This Polish production yields a unique look at female police officers stalking a serial killer. It’s a rare peek into Polish cinematic psychopaths. Some of the scenes are quite grotesque, albeit inventive, but nonetheless disturbing to watch. Polish dubbed in English.
Movie 2: Devil’s Mistress
This film is a Czech production about a romance between a popular Czech film star who enters into a relationship with Joseph Goebbels. It’s quite intriguing. Told from a unique perspective. It’s been heavily edited resulting in the loss of 20 minutes compared to the UK version. It’s well worth watching nonetheless. Czech and German with English subtitles.
Movie 3: The Hater
This Polish film is a dark look at the world of social media and its dark underbelly. It’s based on the 2011 sequel Suicide Room. It recently won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival for Best International film. Nonetheless, this film seems targeted towards younger audiences. Dubbed in English from the original Polish.
Ready for a melodrama? This one is a zinger! It’s concurrently creepy, scary, steamy, suspenseful and more than a bit intense. One does NOT mess around with another’s spouse without consequences!
Movie 2 : Mucho Mucho Amor
The full title of the film is “Mucho Mucho Amor The Legend of Walter Mercado“. It’s a documentary about the legendary Latin TV star from Ponce, Puerto Rico, born in 1933. He was an astrologer, entertainer, a larger than life celebrity and a truly unique personality and loved by his audiences. A talented superstar. Well worth seeking out. Currently a Netflix release and our pick of the week! English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Movie 3 : November Criminals
This film is a few years old but it’s still attracting audiences. It’s a high school murder mystery whodunit. It’s a well done coming of age film filled with energy, intrigue and a bit of drama with good on screen chemistry.
This is a unique and impressive action film, albeit a challenge to watch at first. Once the audience gets oriented to the characters it all begins to make sense. Imagine centuries old mercenaries fighting to save their way of life.
Yes, it’s a bit zany, intense and thought provoking. Charlize Theron’s performance alone is worth the watch! We loved it!! A new release on Netflix.
Movie 2: The Town
If you are up for an action packed heist film, don’t miss this one! It has suspense, drama and more than a little angst! It also has a great cast, just the right mix of tension and drama.
It was originally released in 2010. Ben Affleck is the Director. Overall, it is well worth watching!
Movie 3: Bad Education
Oh my! If you have any interest in the education system in our country, you must see this film. This true story is set in a Long Island, New York High School.
There’s a lot going on. Corruption, embezzlement, hypocrisy! Great acting and suspense. And more than a few surprises. Lots of tension! Overall greatly entertaining. Originally released on HBO.
This is an excellent Spanish film that weaves three stories into one. One part in a Cameroon elephant reserve. Another is the horrific scene when poachers “harvest” elephant ivory and kill anyone in their way. The third is the bonding between a five year old orphan and a 10 year old orphan who together seek a new life in a Spanish city on the shores of Morocco. Original version in Spanish; we watched the English dubbed version.
Movie 2: #Anne Frank Parallel Stories
This is a fascinating documentary film about Anne Frank as told by five women holocaust survivors and Anne’s father. It’s beautifully narrated by Helen Mirren. It’s a fresh look at a classic WWII story. It is riveting! English, Italian, French and Czech with English subtitles.
Movie 3: Nobody Knows I’m Here
Here’s another unique, albeit painfully confusing story. It’s based on a child star vocalist whose life spirals out of control for years. Most of the story takes place later in life. There is more than enough angst and dysfunction. The story is set in Patagonia. This film had all the right ingredients to be very good. Unfortunately it does not deliver.
This is a fascinating film about the spy games between the US and Cuba in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The film is both satisfying and confusing at times. It shifts from the Cuban point of view to the US perspective then back again with each side trying to disrupt the interests of the other side. The Penelope Cruz character is a standout. English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Movie 2: Lost Bullet
This French film is unique on several fronts. The focus is a highly skilled auto mechanic who is forced to engage dirty cops in order to avoid prison. The special effects are impressive. Overall it is less than perfect but a satisfying watch nonetheless. Original language was French. It’s dubbed in English.
Movie 3: 1922
Based on the Stephen King 131 page novella by the same name. Be prepared…it’s filled with violence and gore. It’s a re-release from 2017. It’s an odd slow burn with all family members more than a little creepy. Classic Stephen King.
It’s an interesting film featuring a young man with Asperger Syndrome who works at a hotel. It’s often difficult to follow. Helen Hunt deserves a better script and cast. It’s rated R for violence and nudity.
Movie 2: DA 5 Bloods
A riveting film by Spike Lee! Four African American veterans return to Vietnam to find the remains of their squad leader and the gold treasure he hid for them.
It’s a confusing mix at first. There is violence, anguish and conflict. Many consider this Spike Lee production his best yet! This has Oscar written all over it.
Movie 3: The Guest
It’s a thriller mystery worthy of its audience. It’s a dark, intense action film that morphs into a horror film. Plenty of twists and turns to hold your interest. It gets pretty intense. Some say it’s a mess. We found it intriguing.
This Netflix movie is based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel. This film is so confusing it’s nearly impossible to follow. The story is messy on several fronts. It centers on Iran-Contra scandals and arms deals. Even with good acting we can’t recommend it.
Movie 2: A Fall From Grace
Now this film is worth seeking out! It’s a new release on Netflix. There’s excellent acting and a believable plot. There is plenty of mystery, suspense and surprises to satisfy most viewers. The final scene is not to be missed. Reviews range from “terrible” to “nuts”. We liked it…a lot.
This exceptional film is set in rural Mississippi at the end of World War II. It’s a powerful reminder of war, racism, endurance and family. It’s often difficult to watch. It’s perfect timing given current events. This film received four Oscar nominations in 2018, including supporting actress for Mary J. Blige.
Movie 2: Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City
Set in Spain, this crime thriller explores a serial killer and the police process to apprehend the killer. It doesn’t do a great job following the novel it’s based on. Be warned there is graphic violence, torture and explicit sex. The version we saw was dubbed in English.
Movie 3: 365 DNI
This film is getting mixed reviews. Fasten your seat belts. This film is confusing. It also spends excessive amounts of time with sex scenes, lots and lots of sex scenes! It’s intended to be a story about a Sicilian Mafia family member and kidnappings. English, Italian and Polish, with English subtitles.
It’s an Argentinian “thriller”. One critic referred to it as “schlocky”. That would be accurate! The idea is to capture a serial kidnapper of young girls in a dark forest where…apparently young girls just hang out waiting to be murdered…Go figure!! The Netflix version we saw was dubbed in English.
Movie 2: The Last Days of American Crime
Here it is folks! This one is based on the near future where the US Government creates an electronic brain device that stops all crime remotely!! It’s set in Brooklyn, New York but much of the story unfolds in Canada.
It’s unbelievably violent, most of the characters are repulsive. Most scenes are obscene. Some special effects are impressive but not nearly enough to balance the gross story line.
Movie 3: Polar
This film was released just before the Covid-19 Pandemic began. This too was a horrific film filled with extreme violence, torture and bizarre concepts. This one has one of the worlds top assassins, ready for retirement, but double crossed by his former employer. Yup…more blood and guts than a meat packing plant!