Tuesday, June 2, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"True Blood: Season 1" (2008) Description from Netflix: Mind-reading Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse's (Anna Paquin, in a Golden Globe-winning role) life gets complicated when she falls for vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) in a world where vampires live openly and drink synthetic blood. Trying to improve their image and legitimize their finances, the out-of-the-coffin bloodsuckers hire PR firms and contribute to influential Republican politicians. Alan Ball ("Six Feet Under") helms the HBO series.

The series started strong and completely petered out. The main characters are the only ones worth watching it for and even then they are pretty annoying. I watched the whole season and have no desire to watch the following season.

"Swing Vote" (2008) Description from Netflix: It's Election Day, and the eyes of the nation have fallen on one beer-swigging couch potato named Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), who, through no fault of his own, finds himself in the position of being able to single-handedly choose the next American president. Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez and Dennis Hopper also star in this political satire from writer-director Joshua Michael Stern.

This was better than I thought it would be. The daughter in it was great and makes the movie watchable. Best line was "You protect Presidents! How did you lose her?" "She smarter than them." The supporting cast was perfect and watching them change their politics around this guy was great.

"The Visitor" (2008) Description from Netflix: Widowed professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins, in an Oscar-nominated role) discovers an immigrant couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira), squatting in his Manhattan flat and becomes wrapped up in their lives when Tarek is thrown into a detention center. A wonderful Hiam Abbass co-stars as Tarek's mother, who forges an unlikely connection with Walter. Thomas McCarthy won a Best Director Independent Spirit Award for his touching drama.

This was a great character movie and he totally deserved the nomination for it. Wonderful film and deserves more recognition.

"Hamlet 2" (2008) Description from Netflix: With his department in danger of being cut, high school drama teacher Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) encourages his students to write and produce a sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet in this satirical comedy that riffs on the "inspirational teacher" genre of films. Meanwhile, Marschz must deal with his unhappy wife (Catherine Keener). Elisabeth Shue portrays a version of herself who has given up acting to become a nurse, and Amy Poehler co-stars.

Strange comedy. Watchable and the song "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" was surprising catchy. Elisabeth Shue was AMAZINGLY FUNNY and it's worth it just to see her.

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