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New to Prime: Dressmaker, What We Do in the Shadows, Etcetera

March isn't a big month for either Netflix (previously discussed) or Amazon Prime. But there are still new titles to view if streaming if your main movie outlet. Here's what's new for late February and early March on Prime. We've freeze framed titles at totally random places and sharing whatever came up.


I hit the main artery so it's a real mess in there. On the upside I think she had a really good time.

What We Do in the Shadows
Bless Taika Waititi. This movie is so funny. And I saw it on a plane and still laughed so that's quite a recommendation because who can enjoy a movie fully on a plane? The Thor movies are definitely the superhero franchise I'm least interested in but with him behind Thor: Ragnarok I'm curious.

Emma: They cannot help but lift the spirits. Dear you must try to empty your mind of Mr. Elton

Harriet: I'm sorry. It was kind of you to invite me.

[Look at puppy, tears up]

Harriet: Mr Elton had brown eyes, too!

I remember l-o-v-i-n-g this and right on the heels of Clueless with which it famously shares source material. It's adorable. Wish Gwynnie had stuck with acting and especially that Toni had had a better agent or something. I'll never ever understand what happened to the career of one of our most endearing and rangey actresses.

I wouldn't dance with your ass if you were the last man on earth.

Vampire in Brooklyn
Nobody does telling men off with righteous fury like Angela Bassett

Stick it to the man

Captain Fantastic
It just occurred to me that I've given Viggo Mortensen 4 acting medals at the Film Bitch Awards over the years (for A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method, and Captain Fantastic) but none were gold medals. What's wrong with me? One of my very favorite actors in the world. 

No dialogue.

The Collection (Season 1)
Okay, technically this one launched in earlyFebruary but I just started watching it. I wasn't in the right frame of mind (very distracted at the time, you know how that happens sometimes with TV) so I'd have to watch episode 1 over again if I hoped to have an opinion but this series about a fashion business family did look visually stylish with soapy dynamics between characters.

If you've seen it -- thoughts? Worth continuing?

[No dialogue. Fighting over a bottle of whiskey]

The Dressmaker
The most enjoyable mess of last year, don'cha think? I mean it's all over the place but still so watchable. And it was marvelous to see Kate Winslet fired up and sexed up, paired with Judy Davis in juicy ham mode.

Also newly available on Prime:
10 Cloverfield Lane
Annedroids (S4)
Charlie Bartlett
Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
The Gambler
Havana Motor Club
Nine Lives
Touched With Fire
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Coming Soon to Prime
Hand of God (S2, 10th)
Churchill's Secret (11th)
W. (11th)
Orphan Black (S4, 16th)
You Are Wanted (S1, 17th)
Everybody Wants Some !! (18th) 
Gimme Danger (23rd)
American Girl Special (S3, 24th)
A Man Called Ove (29th) 

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I saw The Dressmaker on a plane in July and had a blast. Tonally all over the place, but a total delight.

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

What We Do In The Shadows is AMAZING! So brilliantly done!

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmandaBuffamonteezi

I think it is extremely interesting to see what a very creative young director like Waititi will do with the most boring superhero franchise around. This could potentially be very entertaining or very disappointing. Also Cate Blanchett agreed to be in it so there must be something there, at least theoretically.

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTony T

I miss Basset's fury on screen,she'd had it with men in the 90's.she never lies to herself.

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMARKGORDONUK

Emma is my favorite Paltrow performance.

The Collection is kind of a mess. The writing is simply not up to the par. The fashion, the mystery, the story of the lives ravaged by the war seem to be competing for attention instead of being part of the same narrative. But my biggest problem is that I didn't care about the main characters. The arrangement between two leads is so baffling and the show presents no convincing reason for the arrangement. It is always great to see Frances de la Tour. I just wish she was part of a better show.

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdela

I was much less forgiving of The Dressmaker when it wouldn't commit to the campy goodness of the beginning. Mess indeed. Such a shame, especially with Hugo Weaving knowing exactly what the ought to have been.

I'd say it might very well be an hour too long, too.

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

"What's wrong with me?" It's an admission that some actors can be excellent time and time again but not always the best in a year. It happens and it's why all the "Why doesn't Leo/Kate/Amy/etc have an Oscar?!?" usually rings false. It's because they've given incredible performances, but if you look at the line-ups they were in it's so obvious why they haven't won.

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

i believe there are factions of the internet who are fearful and furious that taika waititi might inject some [much needed] humour into the thor movie

March 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpar

My theory about Collette is that her show (United States of Tara) fell on the wrong side of the Prestige Television Boom. People act like Mad Men transformed the medium in 2007 but it was a slow burn until Netflix started releasing original series in 2013.

Plenty of female-led shows (Tara, Damages, Nurse Jackie, Weeds) helped fertilize TV for big stars and great storytelling. But they missed the window for breathless coverage and constant attention. And in retrospect we give Vince Gilligan and Matthew Weiner all the credit!

...Tara also wasn't that great of a show, if we're honest. Sucks for Toni because she's exactly the kind of actress who'd thrive on an excellent streaming series. Also, she allegedly has ten projects slated for 2017? Yikes. "Andorra" sounds delicious.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

I loovvvved The Dressmaker. Kate Winslet's Aussie accent was so perfect. And the costumes are to die for.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJesue V (Cineshots)

The Dressmaker was fun for a while but then it just ends up being so looooooooooong.

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

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