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This Week’s Netflix Recommendations

In Netflix Recommendations on August 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

1.  Winter’s Bone

Director Debra Granik’s tour-de-force drama about a teenage girl in the desolate Ozarks is nothing less than mesmerizing (see my full review here!).  Star Jennifer Lawrence and her young co-stars do an excellent job of naturalistic acting, and the film’s atmosphere feels authentic to a fault.  John Hawkes is unrecognizable as Lawrence’s volatile uncle, who reluctantly agrees to help her track down her no-good father before the family loses its home.  A must see!  Currently available on Netflix streaming.

2. Tie me up!  Tie me down!

This very sexy early Almodovar film has it all: tension, drama, comedy, and lots of sex.  Did I mention it’s full of sex?  Antonio Banderas stars as an escaped mental patient who takes a former porn queen hostage in her home and tries to get her to fall in love with him.  While clearly not a paragon of feminist ideals, as with everything from Almodovar, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Currently available on Netflix streaming.

3.  Don Juan DeMarco

This rom-com is as fluffy as they come, almost–Johnny Depp stars as a young man convinced he isn’t just a Brooklyn drifter, but actually the world’s greatest lover, a Mexican Casanova trained in the arts of lovemaking, sword fighting, and general swashbuckling.  An aging Marlon Brando is assigned as Depp’s psychiatrist, and the two forge an unlikely connection that turns out to save both of them from the brink of despair.  With Faye Dunaway as Brando’s wife.  Delightful!  Currently available on Netflix streaming.

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3-D Not Looking Good

In Film News on May 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The “underwhelming” opening of the latest installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” this past weekend has put many in the industry into a 3-D funk.  Indeed, there is suddenly word going around–quietly–that we may soon reach the “end of 3-D.”

For a couple of months, spurred on by the box office disaster that was “Mars Needs Moms,” there have been whispers on film sites, tech blogs and even the New York Times that the party started last year by “Avatar” may be coming to an ignominious end.

It’s important to remember that 3-D has always been a gimmick at heart; when it was first introduced in the ’50s it was the stuff of B-movie science fiction, and its resurgence in the ’80s was similarly short-lived.  Having only seen one 3-D film myself, I can’t speak to the worthwhile-ness of the medium, but I certainly wouldn’t be sad to see the extreme 3-D ticket prices disappear.