The new movies on Netflix:
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix Film)
Premise: In this psychological drama written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, a woman goes on a road trip with her boyfriend to meet his parents at their farmhouse. She’s debating ending the relationship, which is only a few weeks old. The trip devolves into mysterious oddities that appear to be horrific manifestations of her anxiety.
The movie is loosely based on a 2016 novel of the same name by Iain Reid.
Netflix descriptors: “Cerebral” and “dark”
How it starts: The camera pans down over a sickeningly orange and green floral wallpaper. The film has a 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving much black blank space on either side of the scenes to create a deep frame.
The camera pivots to another floral wallpaper as the main character narrates the title in a near whisper, “I’m thinking of ending things.”
Notable cast: Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, Jesse Plemons and David Thewlis
Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Bonus: Netflix created a YouTube channel called “Netflix Film Club” that mimics those film nerd channels that dissect director choices. The channel released a roughly seven-minute primer on Kaufman’s movies.
“Pineapple Express” (2008)
Premise: In this stoner action comedy written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, a stoner happens to see a drug kingpin and crooked cop kill someone. The kingpin sends his henchman after the stoner and his small-time dealer. Together, the two try to escape the multi-day pursuit with their lives.
Setting: Los Angeles in the late 2000s
Netflix descriptors: “Forceful,” “goofy” and “exciting”
How it starts: In a black and white shot backed by ominous orchestra music, a car drives over a remote field as text explains this is 1937 in “The United States of America.”
Two men who look like government officials get out of the car and head to a pile of rocks. One of the men lifts the “rocks” as the pile was actually a door to an underground tunnel. They climb in.
Notable cast: Gary Cole, Amber Heard, James Franco, Danny McBride, Rosie Perez, Craig Robinson and Seth Rogen
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
Bonus: Franco and Rogen reprised their characters for a skit at the 2008 Oscars. The two actors watched clips from movies that year while playing their stoned roles.
All the movies that have joined Netflix this month so far
- “Back to the Future”
- “Back to the Future Part II”
- “Back to the Future Part III”
- “Barbie Princess Adventure”
- “Children of the Sea”
- “La Partita / The Match” (Netflix Film)
- “Magic Mike”
- “The Muppets”
- “Muppets Most Wanted”
- “Not Another Teen Movie”
- “Pineapple Express”
- “The Producers” (2005)
- “Puss in Boots”
- “Red Dragon”
- “Sex Drive”
- “The Smurfs”
- “Freaks – You’re One of Us” (Netflix Film)
- “Love, Guaranteed” (Netflix Film)
- “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix Film)
- “The Lost Okoroshi”