Berkreviews.com Movie Club – A River Runs Through Us (Now Streaming), June 2019

June 2019 introduces a new theme geared to take advantage of all those streaming subscriptions that so many people pay for, but maybe don’t utilize quite enough. Simply put, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) picked the movies for this month from one of the streaming services (although it seems we just used Amazon Prime) to watch movies that at least one of them had never seen before. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on.

As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they’ve seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.

Week 1 – Charlie Bartlett (2007)

For the first film of the month, Corey chose Charlie Bartlett (2007) which is on Amazon Prime. The film is directed by Jon Poll but stars Anton Yelchin, who is a favorite of both Jonathan and Corey, Robert Downey, Jr., Hope Davis, and Kat Dennings. Charlie (Yelchin) takes it upon himself to become a therapist to his peers while utilizing his wealth to also become a pharmacist putting him at odds with the school’s principal (Downey).

Week 2 – What They Had (2018)

Jonathan picked a more recent movie that he missed last year and is also currently streaming on Prime; What They Had (2018). Written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko, the movie follows Bridget (Hilary Swank) who returns home at the request of her brother, Nick (Michael Shannon), to help with their mother (Blythe Danner) and father (Robert Forster). The cast alone was enough to make this choice, but the trailer for the film didn’t hurt either.

Week 3 – Road House (1989)

Could a movie be summed up any simpler than “A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.” On a recent episode of Top Five Movies, it was revealed that neither Jonathan nor Corey had ever seen this 1989 Patrick Swayze vehicle Road House. Thus, Corey decided it was high time they watched director Rowdy Herrington’s opus of bar violence starring Swayze, Kelly Lynch, and Sam Elliott. You may have caught a pattern, but this one is also available on Prime.

Week 4 – 12 Angry Men (1957)

Jonathan decided to use his last pick for the streaming services to watch a classic that he has been meaning to watch; 12 Angry Men (1957). Directed by the great Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin, and Balsam this film is a part of the AFI top 100, a list Jonathan has been slowly working to complete the viewing of. The IMDb.com summary states “A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.” You can watch this…on Amazon Prime…yeah, maybe this should have been called Primed and ready instead of a River Runs Through Us…oh well!

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