Netflix releases a lot of movies. Combined with the TV shows and other classics that are uploaded to the site daily, it’s not surprising that a lot of the gems on Netflix don’t get to shine as brightly as they should. That was the case with The Fundamentals of Caring. After being available to view for almost two years, as well as being missed by me on multiple occasions, decided to finally watch it. However, was it a hidden gem?
The Fundamentals of Caring follows Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd): a man who is suffering an unfathomable amount of loss. In this dark time, Ben decides to become a care-giver, and is hired to look after Trevor (Craig Roberts), a sufferer of muscular dystrophy. Continue reading
The relationship between a father and his daughter is always hard to replicate. It takes a lot of guts to try and even simulate it. There aren’t many bonds like parent and child – which is why hiring two strangers to bring this pairing to life is such an alien concept. However, Netflix’s new movie, Like Father, tackles this challenge head on – but does it work?
Like Father follows Rachel (Kristen Bell) and Harry (Kelsey Grammar), an estranged father and daughter. When Rachel is left at the altar for being a workaholic, she gets drunk and takes her dad – whom she has not seen for 26 years – on her honeymoon cruise with her. What then follows is a rollercoaster of emotions, as well as a lot of product placement regarding Royal Caribbean Cruises. Continue reading
Science fiction movies have often toyed with the idea of the decimation of the human race. Whether it be through an alien invasion, robots or through our own doing – there is no denying that it makes great entertainment. Netflix’s latest release, Extinction, ticks all the boxes of your usual science fiction movie: is it, however, worth a watch?
Extinction follows Peter (Michael Peña), who keeps having recurring dreams regarding the mass murder of his people. His wife, Alice (Lizzy Caplan), believes he is going crazy, until the events in real life line up with events in his dreams. Together, Peter and Alice try to save their two daughters from being killed, as well as saving their own skins. Continue reading
June can mean many things to many people. It’s the start of summer, the middle of the year and has the longest day of the year. However, for the LGBTQ+ community, it signals the start of Pride month. In keeping with this occasion, Netflix has released Alex Strangelove: an ode to the confusion that comes with being a teenager, especially if you’re gay. However, was it a home run, or did Netflix drop the ball on this one?
Alex Strangelove follows Alex as he navigates his heterosexual relationship, as well as the possibility of a gay one, all whilst finishing his senior year of high school. It tackles the issue of sexuality, taking on stereotypes and harmful stigmas in this 100-minutes of educative entertainment. With laughs, cringe-worthy moments and an honesty that breathes a new lease of life into gay rom-coms, Alex Strangelove is set up to be a winner all around. Continue reading
It’s not often that an Adam Sandler vehicle actually looks like it could be a promising watch. One of Netflix’s latest releases, The Week Of, actually seemed like it could have been a fairly okay movie. On paper, it had Chris Rock and a plethora of other typical comedy actors, all of whom have a fair amount of recognisable talent. However, was this talent as recognisable when translated to the actual film?
The answer, in short, is no. This movie, with all of its possible merits and a plot that could have been successful, is bad. Granted, it’s not as though it’s badly made – that would be unfair to say. It’s that it is mind-numbingly boring, to the point where I would have preferred to have sat doing nothing for the two-hour running time, over watching that movie. It got to a point of desperation: I was waiting for it to end. Continue reading