Here’s what’s new to Netflix Instant for the week of July 7. Top Picks Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) Directed by Declan Lowney What do you get when you mix one part David Brent, one part Austin Powers, and one part Steve Coogan in “The Trip”? Well, it would be something close to Steve Coogan […]
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Joshua Overbay, the director of “As It Is in Heaven,” a cult-themed drama about a group of believers who anxiously await the Rapture after the sudden death of their leader, who prophesied that the end of days would come in one month’s time. In our conversation, Joshua and I had a chance to talk about his own religious upbringing, the inspiration for the film, and why many Hollywood productions depict religious sects as radical, dangerous pockets of American culture.
It’s engrossing, tells a fabulous story, is shot beautifully, and is a well-done documentary. In terms of its morality, however, and how it chooses to go about telling the story of LGBT rights in Uganda, it seems to me that it has the potential to do harm, albeit with good intentions.
In 1991, Richard Linklater reignited the indie scene with his wandering, Austin-set drama “Slacker,” which used arbitrary run-ins to pass the narrative baton between on-screen characters connected only by coincidence. “Slacker” was a niche hit, and has remained so to this day, but Linklater’s very next film, 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” broke him into the mainstream. […]
Very rarely does one come across a film that sticks with you for days after watching. Most films can be watched in a few hours and forgotten in a few more, nothing about them leaving any particular impact other than a vague memory. Generally, those that do stick with a viewer are spectacular in some way, be it through their message, their visuals, or the sheer spectacle of them. This is what makes “De Behandeling” so fascinating.
"A Hard Day's Night," one of the greatest rock-and-roll comedy adventures in existence, is a memorable mockumentary following "a day in the life" of John, Paul, George, and Ringo of The Beatles as fame takes them by storm.