Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Netflix? I'm loving it

Yes I’m enjoying Netflix. How much simpler can it get to watch a movie? Just select the film you want, click on it, and within 10 seconds it’s rolling. Since mid-September when I signed on for the free one month trial I’ve watched mainly – what else? – Indies such as It’s a Disaster (Todd Berger, 2013), a send–up on a yuppie brunch (with Julia Stiles). The gang gathers only to discover something approaching nuclear disaster taking place…..Ruby Sparks (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, 2012) is an updated version of Pygmalion where a writer (Paul Danos) creates his dream woman (Zoe Kazan) on paper whom miraculously comes to life, with a great cast including Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan and Elliott Gould (he’s looking great!)…..Like Crazy (2011) is about an intercontinental love affair that has its joys and ambivalences, demonstrating that when it comes to love the adage “geographically incompatible” may have some validity…..Then there was Roman Polanski’s Carnage (2011) with a stellar cast of Kate Winslet (rapidly becoming one of my favourites), Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly. It's about two New York couples who try to act oh so civilized when discussing the injury one of their kids did to the other in a fight, "try” being the operative word…..2012’s Smashed (James Ponsoldt) - about a couple who can’t control their alcohol  – was a good acting platform for Mary Elizabeth Winstead. As central character Kate she loses her teaching job when her booze consumption goes too far. Another blast from the acting past, Mary Kay Place, plays her mom…..Netflix? I’m loving it.

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