Has it really been 4 months since I’ve posted these? Well let’s hop to it. As always, I promise you reviews of our latest Netflix rentals in 25 words or less!
The Boys in the Band – A cult classic that feels really dated. Gay stereotypes galore. A few choice one-liners, though.
200 American – Perhaps the worst gay movie ever made. If the acting, directing and camerawork sucks, what was the budget spent on?
Bottle Shock – Story about the genesis of California wine making. A bit predictable, but it’s still worth a whiff.
The Visitor – Small and engrossing film about making friends out of strangers. Richard Jenkins deserved that Oscar nomination!
Monsoon Wedding -Visually lush but ultimately dull film about Indian families coming together as secrets come out.
Changeling – Disturbing tale of corruption and cover-up in the 1920s. Angelina Jolie was good, but an Oscar nomination? Not so much.
Chuecatown – Truly bizarre tale of a killer determined to create the perfect gayborhood. That being said – the men are Spanish, and therefore pretty hot.
Hero – I like the visually stunning martial arts films of China, but this is the dullest of what I’ve seen. Give me House of Flying Daggers.
Tropic Thunder – Insane comedy skewers Hollywood action films. Definitely has funny moments, but it’s no Zoolander.
The Princess Diaries 2 – Shut up, it made me smile. Several times. Love you, Julie Andrews!
An American in Paris – A classic movie musical, worth it just for Gene Kelly’s dream dance sequence. Technicolor heaven.
Rachel Getting Married – A family deals with addiction in this movie that is engrossing and suffocating. Anne Hathaway – fantastic, and deserved the Oscar nomination. The best man – hott!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Woody Allen movies don’t work on me, when will I learn? Penelope Cruz is the only reason to watch.
The Workshop – A truly bizarre documentary about people at a sexual/naturist/spiritual/whatever retreat. Why couldn’t I stop watching?
Big Night – A wonderful movie that celebrates the wonder that is Italian food. The who’s who of Hollywood cast charms.
Ladies in Lavender – Charming little film where spinster sisters Judi Dench and Maggie Smith discover a shipwrecked violinist. Sweet and humorous.
His Secret Life – A man dies and his widow finds out about his long-term gay lover on the side. The script goes nowhere fast.
Elegy – Ben Kingsley is talented as always, but I’m starting to think I’d watch Penelope Cruz in anything – she’s radiant.
Torn Curtain – Hitchcock film features Julie Andrews and Paul Newman. Slow to start, but eventually hits his usual tense climax, this time on a bus.
Marley & Me – Despite Owen Wilson being himself, this dog lover’s movie will get you where it hurts. Bring tissues.
Bride Wars – Sly and funny tale of best friends with competing weddings. Screw the critics – I laughed – a lot!
Now that I’ve gone through this list, I realize I’ve been on some kind of Anne Hathaway and Penelope Cruz kick lately. Maybe they should do a movie together?