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

FREE Movie Tickets – Machete Kills Carrie Escape Plan

Yay a good wave of FREE movie tickets has just hit including a one-day only ticket.

Machete Kills

* Machete Kills did not debut very well. AMC is offering a buy one ticket, get one FREE coupon on Machete Kills (coupon can be readily found online). Regal has upped that with a buy one ticket, get one FREE and get a FREE small popcorn with EACH ticket (no coupon needed). The caveat is that this is only good on Saturday, October 19th. Check with your local theater as this may be a nationwide promotion for most theaters.

Escape Plan

* Stallone and Schwarzenegger return in Escape Plan today. FREE tickets for this movie may be found on select copies of Red heat, Total Recall, The Expendables, The Expendables 2, The Cold Light of Day, Dredd, The Last Stand, Safe, T2, Sin City, Red, Man on a Ledge, Haywire, and the Rambo series of Blu-Rays at Best Buy.


* The Carrie remake also opens today. FREE tickets to that may be scored off select copies of Amityville Horror (either), Carrie (original), Child’s Play, Donnie Darko, Haunting of Molly Hartley, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jeepers Creepers, Kalifornia, Last House on the Left (original), Mirrors, The Omen (either), Poltergeist II, Return of the Living Dead, Species, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Machete Kills Bonnie and Clyde through Gravity

Ugh – still recovering material from the old computer. I hope to be back up to full speed by the end of the week.

I did consider myself lucky to be able to spend Sunday at the movies. We saw Bonnie & Clyde at Regal Cinemas as part of their classics series. My wife had business to take care of in Asheville so I stayed at the theater and caught Machete Kills and Gravity.

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde: I had seen this many times growing up on TV. Up on the big screen however, it was a treat but the acting really comes across as stilted and stiff these days, especially the first act and the dancing around the issue of Clyde’s sexuality.

My guess on Bonnie & Clyde’s inclusion is that since History channel has a big miniseries of Bonnie and Clyde on December 8th, this would be good cross-merchandising. Sadly there were only a handful of people in the theater so they may not do future classics after this series of six.

Machete Kills: This is a no-brainer. If you enjoyed the carnage of Machete, this is precisely more of the same, only sillier. It would have been nice if Rodriguez had been a bit daring but the sequel doesn’t disappoint – it just doesn’t cover any new territory either.


Gravity: Wow, just wow. Gravity takes a simple premise (a cross between Open Water and Apollo 13) and absolutely transcends the material. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are great and Ed Harris’ voice is welcome but in spite of the buzz for Sandra, this works because of the way Cuaron filmed it.

Gravity is a film that not only must be seen in a movie theater but must also be seen in 3D. After initially avoiding 3D due to headaches from my rather poor eyesight, I have now seen quite a few movies in 3D. In all of them except Gravity, the 3D was mere eye candy, something on the level of a special effect. Gravity’s 3D not only gives depth but also a you-are-there immediacy to the proceedings. The only caveat is that is possible to suffer some disorientation due to the nature of space.

Finally my wife spotted this sign at the counter:


She then pointed that these were essentially MREs (military meals-ready-to-eat) and we had a good laugh.