Last of the Netflix Streaming Releases for June

Before I cover the huge influx of catalog titles for July, here are the remains of June.

Action: XXX: State of the Union, Prisoners of the Sun

Comedy: Gambit (2011), Bad Grandpa 0.5 (NOT Bad Grandpa)

Hey Bartender

Documentary: Hey Bartender, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Ayahuasca: Vine of the Soul, Breath of the Gods, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Hava Nagila: The Movie

Drama: My Girl, My Girl 2, On Golden Pond, Sophie’s Choice, Lawless

Tarzan

Family: Tarzan, Tarzan 2, Agent F.O.X., Dragon Guardians, Lucky Dog

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Asteroid vs. Earth

Foreign: Faust, Mauvais Sang, Total Siyappa, Two Lives, Gunday, Journey to the West

Horror: Wolf Creek 2

Television: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Red vs. Blue, Witches of East End, and new episodes of Transformers Rescue Bots, Life with Boys, and assorted WWE videos

Thriller: The Unlikely Girl

Woohoo Made it to the Half Century Mark!

Probably no more posts for June as my wife has something big planned for my birthday. Here are a few more of the little goodies that she got me this month.

Marathon

 

My new favorite T-Shirt and my apologies to those of you who actually run…

Old Man and Predator

 

…and a few more dolls for the movie shelf. Shown: Old Man (from A Christmas Story) and Predator. Not shown: Sheriff Ralphie and General Ursus. I would never have imagined myself to be someone who collects figures but Dorothy and I like lining them up on the shelf.

Hope the rest of your June is fantastic and filled with movies.

See you in July!

Edge of a Million Maleficent Ways to Die Tomorrow in the West

I’ve had quite a banner summer at the theater. Here are just a few quick tidbits.

Maleficent

Maleficent (2014) – Rated PG

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.”

I both look forward to and cringe with every non-animated re-imagining from Disney. Alice in Wonderland (2010) was a gorgeous confection.but ultimately shallow. Ditto for Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Maleficent is much the same with CGI replacing plotting and character development. The story neuters the character of Maleficent, one of the great Disney villains.

Having said that, this is an enjoyable ride for the kids and Angelina Jolie IS Maleficent. Her performance at least partially redeems the movie.

A Million Ways to Die

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) – Rated R

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.”

The Good: It is way funnier than Neighbors and Neil Patrick Harris is always delightful.

The Bad: It is just okay. Ted was much funnier. Joke delivery could use some work – it is pretty laconic, much like the Old West.

The Ugly: While trying to be edgy, it tells endless penis and fart jokes. The western setting may be offputting for some, tired for others.

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Rated PG-13

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.”

Groundhog Day is a fantastic movie, heartwarming and funny. The concept is so beloved that many television series have produced their own version. The X-Files and Star Trek: TNG had time loop episodes, albeit played seriously. Xena had perhaps the funniest Groundhog Day episode. In spite of it being a tired concept, it has worked time and time again (forgive me).

My dear wife and I went to Edge of Tomorrow with little in the way of expectations. Tom Cruise’s science fiction thriller last year, Oblivion, was decent but a missed opportunity. Edge of Tomorrow is fantastic. Jenny and I couldn’t stop laughing through the first half of the movie as Cruise’s soldier character dies repeatedly.

Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 6/24/14

Another week, another set of choices on instant Netflix

Action/Adventure: Cybergeddon

A Smile Like Yours

Comedy: A Smile Like Yours, Age of Summerhood, Eating Out, Eating Out: Drama Camp, Eating Out: The Open Weekend, Eating Out: All You Can Eat, American Virgins, The Right Kind of Wrong

Documentary: American Courtesans, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’, Occupy Love, Twilight in Volterra, We Cause Scenes, Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel?, Bettie Page Reveals All

Jane Eyre

Drama: Jane Eyre (2011), Jimmy P., Rag Tag

Foreign: 2 Autumns 3 Winters, Ankhon Dekhi, Madras Cafe, Gold, Mis Peores Amigos

Horror: Almost Human

Littlest Pet Shop

Television: Mixology, The Birthday Boys, and new episodes of Littlest Pet Shop, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Wilfred, Heartland, Doc Martin, and Copper

Thriller: Oldboy (2013), Grand Piano

Netflix Subtitled This n That – Big Bad Wolves Beyond Outrage

Big Bad Wolves and Beyond Outrage are currently available on instant Netflix. Yes, they both have subtitles but you are really missing out if you let that stop you.

Big Bad Wolves

 

Big Bad Wolves (2013) – Not rated

A vigilante cop joins forces with the father of a murder victim to interrogate the main suspect in a series of brutal child homicides.”

“Maniacs are afraid of maniacs.”

One Line Review: Big Bad Wolves is the movie Prisoners should have been.

Big Bad Wolves boasts a truly terrifying beginning that plays out over the credits without any dialogue. This is followed up with another brilliant sequence – an off-the-books interrogation with too many witnesses.

Any good discussion of this movie would spoil some of the surprises involved so I’ll keep this brief. Quentin Tarantino named this his film of the year for 2013 and ┬áit is not hard to see why. Every scene goes on just as long as it should except the final scene which is the only superfluous one in the whole movie.

Beyond Outrage

 

Beyond Outrage (2012) – Rated R

This sequel to the yakuza thriller Outrage depicts a brutal war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, both now more powerful than ever.”

Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage (2010), a complicated tale of power in the yakuza, was an ActionFest winner. It was a very matter of fact tale of how things work in organized crime, with only bosses profiting while soldiers build in resentment. Events reach a very nice conclusion.

The sequel, Beyond Outrage, picks up five years later. The Sanno family has prospered. There is a bit of revisionist history as we learn that a character thought dead at the end of Outrage survived his stabbing. Other than that, events build organically from the few survivors of Outrage. It too builds to a very satisfying conclusion.

Beyond Outrage is a good Yakuza film but is likely to be a bit impenetrable unless you have seen Outrage, If you have seen Outrage then you know whether this film is for you.

A Movie Room Birthday

My wife is celebrating my 50th birthday all month. She has alphabetized her gifts, giving me one each day. Here are the first five editions – some pictured before my beloved granddaughter shredded the boxes.

Alien

 

A is for Alien

Cornelius

 

C is for Cornelius

F is for Finn

 

F is for Finn

Gru

 

G is for Gru

Hulk

 

H is for Hulk.

Midmonth Netflix Streaming Releases

Netflix mid-month dump is mostly television but maybe you can find a gem or two in here.

Asian Schoolgirls

Action: Asian Schoolgirls, A Stranger in Paradise

Anime: Death Note, Vampire Knight

Comedy: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, Shane Mauss: Mating Season

Documentary: Blood Brother, Cool It, De Nadie, The Revolutionary Optimists, Rivers of Men, Space: Unraveling the Cosmos, TV Junkie, Wingsuit Warrior

Drama: 1 Chance 2 Dance, Boys of Abu Ghraib

Muppet Treasure Island

Family: A 2nd Chance, Adventures of Bailey, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, The Pirate Fairy, Return to Nim’s Island, The Smurfs 2

Confession of Murder

Foreign: Confession of Murder

Television: The Ancient Life, Bonjour Les Amis, Dark Secrets, Fields of Valor, Forgotten Planet, Forgotten Planet: Abandoned America, Grand Hotel, Guess How Much I Love You, Hola Amigos, LEGO: Legends of Chima, Marksmen, Poppy Cat, Storm Surfers, Strange Hill High, Tree Fu Tom, and new episodes of Toddlers & Tiaras

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 6/17/14

I guess the big title here is World War Z. Watch the unrated version so you aren’t going huh? during the apartment sequence.

Action: Fractured

Comedy: Someone Marry Barry

Bible Quiz

Documentary: Bible Quiz, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, The Current, One Direction: Clevver’s Ultimate Fan Guide, Doc of the Dead, This is Not a Ball

Bonnie & Clyde

Drama: Bonnie & Clyde, Devil’s Knot, I Do

Fantasy: Curse of the Dragon Slayer

Foreign: The Detective, The Detective 2, The Missing Picture, Omar

Horror: Haunt, Jug Face, World War Z (regular and unrated)

My Little Pony

Television: Amish Mafia and new episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Doctor Who

Thriller: After the Dark

Some More Movie Displays

First, Art finally finished my movie room mural and it is gorgeous.

Quatermass

 

Quatermass and the Pit is my favorite Hammer horror movie, which seems odd given that it stars neither Peter Cushing nor Christopher Lee. Obviously others feel the same way as the out-of-print U.S. DVD fetches ridiculous prices. It is much cheaper to buy a British DVD compatible player and order the British DVD from Amazon UK.

Transformers

 

Darling granddaughter in front of Transformers display…

Train Your Dragon

 

…and the one she is really interested in, How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

The Fugitive

My wife and I have annual passes to Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. We have ridden the Nantahala run dozens of times. It crosses a wonderful trestle bridge on the way to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. That trestle bridge was featured in the Sandra Bullock movie, Forces of Nature. Some of the cars were featured in the movie My Fellow Americans.

The Fugitive

We finally got to take the Tuckaseegee run the other day. It runs past the spot where the train wreck for The Fugitive (1993) was filmed and the bus and train cars are still there. The Tuckaseegee run also has a nice tunnel though the Nantahala run has much better scenery.

The Fugitive