I have had the astounding luck recently to have watched five different shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime….two movies, two documentaries, and something of a comedic combination…..that all made an impression and all seem particularly relevant to our challenging present. If you are looking for something to watch may I recommend:
“The Social Dilemma”-(Netflix) a documentary on social media and how the tech-world’s desire to increase profits inadvertently polarized the world.
“David Attenborough- A Life on Our Planet” -(Netflix) part documentary, part life statement, Attenborough uses his own life of 93 years to add context to species loss and global warming. Of particular interest is the last portion where rather than only warn of the threats and challenges, he provides actual examples of solutions already underway across the globe, showing what CAN be achieved if effort is made.
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” - (Amazon Prime) Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his role as a naive journalist from Kazakhstan…...this time with his “daughter” in tow. You would think a sequel to “Borat” would be impossible. It wasn’t. Or that it wouldn't be as funny. It is. The "cupcake gag" alone is worthy of viewing. Maria Bakalova is an absolute gem as Borat's 15-year old daughter, whose aspiration is to be the next Melania and live in a beautiful cage. What a darling combination of comic timing and sheer guts.
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”- (Netflix) Cohen is back again…..this time as Abbie Hoffman…..flag shirt and all, along with Frank Langella, Michael Keaton, John Carroll Lynch and others in a tale from my childhood where America seems not quite so American as we might wish.
And finally, “Trumbo”- (On DVD and currently on Netflix) Another true story about American values and how easy it can be to undermine what this country is supposed to be about in the name of patriotism…….and what “patriotism” is about versus what merely waves a flag. Bryan Cranston deftly leads an interesting cast (including Helen Mirren, John Goodman, and some folks known more for comedy than drama ) that delves into the House Un-American Activities Committee and Hollywood blacklisting. (This movie prompted a very interesting discussion between me and Rosa over exactly what it means to be a communist in America. And ‘no’, neither of us are communists. LOL ) I also appreciated the film's reluctance to portray the protagonist as some idol of philosophical and political perfection.
So there you have it. If any of these prompt further discussion, I may follow up with a post going into more detail. But for now, these snippets seem concise yet accurate enough to act as teasers. Please know that I am a finicky viewer and hate (or at least consider mediocre) most everything. I recommend rarely because of the inherent flaws in most of what I see. However, while not perfect, these suggestions easily rise above the fairly high line that routinely prevents me from endorsing other films. Enjoy watching! (Or rather…………. Enjoy THINKING! )