Netflix Recommendations – August 27th
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Changeling is an emotional roller-coaster. It’ll twist your emotions to the breaking point and have you weeping by the end of it. Starring Angelina Jolie, this Clint Eastwood directed true story centers on a mother whose world is turned upside down after her son goes missing. After several months of searching, the police do end up locating a boy who matches the description, but whether this boy is really her son is the real question.
This is an emotionally ravaging experience and one that is not for the faint of heart. It’s relentless in its execution and pacing, even with its 140 minute running time, and with a devastating, sympathetic performance from Angelina Jolie that garnered her an Oscar nod, you’ll be riveted the whole way through.
The Returned is a highly acclaimed French TV series about a small town whose dead seemingly return to life with no recollection of their demise. The show is as mysterious and atmospheric as they come. The first season is only eight episodes and you will FLY through them. This is one of the best TV shows in a long time. The second season is currently in production and should premiere in fall 2015.
“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”
Seeing as it has come to my attention that this wonderful film is being removed at the end of the month I thought it was my civic duty to recommend. It’s a brilliant introduction to the work of Guy Ritchie; it’s actually his first feature, and if you liked any of his other films like you’ll probably love this. If I had to compare it to any of his other works it’s somewhere between Snatch and Rock N Rolla.
“Orange is the New Black”
Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is living the good life. She has a successful artisanal bath soap business, a loving fiancé (Jason Biggs) and upper middle class parents. All is well in Piper’s life until her past catches up with her. Ten years earlier, Piper was in a same-sex relationship with Alex Vause (Lauren Prepon) who worked for a major drug kingpin. As part of a plea deal, Alex named Piper as an accomplice in the transferring of money internationally. Piper is sentenced to 15 months at Litchfield Penitentiary in Upstate New York.
I’m sure you’ve had friend after friend tell you to watch this show. Well, trust me: WATCH THIS SHOW. From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan and loosely based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, OITNB isn’t just about Chapman. That would be too easy & a little boring. OITNB follows the prisoners, prison guards & administration of Litchfield and each character is more fascinating than the next. If you enjoyed Lost (who didn’t?!) or just enjoy stories with fascinating female & minority characters, OITNB is the perfect show for you.
Do not be discouraged by the fall in quality between Seasons 1 & 2 as Season 3 regains most of the goodwill. And with Season 4 confirmed for next summer, there is no better time to hop on the OITNB bandwagon.
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