Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"A Thousand Acres" (1997) Description from Netflix: Shakespeare's King Lear gets an update when Larry Cook (Jason Robards) -- a cranky, aging farmer who owns 1,000 acres of land -- decides to divide his property among his daughters, Ginny (Jessica Lange), Rose (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Caroline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Caroline hesitates to accept, and Larry rescinds the offer. But when Ginny and Rose take over the farm, problems with their ailing father dredge up memories of a horrible past.

Ugh. God Awful. Terrible. Waste of time. Seriously avoid.

"About Last Night..." (1986) Description from Netflix: A definitive Brat Pack movie of the 1980s, About Last Night stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as two veterans of the Chicago singles scene trying the "c" word: commitment. James Belushi is Lowe's wisecracking sex advisor, and Elizabeth Perkins (in her film debut) is Moore's doubting girlfriend. This adaptation of David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago marks the feature debut of director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai).

Very Mamet. Still holds up after all these years. Of course, very 80s in a lot of places. Well worth checking out if you missed it the first time around like I did.

"Breach" (2007) Description from Netflix: Soon after landing a plum job working for FBI operative Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe) realizes he's been brought in to spy on his boss, who's suspected of selling secrets to the Soviets. But can O'Neill handle such an important assignment with so little field experience, or will Hanssen get to him first? Laura Linney and Dennis Haysbert also star in director Billy Ray's high-stakes thriller based on a true story.

I didn't think I would like this as much as I did. Very well done. Excellent cast. Plot moves along nicely. Highly recommend.

"Amazing Stories: Season 1" (1985) Description from Netflix: Steven Spielberg created and produced this 1980s anthology series that picked up where "The Twilight Zone" left off. Each self-contained story stretched the boundaries of the believable, but Spielberg's deft touch (he directed some episodes as well) ensured that they never broke. Highlights from the first season include guest appearances by Kevin Costner, Keifer Sutherland, Gregory Hines, Anthony LaPaglia and many other well-known stars.

I'm surprised by how much I remembered some of these episodes. Very hit or miss, though. The good ones were great and the bad ones were terrible. For some reason, Sci-fi channel was only playing the bad ones so I wanted to watch the good ones that I remembered. Amazing how those one still stand up 24 years later.

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