This is an excellent binge watch that draws you in and keeps you guessing. The acting is excellent and is on the same level as the writing. If you’re looking for a great binge watch, check this one out. At time of writing this it was streaming on Netflix.
Rectify TV-14 | 1h | Drama | TV Series (2013–2016)
Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question. Creator: Ray McKinnon Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron
Did Daniel do it? That is the question all throughout the episodes. I only got through the first two seasons before I wrote this but I am set to watch the final season for sure.
Ray McKinnon wrote this screenplay. He is known for many acting roles including his in Sons of Anarchy, Mud, and Deadwood.
The story: Daniel Holden was accused of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl. He spent almost 20 years in prison on death row before DNA evidence was produced to show he possibly was not to blame. The show starts with him getting out of jail and going through jeers and persecution by many in the town who think he did it. The show consists of him trying to heal and basically just cope with life outside of prison. There is also a mystery of whodunnit as his lawyer and the local sheriff start piecing together what happened that night. It takes you in and there are many surprises. At times it does go a bit slow but that is the exception to the general rule. Another thing: Daniel is not necessarily a likable character so that may be a problem for some.
If you like a good mystery that keeps you guessing, I recommend it!
This is a SundanceTV production and at the time of writing this, it was streaming on Netflix.
I’ve shared before how much I am drawn in to asylum films. There is just something patently creepy about them. I think we all wonder what’s going on with the patients in strait-jackets and more importantly, do they know something we don’t? This film deals in those questions and fears.
A Cure for Wellness (2016) R | 2h 26min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 17 February 2017 (USA)
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s treatments are not what they seem. Director: Gore Verbinski Writers: Justin Haythe (screenplay), Justin Haythe (story by) | 1 more credit » Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
If there was a place where all the great people of the world went when they reached their mental end, it would be in this film. Einstein, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and the like would all be living out their long final chapters in this asylum. But it isn’t a bad deal really. There are baths, exercising, healthy food deliveries, and serpents. Well okay, I know the serpents are non-sequitirs. I will say there is some excellent acting in this film and the writing up until the last act is pretty good too. I have some issues with the end that make me question how much I should recommend it to you. Because the majority of it is so great. I will go with 7/10 and leave it at that. The way it was all wrapped up sort of weakened it’s ability to captivate me.
Aaron Paul shines as actor but also producer in this tv series on HULU. His character is more mature soulful than Jesse on Breaking Bad. Still, he portrays the role with grit and wiliness as a questioning member of a cult.
The Path 1h | Drama | TV Series (2016– )
A man who converts to a controversial following suffers from a crisis of faith. Creator: Jessica Goldberg Stars: Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Emma Greenwell
I’ve seen the first two series of this and I can tell you it is a must-see binge-watch. We all have shadows of cults in our subconscious we learn from the news and some even first hand experience. This is a weird one but it has some of the trappings we hear about and even experience in fundamental Christianity. Even more so is the similarity to Scientology. It’s like a mix of both the way its people behave. It pits members against their families who refuse to believe, it sucks people in who are poor, “damaged,” or needy offering them the answers to all their questions.
This series is a winner because of the actors and their performances. You are left hanging on every episode as you identify ad feel for these people. Some of the material is truly dark and takes your breath away what humans can do to each other mentally. At times it didn’t seem like a real cult but these moments were rare. I would have liked to have seen more parallels to Christian cults because that’s where the damage occurs every day in my opinion. Scientology is just a small piece of the pie.
Check it out on Hulu, it’s streaming on HULU and you can see episodes now on Amazon Video for $2.99 apiece.