STREAMING TVs FIVE FOR FRIDAY: The Dude and the White Russian, plus an Emmy Nomination for Mark Ruffalo and a Robert Pattinson Gem

by Dan O’Brien August 28, 2020

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Welcome to our Five for Friday series, for Friday August 28.  Today we start things off with our Drink of the Day, the classic White Russian.  

It’s our Sipping and Streaming special:  that time when adult libations and cinema converged to create a legend:  It’s the DUDE, the mythical legend of the late 1990’s when The Big Lebowski turned this cocktail into the coolest drink on the block.  Plus, we have four more highly recommended streaming options.

The Dude and the White Russian Drink

DRINK OF THE DAY: The Dude and the White Russian Meet, and the World is Never the Same Again

Presenting………That time when the White Russian became the ultimate symbol of slacker coolness, thanks to the Coen Brothers now mythical film, The Big Lebowski.

It’s the perfect way to celebrate our Drink of the Day: The White Russian.

Here’s our very latest Sipping and Streaming article:

The Dude
The Dudeness

The Dude and a White Russian Walked Into a Bar…………

“In between these epic releases was a little film full of big ideas, bowling alleys, wrongful identifications with hilariously incompetent criminals, a now mythical lead character, a rug that really tied the room together, and an endless supply of the classic drink, the White Russian.”

We offer movie facts and figures behind this classic 90’s movie, as well as the main recipe and it’s variations. 

Enjoy the dudeness.

The Dude, and a White Russian Walked Into a Bar…………

“In between these epic releases was a little film full of big ideas, bowling alleys, wrongful identifications with hilariously incompetent criminals, a now mythical lead character, a rug that really tied the room together, and an endless supply of the classic drink, the White Russian.”

We offer movie facts and figures behind this classic 90’s movie, as well as the main recipe and it’s variations. 

Enjoy the dudeness.

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople -- HULU

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The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a Taika Waititi movie that easily could have slipped through the cracks considering the run of films this talented writer and director has released since 2014.

His 2014 mockumentary What we do in the shadows was a break-out hit, and in 2017 he helmed Marvel’s almost billion dollar hit, Thor: Ragnarok. Next of course was his 2019 Oscar winner and best film nomination, Jo Jo Rabbit.

In between all of this is his 2016 gem, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. This is a great example of what Waititi excels at: a mix of comedy and drama with just the right amount of both genres to create a smart, charming film well worth your time.

The film is centered around a teenager Ricky, a young man who is unable to find the right home through social services. As perhaps a last gasp, he’s sent out to a remote New Zealand family, with Sam Neill playing the role of the crusty old man who wants nothing to do with him. As might be expected, circumstances bring both of them closer together, in a series of events filling out the second half of this entertaining film.

If you’re not yet familiar with the work of Taika Waititi, or if you need to complete your Waititi filmology, this is definitely a must-see movie.

It’s available now for subscribers of Hulu.

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GOOD TIME -- Netflix

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Robert Pattinson’s breakout role in this kinetic, non-stop thriller is the highlight of 2017’s “Good Time”. Directed by New York brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie, this tells the story of Pattinson’s Connie Nikas, and his frenetic quest to come up with the ten thousand dollars in one night needed to get his brother bailed out of jail.

This is the classic story of things going from bad to worse, as Connie’s adventure escalates from one impossible situation to another, giving the viewer no time to catch a breath.

This movie re-launched Pattinson’s career, and is the film that gave the Safdie brother global recognition; two years later their next New York based high octane adventure, “Uncut Gems” (see our review here) would land them multiple awards for directing and editing, with Adam Sandler landing an Independent Spirit Award win for Best Actor.

Here’s the trailer for Good Time. Along with Uncut Gems, it’s available for viewing on Netflix. The two make for a great double feature viewing.

GHOST STORIES -- Hulu

Ghost stories on Hulu
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What an unexpected surprise this was. Yet another well crafted British creation, it was released in the UK in 2018, and is now available on Hulu.

Phillip Goodman is a British professor and tv host, who has spent his lonely life debunking paranormal subjects. After meeting one of his life’s inspirations, a paranormal investigator who looks more dead than alive, Phillip is given a task to investigate three ghost sightings that have been declared to be very real.

The story shifts to these three separate, though possibly related, tales, which is where the fun begins. The thing about this anthology show is these stories ARE fun. While each tale offers intense moments where you will jump out of your seat and hit the ceiling, this really is an entertaining 90 minutes of stories that will fly by.

With surprises sprinkled in throughout, two of them appear starting with the second story. Fans of Black Mirror’s Shut Up and Dance, as well as End of the F***g World will be happy to see Alex Lawthor make an appearance as the young man with an occult infatuation.

Martin Freeman arrives for the third tale, as the dad seemingly tormented by ghosts while waiting for the birth of his child. This third tale, in particular, will have you turning the lights back on more than once.

Ghost Stories is available now on Hulu.

2020 EMMY AWARDS: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE -- HBO

The 2020 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie Emmy Nominations:

Jeremy Irons (“Watchmen”)

Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”)

Paul Mescal (“Normal People”)

Jeremy Pope (“Hollywood”)

Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”)

Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo play twin brothers. One is Dominick, a house painter struggling to make ends meet, and the other is Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic. Dominick somehow has to balance the challenges of his own life, while taking care of his beloved twin who only wants to harm himself while trying to fight off the demons his mind creates.

There’s only way to describe this six-episode limited series: Dark, darker, darker still, and then when things can’t possibly get any worse, it seeks out another level of darkness, goes over the barbed wire wall, and somehow reaches a level of grimness you never thought could be possible.

So, yes…this is not a series if you are looking for unicorns and happy sunshine.

Mark Ruffalo has been nominated for a 2020 best actor Emmy award and it is well deserved. With the competition he’s up against, this prolific, Oscar-nominated, environmental activist actor may not win this coveted prize this year, but no matter. 

In I Know This Much is True, he takes on the dual role of emotionally challenged twins, while somehow presenting two completely separate individuals. It’s hard to believe they are the same person, and you really will empathize with both of their personalities and heartbreaking stories.

This is available now on HBO MAX.

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