Netflix Title Tuesday – Somewhere in the Middle

Hey there romance/drama fans: I’ve got a new Netflix title to recommend.

This film is streaming now on Netflix. Why do lovers do what they do? What if you knew what happened ten minutes before a breakup, what would you do differently? The viewer gets that opportunity in several situations in this film and that makes it a compelling, alluring comedy, romance, drama. By splicing in what happened before and a little after scenes, we see the situations twice and we have more insight into the relationships on-screen.

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Somewhere in the Middle
“Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York-set…” -IMDB

Cast
David Craig Diaz Worker #1
Johanna Finn Worker #2
Cassandra Freeman Billie
Dennis Rubin Green Nelson

Directed by
Lanre Olabisi

Written by
Lanre Olabisi

Other Info
Comedy, Drama, Romance

2015
90min
IMDB Rating: 8.4

The director, Lanre Olabisi, is not clearly known by name but he does a great job in this independent drama. It’s a delight to find relationship films that really work like this that are in the independent realm. I hope to see more from him.

Charles Miller is the strongest actor in the film. There are also some honorable mentions in the talents of Cassandra Freeman and Marisol Miranda.

In the story, Sofia is a relationship addict and is seeing a therapist in his home office. On her first visit she meets someone in the home who she is not clear the identity of. The brother of the therapist is having troubles with his marriage and appears to be the stalker sort. As more is revealed, initial scenes reveal a truth “somewhere in the middle” about these characters. It’s true to life because sometimes when we know more of the whole story, we realize first impressions are not always the truth.

I liked the characters and the story was well written. Some of the sex scenes are a little brazen and therefore unbelievable but for the most parts, I felt the characters could be real people. I identified with some of the significant parts because they were true to life.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This film is streaming now on Netflix. It’s a gem in the romantic drama genre. If you’re looking for a film to talk about with your wife/husband/spouse, this is a good one for that. It is an independent small budget film with no movie stars but the performances are solid along with the writing (also written by the director). For fans of the genre(s), though there isn’t much comedy here, I recommend this film.

7/10

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Tuesday’s Netflix Title – Backcountry (2014)

This film is streaming now on Netflix. I was moving last Tuesday and missed my column. Please forgive me. This is in attempt to catch up! I always thought tents were too thin to be safe when camping. I recall camping last year and hearing strange noises outside the tent. It was quite scary. That’s the fear this drama/thriller is built upon … oh yeah and a big ass black bear.

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Backcountry (2014)
Cast

Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell

Directed by

Adam MacDonald

Written by

Adam MacDonald

Other Info

Horror, Drama, Thriller
Rated R
98min

It’s not the most intricate of plots. IMDB lists it as: “An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.” There is a little relationship tension that paves the film but mostly you have this impending Bear threat and the events leading up to meeting the bear are indeed frightening. I am not so sure I would label it horror but there are certainly some scary moments.

This film takes place in the Canadian wilderness, there are may nature-lover sights to behold. Alex (Jeff Roop) seems to know what he’s doing in the outdoors and wants to have an experience deep into it with Jenn (Missy Peregrym), his lawyer girlfriend. The relationship tension is already there but comes to a high point when they run across Brad (Eric Balfour), a wilderness guide walking around mysteriously all alone. It’s hard to tell if he is flirting with Jenn but yes or no, Alex is threatened. After that encounter, Alex shows his prowess is anything but. They become completely lost with no sustenance. It becomes a couple against nature trying to survive. The scenes with the bear come at their weakest point. The scares are worth the wait but in my opinion, there should have been more considering the length of the character development.

This is a great film for hiking and camping people. It’s also akin to a horror movie if you want to be scared. (I loved the bear scares). It shows nature as indifferent to people. The bear doesn’t know their drama or their weakness … he’s just hungry. It took a little long to see the bear and the story in my opinion was a little thin. Still it will bring scares, excitement, and thrills to your family room. If that sounds like some light thriller fun, go see it! I recommend it.

3/5

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Creep (2014) – Tune in Netflix Tuesday

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Hey there! Damien from Talking Stars here once again with another post from my Tune in Netflix Tuesday series! This film is now streaming on Netflix.

“Take the knife, and don’t be afraid to murder with it.” -Joseph

The “found footage” genre strikes again. This time we have a psychotic in our face most the movie. The movie scares because it is plausible. While we may not be able to divine his intentions, the “creep” does everything in a way that is believable, possible. When blood is shed, we don’t question the possibility.

Creep (2015)
Cast
Patrick Brice

as Aaron

Mark Duplass

as Joseph

Directed by
Patrick Brice
Written by
Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Other Info

Drama, Horror
Rated R
1h 17min

This movie could really happen. The plot is a twenty something dude answers an ad for a job filming another dude. The work is one day and it pays $1,000 cash. I imagine a lot of people could use the money and would therefore show up for an interview. Aaron, played by Patrick Brice, does just that. When he gets to the address, he finds a vacation cabin of sorts, not fully secluded. He soon finds out the motives of the employer and much more than just to film him.

Creep becomes a character study in boundaries in a similar way to “The Cable Guy” where Jim Carrey was the Creep. The difference is, this film is horror. Aaron, played by the actual director of the film, misses several opportunities to escape. It’s almost as if he doesn’t want to hurt the Creep’s feeling. Would you rather hurt someone’s feelings or be killed? I think the answer is pretty obvious. At the same time, we humans hate confrontation and so Aaron, as a human, avoids confrontation and plays along.

I’ve seen Mark Duplass in several movies, my favorite being “The One I Love.” He’s a great actor and his ability to shoot lines like a firehose is shown in this film. He is clearly disturbed but the main character Aaron wants to find out just how much. Ultimately, as Aaron tries to get away, the plot becomes a hunt. I enjoyed the thriller aspect of this film but I wondered a lot why it was tagged horror. There were no dismemberments or zombies. It was just Aaron and Joseph talking through mountains of dialog (most Joseph’s)

I’m really not to keen on the found footage genre. Still, this movie used it well. Everything made sense, that it could have happened and been edited together. It lost a point for not being innovative. How many times have we seen the stalker befriend and kidnap someone? It lost another point for calling itself horror. There is a scene or two you could describe as such, but I think it’s better archived as a draa. Fr those reasons I gave it a 3/5. I recommend it if you can’t find anything else to watch. Trust me, there are plenty of movies I wouldn’t recommend as such, this is a good movie.