From Claire Rychlewski
It is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. I say “we” because I know I’m addressing a smart, fun audience here. Gilmore Girls is FINALLY on Netflix. All seven seasons! In case you accidentally missed out on this gem of a show—I say “accidentally,” because that’s the only possible way you wouldn’t have already watched it—you now have the opportunity to binge.
Gilmore Girls is a witty dramedy that follows young mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her borderline genius teenage daughter, Rory, as they navigate love, family and coming-of-age. The dialogue is sharp and one could make a dangerous drinking game counting all of the cultural references per episode. In terms of plot, it’s a bit run of the mill—but the writing, the characters and the kooky town of Stars Hollow where the show is set render Gilmore Girls a unique viewing experience. There’s something so incredibly lovable about the show, that despite its cornier moments and despite the fact that no one mother-daughter team is this droll, you’ll be helpless to its charm.
As Turk in Scrubs once said, “Mothers and daughters… they speak so fast, but they speak so true.”
End of Watch
From Claire Rychlewski
Does this recommendation come from a place of deep love for Jake Gyllenhaal? Absolutely it does. But also, if you’re looking for a halfway decent action thriller that’s also going to give you some feelings, this would be my pick.
I’m not a big fan of the cop hero genre, but End of Watch does a pretty good job conveying the gritter realities of the LAPD. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña play partners Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala respectively, two police officers working a South Central Los Angeles beat. Soon Brian and Miguel find themselves on a powerful drug cartel’s radar—and as you can guess, things intensify from there. The writing is tight and energetic, and the film is well paced. Gyllenhaal and Peña have great chemistry—careful not to fall into the buddy cop trope, the two portray a realistic relationship that reflects the simultaneous closeness and distance that comes with a job like this. Well-directed and more nuanced than most in its genre, End of Watch is worth a viewing.
From Alex Lowe
For those who love the work of Richard Ayoade, Netflix is a nice place right now. Between The IT Crowd, Submarine, and now The Double, there’s plenty of his work on both sides of the camera. The most recent of those that I’ve watched is The Double, so let’s focus on that.
I was expecting something slightly lighter than this movie is, but I was very wrong. Jesse Eisenberg’s character lives a bleak existence in a bleak world. But it’s still totally awesome without being the most depressing thing you could watch. If you like Eisenberg, there’s no reason not too make it double. (Not my best title pun, I know.)