The Bridge – Free with Amazon Prime: Missing girls, gritty dialogue, violence, two detectives who couldn’t be more poorly matched and the bridge that forces them together – intrigued? Yes I was too – enough to shell out $11.99 per season and there are two. The dangerous corruption of the Mexican police and yet one man who remains incorruptible, walking the fine line between respecting those that are in power and attempting to maintain justice for those who are clearly not. An American detective, Sonia Cross, who’s social awkwardness (and that’s putting it mildly) lends a certain quirkiness and lightens the heavy content taking place in Juarez and spreading like an uncontrollable contagion into Texas. I’m on Season 2 and I dig it.
Dark Places – Free with Amazon Prime: – This story-line caught my eye because I, like many others have an undying love affair with Charlize Theron. She’s a phenomenal actress and though I might not like every film she’s in, I can’t seem to take my eyes off of her. She’s no different in this film though you’ll have to get use to her spewing acid in every line and general despise the world demeanor. It’s not wholly unfounded once you uncover the source that shaped her personality. Though two writers share the credit, Gillian Flynn being one of the them, you may remember her previous work – Gone Girl. There’s a definitive theme in her work, that allows the audience empathy and sympathy with the protagonist or villain (depending on your definition) without shame for feeling this way. Her work leads the audience to witness the crime while peeling back the layers of the villain and at the end of it all instead of seeking retaliation, the injured party, through their own self evaluation and self analysis, refrains from judgement and embraces forgiveness for better or worse
The Captive – Free With Amazon Prime: What happens to a couple when their only daughter is kidnapped? Well I wanted to find out. Human relationships are always the key source of my fascination. I always want a window into that secret world of what people do, think, feel and say in any and all circumstances. I’ll also be glad to admit that once I saw the players, the premise was definitely not my only point of interest. Scott Speedman, Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson and my favorite dynamite tiny package DT from A Killing, Mireille Enos – what’s not to like about this cast? First of all let me tell you, prepare yourself, this film hints at a lot of dark elements that most people would rather be ignorant of. I’ve seen a lot of movies that bring a great deal of darkness into the light and I’ll admit, I am emotionally involved when I see this. I do cry during movies because as Oliver Stone once said, whatever violence you see in movies, is nothing when compared to real life. So I’m crying because of precisely that; what I’m seeing or hearing is horrific and yet it’s nothing in comparison with what is really going on in the world we live in. Moving on, the performances are stellar, the dialogue is all that and a bag O’chips, it’s hard to take your eyes off of Rosario Dawson, it’s hard not to want to punch Scott in the face, it’s hard not to go insane with Ryan, it’s hard not to rage with Mireille. The past and present interlapping of the film makes it a bit difficult at times to follow but muddle through it. You’ll be glad you did. At the heart of this there is a mystery to be solved, a question to be answered, and the puzzle pieces are going to take you 1 hr and 52 minutes to put together. Grab your blanket and popcorn.
Bosch – Free with Amazon Prime: Sound familiar? Well if you read Michael Connelly than this series should come as no surprise. An LAPD Homicide Detective who’s private life is as interesting as some of his cases. As an avid reader of the Bosch series, I wasn’t quite sure how it would play out on the small screen and I must admit, it took me a moment to get use to the idea of Titus Welliver playing my favorite detective since Philip Marlowe, but I’ll say this while I expected Bosch to look exactly like Robert Mitchum, one thing they did get spot on, is his voice and for me, that went a long way. If you’re into cop shows, why not give it a whirl, after all it’s free, so what have you got to loose?
Items on my list that are Free with Amazon Prime that I’d like to see in the near future:
Z for Zachariah – Free with Amazon Prime: Three people left on the planet, two men and one woman – how can you stay away from this gem? I haven’t seen it yet but when I checked out the trailer and the players, it was hard not to develop a thirst for it. Based on a novel written by Robert C. O’Brien who wrote one of my favorite books as a child, The Rats of Nimh, I’m really curious as to what the last three people on earth would do to eek out an existence for themselves and also navigate each other? What I’ve really come to admire about films today is that what seems predictable turns out to be anything but.
Burton & Taylor – Free with Amazon Prime: The story of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – two Hollywood legends that I fell in love with the moment I saw Cleopatra. Tell you another thing, Elizabeth Taylor is the only biography I’ve ever read in my adult years and I loved it. To be so brutally honest about one’s self without injecting sympathy or humor to deflect from an ugliness within is quite a rare gift. What prompts two people to love and hate each other so much that they get married AND divorced twice with a significant span of time between the two marriages? Well I don’t know but I’d like to see how it plays out onscreen.