CLTure Netflix Picks

By CLTure

January 30, 2016

We here at CLTure are dedicated to guiding you toward the very best entertainment in Charlotte and beyond, especially if you can watch it hungover eating Chinese food on the couch. Our staff writers and creatives will help you sift through the myriad of options on Netflix to help you find very the best movies, documentaries, and TV series. Here is what we’ll be watching this month:

Bob’s Burgers (series) – Crash into the riotous life of the Belcher household in arguably the best animated series ever created. The series follows Bob Belcher, proud owner Bob’s Burgers. Bob knows grilling is his life’s work and reason for existence, and this belief often leads to trouble. His family proves to be their own variety show. Each character has their own set of awesome attributes: Lynda, wife and perpetual optimist; Tina, the eldest, awkwardest, and most interested in boys’ butts; Glen, taking after his mother with a pure heart and fart jokes; and the darkest child, Louise, whose sole mission is to selfishly cause trouble. If you have not treated yourself with Bob’s Burgers yet, you are hurting only yourself. – Nikki Panos, Food Writer

Chef’s Table (series) – In this Netflix documentary series, each episode profiles a wildly talented innovator in the world of culinary arts. Some of the food is a little out there and up there in price (sea urchin and truffles abound!) but it’s all inspiring and mouthwatering. Chefs range from sustainable seafood guru Dan Barber to Mangus Nilsson, who runs a semi-secret dining haven in rural Sweden. A great pick for any foodie! – Audrey Baran, Dance/Arts Writer

Killing Them Softly (movie) – After bewildering audiences with the Brad Pitt-starring slow-burn art-house revisionist western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, director Andrew Dominik decided to bewilder audiences again with this slow-burn art-house Brad Pitt-starring revisionist gangster movie. Beautifully shot, deliberately paced, and darkly funny, Killing Them Softly slyly uses the ground-floor grime of organized crime as a savage metaphor for capitalism in its starkest state. This is worthy of at least two viewings: one to clear away your old expectations and another to reward your new ones.  – Dan Cava, Film Editor

Master of None (series) – The brainchild of actor/comedian Aziz Ansari and his writing partner, Alan Yang, Master of None is yet another feather in the cap of Netflix and its slate of original TV series. The ten half-hour episodes of Season 1 tell the story of 30-year-old Dev (Ansari), a mild-mannered actor who tries to navigate a professional acting career and a meaningful love life in New York City, while also addressing his transition into adulthood head-on. Ansari and his multicultural supporting cast shine with an excellent script that rarely moves into cliche. The laughs are often subtle, occasionally gut-busting, and when things gets dramatic (mostly in regards to the relationship between Dev and his girlfriend Rachel, played by former SNL member Noel Wells), the results are moving. Ansari, who is a renowned foodie and indie rock aficionado, gives love to many of his favorite critically acclaimed NYC restaurants throughout the series (Marlow & Sons and Mission Chinese Food, to name a few), and he curates a soundtrack that would make for an excellent road trip playlist (think Father John Misty, D’Angelo, Madvillain, and Yo La Tengo).   – Sean Titone, Music Writer

The Rundown (movie) – Travel back to 2003 when Dwayne Johnson was just “The Rock” and Sean William Scott was a hot commodity in the Peter Berg-directed The Rundown. This action-comedy is set primarily in the Amazon jungle as retrieval expert Beck (Johnson) attempts to track down and return home Travis Walker (Scott), the son of a mobster who is on the hunt for legendary lost riches of a local Amazonian tribe. If Beck can do this, he’s free from the employ of the mobster and able to open the restaurant of his dreams. Of course, what should have been a simple bag-and-tag gets far more complicated the longer Beck is in the jungle. Everything about this movie will cause you to forget the ice creeping at your door as you laugh the chill away, watching The Rock do what he does best– bring the pain.  – Douglas Davidson, Film Writer

I’m Still Here (Documentary) – Joaquin Phoenix has had some memorable acting performances in his stellar career, but I am still convinced that his highly publicized meltdown in 2008 might of been his greatest performance to date. Although there may be no definitive proof to my theory, the meltdown may be up for interpretation as an Andy Kaufman-esque: is this real life or still a performance hoax? In this very odd, and at times uncomfortable, documentary or, as Netflix categorizes as a “mockumentary,” Phoenix takes us on a peculiar journey. From the opening scenes, discussing his life as showbiz kid, and the struggle to understand what is real and what is facade, he abruptly retires as an actor. In his newfound career and pursuit to become a rapper, his life comes spiraling down. Hilarious cameos by Ben Stiller, P. Diddy, Casey Affleck, Jamie Foxx and Edward James Olmos make this a must-see rainy day documentary for when you are in a quirky mood. – Cameron Lee, Founder

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