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I have been catching up on some end-of-the-month Netflix and I just watched Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father Like Son - really GREAT! If it's on anybody else's list you have three days to get to it!
And as for in-the-theater movies, yesterday my sister and I went to a showing of Purple Rain - as a movie, slightly less great (lol), but as a Prince vehicle, there were sniffles all around after "Purple Rain"...
Just saw Finding Dory a few days ago. a very cute movie for sure. I do like the opening short as well.
Other than that, i have a few series I was recommended like Banshee and Man in High Castle. Gotta watch Red Beard as well (Kurosawa).
For anyone who wants to get the most out of the Netflix juggernaut check out this blog: expiringonnetflix.blogspot.com
I know some film sites like Indiewire post a list every month of what's leaving but I think those must be based on a press release sent out before all the titles are finalized...you'll see a lot more here, sadly.
Just started watching "The Night Of"... I was hesitant because everyone was talking about it... But I just watched the first episode. DAMN it was good. Very cinematic. Great stuff. Now I just need to watch the rest SO DON'T SPOIL anything. hehe.
By the way.. if you ever want to do a post where they'd be a spoiler... if you go to the + menu up above there's a spoiler option. Any text you mark as spoiler will not be shown unless someone clicks on it.
Watched the second episode last night. Pretty good but not as engaging as the first - but that is to be expected as the first episode was the actual "night of" so there was a lot going on. Sometimes I think the director is trying to see how long he can get away with playing an abstract shot... a couple of them went on forever - like the shot of them walking into the jail as reflected through the water. I liked it... but the second episode seemed to be more process and not as engaging as the first. It's definitely laying down a lot of character development.
As an aside... I think it's pretty amazing that these shows are being made now. There is time taken for character development and abstract shots and composition. What's also interesting is that this show isn't really going for gripping act outs or episode outs... it really takes a gamble that the viewer will be taken in by the story and would like to watch more.
Breaking Bad was another really great show made for TV - but that used the same "oh my god what is going to happen next" formula. The first season of True Detective did as well... (I haven't seen the second season yet)
It's interesting that "The NIght of" doesn't seem to really go by that formula... at least so far.
Is anyone else watching this now or already watched it?
Okay - saw the third episode of "The Night of" last night... it's getting better again. I must say though - all the jail process stuff is pretty darn accurate... I edited LockUp for a while so I should know.
Most recent movie I watched was Allied, which wasn't awful but boy was Pitt horribly cast. But I also saw Moonlight (twice in the last week) and it's easily my frontrunner for Best Picture and Screenplay (I would've said Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris too but I think Viola Davis is going to have to absolutely bomb in Fences to lose and I just don't see that happening in this lifetime).
Anyway, the second time I saw it it was at a screening with Barry Jenkins, Mahershala Ali and Harris which led to a lot of nice insight. One endorsement Jenkins made for filmmakers is that "In the Blink of an Eye" by Walter Murch is a must read.