February 19th, 2010


Recently on Netflix Instant

Rachel Getting Married, another slam dunk for Anne Hathaway, does an excellent job depicting the awkward nature of post destruction relationships. I was expecting a romance and got something much more poignant, substantial, and although not as rare in reality, a rarity in cinema.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men was surprisingly good. At first it seems like a generic half-assed Indie flick, but it builds into a well thought out statement and discussion.

Also on the subject of sexuality and relations,Good Dick, yet another Indie film that was not quite what I expected. Blurbs like to focus on things like the porn as if it were just a slapstick comedy, but really that has little to do with the meaning and subject besides being a good and appropriate device.

Another surprise, though not as well formed, was How To Be; Robert Patinson's pre Twilight mental anguish Indie flick where one can see just why he was picked for twilight, but also why he's cooler than just the twilight teen phenomena. I'm expecting more good to come from Patinson in the future, like that new one coming out soon... whatever it's called.

In many ways on the same subject but a completely different package, The Aviator is good but depressing. A horror story of slipping into yourself and loosing everything that matters. Huge and hollow success.

A Wink and a Smile: The Art of Burlesque depicts what seems to be an awesome burlesque scene in seattle doing really cool, creative, and beautiful performances the likes of which are underappreciated in the days of Harry Flint. I wonder if the pendulum might come back towards art a bit with the excess of trash porn we have these days, or if most people are just happy with what they've got.

A well formed commentary on the ramifications and consequences of suspicion, Doubt was well done and interesting.
Another interesting statement on ethics and slander: Gossip. This one has the pleasant advantage of following young cool characters with comparatively modern aesthetics, making it easily palatable for people outside the stogy office/news world in which so many tales of ethics today are told.