Classic: Dr. Strangelove (Crackle)
I’ve seen this film at least five times and I didn’t even go to film school. While made almost 60 years ago, Dr. Strangelove is incredibly relevant and the jokes/characters still hold up. It is a dark political comedy satirizing Cold War fears of nuclear conflict. We are left to laugh and wonder at how easily an unhinged Air Force General could start a nuclear war by subverting the nuclear chain of command. Sounds almost… too close to home…
Drama: Bad Education (HBO Go)
Bad Education is about a superintendent who embezzled $11 million from their school district. When I started this movie, I thought, “Woah, did this movie take place in my school district? It sounds so familiar.” But I later realized, nope, there’s just countless amounts of these scandals across the country. The acting is great of course with Huge Jackman, Ray Romano, Allison Janney, Alex Wolff and the one and only Jimmy Tatro.
Drama: Lion (Vudu)
I can’t express enough how much I love this movie. From the heartfelt story to the great acting (and of course Dev Patel), it is an emotional rollercoaster. When five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, he must learn how to survive alone in Kolkata. This is the feel good movie you need right now, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Genre: Requiem for a Dream (HBO Go)
Every time I watch this, and yes I’ve seen it several times, I find something new to appreciate. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly play heroin addicted lovers who find themselves down two different, yet equally deteriorating paths, paralleled by his mother (Ellen Burstyn). Burstyn’s desire to return to a past version of herself for a TV appearance transforms her into a woman paralyzed by her own unattainable standards of beauty. I rewatched this with a friend last week and after telling his mom about it, she now believes I’m the antichrist. Maybe we’ll watch a more tame Aranofsky film this week.