Days have lost delineation, season’s anticipations in limbo; monotony, intimidating, threatening benign ennui, Netflix to the rescue:
“TIGER KING”: surprisingly compelling, the “catfighting” saga between “polar” forces: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Don Antle, all under the guise of animal protection, procreation; as an urbanite I found the intensity of the protagonists captivating; producer Rick Kirkman, fairly narrates all sides of this reality drama.
“TIGERTAIL”, (MANDARIN/CHINESE: ENGLISH SUBTITLES): director Alan Yang’s semi-autobiographical story of one man’s journey from Taiwan to New York City; poignancy runs amuck as does the scenario of a boy who marries for the wrong reasons, leaving his youthful lover, in order to live in squalor in America.
“THE KILLING OF SACRED DEER”, (Reviewed 11/1/17). Devotees of Homer’s “Iliad” will admire this contemporary version of Iphigenia, King Agamemnon’s daughter; Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell capture the familial disintegration in director Yorgos Lanthimos’s rendition of this mythological chronicle.
“THE DECLINE”, (FRENCH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES). A survivalist camp in a remote Canadian compound, creates an arena for the “survival of the fittest”; a slow commencement leads to a catastrophic conclusion.
THREE & ½ STARS!!!
For concentrative entertainment revisit 2002’s “The Road to Perdition” and 2017’s “Molly’s Game”.