Yes, it’s the weekend again, and it’s time to discuss new movies online, and there’s some good new stuff available, so let’s get right to it!
Hulu‘s best new addition this week has to be All Is Lost, the 2013 film. This film contains Robert Redford tour de force performance as a man lost at sea, in the Indian Ocean. Redford is the only actor in the movie, with little dialogue, and maintains your interest, as he tries to save himself from catastrophe. It is written and directed by J. Chandor and won many awards, including New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for Redford. It gets a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.9/10 on IMDb. Hulu also offers Under The Tree, the 2017 black comedy from Iceland. It stars Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann in a tale of the suburbs and a troublesome tree that erupts violence in the neighborhood. It was directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson and was Iceland’s entry in the Academy Awards in 2017, though it wasn’t nominated. And it gets an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7/10 on IMDb. Hulu has also added 1:54, the 2016 drama from Canada. It stars Antoine-Olivier Pilon as a boy who’s suffered relentless bullying for 5 years in school, as well as the death of his mother. 1:54 also stars Lou-Pascal Tremblay, Sophie Nélisse,David Boutin and Patrice Goudin, was directed by Yan England, and gets a 6.6/10 on IMDb. And, finally, Hulu has added a classic, The Great Lebowski, from 1998 and Joel and Ethan Coen . It stars Jeff Bridges, as the slacker Lebowski, who, through a case of mistaken identity, gets in the middle of a high stakes kidnapping. It also stars John Goodman, Jullianne Moore,Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston and John Turturro(not to mention Sam Elliott, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tara Reid). And it gets an 8.1/10 on IMDb and an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t miss it.
There are some amazing new additions on Netflix this week too, including Outlaw King, the 2018 Netflix original about Robert the Bruce. Seeking Scotland’s independence in the 14th century from England, Bruce is played by Chris Pine, in this movie, and it also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Callan Mulvey and Stephen Dillane. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year, and gets a 7.2/10 on IMDb, but only a 57% on rotten Tomatoes. You choose. Also, newly added to Netflix is Krisha, the 2015 movie from director Trey Edward Schults. This is a drama about his real-life aunt Krisha(played by herself, Krisha Fairchild) about her return to her family after years of addiction and absence. The film also stars Robyn Fairchild, Chris Doubek, Billie Fairchild, Bill Wise and Schults is playing himself. It won multiple awards at SXSW, New York Film Critics Circle, and at the Independent Spirit Awards, Schults and others won the John Cassavetes Award. Oh, and it gets a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Netflix also has The Desert Bride, a 2017 Argentine-Chilean movie. It stars Paulina Garcia(Gloria) as a maid on a 600 mile journey for her job, whose unexpected acquaintance with a salesman may change her life. It also stars Claudio Rissi, is directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, and gets an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. A great new science gem has been added to Netflix – The Evolution of Us, a two part series from Britain. It’s about the evolution of homo sapiens, the evolution of our body, viewed through recent discoveries in genetics. I can’t find any reviews or information about it online (other than Netflix)but it’s fascinating stuff. It’s hosted by Samuel West, and it’s a must-view show for science enthusiasts like me. Also newly added to Netflix is Gabriel and the Mountain, a 2017 Brazilian-French drama, based on a true story. It’s the tragic tale of Gabriel Buchmann, a backpacker from Brazil, who explored Africa on foot, only to die months later, climbing Mount Mulanje, in Malawi. It stars João Pedro Zappa as Gabriel, with Caroline Abras, Luke Mpata, John Goodluck, Rashidi Athuman, Leonard Siampala and Rhosinah Sekeleti. It won the France 4 Visionary Award at Cannes and gets a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.2/10 on IMDb. And, finally, Netflix has added Transfers, the 2017 French sci-fi series. This is an award winning series about a man (Arieh Worthalter) who, after a boating accident, is transported into the body of another man, who works the anti body transfer unit, in the future. It also stars Brune Renault, Steve Tientcheu, Toinette Laquière, Pili Groyne, Pili Groyne and Patrick Raynal. It’s exciting stuff and gets a 7.3/10 on IMDb. I’m watching.
Amazon has a few interesting new additions online this week, the best of which is The Children’s Act, a 2017 drama. It stars Emma Thompson(!) as a high court justice, trying to save a teenager with cancer, whose parents won’t allow a life-saving blood transfusion, for religious reasons. It also stars Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead,Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh,
Anthony Calf, Jason Watkins,Nicholas Jones and Rosie Cavaliero and is directed by Richard Eyre. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post calls it a ” timely, moving legal drama, and Peter Travers says “Thompson never disappoints, nailing every nuance of a judge”. And IMDb gives it a 6.7/10. Also, new on Amazon, is Ashby, a 2015 comedy-drama starring Mickey Rourke. Ashby is about a teenager, who moves with his Mom to a new town and meets and befriends Ashby(Rourke), a neighbor and ex-CIA assassin. It also stars Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Silverman and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. And it gets a 6.4/10 on IMDb. Amazon has also added
Zero For Conduct, a 1933 French classic directed by Jean Vigo. It’s a kind of anarchistic movie(it was banned in France until 1945) about four boys in a repressive French Boarding School. It stars Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre, Gilbert Pruchon, Coco Golstein, Jean Dasté and Madame Émile, and was paid tribute in François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. And it gets a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. And, finally, Amazon has added the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, from 1975. Based on Ken Kesey’s wonderful novel , of the same name, it follows criminal Randle McMurphy(Jack Nicholson), as he feigns insanity to move from prison to the state mental institution. Directed by Milos Forman, it also stars Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, William Redfield, Brad Dourif, Sydney Lassick, Christopher Lloyd(in his film debut), Danny DeVito and Scatman Cruthers. It was only the second movie to win all five major categories at the Academy Awards(It Happened One Night was the first) and is quite rightly considered on of the best movies ever made. It gets a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, an 8.7/10 on IMDb and Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. If you have somehow missed it, watch it tonight, it’s that good.
So sit back and binge this weekend, on terrific movies and fantastic TV shows, streaming online!