Instant Gratification: “Meru” and four other good movies to watch on streaming



Pick of the week: “Meru” (Amazon Prime) — My full review is here. And you think YOU’RE COLD. Blanket up and watch this thrilling documentary about three climbers who attempt to scale the 21,000-foot Himalayan peak nicknamed the “Shark’s Fin,” fall 100 feet short, and then overcome personal tragedies to try again. Co-directed by one of the climbers, Jimmy Chin, the film gives you a terrifyingly authentic sense of what it’s like to undertake one of these expeditions, as well as insight into what sorts of people would spend their lives doing so.

I Love You Phillip Morris” (Netflix) — My full review is here. Jim Carrey dials it down very effectively to play a lifelong con man who schemes to support his lover (Ewan McGregor) in a comedy that’s sweet and sly

The Hunted” (Netflix) — William Friedkin’s tense cat-and-mouse thriller pits an old tracker (Tommy Lee Jones) against his best pupil gone rogue (Benicio Del Toro), resulting in a bloody chase across the Pacific Northwest.

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” (Shout Factory TV) — Ice-T uses his connections to make an overlong but insightful and personal documentary, interviewing a Who’s Who list of hip-hop to show how the art form has evolved over the years.

Stranger By the Lake” (Netflix) — My full review is here. In this Hitchcockian French thriller, a man who comes to a secluded lakeside beach known to be a gay cruising spot thinks he may have witnessed a murderer. And yet he’s attracted to the alleged murderer.



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