Okay, folks – I caved in and finally joined Netflix during the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend and hence, watched three films via the streaming service as well. Alas, I dislike how Netflix does NOT champion the theatrical experience – most of their Original Movies only play in LA and NY to be considered for the Academy Awards – no wide release at all.
Yes, “My List” is full of films and now, it is time to play catch up when I am not at the cinema analyzing the current theatrical releases. Seriously, how could I not deny $7.99 per month with unlimited films?! I will always advocate the theatrical experience, regardless.
Without further ado, the brief reviews.
“Two Days, One Night” (2014) (French with the English subtitles)
The factory worker Sandra (Marion Cotillard) discovers the colleagues selected 1,000 Euros bonus in exchange for her absence. Meanwhile, she convinces the colleagues to surrender the bonus during one weekend.
Anchored by the incredible performances and the relevant screenplay, “Two Days, One Night” understatedly taps into the zeitgeist – job security is iffy, regardless of the government circumstances. Highly recommended. B
“Things to Come” (2016) (French with the English subtitles)
The philosophy professor Nathalie Chazeaux (the incomparable Isabelle Huppert) loses the husband and the mother all at once. Therefore, she eventually adjusts to the changes.
Brilliant performances. Underwhelming yet lifelike screenplay. “Things to Come” just reiterates the fact that Ms. Huppert is the Meryl Streep of France. B-
The end of life examination via a few families and their decisions, regarding their loved ones.
“Extremis” is powerful and heart wrenching. You’ll be depressed during the viewing from start to finish – guarantee it. Just be prepared to have your heartstrings pulled here. B
Review Structure Key
Regular reviews ~ Word count varies.
Mini reviews ~ Positives and negatives (+/-) analysis.
Brief reviews ~ One hundred words, more or less.
Thirty Second reviews ~ Multiple films will be reviewed all at once, hence the editions. One sentence to three sentences. Primarily utilized for when I have personal commitments (may or may not be stated).