Welcome to The Streaming Report for January 23, 2014, a weekly feature that brings you Netflix Instant suggestions to tickle your fancy based on recent uploads. With the weekend upon us, it’s time to get your queues fired up and couch potato mode ready to engage. After the long week on the grind you deserve a nice sit in front of the talk box. This past week, Netflix has been kind enough to supply you with The Square, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Voltron Force, Amélie, and a few more you’ll find after the break. We hope this Streaming Report will bring you hours of entertainment for your viewing pleasure.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) (John Carpenter) The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang. Starring Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, and Laurie Zimmer
Despite a lackluster, unnecessary remake, the original Assault on Precinct 13 directed by John Carpenter still sits pretty on top of the world after 35 years with a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s only a lean 91 minutes of fun, gritty, 70’s action that cannot be missed.
Cockneys vs Zombies (Matthias Hoene) A gang of bank robbers fight their way out of a zombie-infested London. Starring Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, and Michelle Ryan
If you’re a B-Horror fan and like those strange crossover movies, this is sure to wet your whistle. But if you despise ridiculous genre movies like this, I would avoid it like the plague.
The Square (Jehane Noujaim) A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. Starring Khalid Abdalla, Dina Abdullah, Dina Amer
A Netflix original documentary, The Square is an Oscar nominated film that has been getting a lot of buzz since its release. Definitely a must see for any who are interested in the ongoings in the Middle East.
Voltron Force The show centers on the reunion of the original Voltron Force and the group of cadets training to follow in their footsteps. In battle, they pilot their five robot lions and, when necessary, combine them to form the mighty robot Voltron. (26 Episodes)
For the kids. Who didn’t like Voltron growing up?
Because there was such a lousy upload of movies and TV shows this past week, I thought I’d highlight other recent new movies to stream since I’m such a nice guy:
The Last Stand (Kim Jee-Woon) The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Knoxville
I thought this was more enjoyable than most. Arnold surprisingly holds his own for his age, isn’t totally out of place, and there are good times to be had. However, the villain is absolutely terrible, but the simple plot and decent action makes up for this loss.
Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love. Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, and Jamel Debbouze
One of the best fun, romantic movies of our generation. I haven’t seen it in quite awhile, but it has a long-lasting affect will keep you warm in the heart.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, and Famke Janssen
Another wacky genre film that has great production value, but is completely balls crazy. The stupidity alone is enough to drive anyone mad, but it’s not completely hopeless, they are making a sequel…
Jack Reacher (Christopher McQuarrie) A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, and Richard Jenkins
Tom Cruise proves he’s still the go to action hero. He isn’t trying to save the world or fight aliens, but this intimate action-thriller has an interesting plot and decent writing. Sadly the villain is pretty weak.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine) A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously. Starring Amber Heard, Anson Mount, and Whitney Able
Many horror fans will appreciate the upload of this long awaited release. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane has been on many other critics’ top 10 lists, and deserves a watch. Director Levine (Warm Bodies; 50/50) never seems to disappoint, and his first feature is definitely a great beginning for the filmmaker.
The Brady Bunch Movie (Betty Thomas) The original ’70s TV family is now placed in the 1990s, where they’re even more square and out of place than ever. Starring Shelley Long, Gary Cole, and Christine Taylor
Because The Brady Bunch obviously. The cast makes this revamp of the Brady family a truly funny and lighthearted treat for anyone to enjoy.
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com