New on Netflix Instant: 'Margin Call' - How to Crash the Economy in 24 Hours
Plus 'Warrior,' 'Platoon,' 'Capote,' Helen Mirren in 'Prime Suspect,' and more
"Margin Call" (2011) accomplishes something that Oliver Stone failed to show in his "Wall Street" sequel: it explains how and why the market crash happened, not just in terms of economics but in the culture of Wall Street and the justifications that individuals tell themselves in order to follow the company line. This is no apology, it's a social study, a kind of fictional ethnographic profile of the corporate culture, with characters more suggested than fully fleshed out, but this modest drama has plenty to say.More on Videodrone here.
"Warrior" (2011), a sports drama about two brothers (Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy) who square off in the world of mixed martial arts when they both vie for the purse in a MMA tournament, is "A double-barreled "Rocky" for the mixed martial arts generations," in the words of MSN film critic Glenn Kenny.
Also recently arrived from the New Release rack is "The Hunter" (2011), starring Willem Dafoe as a mercenary hired by a shadowy corporation to hunt a fabled tiger in the jungles of Tasmania, and the satirical "God Bless America" (2011), a blood-soaked black comedy about an angry everyman (Joel Murray, brother of Bill) who takes a gun to most offensive and irritating media celebrities.
You all know "Platoon" (1986), Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning Vietnam drama. It captures a grunt's-eye view of the war as seen through the eyes of a young recruit (Charlie Sheen) tossed into a guerilla war he is neither prepared for nor ready to comprehend and it framed discussion on our understanding of the soldier's experience for years.
"Capote" (2005) earned Philip Seymour Hoffman the Oscar for Best Actor for his astounding screen incarnation of real life author and New York intelligentsia celebrity Truman Capote as he researched and wrote his masterpiece "In Cold Blood," his poetic reportage of the shocking murder of a smalltown Kansas family and the killers he befriended as they awaited execution.
"The Accidental Tourist" (1998), Lawrence Kasdan’s serio-comic adaptation of the Anne Tyler novel about a travel writer (played by William Hurrt) for people who hate to travel, earned an Oscar for Supporting Actress Geena Davis.