Whew. We’re really pushing the limit on when we can get these posts in each month, now, aren’t we? Yet here we are, with two days left in the month, and barely – just barely – we have a group of Netflix Pix for you to devour as that wind just keeps getting colder and that air seems just a little more brisk each day.
Plus, it’s Super Bowl weekend. And who doesn’t need a few movies to take in as you ready yourself for the big game?
This month, we have one of the best – if not the best – film of 2014 and what someone once told me would be a lock for this year’s foreign film Oscar. Elsewhere, we have a really great and really forgotten Bill Murray movie. We have a remake that nabbed Gary Oldman an Academy Award nomination. We have one of Clint Eastwood’s best moments as a director. And we have, of course, “Election.”
We’ll try to get back on track next month with more posts and more timely reactions (what’s up, “Orange Is The New Black” and Crazy Eyes at the Sag Awards!), but then again, you’ve heard that before, now, haven’t you? In any event, buckle in friends. Here’s a list of five picks you can consider when glancing at the Netflix instant streaming library for the next … well … two days. Who loves you? Me.
Onward and upward …
1. “Ida” – I sat with this (streaming it on Netflix!) about three or four weeks ago … and three or four weeks later, I still can’t shake it. The gone-but-never-forgotten Michael Hunley told me it’s the Lock Of The Year when it comes to the foreign film Academy Award, and I can’t imagine there being anything that even belongs in the same room as this flick. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. But, man. If you stick with it, the payoff will be unforgettably provocative. Check out the trailer:
2. “Get Low” – It’s hard to believe this thing is five years old already. I mean, it’s Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. What’s not to love?! Add in a lovely Sissy Spacek and what you have is a movie that will grip you from the jump, if only for its sort of/kind of offbeat plot. You’ll spend the entire film wondering about what’s going to happen once you get to where you know they’re going, and then once you get there … well, you’ll have to pull it up to see for yourself. Have a look:
3. “Election” – If you don’t love Alexander Payne, you might as well click away and go somewhere else right now. Matthew Broderick is better than great. Reese Witherspoon is five flavors of great. It landed a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination all the way back in 1999. And this was the movie that put Payne on the map as a director so it should be essential viewing for anyone claiming to love his work. If you haven’t already, get hip:
4. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” – Gary Oldman’s George Smiley might not have been as perfect as Alec Guinness’ portrayal in the 1979 miniseries, but that doesn’t mean this film lacks any of the intrigue or shadow that John le Carré’s book created so brilliantly so long ago. If you like the spy thing. If you like Oldman. If you like Colin firth. Tom Hardy. Benedict Cumberbatch. The list goes on and on and on. This thing is for you. It’s a marathon. And you’ll have to watch it more than once. But trust me. You’ll want to:
5. “Mystic River” – I saw “American Sniper” with the aforementioned Mr. Hunley recently and … whoa there. At the end of the day, all I could think about was how great “Mystic River” is (Clint Eastwood directed both). Sean Penn knocks you off your feet. Laura Linney is a darn queen. Forever. Darn it. And Tim Robbins, as usual, is excellent. You’re going 137 minutes, but you’ll be gripped through each second. Calling it a mere thriller isn’t even half of it. Have a look: