Because we have to get it in before the end of the month stumbles across the finish line …
… Welcome to November’s Netflix Pix! Four days before the month ends and viewed by quite literally by nobody. But I’m nothing if not a creature of habit, and if we miss one of these, the world will end.
BUT. That doesn’t mean we can’t abbreviate this. You’ll need some viewing suggestions as the next few days play themselves out. And what better place to turn to than Netflix’s Instant Streaming library?! The answer: There is no better place.
So, behold five picks, five (yes – five!) accompanying trailers, and a mere one or two sentences for each. Hey, it’s the day before Thanksgiving. What did you want? Blood?
Onward and upward …
1. “The Unbelievers” – Hey, here’s a warning: While still fascinating and worth your time, DO NOT believe the trailer that is attached to this thing. The celebrities come and go quicker than the Big Bang (get it?!). Still, there are plenty of things to value in this documentary that serves as a travelogue for Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. More Ricky Gervais and Woody Allen. Less shots of Australia. Just sayin.’
2. “The Contender” – If nothing else, it’s Gary Oldman in one of his greatest roles ever. The first 80 percent of the movie is better than great. The ending? Umph. Just a little too tidy for my tastes. Still, Jeff Bridges is an excellent President of the United States of America. Actually, he’s better than excellent. And Joan Allen has short hair. So, that accounts for something. It’s worth your time. Just don’t feel bad if you fall asleep with a half hour left.
3. “Boccaccio ’70” – Because everybody who claims to be a fan of film needs to see something Federico Fellini did at least once. And Italian cinema is the best.
4. “Silver Linings Playbook” – You tell me Jen Lawrence and Brad Cooper don’t have genuine sexual chemistry throughout this and I’ll tell you you’re a liar. It’s got a surprisingly interesting Chris Tucker and Robert De Niro in one of his better later-year roles. If you weren’t sold after “Winter’s Bone” that Lawrence is about four trillion cuts above her peers, this movie should do the trick. Read it. Watch it. Love it.
5. “Liberal Arts” – It’s the only reason to ever trust Josh Radnor and I’m sorry, but Elizabeth Olsen is pretty much great in every single thing she does. Add in a complete knockout performance from Allison Janney and what you have is an hour-and-a-half worth your time. Especially if the alternative is spending time with your sixth cousin and eating corn. Check it out: