Wondering what to watch? A number of new releases are hitting stream this week, perhaps a signal that the doors to awards season are opening as the end of the year approaches.
Among these high-profile dramas is the original Apple TV+ Pavementcontinues the return to acting of its star Jennifer Lawrence, who had taken a brief break in 2019 after a series of less than favorable features, and returned in 2021 with Adam McKay’s Don’t look up.
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The picturesque and comic thriller See how they work coming to Disney+ this week, a critically acclaimed closed-room murder mystery inspired by Rian Johnson Knives out. Meanwhile, Netflix is releasing a Todd Haynes film from years past that deserves all the attention it can possibly get – the glam-rock tale of the rise and fall. gold velvetwhich interweaves stories of LGBTQ identity through a character study of its chosen music scene.
And last but not least, the Roku channel is hosting one of the funniest movies of the year in Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovican original from the platform.
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Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic (2022) – Roku Channel
Born from a Funny or Die sketch, of all things, Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic is perhaps the best musical biopic parody this side of walk hard (Popstar: never stop, never stop does not count because it is a slightly different target – the mockumentary).
True to the spirit of his chosen subject “Weird” Al Yankovic, he turns familiar tunes into a different song, a joke – we all recognize the plot beats, even when the absurdity is increased. Take his approach to his track ‘My Bologna’mimicking a time-worn inspirational moment from the awful, Rami Malek-starring Bohemian Rhapsodyor more simply the upward and downward trajectory that defines many films of this genre.
Watch a trailer for Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic
As Weird Al, Daniel Radcliffe is both perfectly suited to the role and hilariously incongruous with him, playing the character like a volatile rockstar with washboard abs, leaning into the absurdity with the utmost sincerity and conviction. – playing the kind of Weird Al who would put a cigarette in the palm of an executive’s hand, before going on a bender with Madonna.
Director Eric Appel (who also created the short it’s based on) loses his way a bit in the back half as one particular plot point is pulled to the point of exhaustion. But Call’s film is overall a raucous delight – and, true to Weird Al himself – far more insightful than anyone could have imagined.
Also on the Roku Channel: War of the Worlds (2005)
Pavement (2022) – Apple TV+
Pavement looks like a return to form for Lawrence. As an American soldier struggling to readjust to his life after sustaining a brain injury while on deployment, this is the first time in a long time that Lawrence has been given an actual character to play. It is a grounded and substantial role rather than the caricatures of his time on the x-men movies and the heinous works of David O. Russell.
As Lynsey, Lawrence can return to the genre of small-scale indie dramas in which she made a name for herself and in which her best acting qualities shone in unforgettable ways, such as winter bone rather than being buried in the ingratitude of sets of various sets.
As Lynsey, she evokes a similar presence on camera, imbued with heartfelt sentiment as her character strikes up a deeply felt friendship with local mechanic James, played by Brian Tyree Henry, a wonderful actor who was also buried in the middle of franchises and other features that doesn’t use its best talents.
Also on Apple TV+: Sydney, the swan song
gold velvet (1998)-Netflix
Written and directed by Todd Haynes and co-written by James Lyons, gold velvet is one of filmmaker Haynes’ many queer musical biographies and stories, fictional and otherwise — his documentary from last year, The Velvet Undergroundechoes the style of its chosen subject by emulating the band’s avant-garde style.
I am not here sees six different actors playing different shades of Bob Dylan, presented through different stages of his life. By the same measure gold velvet isn’t so biographical, drawing from a number of different sources — like Bowie, among a few others — as it explores cross-over stories orbiting the glam rock scene.
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It is also a character study of a person who could be inspired by such a scene, through his character as journalist Arthur Stuart (a pre-American psycho Christian Bale), profiling late rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Stuart’s testimony to the gay and bisexual stars of the music scene encouraged him to come out as gay himself, and the film follows him through the fallout of that decision and interweaves it with his retelling of the history of the Slade’s life, as truth and fiction twist alike. another.
One of Haynes’ best works in a body already full of spectacular expressiveness.
Also on Netflix: Wendell & Wild, Enola Holmes 2
See how they work (2022) – Disney+
Set in the West End in 1950s London, Tom George and Mark Chappell See how they work perhaps goes back in time to get closer to the traditional set-up of the classic murder mystery, its logistics simplified by a lack of interaction with social media, smartphones and other modern vices.
His twee and comedic stylizations place him in close proximity to his contemporary, Knives out by Rian Johnson (soon to be a sequel in Glass onion: a tale at loggerheads), but it ultimately lacks the same bite, or the same insight into the social workings of its chosen setting, the theater world.
Read more: All new on Disney+ in November
In See how they workcynical Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) teams up with bright-eyed rookie Constable Stalker (Saiorse Ronan – as always a staple for a period piece) to take on a murder case, of a crew member for a film adaptation of a hit play.
Contrary to the above Knives out, See how they work feels a little dull, thanks in part to its decidedly tame beige nature. It’s not terribly bad or remarkable, just lukewarm.
Also on Disney+: Spiderman 3
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