During our holiday break I watched (and rewatched) a ton of stuff on Netflix Instant Watch, so I figured it was about time to give you all another quick rundown of what's available (good or bad) on Netflix. So just like my mini reviews I gave you in July of 2011 here I am gonna give you my “Instant Reviews” (3 sentences or less on each films)
WHERE THE HEART IS
Yes I know it's a chick flick but Natalie Portman is so damn sweet in this film it will make your teeth ache. I unique little love story with some down home charm. And even had me a little teary in moments.
This flick is all about the sound design. It is disturbing and digs into your brain with the way it manipulates sound. Yes as a horror flick it sometimes falls a little flat, and the "twist" ending was unnecessary. But it has so creepy moments and some decent acting.
One of my favorite action flicks to pop on on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Yes you can easily tell it was a 90's (early 90s at that) flick. But some fun action, cheesy on-liners and the young (and very hot) Sandra Bullock doesn't hurt either. Plus add in Dennis Leary being...well Dennis Leary and I will watch it again.
Grumpy old men in spaaaaccceeee! I love this flick. Mainly because I love the four main actors. Sure it's such an unlikely concept that you do a double take but it's not meant to be much more than a fun little ride.
FORGET ME NOT
Forget THIS film. Interchangeable characters with nothing making them stand out from the pack, but maybe that was done on purpose. This very low budget horror flick seemed to have spent it's whole budget on the somewhat creepy ghost effects, where it should've done a rewrite or 2 on the script.
A KNIGHT'S TALE
Heath Ledger, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy and Paul Betney in one movie? Sold! This flick has some cool shots, some witty dialogue and some terrific performances so how come it gets lost in the shuffle? Mainly the use of modern music for a period piece is what some folks complain about. I loved the concept, in fact the Golden Years scene is spot on music design.
THE CAT'S MEOW
I forgot how long this movie was. It has some great performances but if you know nothing about the true events this flicks is based on it does fall short of your expectations.
TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL
Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are two of the funniest guys working, and they prove it in this horror/comedy. This is a great take of the teen slasher flicks of the 80s and 90s with such a hilarious twist that if you only watch one movie on Netflix all year just rewatch this one over and over.
I liked this movie a lot more than I was expecting to. This says it's an action comedy but it should just be labeled Dark Comedy. Rupert Grint (Ron from Harry Potter) does a great job and Bill Nighy is amazing in everything he does. Sadly the soundtrack is not available in the US so fans of ZvS in England please send me a copy.
SETH MACFARLANE: SWINGIN' IN CONCERT
You can love or hate Family Guy and everything else Mr. MacFarlane has done but you have got to give props to this man's pipes. Channeling Dean-O Seth gives you a fun, light-hearted good old-fashioned lounge show. Seriously downloaded several of his songs moments after watching.
I SELL THE DEAD
Solid performances in this gothic undead tale. Funny in moments, creepy at times this just delivered a good movie.
Micahel Caine as a retired British military officer who decides to :clean up: his rough neighborhood. Far better than the American GRAND TURINO which has basically the same storyline, Harry Brown is a sad story with fucking brilliant performances all around.
You are thrown right into the world of this flick and have to play a little catch up. But it's worth it. Chris Pine and Piper Perabo do some great work. The story is a bit weak at times. But the concept is worth the watch.
If you haven't done yourself the favor of watches this then stop reading now and turn it on. Ryan Reynolds best performance (so far) in my opinion, plus Melissa McCarthy is hilarious and heart-breaking. I am not a Hope Davis fan so could've done with recasting her. But a fun mind-fuck flick.
All these flicks are available on Netflix Instant Watch so go check them out (or don’t) for yourself. Remember this is just my two cents, spend it as you see fit.