Netflix Streaming Report: The Walking Dead Season 5, Batman Begins, and More

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for October 1, 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 The Walking Dead Season 5, Batman Begins, Love Actually, The Wedding Singer, and more. Also, see all the titles that are leaving this month.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 (Scott M. Gimple) Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yuen, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney, and Danai Gurira

Das good, eh? Sí. Me gusta. Season 4 started off strong, but became aggravatingly slow in its later half. Season 5 is unrelenting. There’s never a dull moment despite a more transitional back eight episodes in the Alexandria Safe-Zone. It’s only setting up to a big premiere with Season 6 starting up October 13. And it’s going to be a really great season. Binge! Binge! Binge!

(Watch it now)

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Love Actually (Richard Curtis) Rated R [135 min] – Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. Starring Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keria Knightley, and Andrew Lincoln

Is it too soon for Christmas movies? Yes. Is it a hilarious coincidence that this film and The Walking Dead Season 5 both appeared on Netflix streaming within the same week? Double yes.

(Watch it now)

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Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan) Rated PG-13 [140 min] – After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Katie Holms, Gary Oldman, and Cillian Murphy

It’s not the Dark Knight trilogy film we deserve, but the one Netflix subscribers need? It’s not what Netflix is underneath, but what they choose to stream that defines them?

(Watch it now)

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American Pie (Paul Weitz) Rated R [95 min] – Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Starring Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Eddie Kay Thomas, Sean William Scott, Tara Reid, Natasha Lyonne, and Eugene Levy

This coming of age teen sex comedy holds a special place in my heart. It’s like what Scream did to the horror genre. American Pie was a complete revitalization for comedies and it still withstands the test of time because of how relatably hilarious it is.

(Watch it now)

Also newly available on Netflix streaming this week:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • About Alex
  • Alexander: Theatrical Cut (2004)
  • American Wedding
  • Anna and the King
  • Any Day (2015)
  • Art & Copy
  • Bones (Season 10)
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Butcher’s Wife
  • The Canyons
  • Carousel (1956)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (The Johnny Depp One)
  • A Christmas Carol (1938)
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Corpse Bride
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Curse of Chucky
  • Cyberchase (Seasons 1-5)
  • Dark Matter (Season 1)
  • Design on a Dime (Season 1)
  • The Drop Box
  • Extreme Homes (Season 1)
  • Girl Eat World (Season 1)
  • Glengarry Glenn Ross
  • The Good Thief
  • The Graduate
  • The Great Food Truck Race (Season 1)
  • Gringolandia (Seasons 1-2)
  • HALO Legends
  • Hawaii Five-0 (Season 5)
  • Heartbreakers
  • High Society (1956)
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • I Believe in Unicorns
  • The Imposters (1998)
  • Intruders (2011)
  • King Kong (1976)
  • Kingpin
  • La Casa de al Lado (Season 1)
  • Laura (1944)
  • Man v. Food (Season 1)
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Monkey Theives (Seasons 1-3)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (Season 4-7)
  • Nature (Various PBS Collections)
  • Nova (Various PBS Collections)
  • The Odd Couple (1968)
  • On the Town (1949)
  • Puncture
  • The Punisher
  • Reasonable Doubt
  • The Relic
  • Richard Pryor: Icon (PBS Documentary)
  • Risky Business
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Robin Williams Remembered (PBS Documentary)
  • Runoff (2014)
  • Salvage Dawgs (Season 1)
  • Sex in the Wild (Season 1)
  • Someone Like You
  • Sphere
  • Spiral (Seasons 1-4)
  • Street Food (Season 2)
  • This Must be the Place
  • Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
  • The Vanilla Ice Project (Seasons 1-4)
  • The Wedding Singer
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Wild Horses (2015)
  • Worst Cooks in America (Season 1)

Leaving Netflix this October

October 1

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • American Masters: Billie Jean King
  • Analyze That
  • Analyze This
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Annie Hall
  • Baby’s Day Out
  • Bandits
  • Barnyard
  • Beyond Borders
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman Collection
  • Buying & Selling: Seasons 1-2
  • Caprica: Season 1
  • Charlie Bartlett
  • Clockstoppers
  • Cold Mountain
  • Days of Heaven
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Destination Truth: Season 4
  • Domestic Disturbance
  • Down to Earth
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Hawaii Five-O: Season 11-12
  • Hotel Impossible: Season 1-2
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Kangaroo Jack
  • L!fe Happens
  • L’Auberge Espagnole
  • Maverick
  • Nature: Ireland’s Wild River
  • Nature: Leave It to Beavers
  • Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom
  • Nature: My Bionic Pet
  • Nature: Parrot Confidential
  • Nature: Saving Otter 501
  • Nature: Snow Monkeys
  • Nature: Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch
  • Off Limits Collection: Collection 1-2
  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  • Plankton Invasion
  • Restaurant: Impossible Collection: Impossible
  • Rob Roy
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Saturday Night Live: The 2010s: Season 37
  • Sid the Science Kid: Season 1
  • The Beautician and the Beast
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
  • The Dead Files: Season 1-2
  • The Devil’s Rejects
  • The Exorcist
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Pioneer Woman Collection: Collection 1
  • The Producers
  • The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Twilight
  • Twins
  • Windtalkers
  • You Got Served

October 4

  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 1

October 7

  • Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure
  • Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games

October 8

  • Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy

October 9

  • Crank

October 12

  • Bratz Kids: Fairy Tales

October 15

  • Good Luck Chuck
  • Pinky Dinky Doo: Season 1
  • Play with Me Sesame: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Animals and Nature: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Classics: Vol. 1-2
  • Sesame Street: Cookie and Friends: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Creativity and Imagination: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Everyday Moments: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Music and Dance: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Numbers and Letters: Season 1

October 16

  • Brüno
  • Chico & Rita

October 20

  • Freelancers

October 22

  • Machine Gun Preacher

October 25

  • Nanny 911: Season 1

October 26

  • Bratz: Genie Magic

October 27

  • Alexandria

October 29

  • America’s Sweethearts

October 30

  • Life in Our Universe: Season 1

October 31

  • Braxton Family Values: Season 3

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

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Now Available to Own: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of September 1, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Mad Max: Fury Road, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) Rated R [120 min] – In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, and Zoë Kravitz [Watch the trailer]

Mad Max: Fury Road is the reason we go to the movie theaters. It is the epitome of brilliant storytelling in the most visually cinematic and compelling way. All of its incredible parts create a most spectacular whole. Fury Road keeps your attention the entire time, and is absolutely relentless in making sure everything that happens on-screen adds something meaningful to the story. It’s a near perfect movie. [Read my full review]

Special features include:

  • Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road
  • Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels
  • The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa
  • The Tools of the Wasteland
  • The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome
  • Fury Road: Crash & Smash
  • Deleted Scenes

The D Train (Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul) [Limited] Rated R [97 min] – The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion. Starring Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jeffrey Tambor (Watch the trailer)

I have not had the pleasure of seeing this movie yet. The D Train feels like more of a Netflix pick than anything else. The whole concept is kind of depressing.

Special features include

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy

Television Series

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season (Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers. Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder

For a show called The Vampire Diaries, it’s rather more engaging and thrilling than you’d expect. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as Buffy, but it has it’s quirks that makes it stand on its own to deliver digestible content. Scanning through this season, there are a lot of pivotal moments that lead to Nina Dobrev’s inevitable exit from the show. It’s a well deserved ending with a big cliffhanger, but I’m not sure it is strong enough to keep fans on board after Elena’s departure.

Special features include:

  • The Vampire Diaries: Good Bite and Good Luck
  • The executive producers and cast of The Vampire Diaries say a final farewell to Nina Dobrev, Steven R. McQueen, Marguerite MacIntyre, and Michael Trevino, after six memorable years.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Best.Reaction.Ever.
  • Fan reactions to big moments throughout the season will be curated from Twitter, fan sites and other social media, and pieced together to tell the story of season six via fans’ reactions.
  • Ep.615 Audio Commentary
  • Writer/Director Julie Plec provides commentary on her directorial debut
  • The Vampire Diaries: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
  • Come Visit Georgia PSA
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Second Bite: Gag Reel

The Originals: The Complete Second Season (Julie Plec) Rated TV-14 [45 min] – The Original vampire family, from The Vampire Diaries, return and settle in the city they helped build, New Orleans. Starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Phoebe Tonkin

You can definitely feel the strain of this series as it tries to live up to its bigger brother, The Vampire Diaries. I can’t say that the characters or story are able to capture my attention as much as Elena and her journey, but The Originals isn’t the worst thing on television. It’s just not something I would want to devote my time to it on a regular basis.

Special features include:

  • The Originals: Always and Forever – In this featurette, we will hear from cast and creators on how season two explored new depths of what it means to be a family.
  • The Awakening Web Series – Explore this companion series on Kol Mikaelson (Nathaniel Buzolic) and his quest to form an alliance with the witches of New Orleans in 1914. Also, go behind the scenes with the cast and creators of the digital series.
  • The Originals: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
  • Come Visit Georgia PSA
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Texas Rising: The TV Mini-Series (Roland Joffé) Rated TV-PG [450 mins] – Texas Rising tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas’s intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Addai-Robinson, and Olivier Martinez

If you’re a history buff, unlike me, you might find Texas Rising insulting to your intelligence and those historians who truly captured what really happened in 1836. The whole mini-series is over glamorized with spark notes, warped to shape a narrative too simple-minded to take seriously. All the actors do the best with that they’re given and carry on. If the story and dialogue were as pretty as the production and cinematography, Texas Rising may have had a shot at being decent.

Special features include:

  • “Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising” featurette
  • “Sam Houston: A Man of the Revolution” featurette
  • “General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico” featurette

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More TV Titles (I Haven’t Seen These):

  • Star Wars: Rebels – The Complete First Season (I’m currently watching Star Wars: Clone Wars; I’ve heard good things about this sequel series)
  • Castle: The Complete Seventh Season [DVD Only]
  • Chicago Fire: The Complete Third Season [DVD Only]
  • Chicago PD: The Complete Second Season [DVD Only]
  • Franklin & Bash: The Complete Third Season [DVD Only]
  • Hawaii Five-0: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD Only]
  • Hell’s Kitchen: The Complete Twelfth Season [DVD Only]
  • The League: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD Only] (I like The League, but haven’t caught this season)
  • Nashville: The Complete Third Season [DVD Only]
  • New Girl: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD Only] (I like New Girl, but haven’t caught this season)
  • Scorpion: The Complete First Season

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Video Games

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions) [Konami] (Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC) Taking place nine years after the events of MGSV: Ground Zeroes and the fall of Mother Base, Snake a.k.a. Big Boss, awakes from a nine year coma. The game resumes the story in 1984, with the Cold War still as the backdrop, which continues to shape a global crisis. Snake’s journey takes him into a world where he is driven by a need for revenge and the pursuit of a shadow group, XOF.

Since I didn’t get a review copy and waited patiently for the moment when the Collector’s Edition would become available, I unfortunately haven’t been touched by the critically acclaimed greatness that is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I’ve been a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid franchise ever since I was introduced to Sons of Liberty, MGS2. I had never seen a game like it before. And with the mixture of quirky winks, phenomenal action, and layered storytelling, I was sold instantly. Like any form of entertainment, I try to stay as spoiler free as possible, but from the little gameplay I’ve seen and the trailers, it looks like Hideo Kojima has capped off the series with a masterpiece. I am highly looking forward to this last mission in the Metal Gear universe.

Key Game Features:

  • Open-World game design allowing players ultimate freedom on how to approach missions and overall game progression
  • Fox Engine delivers photorealistic graphics, thoughtful game design and true new-generation game production quality
  • Online connectivity that carries the experience beyond the consoles to other devices to augment the overall functionality and access to the game

“Day 1 Edition” Content (Physical Version):

  • MAP
  • Adam-ska Special Handgun [DLC Item]
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver) [DLC Item]
  • Cardboard Box (Wetland) [DLC Item]
  • Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume) [DLC Item]
  • METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST [DLC Item]

Collector’s Edition Content (Physical Version Only):

  • Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
  • Collectible SteelBook
  • Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
  • MAP
  • Exclusive Packaging
  • WEAPON & SHIELD PACK [DLC Items]
    • Windurger S333 Combat Special Revolver
    • Adam-ska Special Handgun
    • Maschinen Taktische Pistole 5 Weiss Special Handgun
    • Rasp Short-Barreled Shotgun Gold
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Olive Drab)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (White)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Gold)
  • CARDBOARD BOXES [DLC Items]
    • Cardboard Box (Rocky Terrain)
    • Cardboard Box (All-Purpose Dryland)
    • Cardboard Box (Wetland)
  • SNAKE COSTUMES [DLC Items]
    • Fatigues (Black Ocelot)
    • Fatigues (Gray Urban)
    • Fatigues (Blue Urban)
    • Fatigues (All-Purpose Dryland)
  • Other [DLC Item]
    • “VENOM SNAKE” Emblem
  • MGO BOOST [DLC Item]
  • METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST [DLC Item]
  • MGO Items [DLC Items]
    • Metal Gear Rex Helmet
    • AM MRS-4 GOLD Assault Rifle
    • WU S. PISTOL GOLD

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Mad Max Anthology – $49.98
  • Toy Story of Terror! – $9.99
  • Dredd – $4.99
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – $5.99
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little – $9.99
  • Ex Machina – $14.99
  • Pulp Fiction – $4.99
  • Kingpin – $9.99
  • The Hurt Locker – $4.99
  • An Education – $6.56

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Netflix Streaming Report: RoboCop (2014), White Bird in a Blizzard, Powerpuff Girls, and More

RoboCop 2014 Movie Review

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for February 26, 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 RoboCop (2014), White Bird in a Blizzard, Powerpuff Girls, and more, which you can find after the jump as well as what’s leaving as of March. Continue reading

68th Golden Globe Award Winners: Live Updates

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will premier live tonight on NBC from 8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel hosted again by Ricky Gervais.  If you are unfortunate for some reason to not have TV, I’ll update you on the events and the winners and give you my opinion if that is anything of value. Catch the live updates when the Globes go live later after the break!

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