New To Netflix: Time Travel, Memory, Cloning and BEST WORST MOVIE

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)
This weeks entry of New To Netflix picks some of the obscure and strange films from the various territories around the world. At this point in time, I would say that Netflix remains at its best for the new (ish) and niche over the mainstream or canonical.  With that we have this week a tour through the Russian State Heritage Museum, a Hungarian director making a British Cloning Drama on the Black Sea Coast in Germany, Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy and and Shane Carruth's wonderful puzzler on logistics and ethics, all of which offer different cinematic forms of 'time travel.' A documentary on Troll 2, thinks about the unique pleasures of watching those kinds of 'perfect storm' of inept filmmaking.  And two crime thrillers you may have missed:  A glossy Belgian crime thriller with a twist, and a gritty British crime drama that considers the career of one Michael Caine. 


Aleksandr Sokurov's experiment with digital cameras, two centuries of rich history, and the novelty of 'one take cinema' yielded this curious tour through the Russian State Hermitage Museum featuring a cast of hundreds all hitting their mark.

It's a balance of history and pageantry that made be more than a bit dozy at times (I lack a lot of the context that the film seems not interested in providing, given the time constraints) when I caught it at the 2002 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, but there is not doubt that the film is one of a kind, and it certainly has its supporters.

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