If you’re like me you spend more time trying to pick a movie on Netflix than you do actually watching a movie. There are so many choices! Some of the movies I end up watching, I wish someone had warned me about beforehand. I can tell you from experience; the following films are not worth your time.
Fat City, New Orleans
I really wanted to like this movie, and I tried to, but I would be lying if I said I actually did like it. I’m a huge fan of That 70’s Show, and I was drawn in by the fact that Brett Perry put together the soundtrack. He is the same composer that put together the music for That 70’s Show. The movie turned out to be a dud though. The acting was horrible, it had no plot, and the picture quality was that of an actually movie made in the seventies.
I’m not really sure what I expected when I sat down and watched this movie, but it definitely didn’t meet any those expectations at all. Sarah Jane McKinney is a nerdy shy secretary who accidentally kills her boss and is promoted to fill his position after his death. Then she proceeds to kill three more people so she can move up the corporate ladder. She makes all the deaths seem like accidents, via poison and leaky gas pipes. Sarah rationalizes that all these murders are okay because her guardian angel, St. George, sends her signs. I think the reason I despised this movie so much is because it reminded me of the SNL movie Superstar, they both were unsuccessful parodies of the Catholic religion.
Beware The Gonzo
The plot of this movie really did have potential and could have been a very successful Nickelodeon or teen Disney movie; however the acting killed it. Ezra Miller was painful to watch in this film. I haven’t seen him in anything else so I don’t know if this is always the case, but he was one of those characters that simply irritate you. I cringed every time the camera panned to him and rolled my eyes at his corny acting every time he opened his mouth. It’s extremely hard to like a movie when you can’t stomach the hero.
Rid Of Me
I knew from the blurb on Netflix before I started watching this dark-comedy that the main character Meris was a “socially awkward” young woman. There was no way I could have prepared myself for just how awkward she was. Meris was so awkward and socially challenged it was uncomfortable for me to even watch, let alone get invested in the plot. After the disturbing and nauseating scene in the supermarket, I turned the movie off. I can stomach a lot of things, but what she did was too much for even me to watch.
A lot of Netflix users were raving in the reviews about this film, and I am a huge Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan so I decided to give it a shot. I consider myself fairly educated, and I couldn’t comprehend the dialogue enough to even understand the plot. A few times I actually rewound the movie to replay certain discussions and try to decipher what the characters were talking about. Unless you speak 1940’s jargon with a slight European accent, this film probably isn’t for you.