Overrated/Underrated: Netflix moves to interactive storytelling, and going overboard on 'Overboard'


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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ (2015): A welcome recent addition to Netflix, this documentary examines the rise and fall of the National Lampoon, a subversive humor magazine that helped shape comedy. Something akin to an unhinged predecessor to the Onion, the National Lampoon left a mark on Hollywood with films like “Animal House,” “Caddyshack” and “Vacation” and oddball voices that went on to shape “Saturday Night Live.” In true comic fashion, the story is shaded by tragedy, but in the hands of filmmaker Douglas Tirola the film remains hopeful in celebrating that the Lampoon somehow happened in the first place.

Satoko Fujii: A prolific, profoundly adventurous pianist, Fujii recently released one of her most rewarding recordings yet with the solo double album “Invisible Hand.” That set offers a blend of rich melodies, inside-the-piano explorations and contemplative passages that can recall the late Paul Bley. The Japanese-born Fujii will showcase another facet of her musical exploration with a performance on Monday at the Little Tokyo jazz club the Blue Whale, which will find her backed by an expressive group that includes trumpet, guitar and the percussive rhythms of a dancer named Mizuki.



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