Wednesday, May 20, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" (2008) Description from Netflix: Director Roman Polanski is the focus of this documentary that explores the tumultuous events of his personal life, including the murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and the sex scandal that prompted him to flee the United States for France. Interviews with Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne, actress Mia Farrow and others help to reveal the many sides of this controversial figure.

Great documentary. I highly recommend. I learned a lot about Roman Polanski I didn't know. Everything makes a whole lot more sense and it is almost understandable why he fled the country.

"Taken" (2008) Description from Netflix: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Now, her father, Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former soldier, must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, Bryan's task may be more than he can handle. Directed by Pierre Morel, this relentless action thriller also stars Famke Janssen.

This really should be called "Shots to the throat." Liam spends the whole movie hitting people in the throat. I kept waiting for him to say "I told you so" or for them to say "You were right." It never comes and the ending is a little to unrealistic for me. I can't say I recommend unless you really hate throats.

"Igor" (2008) Description from Netflix: Igor (voiced by John Cusack) is a brilliant young scientist sidelined by a physical deformity. Despite his position as a lowly assistant to mad Dr. Glickenstein (John Cleese), Igor dreams of winning the Evil Science Fair and the heart of Gretchen, a village beauty. Aided by a zombie rabbit (Steve Buscemi) and a brain in a jar (Sean Hayes), Igor might just hit the big time. Molly Shannon and Jennifer Coolidge also lend their vocal talent.

I can see why this got passed over as it isn't the best, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Steve Buscemi as the immortal rabbit with a death wish is worth watching the movie for alone.

"Henry Poole is Here" (2008) Description from Netflix: Rather than living his last days to the fullest after learning he only has six weeks left on earth, Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) cuts himself off from his fiancée and his family -- and binges on Twinkies, pizza and liquor. But a fortuitous miracle and a clash with his eccentric, meddling neighbors derail Henry's plans in director Mark Pellington's witty black comedy. Cheryl Hines and George Lopez also star.

Predictable and preachy not to mention sloppy filmmaking and slow as hell. I can't recommend. The only humor in the whole movie was shown in the commercials for it.

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