Monday, December 1, 2008

This Week In Netflix

As stated before here are my Netflix watchings for this week.

"Golden Eye" (1995) Netflix description: New Bond Pierce Brosnan is thrown right into the action before the title song with an eye-opening cliff dive onto a plane. Sporting his signature debonair attitude and pricey gadgets, Bond investigates the destruction of a Russian satellite base with the help of the blast's survivor. Villains such as the sultry Onatopp (Famke Janssen) keep the tone playful even during the elaborate action sequences, including a chase scene involving a tank.

This was my favorite of the newer Bond movies until the Daniel Craig movies happened. I thought I would see it again. WOW. Dated. It was tons campier than I remembered. While it is much more quotable than the current version, they really only updated somethings and left a lot from the old days. It made me appreciate the newer Bond all the more. I can't believe how much I remembered liking this movie. What was I thinking? Wow. I'm going to go hug my "Casino Royal" DVD now.

"Doctor Who" - Season 4 (2008) Netflix description: former runaway bride Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) joins the good Doctor (David Tennant) on his intergalactic adventures, fighting for justice and solving mysteries throughout space and time. The two battle psychic powers in ancient Pompeii, evil forces that lurk in an abandoned library and menacing alien wasps from the Silfrax Galaxy.

I had missed the final two episodes because I was moving and had to shut my cable off. I just got the final disc to catch up. This series is amazing and the more I watch it, the more I love it. I recommend to start watching this from the beginning of the reboot - Season 1. David Tennant has won me over and now is one of my favorite Doctors.

"The Savages" (2007) Netflix description: Carrying the emotional scars of an abusive childhood, siblings Wendy Savage (Laura Linney, in an Oscar-nominated role), a long-aspiring playwright, and Jon Savage (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a professor of drama, now face the challenge of caring for their ailing elderly father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), despite their emotional disconnect from him and each other.

I thought this was just okay. Better than some god awful indy movies ("Smart People") that I have seen, but doesn't touch others ("Little Miss Sunshine"). It was nice to see adult kids tackle dealing with having to take care of a sickly parent that was not their for them growing up. It showed how they were doing the best they could like their dad had done the best he could. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman are solid as always.

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