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A Futile and Stupid Gesture

It makes sense for David Wain to direct a biopic about Doug Kenney.  The absurdist director of Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, and Wanderlust works with a special brand of off-beat comedy as Kenney’s National Lampoon brainchild did.  Even though the biopic genre is new ground for Wain, A Futile and Stupid Gesture is still a comedy cut from familiar cloth.

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The Polka King

Fans of Nacho Libre may be the ones enjoying The Polka King more than other Netflix viewers.  After all, it’s a crooked “Robin Hood” story starring Jack Black as an eccentric entertainer.  The Polka King, however, is a biopic.

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Bright

Suicide Squad director David Ayer reunites with Will Smith to bring at-home audiences Bright, a Netflix Original action movie that blends “cop drama” and “buddy comedy” but exists in a fantasy amongst the mystical company of fairies and orcs.

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Mudbound

By: Trevor Chartrand Showcasing the contrast between two farming families in Mississippi, Mudbound examines the overbearing racist climate of the southern states in the 1940s.  Based on a novel of the same name and directed/co-written by Dee Rees, the film takes place both during and after the Second World War.  When a white family takes ownership of a Mississippi farm, they find themselves living in the fields among the black farmhands who will work for them….

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Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night is what I would call an “easy recommendation”.  It has a satisfying modesty that makes the viewer feel nice.  It’s also a safe suggestion for fellow movie goers within the same social circles.  However, it isn’t a “necessary recommendation” because that would require the film to carry more weight than expected while also pleasing the audience.

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Little Evil

I would be perfectly fine if the rest of Adam Scott’s acting career were gigs in horror comedies.  With Krampus and now Netflix’s Little Evil, the actor has a special comedic expertise with applying Straight Man schtick when facing fantastical odds, and countering by meeting the film’s expectations in the final stages of the ridiculous plot.

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Death Note

Death Note is a good movie, but it would’ve made a great miniseries.  Netflix’s fast-track adaptation of Tsugumi Ôba’s popular manga series is light on characterization, with a troublesome lack of introduction by screenwriters Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect), Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides (the Parlapanides’ wrote Immortals).