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
Netflix has been killing the game with its original releases recently. Following on from a plethora of original, thought-provoking and genuinely brilliant movies comes the latest Elijah Wood vehicle, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The directing debut from Macon Blair is far from the general expectation of a vigilante film. However, the question is, is it worth a watch?
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore follows Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nurse who is burglarised by a group of criminals. After joining forces with her neighbour, Tony (Elijah Wood), they embark on a journey to get revenge, and to find her missing silverware. Continue reading
It’s quite hard to make a movie 100 per cent original. Kodachrome, one of Netflix’s newest releases, is not exception to this rule. However, as far as family dramas go, this movie is far from being boringly predictable.
The movie follows Matt (Jason Sudeikis), a man who is doing quite badly in his job and even worse in his relationship with his father. His dad, Ben (Ed Harris) is a self-absorbed photographer with liver cancer. Thanks to Ben’s nurse Zoë (Elizabeth Olsen), the trio embark on a trip to the last place in America that develops Kodachrome film. Continue reading
The social divide between man and women has been around since time began. Even though it would make a lot more sense if we were all completely equal, it bears considering what would happen if the tables were well and truly turned. Netflix’s new movie, I Am Not An Easy Man, is a satirical take on the world as we know it: what would it be like if women had all the power?
I Am Not An Easy Man follows Damien (Vincent Elbaz), a true chauvinist who enjoys casual sex and not much else. However, after getting a head injury, Damien realises the world is not as it seems: the women have taken on his role, sleeping around and, basically, running the world. Continue reading