Monday, 29 July 2013

New to Netflix UK - 29/07/13

 Not much to talk about this week.

Super 8 - A mysterious train crash sets off a chain of strange events in a small town prompting the sudden appearance of the military. Supposedly a love letter to the early Spielberg films and film-making in general, there's no denying that the film has its charm but while the plot may seem familiar, the story is well written, the acting is great and it features one of the best score Giacchino has written to this point.

Starship Troopers: Invasion - The Federation tracks down one of its ships which appears to have gone rogue only to find a new and menacing threat. Given the talent behind it, it's not as good as one would hope, with questionable dialogue and some dodgy character animations but the film is still better than the live action sequels (though not as good as Roughnecks) and shows promise for any future instalments.

Mako Mermaids - Sequel/spin-off to Aussie mermaid teen show "H2O: Just Add Water" where a new merman poses a threat to Mako Island. I have no idea what I've just written but early reviews seem to be somewhat positive for this show (while it's classed as Netflix Original, Netflix didn't actually make it, they just have exclusive broadcasting rights) and I imagine fans of the original will be enthusiastic about this one.

V/H/S - Horror Anthology with 5 individual segments involving a succubus, a stalker, an anomaly, paranormal happenings and a (literally) haunted house. One of the major come-backs to the anthology movies, the segment qualities vary from disappointing (Ti West's lacklustre 'Second Honeymoon') to down-right awesome ('10/31/98' by Radio Silence) but the film works on a whole and has enough gore thrills and cheap scares to keep horror aficionados content.

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