Sunday, November 2, 2014

It's Netflix Night in America

Exciting week, lots of great action out there.  Needless to say, there are going to be a lot of moves between now and Friday, when Netflix turns over several dozen big titles and brings in a new batch.  Never fear.  FTC is here to guide you through all the good stuff.


Zodiac 

This 2007 period thriller by David Fincher (Fight Club, Gone Girl) is an under the radar hit.  Sure, it clocks in at two and a half hours, but it's sexy, scary and completely episodic-- so taking an intermission is no problem.  And compared to Se7en, this movie is a breeze.  I dare say Fincher started his career with worlds that were a bit too dark and impenetrable; he doesn't have that problem here.  Also: h/t for shooting on a digital camera and making it look good, Dave!  Watch this movie, people.  It's pretty good!


The Twilight Zone

Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 5 are on Netflix.  This is a win for you, a win for me, and a win for everyone in the free world with a decent bandwidth.  Watch this series and try to remember what was going on in the world when it was made.  It is your bridge from surrealism to post modernism, and don't you forget it.


The West Wing

I would find this show compelling if it wasn't so artistically bankrupt. 


American Horror Story

I'm pretty great at not watching TV that isn't Cheers, Seinfeld, Twin Peaks and Star Trek (TNG and DS9).  So when I succumb to a guilty pleasure like this, you've gotta think it's pretty delicious.  Without spoiling too much, American Horror Story is a convoluted piling on of ghost tale cliches,  hidden under the heavy garnishes of violence, sex, profanity, infanticide, school shootings, and unfiltered abuse of someone with Down's Syndrome.  At first, all that is liberating and great, but then you realize how low this art actually is.  I think about how David Chase ripped apart the sphincters of television morality, but man, The Sopranos is a statement on par with Eugene O'Neill's better work.  American Horror Story is not that.  And as far as being freaky,  it is maybe a little creepier than Twin Peaks, but only because it's unrelenting with the blades and burns and monster babies.


MacGyver

It's on Netflix!!  You know what to do!


Kingpin

Coming November 7th!  Finally, you'll have something to be grateful for when asked. 



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