Welcome to our seventh installment of Sunday Streaming Suggestions!
Writers Ralph James, Evan Linden, Carter Ferryman, Jack Martin, and Evan Northrup have delivered another round of classics to stream on your lazy Sunday:
Trailer Park Boys - Netflix
After last volume’s ~spooky~ picks, I thought it’d be nice to give you something on the stupid side this time. But like many great comedies to come before it, Trailer Park Boys is genius in its stupidity.
Trailer Park Boys follows the iconic trio of Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells), and Bubbles (Mike Smith) and their miscreant misadventures around Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Nova Scotia. Julian is the most level-headed and charismatic of the trio—making him the natural leader, Ricky is a hilariously uneducated degenerate, and Bubbles is the trio’s innocent oddball. The boys face constant scrutiny from park supervisor Lahey (John Dunsworth) and his shirtless sidekick Randy (Patrick Roach), and they face constant opposition from enemies—old and new.
The Canadian show seamlessly blends comedy and crime into the form of a mockumentary. It emanates a unique brand of comedy; aside from plot points, the show is often unscripted to evoke a feeling of realism—an element that has attracted a cult following for the show and its characters. Dry humor and dark humor are prevalent, but the fact that it’s Canadian rednecks makes the show 10x funnier by default. Aside from the main trio, other characters from around the trailer park only add to the comedy, such as aspiring white rapper J Roc (Jonathan Torrens) and Julian’s brainless goons Cory (Cory Bowles) and Trevor (Michael Jackson; no, not that MJ).
If you’re searching for a well-written show that simultaneously lacks any sort of seriousness, look no further than Trailer Park Boys.
Moneyball (2011) - Netflix
Baseball is America’s pastime, and it’s an underwhelming and boring sport that I’ve never been able to fully dive into. Moneyball is neither of those things. It’s a vehicle for Brad Pitt’s transcendent coolness. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is a forward-thinking general manager for the Oakland Athletics with a rugged history in the sport who is thirsting for the most coveted trophy in baseball. Instead of taking the appropriate route and signing players through the ideology of getting the best talent at their respectful position, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) steers him in the futuristic direction of advanced analytics. The highlight of the movie comes on the behalf of the legendary director Spike Jonze, and it’d be a sin not to mention Philip Seymour Hoffman’s brilliance as the Oakland A’s manager. I never gave a shit about baseball before watching this movie, and I doubt that I ever will, but Moneyball proves that Brad Pitt can make anybody care about anything.