Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for October 23, 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 The 100 (Season 1), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Liberal Arts, and more, which you’ll find after the break.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence) Rated PG-13 [146 min] – Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
For those looking to revisit Panem before Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters next month, now’s your chance. Unfortunately The Hunger Games was taken off Netflix. However, Catching Fire stands on its own pretty well. Francise Lawrence made such incredible magic happen on screen that it completely makes up for that lackluster first movie directed by Gary Ross. All aspects of the series have been upgraded and I would highly suggest you check it out if you were disappointed in the first movie and didn’t want to return.
The 100 (Season 1) (Jason Rothenberg) Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Starring Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, and Thomas McDonell
There’s an interesting concept here, but the teeny boppers and pretty faces kind of turn me off. There is this sheen that The CW has with all of its shows that is a real turn-off. But anyone looking to catch up with the series now that the second season has just begun can begin their journey here.
Machine Gun Preacher (Marc Forster) Rated R [129 min] – Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been forced to become soldiers. Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, and Michael Shannon
This is on my to do list, but I never got around to watching it. With The Good Lie now in theaters, this movie could pose as a polar opposite double feature.
Liberal Arts (Josh Radnor) Rated PG-13 [97 min] – When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Zac Efron
I really didn’t like this movie when I first saw it. I haven’t seen it again. And I don’t think it’s really worth your time; even if it does have Scarlet Witch and a stoned Zac Efron. The characters are just all over the place and can become very frustrating.
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com