Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for February 19, 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 Honeymoon, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scary Movie 5, Grounded for Life, and more, which you can find after the jump.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (Yasuhiro Irie) Rated TV-14 [24 min] – Two brothers lose their mother to an incurable disease. With the power of “alchemy”, they use taboo knowledge to resurrect her. The process fails, and as a toll for using this type of alchemy, the older brother, Edward Elric loses his left leg while the younger brother, Alphonse Elric loses his entire body. To save his brother, Edward sacrifices his right arm and is able to affix his brother’s soul to a suit of armor. With the help of a family friend, Edward receives metal limbs – “automail” – to replace his lost ones. With that, Edward vows to search for the Philosopher’s Stone to return the brothers to their original bodies, even if it means becoming a “State Alchemist”, one who uses his/her alchemy for the military. Starring Romi Park, Rie Kigumiya, Megumi Takamota, Shinichiro Miki, Fumiko Orikasa, Hidekatsu Shibata, Kikuko Inoue, and Yuichi Nakamura
If you’re looking to get into anime or are fresh on the scene, Fullmetal Alchemist is a series that you need to get on board with. It’s brilliantly accessible for anyone and very fun with its incredible action sequences and playful humor; it can go to dark places for younger audiences though. However, Brotherhood is a more faithful adaptation of the manga and longer than the original 2003 series. I would highly advise you to start with “Fullmetal Alchemist” before you devour “Brotherhood” because there are plot points at the end of the first series that are introduced early on in Brotherhood. And if you have seen the first series, you need to watch Brotherhood immediately.
Save the Date (2012) (Michael Mohan) Rated R [97 mins] – Sarah begins to confront her shortcomings after she rejects her boyfriend’s hasty proposal and soon finds herself in a rebound romance. Meanwhile, her sister Beth is immersed in the details of her wedding. Starring Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Mark Webber, and Geoffrey Arend
I watched this film a little while back after its debut and can say that it is highly unmemorable. Although the cast is pretty stacked for the indie/comedy scene, the narrative and the direction is loose and uninteresting. I wouldn’t mind checking it out again to give it another chance because I feel as if I was in the wrong mood at the time.
Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak) Rated [87 min] – A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night. Starring Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, and Ben Huber
One of the most under seen horrors of yesteryear, Honeymoon stars Ygritte from Game of Thrones in a body horror that is pretty gripping and moody. It’s not the best paced film and you can deduce the path it takes from a mile away, but there are little moments sprinkled throughout that works in its favor. Save the Date is far more enjoyable than The Five-Year Engagement, I’ll tell you that.
The Two Faces of January (Hossein Amini) Rated PG-13 [96 min] – A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Bevan
If dry and colorless is your kind of crime thrillers then The Two Faces of January is right up your alley. The one takeaway is that this is another great performance from Oscar Isaac. The man is a chameleon.
Scary Movie 5 (Malcolm D. Lee) Rated PG-13 [85 min] – A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon. Starring Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, Katt Williams, Snoop Dogg, Katrina Bowden, Charlie Sheen, and Lindsay Lohan
It says something when I can’t differentiate Scary Movie 4 from Scary Movie 5 because this satirical series has nothing really to say at all. What started off as a fun, and at times smart, spoof comedy, is now just a regurgitation of ideas taken away from the highest grossing horrors of the past few years. Scary Movie 5 is definitely fresher than the fourth, but don’t hold your breath for something groundbreaking to appear.
Earth to Echo (Dave Green) Rated PG [89 min] – After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. Starring Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, and Ella Wahlestedt
As far as kids movies goes, Earth to Echo is adequate and somewhat fun. It really has nothing for parents to enjoy, but for those worried that E.T. may be too scary for their offspring, Echo proves to be a cute little alternative.
And here are some other titles that have recently become available:
- I Am Not a Hipster
- Grounded for Life (S1-5)
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Star of Milos
- The Overnighters (2014)
- Goddess of Marriage
- Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
- Ek Tha Tiger
- Young Ones
- The Fluffy Movie
- In Secret
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com