In Movies This Week: College Kids Torture Each Other
Had a rough Wednesday night and need to laugh it off with a good Judd Apatow comedy? Planning on staying in but want to learn how to save the world from your own home via Netflix? Here’s what to see this week in theaters and on Netflix.
Trainwreck – July 17th
Written by Amy Schumer, directed by Judd Apatow and starring the likes of Bill Hader and Vanessa Bayer as well as Schumer herself, this new comedy, Trainwreck, is set to have Bridesmaids-like success. Don’t quote me on that (Bridesmaids was perfect), but from the looks of the trailer above and the star studded cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Method Man and even LeBron James and John Cena, Trainwreck may just be a hit.
As a young girl, Amy (Schumer) was repeatedly told by her father after her parents divorced that “monogamy is unrealistic.” This tidbit of life advice has stayed with her into her twenties where she now has a successful career but futile love life. Her anti-commitment attitude towards her relationships is characteristic of today’s generation of twenty-somethings as it is filled with binge drinking, one night stands and ambivalence instead of certainty. After interviewing successful sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy begins to question her perspective on relationships and whether or not she’s capable of actually having one. It lands in theaters this Friday, July 17th.
The Stanford Prison Experiment – July 17th
Anyone who’s taken a psychology course has probably heard of the infamous Stanford prison experiment conducted by psychology guru Dr. Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University in 1971. In short, the experiment was a study of the psychological effects that occur in the average person when put into the roles of prisoner or prison guard in a mock prison. Twenty four male students were assigned roles being either a prisoner or a prison guard in a mock prison for a two week time period, but after just six days, what happened in the mock prison was shocking and unexpected and the experiment had to be cut short and ended immediately.
In this latest retelling of the experiment, Zimbardo serves as a consultant providing truth and evidence to the tale of what happens when you put average humans in the position of either power or submission. It’s a fascinating story and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s take seems to bring it to life as it remains relevant over 40 years after it happened. Starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo and Ezra Miller as prisoner Daniel Culp, The Stanford Prison Experiment opens in limited release this Friday, July 17th.
Changeling – July 16th
Taking place in the 1920s in Los Angeles and inspired by true events, Changeling tells the story of abduction, deceit and one woman’s attempt to take on a corrupt police system (a topic ever so relevant today). Five months after her nine-year-old son’s disappearance, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) is told that her son has been recovered, but the boy she is presented with is not her son. Turmoil ensues as she attempts to be heard and to bring her son home under the watch of an extremely corrupted LAPD. This well received, beautifully shot, Clint Eastwood directed, based on true events period piece starring Angelina Jolie will be ready to watch on Netflix July 16th.
The Human Experiment – July 17th
In the US, the chemical industry is powerful and well-funded, providing us with chemicals to suit our needs and fix our problems all while causing irreversible damage to our bodies and minds and increasing the prevalence of diseases in our society. This documentary goes behind the scenes exploring the thousands of untested chemicals that we are exposed to in various products in our everyday life. It tells the stories of people who have been damaged by said chemicals and shows viewers the activism happening against the chemical industry. Docs like this are important as few of us are truly educated about what we are ingesting and exposing ourselves to, especially with harmful products being the cheapest and most accessible. As they say, pay for it now or pay for it later. The Human Experiment looks to be a powerful view so check it out when it hits Netflix on July 17th.