Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 8/11/15

Not much to write home about

Shanghai Noon

Action & Adventure: Shanghai Noon, Patch Town

Anime: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight’s Dream

Kill Me Three Times

Comedy: November Rule, Kill Me Three Times, Welcome to Me

Documentary: Sense8: Creating the World, I Am. Shimon Peres, Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story

Drama: Tiger Orange, Human Capital, The Look of Love, Two Days One Night

Faith: Four Blood Moons


Television: Dreamland, Club de Cuervos, Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Project MC2, and new episodes of Doctor Who and Transporter the Series

It’s Time to See the Doctor

TMI Warning is in Effect!

Well, I just got back from my best physical ever. As usual, my doctor seemed younger than my daughters. I got told to lose some weight (what else is new?) and exercise more (same). They took my weight (comfortable), blood pressure (slightly less comfortable), my blood (less comfortable still), and, being a male fast approaching fifty, a DRE (I don’t want to talk about it).

As the doctor is feeling around (prior to the DRE thank you very much), he casually informs me that I have a hernia. Crud, this makes my third one and they’re moving up my body. I have a nice groinal scar and a smiley face right underneath my belly button.

Enough of my visit to the doctor, let me recommend some other doctors to you (on Netflix):

Doctor WhoDoctor Who (2005-11) – Rated TV-PG

“After more than a decade off the air, the epic sci-fi series returns with an all-new look — and the ninth (and beyond) incarnation of everybody’s favorite time-traveling doctor, who promptly sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes.”

The modern incarnation of Doctor Who is one of the most upbeat, life-affirming shows I know. This is funny because Torchwood, a spinoff also available on Netflix, is a depressing take on similar subject matter. This Doctor is good for what ails you.

Doctor in the HouseDoctor in the House (1954) – Not rated

“Soon after medical student Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) arrives at St. Swithin’s Hospital to begin his training, he’s engulfed in a high-stakes world that includes sports cars, cocktails and women. With all these distractions, it’s difficult to keep his eye on his books — and that’s where strict chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice) comes in. Ralph Thomas directs this farcical comedy, based on a novel by Richard Gordon.”

Silly hijinks ensue in medical school – warning: this British comedy from the 50s does feature some offensive ‘blackface’. This was followed by the (also available on Netflix) sequels, Doctor in the House and Doctor at Sea.

Doctor ZhivagoDoctor Zhivago (2002) – Not rated

“As political turmoil rumbles through Russia, Doctor Zhivago is trapped in a love triangle between his wife and his mistress. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik Revolution will change all their lives forever in this miniseries remake of the classic 1965 film.”

Anyway I trust your time with the Doctor, whichever you choose, will be more pleasant than mine.



What I Watch

My wife and I have spent the last month trying to catch as many of the Oscar nominees as possible. Normally though our viewing habits are much different. On nights when Jenny and I are watching Dorothy, we watch:

Doctor Who (2005-2011)

“After more than a decade off the air, the epic sci-fi series returns with an all-new look — and the ninth (and beyond) incarnation of everybody’s favorite time-traveling doctor, who promptly sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes.”

We have (happily) worked our way through Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and are just getting started on the latest Doctor, Matt Smith. Both instant Netflix and Amazon Prime have six seasons for streaming. Amazon has the seventh but you have to buy the individual episodes (bleh!).

If our eldest daughter is with us:

Game of Thrones

“In the second season of the epic HBO original series Game of Thrones, kings from across the fictional continent of Westeros vie for the Iron Throne. As winter approaches, the cruel young Joffrey sits upon the Throne in King’s Landing, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and his uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed the new Hand of the King. But the Lannister hold on power is under assault on many fronts, with two Baratheons donning crowns, and Robb Stark fighting as the King in the North. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, Season Two is a thrilling journey through a riveting and unforgettable landscape. “

Sadly this will not be on any of the services so I have to buy Season 2. Still I enjoy the show so much that I don’t mind shelling out the bucks to own it.

When my fair wife is unavailable, my daughter and I tend to watch scarier fare such as:

The Walking Dead

“In the wake of a zombie apocalypse that desolates the world as we know it, a group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes holds on to the hope of humanity by banding together to wage a never-ending fight for their own survival.”

My wife does not like being scared yet horror is my favorite genre. Thank goodness both of my daughters share a love of the genre. The first two seasons are available to watch on instant Netflix. I actually shell out a couple bucks each week to get the current episode of season three. Now if only HBO would release the individual episodes of the upcoming Game of Thrones season three for sale…

It takes a little juggling to satisfy everyone at home. My daughter and I like horror and animated comedy (South Park, The Simpsons, Family Guy) but my wife does not like scary shows or raunchy comedy. My wife and daughter like sitcoms and upbeat fare but those are not to my taste. My wife and I like documentaries and British shows (Sherlock, Doctor Who, mysteries) but my daughter hates them.

Finally we all seem to like a good number of ‘R’ rated movies but our three-year-old granddaughter is with us all the time so those are out. I often watch a movie after I’ve put them all to bed.