Friday, December 14, 2018

I Stream, You Stream Vol. 101

by Patrick Bromley
Here's to some streaming in your stocking.

Mandy (2018, dir. Panos Cosmatos) I feel like the chances are good that if you wanted to see Mandy, the mind-blowing sophomore effort from Panos Cosmatos, you already have made it a point to see it. If you have missed it until now, though, it's streaming on Shudder. It's still probably the purest cinematic experience I've had this year and still one of my favorites of 2018. Your mileage may vary. (Watch on Shudder)
Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley) I missed Sorry to Bother You during its (surprisingly successful) theatrical run earlier this year. It was on my radar because of the festival buzz, but I made a point not to read or watch anything about it. Aside from that image on the poster, I knew nothing about the movie at all. That's the best way to see it, because I can't think of another movie this year that took more audacious turns than this one. It's sharp, it's funny, it's cool, it's fucking nuts. Movies like Mandy and this one remind us of just how exciting cinema can still be. (Watch on Hulu)
Men at Work (1990, dir. Emilio Estevez) Ok, enough of this arthouse shit. Sometimes you get tired of being challenged by cinema and just want to watch the Estevez brothers play garbagemen embroiled in a murder plot, written and directed by Emilio, an inconsistent actor and sometimes good director who shows little flair for comedy. I can't defend my affection for this movie except that I enjoy watching everyone involved fuck around, and Keith David is the absolute MVP as a Vietnam vet along for the ride. Do yourself a favor and read the "production" section of the movie's Wikipedia summary. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
The Salton Sea (2002, dir. DJ Caruso) It's entirely possible that this is the kind of arch, obnoxious crime thriller with which we were littered in the post-Tarantino '90s. I haven't rewatched it in years. But I remember really liking it back in 2002, and I thought I had a pretty good sense for sniffing out nonsense. Don't get me wrong: there's still nonsense to be found, like Vincent D'Onofrio as a "Pooh Bear," a drug dealer who wears an artificial nose after losing his from snorting meth. But Val Kilmer is really good as a haunted musician infiltrating the world of speed freaks and the film has a lot of scuzzy color to it, as well as some genuine sadness and beauty. I can choose to rewatch it and find out it's full of shit or let it live as something decent in my memory. I haven't made up my mind about which one I'm going to go with. (Watch free with ads on Vudu)


  1. I will never not love Men at Work. I knew I should have gone into Phrenology...

  2. So are the weekend open threads gone for good?

    1. I hope not. I really enjoyed reading what people have been watching and their thoughts on it.

      But Patrick and the fthismovie contributors have given us so many nice things already, that I feel a little bad complaining.

  3. Patrick, I just got done watching Men at Work. I'm going to need full write up on why you love this terrible movie. "Watching everybody fuck around" is not going to cut it mister.

  4. This is such a great selection to stream! Missed Mandy in the theater and still haven't seen it, saving it for a special occasion. I had the vaguest idea about Sorry to Bother You so it was such a surprise and a delight and took such a crazy turn I was elated and honestly hadn't felt that way in a long time with a movie. I saw Men at Work at the theater during the HEIGHT of my Emilio Estevez obsession (magazine ad of this movie taped up on my bedroom wall like whoa) and liked it so hard even though it wasn't the best but I needed to give it an A for effort, so I would love to revisit it. Bizarrely, I only saw Salton Sea once, but still think of the desert scene (Salton Sea?) about once a month although I also conflate it with Ice Pirates, which also has a desert scene with a crazy hermit. Looking forward to revisiting these!