Take a deep, cleansing breath and decompress from election season with these 10 winning (and politics-free) films available on demand. Continue reading “Politics-free movies on demand: Soothe your election anxiety”
Netflix was already a player in original movies (one example, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman last year), but has moved to a dominant position now, as movie theaters remain closed or seriously limited by the pandemic.
Among Netflix original movies likely to be awards contenders this season:
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, adapted from the play by August Wilson (debuts Dec 12)
Browse all Netflix movies by genre below. (Netflix also offers a deep selection of TV series.)Continue reading “Best new movies on Netflix”
A shortlist of horror classics, available on demand, that rise above blood and gore to greatness.Continue reading “Halloween movies on demand: Ghouls rush in”
75 The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Dramatic retelling of the trial of protest leaders in Chicago by the Nixon administration after 1968 Democratic National Convention. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, who invokes TV footage of protests to frame the notorious proceedings in Judge Julius Hoffman’s courtroom. with strong echoes of 2020’s civil unrest. Cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen. [Trailer]
Streaming on Netflix
Other work by Aaron Sorkin:Continue reading “‘Chicago 7’: Aaron Sorkin’s political courtroom drama”
The pandemic gave me time to watch and listen to four recent music documentaries released around the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. These films each explore the creative explosion that occurred in the mid-1960s when traditional acoustic folk music collided with the electric guitars of the British invasion to create an influential and enduring new genre, “folk rock.” The soundtracks will trigger vivid sonic memories for anyone who came of age musically in that era, and will appeal to casual listeners who have absorbed the songs from radio play over the ensuing years.
The movies are Echo in the Canyon, directed by Andrew Slater; David Crosby: Remember My Name, directed by A.J. Eaton; Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, directed by Daniel Roher, and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.Continue reading “Fifty years after Woodstock, four music documentaries revisit the ‘jingle-jangle’ dawning of folk rock”