Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"Man on Wire" (2008) Description from Netflix: Philippe Petit captured the world's attention in 1974 when he successfully walked across a high wire between New York's Twin Towers. This Oscar winner for Best Documentary explores the preparations that went into the stunt as well as the event and its aftermath. Obsessed with the towers even before they were fully constructed, Petit sneaked into the buildings several times to determine the equipment he needed to accomplish his daring feat.

It was done in the style of "Thin Blue Line" with recreations and that was okay. The problem is they keep talking about how dangerous and deadly what they were doing, but it kind of takes the danger out of it when the guy is being interviewed 35 years later. It was interesting, but not engaging.

"Nobel Son" (2007) Description from Netflix: On the verge of receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Prof. Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman) learns that kidnappers have snatched his son Barkley (Bryan Greenberg), a promising graduate student. But when the captors want a ransom of $2 million -- the exact amount of the Nobel Prize money -- the self-serving Eli refuses to cough up the cash in this vitriolic tale about an acutely dysfunctional family. Shawn Hatosy and Mary Steenburgen also star.

Muddy. Very muddy. Script needed work. It has it's moments, but the best part is how well Alan Rickman plays such a dick.

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) Description from Netflix: Javier Bardem stars in the latest effort from legendary filmmaker Woody Allen as a flamboyant painter who finds himself in the middle of a unique relationship with Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Christina (Scarlett Johansson), a pair of American tourists. Penélope Cruz (with her first Oscar win) also stars as Bardem's insanely jealous ex-wife, Maria Elena, in this quirky romantic dramedy (winner of a Best Comedy Golden Globe) set in Barcelona.

I lifted my ban of Woody Allen movies in order to see all the 2008 nominees. I was reminded why I don't like Woody Allen. The narration was annoying and the ending made me hate the earlier parts of the movie I actually enjoyed.

"Repo: the Genetic Opera" (2008) Description from Netflix: In the near future, a biotech company saves mankind with synthetic replacements for failed organs. But those who default on their new liver or heart are subject to repossession. Shilo (Alexa Vega) navigates this dystopia while searching for a cure for her rare illness. Her odyssey is set to a number of catchy songs in this tongue-in-cheek opera. Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head and Sarah Brightman round out the deliciously diverse cast.

I tried. I tried so hard. This seems like my kind of cult movie. I really tried. I made it 20 minutes and couldn't take it any more. This should be used instead of waterboarding.

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