Summer Streaming Gems

Just a quick post today to share some interesting films I’ve seen lately that might not be on your radar. And wouldn’t you know it, they’re all available for streaming on Netflix.

 

Lo

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhFsK7e8wUo]

This film is weird and dark and weird and experimental and weird, but the experiment works. It accomplishes some very cool things within its limited setting, not the least of which was surprising me. That alone gets it a mention.

 

Bottle Shock

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V-QsiPiN_k]

It’s got a fantastic cast and an intriguing premise, but this movie does suffer from a couple too many subplots, most especially the unnecessary love triangle. It’s really a symptom of focusing on too many characters, but they’re all quite well executed so it’s difficult to say which should be trimmed. Despite the bloated structure, this film made me laugh and made me want to know more about wine, both worthy feats.

 

Everything Must Go

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkW3R-Jjr-k]

Will Ferrell, why don’t you do more dramatic roles? You’re good in them. Stranger Than Fiction was a treasure, and this film was yet more proof that you can play more than just a buffoon. It’s slow and quiet and slightly depressing, but also very amusing and sympathetic. A movie about beginning some relationships and moving on from others.

 

Monsters

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_-gL3U1T5Y]

This film is just gorgeous. It’s got kind of an odd pace and not as much really happens in it as you might expect, but the visual style and sense of atmosphere are simply top-notch. If District 9 and Children of Men had a quiet, contemplative love child, this movie would be it. This is not a film about fighting aliens, but rather the character-focused drama of two people on a journey in a world that happens to be occupied by hostile creatures from another world. It’s a unique take on the genre and worth seeing.

 

When I finished my first draft of this post I realized I’d used the word “interesting” in all four descriptions and the opening. That just wouldn’t do, and I’m so glad I caught it. That’s all the films I have to recommend for now, but do let me know if you’ve seen any of these and liked or hated them, or if you have any other recommendations to share.

 

-Tim

One Reply to “Summer Streaming Gems”

  1. I have not seen any of these, and will now consider doing so. I agree about Will Ferrell, I wish he would do more serious things. And I love the “If District 9 and Children of Men had a quiet, contemplative love child, this movie would be it” bit because I can picture what that would be exactly.

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