Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for March 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 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Archer, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more, which you can find after the jump.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois) Rated PG [102 min] – When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Craig Ferguson
My frontrunner for the Best Animated Picture at the Oscars this year, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a spectacular display of beautiful animation and riveting storytelling full of all the feels you can handle. If you haven’t caught up with this franchise yet, you need to get on it. Dragon 2 is seriously the Empire Strikes Back of animated films. I’m distraught that the trilogy won’t be complete until 2018, so HTTYD2 will have to hold me over until then. (Read my full review)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1) (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock) Unrated [30 min] – A woman escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City. Starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Lauren Adams, Dylan Gelula, Ki Hong Lee
With a frenetic pace that would put Parks and Rec to shame and a dry, witty humor that resonates with the pop culture musings of 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a whirlwind of crazy and smart. However, if the show took a little more time to focus on what it wanted to be, the first eight episodes wouldn’t feel so aimless. There is hardly any direction until the final third of the first season and half of the characters could tone down the cartoonishness, but its the clever writing that keeps the show afloat. It’s worth a glance, and luckily it’s only a 30 minute sitcom. If you get offended by Asian stereotyping, though, you may want to avoid this show.
Archer: Vice (Season 5) (Adam Reed) Rated TV-MA [22 min] – Join suave super-spy Sterling Archer and his fellow covert government operatives for more irreverent adventures across the globe. With an overabundance of cocaine at their disposal, the team forms a cartel and sets out to sell the drug. As this dubious new venture speeds into hilarious motion, the team deals with addiction, Cheryl’s turn as a country singer, an FBI bust, an open marriage, Kenny Loggins, a South American dictator, and an announcement Archer couldn’t have imagined in his murkiest, tequila-influenced haze. Loaded with sexy, animated fun and all 13 outrageous episodes, the 5th action-packed season of Archer comes with a cool stash of classified extras. Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, and Amber Nash
Straying away from the typical Archer espionage formula, Archer: Vice is a bit uneven and messy. The show is able to maintain most of its humor, but everything about the direction of the characters and the narrative doesn’t have the same spark or energy its preceding season had. I haven’t seen the sixth season yet, but I would guess that you could skip this season if need be.
The ABCs of Death 2 (Many Directors) Not Rated [125 min] – Another 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty. Starring Many Actors
If you liked the first ABCs of Death you’ll want to run in the other direction and not watch ABCs of Death 2. The shorts are far less creative and a lot more crude to the point that the ridiculousness of them all feel too forced and uninventive. A terrible showing of what the horror genre is capable of.
Glee (Season 5) (Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy) Rated TV-PG [44 min] – A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own. Starring Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chord Overstreet, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, and Melissa Benoist
After Season 3, Glee lost its way. It tried too hard to keep itself tied to McKinley High while desperately gripping tight on its big players – Rachel and Kurt – who moved on to New York City to discover their adulthood. Rachel and Kurt’s adventures kept being pulled away to put some attention to McKinley and the new kids on the block weren’t as well developed to make it worth the effort. It’s as if a hurricane rampaged through the writer’s room, tossing ideas any which way the wind blew. I couldn’t even finish the fourth season. I did see the one episode in Season 5 that was in memory of Cory Monteith, which was fine and dandy because it worked in the original group, but I haven’t given the show the time of day to catch up. Watch at your own risk.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (Phil Alden Robinson) Rated R [83 min] – A curmudgeonly man is mistakenly told that he has 90 minutes to live by his doctor and promptly sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left. Starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, and Peter Dinklage
One of Robin Williams‘ last films, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn gives audiences a chance to see the funny man’s range. The movie isn’t very memorable, but it’s sincere. I can’t say that the movie is humorous, but there are times where the movie is steeped in some pretty heavy emotion due to its existential conflict.
And here are a bunch of other titles that have been released recently:
- Danger 5 (Season 2)
- After the Fall
- Cesar Chavez
- Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club
- By the Gun
- Crash (2004)
- Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden
What will you be watching this weekend?
Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com