Monday, 3 March 2014

New to Netflix UK - 03/03/14

It seems like everything's back to normal after last week's no show...

Grimm (TV) - A man discovers he is a descendant of the Brothers Grimm and that it is his job to keep the real world safe from fairy-tale creatures who are very much real. While it shares a lot with Once Upon a Time, Grimm manages to offer a different look at the clash between fairy-tales and reality by crossing it with a police procedural thriller, which works for the most part.

Event Horizon - A rescue ship tracks down the distress signal of an experimental craft which has been missing for many years, only to succumb to the same mysterious horrors that killed the first crew. Trashy sci-fi-horror that has somehow developed a cult following.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold - Concert documentary following Neil Young performing in Nashville. Still widely regarded as one of the best music docs, though it may only appeal to Young fans, it is a fine example of how to mix music and the emotion for music that is felt by those who watch and listen as well as those who create it.

Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyers Cut) - Six part documentary that follows the lives of the Monty Python crew, from their humble beginnings to going about their separate ways. A must watch for any fan, this endearing documentary hits all the right notes in bringing forth nostalgia and generally fascinating tid-bits of one of the greatest sketch-comedy groups ever assembled.

Young Adult - A teen-novel writer, who's own life is going nowhere, heads back to her hometown to try to patch things up with her ex, even though he's happily married and expecting a child. It can be hard to warm up to, given that Theron's lead character is as unpleasant as they come, but if you stick with it you'll find that there's actually a level of warmth to this darkly twisted movie.

30 Minutes or Less - A pizza delivery boy finds himself forced to rob a bank when two dimwitted crooks abduct him and strap him with explosives. It should have been a lot funnier, given the talent involved, but fans of low-key toilet humour shouldn't be too disappointed by what is on offer here.

The Firm - An up-and-coming lawyer joins 'The Firm' after they lure him with irresistible perks, but he soons find there's a much more sinister side to the company when two associates turn up dead. It has a strong cast but the over-long running time means this thriller ends up fizzling out before the ending is even near.

Primal Fear - A high-profile defence attorney takes the case of a mentally-challenged young man accused of killing an archbishop, though what initially started as a ploy to raise his public profile soon turns into a sinister game of hidden motives. A very well made legal-thriller with great performances, particularly by Norton, that has enough great twists to keep you guessing until the very end.

The Great Muppet Caper - The gang have to try to solve a jewellery robbery after the culprits frame Miss Piggy. Fun feature-length outing for the Muppets that features a decent story and some catchy songs.

Sister Act - After witnessing a mob hit, a lounge singer hides out in a convent, impersonating a nun, where she finds herself in charge of the school choir group. Amusing, if somewhat lacklustre, comedy which features Goldberg at her best even if the writing isn't always up to it.

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