Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for April 16, 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 Marvel’s Daredevil, The Babadook, Crank, and more, which you can find after the jump.
Marvel’s Daredevil (Drew Goddard) Rated TV-MA [60 min] – A blind lawyer, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a costumed superhero. Starring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Toby Leonard Moore, and Rosario Dawson
Like a chump, I have fallen behind and did not have the time to watch Daredevil this weekend when it dropped last Friday. From what I’ve heard and the headlines I’ve read, the show is one of Marvel’s finest attempts at a grounded hero that audiences can relate to. The action, the characterization, and the plot have all been given more than enough praise and I would definitely like to find the time to check it out. And if you like what Marvel’s doing with its Cinematic Universe so should you.
The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) Not Rated [93 min] – A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, and Hayley McElhinney
As I said in my Blu-ray review since it has become available, I’m not a fan of this movie. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset while watching it, but I’m in disarray with how many critics lauded this film for its ingenuity. I don’t think that the climax is any reward for the time we had to endure the little hell spawn of a child actor. But good thing it’s on Netflix, right?
Crank (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor) Rated R [88 min] – Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops. Starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Carlos Sanz
This has to be Jason Statham’s most invigorating and best popcorn movie he’s ever made. It’s basically the best video game movie ever made that was never a video game. There’s so many crazy situations that you can’t help but gleefully snicker at with how bonkers the whole situation is. It’s a bombastic piece of cinema that is meant to be enjoyed for pure entertainment purposes.
The Canal (Ivan Kavanagh) Unrated [92 min] – Film archivist David has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice has been cheating on him with Alex, one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David’s work partner Claire gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Starring Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra, and Kelly Byrne
I had not heard of this film until recently when an article from Mandatory stated that this was one of the most underrated horrors of the past few years. So tickle me curious.
Here’s additional titles that released this past week:
- Good Luck Chuck
- Super High Me
- The Man with the Iron Fists 2
- Video Game High School (Season 3)
- The Hunt for Bin Laden
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