Category Archives: Netflix

Sing Street — February 2018



For the month of February, we watch “Sing Street,” a 2016 Irish moving picture streaming on Netflix about a boy who tries to impress a girl by forming a band. Will likes that the development of the characters’ musical talents seems realistic. It also has a message that resonates with him. He thinks it’s a film, but the others disagree. Will he be able to convince them? Luke, Tito and Will discuss. Then they come up with their own band name.

Up next for March 2018, Luke recommends “Arrival,” which is streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Eyes Wide Shut — January 2018



We begin 2018 just like we ended it — with another Christmas picture. Or did we? Luke, Tito and Will discuss Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” from 1999 starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and try to determine whether or not it’s a Christmas movie. Or maybe it’s a post-Christmas film. What is the legendary auteur saying about sex, desires, human nature, relationships, consumption and even Christmas? And is all of the nudity in the film actually necessary, or does it reach the level of gratuitousness? We don’t have all the answers, but this moving picture, which was Tito’s selection, does pose a lot of questions.

For the month of February, Will nominates the 2016 Irish musical comedy, “Sing Street” which is streaming on Netflix.

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The Founder — November 2017



For the month of November, Luke, Tito and Will talk about “The Founder,” which is on Netflix. It’s a 2016 biopic directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the businessman behind the expansion of McDonald’s into what we know of it today. Will points out that there is very little character development in Kroc — if any at all. What kind of takeaway does this leave the audience, who grows from watching the film more so than the characters do?

Coming up in December is Luke’s recommendation, “A Muppet Christmas Carol,” which you can find on HBO.

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Boogie Nights — October 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss “Boogie Nights,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic story about the rise and fall of porn star Dirk Diggler — and the rise and fall of the porn industry itself. The 1997 moving picture stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham. Are porn stars members of society, or do they ostracized from it? How has that changed since the setting of the moving picture?

Up next in November, Will recommends “The Founder,” which is available on Netflix. It’s a biopic of Ray Kroc, the businessman behind the expansion of McDonald’s into what we know of it today.

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Circle — September 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss “Circle,” a 2015 psychological thriller on Netflix that was Luke’s selection for the month of September. Are the filmmakers suggesting there’s no morality and only effectiveness matters? Is it a thrilling representation of current American politics? Or does this moving picture throw too many interesting observations without offering insightful comments?

For the month of October, Tito recommends “Boogie Nights,” which is available on Netflix. Why does he recommend that moving picture? well, why not?

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World — August 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” The 2012 dramedy was written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who wrote “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” and stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. They compare this moving picture to The Lobster and Her, the two latest discussions, and talk about how this one fell short. How important is character development to a compelling narrative, and how can plot devices take away from that narrative?

For the month of September, Luke recommends “Circle on Netflix.” The 2015 thriller should not be confused with “The Circle,” which came out this year and stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

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Omar — April 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2013 Palestinian drama, “Omar,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film and the effect the picture’s unique setting has on people’s opinion of it, and they question whether or not they’re knowledgeable enough about its topics to be able to judge it effectively.

Up next is Will’s recommendation, “Cloud Atlas,” which can be found on HBO.

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The Hunt – February 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss Will’s recommendation, “The Hunt,” which is a 2012 Danish drama film starring Mads Mikkelson on Netflix. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film. They talk about the terrifying nature of the film’s narrative and how it can be applied to any similar situation around the world — and to other situations as well.

Up next is Luke’s recommendation, “Rushmore,” which can be found on HBO Go/HBO Now.

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Fantasia — January 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the animated moving picture, “Fantasia,” which can be found on Netflix. They try to determine if the Walt Disney animated classic from 1940 is a flick, movie or film. The group disagrees about whether or not this picture was an exhibition by Disney to wow the audience or if there is a deeper, more meaningful message.

Up next is Will’s recommendation, “The Hunt,” which is on Netflix.

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The Babadook — December 2016



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2014 Australian psychological horror “The Babadook.” They talk about what’s scarier: fighting an external or internal demon? And they all agree on the classification of this moving picture as a flick, movie or film.

Tito recommends “Fantasia” on Netflix as the moving picture for January.

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