The Pick Daily is available on Instagram and Facebook — follow us on either or both! We provide a recommendation and brief review every day for movies, TV, music, and more. Recently, one installment covered five new female-led movies available on streaming. Here’s that roundup…. don’t forget to follow us for more! // A roundup of five new movies is the Pick Daily for 5/15/21: OXYGEN, STOWAWAY, THINGS HEARD AND SEEN, THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, and THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. The pandemic gives us the chance to see so many new films at home; note that all but one of these films (THINGS HEARD) was developed and produced with the intention of theatrical release. Four of the five have premiered on Netflix, with THOSE WHO WISH getting a theatrical release simultaneous with its premiere on HBO Max. All five have female leads. And in my view, the results vary. Here we go, from “least good” to “least bad”… THINGS HEARD AND SEEN is the one I’d advise to avoid the most. Amanda Seyfried is certainly ready to carry a film, but this one ain’t really worthy of any of its talented cast or directors. A fairly dull and unscary ghost story, with an ambiguous and disappointing ending. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW should be good. The modern homage to the Hitchcock classic REAR WINDOW stars Amy Adams, rising above the material as an agoraphobe who believes she has witnessed a murder. Despite Adams’ usual talent (good fun to see her perform next to the also great Julianne Moore), the all-star cast, and some slick stylistic choices early on, this one falls apart under a plodding plot and predictable ending. STOWAWAY reminds us of several recent space exploration films, and works decently as a tense moral dilemma. The cast is top notch, led by Anna Kendrick, who displays her usual goofy charm alongside dramatic chops. Also on board are Toni Collette, who couldn’t deliver a bad performance if she tried, the under-used Daniel Day Kim, and the effective Shamier Anderson in the titular role. This one works as a Netflix offering, whereas a $50 night at the movies would have been a disappointment. OXYGEN was conceived as an Anne Hathaway movie but went through a development turnstile and now is a French-language thriller starring Mélanie Laurent, whom American audiences mostly know for her great role in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. She is excellent in a film that is almost all closeups of her lying down in a cryogenic chamber, unsure of why and even who she is. It’s a clever story and again, probably works better as streaming choice than a theater outing. And finally, Angelina Jolie returns in her first action role since 2010’s SALT. Although, THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD feels almost like an ensemble piece, focusing equally on several characters in addition to Jolie’s smokejumper: the boy (Finn Little) who witnesses his father’s murder, the baddies chasing him (Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult), and the sheriff looking for them all (Jon Bernthal). The cast is all on point and the film works as a throwback to the DIE-HARD-inspired rush of films in the 90’s. Placing the action on the edge of a horrific forest fire works better than one might expect. Jolie seems a bit under utilized, but it is good to see her back in a suspenseful lead role. -Jeff. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” is on HBO Max for 31 days, and in theaters; the other four are on Netflix. Follow us on Instagram here, and Facebook here.
Kevin and Jeff were guests on Shawn Murphy’s Above The Bar podcast last week, and discussed The Pick 100’s imminent return with the top 50, as well as several other riveting yet inconsequential topics. Check out the video linked here! “We had a great time,” said Jeff. “Can I get another beer?” said Kevin.
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Introducing The Pick Daily on Instagram. Follow on Insta: @thepickcast. We’ll give you one Pick every day… a movie, show, song, album, artist, video, and more! Today’s Pick: A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019) A taut little thriller with an unwieldy title. Sarah Bolger is excellent as a widowed mother who must protect her kids from local hoodlums. Although it is currently on horror channel Shudder, it is not a horror film, unless you count a grisly scene involving a hatchet. Available on Shudder, also for rent. Not rated; language, nudity, violence, gore would warrant a hard R. (Jeff) Follow on Insta: @thepickcast.
From appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central, our guest this episode is Kelsey Cook. She joins us to to discuss social anxiety, bad dog names, drunk audience members, championship foosball, dining hall comedy, wearing handcuffs in the presence of Freddie Prinze Jr; and she even faces off against Kevin in another installment of The Pick’s Crack That Track™ song-guessing game. Plus, we preview movies and TV coming to your screens in 2021. Episode 24 of The Pick is available now at https://thepickcast.com/episodes/
Things starting getting thick as we make our way toward #1. In our 5th installment of the Pick 100 we get our first appearances of Nirvana, Radiohead, and The Police, as well as a double-shot of Jane’s Addiction. Listen now for #60-51 of our favorite albums of all-time. Links to the episodes, playlists and more at https://thepickcast.com/100/#60-51
Kevin looks stumped…. can you get the answers to these 2020 sports trivia questions from our Mystery Guest before Kevin (or Kenichi) does? Episode 22, “2020 Is Hindsight (Part 2)” features The Pick’s first ever sports segment, including a trivia challenge! Listen now at https:/thepickcast.com/episodes
Now that 2020 is hindsight, we’ve got the Best Movies and TV shows of a bad year… Michelle joins us to go over our favorites. Plus, Bob Fuller brings his patented New Year’s predictions to The Pick… AND, a discussion of the crapload dumped upon us with Wonder Woman 1984 and The Midnight Sky. Part One of “2020 is Hindsight” is available now, click here.
Murmur or Monster? XO or xx? Leon or Lyle? M.I.A. or R.E.M? Steve, Stevie, or Stevie? The Kings or The Keys? The Best, the Greatest, or the Very Best? (ok, I’ll stop now). The countdown continues with pick numbers 70-61…. Which will rank higher? Listen now at https://thepickcast.com/the-pick-episodes/