New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 9/15/15

Netflix rescues another television show from the dustbin. Longmire season 4 premiered this week.

Comedy: Crackerjack, Why Did I Get Married?

Documentary: The Rise of Hope, It Happened Here

The Suicide Theory

Drama: God Bless the Child, Madame Bovary, An Officer and a Murderer, The Suicide Theory, 6 Years, Men Women & Children, The Wise Kids, Freedom

Faith: Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

Family: Teen Beach 2, The Roughnecks, Pixies

Love at First Fight

Foreign: 12 Segundos, About Elly, Love at First Fight

Longmire

Television: Fugitivos and new episodes of Longmire (yay!), Comedy Bang! Bang! and Portlandia

April Showers Bring May’s Netflix Titles

Another month, another influx of catalog titles. There are certainly some good choices here but whatever you do, don’t watch The Human Centipede 2. There are things you can’t unsee.

Big Trouble in Little China

Action & Adventure: Assassins, Big Trouble in Little China, Death Warrant, Hero and the Terror, Leon the Professional, Payback

Anime: The Animatrix, Naruto

Classic: Anna Karenina (1948), Bus Stop, From the Terrace, Harold and Maude, The House on Telegraph Hill, Santee

Comedy: Author! Author!, The Big Empty, The Blues Brothers, Double Whammy, Joe Dirt, Leap of Faith, Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2, The Mule, North Dallas Forty, Novocaine, Shriek if You Know What I Did Friday the 13th, Super Troopers, Underclassman, Wet Hot American Summer, What’s the Worst that Could Happen?

Documentary: Beyond Clueless, Farmland, Grizzly Man, The Last Waltz, Mad Hot Ballroom, No No: A Dockumentary, Stripped

Drama: 1492: Conquest of Paradise, All is by My Side, The Cat’s Meow, Intersection, Iris, A Man Called Peter, The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio, The Puffy Chair, The Real Blonde, Rush, Saturday Night Fever

Faith: Heart of the Country, Irreplaceable, Turnaround Jake

Family: Balto 3: Wings of Change, Hoodwinked, Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Cypher, Men in Black II

Foreign: Born to Defense, The Defender

The Exorcist

Horror: The Mirror, The Exorcist, Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College, The Human Centipede 2, Joyride 3: Roadkill, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Longmire

Television: Mother Goose Club, Mysteries of the Unseen World, Unplanned America, Witnesses, Shameless, some new TEDTalks, and new episodes of Longmire

Thriller: Blown Away, Blue Velvet, In Dreams, Internal Affairs, Kiss of Death, Liberty Stands Still

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 5/27/14

 

Action/Adventure: Machete Kills

Anime: Kill La Kill

First Night

Comedy: First Night, HairBrained, Old Goats

Dear Mr. Watterson

Documentary: Dear Mr. Watterson, The Hidden Hand, The Institute, Mile…Mile and a Half, Are All Men Pedophiles?, Birth of the Living Dead, God Loves Uganda, No Woman No Cry, Superheroes, Vitality, The Source Family,

Drama: Live at the Foxes Den, The Rocket

Faith: Doonby

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Angels in Stardust

Foreign: The Wrath of Vajra, The Jewish Cardinal, Paradise: Hope, Twice Born, Pulling Strings, Big Bad Wolves

Abandoned Mine

Horror: Abandoned Mine, An American Ghost Story, Buck Wild

Television: Still more TEDTalks and new episodes of Longmire

Thriller: Berlin Job, Brake, The Suspect

The Frozen Longmire

Well, my wife and I are still working our way through Torchwood. It is definitely not as good as the new Doctor Who and a lot more hard-edged (the two may be related) but it is quite enjoyable.

LongmireLongmire (2012) – Not rated

Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson, this contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife.”

Obviously, a TV series named after the lead character means that the actor in that role had better be up to the challenge. A slightly grizzled and gravelly-voiced Robert Taylor plays the Sheriff Longmire of title. He has a nice presence – kind of Tom Selleck-lite – and is a lot of fun to watch.He is able to hold the series on his shoulders but receives ample support from the rest of the cast.

Finally Katee Sackhoff gets a good post-Battlestar Galactica role (other than her hysterical cameos on Big Bang Theory)! Lou Diamond Phillips gets better work here than he has had in a while (even if the part is small). Bailey Chase is square-jawed deputy Branch Connally, running against Longmire for sheriff while working for him.

Longmire is based on a series of novels that I have not read. The series writing is crisp and clean but could use a little more punch a la Justified. So obviously my recommendation is catch up on Justified and if you still need a fix, Longmire is enjoyable.

The FrozenThe Frozen (2012) – Rated PG-13

Stranded deep in the wintry forest after a snowmobile accident, city slickers Emma and Mike find themselves at the mercy of a creepy, silent hunter who begins to stalk them. The situation gets even more nightmarish for Emma when Mike disappears”

One-line review: Nothing happens, nothing happens, nothing happens, explanation, the end.

I’m sorry – I love horror movies set in the winter but The Frozen is boring. Not only does nothing happen for the vast majority of the film but I found myself not caring about the characters either and there are, essentially, only two of them.

There is a germ of an interesting nugget here but the payoff is extremely tiny compared to the time invested. The key to a good movie of this type is that the story has to be good first for the ending to work. The Frozen just doesn’t have much going for it.