Tuesday, May 5, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"Frost/Nixon" (2008) Description from Netflix: Ron Howard directs this adaptation of Peter Morgan's popular Broadway play centered on a series of revelatory TV interviews former President Richard Nixon granted British talk show host David Frost in 1977. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, the film stars Frank Langella, reprising his Tony Award-winning stage role, along with a stellar cast that includes Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt.

Well done. I think I would like to see the stage version. I wish that instead of the actors doing interviews in between, they had used the real people. Similar to what they did in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."

"JCVD" (2008) Description from Netflix: Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself in this comic action film. While visiting his family at home in Belgium, Van Damme is caught in the middle of a robbery, and the cops think the aging star has snapped and pulled the job himself. Now, on top of dealing with financial problems, a nasty custody battle and a waning career, he has to make like a real-life action hero and find his way out of a very tense situation.

Impressive movie. A little different than you would think especially as most of it is in French with subtitles. The opening sequence is brilliant. Worth checking out. You will see Jean-Claude in a whole new light.

"Meet the Robinsons" (2007) Description from Netflix: In this animated adventure, brilliant preteen inventor Lewis (voiced by Daniel Hansen) creates a memory scanner to retrieve his earliest recollections and find out why his mother gave him up for adoption. But when the villainous Bowler Hat Guy steals the machine, Lewis is ready to give up on his quest -- until the mysterious Wilbur Robinson (Wesley Singerman) shows up on the scene, whisking Lewis to the future to find the scanner ... and his mom.

I was told this was "not that bad." Meh. I didn't care for it at all. Not worth watching at all. All the best parts were in the commercial.

"The Duchess" (2008) Description from Netflix: Keira Knightley stars as Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire, in this adaptation of Amanda Foreman's novel. Unhappily married to the duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes, in a Golden Globe-nominated role), Georgiana indulges in extravagant vices and begins a scandalous affair with politician Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper). Director Saul Dibb's drama about the aristocratic 18th-century femme fatale received an Oscar for Best Costume Design.

It was okay. Definitely deserved the best costume design. Seems like a better novel.

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