Monday, December 22, 2008

Another Week In Netflix

"No Reservations" (2007) Description from Netflix: In this remake of the award-winning European romantic comedy Mostly Martha, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Kate, an emotionally fragile chef whose life is turned upside down when she becomes guardian of her niece (Abigail Breslin). Used to absolute control -- both in her kitchen (which she rules with an iron hand) and at home -- Kate now faces chaos on all fronts, as both the child and her new sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) work their way into her heart.

A cute romantic comedy. Nothing earth shattering about it and I'd be more curious to hear what professional chefs thought of the series. They have great chemistry on screen and Abigail Breslin is always fun to watch. It's give it a solid B.

"The Golden Compass" (2007) Description from Netflix: After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny. Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Sam Elliott co-star in this fantasy-laden family adventure based on the first book of the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials.

I was unaware that this was part one of a series so the non-ending ending was a little off putting. It is a fun adventure story that I would put on par with "Neverending Story." The way they explain parallel worlds and souls is interesting. I probably wouldn't buy this on DVD, but I would be interested in seeing the sequels. Nicole Kidman gives her usual performance and Daniel Craig is amazing as usual.

"Stardust" (2007) Description from Netflix: A young man journeys to a magical world to win the heart of his true love in this charming fantasy based on Neil Gaiman's novel. Tristan (Charlie Cox) has promised Victoria (Sienna Miller) that he'll retrieve a fallen star to secure her love. Along the way, he battles a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro), an evil witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) and other assorted goblins and ghosts. Peter O'Toole, Claire Danes and Rupert Everett co-star.

This movie was a lot of fun and I would put it on par with "Princess Bride." It's got something for everyone and was a lot of fun to watch. Claire Danes was a little bland at first, but warmed up as the movie went on. Charlie Cox was great and I'm surprised he hasn't done more movies. Robert DeNiro was a bit over the top for my tastes, but otherwise the movie was a lot of fun. I recommend and have added it to my wish list.

"The Limey" (1999) Description from Netflix: After his release from a British prison, a former professional thief (Terence Stamp) finds out his daughter has been murdered in Los Angeles and travels there to learn the truth about her death. With the investigative assistance of another ex-con (Luis Guzman), he comes face to face with a high-rolling record producer (Peter Fonda), with whom his daughter was having an affair. Lesley Ann Warren co-stars, and Steven Soderbergh directs.

This was recommended to me because of the editing. I didn't like it at first, but it did get better as the movie went a long. Can't say I recommend it unless you like watching Terence Stamp being a bad ass which is the only fun part of the movie. Steven Soderbergh movies seem to be hit or miss with me. I'd go with miss on this one.

No comments: