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A new Spike Lee joint and The Politician returns: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca
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Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca.

Da 5 Bloods

With Da 5 Bloods – Spike Lee’s first foray into Netflix – the auteur has also made the most ambitious film of his career.

The genre-spanning film about four Vietnam vets who return to uncover gold they found during the war, as well as bring their fallen comrades remains home, is amazing in every facet.

Part-war film, part-adventure, part political look at the state of affairs, it’s a searing look at the landscape and treatment of African Americans over time, and resonates strongly in the age of BLM.

Delroy Lindo’s Oscar campaign for Best Actor needs to start right now. The supporting turns from Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Chadwick Boseman and The Wire’s Isiah Witlock Jr. are all stunning as well.

This is quite simply an astonishing film, raw and intense, and what true escapism is about.

4.5/5 Stars

The Natural

This 1980’s Robert Redford film flew under my radar for so long, but I saw it this week and absolutely adored it.

An ageing baseball player comes from the shadows to become a sensation and bring his team to glory. But he has secrets from his past he’d rather stay buried.

Directed by Barry Levinson – famous for Rain Man, Bugsy and Wag The Dog – it’s an artful, sensitive film with some incredible performances.

Redford, unsurprisingly, is as good as he always is. Robert Duvall brings huge presence.

But the female stars – Glenn Close and Kim Basinger – were the real standouts, and make the film work watching.

This film comes together perfectly, and is one of those underrated gems.

4/5 Stars

Becoming

This documentary about Michelle Obama’s book tour for 'Becoming’ is riveting and so, so wonderful.

Michelle Obama has been a wonderful influence in the world since her husband, Barack, won the presidency of the United States and stayed for two terms.

This film looks at her entire life, from her hopes and dreams while growing up to the impact she’s made. It explores life as a first lady and the barriers she broke down.

Becoming is one of those films that teaches you so much – yet always keeps you entirely engrossed.

4/5 Stars

Night At The Roxbury

This is one of the best silly-funny films made in the last 20 years or so. Based of an SNL skit, it’s a seriously good time.

It follows two idiot, skirt-chasing brothers who dream of owning their own nightclub – but instead spend their nights on the town trying to get into the exclusive club, The Roxbury.

Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan are a hilarious duo here, and this catapulted Ferrell into fame. There are many iconic scenes that are now part of the cultural zeitgeist.

Insanely quotable, even if it sometimes feels like a sketch gone too long, Roxbury is a whole lot of fun.

4/5 Stars

The Politician

With the second season dropping today, it’s important you watch it immediately, or get caught up.

Season one of this political satire was hilarious, biting and incredibly fun to view.

From Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk – creators of Glee – the best part of this show about a high school senior who plans to become President of the U.S., is so insane it’s hard not to notice.

It’s different, inventive, and sweetheart Ben Platt is adorable, outspoken and layered in the starring role. With Zoey Deutch, Gwyneth Paltrow and more, the ensemble is also fantastic.

This is a show you need to be watching.

4/5 Stars

Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.


About the Author: Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker is a freelance journalist and runs entertainment firm Parker PR. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk.
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