Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"The Reader" (2008) Description from Netflix: Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) reflects on the formative sexual relationship he had with older woman Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet, in a Golden Globe- and Oscar-winning role) as a young teenager in this poignant drama set in post-World War II Germany. The passionate affair ended when Hanna disappeared. But years later, Michael learns she's on trial for horrific Nazi war crimes. David Kross plays the teenage Michael in this film based on Bernhard Schlink's best-seller.

How did this get any recognition? This wouldn't have made my top anything for last year. The plot line made no sense and honestly way more naked Kate Winslet than anyone (as side form her hubby) needs to see.

"The Tale of Despereaux" (2008) Description from Netflix: Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is different from other mice: He reads books, has ears too big for his too-small body and loves the human Princess Pea (Emma Watson). With his friend, a rat named Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), Despereaux sets out to escape the castle dungeon and win the girl of his dreams. Sigourney Weaver, William H. Macy and Kevin Kline also lend their voices to this adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's Newberry Medal-winning books.

It was okay. I think I expected a bit more. I'm curious to read the book. Also, I think Sigourney Weaver should narrate everything.

"Lost in Austen" (2008) Description from Netflix: After a dispute with her boyfriend, Amanda lands in the 19th-century world of author Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. While helping the Bennet sisters find husbands, Amanda accidentally causes problems that could alter the course of the tale. Throughout this British series, Amanda must balance her feelings for Mr. Darcy (Elliot Cowan) with her responsibility to the one of the world's greatest love stories. Jemima Rooper stars.

BRILLIANT! Anyone who likes "Pride and Prejudice" MUST SEE THIS! Need to buy it the moment I have the opportunity. BRILLIANT!

"The Wrestler" (2008) Description from Netflix: Mickey Rourke (in a Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated role) stars as retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson, who returns to the ring and tries to work his way up the circuit for a final shot at defeating his longtime rival. Along the way, he tries to reconnect with his daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood), while exploring a relationship with a stripper named Cassidy (Marisa Tomei, also nominated for a Golden Globe and Oscar).

I can see why Mickey Rourke won for this. The movie was a bit sad. People who hold on to their glory days too long. Marisa Tomei wasn't as good and didn't deserve the nomination. Worth checking out.

"Somewhere in Time" (1980) Description from Netflix: In this unabashedly romantic film, an elderly woman approaches playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) and presses a pocket watch into his hand whispering, "Come back to me." Years later, Collier becomes obsessed with a picture of an early 1900s actress (Jane Seymour) and discovers that she's the woman who gave him the watch. Collier wills himself back in time to find the woman, and the pair begins a love affair out of time.

Recommended to me by a co-worker. Meh. Really lame way to time travel. Also, "City of Angels" could be a reinterpretation of this movie.

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