Where is my FREE Time? Fallout 4, Jessica Jones, More

Help! I am overwhelmed with entertainment goodness. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Jessica Jones

I am loving Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones on Netflix but fear it may be too dark for my honey. It is definitely too adult for the granddaughter so I can only watch it when I’m by myself and don’t have work to do. I am only three episodes in but I unreservedly recommend it.

Man in High Castle

Jenny and I are really enjoying The Man in the High Castle on Amazon but again it is too adult for the granddaughter so we can only watch it when she is asleep (so one episode a night if we are lucky and stay up a little late). Ditto the recommendation here – go watch it!

Fallout 4

I got Fallout 4 on release date and have gotten to play it some but, again, it is too adult for the granddaughter so I don’t play it when she is around. My marriage is also way more important than the game (duh!) and it is only single-player so I don’t play it while my wife is home either.

The game is wonderfully immersive. the only thing that breaks the spell is that you end up picking up EVERYTHING that is clickable as all the junk is actually useful. I actually found myself paralyzed at the start when you have to choose your stats as there are no throwaway stats and not enough points to distribute.

Still this is really just a complaint that my life is wonderful so umm I’ll stop here and enjoy these things as time is available.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 11/24/15

Man in High Castle

Well the big release for the week is the Marvel/Netflix collaboration, Jessica Jones. This will make a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend binge along with the just released first season of The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime.

Some Kind of Beautiful

Comedy: Naomi & Eli’s No Kiss List, Some Kind of Beautiful, The Brothers Solomon

Documentary: Wanted 18, Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World

Drama: People Places Things

Foreign: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Jessica Jones

Television: Jessica Jones, River, The Insider, Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso, and new episodes of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Ultimate Spider-Man, and The Red Road

Netflix Bond, Lack of Bond

Alright Netflix – Hulu skunked you on the James Bond series but maybe you can redeem yourself with some good movies featuring the stars of Bond.

Sean Connery will always be my Bond. I first saw him as a wee tyke in Diamonds are Forever, one of my first movie memories. Growing up I loved catching the expurgated versions on network television. When VCRs came around, you can imagine how ecstatic I was.

The Longest Day

Connery has never been the most prolific of actors but he has 93 imdb credits to his name, including such gems as The Man who Would be King, The Rock, Marnie, The Hill, The Molly Maguires, and my favorite Robin and Marian. Netflix has exactly three Connery titles: The Longest Day (pre-Bond), Playing by Heart, and the animated feature Guardian of the Highlands. Poor showing Netflix.

The Wild Geese

Ignoring the abortive Lazenby attempt, Roger Moore took over the mantle with Live and Let Die. Moore too has 93 imdb credits but not nearly as many gems. Netflix has but a single Moore title. Thankfully it is probably his best non-Bond effort: the mercenary saga, The Wild Geese with Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

Hot Fuzz

After Moore retired the 00 designation, Timothy Dalton attempted to bring back Bond’s edge. He has 67 imdb credits, including the delightful Penny Dreadful series. Netflix has Hot Fuzz (hysterically funny) and Disney’s Secret of the Wings.

Not well played at all, Netflix. Just counting Hulu’s Bond movies, they beat you on these three actors.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 11/17/15

Anime: Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Comedy: The Little Death, John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid, I’m Still Here, The Love Letter, Marry Me for Christmas, Dude Where’s My Car?

Reel Injun

Documentary: Dear Jack, Chaos on the Bridge, Manson’s Missing Victims, The Wolfpack, Call Me Lucky, Kumare, Meet the Fokkens, Reel Injun, Whores’ Glory, Dior and I, Soaked in Bleach

Desert Dancer

Drama: Desert Dancer, Anna Karenina (2012), Gloria (2015), Blue Caprice, Comeback Dad, Dawn Patrol, The Dempsey Sisters, Naked Among Wolves

Family: Abominable Noel, Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas, My Dad’s a Soccer Mom

Foreign: Cong Cong Na Nian, Huang, Jin Shi Dai, Qin Ai De, Shi Gu, Tengo Ganas de Ti, Xin Hua lu Fang, You yi ge di Fang Zhi you wo men zhi dao

Continuum

Television: Atencion Atencion, W/ Bob & David, El Clon, Power Rangers Dino Charge, Sin senos no hay paraiso, Cristela, and new episodes of Continuum and Jessie

Thriller: Felt

James Bond Week – Hulu

Hulu of course has nowhere near the depth or breadth of the movies available on Netflix. However someone in their programming and procurement office is pretty savvy.

Hulu

At the beginning of the month, just in time for Spectre, Hulu acquired the exclusive rights for a slew of Bond films. Connery is well-represented, with Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds are Forever – even the non-canon Never Say Never Again. Only his first, Dr. No, is not available. Goldfinger and From Russia With Love are justifiable classics. The others are worth watching just for Connery though Never Say Never Again is a very lazy remake of Thunderball.

From Russia With Love

All seven Bond entries from the Moore tongue-in-cheek era are here: The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, Moonraker, The Man with the Golden Gun, and Live and Let Die. Both Dalton’s The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill are available. Heck, they even have George Lazenby’s single outing as Bond, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. That one is worth watching for the absolutely radiant Diana Rigg.

The more recent Brosnan and Craig entries are not on Hulu but 16 movies of the franchise is 16 more than Netflix or Amazon Prime have.

Mockingjay Double

Unfortunately I will be missing the Mockingjay double feature but both Hulu and Amazon Prime have The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One streaming in time for the theatrical premiere of Mockingjay Part Two. Netflix has….umm…the not really a satire Starving Games so good luck with that.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 11/10/15

Yay! Finally catching up from vacation.

Comedy: This Isn’t Funny, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Do I Sound Gay?

Documentary: Do I Sound Gay?, Seymour: An Introduction, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Mala Mala, Goodbye Gauley Mountain

Drama: The Midnight Swim, And They Call It Summer, Wasp, The Runner, She’s Lost Control, Safelight, Big Eden

Family: No Ordinary Hero

Amapola

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Amapola

Foreign: Rouge Amargo, Amour Fou, Buen Dia Ramon

Stung

Horror: Stung, Last Shift

Television: 30 for 30: Trojan War, several Dinotrux Five Minute Favorites, Angelo Rules, The Sparticle Mystery, Total Drama, Care Bears & Cousins, Master of None, Leapfrog Letter Factory: Great Shape Mystery, Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Frontline: My Brother’s Bomber, and new episodes of Last Tango in Halifax and Julius Jr.

Thriller: Bound to Vengeance

 

New November Netflix Streaming, 2 of 2

Redeemer

Action & Adventure: The Newton Boys, Redeemer

Anime: The Seven Deadly Sins

Saturday Night Fever

Classic: Saturday Night Fever

Comedy: Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up Ever

Documentary: Ninja Shadow Warriors, The Real Beauty and the Beast, Samurai Headhunters, The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz, Silenced, SlingShot, The Thread, Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, Turf War: Lions and Hippos, Twinsters, Venom Islands, World War II Spy School, If You Build It, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

Rain Man

Drama: The Pardon, Rain Man, Starlet, Cruel & Unusual

Family: Open Season 2, Open Season 3, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, assorted Thomas & Friends Christmas specials

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Robot Overlords

Foreign: The Maneater, Wolf Warrior

Horror: Stephen King’s Thinner, Kristy

Television: Pasion de Gavilanes, Psychic Investigators, Secrets of the Third Reich, Secrets: Golden Raft of El Dorado, Speed Kills, Still Game, Top Boy, Truly Strange, Woody Allen: A Documentary, Worst Year of My Life Again, Popples, and new episodes of Urban Legends, The 100, and Dreamland

Thriller: Return to Sender

New November Netflix Streaming, 1 of 2

Well, I’m back from a much-needed vacation to post a belated report of November’s catalog titles.

Action and Adventure: 11 Blocks, Leon the Professional, Men in Black II, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Enemy Below

Classic: Desk Set, The Enemy Below, Harry and Tonto

Comedy: Addams Family Values, Can’t Hardly Wait, Full Frontal, Half Baked, Major League

Documentary: America’s Secret D-Day Disaster, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, Black Mamba: Kiss of Death, Black Wings, Blondie’s New York, Bombs Bullets and Fraud, The Day Kennedy Died, Death Beach, Everybody Street, The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes, Hitler’s Riches, Hunt for the Super Predator, I Touched All Your Stuff, Journey to the Safest Place on Earth, Last Days in Vietnam, Leopard Fight Club, Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished, Mandela My Dad and Me, Moving Art: Waterfalls, Moving Art: Underwater

Drama: A Christmas Kiss, The Devil’s Advocate, Doomsdays, Five Star, The Last Time You Had Fun, Magic City Memoirs

Family: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure, Bob the Builder’s White Christmas, Hercules Saves Christmas

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Impostor

Foreign: Bang Bang!

Harbinger Down

Horror: Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, Harbinger Down, The Haunting, The Legend of Hell House

Television: Apocalypse: The Second World War, Black Books, China’s Forbidden City, Civil War 360, The Da Vinci Detective, David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Laid, Little Lunch, Midsomer Murders

Angel Heart

Thriller: Angel Heart, Gothika

Last of the Streaming Releases for October 2015

A touch of horror just in time for Halloween but I think I’ll pass on Human Centipede 3, thank you just the same.

Action & Adventure: The Gunman

Manson Family Vacation

Comedy: Manson Family Vacation

Documentary: Seeds of Time, The Great Museum, Famous Nathan

Drama: August: Osage County, Sunset Edge, 1001 Grams

Family: Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection, Trick or Treaters

Foreign: Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Jack Strong, A Borrowed Identity, Tu Dors Nicole, Gueros

Let Us Prey

Horror: Let Us Prey, The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence (one can only hope)

Hemlock Grove

Television: The Principal and new episodes of Hemlock Grove and Chasing Life

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 10/27/15

Here’s a rather eclectic mix, yet nothing new for Halloween.

Kung Fury

Action & Adventure: Kung Fury

Comedy: Results

Back in Time

Documentary: Back in Time, The Tiger and the Monk

Drama: Unexpected, Hungry Hearts, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Family: The Journey Home, Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered

Foreign: Mea Culpa, Z Storm

Avengers Assemble

Television: New episodes of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble