By: Henry J. Fromage –
I’m going a little HAM on the streaming releases as of late, and while much of it is TV, these flick-ish entertainments stand out.
134. King Lear
Rendering Shakespeare’s language with a modern (or futuristic dystopian) setting has been done plenty at this point, and damn if my attention span isn’t what it used to be with Olde English, but there’s no denying the power of good old-fashioned British thespianship, and boy do Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, and Florence Pugh (so good) deliver. Three Beers.
Netflix’s own Korean-language zombie show starts a bit slow and shaky-legged, but when it gets going, it really gets going, combining the palace intrigue of a good Joseon flick with some of the nastiest zombies on TV (and plenty of sword and arrow action at that). Essential for any fan of the genre. Three Beers.
136. The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
There’s no telling why the Lonely Island crew picked the 1980s Oakland A’s Bash Brothers of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire to render their latest “visual poem” (or why the Athletics and Major League Baseball were okay with this steroid-reference-stuffed half hour in the first place). It’s more of the same from the kings of the SNL music video, though, and it’s next to glorious. Two Beers.
At this point, you know exactly what you’re going to get with these Dwayne Johnson actioners and you know that you’re either in or you’re out. I’m in. There’s some interesting shading (The Rock’s an ex-FBI amputee), but just as many physically impossible stunts and CGI spectacles as you can ask for. Of his solo/non-franchise outings, this a bit of a cut above. Three Beers.