Netflix Pix – December 2014

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

We had to go this route in November, and with only one week left in the final month of the year, it appears as though we’re going to have to do the same in December: Behold another lightning round of Netflix Pix for the month, where the writing is minimal and the trailers are many.

This time around, the crop is probably the most eclectic we’ve had all year. There’s the beginning of the McConaissance. There’s a movie so many people love that I only like. There’s one of Kevin Spacey’s best moments. There’s a truly awful film about pornography. And then, of course, there’s Nebraska.

It’s Christmas Eve, friends, and we all know you’re going to need something to put on the television screen as the family rolls in and out. Behold the final Netflix Pix of the year and there’s no better way to say goodbye to 2014. We’ll be back with more regularity (hopefully) once the calendar turns to 2015. But then again … didn’t we say that last month?

Onward and upward …

1. “Mud” – It’s a classic case of having no expectations for a movie and then being pleasantly surprised that not only did it not suck, but it was also kind of good. This was The Moment Matthew McConaughey Began To Lose Weight (read “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Bernie” for more on that), but it also features a great Sam Shepard and the always-solid Reese Witherspoon. Oh. And the kids are pretty good, too. Have a look:

2. “Almost Famous” – When I first picked up movies, this was one of the first 10 films people told me to watch. Naturally, I bought it. The result? It was … OK. Fine. Good. Better than average. But that’s about it for me. Other people, though? They seem to think it’s the best thing since Twizzlers. A cult classic, indeed. If nothing else, it’s got Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his defining roles. That, alone, is worth the bandwidth.

3. “American Beauty” – It won the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography Oscars. Kevin Spacey. Annette Bening. Allison Janney. Chris Cooper. Come on, now. It has all the credentials you need. It’s hard to believe that this thing is 15 years old now, but if you’re up for a shot across the chin to America’s middle class, this is the flick for you. What more can I say?

4. “About Cherry” – Oh, this thing is awful. Oh, my Lord, this thing is awful. BUT … there’s something to be said for having fun basking in a movie’s awfulness. Besides, James Franco shows up, and we all know what he’s been up to recently. Porn star movies are the new stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold movies. That doesn’t necessarily justify watching this, per se, but who doesn’t need a good hate-watch during the holiday season? That’s what I thought.

5. “Nebraska” – There’s connecting with a movie and then there’s the way I felt after watching this. Alexander Payne gets the small-town-life thing down to a T, never missing with even the most obligatory detail. It might end up being Bruce Dern’s last trip around the track as a bonafide star, and Will Forte turns in work that I never even knew he had in him. If you pick one this month, it’s gotta be this.

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