OTT films to enjoy this week
Published on September 29, 2020 at 18.17
Julie Taymor's film, based on Gloria Steinem's 2015 book My Life on the Road, is a biopic with verve and flair. The legendary feminist leader is played by four different actresses (Julianna Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Kira Armstrong) across four stages of her life. Sometimes they meet each other. But the multitudes of Steinems aren't just a deconstructionist trick. The feminism embodied by Steinem is an expression of women everywhere, Taymor suggests. Traversing America in time and place, The Glorias finds her everywhere.
Debuting Wednesday on Amazon Prime.
Dick Johnson Is Dead:
Kristen Johnson was a veteran documentary cinematographer when she made one of 2016’s very best films, “Cameraperson,” a collage of footage captured over her 25-year career that dug into the relationship between subject and filmmaker. Johnson’s latest, premiering Friday on Netflix, is a playful eulogy to her father as she slowly loses him to dementia. That may sound dark, and it is. But “Dick Johnson Is Dead,” made with love and gallows humor, is as much about life as it is death.??
Dropping on Netflix on Friday
The Boys in the Band:
Mart Crowley’s 1968 play has an important place in the history of American theater. One of the first productions to put the lives of gay men front and center, it sparked a sensation by dramatizing the joy and pain of its out-of-the-closet characters over one night in New York, during a party with an uninvited guest. This film, debuting Wednesday on Netflix, is adapted from the starry 2018 Broadway revival, with Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells. (There was also a 1970 movie adaptation by William Friedkin.) As an artifact from a pre-Stonewall past, it takes on an elegiac aura of tribute, with its very successful cast members honoring an earlier, less liberated generation.??
Dropping on Netflix on Wednesday