Monday, 6 May 2013

New to Netflix UK - 06/05/13

It's a good day to be a subscriber as a whole heap of content is now available, including a lot of Disney movies - so thank you very much Netflix.

Justified (TV) - Seasons 2 and 3 have been added to what could be the best cop-crime drama currently showing. Season 2 sees Raylan butting heads with the Bennett family, the local drug suppliers, while Season 3 kicks it up a notch by introducing the sinister Robert Quarles, an exiled gangster who begins to muscle in on the local activity.

Quantum Leap (TV) - The first three seasons have been uploaded of this classic show about a man whose conscience jumps between different people, forcing him to help them solve their personal problems.

Xena: Warrior Princess (TV) - Cult fantasy show which follows ex-Warlord Xena as she attempts to undo the wrongs of her past by helping those in need. All 6 seasons are here so be sure to ration them carefully.

The Killing (TV) - Season 2 has been added of this compelling counterpart to the Danish show of the same name. The investigation into the Larsen murder continues and a possible conspiracy in the campaign is unearthed. (Fans will be pleased to know that the show has been revived for a third season after its sudden cancellation thanks to a co-deal made by Netflix).

I Am Number 4 - Alien refugees living under assumed identities find themselves being hunted in numerical order by the people they originally ran from. It's a completely bonkers premise and the execution isn't too grand but there's some level of mild fun to be had, especially if you're a teen.

Surrogates - In a world where every human is represented by a fully-controlled avatar, a detective must venture out to track down a serial killer who can kill the hosts though their own avatars. It's completely forgettable and checks every box in the 'standard sci-fi dystopia future thriller' list but it's still a fun Brucie vehicle and it does have a fair bit to say about a world driven by technology.

War of the Worlds (2005) - Following a sudden alien attack, a father risks everything to get his children to safety. It's not the most solid film from the great bearded one but decent set-pieces and a chilling performance from Tim Robbins makes this remake stand out above the rest, just so long as you ignore the Hollywoodised ending.

Tomorrow When The War Begun - Based on a series of books, the film follows a group of teens who have to survive when their country is invaded by foreign forces. Sure it reeks of Red Dawn but this movie focuses more on the characters rather than the situation and although it doesn't always get it right, it still makes for an enjoyable watch.

Catfish - Three friends embark on a road trip when one of them meets up with a girl on the internet. The notorious 'is-it-real-or-is-it-not' Catfish has barely any re-watchability value but it shouldn't deter first-timers from what is perhaps the most frighteningly honest portrayal of a society that lives on the internet.

Larger Than Life - A man inherits a large elephant when his father passes away and the situation causes him to rethink his own views on life. It's not a remarkable film but it has Bill Murray in it, that should be enough to convince you.

Kicking and Screaming - A father and son find their competitive nature put to the test when they begin to coach different football teams. Unless you're a die hard Will Ferrell fan or you have kids who need to be entertained there's really not much to this sports-flavoured comedy, disappointing given the talent involved.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Film 2 in the series sees the children return to Narnia to overthrow the evil king who has brought misery upon the lands and restore the rightful heir to the throne. The first movie (also available) was a solid work of entertainment and while the second instalment fails to capture the same level of awe and wonder, it's still a worthy addition to the series.

Red Tails - True story about the Tuskegee airmen who became the first black pilots to fight for America in the Second World War. The film may not offer the most compelling version of the story but the action sequences are still the best air-to-air combat scenes ever committed to film.
Disney Movies
Because I'm lazy I'll just list out the decent Disney movies that are now available (no High School Musical related content is getting recommended on this site). If you haven't heard of them chances are you had no childhood.
  • WALL-E
  • Ratatouille
  • G-Force
  • The Rescuers & The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Aristocats
  • Dumbo
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Treasure Planet
  • The Emperor's New Groove

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