This week we’ve got a few new additions to Netflix, so let’s get them out of the way, shall we? There’s Polisse, My Friend Bernard, Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, Footloose (the remake), and Bernie. I’ve heard good things about Bernie, so maybe that’s the one to watch. If you’ve seen it already or simply can’t stand Jack Black, here are a few other suggestions:
Today is Emma Stone’s birthday (she’s 24) and she’s in The Amazing Spider-Man, so I decided to find a flick to suggest with her in it. The best I’ve got to offer is this film about Jeff Daniels as a writer whose two best friends are a teenage girl (Stone) and Captain Excellent, an imaginary superhero played by Ryan Reynolds. I don’t know if this film is good or not, but it has provided me with an excuse to use the above photo, so I’m not complaining.
Your Sister’s Sister director Lynn Shelton and star Mark Duplass previously made this film in which Duplass’s character and his best friend dare each other to have sex with one another and film it for an amateur porn festival. The problem is, they’re both straight and Duplass is married. Do amateur porn festivals even exist? I’m pretty sure that’s just called the internet.
Lest you think Bruce Willis’ participation in Fire With Fire heralds an unfortunate turn in his career, I present this film from last year in which he again co-stars with 50 Cent, and which also went straight to DVD. So despite appearing in critically-favored flicks like Moonrise Kingdom and Looper, he’s been cashing easy paychecks for acting in sh*tty movies for some time now. If there’s anything to get nervous about, it’s that looking at his career
of late, I’m suspecting Willis thinks Looper and Moonrise were the easy paycheck films.
I was perhaps a little too succinct in my analysis of Trishna, Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles. To make amends, I’m suggesting this film, Winterbottom’s adaption of Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. I wanted to suggest Winterbottom’s film The Claim, which is an adaptation of Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge (and stars Hirokin: The Last Samurai’s Wes Bentley) but it isn’t streaming, so instead you’re stuck with this flick that is rated R for strong sexuality and stars a then-21-year-old Kate Winslet. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.