began to wander somewhere near the middle, but the movie caught a plot eventually. The ending saves it. The little girl in the lead, Moonee, is so charismatic and carefree that you have to follow along.

This is life on the bottom in the shadow of Disneyworld. With a constant influx of tourists and low-lifes, the motel carries a sense of imminent danger to the small children stranded there.

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Moonee’s mother Hailey is a mess with anger issues and no job prospects. Her…

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by David Swanson

The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.

Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism, or should we be disturbed that theaters won’t show such movies and they have to end up on Netflix? Should we be glad that a war satire set in Afghanistan didn’t have to wait decades for a different war, in the manner of Mash, or should we be disturbed that most viewers will not know a current war is being mocked because they either believe the war on Afghanistan has ended or they simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of wars?

Regardless, I recommend making sure every movie-lover, Brad Pitt fan, young person, and old person watch this movie. Watch a sincere true-believing military commander and his sycophants consciously choose to win an unwinnable war, proposing straight-faced to work on protecting people while not killing them — or killing them less, or something.

The basic truth that people don’t want armed foreigners in their towns and would rather not be bombed is presented here in straightforward dialogue as well as comedic exchange. And Brad Pitt’s character, based on Stanley McChrystal, and on Michael Hastings’ account of McChrystal, is depicted as having turned himself into a human hammer, unable to see any problem as anything other than a nail — his ambition to “win” a war driving his blindness to the absolute unwinnability of foreign occupations or “counter-insurgency” or “counter-terrorism,” also known as terrorism.

The whole thing stops being funny three-quarters of the way into the movie, when the protests of troops that they cannot distinguish civilians from enemies becomes an actual demonstration of that inability. When we get to watch the General in charge articulate all of his usual platitudes and nonsensical pep-rally lies (even if lies to himself, still lies) to a man whose child has just been murdered by U.S. troops, the laughter is gone.

Even when we see a village leader ask the General to “please leave now,” there’s little satisfaction in this plea of the Afghan people for the past decade and a half finally making it into U.S. ears, because we know that the U.S. military will not ever listen.

We also know that this movie constitutes the extent of the punishment that the real Stanley McChrystal will ever receive for his crimes. There will be no trial, no legal judgment.

Speculation as to the cause of death of Michael Hastings continues, but speculation as to whether the individuals crashing the U.S. war machine into Afghanistan year after year have committed murder in a futile and criminal attempt to advance their personal interests should end. There is no doubt that they have done and are doing just that on a massive scale. They are, as this movie points out, and as no U.S. newspaper or television station dares to state, endangering the United States under the banner of slogans claiming they are defending and protecting it.

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Find your Netflix Niche

Posted: January 20, 2016 in -
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Long list of categories there.

Codes:

Anime Horror: 10695

Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734

Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485

Netflix Has A Ton Of Secret Movie Categories – Here’s How To Access Them

 

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All right, my peoples…

Recent DVD/BluRay releases now available near you that we have covered, and some we haven’t.  If you would like to send in a review for these, they will definitely be considered–

Not Yet:
  • The Counselor
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Free Ride
  • About Time
  • Captain Phillips
  • Enders Game
  • Machete Kills
  • Prisoners
  • Don Jon
Reviews we already have covered:

 

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It’s supposed to be 117 degrees today, July 2nd.  So why not?  I’ll repost the link in December.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

(Update: This was on Youtube for free, but Google Corp. decided they can get people to pay “$9.99” now for a public domain film!)

Some films last as classics because they’re old.  Some because they’re mind-blowingly great.  This one is the latter.  Trust Frank Capra.  It’s also free on the web for your viewing enjoyment right now.

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Bill Murray does TV executive Ebenezer Scrooge!  Pure Murray, pure Christmas – they would play this film every year at a Christmas Eve party I attended several times.  You may want to consider it too.

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Well of course, as they often play this on the networks during holidays, and it has fond memories lodged in my childhood brain.  Again, mind-blowingly great and adds an out of left field component to Christmas.

Film Title: Bad Santa.

Bad Santa

She has a Santa Claus fetish, so what can you do?  An irreverent, often nasty tale of dumb crime, midgets and a messed-up little porker of a kid.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Danny Elfman, Halloween kidnaps Christmas, Tim Burton, this is legal lsd for kids.

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Okay, for the under 10 crowd, I mean they gotta watch something.

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Christmas Vacation

Chevy Chase returns as hapless corporate cog Clark Griswold at the mercy of family, cheap ass bosses and the meanest movie squirrel ever filmed.

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Friday After Next

Ice Cube returns with his same shtick, but this time in a Christmas story from the hood.  Funny characters and Santa may be picking up rather than dropping off.

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A Christmas Story

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”  Quirky little indie kids tale that made the cut.  Some odd observations of American culture in the 50s, and usually loved by all.

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Monty Python’s Meaning of Life

“It’s Christmas in heaven, there’s great stuff on TV, the Sound of Music twice an hour and Jaws one, two and three.”  Only play this if you want to freak the fuck out of everyone in attendance.

Bonus

Trading Places has a hilarious Christmas moment when wasted Dan Ackroyd in a filthy Santa suit pilfers food and booze from a Christmas party.  One of the all-time great drunken roars.

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The nasty side of DC?

I’m not sure how much rich white guys like Fincher and Spacey can get their little heads around US imperialism and its malignant effects on the world at large.  This seems like a David Mamet / Aaron Sorkin styled rush at a political drama.  Perhaps this quasi-independent studio model is the new way, with Netflix producing the series, as Amazon will produce their own line of AV products and even College Humor and other big websites hopping on board.

One decision I did not like about the pilot is Spacey’s talking to the camera.  Miscue.  Then there’s the “Mideast policy,” cited, which invites some further scrutiny.

First episode free?

Has anyone seen the show yet?

 

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The Genius of Netflix

Posted: December 10, 2012 in -
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What’s wrong with this screen shot?

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I guess it’s a slow day, but hell with it.  If you’ve seen the trailer for Holy Motors you might find it a bit odd that Netflix thinks similar films include:

The Help

We Bought a Zoo

War Horse

Hick

Red Tails

Etc.

“A Lunatic Odyssey” proclaims one review, and they proudly use this in their trailer…