A strange double Netflix invoice this week, with a film that appears to be a 10-part series and a 10-part series that looks like a movie (though extended).
Said film is Dear Ex, a Taiwanese tragicomedy starring, well, a couple of strange couples: gay male lovers on one side, the ex-wife and the son of one of the men on the other. The older man of the two is a professor apparently established in his marriage, who suddenly disappears with a local theater actor and the stage manager considered by all to be an overly enthusiastic, smoker and sloppy drinker. The ex-wife permanently stressed and histrionic, meanwhile, seems to be in an endless struggle with her teenage son, unable to "talk" with him unless he is screaming, while he struggles, trying to figure out what It happened to his father.
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At the beginning of the film the oldest man has already succumbed to cancer, so his story is told in flashbacks, while today's chaos, clash and hatred triangle explode, flames bursting out of an insurance winnings left to the young lover instead of the dead man's family. Already mortified and in a state of fusion, the abandoned wife is stumbled to find her son who is leaving home … to move with his father's former partner.
If all this sounds like a recipe for unmanageable bile, then the film did its job of preparing for the surprise. Dear Ex proves to be a work of redemption, reconciliation and forgiveness, with the shifts of stars of Hsieh Ying-hsuan as Liu San-lian, his wife and mother always displeased and furious and Roy Chiu in the role of Jay, the young actor dead – or "family – destroying the fagot" while his son in bubbling silence, Chengxi (Joseph Huang), torments him in a memorable way.
Co-directed by Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen (the latter known for his visually distinctive music videos), Dear Ex it is already full of prizes and nominations. And in his heart, it's a love story: nothing strange.
From the mind of George R.R. Martin: Nightflyers on Netflix
Think of all your favorite horror, space or other futuristic films, take a pinch of each, mix the lumpy mess in a kind of cinematic sueo and watch it while it freezes in … Nightflyers.
The brave crew of the Nightflyer gallantly went behind the cosmic shores to save the dying Earth by contacting the extraterrestrials – which means another grip on the ever-current history of how we messed up the planet and we need someone's help. somewhere beyond it.
Keeping the crew company as their mission of 10 episodes comes in danger of the screeching, like electronic bip: the evil red eye of HAL; the stigiani corridors, harmful, dripping and claustrophobic substance of the Alien franchise; the sequences of reproduction of the memory of Minority relationship (2002); and even a line actually lifted by The matrix (1999), being the human race "a virus that killed its host".
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Cut everything on a ship whose occupants are having their mind deformed by a dangerous telepath imprisoned in the brig, because it is too deadly manipulative to approach (hello, Hannibal Lecter!) Is the bearded biologist Rowan (Angus Sampson), who goes around fiddling an ax that would like to grind in the nearest head ("Heeeeeere & # 39; s Rowan!")
Psycho-telepath Thale is played with a proper cockroach cockney by Sam Strike, ship's psychiatrist Agatha (Gretchen Mol) tries to keep everyone sane and Captain Roy (David Ajala) is a hologram – but it seems he should play Othello on Broadway. "Are most people unhappy on Earth?" He says.
The result? Nightflyers It's so much fun, full of creepy action scenes, sparkling special effects and moments of real horror. After all, he was born of a novel by George R.R. Martin – is said to be behind some other very successful TV show. Everyone on board!