Are you staying home this weekend? Here are two fun new Netflix movies you might like

Today sees not one, but two new ones Netflix original film debut. Both are fun, in very different ways.

Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood has a strange title and probably doesn’t look particularly appealing on the poster of an animated boy in a space suit.

But when Richard Linklater is directing, the man behind something like that Dazed and confused, childhood and Everyone wants some!!you know that something special is about to happen.

Apollo 10½ shares a number of themes with Linklater’s other works.

Apollo is set in the late 1960s 10½ is a film full of nostalgia and melancholy that gives great historical moments the same seriousness and solemnity as childhood memories.

It depicts the era as hopeful and exciting in its time of great change, seen through the eyes of the youngest son of a large family.

He and his siblings share quirky habits as they go about life free from uncertainty or doubt, reveling as they play with the neighbors, catching the latest movie at the cinema, or watching TV together.

Aesthetically, the film is particularly interesting as it was shot in live action and then animated through a rotoscoping technique.

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There can be spooky moments when, for example, recognizable actors like Glen Powell and Zachary Levi show up – but generally it works effectively and complements the nostalgic lens properly.

Jack Black’s soft tone narrates most of the film (as the adult version of our protagonist), his soothing southern accent guiding us through the story.

Apollo 10½ is a charming film full of heart and humor that is less about space exploration and more about a declaration of love to childhood, family and the peculiarities of the 1960s.


From left: Peter Serafinowicz as Gavin, David Duchovny as Dustin Mulray in The Bubble. Photo: Laura Radford/Netflix

In the other camp, there’s a whole different Netflix feature. the bubble is a comedy about a group of actors and filmmakers trying to direct the sixth installment in the action franchise cliff beasts, but hampered by various pandemic-related delays.

Directed by comedic genius Judd Apatow, we haven’t seen a movie by him in a while (aside from the so-so one King of Staten Island).

Apatow’s wife Leslie Mann reunites with the director, and his daughter Iris Apatow also stars.

They’re joined by Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, and Keegan-Michael Key, plus a bunch of fun cameos that I won’t spoil here.

Their characters are mostly selfish, obnoxious actors and other members of the film industry.

They just can’t understand why the world doesn’t revolve around them in the midst of this global crisis.

The movie is a bit long, but there are plenty of silly funny moments from the script by Apatow and Pam Brady.

It may be a low bar, but most comedy produced today is painfully unfunny. So if you can find one that actually makes you laugh out loud (on quite a few occasions), that’s certainly commendable. Are you staying home this weekend? Here are two fun new Netflix movies you might like

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