Thursday, June 11, 2009

This Week in Netflix

"Flash of Genius" (2008) Description from Netflix: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly pursues recognition for his invention, as well as the much-deserved financial rewards for the sake of his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids. Alan Alda and Dermot Mulroney also star.

This was more interesting of a story than a movie. It was okay, but it seemed very dragged out at times. However, when I use my intermittent wipers, I will think of Robert Kearns' story so I guess the movie worked.

"Defiance" (2008) Description from Netflix: Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia Bielski, one of four Jewish brothers who escape from Poland into the forests of Belarus during World War II to lead a band of resistance fighters and create a safe haven for Jewish refugees. The real-life sanctuary established by the Bielski brothers saved more than 1,000 Jews from persecution and death. Edward Zwick directs this moving historical drama that also stars Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay.

While it is a great movie, it's really no different than the billions of other WW2 movies. Liev Schreiber has made up for Wolverine with his performance in this.

"Revolutionary Road" (2008) Description from Netflix: Based on the novel by Richard Yates and set in the mid-1950s, this story helmed by Sam Mendes follows the Wheelers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett, in a Golden Globe-winning role), a young couple in suburban Connecticut who tries desperately to confront the problems in their relationship while raising two children. Despite their best intentions, the couple's intense arguments send them into a downward spiral. Michael Shannon co-stars in an Oscar-nominated role.

UGH. This was more like a play than a movie with children that only appeared when the script called for them. It was super melodramatic and I can't see how this made it to the top 5 movies of the year when there were much better movies out last year.

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