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Nicolas Cage schools us on swearing and Keanu Reeves gets revenge: 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.

The Aviator

This incredible Howard Hughes biopic is one of my favourite films of all time. It’s a stunning showcase and one of the most beautiful films in two decades.

It follows the director and aviator over nearly 30 years, from his most interesting years to his difficult final ones.

Director Martin Scorsese creates a beautiful portrait of a troubled man, and the performances are absolutely sublime.

Leonardo DiCaprio deserved an Oscar here as Hughes, but it was also lovely to see Cate Blanchett win one for portraying Katharine Hepburn.

Featuring most standouts from Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alan Alda and Alec Baldwin, this is a fantastic ensemble.

The Aviator is even better on second viewing, and it’s a wonderful picture through and through.

4.5/5 Stars

John Wick

This action film that started a franchise and revived Keanu Reeves’ career is an endlessly watchable force of a picture.

Reeves is stoic and totally awesome as an ex hit-man who goes on a vengeful, destructive path to track down gangsters who killed his dog.

Sound simple? It is. But it’s also so engrossing you won’t want to miss a single second. Reeves was born to play title character John Wick, and the films only get better with each new instalment.

Willem Dafoe, Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen and Michael Nyqvist co-star in a thrilling action tilt you won’t soon forget.

4/5 Stars

Summerland

This adorable little flick will make your entire day. A no-nonsense Englishwoman is forced to take in an evacuee during the war and ends up bonding with him more than she imagined.

The author is a lonely, gay woman who doesn’t have any friends in her town and hides her secret. But she finds human connection more and more important.

Gemma Arterton hasn’t received much chance in the last decade to prove herself but she performs incredibly here. She’s so full of life in the role.

It’s a small, indie feature, but she makes the entire affair shine. It’s an absolute gem, and a movie I truly enjoyed.

3.5/5 Stars

The Mummy

This is one of my favourite blockbusters of all time. This riff on the classic story is a whole load of fun and I spent a ton of my childhood revisiting this one.

When an American at an archaeological dig awakens a mummy, it begins to attack the world and he must stop the events.

Directed by Stephen Sommers — who also made the G.I. Joe movie and Van Helsing — it’s one heck of an adventure movie.

Brendan Fraser was a huge deal in 1999, and his star power steers this thing along with the wonderful Rachel Weisz and John Hannah.

As far as high-quality entertainment goes, you can’t go wrong here.

4/5 Stars

History of Swear Words

I think based on the title, it kind of goes without saying this is for adults only. That being said, this is a riot of a series.

Hosted by the one and only polarizing figure Nicolas Cage, the series History of Swear Words is hilarious, interesting and educational all at once.

As entertainment icons and comedians talk through the uses and origins of all our favourite curse words, it’s quite a ride to hear all the knowledge gleaned about them.

I absolutely love this show, and I laughed so many times during my binge-watch of it.

If it sounds like it’s for you, I’m sure you’ll love it too.

4/5 Stars

WARNING -- Trailer contains NSFW language.

 

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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