Your Netflix Instant Weekend: DOGTOOTH, ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, and more

Brian Kelley

by: Brian Kelley
January 27th, 2011

Hey there kiddos! It's been a crazy week at Sundance! I hope you've been following all of our coverage. I'm sitting between movies and interviews to bring you this week's column which I'll be the first to admit is not exactly up to par. I'm busy watching world premiers, interviewing stars and rubbing elbows with directors. But enough complaining... I only have a limited amount of time this week so we're going to jump into this right away and keep things short and sweet!


The Greek film phenomenon is now available for you to watch from the comfort of your own home. DOGTOOTH is the story of a mother and father who keep their children inside their handsome estate, teaching them alternate definitions to words, training them to attack house cats and sheltering them from all outside influences. The film itself is shockingly beautiful and frequently hilarious. I highly recommend you go into this one with a completely open mind, it is extremely weird but worth every second you will invest in it. I love this film so much it made my Top 10 of 2010.


John Turturro's ROMANCE & CIGARETTES may not always work, but it is never anything less than fun. The film is about Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) who is married to Kitty (Susan Sarandon) and having an affair with Tula (Kate Winslet). Eventually Kitty finds out about Nick's misdoings and after a musical fight, Nick turns to his buddy Angelo (Steve Buscemi) and Kitty consults with her Cousin Bo (Christopher Walken). It's one big musical soap-opera set in a middle-class New York neighborhood. It's bizarre, sometimes hilarious and deeply flawed yet I still highly recommend it.

The Wildcard - DORIAN GRAY

Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books. That a recent adaption of the story with Colin Firth in the Lord Wotton role exists makes me very excited. Hopefully this is a fairly faithful adaptation.

If you're looking for more...

The post-apocalyptic action classic MAD MAX is now available! If you're itching to finish the Millennium Trilogy, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST is ready. Another fantastic film-noir, THE NAKED CITY, has been added this week. Finally, the Oscar-nominated Spanish film, THE MILK OF SORROW, is guaranteed to draw a few tears.

Again, I apologize for the brevity. Make sure to follow our Sundance coverage and I'll see you again next week, back in top form!

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