Genre Grandeur – Die Hard (1988)

My choice review for this month’s Genre Grandeur is Die Hard. Check it out over at MovieRob! Yippee-ki-yay motherfu- …Have a nice day!

For the next entry in this month’s Genre Grandeur, here’s a review of Die Hard (1988) by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog.

Next month’s Genre will be Holiday movies (it can be any film about any holiday).  To participate, just send me your review by 23rd of December to holiday@movierob.net and I’ll post it!

Take a look at what Justine thinks of Die Hard…..

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die-hard-movie-posterI’ll admit Die Hard may not be the most original choice for a favorite ’80s action flick. But in a way, it breaks the mold of all the other shoot ’em up action movies with the really muscular heroes and overwhelmingly cheesy dialogue. Yeah, I love all those other movies too, but Die Hard won me over with a simple, yet skillfully written plot and a great, sarcastic main character who is basically just an ordinary guy thrown into an extraordinary situation.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

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Now that there’s no more actual games taking place, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is able to focus more on the political battle within Panem. Katniss has become the face of the rebellion, and in order to encourage all the districts to rise up together against the Capitol, she is persuaded into making propaganda videos to excite the fight within those who have been oppressed for so long. While there’s nothing wrong with this part of the story, it is still blatantly clear that it is only half of a whole, a half that has been dragged out for two hours might I add. The whole movie is not much other than build up for the big finale that we are only going to have to wait another year for.

For those who have read the book, you know that it was actually quite a short one, and in no way needed to be split up into two movies. This is where the biggest problem lies. There just wasn’t enough going on in the first half of the book to make a whole movie out of it. So because of this ridiculous trend of studios wanting a big cash grab on the finale of young adult book-to-movie adaptations, we are getting unfinished films with plots that have been unnecessarily dragged out. This is the shortest of the three Hunger Games films so far, but it feels like the longest. Was it a bad film? No, I did enjoy it. I just wish it came with the other half.

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A lot of the other problems I have with the film is mainly due to the story itself, so basically, I blame the author for writing such a rubbish book (yeah, I said rubbish), and treating her main character like a helpless 5-year-old. If I had been reading a hard copy instead of reading it on my Kindle, I would’ve thrown it out the window and flicked a lighted match on it. I’m serious. Sorry to anyone who enjoyed it, but I hated it so much I’m almost tempted to write a whole post about how shitty I thought it was. Thankfully, the movie changed enough of the story in order to make it mostly enjoyable instead of the piece of crap it could’ve been. It may seem as though Katniss didn’t have much to do here, and sadly, it probably wasn’t enough, but in the book she was mainly either crying or passed out for the entire first half, so what you get here is truly a gift.

Jennifer Lawrence is amazing. I wish that Katniss took more control of her own life instead of being such a puppet, but at least Lawrence can play the puppet really well. A lot of the emotional parts of the film are tied to her character, and the fact that she feels helpless and useless despite being the symbol of hope for a lot of people. Most of her motivation comes from the thought of what the Capitol, who captured Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) in the last film, might be doing to him in retaliation. She sees the destruction of District 12 and the injured and dead who are fighting for their freedom because of her, and she knows she has a responsibility–regardless of if she ever wanted it in the first place–to play her part.

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Aside from Lawrence’s performance, there is some emotionally powerful imagery in this film. For example, a large group of district dwellers carrying bombs run towards a dam that powers electricity into the Capitol. Meanwhile, the Peacekeepers shoot down whoever they can, and those in the front lines start dropping like flies. These people are willingly giving their lives for the slight chance they might be able to overthrow the Capitol and President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) rule. Is blowing up a dam going to do that? No, but it is a small battle in a big war, and they’re ready to die for it. There’s a few other scenes like this of people in the districts fighting back, and those are honestly some of the best parts. Similar to in Catching Fire when Katniss and Peeta watch a man get shot for doing the District 12 gesture, it’s the scenes when shit gets real that you start to really care for the characters in the movie.

As far as the supporting characters go, some stand out while others fade into the background. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) has a personality that barely exists, he’s given almost no lines even with Peeta out of the picture for a short while. It’s a shame, really, because he could’ve potentially been one of the more useful characters in the film. Peeta is stuck at the Capitol and we don’t see much of him besides on the Capitol TV. The movie really belongs to Katniss this time around, as well as Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman). They are the two masterminds behind the rebellion, telling Katniss what to do and when to do it. Both are incredible actors, and it is a bit sad to see Hoffman on the screen knowing he’s not with us anymore, but I do love his part. There’s also a welcome addition of Cressida (Natalie Dormer), who not only looks like a badass with a half shaved head, but is the one in charge of filming Katniss’ propaganda videos as well as hyping her up for a good performance. Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) are two popular favorites and comic reliefs that are still around, and do well enough with the small parts they’ve been given.

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There isn’t a ton of action in this movie, and like I said, it’s more focused on the politics of everything. President Snow taunts Katniss with videos of Peeta telling the districts to stand down, and Katniss and District 13 retaliate by making videos showing the horror and destruction the Capitol has caused in order to rile up the other districts. It goes along with a popular theme in films this year of how the media can hugely influence others. Katniss spends a lot of time trying to come to terms with what’s happening and the idea that Peeta could be in a lot of danger. Overall, not a ton of really consequential things happen. It could’ve been twenty minutes shorter and still gotten the job done. It does pick up towards the end, though.

The whole purpose of Mockingjay – Part 1 is to build up to something we aren’t going to see right away, so you have to be prepared for something that is quite different from the previous two films. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance alone makes this movie worth seeing. As a stand alone movie, I didn’t find it to be as good as the last one, but it was still enjoyable. Unfortunately, you can’t help but think it’s only there to service the real finale. Would it have been better as one movie? Probably. In the end, if you’re seeing this you’ll most likely be seeing the final installment too, and it’ll eventually all come together anyway.

3/5

Netflix: Expiring Soon (November 2014)

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Below you will find lists of titles expiring on Netflix by the end of this month (November) in the US, Canada, and the UK. For anyone wanting to know what has been added this month, you can find that list here. I try to keep it as updated as possible.

As usual, if anyone comes across any expiration dates that are not on this list, leave the title in the comments and I will add it. Thanks!

Note: Unless any of these titles are renewed, the dates below represent the date of the last day these titles will be available for you to watch.

Netflix US

11/20
The Measure of a Man (2011)
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
11/21
End of Watch (2012)
11/23
Henry’s Crime (2010)
Snowman’s Land (2010)
11/24
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Union Square (2011)
11/25
Dragon Crusaders (2011)
The King’s Speech (2010)
The Northerners (1992)
Paradise: Love (2012)
11/28
American Streetballers (2009)
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
I Sell the Dead (2008)
Kidnapped (2010)
Vampires (2010)
11/29
Aftershock (2010)
Black Moon Rising (1986)
The Boys Next Door (1985)
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Dead End Drive-In (1986)
Dead Heat (1988)
The Details (2011)
Helvetica (2007)
House (1986)
House II: The Second Story (1987)
Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under (2012)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)
Return to Horror High (1987)
Slugs (1987)
The Stuff (1985)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
The Vineyard (1989)
Vamp (1986)
11/30
18 to Life – 2 seasons (2010) (TV)
1941 (1979)
The Apostle (1997)
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
The Big Hit (1998)
Blue Mountain State – 3 seasons (2010) (TV)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
First Knight (1995)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
Going All the Way (1997)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
I’m Not Rappaport (1996)
Ishtar (1987)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
The Man Who Cried (2000)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Mission Impossible III (2006)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Mr. Mom (1983)
‘night, Mother (1986)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain: Part 2 (1978)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Paradise Alley (1978)
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
The Presidio (1988)
The Promise (1979)
The Proposition (1998)
Reds (1981)
The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Summer Rental (1985)
Swashbuckler (1976)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
Thursday (1998)
The Untouchables (1987)
Uptown Girls (2003)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Walker (1987)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
12/2
Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

 

Netflix Canada

11/22
UFC: Bad Blood (2011)
UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fight Moments (2009)
UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 7 (2009)
UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 8 (2010)
UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 9 (2011)
UFC: Ultimate Heavyweights (2010)
UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen (2010)
UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin (2010)
UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez (2010)
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort (2011)
11/25
Dragon Crusaders (2011)
11/26
Doggie B (2012)
11/27
White Vengeance (2011)
11/28
American Streetballers (2009)
Joker (2012)
11/30
4 Assassins (2012)
1313: Night of the Widow (2012)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Bridesmaids (2011)
Chasing Amy (1997)
Dangerous Ishhq (2012)
Dark Mirror (2007)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Deadline (2009)
Desk Set (1957)
Dirty Deeds (2002)
Eloise’s Lover (2009)
The Endless Summer (1966)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
The Firm (1993)
Food, Inc. (2008)
Halloween (2007)
Heartless (2009)
The Heavy (2010)
Howl (2010)
Hunting the Lost Symbol (2009)
The Italian Job (2003)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Julia (1977)
Leaves of Grass (2010)
The Legend of the Drunken Master (1994)
The Newton Boys (1998)
Paid in Full (2002)
Parental Guidance (2012)
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
The Prophecy (1995)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Ravenous (1999)
Rounders (1998)
Senseless (1998)
The Uninvited (2008)
12/2
Sins of My Father (2009)
12/3
Let the Bullets Fly (2010)

 

Netflix UK

11/19
A Marine Story (2010)
The Bears and I (1974)
Born in 68 (2008)
My Friend from Faro (2008)
11/20
Gigola (2010)
So Hard to Forget (2010)
11/22
The Jungle Bunch: The Movie (2011)
11/23
Hope Springs (2012)
11/26
Hocus Pocus (1993)
11/27
American Streetballers (2009)
11/29
Dangerous Ishhq (2012)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
11/30
Trespass (2011)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Through a fun and heartfelt story about a genius boy and his robot, Big Hero 6 flaunts some truly gorgeous animation. Once again, Disney has shown people why they are one of the leading animation studios in the world. Last year, they dominated the box office with Frozen, a movie which I found lacking in story but was a huge success nonetheless. For me, personally, Big Hero 6 surpasses Frozen by a long shot. Sure, there’s no Disney princess with a pretty blue dress shooting ice out of her fingers, but Big Hero 6 is magical in its own right. To some, it might just be the kid-friendly version of yet another Marvel superhero movie, but I think it’s much more than that. It explores themes of family, friendship, loss, and the potentials of fast-advancing science and how the world’s youth can mold it into something good.

Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a child prodigy who spends his free time participating in back alley robot fights for money. When his older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), brings Hiro into his university’s robotics lab to show him the robot he has been working on–a big, balloon-like healthcare companion named Baymax–Hiro is persuaded to use his gifts for something useful and to apply at the school. In order to get in, he has to impress Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell), and he does so using a new invention of microbots that can move and link together to build anything the brain can think of. Incidentally, he also catches the eye of Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk), the rich owner of a robotics company who wants to buy his invention. Due to the influence of his brother, Hiro resists the temptation to make quick cash, and puts his university education first.

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Tragedy soon befalls Hiro when Tadashi is killed in a fire at the university. Left with no parents and no brother, he finds comfort in Baymax as well as Tadashi’s friends, Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Fred (T.J. Miller). They all find themselves in danger when Hiro figures out a masked man who may have been involved in the fire that caused Tadashi’s death is using his microbots for an evil cause, and he upgrades Baymax and his friends with some high tech gear so they can form a team to stop him.

It’s difficult not to fall in love with the inflatable robot who only wants to ease what he perceives as Hiro’s pubescent angst. He has to deflate to fit through small spaces, he becomes the equivalent of a drunkard when his battery is low, and instead of making an explosion sound after a fist bump, he says something along the lines of “da-la-la-la-la.” In other words, he’s quite adorable. I can imagine kids around the world wanting a Baymax for themselves after seeing this movie. I know I do.

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Hiro eventually becomes consumed with the desire for revenge on the man responsible for Tadashi’s death and tries to use Baymax as a weapon against him. But Baymax was created by Tadashi as a robot who would never harm another human being. In a way, Tadashi continues to live on through him, helping Hiro mature through one of the most difficult times in his life. So aside from the general adorable traits Baymax was created with, he symbolizes something much more meaningful and sentimental. He is a piece of Tadashi that was left behind after his death, making Baymax the true heart of Big Hero 6.

Tadashi’s friends are a smart, but not so original mix of personalities. Fred is probably the most interesting just because he is basically the mascot of the team. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed and his costume is ridiculously funny, he adds a lot more light-hearted humor to the film. He’s also the subject of the post-credits scene, because you can’t have a Marvel movie without a post-credits scene. The movie is called Big Hero 6, but doesn’t focus much on the other 4, which is not a huge deal, but it is noticeable seeing as how I couldn’t remember the others’ names until I looked them up. The 102-minute movie takes its time with Hiro and Baymax, though, the two characters you care about the most. If it had been even 10 minutes longer we might’ve gotten a bit more of a balanced movie that would’ve made you care a little more about the rest of this animated ensemble.

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Big Hero 6 has some really stunning animation. The film is set in a fictional city called San Fransokyo, which of course, is a mixture between San Francisco and Tokyo if you weren’t able to guess. The architecture is a blend of both cities, allowing for the creation of an extremely interesting and colorful metropolis. Some of the best parts are when Hiro and Baymax, decked out in their superhero gear, are flying through the city. You get a real sense of the amount of detail and creativity that went in to forming this culturally-mixed animated world.

Big Hero 6 is a fun animated film. It shows plenty of emotion and humor through the bonds of friendship and family, and a boy who finds solace in the company of a caring robot companion. I can confidently say that it currently stands as my favorite animated movie of the year. Baymax and the rest of the team captured my heart, as I’m sure it will the hearts of many other children and adults alike.

4.5/5

Best to Worst: Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan is a director whose likability ranges from completely overrated to god among men. He has a very passionate fan base, that’s for sure. My opinion of him lies somewhere in the middle ground. I respect him and think he’s a talented filmmaker whose work I admire and enjoy to watch. Sometimes he doesn’t quite hit the nail right on the head, but he comes pretty close most of the time. With the release of Interstellar this weekend, I figured I’d take a look back on all nine of his films to see which ones stand out as his greatest, and which ones didn’t quite hit the mark. Here is my personal ranking of Christopher Nolan’s films from best to worst.

1. Memento (2000)
Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
IMDb rating: 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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Memento is a great psychological thriller about a man named Leonard (Guy Pearce) who is on a quest to find a man involved in the attack and murder of his wife. The twist is that Leonard suffers from anterograde amnesia and is unable to store recent memories, so he hangs on to his clues by taking Polaroids, writing notes and tattooing words on his body. The great thing about Memento is the way the events are presented to us using two sequences, one in black and white and one in color. The scenes alternate, although there is an order to each sequence. Basically, it’s not very easy to piece everything together until the end, but of course, you always have those people who “saw it coming.” To me, though, I didn’t find Memento to be predictable at all, and that’s something I really like about movies like this. Everything is like a piece to a big puzzle, and we piece them together at the same time Leonard does. The plot, when everything is said and done, might not be the most original, but the way it is presented is. So why do I think this one is the best? Well, this movie really showcased what Nolan can bring to the table when it comes to film. He’s not afraid to take chances. Memento is not your run-of-the-mill kind of thriller, and that’s what’s so fun about it. It’s smart and engaging without being pretentious. It kickstarted a career that was soon going to be admired by many, and although I really enjoyed a lot of his films afterwards, this one still stands at the top for me.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman
IMDb rating: 9.0
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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Here is the most highly praised superhero film of all superhero films. People may have mentally noted Nolan’s name after the likes of Memento, but let’s face it, The Dark Knight Trilogy is what really put him on the map. I saw this in the theater without even having watched Batman Begins first and I still enjoyed it. Yes, it’s true, I’m a Marvel fan, but I don’t let a comic book brand name keep me from enjoying a good movie. So why is this movie so popular? One could argue that it’s really Heath Ledger’s unmatched portrayal of the Joker and his subsequent death that pushed this so far into the spotlight. But I think it has more to do with Nolan’s vision of Batman overall. You could put Christian Bale in this without the Batman suit and it would still be a great action/drama. He became a relatable superhero because he’s barely a superhero at all, well, not in the traditional sense. He’s a billionaire with martial arts skills, cool gadgets, a tormented soul, and a conscience that keeps him from killing. The Joker is the perfect foil, a man who creates chaos for the sake of chaos. There’s no typical motivation involved, he doesn’t want money or to rule the world, he just wants people, Batman especially, to admit that when it comes down to it, they will do whatever it takes to keep themselves alive, including murder. The battle between good and evil is interesting and psychological. The story within the comic book world may not be so original, but the way Nolan handled it and took it down to a very human level is what made it great. This formula certainly doesn’t work for all superheroes, but it works for Batman.

3. Inception (2010)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe
IMDb rating: 8.8
Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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Inception is often considered to be either a very smart blockbuster, or one of the most overrated movies of all time. Is it slightly overrated? Probably, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t personally enjoy it. What can I say? I am a sucker for stylish sci-fis. There isn’t much heart in Inception, or character development, and it suffers from way too much babbling exposition, something I complained about in Interstellar as well, but unlike the latter, I wasn’t totally let down with a downward spiral of a second half. I have to give credit to Nolan for the idea, though. Instead of giving us a remake or some other incredibly boring rehashed sci-fi theme he came up with this ridiculous but fun story involving sleep-sharing technology and multiple layers of dreams. It might be a little too Matrix-y for its own good, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. I go to the movies in the hopes I’ll find something different, and if it’s not different, then hopefully it’s better than its predecessors. Inception wasn’t a let down for me. It’s not a perfect movie, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

4. The Prestige (2006)
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall
IMDb rating: 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

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The Prestige has a great, engaging story about two magicians whose obsession with pulling off the perfect trick brings out the selfish qualities within themselves and the rivalry between each other. As with anything having to do with magic, nothing is as it seems. The characters are deceiving. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are great in their roles, but their roles are somewhat similar. They are both struggling with a lot of same things, it’s not really a movie where there’s a good guy and a bad guy, because they’re both good and they’re both bad. You can’t really root for one or the other. That’s not really a problem, though, because I think that’s the whole point. The problem is the logical world that is built up throughout the whole movie that suddenly changes to illogical towards the second half. When it comes to the tricks, you know that no matter how head-scratching the trick is, there’s some sort of logical explanation to how it’s done. The characters even explain how they’re done. That’s how it is in the real world of magic. But then, something happens that turns this movie from a believable drama with magic tricks into a straight up sci-fi. It’s a bit of an abrupt twist, because it takes you out of a logical universe into an entirely fictional one. But besides that, I put this so high on the list because of the great way Nolan captures the period the story takes place in, the great performances, and of  course, who doesn’t like a story about magic?

5. Batman Begins (2005)
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy
IMDb rating: 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

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Batman Begins came out sixteen years after the last good Batman movie was made, I’m talking about Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989. Everything else in between was an insufferable flop, if you ask me. So basically, I hadn’t even bothered to see it until after I saw The Dark Knight and decided there’s something good going on here. What’s great about Batman Begins is the amount of necessary time taken to really flesh out the character of Bruce Wayne. We aren’t dropped into a typical Batman story where there’s five minutes of origin exposition and then he’s on to fighting whatever villain has been picked for this particular story. The story really takes its time with his origin, so that whenever he comes face to face with death, we’re ready to care. Not to mention, you’ve got some top notch actors in this ensemble that really help in taking it to the next level.

6. Interstellar (2014)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck
IMDb rating: 9.2
Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

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Interstellar is a highly imaginative and visually stunning film. Once again, Matthew McConaughey shows how talented he truly is, as he outshines the rest of the cast members. The plot, as I said before, suffers from overbearing exposition in much of the dialogue, and the promising start begins to fizzle towards the end. The real redeeming qualities lie in the technical aspects of the film as opposed to the actual story. It is an impressive piece of work regardless, even if it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me personally. It is clearly not Nolan’s best work, but it’s also not his worst. Full review here.

7. Following (1998)
Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell
IMDb rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

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As Nolan’s directorial debut, Following is quite impressive, estimated to have been made somewhere around a $6,000 budget. It has a solid script, and the black and white gives a neo-noir feel to it. This particular stylization can account for the sometimes bad lighting in some of the frames, as well. The story twists and turns with deception and betrayal. The twist in a story, as well as the non-linear plot has become somewhat of a trademark of Nolan, who seems to try and make his stories as unpredictable as possible. Following shows that he adopted this right from the beginning. It showed audiences that not even one of the smallest movie budgets in history can hold him back from making something worthwhile, and that is worth a little bit of praise, to say the least. Furthermore, it is this movie that gained enough attention which allowed Nolan to obtain the budget he needed to make Memento.

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman
IMDb rating: 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

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The Dark Knight Rises is one of Nolan’s movies that has a lot of split opinions. On the one hand, it’s a decent send off to a three movie franchise, but on the other, it didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it after such a successful sequel as The Dark Knight. I thought that Bane was just ok, but of course he really couldn’t hold a candle to Heath Ledger’s Joker. He wasn’t interesting enough, and his motivations were unclear until we were given some cliche plot devices that gave us very limited insight into his backstory, and then we realize he’s not even the main villain, despite controlling Gotham and putting Batman out of commission for months. Even Batman himself was just “meh.” There were a lot of things working against this movie and keeping it from being the epic ending we were hoping for, instead of just a mediocre one. Was it terrible? No. It was entertaining, it looked good, and it had a great score. Sadly, though, it fizzles compared to its predecessor.

9. Insomnia (2002)
Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
IMDb rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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As compelling as a thriller it is, Insomnia doesn’t shine much compared to the rest of Nolan’s work. To be honest, I almost forgot he directed it. The script is somewhat average, but the performances are great. Al Pacino plays a rather convincing detective who is trying to catch a killer and who is suffering from insomnia at the same time while in an Alaskan town where the sun doesn’t set. Robin Williams gives the most praise worthy performance in this movie as the villain. He showed that he had a lot more to bring to the table besides comedy. Overall, it is a solid, somewhat above average thriller, but unfortunately it’s a little forgettable.

How do you feel about Christopher Nolan? Overrated? Genius? Somewhere in the middle? How would you rate his movies? Let me know in the comments!

Interstellar (2014)

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Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s grand space epic, much like 2001: A Space Odyssey was to Stanley Kubrick. It doesn’t quite match up to the masterpiece that is 2001, however, but you can tell that Nolan took inspiration from it. Interstellar is very grand, indeed, almost too much so for its own good. Whereas the first half of the movie takes us through the main characters’ relationships and then into one of the most interesting and visually stunning explorations of space I’ve ever seen, the second half is dragged down by nonsensical explanations and plot holes and ideas about love somehow transcending space and time or something, and I just really have no idea. However, Interstellar is quite a ride, a long ride, and for me, although it didn’t quite pay off in the end, the journey alone was worth taking.

Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a former-pilot-turned-farmer in a world that is running out of food due to a widespread blight. When peculiar circumstances land Cooper and his daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy, Jessica Chastain), in NASA’s secret underground space station, Cooper is asked by Professor Brand (Michael Caine) to pilot a spaceship through a newly discovered wormhole near Saturn and find a planet Earth’s population can inhabit. Cooper agrees and leaves behind his two children, Murph and Tom (Timothèe Chalamat, Casey Affleck), despite his daughter’s pleads to stay. He takes a team consisting of Amelia (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley), Romilly (David Gyasi), and a robot named TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin). The team travels outside the galaxy towards three potential inhabitable worlds where they must explore, collect data, and decide where humankind can continue to exist.

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It’s not news that Matthew McConaughey, is one flame that is just starting to burn bright despite being in the game for twenty or so years. He is taking smart roles and churning out one great performance after another, and this one is no exception. Nolan clearly tried to string this film together on an emotional level, and McConaughey was really the pillar that allowed him to do that. He plays a guy who loves his kids but has to make the difficult decision of leaving them so that they may actually have a future, and his daughter holds a grudge against him for it for half her life. This is great for McConaughey’s character, because it gives him that emotional angle of desperation to complete the mission and hopefully return to Earth, and also gives him a reason to struggle with the regret of leaving in the first place. Unfortunately, he’s really the only character you come to care about, though.

Jessica Chastain doesn’t benefit much from this relationship, because she serves almost no purpose during most of the film than being an angry woman who really knows how to hold a grudge–until the end, that is. The son is even more of a useless character and makes me wonder why Cooper was even written as having a son. I guess Cooper needed at least one kid who was going to stay in touch and show him how much their lives are passing by, but Casey Affleck is too talented to be so underused. However, other than a couple of circumstances of somewhat wasted talent, the ensemble of cast members was a joy to watch.

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I’m not afraid to admit that often times in movies dealing with space travel and things I clearly have little knowledge of, I feel like a kid sitting in a room with a bunch of NASA scientists who are talking scientific gibberish, and I just have to put my faith in them that they know what they’re doing and will get us from point A to point B. There’s no shortage of that here. There’s a ton of exposition and it’s building this world with a foundation that is laid in scientific theories, but really a lot of it is babble. What’s that about black holes and gravity and…equations…and…fifth dimension…what? Sure, go on. Let’s see where this goes. Not to make myself sound like a complete idiot. I have no problem with movies that make you think, I like the challenge. I understood the general direction where this plot was going and then just like that–I can’t say what specifically without giving spoilers away–something happened that instantly hit a point of no return. It became way too far-reaching, and at the same time tried to push this father-daughter relationship into the forefront, giving it this colossal importance to the future existence of humanity that was just a little bit too out there for me.

To some people, Christopher Nolan can do no wrong. I respect him as a filmmaker and I think he’s vastly ambitious and talented, and I like a lot of his work. However, that’s not enough for me to sit here and say that he can do no wrong and that Interstellar was a masterpiece. It wasn’t. I know it seems like I’ve been doing nothing but picking at the movie’s faults this whole review, so I’ll add that it had a lot of redeeming qualities. I will go as far as to say that I actually did like Interstellar. It was good. I say it’s good because despite some of its downfalls with the plot, the technical aspects of this film, like the cinematography and the effects, are some of the best I’ve seen.

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There aren’t many movies I’ve seen where a space crew travels through a wormhole and it actually looks like how I would imagine it would look if I was to really travel through a wormhole. A lot of the experiences are so engaging (especially in IMAX), the visuals and the sound actually made me grip my seat, because I felt like we were traveling through space. It was exciting, edge of your seat kind of stuff, there are a lot of moments like that in this movie. I was truly blown away by them.

There’s no denying that Nolan is a visionary in his craft. He has grand ideas and he brings them to the screen the best way he knows how. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s hard not to appreciate the effort nonetheless. Interstellar is a great attempt at a meaningful and epic space movie. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down with a lot of dialogue exposition and a far-reaching plot, but the technical aspects are impressive and the journey through space is exciting. It is a bit long, and the payoff might be somewhat disappointing, but I’d still say that it’s worth a watch.

3.5/5

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler is the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, and a successful one at that. The script, the cinematography, the score, and the fantastic performance by Jake Gyllenhaal kept me engaged from beginning to end. Similar to David Fincher’s recently released Gone Girl, Gilroy’s story involves the dark side of the media, except we’re seeing it all through the eyes of a determined sociopath. Nightcrawler takes the viewer on a twisted and darkly humorous ride through nighttime Los Angeles, where the city lights illuminate the gaunt, wide-eyed face of Gyllenhaal as he comes daringly close to the bloody and chaotic crime scenes on the city’s streets.

Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a man who makes his living stealing scrap metal and anything he can trade for a penny. He eagerly forces his way into the world of crime journalism after driving past a flaming car accident and meeting a freelance video journalist named Joe Loder (Bill Paxton), who’s unofficial motto is “if it bleeds, it leads.” Bloom listens as Loder bargains with his exclusive footage, selling it to the highest bidding news station. Bloom sees nightcrawling as a great opportunity and purchases a cheap video camera and police scanner.

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He immediately starts out with an aggressive approach, getting right up in people’s faces despite any opposition, going places where no other cameraman dare go. He sells his graphic footage exclusively to the morally unethical TV producer, Nina (Rene Russo). He then proceeds to hire a homeless man named Rick (Riz Ahmed) as an assistant and convinces him that he is being offered a rare opportunity. Bloom’s determination and lack of ethics eventually leads him to become more than just a camera-toting observer, and because of this, he finds himself climbing the ladder of success really fast.

Nightcrawler is a character driven story and Jake Gyllenhaal’s role as Louis Bloom is a chilling and remorseless one. He’s a creepy and overly confident sociopath who talks fast and knows how to manipulate other people. Even worse, he knows how to get ahead at the expense of other people’s suffering. Gyllenhaal, one of the most talented and underrated actors working today gives one of his most impressive performances. He lost somewhere near 20 pounds for this role, his face looks skeletal and his eyes bulge right out of his head. He is the embodiment of creepy, and it’s perfect.

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Bloom has obvious psychological issues that precede his journalistic endeavors, but in a way, he’s also very much a product of his environment. Sure, he has no problem right away getting up close to the nitty gritty without any respect for the person who is bleeding out in front of him, but it’s also the praise and demand from Nina for disturbing footage that encourages him to keep pushing the limit further and further. Similar to an owner and his dog, Bloom receives positive reinforcement from her every time he brings her bloody footage. He has learned that the bloodier it is, the more money he makes. The fact that he is completely devoid of emotion is what makes this scramble to be top dog so interesting. He never once questions if what he is doing is wrong, he doesn’t hesitate, and he simply doesn’t care about anything except his own success–in other words, there’s nothing stopping him. It’s interesting to see the crazy circumstances on which that success is built when it comes to someone as ambitious, limitless and immoral as Louis Bloom.

Besides Jake Gyllenhaal, another thing I loved about this movie was the fact that it didn’t take itself too seriously when it easily could’ve gone that route. It was surprisingly humorous throughout, especially because you’re watching this crazy delusional guy actually convince people that he’s the only sane one in the room. His interactions with other people are sometimes so awkward it’s both funny and uncomfortable to watch. His articulate and aggressive way of speaking to people actually ends up being persuasive even if what he is saying is complete bull, making him extremely manipulative with hardly an ounce of effort. You almost feel bad for laughing, knowing that there are actual people like Bloom out there in the world manipulating others, but seeing it on the screen with a man donning a big smirk and bug eyes, it’s hard to see it as anything but funny.

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Dan Gilroy made quite an interesting film here, definitely a step up from penning screenplays like that of Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. It’s very entertaining, going so far as to include a gripping car chase involving an awesome red Dodge Charger and creating enough suspense in Bloom’s encounters with big city crime to keep you on the edge of your seat. Jake Gyllenhall gives an awards-worthy performance as a sociopath who I am unlikely to forget any time soon. Robert Eslwit, the cinematographer, does a great job with this film as well, putting the viewer right into L.A. after dark, where the palm trees glisten in the night, and James Newton Howard fits the tone perfectly with an electric score. Nightcrawler is certainly worth a watch.

5/5

MovieRob’s 007 December Blogathon

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I just want to let everyone know that MovieRob is hosting a blogathon in December dedicated to all things James Bond and he is looking for more participants. You can view the list of movies here on his blog.

There are 26 movies to choose from and multiple people can choose the same one. So if you have a favorite Bond movie you’d love to review, but haven’t gotten around to it, do it! Otherwise, it’s a good opportunity to watch one you’ve never seen before and give your take on it.

I encourage all regular bloggers on here to participate in blogathons and guest posts, because it not only allows you to network with people who love the same things you do, but it also provides a way to gain more exposure to your own blog, so you should take advantage of it whenever the opportunity arises.

MovieRob hosts different blogathons often, including his Genre Grandeur feature every month where he asks people to review their favorite movies in a chosen genre.

So, head on over to his blog right now, click the follow button if you haven’t already, check out the list of Bond movies and leave your choice in the comments! The deadline is by November 27th, so that gives you plenty of time to watch an awesome Bond movie and write up something good, then send your review in to bond@movierob.net.

Thanks everyone, and have a great day. 🙂

Netflix: What’s New on Streaming (November 2014)

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Here are the US, Canada and UK lists for new movie and TV titles that have been added to Netflix streaming this month of November. As usual, I will try to keep this list updated as I find more titles are being added later on in the month. In the meantime, you can see what new was added last month and what expired recently. Enjoy!

Netflix US

11/1
12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog (2011)
Addams Family Values (1993)
Airplane! (1983)
The Almighty Johnsons – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
American Pie Presents: Book of Love (2009)
Antboy (2013)
Arachnophobia (1990)
Artifact (2012)
Babes in Toyland (1961)
Baby Blues (2013)
Bali – Season 1 (2006) (TV)
Barney: A-Counting We Will Go (2010)
Barney: Let’s Make Music (2006)
BASEketball (1998)
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Black Out (2012)
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
Bob the Builder: The Best of Bob the Builder (2010)
Borgia – Season 3 (2014) (TV)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Braveheart (1995)
Breakheart Pass (1975)
The Burbs (1989)
Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles (2013)
Chasing Christmas (2005)
A Christmas Wedding (2013)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Cleopatra (1963)
Cold Storage (2009)
Coming Home for Christmas (2013)
Complicit (2013)
The Core (2003)
The Crimson Cult (1968)
Cyborg (1989)
DamNation (2014)
DeepStar Six (1989)
Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Deuces Wild (2002)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fortress (2012)
The Fourth Angel (2001)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Hart’s War (2002)
The Haunting (1999)
Hell is for Heroes (1962)
Honor Flight (2012)
How to Steal a Million (1996)
Infernal Affairs (2002)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Season 9 (2013) (TV)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
Kingpin (1996)
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
Little Odessa (1994)
Live Nude Girls (1995)
Magi – Seasons 1-2 (2012-13) (TV)
Marmato (2014)
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013)
Mercy (2014)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Series 2 (2013) (TV)
Mockingbird (2014)
Mona Lisa is Missing (2012)
A Murder of Crows (1999)
My Big Big Friend – Season 2 (2014)
Naked As We Came (2013)
Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines (2013)
Night of the Demons 2 (1994)
Not Safe for Work (2014)
Phase IV (1974)
Pinocchio (2002)
Portlandia – Season 4 (2014) (TV)
The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Sex: My British Job (2013)
Spike (2008)
Stand By Me (1986)
Star Trek: VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Stretch (2014)
TEDTalks: Debates – 9 episodes (2014) (TV)
The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time For Christmas! (2000)
Thomas & Friends: The Greatest Stories (2010)
Thomas & Friends: Thomas & the Runaway Kite (2010)
Thorne: Scaredy Cat (2010)
Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)
Total Recall (1990)
Turbulence (1997)
Wakfu – Season 2 (2011) (TV)
The White Buffalo (1977)
The Wipers Times (2012)
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Suess – Season 1 (1996) (TV)
Your Inner Fish – 3 episodes (2014) (TV)
Yu-Gi-Oh! – Season 1 (2001) (TV)
11/2
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Seven (1995)
Decoding Annie Parker (2013)
11/3
Dormant Beauty (2012)
Girltrash: All Night Long (2014)
Phenomenon (1996)
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
11/4
30 for 30: The Day the Series Stopped (2009)
Altman (2014)
Archipelago (2010)
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Blue Blood – Seasons 1-4 (2010-’13) (TV)
Exhibition (2013)
Inkaar (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)
Unrelated (2007)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
11/5
Fading Gigolo (2014)
The Bletchley Circle – Series 2 (2014) (TV)
Grey’s Anatomy – Season 10 (2013) (TV)
11/6
Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty (2014)
Revelation Road 3: The Black Rider (2014)
Tasting Menu (2013)
11/7
Advanced Style (2014)
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)
Scream 4 (2011)
Siddharth (2013)
Virunga (2014)
11/8
Bermuda Tentacles (2013)
Dicte – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Last Passenger (2013)
LeapFrog Letter Factory: Counting on Lemonade (2014)
Louder Than Words (2014)
Nebraska (2013)
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong (2009)
Trading Mom (1994)
Victim (2011)
Wentworth – 2 Seasons (2013-’14) (TV)
11/9
Comforting Skin (2011)
Mummy, I’m a Zombie (2014)
11/10
The Crown and the Dragon: The Paladin Cycle (2013)
Ever After High – Thronecoming (2014)
Helix – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Still Mine (2012)
11/11
30 for 30: When the Garden Was Eden (2014)
Abuse of Weakness (2013)
Bridgend (2013)
Gallows Hill (2013)
A Long Way Off (2014)
Not Yet Begun to Fight (2012)
Quartet (2012)
Rumors of War (2014)
11/12
Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (2011)
La Bare (2014)
11/13
The Adventures of the Young Marco Polo – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Small Town Santa (2013)
You’re So Cupid (2010)
11/14
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014)
Dogs with Jobs – Season 2 (2002) (TV)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
More Barney Songs (2000)
Peaky Blinders – Series 2 (2014) (TV)
Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)
11/15
Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero (2012)
Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls (2011)
Barney: Best Fairy Tales (2010)
Bob the Builder: Trains & Treehouses (2010)
Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever (2007)
Doc Martin – Season 6 (2013) (TV)
Henning Mankell’s Wallander – Series 2 (2013) (TV)
HIT Favorites: Preschool Fun (2011)
Homecoming (2012)
The Irregular at Magic High School – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Kipper: Amazing Discoveries (1997)
Kipper: Tiger Tales (1997)
The Secret World of Santa – Season 1 (1997) (TV)
Sewing Hope (2013)
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014)
Time of My Life (2012)
Trailer Park Boys Live at the North Pole (2014)
Wolfblood- Series 2 (2013) (TV)
11/16
Dream House (2012)
11/17
Personal with Bill Rhoden: Oscar De La Hoya (2014)
Undercover Boss – Season 5 (2013) (TV)
Young & Beautiful (2013)
11/18
30 for 30: Brian and the Boz (2014)
Boy Meets Girl (1984)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Every Three Seconds (2014)
Ikki Tousen Great Guardians – 12 Episodes (2008) (TV)
Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor – 12 Episodes (2010) (TV)
Jackpot (2013)
11/19
Donald Glover: Weirdo (2012)
It’s Not Over (2014)
Sabotage (2014)
11/20
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
11/21
Lilyhammer – Season 3 (2014) (TV)
11/22
Ida (2014)
Nikita – Season 4 (2013) (TV)
11/23
Happy Christmas (2014)
11/25
Beyond the Edge (2013)
Running From Crazy (2013)
War Story (2014)
11/26
Bomb Girls – Season 3 (2014) (TV)
VeggieTales in the House (2014)
11/27
Bill Cosby 77 (2012)
11/29
The One I Love (2014)
Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It (2014)
11/30
About Cherry (2012)
The Grand Seduction (2013)

 

Netflix Canada

11/1
The Almighty Johnsons – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
America’s Funniest Home Videos – Season 21 (2010) (TV)
Anastasia (1997)
Antboy (2013)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Batman & Robin (1997)
The Big Year (2011)
Black Nativity (2013)
Borgia – Season 3 (2011) (TV)
A Christmas Wedding (2013)
Evan Almighty (2006)
Fire with Fire (2012)
Fortress (2012)
From Dusk Till Dawn – Season 1 (2014)
From the Terrace (1960)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
The Good Doctor (2011)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
In Time (2011)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
Leap Year (2010)
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Magi – 2 Seasons (2012) (TV)
Margin Call (2011)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
The Monitor (2011)
Neurons to Nirvana: Psychedelic Medicines (2013)
Old School (2003)
The Other Dream Team (2012)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
The Returned – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Rising Sun (1993)
Robin Hood (2010)
The Rundown (2003)
Savages (2012)
Scarface (1983)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy? (2005)
Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword (2009)
Scott & Bailey – Series 1-3 (2011) (TV)
Sex: My British Job (2013)
She’s the One (1996)
Skins – Volume 7 (2007) (TV)
Smart Ass (2014)
Stay (2013)
TEDTalks: Debates – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Turning Tide (2013)
Wakfu – Season 2 (2008) (TV)
What’s Your Number? (2011)
The Wipers Times (2012)
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss – Season 1 (1996) (TV)
Yu-Gi-Oh! – Season 1 (2001) (TV)
11/4
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Best in Boneheads – Season 1 (2001) (TV)
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Kid’s Favorites – Season 1 (2003) (TV)
Batman: The Animated Series – Episodes 51-65 (1992) (TV)
Creating Destiny – Episodes 26-31 (2009) (TV)
Fanboy & Chum Chum – Season 2 (2011) (TV)
Fullmetal Alchemist – Episodes 1-25 (2003) (TV)
Inkaar (2013)
Inspector Morse – Series 8 (1987-’95) (TV)
Is This a Zombie? – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006)
Power Rangers in Space – Episodes 26-43 (1998) (TV)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury – Episodes 26-32 (2008) (TV)
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue – Episodes 26-40 (2000) (TV)
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy – Episodes 26-45 (1999) (TV)
Power Rangers Ninja Storm – Episodes 26-38 (2003) (TV)
Power Rangers S.P.D. – Episodes 26-38 (2005) (TV)
Power Rangers Turbo – Episodes 26-45 (1997) (TV)
Power Rangers Zeo – Episodes 26-50 (1996) (TV)
Sesame Street: Classics – Volumes 1-2 (1969-2012) (TV)
VeggieTales in the House – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
11/5
Battle Royale (2000)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Burt’s Buzz (2013)
Fullmetal Alchemist – Episodes 51-51 (2003) (TV)
Grey’s Anatomy – Seasons 1-10 (2005-’13) (TV)
Heathcliff – Episodes 76-86 (1984) (TV)
Power Rangers RPM – Episodes 26-32 (2009) (TV)
11/6
Artifact (2012)
A Brony Tale (2014)
Chashme Buddoor (2013)
Complicit (2013)
A Dangerous Place (2012)
Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty (2014)
Freezing Vibration – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Minority Report (2002)
The Promotion (2008)
Savages (2012)
Silk – Series 1-3 (2011) (TV)
The Zero Theorem (2013)
11/7
Creating Destiny – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
Dogfight over Guadalcanal (2006)
El Fuente – Seasons 3-4 (2014) (TV)
Fascism in Colour – Season 1 (2007) (TV)
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007)
Virunga (2014)
11/8
Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1 (1992) (TV)
Beyblade: Metal Fury – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Fullmetal Alchemist – Season 1 (2003) (TV)
God’s Pocket (2014)
Inspector Morse – Season Inspector Morse Specials (1987)
Magi – Season The Kingdom of Magic (2012) (TV)
Magi – Season The Labyrinth of Magic (2012) (TV)
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong (2009)
Samurai Champloo – Season 1 (2004) (TV)
Sesame Street: Classics – Season Vol. 1 (2011) (TV)
Victim (2011)
11/10
The Crown and the Dragon (2013)
Filth (2013)
Hateship Loveship (2013)
Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2013)
11/11
A Long Way Off (2014)
Rumors of Wars (2014)
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013)
11/12
La Bare (2014)
11/13
13 Sins (2014)
11/14
Dogs with Jobs – Season 1 (2000) (TV)
11/15
House at the End of the Street (2012)
The Irregular at Magic High School – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Pet Party (2012)
The Secret World of Santa – Season 1 (1997) (TV)
Supernatural – Season 9 (2005) (TV)
That’s What She Said (2012)
Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole (2014)
Wolfblood – Season 2 (2012) (TV)
11/16
The Ides of March (2011)
11/17
Fading Gigolo (2013)
The Ides of March (2011)
Ikki Tousen Great Guardians – Season 1 (2008) (TV)
Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
Jackpot (2013)
Knight Rusty (2014)
11/19
Mr Selfridge – Season 2 (2013) (TV)
11/23
Dredd (2012)
11/29
Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It (2014)

 

Netflix UK

11/1
Artifact (2012)
Bedazzled (2000)
Big Momma’s House 2 (2006)
Blackfish (2013)
Borgia (2011) (TV)
Burt’s Buzz (2013)
Caillou’s Holiday Movie (2003)
Christmas Angel (2012)
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
Date Movie (2006)
Elektra (2005)
Empire Records (1995)
Entrapment (1999)
Epic Movie (2007)
Fairy Tail – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
The Fountain (2006)
Full English Breakfast (2014)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009) (TV)
Guess Who (2005)
House, M.D. – 8 Seasons (TV)
Just My Luck (2006)
Korengal (2014)
Lucky Luke: Daisy Town (1970)
Lucky Luke: The Ballad of the Daltons (1978)
Magi – 2 Seasons (2012-13) (TV)
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1998)
Marmato (2014)
The Monk (2011)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines (2013)
The Office (U.S.) (2005-11) (TV)
Puncture (2011)
Steep (2007)
Steins;Gate – 25 episodes (2011) (TV)
Sword Art Online – 1 Season (2012) (TV)
Under Siege (1992)
Wakfu – New Episodes (2008-11) (TV)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham (2013)
What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
Yu-Gi-Oh! – 1 Season (2001) (TV)
11/2
All Good Things (2010)
Naked As We Came (2013)
Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)
11/3
Against the Ropes (2004)
11/4
Adventure Time – 2 Seasons (2010-’11) (TV)
Inkaar (2013)
Power Rangers Super Megaforce – 19 episodes (2014) (TV)
11/7
The Railway Man (2013)
11/9
RoboCop (2014)
11/12
La Bare (2014)
11/13
The Adventures of the Young Marco Polo – Season 1 (2013)
11/14
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014)
The Past (Le passé) (2013)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Mulan (1998)
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong (2009)
11/15
Abduction (2011)
Andy’s Wild Adventures – 2 series (2012) (TV)
Charlie and Lola – 1 series (2007) (TV)
Horrible Histories – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
The Irregular at Magic High School – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
The Next Step – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
The Story of Tracy Beaker – 2 series (2003) (TV)
Think Like a Man (2012)
Trailer Park Boys Live at the North Pole (2014)
Tweenies – Season 1 (2001) (TV)
Warrior (2011)
ZingZillas – 1 series (2010) (TV)
11/18
Jackpot (2013)
11/19
A Case of You (2013)
11/28
Out of the Furnace (2013)