Friday, April 27, 2012

Netflix Instant: Cool TV and Movie Picks

And we're back! Now that the DIFF has ended we are back to our regular programming. The summer season is just around the corner, but here are my Netflix picks this week.

A happy-go-lucky tale of depression from Lars von Trier. A fascinating character study about two sisters going through various points of depression set on the eve of the end of the world. It's emotional, bleak, and gorgeous. 

As a teacher, I remember when this film was all the craze. I finally sat down and watched, and I definitely had strong emotions towards it. Even though I don't agree with everything the film presents, there are certain parts of the education system it highlights that are spot on and horrifying. An interesting look at the argument for more charter schools. 

An absurdest play by Tom Stoppard which follows the minor characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of Hamlet. You remember those two right? Of course you don't because they're simple messengers. However, Stoppard flips the classic Shakespeare on its head and explores the history of these two fellas. A fun adaptation and full of existentialism goodness.

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