Tuesday, 27 May 2014

New to Netflix UK - 26/05/14

Yet another slow week (that's 3 in a row...), though some good titles this time round.

Only God Forgives - A fighting promoter is pressured by his mother to seek revenge for the death of his brother by a renegade police officer. Hyper-stylised and hyper-violent, Refn's Drive follow-up is a brutal and nihilistic tale that may be too much for most.

Reality - A fishmonger with a 'Big Brother' obsession finds himself confronted with delusions of reality and paranoia when he believes himself to be a contestant on the show. Quirky-funny, and a sharp bite at reality TV in general, this Italian comedy-drama is worth a watch even if it never quite holds its footing.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home - A stay-at-home slacker, forced out into the real world on an errand run, finds himself on a quest to save his brothers failing marriage. Although the plot may prove to be pointless to some, there is a lot of heartfelt reality in this indie comedy that's brought to life thanks to an amazing cast and its unique interpretation on the movie 'Signs'.

Monday, 19 May 2014

New to Netflix UK - 18/05/13

Another slow week...

Easy Money - A man begins to sell drugs in order to finance his double life, throwing his life into the paths of two men with similar problems. An excellent Swedish thriller that starts fast and doesn't stop until the credits roll.

Welcome to the Rileys - A family, grieving from the death of their daughter, find solace in helping a teenage stripper sort her life out. It's well acted, and it's heartfelt at its core, but the script is predicable and sometimes a little dull.

Monday, 12 May 2014

New to Netflix UK - 12/05/14

Very limited choice of new movies this week.

Silence - A sound recordist embarks across Ireland to record soundscapes free from human interference, meditating upon the necessity to isolate oneself from the everyday activities of life. There's not much in the way of plot, to the point that many will likely find this movie dull and tedious, but there's a deeper level of poetic wonder to be had from the stunning Irish cinematography and the quiet sounds of nature.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New to Netflix UK - 05/05/14

Some new content this week, just don't expect it to cheer you up.

The Crazies - Residents of a small town are forced to flee to their lives after a bio-weapon turns most of the inhabitants into homicidal maniacs. Atmospheric, grisly and well directed this is a pretty decent horror remake that doesn't overstay its welcome but also sticks with you once it's over.

The Assassination (aka Assassination of a High School President) - When the SAT exams at a prestigious school are stolen, the school reporter and the popular girl team up to uncover the conspiracy. Don't be fooled by the cheesy title and plot, this is a clever little detective noire set within the realm of a high school (not unlike Brick) that deserved much more recognition than it got.

Beneath Hill 60 - Enlisting into the Australian army, an engineer finds himself under the front-lines of WW1 tasked with blowing up the German defences. It would be easy to pass this off as the Australian version of Birdsong but the movie (based on real characters too) is still a tense visual account of the horrors the troops faced in the trenches and well worth watching.

Down Terrace - A father and son, both released from jail, try to figure out the snitch who turned them in while trying to keep their family 'enterprise' afloat. Wheatley's first movie is a fresh take on the classic British gangster genre, complete with his own brand of dark and sadistic humour.

Rabbit Hole - Two parents find their lives spiralling down different paths after their son is killed in a car accident. An emotional drama brought to tragic life by excellent acting from both Eckhart and Kidman as well as excellent direction from Cameron-Mitchell.

Stitches - After being killed during a party, a clown comes back to life to have his revenge. Camp B-movie fun that, given the generic plot and bad acting, still has some merits.