Four Lions, John Wick, Dark Water: Quarantine Streaming – Alright, folks. So, we’re still in lockdown for the foreseeable, maybe? Not sure. Basically, my understanding is the rules are the same, except for the little bits that changed, and you still can’t go out unless you can. I’m not at work, because I work from home, but if I didn’t, then I wouldn’t be, and neither should you. Or something? I don’t know. It’s all very confusing, and since the insanity doesn’t seem to be any closer to coming to a close, even if people keep saying that it is, then I guess we’re all still inside or something.
Whatever your situation, the best bet is to not be going around meeting mates and having drinks on those park benches you can now sit on during your unlimited exercise time (unlimited sitting is very good for the bum and thigh area, I hear), so instead we’re al be at home still.
And since we’re all at home still I figured I may as well continue with this streaming recommendation thingy I’m doing. So here are some more of those if you want them. If you don’t, you don’t have to carry on reading, you can just, like, click off this page and go play games on Houseparty or whatever.
IT FOLLOWS – BBC iPlayer
David Robert Mitchell’s dark and dreamlike 2014 horror became an instant cult classic on release, with positive critic response and a decent reception from the audience. It draws upon horror master John Carpenter, creating a genuinely unsettling atmosphere that builds from the opening imagine to the closing shot. Telling the story of Jay (Maika Monroe), a carefree teen who, after sleeping with her boyfriend learns that she is victim to a fatal curse that will stop at nothing to kill her unless she passes it on to another unsuspecting victim through intercourse. Smart, creepy, and beautifully shot, It Follows is one to watch with the lights off.
FOUR LIONS – 4oD
Dark, savage satire from comedic mastermind Chris Morris, the man behind Brass Eye and The Day Today, Four Lions is a 2010 comedy about a group of young Muslim men from Sheffield who hatch a half-baked plan to become suicide bombers. This is smart filmmaking from someone who understands how to weave satire and drama together in equal measure, and the success lay within the films ability to both paint a genuinely honest portrayal of modern issues with laugh out loud funny, cringe inducing dark humor. This isn’t one for the easily offended, but if you’re willing to let Morris work his magic then there’s a lot to gain. Four Lions is great.
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E – Netflix
Guy Ritchie puts his wham, flash, bang filmmaking style to good use in this 2015 update of the classic 60s television show of the same name. Starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as two secret agents, one CIA the other KGB, who must set aside their differences at the height of the Cold War and work together to defeat a criminal organization who seek nuclear weapons. It’s dumb, silly, and sharp as hell, with some brilliant direction, gorgeous cinematography, and genuine chemistry between the two leads. It’s a shame the film didn’t do better on release, as a sequel could have been something really special.
JOHN WICK – Amazon Prime
When you can recommend John Wick, you recommend John Wick. Go back to where the madness all began with Chad Stahelski’s 2014 Keanu Reeves seek revenge action thriller. We all know the story, when thugs break into his home and kill the dog left to him by his dead wife, ex-hitman John Wick breaks retirement to seek vengeance. The plot is basically a line to hang a series of increasingly complex and insane action sequences onto (a model the sequels would continue to utilize), but really this is all about watch Keanu Reeves kick arse for 90 minutes, and in that respect it delivers. And then some. This is crazy, mad action movie filmmaking, and it’s so much fun I dare you not to have a blast.
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT – Disney+
If you haven’t seen Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 live-action meets animation comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit, then I would seriously question what you’ve been doing with your time. But, for those of you who haven’t, the plot sees Private Eye Eddie Valiant (played by an excellent Bob Hoskins) investigate the murder or a studio executive in an alternative 1940s Hollywood where live action people and animated characters live together. The visual effects on display were groundbreaking at the time and still hold up now, while the appearance of animated characters from bother Warners and Disney is a crossover not even Marvel could pull off. This one is a classic.
DARK WATER – Shudder
Remade in 2005 as a sub-standard American horror flick starring Jennifer Connelly, Hideo Nakata’s 2002 original is a moody, stark, and emotional horror drama. When newly single-mother Yoshimi moves into a new apartment with her young daughter Ikuko, she notices strange and unsettling occurrences involving water and a small figure in a yellow raincoat. As her bitter and difficult divorce battle rages, Yoshimi struggle to keep her sanity. Very much in the show don’t tell vein of horror cinema, Dark Water is a quiet piece, but one that really gets in under your skin. Sad, spooky, and above all engaging, you’d be crazy to skip out on this one.
Four Lions, John Wick, Dark Water: Quarantine Streaming
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