Last weekend was rainy, and we are lazy (nothing new there). We stayed in and streamed the gloomy day away. Here is our write-up on some of the gems (and some that are teetering on the verge of being listed on a steaming coal writeup). All of these are on Netflix as of writing this article on 7/20/2018 – Enjoy!
A film with a plot that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and has a few holes, but the acting sets it apart.
You empathize with every character, just doing what they have to to survive and protect the ones they love. Without giving too much away, this is a flick about teens in over their head with drugs, violence and all around grit. There is more going on than meets the eye, but that is left for you to see. As previously stated, the twist is a bit predictable, and you’d probably be able to get it within a few guesses.
If your a serial television streamer like us you’ll recognize most of the cast (all from shows we recommend!). Eliza Taylor (The 100 – cheesy but fun sci-fi dystopian show on Netflix), Daniel Webber (Lee Harvey Oswald in 11.22.63 – a gripping alternative-historical thriller on Hulu starring James Franco), and Pablo Schreiber (Pornstache from Orange is the New Black – A dark comedy set in an all-female prison on Netflix). As stated, they all do a good job with their parts, with Pablo stealing the show as the deranged and paranoid drug dealer. The trauma is believable and as violent as he gets, he still pulls at your heart-strings with his believable portrayal as a veteran suffering from PTSD.
To recap – This is nothing new, it’s not going to be in your top ten films of the year, but it is going to entertain you from start to finish and you will be glad you watched it.
Thumper – 6/10
A taut, suspenseful thriller that peels back the storyline one layer at a time. While not revolutionary, it plays the cat-and-mouse game eerily well and makes you question if any of us are ever “mice” in the first place. The acting is superb, especially by Joel Edgerton who wrote and made his directorial debut on this film. His upcoming directed flick about a young man forced to attend gay-conversion camp, Boy Erased (Due out in November), looks especially powerful.
Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play the perfect target to Edgerton’s unhinged character, “Gordo”. The only reason this film is not scoring higher is that it feels anti-climactic and off-pace at times. I found myself often getting distracted and having to force myself back to the film, to be re-engrossed moments later. Overall, this film is a slow burn but definitely worth the watch.
The Gift – 7/10
We know… We are late to the party on finishing this one. We finished watching this after a few months of binging our way through. I had seen up through season 6 a few years back and never finished; we started from scratch and watched them all within a few short months this time. Just like the first viewing, we had a really tough time getting through Season 3.
Is this show realistic? No way. Is this show melodramatic and filled with unnecessary violence, language, racism, and misogyny? Yes. Is it still one of the better crime dramas to hold our attention for 7 seasons? You bet your ass. We were brought to tears, rage, frustration, and profanity multiple times while watching the self-destructive characters on this show. We grew to love the supporting cast and felt grief when some parted ways (not spoilin’ anything here). As cheesy as this show was, a series hasn’t been able to do that for us for a long time..
We finished just in time for the Mayans MC spinoff show to hit in September and we cannot wait.
Sons of Anarchy – 8/10
This film was bearable, or okay at best. A dark indie comedy that playfully mocks the tortured and delusional artist (that this film is most likely aimed at). Emma Roberts character is annoying, which may have been the goal, but it made it hard to get through the 90 minutes without wanting to tune her out. I’m normally a huge Cusack fan and loved Evan Peters work with Roberts in the early American Horror Story, but this is unimagined and trite.
This movie also is another to add to the trend of Cisgendered actors playing trans* folks (as similarly noted in the uproar surround Scarlett Johanson and Rub & Tug). I wouldn’t recommend this flick to everyone except the indie-flick diehards, or Cusack fans, and even then I may think twice..
Adult World – 5/10