The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen  Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film -- a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree -- was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But who … Continue reading The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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The Cloverfield Paradox

Release: Sunday, February 4, 2018 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Oren Uziel Directed by: Julius Onah The Cloverfield Paradox, a surprise addition to the Cloverfield collection which debuted on the heels of Super Bowl LII, is itself an experiential paradox. How did I just sacrifice an hour and forty-five minutes of my time and yet feel like I watched nothing … Continue reading The Cloverfield Paradox

What Happened to Monday (Seven Sisters)

Release: Friday, August 18, 2017 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Max Botkin; Kerry Williamson Directed by: Tommy Wirkola In the context of Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola's dystopian crime thriller What Happened to Monday -- a.k.a. Seven Sisters -- China's methods of dealing with an extraordinary overpopulation crisis would be no less controversial but they would also no longer be the exception; rather, the opposite. … Continue reading What Happened to Monday (Seven Sisters)

Under the Shadow

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari For the better part of the 1980s tension between Iran and Iraq had been escalating into large-scale armed conflict, an eight-year period of violence recognized today as the Iran-Iraq War. Then-president Saddam Hussein, hoping to pounce on Iran in post-Islamic Revolution turmoil, invaded without warning … Continue reading Under the Shadow

Blue Jay

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Mark Duplass Directed: Alex Lehmann In Blue Jay, Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson make a little adventure out of being a couple long since broken up. When the former high school sweethearts bump into each other at a grocery store in their hometown after 20 years, they spend an entire … Continue reading Blue Jay

Divines

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Uda Benyamina; Romain Compingt; Malik Rumeau  Directed by: Uda Benyamina  Divines provides a bleak but brilliant look into the lives of two teens in the Parisian banlieue. It follows Dounia and her best friend Maimouna as they seek out ways of making quick money so they can one day break … Continue reading Divines

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Oz Perkins Directed by: Oz Perkins I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House plays out as a chilly haunted house thriller with a literary twist. It's something a writer might gravitate towards given the film's concept-heavy plot, but an over-reliance on mood and atmosphere, not to mention some really pretentious dialogue, also … Continue reading I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Life (2015)

Release: Friday, December 4, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Anton Corbijn The spotlight shines once more upon Hollywood icon and heartthrob James Dean in the creatively titled 2015 biopic Life. Okay, so there actually is some nuance to the label. You can take it at face value but the film is more concerned with the relationship the actor … Continue reading Life (2015)

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Release: Friday, October 14, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Kevin Macdonald If you have never heard of Cai Guo-Qiang, you are primed for a transcendent experience in Sky Ladder, a Netflix exclusive that delves into the personal and professional life of this blisteringly original Chinese contemporary artist. In this quietly unassuming but bold and visually-oriented documentary from Kevin … Continue reading Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang