From: @Crespodiso & @PFTMedia
Da 5 Bloods
Coming to Netflix – June 12, 2020
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. The Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems. If I didn’t know better, I would say that Netflix has been a purveyor of interesting, challenging, and thought-provoking cinema and a straight up champion of artists and their ideas.
Now of course, I do know better, and I know that Netflix’s high swing rate results in a lot of misses, so for every Uncut Gems (released last month), we get three Happy Gilmore productions. Netflix releases pablum at such a regular interval that it almost becomes shocking when one of these amazing pieces of art makes its way through the system. And here we are on the verge of another wild swing that may actually turn into a bona fide hit, if not an all out home run.
Spike Lee has come up with another joint and it is his first with Netflix, “Da 5 Bloods,” the story of five Vietnam War vets going back to that country to find the remains of their fallen squad leader as well as a possible buried treasure. Though really I am sure this is actually a movie about what war does to people (bad stuff) and how, despite war movies having been made all decades and decades, it is wild how still so few of them center on non-white characters, as if 30% of our population got to just stay home for these atrocities. And of course Spike Lee would be a person to recognize this lack of storytelling, and maybe after this he’ll find another war movie to tell, and along with this and “Miracle at St. Anna” we could have a cool Spike Lee war movie trilogy.
Works for me.
Eric Andre: Legalize Everything
Coming to Netflix June 23, 2020
We try to stick with CINEMA around here in Cinema Crespodiso world, but sometimes great art finds other homes and we have an interest in that as well. And here we turn to Eric Andre, who is releasing his first ever comedy special via Netflix (because apparently Netflix is giving everyone at least one special, pretty sure my mom has one coming out soon), and was taped in November 2019 at a New Orleans club on his Legalize Everything tour.
As far as I can ascertain, it is indeed a stand up comedy special, which may be a surprise to people who only know him through his insanely irreverent The Eric Andre Show, or who will likely discover him through the (eventual) release of his own “Jackass” style prank movie “Bad Trip,” which features less “set up – punchline” joke telling and more absurdist humor often featuring nudity, random acts of aggression, and/or ranch dressing.
Word on the street (the street being the internet) is there will be a feature in the special involving ranch dressing, so we do have that, but otherwise it will be very interesting to see how Eric Andre’s specific style and humor translates to the much more typical Netflix one hour special format.
…and here’s everything else Coming to Netflix in JUNE 2020…