Thursday, April 2, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"Eagle Eye" (2008) Description from Netflix: Returning home after the shocking death of his overachieving twin brother, an aimless slacker named Jerry (Shia LaBeouf) finds himself inexplicably linked to notorious terrorist cell. Now, with the nation's law enforcement agencies hunting them down, Jerry and single mother Rachel (Michelle Monoghan) -- who's also been framed -- must work around the clock to thwart a political assassination and clear their names in the process.

Not as bad as I would have thought. Better than Transformers, but that's not really saying anything. It was okay. I recommend if it were playing on cable.

"W." (2008) Description from Netflix: Academy Award winner Oliver Stone directs an all-star cast in this satiric retrospective of the life and political career of George W. Bush (Josh Brolin), from his troubles as a young adult through his governorship of Texas and all the way to the Oval Office. Among the key supporting players are Richard Dreyfuss as veep Dick Cheney, Elizabeth Banks as first lady Laura Bush and Thandie Newton as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

I was impressed. Oliver Stone managed to put Bush in a perspective that almost made him seem sympathetic. All the performances were spot on. I recommend checking out.

"Pineapple Express" (2008) Description from Netflix: After witnessing an underworld murder involving a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez) and a drug kingpin (Gary Cole), straitlaced pothead Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) must go on the run with his dealer (James Franco, in a Golden Globe-nominated role) to escape the wrath of the vengeance-minded criminals. Acclaimed indie auteur David Gordon Green directs the stoner road comedy, penned by Rogen and his Superbad co-writer, Evan Goldberg.

It was just okay. Not really into stoner movies, but Seth Rogan and James Franco made the movie watchable. They said on the extra features that the idea of the movie was what an action movie would be like if it centered around Brad Pitt's character in "True Romance." That is a spon on description.

"Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) Description from Netflix: After coming within one question of winning 20 million rupees on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" 18-year-old Mumbai "slumdog" Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is arrested on suspicion of cheating. While in custody, Jamal regales a jaded police inspector (Irfan Khan) with remarkable tales of his life on the streets, as well as the story of Latika (Freida Pinto), the woman he loved and lost. Danny Boyle's film won a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Picture.

I am in the minority on this, but I did not like the movie. I wouldn't put it in the top list of anything. I kept waiting for Sally Struthers to walk out and tell me how much money I should give to end all of it. I realize they were going for Bollywood ending over the credits, but a dance number with everyone including the people who died kind fo takes a way the weight of their deaths.

"Timecrimes" (2007) Description from Netflix: After accidentally traveling to the past, Héctor (Karra Elejalde) meets himself and triggers a series of mysterious events that lead to a shocking crime. The gripping time-travel story -- at once deeply intricate and easy to follow -- also stars Candela Fernández. Oscar-nominated short-film director Nacho Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this finely crafted sci-fi thriller.

This was a great movie on time travel and how things work. Plus a good thriller on top of it. It's in Spanish so watch it with subtitles, but I highly recommend.

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