Posts Tagged ‘Netflix’

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J. Giambrone

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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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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNDER THE RADAR (on the sidebar) will feature lost gems, classic films with something to say, but which never achieved the mass audience they rightly should have. Thanks to the newfangled magic of technology, these theatrical low-performers can achieve new life on your home screens. I’ll try to provide the Netflix links.

Some previous Under The Radar candidates…

We’re fighting the rise of a new fascism here, make no mistake. The plutocrats know what’s up. It’s your clueless neighbors who remain ignorant of the class war being waged on them and their progeny as we speak. Films are a powerful medium for counteracting the lies of the corporate mainstream lackeys and the public relations teams of the New World Order.

The term “New World Order” by the way is not an invention of conspiracy theorists. It was mentioned by US President George H.W. Bush at the United Nations, commemorating (and gloating on) the fall of the Soviet Union. Bush intended a new world where American empire could expand unmolested by the countervailing power which held it somewhat in check during the Cold War. Bush sought allies to join forces in “coalitions of the willing” such as NATO and friends, in order to control more and more of the world’s resources … and people.

Also, I’m always open to suggestions and guest columns that are well written. Thousands of you stop by, but very few drop an email (polfilmblog – at – gmail.com). …Sniff.