What better way to start a new movie blog than sharing some hidden gems that you can find right now on Netflix.
“World’s Greatest Dad”
Some films tip toe back and forth between the boundaries of tasteful and tastelessness. Others sprint across and keep going. “World’s Greatest Dad” tells the story of Lance Clayton, a single father who dreams of being an author despite every book he’s written get rejected by publishers. After a tragic accident, Clayton is given an opportunity to achieve the fame he’s always wanted but only if he can live what he has to do to get it. This pitch black comedy written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait offers viewers a cynical outlook at humanity that is insightful as well as morbidly hilarious. With a great soundtrack and a fantastic performance by Robin Williams as Clayton, “World’s Greatest Dad”is a tragic comedy tale that is worth watching.
Before last year’s “Rocky” spin-off “Creed”, Ryan Coogler made his name known with 2013’s “Fruitvale Station”. The film tells the true story of Oscar Grant and the final hours of his life before being shot by a police officer. Michael B. Jordan stars as Grant and delivers one of his best performances to date. As Grant goes about his day we learn more about him and how despite his flaws, he’s a good person trying to turn his life around. Giving complexity and depth to an otherwise straight forward story. The end result is a film that is powerful and is sure to stay with you long after it ends.
“If It’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.” Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, “The Babadook” tells the story of Ameilia who struggles with raising her son Samuel after losing her husband in a car accident. After a mysterious book enters her household, Samuel starts fearing that a creature called the Babadook is haunting their home. Despite having the appearance of a monster movie, “The Babadook” is a tense psychological film heavy with themes of loss, grief and blame that one wouldn’t expect in a traditional horror movie. Kent does fantastic work of using suspense and your own imagination to cook up frights instead of falling into the trap of non-stop jump-scares that most horror films use today. “The Babadook” is horror film that trust its audience to think about what they’re watching which in turns leads to a film that is unsettling and thought-provoking. You might want to sleep with the lights on afterwards.