Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"August Rush" (2007) Description from Netflix: After cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) and guitarist Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) share an enchanted night together, circumstances rip them apart, and the child produced by the union is raised by a caring stranger (Robin Williams) who nurtures the boy's musical talent. Determined to find his parents, the boy, known as August Rush (Freddie Highmore), relies on music to draw his mother and father to him. Terrence Howard co-stars in this magical drama.

A little saccharinly sweet for my taste. I also like how "an enchanted night together" sounds so much better than a "one night stand with a total stranger." Robin Williams as a bad guy always kind of bothers me as well. It was just okay. It has a few moments that are hard to suspend disbelief.

"Bottle Shock" (2008) Description from Netflix: France's position as the world's top wine producer was unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines permanently on the map. Director Randall Miller's film chronicles the heady early days of Napa Valley's rocket to success. Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Eliza Dushku, Bill Pullman and Freddy Rodriguez star in this tale of dreamers who dared to challenge the establishment.

The idea of the movie and what the movie is about was better than the actual movie. The story was very cool, but it dragged and went on weird tangents. Chris Pine pre-Kirk was good, but so much better in Star Trek.

"A Mighty Wind" (2003) Description from Netflix: Satirist in extremis Christopher Guest aims his mockumentary lens at 1960s folk musicians -- specifically, the earnest Folksmen (portrayed by erstwhile Spinal Tappers Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer), the too-perky New Main Street Singers and former lovebirds Mitch & Mickey. As the three acts prepare to reunite for a tribute concert, music and emotions run high. This Grammy winner is a parody in the tradition of Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.

A whole lot of fun like all their other collaborations. I recommend.

"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008) Description from Netflix: Norah (Kat Dennings) wants to prove to her friend Tris (Alexis Dziena) that she's capable of having a boyfriend. At a concert, she grabs the first guy she sees, Nick (Michael Cera), and asks him to pretend they're dating -- but it turns out that Nick is Tris's ex. Despite this hiccup and the fact that they started off as a fauxmance, their relationship turns real as they traipse through Manhattan sharing their love of music and all things weird.

Aside from one scene, I enjoyed this movie a lot. It had a John Cusak-esque feel to it. A good choice for a Friday or Saturday night rental movie.

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