Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This Week In Netflix

Submitted for Your Approval: Rod Serling (1998) Description from Netflix: This documentary about Rod Serling derives its name from the weekly introduction that the "Twilight Zone" host delivered with his signature clenched diction. These fantasy playlets linger because of their twist endings and science-fiction trappings, which shrewdly disguise the taut morality plays the prolific screenwriter Serling (Seven Days in May, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes) hid within.

Great information done as a bad documentary. It sounded good on paper, but they used footage from the Twlight Zone episodes as B-roll footage. They also got a bad impersonator to do all the Rod Serling quotes. I recommend reading the book instead.

The Mutant Chronicles (2008) Description from Netflix: In a futuristic world where Earth is divided into four warring "Corporations," a frightening new breed of NecroMutant threatens to destroy the global population. But is Brother Samuel, the leader of an age-old monastic order, the prophesized Deliverer who's destined to destroy the undying beasts and save the planet? Seizing the chance to realize his destiny, Samuel rounds up an army of recruits who can help him do the job.

A little too scifi even for me. Anything that takes more than 10 minutes to explain the backstory is too much. However, great performances by everyone. Tom Jane is really a great actor.

He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Description from Netflix: Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson lead an all-star ensemble cast of characters dealing with the pitfalls of love and human interaction in this big-screen adaptation of Greg Behrendt's best-selling book. Set in Baltimore, director Ken Kwapis's film moves swiftly between a host of storylines brought to life by a stellar lineup of actors that also includes Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long.

Better than I thought it would be. Watchable and even entertaining at times. Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long are the only reasons to watch this.

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