CS Recommends: Deadly Class, Plus More & Podcasts!
Stuck inside? Do not know what to watch/read/play/listen to? In this week’s CS Recommends our team gives you solid tips about the best media to eat during your downtime, such as Deadly Class & much more. Check out our picks below!
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MAX EVRY’s RECOMMEND: The Films That Made Me: Pandemic Parade
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My favorite current movies podcast is The Movies That Made Me, hosted by cult fav director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The’burbs, The Howling) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) who request their illustrious guests to discuss the films that were particularly inspirational to them. They have previous guests talk remotely about the 12, this week they recommend people watch while under quarantine. Guests include comedian Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers), screenwriter Scott Alexander (Ed Wood) and director Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart).
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Based on the comics by Rick Remender, Deadly Class remains one of the most underrated series ever and I still have a difficult time forgiving Syfy for not renewing this stunning piece of work for a second season. By co-creators Miles Orion Feldsott and Rick Remender alongside executive producers the Russo Brothers, Deadly Class is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the late 1980s counterculture. The main teenage character, Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), is recruited off of the streets into a storied high school for assassins. There he meets with outcast teens he can sort of relate to, all with their own childhoods who strive as death and violence constantly surrounds them.
Each episode is elevated by the storytelling not only in the stellar performances and the writing but in its visuals, including flashback scenes shown through sequences. One of the best parts about the show is the way it struggles TV norms not just through its varied cast, but by highlighting domestic violence, abuse, consent issues, drug usage, grief, trauma, the burden of morality and much more complex issues facing these teenagers without ignoring the impact those topics have on the young characters. Deadly Class is damn, bonkers, funny, gut-wrenching, and touching as these doomed children face adolescence in the most dysfunctional setting. The show may have only aired for one season, but its 10 colorful episodes are worth the time (and money).
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The sitcom genre has seen many duds over the years, but among the best and most rewatchable series since the genre’s inception was NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Combining a stellar mix of brilliant outfit stars with smart characters, pointed satire with appropriately low-brow humor and a good deal of one-liners and fourth wall breaks, it’s set itself over the network’s other iconic sitcom The Office in the years since its introduction. In a time there’s no going wrong with the Pawnee Parks and Recreation crew, namely Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson, who is the level of disposition we could experience on a daily basis.
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Inspired by true events that occurred in Thailand, Bad Genius follows a group of high school students led by top student named Lynn, who makes money off by assisting other students cheat on their exams. The stakes will get higher as they enlist the help of Lynn top student Bank to pull off a big-scale cheating operation . Bad Genius is a coming-of-age heist thriller movie that had premiered in 2017, where it received numerous positive reviews from critics and had become the highest-grossing Thai movie of the year. The movie had garnered international recognition at bodies such as the 20th Fantasia International Film Festival for Audience Award-Most Sophisticated Feature Film and Cheval Noir-Best Director.
What I enjoy about the movie is that it offers a look since it shows how a simple thing like taking a test could be something thrilling and nerve-wracking for pupils. In her first role star Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying’s performance as Lynn is really among the driving forces of the film. So if you’re a fan of the Ocean’s 11 movies and coming-of-age stories, Bad Genius is definitely something what you’re looking for.
JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: The Jack Ryan Collection
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Tired of watching the world’s battle against the coronavirus? Then strap in and watch four actors kick ass as Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan. Start with The Hunt for Red October, the 1990 classic from Die Hard director John McTiernan that features Alec Baldwin as our main guy, who takes on Sean Connery’s super-submarine wielding Russian (!) Captain in a tight, intelligent action drama that features dialogue but still manages to amuse with each viewing. Then enjoy post-Indiana Jones Harrison Ford taking on terrorists, drug dealers, and corrupt politicians in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994) — two remarkably entertaining action movies that feature Ford at his best… when he actually gave a damn. You can also watch Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman try really hard to make The Sum of All Fears (2002) work; then pop in the Chris Pine-Kevin Costner attribute Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) if you’re really bored.
My advice? Watch Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, then skip all the other Ryan adaptations — such as Amazon’s ho-hum TV show with John Krasinski — and wait for Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan later this year. Or just read the novels. Enjoy!
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