Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This Week In Netflix

[REC] (2007) Description from Netflix: Trapped in a quarantined Barcelona apartment building with residents, firefighters and a growing horde of ravenous zombies, television reporter Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman, Pablo, record brutal deaths and terrifying events while trying to stay alive. Filmed entirely from unseen Pablo's point of view, this tension-filled Spanish horror film thrills viewers with its aggressive action. Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró direct.

This may be one of my favorite horror movies of all time and it's in Spanish with subtitles. The movie "Quarantine" is a remake of it. I recommend this version HIGHLY.

The Great Buck Howard (2008) Description from Netflix: Colin Hanks stars in this offbeat comedy as a law student who quits school against his father's wishes to become the apprentice of cantankerous illusionist the Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich). Looking to regain the magic of his once-successful career, Howard takes his show on the road, where he and his new assistant endure a series of hilarious misadventures. Hanks's real-life dad, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, co-stars.

This is a completely wholesome movie much like "That Thing You Do." John Malkovich and Colin Hanks are great. This is a nice little rental when you want something just nice and sweet.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Description from Netflix: A hunch and the defunding of his lab prompt geology professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) -- whose outrageous theories have made him a laughingstock in academia -- to set off for Iceland in search of a portal to Earth's core. With his sullen teenage nephew (Josh Hutcherson) in tow and a fetching mountaineer (Anita Briem) as a guide, Anderson finds a passageway leading to a vast primordial world at the center of the planet.

I was surprised how much I liked this. It's completely a family film marketed toward kids, but still it's enjoyable because they aren't talking down to kids or going for the fart joke humor. Not to mention they sneak literature and history into it so kids might actually learn something too.

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