My Weekly Recommendations - Streaming movies you will definitely want to check out

Each week, I will recommend five movies that are currently streaming on Amazon. 


1. Ragtime (1981)
Directed by Milos Forman
Starring James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern and Harold E. Rollins Jr.

Genre: Drama, History, Epic

Runtime - 155 minutes 

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Excerpt from my review: "Its detailed recreation of the time period is a work of art in its own right, a stunning achievement that the Academy recognized with nominations for Costume and Set Design, as well as Art Direction. The world of Ragtime is, indeed, lush and vibrant, yet is matched at every turn by the tremendous performances of its cast"  - Read my full review here






2. Gravy (2015)
Directed by James Roday
Starring Sarah Silverman, Gabourey Sidibe, and Lothaire Bluteau

Genre: Horror / Comedy

Runtime - 98 minutes 

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Excerpt from my review: "As for the horror, Gravy does have its moments of violence and gore (most of which occur in the kitchen), but the true terror lies both in the situation itself (innocent people knowing from the get-go that they likely won’t survive the night), and the fact it’s happening to these specific characters, who, in the handful of scenes we spend with them before all hell breaks loose, seem more like a tight-knit family than a team of co-workers"  - Read my full review here






3. Dragonslayer (1981)
Directed by Matthew Robbins
Starring Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, and Ralph Richardson

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Runtime - 109 minutes 

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Excerpt from my review: "Of course, what makes Dragonslayer so entertaining is the dragon itself, brought to life by (among others) renowned special effects gurus Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, both of whom contributed their talents to the original Star Wars trilogy. Dragonslayer is, at all times, a good fantasy film, but the dragon makes it an even better one"  - Read my full review here






4. Grey Gardens (1975)
Directed by Albert and David Maysles
Starring Edith Bouvier Beale and Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale

Genre: Documentary

Runtime - 95 minutes 

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Excerpt from my review: "Grey Gardens is... a fascinating motion picture, and it owes much of its success to its main subjects, who, despite the horrible conditions in which they lived, clearly believed they were still members of New York’s societal Upper Crust. In addition, (BIg and Little Edie) fancied themselves singers, and performed for the camera every chance they got (Little Edie even stages a few dance routines). Without a doubt, Big and Little Edie are among the most eccentric personalities ever to grace a documentary film, and Grey Gardens shows them in all their warped glory. "  - Read my full review here





5. The Dead (2011)
Directed by The Ford Brothers
Starring Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia, and David Dontoh

Genre: Horror

Runtime - 104 minutes 

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Excerpt from my review: "The gore effects are also excellent, with realistic bite wounds, violent head shots (one zombie gets his face caved in by a shotgun blast), and body parts strewn about (not all those who are bitten get back up; sometimes, there’s nothing left of them but a puddle of blood and guts). All this, plus the vast quantities of living dead that populate the film, make The Dead a highly effective, not to mention very serious, horror flick."  - Read my full review here

1 comment:

Jake Moore AKA: @RiverCityOtter said...

"Ragtime" very impressive film notable for being the last theatrical film in #JamesCagney's illustrious career! The late #HowardERollins is superb under the direction of #MilosForman !