My recommendations for binge week:
If you only see one movie on this list, see my latest one under my stage name, Richard Jenkins:
Don’t be afraid of foreign films. Subtitles are easy once you’re used to them, and there are so many great foreign films you’ll miss if you don’t make the effort, like this one, from Iran, that scored 91% on Rotten Tomatoes:
Such a compelling idea and I love this actress, Carey Mulligan! It scored a 90% from Rotten Tomatoes:
I watched The Windermere Children on PBS. It’s based on a true story which is absolutely riveting and especially important today. It scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is one you won’t soon forget. You can watch it free if you’re a PBS member, which you can become for as little as $5 a month. If not, look for it on Amazon Prime.
It was so moving that I sought out The Windermere Children in Their Own Words, with the now-adults speaking of their experiences:
Just because we have a new President does not mean disinformation and lying will stop. This HBO film: After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News is a must-see for every American today. It also scored 100% from Rotten Tomatoes. If you don’t subscribe to HBO, why not??
Another one that scored 100% and that is important because of the new Supreme Court: A Secret Love, on Netflix:
From Russia, the story of the siege of Leningrad and the days afterwards. It is subtitled and it is really, really good. You can find it on Amazon Prime.
From Norway, but in English, is The Painter and The Thief, which scored a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a docufilm and you can find it on Amazon Prime:
For sheer fun, try The Vast of Night, on Amazon Prime: an early alert for a director we’ll be seeing even better things from down the road, I think.
Finally, if you’re into British drama (as I am), use this week to binge-watch The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, on the hunt for a serial killer in Dublin.
The writing and the acting is superb. There’s 3 seasons. I watched it on Peacock, the NBC steaming app but, as you can see, you can also see it on Netflix.
Don’t watch before you go to bed though. It is disturbing.