Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New on Amazon Prime: May 2016

May 1
When Harry Met Sally: Starring Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher. Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Leaving Las Vegas: Starring Nicholas Cage, Elisabeth Shue and Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

Vice Versa: Starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage and Corinne Bohrer. During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11-year-old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father’s mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.

Cry Of The Banshee: Starring Vincent Price, Essy Persson and Hilary Heath. A witch summons an evil entity to vanquish the lord who wiped out her coven.

Le Sauvage: Starring Yves Montaund, Catherine Deneuve and Luigi Vannucchi. In this Venezuela-set romantic comedy-adventure, a young bride, Nelly, gets cold feet and flees the altar with her irate groom in hot pursuit.

Mr. Music: Starring Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson and Charles Coburn. A golf-crazy songwriter tries to avoid the long, solitary hours of concentration needed to produce a hit musical. His producer and his secretary conspire to get him back on track.

The Criminal: Starring Steven Mackintosh, Bernard Hill and Eddie Izzard. A musician is plunged into a world of femmes fatales, espionage, deceit, state-ordered executions and trial by media.

The Young In Heart: Starring Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Roland Young. Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

The Story Of Gilbert And Sullivan: Starring Robert Morley, Maurice Evans and Eileen Herlie. The sometimes stormy partnership between Gilbert and Sullivan brought about the creation of many well-loved comic operas, such as “Trial By Jury,” “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” and “Iolanthe.”

Nothing But The Night: Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Diana Dors. In this horror thriller, a strange cult tries to achieve immortality by taking over the bodies of children in an orphanage.

Stranger Who Looks Like Me: Starring Meredith Baxter, Beau Bridges and Walter Brooke. A young girl who is looking for the birth parents who gave her up hooks up with a young man who has also been adopted and is looking for his real parents.

Goldfinger: Starring Sean Connery, Gert Frobe and Honor Blackman. Investigating a gold magnate’s smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

She’s Having A Baby: Starring Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern and Alec Baldwin. Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is?

You Only Live Twice: Starring Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama. Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.

Die Another Day: Starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike. James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Diamonds Are Forever: Starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John and Charles Gray. A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

The Spy Who Loved Me: Starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach and Curd Jurgens. James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.

Live And Let Die: Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour. 007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Octopussy: Starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jordan. A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent’s death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

The Man With The Golden Gun: Starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland. James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world’s most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.

The Living Daylights: Starring Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo and Jeroen Krabbe. James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Never Say Never Again: Starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger and Klaus Maria Brandauer. A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Ghost World: Starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi. With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man’s newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

The Bounty: Starring Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins and Laurence Olivier. Lieutenant Bligh inspires a mutiny aboard his ship and endeavors to get his loyalists to safety.

Hoodlum: Starring Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth and Vanessa Williams. Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

Benny And Joon: Starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson and Aidan Quinn. A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Standing In The Shadows of Motown: Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Election: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick and Chris Klein. A high school teacher’s personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Dream A Little Dream: Starring Corey Feldman, Corey Haim and Piper Laurie. An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.
Mystery Team: Starring Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes. A group of former Encyclopedia Brown-style child-detectives struggle to solve an adult mystery.

The Red Violin: Starring Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau and Christoph Koncz. A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Men With Brooms: Starring Leslie Nielsen, Paul Gross and James B. Douglas. Four men take time from their personal problems to reunite as a curling team and compete in a bonspiel that will restore their honor.

Bitter Moon: Starring Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner. A mild-mannered man attempts to rekindle the sexual fire in his marriage while on a vacation cruise. The only problem is he falls in love with another woman.

Best Seller: Starring James Woods, Brian Dennehy and Victoria Tennant. A widowed Joseph Wambaugh-type cop who writes best-selling crime novels is approached by a former professional hit man to write his life story.

Meet Wally Sparks: Starring Rodney Dangerfield, Debi Mazar and David Ogden Stiers. Wally Sparks is a tabloid TV show reporter who’s trying to boost ratings on his show. He goes to the governor’s mansion to uncover a sex scandal.

Airplane II: The Sequel: Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Lloyd Bridges. A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track — again???

Code 46: Starring Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton and Om Puri. A futuristic Brief Encounter, this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

Coming Soon: Starring Bonnie Root, Gaby Hoffmann and Tricia Vessey. The trials and tribulations of wealthy young Manhattanites and their sexual coming of age, a romantic comedy set at an Upper East Side prep school.

Southie: Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan and Anne Meara. Three years ago when Danny Quinn left Southie, a tough Irish working-class neighborhood in South Boston, he left behind a world of crime and betrayal. Upon his return, Danny is forced to make a risky decision.

Bully: Starring Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl and Bijou Phillips. A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Chinese Box: Starring Jeremy Irons, Li Gong and Maggie Cheung. The story of Hong Kong, from New Year’s Day to June 30, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People’s Republic of China.

Slow Burn: Starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J and Jolene Blalock. A district attorney is involved in a 24-hour showdown with a gang leader and is, at the same time, being manipulated by an attractive assistant district attorney and a cryptic stranger.

The Mod Squad: Starring Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps. A trio of juvenile delinquents become undercover cops to infiltrate a drug ring in the ultra-hip L.A. club scene.

Airplane!: Starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty. A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Molly: Starring Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart and Jill Hennessy. A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

Sex, Lies, And Videotape: Starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell and Peter Gallagher. A sexually repressed woman’s husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

May 6
Hot Pursuit: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara and Robert Kazinsky. An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

May 9

99 Homes: Starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern. A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

May 12
Creative Control: Starring Benjamin Dickinson, Nora Zehetner and Dan Gill. In near future Brooklyn, an ad executive uses a new Augmented Reality technology to conduct an affair with his best friend’s girlfriend…sort of.

May 16
Humans Season 1: Starring Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson and Lucy Carless. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a “Synth” — a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.

May 21
Angry Boys Season 1: Starring Chris Lilley, Deborah Jones and Greg Fairall. A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century — their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions.

Banshee Season 2: Starring Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic and Ulrich Thomsen. From Alan Ball, the creator of True Blood, comes Season 1 of this thrilling Cinemax action series that charts the twists and turns of Lucas Hood, a recently paroled ex-con who assumes the identity of a small town’s new sheriff.

Boardwalk Empire Season 4: Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael K. Williams and Michael Shannon. An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Empire Falls Season 1: Starring Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt. A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, led by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.

Hunted Season 1: Starring Melissa George, Adam Rayner and Stephen Dillane. She’s brilliant, beautiful and ruthless…and now Sam Hunter is on a mission to find out who wants her dead.

Life’s Too Short Season 1: Starring Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The show centers on Warwick Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces.

Lucky Louie Season 1: Starring Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon and Mike Hagerty. A working class family and their oddball friends.

Mr. Show With Bob And David Seasons 1–4: Starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Bob and David play various characters in a series of weirdly connected sketches.

Strike Back Season 3: Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester and Michelle Lukes. The actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions throughout the globe.

Tell Me You Love Me Season 1: Starring Adam Scott, Sonya Walger and Jane Alexander. A drama about three couples and the therapist they share.

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn Seasons 1–3: Starring Keith David, Richard Dysart and Dominique Jennings. After being betrayed and murdered by his employer, a government trained assassin named, Al Simmons, is resurrected as a Hellspawn and is forced to become the reluctant leader of Hell’s army.

True Blood Season 6: Starring Anna Paquin, Bill Moyer and Joe Maganiello. Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

May 27
Age Of Adaline: Starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman. A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.

May 29
Indian Summers Season 1: Starring Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel and Jemima West. Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New on Netflix: May 2016

May 1
A Study in Sherlock (2016): Mark Gatiss, who co-created “Sherlock” and plays Mycroft Holmes, discusses the show with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and others in the cast.

Admiral (2015): In the 1600s, when the Netherlands is under attack by the British navy and on the verge of civil war, a Dutch admiral is his country’s only hope. 

Ava's Possessions (2015): A young woman joins a support group for survivors of demonic possession to help her recover from a recent exorcism and expose her repressed memories. 

Bring It On (2000): Pressure mounts on the captain of a decorated cheerleading squad as she attempts to lead her crew to its sixth consecutive national title. 

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006): Cheer captain Britney plans to have her squad earn a coveted spot in singing sensation Rihanna’s video but must think fast when her plan is derailed. 

Easy Living: Seasons 1-3: Drowning in debt and shackled to a spendthrift wife, family man Tapio takes dodgy jobs from career criminal Eki in order to keep his family afloat. 

El Crítico (2013): A pretentious film critic who despises romantic comedies realizes that his life is turning into one when he falls for a free-spirited woman. 

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998): When poachers capture their baby animal friends, the rain forest fairies of Ferngully must brave the perils of civilization to rescue them. 

Finger of God (2007): When filmmaker Darren Wilson set out to document God’s presence in today’s world, he had no idea what he would find or where the journey would take him. 

Gary Gulman: It's About Time (2016): Gary Gulman tackles topics like extreme laziness, Hitler and the joys and pitfalls of shopping at Trader Joe's with his typical neurotic bewilderment. 

Great Expectations (1998): Unattainable to Finn since her youth, Estella holds his fascination. He soon becomes obsessed with being a successful artist to gain her love. 

I Am Road Comic (2014): In his follow-up to “I Am Comic,” filmmaker Jordan Brady books himself a weekend gig and interviews fellow comedians about why they go on the road. 

Jesus Town, USA (2014): When the actor playing Jesus in a small town's annual Easter pageant steps down, a young member of the cast takes on the role -- but he has a secret. 

Just Friends (2005): Years after high school, a once-portly nice guy comes home for the holidays and reunites with a former crush he still has feelings for. 

Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny (2015): It's everything you might expect from the man who taught Kevin Hart how to be a comedian. Keith Robinson, brings his in-your-face style to everything from the moment he stopped liking his own son to the real reason why Obama was elected. 

Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015): In Lil Rel Howery's first hour-long special, he talks about everything from his upbringing to raising his own children to getting roasted by teenagers on public transportation, all with his signature high-energy delivery. A natural performer, Lil Rel proves that he can hold his own when it comes to all the relevant issues. 

Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015): Comedy trio the Plastic Cup Boyz take the stage at San Diego’s House of Blues for a wild night of stand- up, sketches and more. 

LoliRock: Season 1 (2014): LoliRock follows the journey of young Iris, a spirited teenage girl with a beautiful voice and an unending desire to help others. When Iris joins the girl group LoliRock, her life is changed forever, as a new world of music, mysteries and magical powers is revealed. 

My Last Day Without You (2011): During a brief trip to New York on business, German executive Niklas meets a young female musician who exposes a new side of the city to him. 

The Nutty Professor (1996): Humiliated while trying to impress a pretty grad student, portly professor Sherman Klump takes a massive dose of his new weight-loss potion. 

Off the Map (2013): Four friends in middle school – Federico, Paula, Graciela and Fabián- decide to skip class and sneak in to the school basement. But Miriam, the class’ gossiper and teacher’s pet, discovers them and threatens them. She will rat on them if they don’t let her stay and be part of the adventure. This way, what was meant to be a time of intimacy, playing pranks and having fun between friends, is turned into the time when jealousy, fear, hatred and hidden crushes are exposed, unveiling a series of conflicts unthinkable of before skipping class. Meanwhile, upstairs, on the school’s surface, the Teacher and the Principal discover five kids are missing and warn their parents, who react in different ways, hence revealing conflicts of their own. 

Palm Trees in the Snow (2015): The accidental discovery of a long lost letter drives Clarence to travel from the snowy mountains of Spain to Africa, to visit the land where his father Jacobo and uncle Kilian spent most of their youth, the island of Fernando Poo. In the heart of a land as lush and seductive as dangerous, Clarence unearths the secret of a forbidden love story framed within turbulent historical circumstances whose consequences will have repercussions in her present-day life. 

Pleasantville (1998): Teens David and Jennifer get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom. But Jennifer’s attitude literally brings color into the show. 

Shark Lake (2015): An exotic animal dealer accidentally lets a bull shark loose in Lake Tahoe, and the ravenous creature wreaks havoc on the peaceful town. 

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014): An inspiring look at the brilliant, outrageous women who spearheaded the 1960s women’s movement resonates with those who still face gender inequality. 

Sixteen Candles (1984): Samantha’s family has forgotten her sixteenth birthday, a day that could be perfect if only Jake Ryan would look her way. 

Sugar Coated (2015): This documentary investigates the history of the food industry’s use of sugar, its health impact on society and the politics of the “new tobacco.” 

Terra (2015): We no longer see the wild, we dream of it. It’s an age-old fascination, visible in the paintings of the Chauvet Cave. But this dream is today disappearing, vanishing in factory smoke and industrial smog. 

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007): Attempting to piece her life back together after losing her husband in a tragic incident, grieving widow Audrey turns to an unlikely ally: her husband's childhood friend Jerry, an emotionally wrecked heroin addict. 

To Catch a Thief (1955): Suspected in a new series of heists in the hotels of the French Riviera, a reformed jewel thief sets out to clear himself and catch the real thief. 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007): Explore the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty’s famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry. 

Who’s Driving Doug (2016): When a college student with muscular dystrophy agrees to let a slacker be his new driver, they set off on a reckless road trip to Las Vegas. 

May 2
The Replacements (2000): In the wake of a player’s strike, an old-guard coach drafts a team of gridiron misfits and losers as replacements for the Washington Sentinels. 

May 3
Submerged (2015): When the kidnapping of a controversial corporate figure’s daughter goes awry, her limo careens off a bridge, leaving the survivors trapped underwater. 

May 4
The Keeping Room (2015): With the men of their clan all fighting or lost on the battlefield, three Southern women face the sinister attentions of two Union Army deserters who are pillaging the landscape ahead of the main forces in this taut Civil War drama. 

Shanghai Knights (2003): Dynamic duo Chon Wang and Roy O’Bannon are in London to avenge the murder of Chon’s father but end upon on an even bigger case involving the royals. 

May 5
Fourth Man Out (2015): A young mechanic comes out to his extremely straight best friends. Once they get used to the idea, they’re determined to help him find the right guy. 

Marseille (Netflix Original): Robert Taro has been the mayor of Marseille for 25 years. Now he faces a merciless election against his young, ambitious former protégé. 

May 6
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (Netflix Original): Unapologetic and nasty mom-to-be Ali Wong desperately wanted a conventional life. Baby Cobra is Wong's hilarious journey of how hard she worked to find Mr. Perfect, get married, buy a house and have a baby. But it all didn't exactly turn out how she planned. And while Wong complains that feminism is the worst thing that's ever happened to women, what's more empowering than being the first and only comic to film a 1-hour stand up special 7-months pregnant? 

Baby Daddy: Season 5: Ben unexpectedly becomes a parent when an ex-girlfriend drops off a baby girl. But with help from friends and family, he steps into the role of dad. 

Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (Netflix Original): Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin co-star as two women forced to reinvent their lives in this funny, honest Emmy-nominated Netflix original series. 

Young & Hungry: Season 3: A female food blogger is hired as a personal chef by a young tech tycoon and faces a new menu of challenges, both inside and outside of the kitchen. 

May 8
The Chosen Ones (2015): Young Ulises falls in love with teen Sofia, even as he is forced to lure her into his family’s prostitution ring. Now he’ll do anything to rescue her. 

May 9
A Stand Up Guy (2015): When his outrageous open-mic standup comedy routine goes viral, low-rent mobster-in-hiding Sammy gets a lot of attention he seriously doesn’t want. 

May 10
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015): In 1931, famed Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to make a film about Mexico’s history becomes a journey of personal and creative awakening. 

May 11
Chelsea (Netflix Original): It’s not her first talk show, but it is a first of its kind. Ideas, people and places that fascinate her, three times a week, all in her unique style. 

Goosebumps (2015): None-too happy about moving to a small Maryland town, teen Zach Cooper finds his outlook changing after meeting the gorgeous girl next door, Hannah Stine -- whose reclusive father happens to be hiding a big secret. 

They Look Like People (2015): While visiting an old friend in New York City, a man begins receiving eerie phone calls that warn him something evil is about to happen. 

May 12
Bleeding Heart (2015): A yoga instructor reunited with her long-lost biological sister is determined to save her from an abusive boyfriend and a life of prostitution. 

May 15
We Are Still Here (2015): A couple recovering from their son’s death finds themselves haunted by vengeful spirits when they move to a rural town that hold a horrifying secret. 

Yo Soy la Salsa (2014): More than a genre, the salsa was a cultural movement that arose in a time of need for strengthening the Latino culture and spread across the world with such force that 50 years later still moving the feet of the dancers in the most inhospitable corners world. At the heart of the movement is the figure of Johnny Pacheco, who know as one of the great musical legacy responsible for gender salsa. 

May 17
American Dad!: Season 10: This comedy follows a conservative CIA agent and his eccentric brood, which includes a talking goldfish with the brain of an East German athlete. 

Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016): Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent (Dolph Lundgren) goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school's liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for. 

Slasher: Season 1 (2016): Although her parents were murdered just moments before she was removed from her mother's womb, Sarah Bennett is all grown up and ready to leave the past behind. But when she and her hubby return to the family home, history begins to repeat itself. 

May 18
A Girl Like Her (2015): Amid South Brookdale High School's social scene, sophomore Jessica Burns suffers unrelenting harassment by class queen Avery Keller. But with help from best friend Brian Slater, Jessica turns the tables on her tormentor. 

May 19
Benders: Season 1 (2015): Though their amateur ice-hockey squad comes up short on skills, Paul Rosenberg and his teammates are united -- not only by their passion for the sport but by an almost equal passion for drinking beer. 

May 20
Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (Netflix Original): Comedian Maria Bamford stars in a series inspired by her own life. It’s the sometimes surreal story of a woman who loses - and then finds - her s**t. 

May 22
David and Goliath (2015): An epic drama drawn from biblical accounts of King David's life. While the army of Israel cowers before the taunts of hulking Philistine giant Goliath, young shepherd David finds the courage and faith to meet him in combat. 

The Letters (2014): Letters written by Mother Teresa to a spiritual adviser over decades reveal her inner struggles as she devotes herself to helping the poor in India. 

The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015): A group of unsuspecting theatre goers are trapped, after a ravenous spirit is resurrected and released from a Ouija board. 

May 23
Electricity (2014): ELECTRICITY is an Alice in Wonderland for the modern day - an extraordinary hallucinatory journey seen through the eyes of a young woman with epilepsy as she searches for her long lost brother. 

May 26
Graceland: Season 3: Joining forces in their undercover efforts, a group of agents from the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Customs move into a beachfront house in Southern California. 

The Last Man on the Moon (2016): In this artful blend of memoir and documentary, former Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan looks back to the glory days of NASA's lunar landings and his unique distinction of being the last man to stand on the moon. 

May 27
Bloodline: Season 2 (Netflix Original): When the black sheep son of a respected family threatens to expose dark secrets from their past, sibling loyalties are put to the test. 

Chef's Table: Season 2, Part 1 (Netflix Original): Find out what’s inside the kitchens and minds of six international culinary stars in this Netflix original six- part docs-series. 

The Do-Over (2016) (Netflix Original): The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure. 

Mako Mermaids: Season 4 (Netflix Original): This “H2O” sequel follows Zac, a boy who accidentally turns into a merman and threatens the existence of three young mermaids who guard Mako Island. 

May 28
Hell on Wheels: Season 5: Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon sets out on a quest to find his wife’s killer as post-Civil War America struggles to rebuild its identity. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Recently Viewed: April 2016

Wild Tales (2014) ✭✭✭✭
Netflix Blu-ray

This compilation of short films written and directed by Damián Szifrón takes a look at modern life in Argentina, and it is indeed surreally wild. The second story is a riveting account of road rage run amok, and it's probably the best of the lot. Wild Tales won a BAFTA for best foreign film and it's easy to see why.

La petite reine (2014) ✭✭✭✭ 

Very good French film about a cycling champion hiding a big secret. Impressive debut from leading lady Laurence LeBoeuf , who has real star quality. 

Learning to Drive (2014) ✭✭✭½
Netflix DVD

A gentle amusement about an unlikely middle-age romance. Formulaic, but Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson somehow make it work.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Youth (2015) ✭✭✭✭½

Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (2015) is an extraordinary motion picture and one of those rare films that transports the viewer to a blissful state. This follow up to Sorrentino’s outstanding The Great Beauty (2013) delivers on all levels, and achieves the same surreal atmospherics laced with penetrating observations that distinguished its predecessor. Youth’s comparative lack of critical acclaim is a mystery to this reviewer, as to my mind these two pictures represent the apex of filmmaking in the barren decade of the 2010s. As the movie industry chugs forth with prequels, sequels, superheroes and other cinematic puke, it’s cosmic justice that we have Paolo Sorrentino to balance the scales a little bit.

Like The Great Beauty, Youth deals with the metaphysical musings of a gentleman of a certain age: retired composer and conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) who seems quite happy to be done with the music business. Set in the Swiss Alps at a tony resort so elegant and refined it feels like a mausoleum, Fred wanders the marble hallways and manicured grounds with an air of placid satisfaction. Also at the resort is his lifelong friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a burned out film director who has holed up with a team of young, fuzzy cheeked writers in an attempt to launch one more big budget project. One day Fred is visited by a nervous, pasty emissary from Buckingham Palace (Alex Macqueen) hoping to nudge the conductor back into the spotlight for a command performance. Fred firmly and steadfastly refuses, and not even a veiled offer of knighthood can sway him. The balance of the film will be devoted to uncovering the mystery of Fred’s recalcitrance, revealing the deepest recesses of his soul in the process.

Along the way there’s plenty of room for Sorrentino’s patented delightful digressions, as viewers become acquainted with the resort’s murky array of oddballs. As we are treated to these characters’ reveries and regrets, the priorities of modern existence are shown to be flimsy piffle built on wet sand. Paul Dano has a minor part - but as usual he nearly steals the picture - as a Hollywood actor researching an upcoming role as Adolph Hitler. His appearance at dinner in full makeup offers a stinging metaphor on the nature of the 1%, and history’s tendency to repeat itself.

Some of the film’s best scenes take place along a country road, presumably leading from the resort into town. There, amid buzzing cicadas and abandoned barns on the verge of toppling, epiphanies occur by the bushel, as Caine and Keitel each have transformative Damascus moments where once reigned only drudgery and hard labor. Fred’s visit to a nearby cow pasture, where we learn he has not completely lost the conducting bug, is a wondrous montage set to bovine music of the spheres and alone is worth the price of admission. Speaking of music, Sorrentino has assembled a wonderful soundtrack for his esoteric epic. Comprised of a wide variety of styles and artists, along with some original modernist compositions by David Lang, the musical moments of Youth truly seer into the psyche.

Eventually, Caine and Keitel each gain valuable perspective on their true places in the universe, and proceed to the remainder of their lives both chastened and liberated. Caine will confront a challenge he has staunchly avoided, while Keitel gets a surprise visit from an old colleague (Jane Fonda) whose acid tongue promptly remedies his advanced case of anal-cranial inversion. Like life itself, Youth doesn’t so much end as simply evolve to a new stage and a new season. As the chilly breezes of approaching winter scatter the principals from the resort, viewers will find awakening from Youth’s powerful spell divinely discombobulating.