Posts by Jaime Burchardt

Netflix Weekly: SPECTRAL

You know what’s incredible? When you can watch a movie that rocks your foundation, when a film provides you an experience that you’ll never forget and it inspires you along your quest of life. Or how about the flip side: those days where you watch a film so terrible it shakes your core? When we watch a movie, we’re spending time with an art form and it’s time we won’t get back, and let’s be honest: they won’t all be huge winners or gigantic flops. The glorious cinematic middle ground is where a ton of films find their home. If
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Netflix Weekly: MUTE

By the end of Mute, I was reminded of a few things i’ve picked up on my lifelong journey through cinema. Things about passion projects, ambition, and a moment from the 1998 film Zero Effect — a great semi-film noir piece and the debut of filmmaker Jake Kasdan. In the film, a line of dialogue delivered by Ben Stiller is a line that, for some reason, has always stuck with me: “There aren’t any good guys. There aren’t evil guys and innocent guys. There’s just a bunch of guys.” I use this line in the context of characters and the more
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Netflix Weekly: THE BABYSITTER

So here’s a little tidbit about me: normally when I get ready for one of these pieces, I give myself a couple of viewings before I start to make any sort of notes. I like my first time down whatever Netflix journey I take to be totally immersive. Some reviewers can take notes the first time and that’s awesome; basically it’s whatever works for the person going through the adventure. So believe me when I say that after I watched the first fifteen minutes of The Babysitter, I had to pause and take out my Chromebook. I had to write
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Netflix Weekly: THE RITUAL

Why do I feel like we needed The Ritual? With its release in the U.K. last year and the U.S. now, why do I feel like this is the absolute best time? Based on the book by British novelist Adam Nevill, The Ritual tells the tale of four friends who spend their best friends’ trip hiking an exhausting-but-beautiful trail in Sweden, making their way to a lodge that awaits their arrival. While they all had other ideas of how to spend their trip, they take the journey in honor of their fifth friend Robert (Paul Reid), who was murdered during
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Netflix Weekly: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX

For the record, I had to take a few deep breaths before I sat down to write about The Cloverfield Paradox. You know, to calm myself down a wee bit. And I had to watch it twice. But I’m ready. IT’S A NEW CLOVERFIELD MOVIE! OK, that’s out of my system now. Please understand that I love this franchise. From that riling, creepy, nameless teaser in the summer of 2007 to the viral videos, to the surprise announcements to yet even more surprise announcements, it’s like J.J. Abrams found that raw nerve inside my soul that hungers for fan theories and
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The Collet Effect: Visiting Jaume Collet-Serra’s Films

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is about to release his eighth film in twelve years, and seven of them have a comfy, indented seat in the thriller genre. There’s no denying he’s a busy man, and there’s no denying he’s become a trusted filmmaker within the industry. Yet, with the body of work he has, shouldn’t the phrase “hey, the new Collet-Serra film is coming out soon” be a bit more common? By an auteur’s third or forth film, he or she (and there should be more she, but that’s another topic for another time) should invoke some sort of excitement amongst
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Netflix Weekly: I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE

I need more movies with the soul that I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore has. That was the second thing I thought after the credits starting rolling.   Truth be told, I just need more movies with absolute soul residing inside the bones. I think we all do, don’t we? There’s that steady gap that can be conflicting and dragging at times. Even though this came out last year, the purpose of Netflix Weekly is to explore everything the streaming conglomerate has to offer regardless of its release date. They had a fine year that was 2017
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Netflix Weekly: MUDBOUND

I felt anger almost immediately after the credits started rolling for Mudbound, though it was not due to the film’s quality. As of this writing, I’m grateful that some good is rising out of the ashes that was the garbage fire year of 2017, for myself personally and the world. The climate’s changing, steadily and slowly. I guess the anger I felt is that we as a species are so stubborn to advance ourselves, and hatred and racism are not only still a force, they also found a vessel in one of the highest powers on the planet. I’m not
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Netflix Weekly: LITTLE EVIL

Is there such a thing as the “feel good” horror sub-genre? I think there is. You know what I mean, right? You put on a horror movie sometimes, not to be scared, but to chill and get lost for a couple of hours. Take Little Evil as a recent example. Little Evil tells the story of Gary (Adam Scott) and how he’s adjusting to the two biggest changes of his life: getting married to the woman of his dreams, Samantha (Evangeline Lilly), and becoming a stepdad to her son, Lucas (Owen Atlas). Everything’s moving so fast for him, but he can’t
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Netflix Weekly: DEATH NOTE

Death Note is unfamiliar territory to me, in a sense. Personally speaking, I don’t fall into the tug-of-war that is medium comparison that often. What I mean is, I usually don’t know a movie’s source material before I see it. I rarely read the book beforehand (a lot of times afterwards), and, while I haven’t read any of the Death Note manga series that started as early as 2003, I’ve seen the anime, and I’ve even seen the two-part film saga that came out in 2006…and that’s not even all of them! A live-action mini-series and another film came out just
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