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A television comedy gem and one of the best films ever: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

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40 Days 40 Nights

Perhaps one of the best-done guilty pleasure movies of the early 2000s, this raunchy comedy captured the hearts and libidos of teenagers and young adults everywhere.

Starring then-heartthrob Josh Hartnett as a man, perilously stuck in heartbreak mode following his ex’s departure, who gives up sex for lent to allow himself to heal.

He assumes the task will be a cakewalk, until he meets the love of his life. Perhaps ahead of its time, this movie is truly hilarious in a time of dating apps and little connection.

Hartnett is adorable and hilarious – an underrated actor for sure – and 2000’s star Shannyn Sossaman brings wit and charm to a script that could have underserviced the women in the film.

It’s all a bit silly, and I don’t prophesize you come out of this screening with some grand notions or ideas.

But if you’re feeling under the weather due to quarantine, this one will make you bust a gut. Just don’t watch it with the kiddos!

3.5/5 Stars

Dawn Of The Dead

Alright, cut me a break here. Sure, this remake of the classic George Romero zombie film is pretty much shot-for-shot.

But it’s slick, the cast is delightful, and a story of survivors during a zombie apocalypse hiding out in a mall just might tickle your fancy right now.

Canadian actress and writer Sarah Polley stars with a strong supporting cast including Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, and House Of Cards favourite Michael Kelly.

Directed by Justice League auteur Zack Snyder – reviled now – this film proves that when at his best, his stylish direction can still thrill audiences.

This one is a definite watch for me, and should be for you too this weekend.

4/5 Stars

Little Children

If you’re looking for some intense drama, go no further. Little Children is one of the most difficult, entrancing films I’ve ever seen.

Starring Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson, it follows a torrid love affair between two married people, a registered sex offender trying to move on with his life, and an ex-police officer.

Though 2004’s Crash started a new wave of intersecting storyline films made famous by Pulp Fiction, this one does a truly stellar job of bringing it all together.

Writer-director Todd Field – who made one of my top 10 films ever in In The Bedroom – pulls of exquisite filmmaking here.

Winslet, Wilson, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar-worthy Jackie Earle Hailey make an impressive ensemble cast, and after watching the latter’s performance, you won’t ever be able to see him the same again. I guarantee it.

4.5/5 Stars

Gone With The Wind

It took a pandemic for this critic and journalist to find the four hours to watch this certified 1939 classic. Now is the perfect time for you to sit down with it too.

Gone With The Wind – an eight-Oscar winner – is quite simply one of the most grand, beautiful love stories ever told on celluloid. Though it’s a bit dated, it’d extravagance and influence on all pictures that came after it can’t be ignored.

Following a selfish, spoiled woman and a rogue during the American Civil War, it’s one for the ages.

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are incredible, and Leigh especially commands the screen for four hours. It’s one of those films you’ll never forget once you’ve seen it.

4.5/5 Stars

Community

Before many of these stars were household names, this six-season show was an absolute killer, and there was nothing on networks like it.

Following a group of strange, eclectic community college students as they navigated school politics and culture, it has spawned tons of memes and one-liners.

At the time it came out, Dan Harmon’s show boasted Chevy Chase to bring people in, but soon other actors and actresses became favourites instead.

Featuring The Hangover’s Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, and Donald Glover – who now has is own show, Atlanta – this was one of the funniest ensembles on TV for a long time.

If you need something light-hearted, start binging today.

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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