Since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – every week we do a little “what’s getting released on DVD/on demand/Netflix this week” round up for you, with nice little excerpts of our past reviews and more. You’ll love it. Trust us.
OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
- Age of Adaline. Here’s what we said in our original review:
If you looked like Blake Lively and didn’t age for 80 years, you might think life was pretty god damn good. But you’d be wrong. In Age of Adaline, the protagonist spends her immortal years moping, when she’s not dazzling men with her stunning wit and knack for foreign languages.A cloying voice-over explains the “science” behind Adaline’s agelessness early in the film. This is a big misstep on the part of screenwriters J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz. Voice-overs are almost always lazy, but Age of Adaline’s know-it-all takes it to new and bizarre heights. There’s no point to understanding exactly how Adaline manages to stay 29 for so long, when a magical realism-esque lack of explanation would do just fine. Juxtaposed with the utter lack of reason behind the love story (other than the obvious, which is that dudes dig Blake Lively), it comes off as even more strange.
- Unfriended. Here’s what we said in our original review:
Honestly this film feels like an unintentional dark comedy at times which helps offset the shockingly gory, yet fun, death scenes that are vaguely reminiscent of the Final Destination franchise (most fun deaths, 5 out of 5). Watching a film via a computer via a large screen is a bit confusing. I hate to sound meta but Unfriended is probably best watched on an actual laptop. The characters are, in a nutshell, boring teens whose deaths you don’t really mourn but since it’s a horror film I’m not really here to make friends. I’m actually here to UNFRIEND (sorry). Based on the title alone I expect loads of people might end up skipping this film. Personally, before I read anything about it, I scoffed at the idea that the Millennials’ idea of horror is losing a friend on social media. This film is so much more than that and could at some point be considered a classic of the found footage genre. Now, please follow me on Twitter and find me on Facebook, obviously.
OUT THIS WEEK & WORTH YOUR TIME:
- Hot Pursuit. Here’s what we said in our original review:
This is one of those movie experiences where you see the trailer and it’s exactly what you get in the film, and in this case, that’s not a terrible thing. If you like Leslie Knope’s most over-the-top intense moments on Parks and Recreation, and enjoy Sofía Vergara’s character Gloria in Modern Family, you’ll enjoy Reese Witherspoon and Vergara’s new action-comedy Hot Pursuit. If you don’t like the style of comedy best described as loud yelling and sudden physical comedy, you’ll probably have a bad time. Maybe it’s not the greatest comedy to come out this year, but it is playful and lighthearted.
INSTANT VIEWING OF THE WEEK:
- Dear White People. Here’s what we said in our original review:
Dear White People straddles the line of parody and reality, feeling sometimes like some of these things might be too ridiculous to be true, until the end credits show that no, these awful things the film is talking about occur all the time. Dear White People is far less of a comedy than a discussion starter, presenting that to one side, racism might seem a thing of the past. To the other side, it shows how racial issues still occur all the time. Simien’s discussion of how we all hide, regardless of race is fascinating, even if the film does often feel unbalanced and off because of it.
- Black or White. Here’s what we said in our original review:
The biggest disappointment, both as a viewer and a critic, is that Black or White is not particularly provocative. It’s just good enough to be mediocre, and little else. It’s more than thoughtful enough not be plainly dumb or offensive, but not nearly thoughtful enough to challenge its audience. Peppered with jokes at inappropriate moments, flush with distractions and oddities (the sole point of Gillian Jacobs is to provide unfunny, sexist humor), its premise is so thoroughly manufactured, going out of its way to avoid asking any interesting questions, soits climax is contrived as to ensure none get answered. In the end, Black or White is a fascinating document of a certain perspective on race in America in 2015, but that need not make it a good movie.
- WHITEY. Here’s AA Dowd over at The AV Club:
Despite essentially ending with the sentencing of its subject, who’s now serving two consecutive life terms, WHITEY: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger provides little in the way of comforting catharsis. That may be because Berlinger, a thorough and impassioned muckraker, has managed to find hints of injustice in the justice that was served. Bulger’s culpability is not really in question; he pled guilty to all but one of the charges. The real mystery of this dense, dry legal procedural is whether the U.S. government abetted the man’s evil by putting him on its payroll.
That’s it for our weekly Netflix guide! Let us know what you’re watching in the comments.