Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for April 23, 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 Noah, Fed Up, Hot Fuzz, They Came Together, and more, which you can find after the jump.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour) Unrated [99 min] – In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, and Marshall Manesh
Like I said, when it released earlier this week on Blu-ray, I’ve only heard nothing but good things about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It has an intriguing premise and sounds like it can break the barrier of the teen vamp smut that’s being pushed out to mass audiences.
Noah (Darren Aronofsky) Rated PG-13 [138 min] – A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson
I found Noah to be 2/3 of an OK movie. Once they’re on the ark, the movie takes a whole different turn. From a strong build up and mythology to just brooding and sorrow, the last act of Noah is very mediocre at best. And the haphazard villain is empty and unappealing.
Fed Up (Stephanie Soechtig) Rated PG [92 min] – Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.
I haven’t seen this yet, but Fed Up looks like one of those docs that’s very informative and provides shock value, however, completely forgettable. There were great headlines praising the film upon its release, and it has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, though I haven’t seen much action taken to make a difference in the world, unlike movies such as Black Sea. I’d say it’s worth watching.
They Came Together (David Wain) Rated R [83 min] – When Joel and Molly meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant. But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see. Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Cobie Smulders
Despite the amazing cast and David Wain’s semi-decent filmography (Wanderlust; Role Models; Wet Hot American Summer), you’d think They Came Together would be a smash comedy. Nope. This satirical meet-cute does nothing to shed light on the genre nor does the poking fun enhance the experience whatsoever. It’s very tedious and eye-rolling.
Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright) Rated R [121 min] – Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Joe Cornish
It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen Hot Fuzz, but I’d argue that it is better than Shaun of the Dead in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy. There’s just more energy and plot surrounding our heroes this time around compared to a bunch of people heading to a bar for safety away from zombies.
Baby Daddy (Season 4) (Dan Berendsen) Rated TV-14 [22 min] – A 20-something bachelor bartender becomes an unlikely parent when an ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl on his doorstep. Starring Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler, Melissa Peterman, and Chelsea Kane
ABC Family’s modern take on Three Men and a Baby. The cast is lively and most of the episode’s wacky scenarios are entertaining and fun, but after four seasons the characters have grown very little despite how many life lessons are thrown at them. Amidst the cheesy sitcom formula there lies a strong sense of heart amongst the cast that circles around a will-they-won’t-they love triangle. (I’m team Danny all the way.) This plodding through line teases show watchers at a snail’s pace, keeping you hooked well-enough to stay invested. However, it gives the other characters very little to do. And funny enough, after the first season the baby is only used sparingly, mostly used to cause inconveniences to the characters who want to go out and be irresponsible 20-somethings.
Here’s additional titles that released this past week:
- No Tears for the Dead
- Star-Crossed (Season 1)
- Altar (2014)
- The Key Man (2011)
- Bhoothnath Returns
- Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
- Justice League Unlimited (SeasonS 1-2)
- Justice League (Season 1)
- Killing Hitler
- Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
- Auschwitz: Blueprints of Genocide
- Churchill’s First World War
- The First World War from Above
- Great Raids of World War II
- Nature’s Great Events
- Nature’s Weirdest Events: Diaries
- Ocean Giants
- Our World War
- Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice
- How to Grow a Planet (Season 1)
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