Sometimes it is fun to go through Netflix by actor and see what may catch my eye. I was going though Ethan Hawke and came across "Staten Island". I read the description and a few re3views and figured, why not? Along with Mr. Hawke we have Vincent D'Onofrio and Seymour Cassel. While their performances were good, though D'Onofrio portrayed his mobster a little quirkier then what one usually sees, the story seemed a little off. A few times I sort of sat there with a furrowed brow just wondering where the hell this was all going. It seemed disjointed at times and other times it tried to have a heart while missing a beat or two. The ending was a little hard to believe, but hey, it is a movie. I believe I rated it 2 stars, or maybe it was 3. Forgive me, I have mommy brain. LOL
This morning, while I worked on my novel, I finally gave into the Netflix suggestion for me to watch the supposed comedy-drama "Your Friends and Neighbors". Let me start out by saying it is an ensemble piece and Ben Stiller was part of the ensemble. I mention this because I do not enjoy his work at all so deciding to watch it was huge. Wait, I lie, I did like him in The Royal Tenenbaums and Permanent Midnight. The latter being one of his best and most overlooked performances ever. Anyway, back to the flick I watched today. I am okay with a script being misanthropic, miserable, misogynist and every dark, ugly thing in between. This film had it and then some. All I kept thinking as I watched it was "Who the hell would want to even know these people on a social basis let alone sleep with any of them?" Every character was flawed, like us real life folk, but the flaws were so annoying and at times, repulsive, that I could not connect with a one of them. Nope, not one. The women were one dimensional, with a sneak peek at two dimensions, but it was gone before you could blink. Ditto for the men. The Jason Patric character was so revolting that I was hoping someone would come along with a sledge hammer and pummel him until he was dead. (Perhaps that shows Mr. Patric did his job and made me loathe him so, but still.) When it was all over I was dumbfounded. I rated it 2 stars.