If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I'm sure that you can decide for yourself on what movies you'll choose next time you're online watching Netflix Instant, but every Friday, I'll give you a short list of 5 of my own recommendations. I’m late posting this, I know.
A Clockwork Orange
A personal favorite of mine, A Clockwork Orange, follows a corrupted, and downright evil teenager named Alex, who leads a band of his “droogs” committing horrible crimes and acts of violence wherever they go. The second half of the film takes an unsuspecting turn that delves into government manipulation, and the lengths that society can go to try and change a person. I can’t recommend seeing this enough, and if you haven’t seen it already, now is the time. While I’m at it, I’ll also mention that there quite a few other Stanley Kubrick films on instant queue now, and I didn’t want to fill the entire list up with them (The Killing, 2001 a Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, and Killer’s Kiss).
George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya
One of the greatest and most controversial comedians of all time, his 2008 special, “It’s Bad For Ya” along with quite a few others, are now available. Unfortunately this was also his last HBO special, as Carlin passed away June of 2008. He blew up into the public eye with his most famous act “Seven Dirty Words”, where he went through a list of words that can’t be said on television. This special even sparked an FCC regulation court case, where the government gave them the right to regulate and censor, which is still upheld for most basic cable networks. If you are unfamiliar with Carlin, his comedy is more than just standup. A lot of his act is funny, while also being realistic commentary on every day life. Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits, are the words, if you didn’t already know.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
You’ve heard the praise from the critics, but is it all overblown hype? I will answer myself, No. Exit Through the Gift Shop is about a man obsessed with filming everything, and when he is exposed to the underground street art world, he takes it upon himself to film as much of it as he can. I don’t want to ruin it, but it takes an unexpected turn about halfway through, that changes the entire theme and point of the movie. It’s definitely one of the unexpected gems to emerge from 2010, while it didn’t necessarily slip completely under the radar, it wasn’t exactly loud.
While I’m not a huge fan of the voiceovers that are used for foreign movies, it doesn’t take anything away from the second film in Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy. If you want to experience the films all together, the other two, Sympathy for Mr.Vengeance and Lady Vengeance are also available for streaming, both “spiritually” alike, but not technically connected through anything other than themes. Think Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan”. Oldboy is about Oh Dae-su, a man that is held captive for 15 years, and framed for his own wife’s murder. When he escapes, he seeks vengeance, and the motives of his captors. This film has one of the most disturbing, and unsettling twists that you’ll ever see.
Wallace & Gromit / Shaun the Sheep
What some might overlook for just being kids stuff, both of these shows are genius creations by Aardman Animations. All of the episodes of Shaun the Sheep are available, as well as all 4 of the Wallace and Gromit short films (not including the feature film) and they are very much worth checking out, my personal favorite being “A Close Shave” (Shaun‘s first appearance). Shaun the Sheep isn’t talked about nearly as much, when in many ways it’s become superior than W&G (it’s probably blasphemous that I’m saying that), it takes inspiration from older cartoons and animation and consistently is full of laughs and clever jokes. My personal favorite short, is “Who’s the Mummy?” where Shaun is mistaken for the mother of a few baby chicks, and tries to do everything he can to get rid of them.