Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lone Survivor

Amazing & so powerful to watch - one of the best movies about the Afghan war I've seen. Totally astonishing. 5/5

Lone Survivor on Netflix

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Secret Lives of Dorks

Teen angst has certainly been done much better than this shallow & shabbily done rom-com. Not good. 2/5

The Secret Lives of Dorks on Netflix

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Very Good Girls

The acting by Fanning & Olson in this was perfection & the story was delicately & wonderfully told. 4/5

Very Good Girls on Netflix

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

I have no idea what I just watched, why it was good, why this artist is thought of as good. WTF? 2/5

The Devil and Daniel Johnston on Netflix

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wake in Fright

How have I never seen this movie before? Truly disturbing on a primal level & daring as hell for 1971. Wow. 4/5

Wake in Fright on Netflix

Thursday, September 25, 2014

After the Dark

This film has an intriguing premise - can you use logic to decide who lives and dies in an apocalypse? What if you were a class of 21 with 1 teacher and only had 10 places in a bunker. How would you determine who lives and who dies? It's an ambitious theme, and the beauty of the Indonesian setting paired with gorgeous direction certainly makes the film luscious to watch. The first hour is wonderful... and then the troubled third act begins. I don't know what I think about the last third of this film yet, particularly the last ten minutes. I think I'll debate this for a while in my head before I determine if this film succeeds of fails by the end. And the fact that I will think about it and remember it for some time, well, I guess that speaks for itself, doesn't it? For now this is a three, but I reserve the right to change my mind later. 3/5

After the Dark on Netflix

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Rover

Pierce & Pattinson are magnetic in this post-apocalyptic thriller that is tensely written & beautifully shot. 4/5

The Rover on Netflix

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Conventioneers

Another bad rom-com about bad people behaving badly - I really don't get this trend in this genre. Shame. 2/5

Conventioneers on Netflix

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier

This intriguing documentary raises great questions about the life of Maier & gives no easy answers. Bravo! 5/5

Finding Vivian Maier on Netflix

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Free Ride

A stunningly average film about truly interesting true events. Good acting but the script was lacking in detail. 3/5

Free Ride on Netflix

Friday, September 19, 2014

Afflicted

A pretty decent found-footage horror film that has some really great moments along with a passel of weaknesses. 3/5

Afflicted on Netflix

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fighting Man

An innovative drama that employs a shifting chronology to great effect. I don't think I've seen one like it. 3.5/5

A Fighting Man on Netflix

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Cartel

This amazing documentary on the public school system is the best I've seen on the subject, required viewing. 5/5

The Cartel on Netflix

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Man from Earth

Such an interesting thought experiment. Is it truth or fiction? And does the end reveal the answer? 3.5/5

The Man from Earth on Netflix