Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for January 14, 2016. 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 Parks and Recreation Season 7, World of Tomorrow, Dragons: Race to the Edge Season 2, and many more.
Parks And Recreation Season 7 (Greg Daniels and Michael Schur) Rated TV-14 [21 min] – The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. Starring Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, and Adam Scott
Get on this like you were a bear protecting your cubs against a Leonardo DiCaprio type. The culmination of Parks and Recration is one of the best final seasons of television you could possibly watch. While it’s busy writing the closing moments of our heroes, the series does an incredible job at still building depth to its characters. Parks and Rec could have gone out the easy way by letting our favorite group of misfit toys slowly veer down the paths they’ve been directed, but what Season 7 does so well is guide everyone with finesse and bravado. It’s a highly memorable season and the best way to cap off the show.
Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 2) (Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois) Rated TV-PG [22 min] – Unlock the secrets of the Dragon Eye and come face to face with more dragons than anyone has ever imagined as Hiccup, Toothless and the Dragon Riders soar to the edge of adventure. Starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
I have not seen this series because I haven’t even gotten through Riders of Berk yet, but I love the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and the vast world Dean DeBlois continues to build. From the clips that I have seen and of what I know of these side TV spin-offs that act as the Agents of SHIELD to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these series stay true to the films and bring even more wonderful depth to the characters we love.
World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt) Not Rated [16 min] – A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future. Starring Winona Mae, Julia Pott, and Sara Cushman
You have to be in the right place to watch Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow. I tried twice, late at night, and fell asleep both times. Even though the short is just a mere 16 minutes, my body was not prepared. World of Tomorrow demands your attention and it earns it through rich, melancholic ideas of existentialism. The film is wildly abstract and bizarre, but mostly refreshing.
Contracted: Phase II (Josh Forbes) Not Rated [78 min] – Riley searches for a cure to the virus that took over Samantha before it consumes him and the entire world. Starring Matt Mercer, Marianna Palka, and Morgan Peter Brown
Now I have not seen Contracted: Phase II yet, but if it is anything like the first film then I am fully on board. Contracted was a chilling surprise when I decided to sit down and watch it awhile back. The slow burn leading up to it’s climactic finish is brutally gross and filled with tension. I didn’t know quite where the film was going to lead to, but the ending sure felt rewarding, to me at least. Which is why I’m curious to see how they handle this sequel.
Also newly added to Netflix:
- 50 Feet from Syria
- Chau – Beyond the Lines
- Last Day of Freedom
- Starting Point
- The Testimony
- The Ladykillers
- Meet the Patels
- In the Basement
- Littlest Pet Shop Season 4
- The Chronicles of Evil
- Adult World
- Tom Segura: Mostly Stories
What will you be watching this weekend?
Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com