Evergreen note: The world is a crazy place right now. The global pandemic has forced everyone inside, in hopes of flattening the curve in our communities. Of course, that leaves folks with a lot of time to eat up, and what better way than to watch some movies. So, stay healthy, stay safe, and watch movies.
While my personal tastes drift more and more toward dramas and thrillers, everyone needs to turn their brain off and watch some action. But not all action has to be mindless, so I present a mixed bag of things to take your mind off the current state, if only for a couple hours.
#5: Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Netflix)
Anime in the US has a checkered reputation. Dismissed as a foreign interest or teen-only fare, it’s sad that a lot of Western audiences shy away from anime (and animation in general). Altered Carbon: Resleeved aims to bridge that gap by taking a popular Netflix live-action show (Altered Carbon) and creating a spin-off in an ultra-stylized anime show. Is it totally successful from a movie perspective? No. But it’s entertaining enough, it’s quick, and maybe it’ll open up some eyes into the larger world of anime (of which Netflix has a large selection of). Read my thoughts.
#4: 6 Underground (Netflix)
I don’t want to say that 6 Underground is good. It’s not a “good” film. But, it certainly hits the gas and doesn’t let up the entire time. Michael Bay’s first for Netflix, 6 Underground is an action/spy/covert ops movie that is unchecked. Stylized car chases, explosions, high wire stunts, gun fights, beautiful women, and a very quippy Ryan Reynolds. It’s Fast & Furious without the gravitas, but with all of the action. If you want to turn the brain off and watch things explode? This is is. Read my thoughts.
#3: The King (Netflix)
The first foray into some action / epic work from Timothée Chalamet, The King will scratch your itch if you’re looking for some medieval action. Not completely unsuccessful, it stars Timmy as Henry V, loosely based on Shakespeare’s plays, as he fights in the 100 Years War against France (and Robert Pattinson’s batshit Dauphin). If you’re missing GoT or just love Timothée, you could do a lot worse. Read my thoughts.
#2: John Wick 3: Parabellum (Hulu & HBO)
The John Wick franchise has taken a very silly premise—an ex-assassin looking for revenge for the death of his dog—and turned it into an extremely interesting world building exercise and the most inventive stunt/fight choreography today. Keanu Reeves is exasperated, desperate, violent, and commanding. The third installment adds Anjelica Huston, Halle Berry, Marc Damascus to the already stacked cast that includes Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Laurence Fishburne. Read my thoughts.
#1: 1917 (VoD, rent or buy)
War is hell, and Sam Mendes’ two-shot masterpiece brings you along for the ride. It’s not actually two shots, but it doesn’t matter as 1917 is magnificent magnificent in POV style storytelling on a mission during WWI. The story is straightforward and understandable, the co-leads are likable, and the action is first-rate. This is well worth the price to rent or own. Read my thoughts.