Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for February 12, 2015. 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 Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Bates Motel Season 2, Dead Snow 2, and more, which you can find after the jump.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Rob Minkoff) Rated PG [92 min] – The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, and Leslie Mann
DreamWorks is generally hit or miss, but I found Mr. Peabody and Sherman quite polarizing. It plays at the studios weakness at succumbing to goofy antics and kiddy dialogue, but at the same time it recognizes the heart of the story, which DreamWorks can do well as we’ve seen in How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda. However, the adventure and the poorly written jokes take too much of the attention away from what really matters in the story and doesn’t live up to its potential. There is some touching and fun moments, but don’t expect greatness. (Watch it now)
Bates Motel (Season 2) (Anthony Cipriano) A modern re-imagining and prequel to the movie Psycho. This story begins with the earlier years of a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma who live in an old house overlooking the adjoining motel which they are renovating. The house and hotel both come with secrets of their own as does the new town which the Bates’ now call home. Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot
A show I have yet to see, but have heard fairly positive things about. Now that both season are available on Netflix, it may be time to catch up. (Watch it now)
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (Tommy Wirkola) Rated R [100 min] – If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning. Starring Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, and Martin Starr
The first Dead Snow is pretty much whatever. It’s got a unique premise and commits to the camp. But there aren’t too many take away moments that really registered with me and I’m assuming this one is pretty forgettable as well. (Watch it now)
Blood Ties (2013) (Guillaume Canet) Rated R [127 min] – Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana
Can’t say I’ve seen this one, but it has an interesting cast. (Watch it now)
Angel Eyes (Season 1) (Park Shin-woo) – A melodrama about a man and a woman who are each other’s first loves, but get separated at childhood due to a painful family situation and meet again 12 years later. Yoon Soo Wan is legally blind woman who gets her vision back after receiving a corneal transplantation in an operation and decides to embrace life with passion by becoming an emergency rescue worker who is known not only by the fire department, but also by the local hospital. She is a tomboyish character who still fondly remembers her first love from 12 years ago. Starring Jyu-ni Hyun, Kong Hyung-Jin, Jin-yeong Jeong, and Ae-ri Jung
Sounds like South Korean drama at its finest. (Watch it now)
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com