By: Henry J. Fromage –
This week all my life choices caught up with me, and I’m nursing a mother of a cold. So you know what that means- Netflix!
138. Always Be My Maybe
If Crazy Rich Asians started the age of the Asian-led romcom, so be it. Constance Wu’s Off the Boat co-star Randall Park gets his own affable, well-made, and often quite funny, if low-stakes romcom courtesy of Netflix. An enjoyable way to pass the time. Three Beers.
139. Wine Country
Amy Poehler’s directorial debut stars herself and five other excellent comedic actresses of a certain age as they take a Napa Valley wine tour vacation in celebration of Rachel Dratch’s 50th birthday, with wine drunk-fueled drama and laughs to follow. An enjoyable way to pass the time. Three Beers.
140. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This original powerhouse Netflix romcom is about a teenager who lets off romantic steam by writing letters to the objects of her affection. When these letters actually get posted, however, she makes a deal with one of the recipients who’s trying to get back his own girlfriend to pretend like they’re together. Obviously, they start following for each other. Well-written and engagingly acted, yes, this is an enjoyable way to pass the time. Two Beers.
141. I Am Mother
This SciFi change of pace unfortunately wasn’t as enjoyable a way to pass the time as the others. Its plot, in which a robot raises a young woman, telling her she’s the only human left, only for Hilary Swank to show up at the door one day, doesn’t really hold together under scrutiny, and its ‘shocking revelations’ are pretty much what you’d expect a story like this to try and shock you with. Very slickly made, once again, but without impact. Four Beers.
142. Street Food
David Gelb, of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame, applies that documentary’s scope in a microcosm in these 30-minute episodes about street food greats around the world. Diving as much into what drives them to excel in their chosen profession as the food itself, he effectively recaptures the magic of his debut while broadening the scope to encompass culinary greats who aren’t used to the spotlight across the globe. Oh, and every episode is shot and scored beautifully. I hope more of this is coming. Two Beers.