Netflix Movie Review: As I Lay Dying

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MV5BMTQxNDE5MjczM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODY1NzI4OQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Last Night I was going through Netflix and discovered As I Lay Dying was available to view. I was like yesss! I’m finally able to catch this flick. I literally didn’t know what to expect with this film. All I knew was that James Franco was in it and he also directed it. The movie captivated me and I was impressed. Consider the movie takes place back in 1930’s. Based off a novel by William Faulkner.

The selection on the cast and crew were great choices. We have characters such as Darl Bundren (James Franco), Anse (Tim Blake Nelson), Cash (Jim Parrack), Dewey Dell (Ahna O’Reilly), Jewel (Logan Marshall-Green), Vardaman Bundren (Brady Permenter), Addie Bundren (Beth Grant), and many others. I love their monologues, that took place throughout the film. They executed their parts perfectly.

Their mother is dying and would like to be buried a few towns over in a cemetery. They have to go on this mission, mind you back in the 1930’s which is way different to what we can do today. Having to horse bench wagon carrying a wooden casket in the hot summer sun. It was tough. The story is based on four brothers Darl, Cash, Jewel, and Vardaman. They also had a sister named Dewey. Each one has their own story which you really need to pay attention and follow.

tumblr_mlvlypheRF1qhuc9do1_500The visual was breathtaking. The spit screen effect really gave more to the scene. You’re able to see different views and it was just mind blowing. You just need a bit a patience to follow through at the beginning but once you start understanding the concept, it will pay off at the end. I’ve already watched this movie twice and will do so again.

Netflix Movie Pick: Jeff Who Lives At Home

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The other night I came across this movie on Netflix. I was a little bit unsure if I should watch, but I gave it a try. Jeff Who Lives At Home is a movie based off the character Jeff. Jeff is a 30 year old who lives with his mom with no job, no girlfriend, he really doesn’t have anything going on in his life. But he does feel the need to search for the meaning of life. Doing so he feels that there’s signs to life and you must go with instinct and it will lead to something more.

At the beginning of the film Jeff (played by actor Jason Segel) received a phone call asking for a “Kevin”. The person was really sure that the number he called was for Kevin. Jeff believes that there’s no such thing as wrong numbers, what if this is a sign? In a way Jeff stays focused on “KEVIN”. Trying to figure out why and what? During so his Mother (Susan Sarandon) calls and ask for a huge favor. Buy glue to fix a broken closet blind. For once in her son’s life to do something around the house. As Jeff leaves his house he’s on a mission for his mom. But find someone on the bus who has KEVIN on the back of his jersey. This must be a sign! Jeff goes and follows the stranger.

Things happen for a reason. If something happens and leads you into another direction, follow it. Jeff also has a brother named Pat (Ed Helms) is dealing with a failing marriage and is dealing with a mid-life crisis. Instead of investing and saving for a new home he spends it on a new Porsche. Causing more tension in the relationship. Pat decides to take his business meeting to Hooters where he receives a phone call from his mother Sharon. She begging him to help his brother buy the glue and install the new blind. Pat agrees to help, then realizes Jeff walking by in front of the restaurant.

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Pat really wants to show off his new Porsche, getting a little hot headed he shows how he can speed and break all of a sudden. Terrible idea! Swerving through traffic and driving right into a tree. While negotiating with the owners of the tree. Jeff realizes Pat’s wife Linda (Judy Greer) at the gasoline station with another man. Story turns and focuses on the investigation is Lindy cheating on Pat? They follow them to a nice restaurant and over hears her reasons why she’s not happy. After that the plot gets crazier. I thought it was a great movie with a better meaning behind it. Also, it was pretty funny at some parts but at sometimes I got a bit teary eyed. But you can watch the movie trailer of JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME and watch it now on NETFLIX!