Category: Streaming Suggestions

New on Netflix Instant Streaming: Rogue One Is Beautiful and Bloodthirsty

Originally published on December 14, 2016. Rogue One is now available on Netflix’s instant streaming service. Overview: A ragtag group of rebels try to steal the plans for the Empire’s newest weapon, The Death Star. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2016;  PG-13; 133 Minutes. Long Odds: Disney and Lucasfilm, much like the characters in the newest Star Wars film, had a huge mission. With their acquisition of the Star Wars brand, Disney announced a seemingly endless franchise with a new Star Wars movie every year for  the near future. Some chapters would be continuing episodes of the original saga while...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: 20th Century Women & The Distance Between American Generations

Originally published on January 30, 2017. 20th Century Women is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: In 1979 Santa Barbara, single mother Dorothea struggles to raise her son Jaime and seeks the help of two young women. A24; 2016; Rated R; 118 minutes. Mama Can’t Buy You Love: Director and writer Mike Mills, recently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, has more than proven his mastery of incorporating personal yet universal themes in his work. Mike Mills’ most recent feature, Beginners (2010) was simple yet profound, heartbreaking yet hopeful, and creatively crafted. 20th...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: Paterson Gets Almost Everything Right

Originally published on October 11, 2016. Paterson is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview:  Jim Jarmusch’s latest film gives us a week in the life of a poet. Amazon Studios; 2016; Rated R; 113 minutes. Disaster Strikes: I nearly missed my first New York Film Festival press screening this morning. I hadn’t yet picked up my badge, so the goal had been to budget an hour of time (the screening started at 8:30 ) to stop by the press and industry office to retrieve it (as I would soon find out, this would not be necessary. The...

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Amazon Prime Hidden Gems: A Long Strange Trip

“Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there.” “Box of Rain,” The Grateful Dead The lyric above is the one that made me fall in love with the Grateful Dead; what a melancholy, powerful statement. Fifteen words summing up the human experience. Short time to be here, but a long time to be gone. How are we going to spend our time? It’s a big question, one I certainly did not have the answer to. But the idea that a song—alas, one line in a song– could challenge me in this way,...

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Netflix Hidden Gem: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau covers the making of the disaster that was 1996’s The Island of Doctor Moreau. In movie circles, the story of how the movie went off the rails is probably more well-known than the plot of the actual movie. Richard Stanley, fresh off some weird, well-made horror movies, is given the chance to direct a movie of his favourite book, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Ill-preparedness, prima donna actors, divorces, suicides, hurricanes, anti-social behaviour, and floods all combine to get Stanley kicked off the project and replaced. Lost...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: They Look Like People Offers Heartfelt Horror

Originally published on May 14, 2016. They Look Like People is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: A man deals with several struggles in his life while his friend struggles with schizophrenic delusions and clinical paranoia. 2015; Not Rated; 80 minutes. Wyatt/Christian: At first there’s a choppy, muted, sloppy casualness to They Look Like People – an unobtrusive, mumblecore-esque distance kept by the story as it watches old friends Christian (Evan Dumouchel) and Wyatt’s (MacLeod Andrews) unexpected reunion. Director Perry Blackshear opens his first feature film with choppy takes, disjointed voiceovers, conversational fragments. The first half of They Look Like...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: The Nightmare

Originally published on June 9, 2015. The Nightmare is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: A combination of interviews and re-enactments regarding the experience of different individuals who suffer from sleep paralysis. Gravitas Ventures; Not Rated; 2015; 91 minutes. A Developing Form: There’s a moment in Room 237, Rodney Ascher’s first documentary that covers the elaborately insane interpretative readings from obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, where I had to step back and shake myself back to reality. Left alone with the preposterous, but uninterrupted, explanations with no measured string of factual information with which to weigh...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: Deathgasm Offers Buckets of Gore and Fun

Originally published on October 1, 2015. Deathgasm is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: Best friends Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) and Zakk (James Blake) bond over their mutual appreciation of Death Metal in suburban New Zealand, form a band, and perform an ancient black magic hymn that releases a force of evil. Dark Sky Films; 2015; Not Rated; 86 minutes. Splatter-Fun: A self-proclaimed fan of such low-budget, splatter-fest classics as Sam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead and Peter Jackson’s cult-favorite horror comedy Bad Taste, writer and director Jason Lei Howden’s debut feature length film honors both sources...

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Netflix Hidden Gem: Maria Bamford: Old Baby

Last year, Maria Bamford’s genius show Lady Dynamite debuted on Netflix. For those unfamiliar with her stand up comedy, it was a great primer to the kinds of jokes to expect from her, and a glimpse into the life of one of the best working comedians today. Now available on Netflix is her new stand up special, Old Baby, and it’s definitely worth your time. Most stand up specials stick to a familiar format. A comedian stands onstage in a large venue packed with people who are all told about the filming and asked to be extra supportive. Pardon my...

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Netflix Hidden Gem: 8MM

8MM Directed By: Joel Schumacher Genre: Mystery, Thriller Columbia Pictures Synopsis: A private detective is hired to determine the authenticity of a snuff film. Overview: Remember when you were a teenager and you watched movies with your friends, and you didn’t know anything about movies, and it didn’t matter? I feel like most of my teen years were spent watching trashy 90s action/thrillers that, looking back, weren’t that great (but were super great in their lack of greatness.) 8MM is one of those types of movies, the ones where you make a giant bowl of extra buttery popcorn and...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: Manchester by the Sea Is An Operatic Ode to Melancholy

Originally published on December 5, 2016. Manchester by the Sea is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: A man wracked with a personal grief of his own is forced to care for his teenage nephew following the death of his brother. Roadside Attractions; 2016; Rated R; 137 minutes. Working Class Blues: At the heart of director Kenneth Lonergan’s stunning followup to the critically heralded – and notoriously delayed – release of his 2011 feature length effort Margaret is another heartfelt story of tragedy and grief. In the vein of that film’s unexpected heroine, Lonergan casts Casey Affleck as a man called upon...

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New on Netflix Instant Streaming: Bridget Jones’s Baby Is Hilariously Satisfying

Originally Published on September 30, 2016. Bridget Jones’s Baby is now available on Netflix Instant in the United States. Overview: Twelve years after Bridget Jones discovers love with Mark Darcy, we catch up with her only to discover she’s single again. However, one girls’ weekend and one christening celebration are enough to alter the course of her solitude forever, or the next 18 years at least. Universal Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 123 minutes. All By Myself: Fans of the original Bridget Jones’s Diary will be greeted with all of the happy, nostalgic feelings the moment the opening credits roll and we find Bridget...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: American Honey is a Rapid Fire Dream

Originally published on May 14, 2016. American Honey is now available through Amazon Prime’s Instant Streaming Service. Overview: A teenage girl joins a group of travelling magazine salespeople; A24/Focus Features; 2016; 162 Minutes. The Crew: Andrea Arnold’s 162-minute road trip movie is an absolute joyride through the American Midwest, brimming with the spontaneity and energy of modern youth. American Honey follows Star, portrayed with a naked vulnerability from newcomer Sasha Lane. With no responsible parents and two siblings under her care, she finds an easy escape as a member of a door-to-door magazine sales troupe. She becomes smitten with...

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New on Netflix Instant Streaming: Want to Understand 2017 America? Watch ‘Oklahoma City’ This Weekend

Originally published March 3, 2017. Oklahoma City is now available on Netflix Instant streaming. Overview: Two violent events mobilized the American far-right in the early 90s and inspired a former solider named Timothy McVeigh to carry out one of the deadliest acts of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s history. PBS; 2017; Not Rated ; 113 minutes. How We Got There: This documentary-length episode of PBS’s long-running series American Experience painstakingly recounts the events that led to the explosive growth of the white separatist movement in the early- to mid-1990s and connects them directly to the deadly bombing of the Murrah...

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New Netflix Instant Streaming: Tower Dares An Emotional Connection

Originally published on October 12, 2016. Tower is now available on U.S. Netflix Instant streaming. Overview: Combining archival footage and rotoscope animation, Keith Maitland’s TOWER is a bold documentary on the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin. Kino Lorber; 2016; Not Rated; 82 minutes. A National Sickness: Orlando. San Bernardino. Sandy Hook. Aurora. Virginia Tech. Columbine. These names resonant deep within the American psyche, each synonymous with one of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings. These attacks may not be unique among First World Countries, but they are unmatched in their frequency. Other countries look at...

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