Watch/Don’t Watch: What’s on Netflix Instant Watch?
Capsule reviews of recently viewed films from the Netflix Instant Watch cache:
“Beauty Is Embarrassing” (2012): Director Neil Berkeley’s zippy, irreverent, joie-de-vivre-filled documentary about artist-cartoonist-puppeteer Wayne White – one of his claims to fame is that he was an artistic visionary for “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” – is both thoroughly entertaining and endlessly inspiring. Greg Haymes *****
“Freelancers” (2012): Another urban corrupt cops adventure film gone wrong. Yes, the film is as corrupt as the cops because for some inexplainable reason director Jessy Terrero thought that rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent could carry a movie with Forest Whitaker and Robert De Niro in supporting roles. Wow, could this film possibly be any more off-balance? GH **
“Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop” (2008): I came late to the Gogol Bordello experience, having never seen them until they steam-rolled my ears (and my heart) with a seriously electrifying performance at Revolution Hall in Troy back in 2004. So this feature-length music documentary by filmmaker Margarita Jimeno about the exhilarating, high-flying Gypsy-punk band fronted by charismatic, indefatigable Ukrainian front man Eugene Hütz is especially exciting. With concert footage – dating back to 1998 or so – and plenty of interviews with bandmembers discussing the goals and origins of the rousing ensemble during their early days. GH ****