Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for March 17, 2016. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us with Flaked Season 1, Promised Land, Halt and Catch Fire Season 2, and more. Also, find out what the Netflix and Chill pick of the week is.
Flaked Season 1 (Will Arnett, Mark Chappell) Rated TV-MA [30min] – A self-help guru needs a decent amount of help himself. Starring Will Arnett, David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney, George Basil, Robert Wisdom, and Lina Esco
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this series. I’ve never heard much about Flaked, but seeing how Will Arnett has been killing it these days, I thought I’d give it a go. This is definitely not a series you can binge. There’s not a lot that happens, but Will Arnett is great and the world he has created has a lot of promise. Sadly, you see a lot of the things happening before the characters do and a lot of it feels repetitive. Flaked Season 1 is equipped with eight, 30 minute episodes, which isn’t terrible if you want to try something different. But don’t feel bad if you skip it.
Promised Land (Gus Van Sant) Rated R [A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.Starring Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, and Hal Holbrook
A terribly uninteresting movie concerning a really big political/environmental issue that neither entertains nor provides any reason to care.
Rurouni Kenshin Season 3 (Kazuhiro Furuhashi) Rated TV-14 [24min] – The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan. Starring Mayo Suzukaze, Richard Cansino, and Dean Wein
When I was a wee lad growing up I had seen a few episodes of Rurouni Kenshin on Adult Swim or Toonami. It’s fine. I’d like to revisit it now that I’m older and can appreciate more of the story elements rather than just the great action.
Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 (Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – Set in the early 1980s, series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. Starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Mackenzie Davis
I haven’t seen Halt and Catch Fire yet, but I’ve heard pretty good things.
Netflix and Chill Pick of the Week:
Final Girl (Tyler Shields) Rated R [90 min] – A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, and Alexander Ludwig
This movie is a waste of everyone’s time. It has a solid premise in that Abigail Breslin is a trained assassin, sort of like Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass. However, the movie is terribly uninteresting, the action is poor, the dialogue is elementary, and the acting is awful. Your date will want to chill faster than you can say “Netflix and Chill”.
Also Newly Added to Netflix:
- Are You Here
- Charlie St. Cloud
- Chicken Little
- Gridiron Gang
- Happy Valley (Season 2)
- Larry Crowne
- The Nanny Diaries
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise (Season 1)
- The Falling
- Paranormal Whacktivity
- Ten Thousand Saints
- War Pigs
- Underworld, Inc. (Seasons 1-2)
- Wet Bum
- The Hunting Ground
- Memories of the Sword
- Dinotrux (Season 2)
What will you be watching this weekend?
Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com