Welcome to The Streaming Report for May 29, 2014. 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 Star Trek Into Darkness, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and more, which you’ll find out if you should watch ’em after the break.
Escape from Tomorrow (Best Buy Exclusive Blu-Ray) (Randy Moore) In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father’s sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday. Starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, and Katelynn Rodriguez
Now’s your chance to see the movie everyone was chattering away about. For the uninitiated, Escape from Tomorrow was shot guerrilla style without the Mouse’s consent. This movie will absolutely boggle your mind as to how they shot this on location without getting caught. The story is rather interesting, but themes are stretched pretty thin. It’s one of those movies you have to see once.
Big Bad Wolves (Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado) A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge… Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, and Doval’e Glickman
Quentin Tarantino calls it one of the best movies of the year. I say, meh. It’s interesting, and there is a lot of dialogue, which I could see why Tarantino fancies it. But the dialogue isn’t that spectacular or nuanced. Big Bad Wolves is good entertainment for a rainy day.
Pulling Strings (2013) (Pedro Pablo Ibarra) After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she’s saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before – by Rachel. Starring Laura Ramsey, Jaime Camil, and Omar Chaparro
Not as heartwarming as Instructions Not Included, Pulling Strings is a so-so light, romantic-ish Mexican comedy. The characters are colorful and the plot is unique, but it is neither very funny or very romantic. It just kind of exists between worlds. Not a bad date night movie, but there are better things to watch.
Machete Kills (Robert Rodriguez) The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, and Sofia Vergara
No. Just no. This movie is terrible. The first Machete was OK at best. It was silly and not too ridiculous. Machete Kills just pushes it too far. The film is too obscure and bizarre to really grab hold and enjoy.
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com