Well you guys, I’ve got some disturbing news. For the first time in four years, Netflix is not my boyfriend. On the bright side, we still see each other regularly. Actually, more regularly than I see my current, human boyfriend! Netflix and I remain unshakable confidants. It makes me laugh, cry, and feel all the things. Enough time has passed, so here’s the second installment of films worth your streaming time!
We’ll start with absurd and end with absurd. Rubber is about a conscious tire with psychic powers and a jonesing for destruction! Yup. Really. That’s actually what it’s about. Even with that ridiculous premise, it’s an awesome movie. The film is beautifully shot, really aesthetically cool. There’s a lot of humor, regardless of the body count. And it’s not really hard to watch in a gorey kind of way. Trust me, because I really can’t deal with grossness or horror. It’s not a horror movie, not really, but it does have to be seen to be understood.
Welcome To Me
I know, I know, some of you do not feel the same way, but I think that this film is brilliant. Kristen Wiig stars, playing another unconventional character like the chameleon that she is. Said character wins millions of dollars through the lottery and takes over a TV network, just because she feels like it. The casting is really brilliant, also featuring James Marsden and Linda Cardellini of Freaks and Geeks fame. I found this film funny, genuine, and continuously surprising. How rarely are we surprised anymore, with the desensitizing, formulaic screenplays that oversaturate our cinematic experiences? This film is off-kilter and edgy. It’ll have you wishing that her talk show was real and still on the air!
Are you ready to be inspired? Prepare. Prepare to see incredible passion for life and a vivacious spirit! Prepare to watch every human in every scene be drawn, as if magnetically, on one particular “geriatric starlet.” Prepare to witness real. Genuine. Style. Iris Apfel is an incredible human being. She is the farthest thing from a follower, preferring to blaze her own trail, as she has for 94 years. This woman is amazing, her relationship with her (late) husband is heartwarming and perfect, and she always looks way better than anyone I know. I’m not big on documentaries, but I sure love this one!
I’m really only bothering to include this because I’m so happy that it’s on Netflix. Meaning, I understand that most of my readership has probably watched the film years ago. If you haven’t, DEAR LORD PLEASE STOP READING AND WATCH IT RIGHT NOW! It is a beautiful love story told in a beautiful color palette. If you’ve ever talked to me about film, then you understand just how crazy I am about Wes Anderson. This is probably my second favorite work of his (all hail Grand Budapest!) and all I can really say is that you need to see it. Now. End of message.
Kung Fu Hustle
Started with cray, ending with cray cray. When you really just want something silly, there is nothing quite so satisfying as Kung Fu Hustle. Most of the works of Stephen Chow are that way, but this one is really really especially silly. This dude writes, directs, and stars in his own films. This one isn’t exactly “strong” in terms of plot. In fact, the romantic thread is so forced that it’s almost comical. Actually it made me laugh a lot, just like the rest of the film. It’s really just a string of silly fight scenes with weak connections, and that’s ok. If you want to turn off your brain, this is the movie for you.
Netflix will always be there for you, even if you don’t want to put a label on it. Because Netflix is chill like that. Stay chill, streamers!