June, you are fleeting away quicker than anyone would prefer. I mean, come on now. It’s already Fourth Of July week! But worry not, friends. Because this blog is not officially canceled yet, and I still have five picks that you might want to consider when you browse Netflix’s instant streaming library.
Yes, I know we’re right in under the gun for yet another month, but just think: We have one of the strongest lineups we’ve had in the history of this blog! (I say that a lot, don’t I?). Not only is “Orange Is The New Black” back, but I’ve also fallen in lust with yet another television series, and, new this month is the great Philip Seymour-Hoffman’s final stand. If that’s not enough to get you to click, I can’t help you.
So, turn on that air conditioner. Settle in for a three-day weekend. And remember that if nobody else loves you … well … I do. And that’s better than nothing, right?
Onward and upward …
1. “Beyond The Lights” – Holy Moses, this thing turned out far better than I could have ever imagined. Gina Prince-Bythewood was the genius behind “Love & Basketball,” so this shouldn’t have been too much of a shock, but still … wow. This is the rare romantic comedy where you will of course see things coming down main street, but you still can’t help but find yourself enormously entertained through every second. Critics loved it. Crowds loved it. I loved it. What more do you want?
2. “The Honorable Woman” – Maggie Gyllenhaal in the role of a lifetime, I finally caught up with this BBC series last week and WOW, I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT. The capital letters are for emphasis. It’s like “Homeland” meets “The Hour,” but it’s infinitely smarter than both series combined. High praise. Deservedly so. Do not sleep on this.
3. “Orange Is The New Black” – Because, duh. It’s the third season. We spent months on season two (remember that?!). So, do I really need to explain myself here? I think not.
4. “Nightcrawler” – It is pure lunacy that Jake Gyllenhaal wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for this. Like, really? Benedict Cumberbatch was better? Anyway, it’s a modern day “Taxi Driver.” I said that then. I’ll say it again now. Dude is creepy as creepy can be. Bonus points for Rene Russo knocking it out of the park, too.
5. “A Most Wanted Man” – My favorite actor to ever do it in his final film. Philip Seymour Hoffman starring in a move based on a novel by John le Carré. If you’re not already sold, you don’t have a functioning brain. Just get to that final sequence and watch. Watch what he does. Watch his emotion. Watch how he goes for it. It’s like he knew he might not ever be back on that big screen. If you pick one of these five, this is the one you need to sit with.