New To Netflix: A Fine Grab Bag of Genre 'n' Drama

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)
Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! Not that we are actually new to Netflix, we are just happy, able, and willing to help you find out what kind of 'Twitch-y' material is coming to the big red virtual envelope in the streaming room from whatever country you may reside in that carries the service.

This week we go from Hellraiser to Amour and Sergio Leone to Martin Bonner in perhaps the widest variation of cinema since the inception of this column.


I've heard nothing but stellar things about Chad Hartigan's This is Martin Bonner, not the least of which from our own Alex Koehne who described it as

"a subtle, contemplative character study in the vein of Steven Soderburgh's Bubble.

The story follows two men, Travis Holloway (Richmond Arquette) and Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn) as they form an unlikely friendship in their otherwise lonely lives. Travis has recently been released from prison and Martin works with an organization to help reformed convicts enter back into society. Both men are somewhat estranged from their families and are struggling to find happiness in their mundane lives in Reno, Nevada.

The film shows a slice of life in a realistic and honest way, which is to say that not much happens. Yet, like Italian Neorealism, this film is still interesting and engaging. It portrays a very different sort of milieu than one is used to seeing, and thus remains fascinating, much like a documentary."

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