Tuesday, 19 November 2013

New to Netflix UK - 18/11/13

[Sorry for posting a day late...]

The Giant Mechanical Man - A women who's finding hard to adjust to adult life finds a connection in one of her co-workers, a man with similar problems and who moonlights as a street performer. It's not perfect and it's easily forgettable, but it's charming and quirky and perfect for a quiet night in.

Best Worst Movie - Documentary looking at how horror movie 'Troll 2' went from worst movie ever made to being a midnight-screening cult classic. Although this is aimed more towards the fans of Troll 2, it's still an insightful look on how movies are made and in particular how public opinion over them changes with time.

Revanche - After a fatal encounter with a policeman following a bank robbery, an ex-con hides away on a farm only to learn that the police officer and his family live nearby. Less of a conventional thriller and more of a character study, this is still a highly engaging film full of twists that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Safety Not Guaranteed - A journalist intern is brought along to capture the story of a 'crazy' man who believes he has travelled through time and is looking for a partner to experience it with him, and ends up finding a deeper connection with him. Based around an actual ad in the wanted pages of a local newspaper, the film is a highly imaginative and a very enjoyable comedy/drama/sci-fi/romance with a strong script and an amazing cast.

Maniac - A mannequin store owner is approached by an art student for help with her exhibition, but their friendship begins to take its toll and the owners repressed dark desires begin to surface. Grisly, sinister and extremely violent, this is not a movie for the faint hearted and while the plot may feel like a sub-par slasher at times, it's Mr Wood who keeps us watching thanks to his highly watchable (but highly disturbing) performance.

Hysteria - In Victorian England, the sexual frustration of women is put to an end when a doctor invents the vibrator. Given the subject matter, the film is surprisingly light and opts for a more comic approach to the backstory of one of the most popular inventions created, and for the most part it works.

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