Summer has quickly passed without the usual array of blockbuster films, as many of us avoid the multiplexes to enjoy the comfort of our large screen TVs.
And why not?
Who wants to see another “Candyman” with a plot line so thin you can see right through it? Shout “Candyman” four times he will come and rip you to pieces. The other screens are filled with holdovers.
Your best bet is the Avon, where they have held over “CODA”, the wonderful little film about a child of deaf parents who loves to sing. They have added “Pig,” another charming film starring Nicholas Cage as a troubled man who tracks down his truffle-sniffing kidnapped pig.
Netflix offers the best alternatives, including “The Chair” starring Sandra Oh as the newly appointed chairperson of the English department at a Northeast college that is losing students because of its outdated policies and procedures.
Academic policies, procedures, personalities and prejudices are attacked in this often humorous look at faculty politics. We highly recommend this one.
“Messiah” is also high on our list of films, taken right out of the news and mixing religion and politics.
What is the motive of this supposed prophet who leads people to drop what they are doing and blindly follow him? Why is the CIA involved?
It is a gripping tale that ends too suddenly and makes you hope for another season.
“The Defeated” takes place in Germany right after the war, with the Americans, French, Russians and English controlling four sectors. We follow American and German police as they attempt to track down a German gangster who is taking advantage of the occupation to run his prostitution ring.
The further muddy the waters, the American’s brother is out to torture and kill every Nazi.
This one has an interesting outlook on the war by differentiating between the Nazis and the German citizens who were against them.
“Better Than Us” is a new Russian series that shows a futuristic world where Bots (robots) are taking over most of human duties, putting people out of work, and gaining power. We’re halfway into it and are hooked.
“Grace and Frankie,” starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, is back for another year in this limited series. The story of two couples who form an interesting and sometimes hilarious relationship when the men form a gay bond and the women try to tolerate their differences has lost some of its steam and needs some better writers to keep it going.