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When a slew of films destined for theatres began releasing on VOD and streamers, I initially found the quality of them to be lacking anyway.
But with The Lovebirds, I’ve found a flick that I absolutely adore – and wish I’d seen in the cinema.
It’s about a couple – completely sick of each other after four years – who become involved in a hit-and-run that leaves a man dead, and go on the run. They fear their involvement will make them suspects.
This buddy film is reminiscent of the hilarious Steve Carell-Tina Fey pairing in decade-old flick Date Night, also hilarious. But this flick is fresh, and gut-busting levels of funny.
Insecure’s Issa Rae and The Big Sick breakout star Kumail Nanjiani are a perfect pair, and guided by a script co-written by Canadian great Aaron Abrams, they make an average plot hugely funny.
It’s conventional, sure, but for no-holds-barred, entirely hilarious entertainment, you can’t do better than this one.
A pre-Bond Daniel Craig stars in this slick gangster movie that shows all the charisma and action-star bravura that probably got him the gig.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn – who later made Kick-Ass and Kingsman – this is a bad-to-the-bone gangster flick.
Craig stars as XXXX, a cocaine dealer who gets some rough final jobs from his boss ahead of early retirement.
Starring Sienna Miller, the wonderful Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins and a younger Tom Hardy, it’s one heck of a time.
Okay, it’s fair to say Gold doesn’t match up to star Matthew McConaughey’s scores of recent hits. But as with everything, he sure does pour his heart and soul into it.
He’s more than serviceable as Kenny, a prospector pushing to find gold. He sets off to the jungle in Indonesia looking for one big score.
Even if it doesn’t deserve Oscar love like Dallas Buyers or Wolf Of Wall Street, this film still stands as an entertaining standalone endeavour.
Supporting turns from Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll and Craig T. Nelson help elevate a weak script. It’s directed well and the scenery and score are beautiful.
For some cinematic comfort food, it doesn’t get much more interesting than Gold.
Scent Of A Woman
This might go down as one of Al Pacino’s most layers performances, the only other contender being Godfather.
He is enchanting, terrifying and all-round magnificent as blind war veteran Lt. Col. Frank Slade. It’s unlike any other performance I’ve seen in years, and rivals Daniel Day Lewis for method acting prowess.
The film is about a prep school student who agrees to work helping Slade, but he gets into more than he bargained for.
Pacino won an Oscar for his portrayal, and I can comfortably say this was the best performance of disappointing Chris O’Donnell’s career.
Director Martin Brest assembles a magnificent film – magnificent enough I am willing to forget he made Gigli. This is a masterwork and one of my favourite films of all time.
It’s simply a must-see, and it will change you.
This Netflix-backed true crime documentary series adds a new element to the shock and awe associated.
Focused on the stories of people helped by the Innocence Project – who try to get people they feel are convicted of crimes they didn’t do out of prison –- It’s a difficult watch, but it’s totally worth it.
It follows eight different cases, going through mistakes in investigations and the various reasons people land in these situations.
I shed quite a few tears during these episodes, and they’re among some of the best documentary content I’ve seen on Netflix.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.