Ex Machina (2015)

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There’s little I enjoy more than some quality sci-fi. Even though many of the themes have been redone over and over again, it’s the way these themes are presented that separate a good sci-fi from all the rest. If you’ve seen the trailer for Ex Machina, you can probably guess that the film is about a man’s creation of an A.I, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Alex Garland, who penned the scripts for acclaimed movies like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd, makes his directorial film debut here. It’s a beautiful, confident and smart first shot at directing, as well as a completely enjoyable and thought-provoking experience that just might be the best of the year so far.

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is an intelligent programmer who works at an internet company named Bluebook. He wins a company lottery for a one week visit to meet the CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac), at his remote home somewhere in the mountains. When he gets there, he learns that Nathan wants him to perform a Turing test on his humanoid A.I. named Ava (Alicia Vikander) to try to distinguish whether or not she is a conscious machine.

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Nathan’s home is beautiful and sleek, but it’s also claustrophobic, empty and uninviting. All doors are sealed off and can only be opened by a special key pass, of which Caleb’s access is limited. Yet somehow, it seems the perfect reclusive dwelling for a genius billionaire.

Nathan, played impressively well by Oscar Isaac, whose career seems to be really taking off ever since Inside Llewyn Davis (and rightfully so), is an unpredictable character. When Caleb first meets him, he is quick to skip the formalities, acting not like the typical genius billionaire you’d expect him to be, but rather like more of a “dude bro.” You’d think this would make him more likable, but on the contrary, it makes him more suspicious. You know right away there’s something off about him, but you don’t know exactly what it is.

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Caleb is exactly what you’d expect him to be. Polite, smart, and excited to take part in an important event of scientific discovery, even if it means he has to sign off his freedom to tell anybody anything that transpires during his visit. His sessions with Ava are meant to be nothing more than a simple conversation between the two of them in a room that is separate by reinforced glass. Ava is a remarkable looking robot, with a human face and a translucent body. Alicia Vikander brings a human elegance to the character, but even when she hides her robotic parts under feminine clothing, you never forget exactly what she is.

Although Ex Machina does feature some impressive special effects and some beautiful cinematography, it thrives on its story and small number of characters. It doesn’t have to resort to inconsequential action scenes to be involving, and that’s what I like about it. It’s slow paced, but that doesn’t mean it comes anywhere close to being boring. It slowly builds up tension as the relationships between all the characters continue to change.

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Ava and Caleb’s sessions together are mildly uncomfortable, since it’s clear there’s some sexual tension building between the two. All the while you have Nathan watching everything that transpires through camera and audio. None of these characters are black and white and the story is mostly unpredictable. I thought I knew exactly what direction it was going in right off the bat, but then it turned. That’s really all I can say without giving the plot away, and I already feel like I’ve said too much. For anyone who hasn’t seen this yet, avoid as many spoilers as you can because you don’t want to deprive yourself of the wonderfully oblivious experience.

It’s not all technical, serious and tense, though. There’s some genuine comedic relief spread purposely throughout, including an unexpected scene with one of the characters that I don’t even want to give away in this review because it’s so random and perfect that I refuse to take the “wtf” factor away from anyone.

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Filmmakers have been interested in the idea of artificial intelligence for years. Everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey, to The Terminator, to this year’s Chappie. Perhaps the most interesting idea about artificial intelligence is that it isn’t completely fictional. The very questions these characters bring up in this film about consciousness, humanity and sexuality are no doubt some of the same questions we’ll be asking ourselves one day in the near future. If a robot can achieve consciousness, then what will continue to separate humans from machine? There’s so much more presented here, though, which I can’t get into due to spoilers, but you can see for yourself if you watch it. It’s a really incredible film.

Ex Machina is a wonderful sci-fi, full of amazing visuals, a great script, and complex characters who are played by some very talented actors. Alex Garland has shown that he can do much more than write the hell out of a script, this is an impressive directorial debut. It’s a smart, tense film that stuck with me and left me thinking after I exited the theater. I know it’s only April, but in my opinion, this is the best theaters have had to offer so far this year. It’s an absolute must-see for 2015.

4.5/5

Genre Grandeur – Akira (1988) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My choice this month for Movierob’s Genre Grandeur is Akira, a landmark in Japanese animation and a cool dystopian sci-fi.

As always, thanks Rob for putting these together and for letting me participate!

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For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Dystopian Movies, here’s a review of Akira (1988) by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog

Thanks again to James of Back to the Viewer for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason.  We will be reviewing our favorite fantasy/sci-fi animated movies (non-Disney or Pixar) . Please get me your submissions by 25th May by sending them to animated@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice S.G.!

Let’s see what Justine thought of this movie:

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akiraposterThe dystopian genre is always an interesting one. There’s so many great movies that have come out of it, Blade Runner being my all time favorite. But since I’ve already gushed about it on my own blog, I’ve decided to focus on a less obvious choice. Akira, aside from being a great dystopian sci-fi…

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Netflix: Expiring Soon (April 2015)

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Below you will find lists of titles expiring on Netflix during this month (April) 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. Enjoy!

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

4/22
Phantom (2013)
4/23
ABCD: Anybody Can Dance (2013)
Albatross (2011)
Just Like Being There (2012)
The Hunting Party (2007)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)
4/24
A Place of One’s Own (2009)
Actresses (2009)
Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
Any and Every Which Way (2010)
Baby and Me (2008)
Before Valentine (2009)
Black Night (2006)
Blackout (2007)
Boat (2009)
Chicken Tikka Masala (2005)
Crying Ladies (2003)
Dream (2008)
End Call (2008)
Everyday Is Valentine (2001)
The Executioner (2009)
Fading of the Cries (2011)
Feathers of Passion (2003)
Fighting Express 3: End of the World (2009)
Fly High (2006)
Girl Scouts (2008)
Heartbreak Library (2008)
Highway Star (2007)
Housewife’s Afternoon Delight (2010)
I-Fak (2004)
La Visa Loca (2005)
Land of Scarecrows (2008)
Last Scene (2002)
Looking for Cherry Blossoms (2009)
Marathon (2005)
Marrying the Mafia 2 (2005)
Meteor (2004)
More Than Blue (2009)
Mr. Lee vs. Mr. Lee (2007)
The Naked Kitchen (2009)
Nightmare Detective 2 (2008)
Oh, Saigon (2007)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
Pinoy/Blonde (2005)
Raised from Dust (2007)
Sad Movie (2005)
Texture of Skin (2007)
Time Traveller (2010)
Viva! Love (2008)
Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)
Where is Francis? (2007)
4/25
The Warrior’s Way (2010)
4/26
Battleground (2012)
Kon-Tiki (2012)
The Sapphires (2012)
4/29
Basic (2003)
Photographic Memory (2011)
4/30
The Accused (1988)
Across the Great Divide (1976)
Airplane (1980)
Airplane II (1982)
Along Came Polly (2004)
Bitter Moon (1992)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Funny Face (1957)
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Kidnap and Ransom – 2 Seasons (2011) (TV)
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
License to Drive (1988)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Little Odessa (1994)
Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (2013)
McLintock! (1963)
Mean Machine (2001)
Robocop (1987)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Sabrina (1954)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-’12) (TV)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country (1991)
This is Not a Film (2011)
Twisted – 1 Season (2013) (TV)
Ulee’s Gold (1997)
Valkyrie (2008)

 

Netflix Canada

4/21
Season of the Witch (2011)
4/22
Just Like Being There (2012)
4/29
I’ve Loved You So Long (2008)
Photographic Memory (2011)
4/30
88 Minutes (2007)
Air Force One (1997)
Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Exporting Raymond (2010)
Fire with Fire (2012)
Ichi the Killer (2001)
1-Ichi (2003)
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Outlaw Country (2012)
Passengers (2008)
Premonition (2007)
River of No Return (1954)
Spring Breakers (2012)
Trance (2013)
Underworld (2003)
Unforgiven (1992)
Untraceable (2008)
Waking Life (2001)
5/6
Veronica Mars – 3 Seasons (2004-’06) (TV)

 

Netflix UK

4/21
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
In the House (2012)
4/23
Sacred Planet (2004)
4/24
The Errand Boy (1961)
The Patsy (1964)
4/26
First Position (2011)
Lore (2012)
4/28
The Smurfs (1981) (TV)
Welcome to the Punch (2013)
4/30
Alphas – 2 Seasons (2011-’12) (TV)
Burning Bright (2009)
Deceived (1991)
Make It or Break It – 4 Seasons (2009-’12) (TV)
Miss Potter (2006)
The Ninth Gate (1999)
No Ordinary Family – 1 Season (2010) (TV)
Scrubs – 6 Seasons (2001-’06) (TV)
What Dreams May Come (1998)

Furious 7 (2015)

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It’s absurd, heartfelt, action-packed, hilariously corny, physics defying, balls-to-the-wall, zero to sixty in three seconds, turn off your brain kind of fun. Furious 7 is everything I expected in a 14-year-long running franchise that’s only getting better with age. While not perfect, even according to my “dumb fun” popcorn movie standards, it still delivers the kind of entertainment one hopes to experience at least a few times a year at the theater. “This time it ain’t just about being fast,” so don’t overthink it, embrace your guilty pleasures, and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

After the events of Fast & Furious 6, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), and friends are now being hunted by Owen Shaw’s (Luke Evans) big bad brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Meanwhile, a government official who calls himself Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) recruits Dom and his team to save a computer hacker named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), who has been kidnapped by a terrorist named Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). He wants to get his hands on a program she created called “God’s Eye,” which will allow him to tap into any device with a lens and track anyone anywhere on the planet in a matter of seconds. Mr. Nobody promises Dom that if he saves her and retrieves this chip, he can use it to track down Shaw and kill him before he does anymore damage to their family.

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James Wan, who is known for directing horror movies like Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring, takes over Justin Lin’s seat in the director’s chair. Wan has a knack for elements like tension and suspense, and you can feel it here more than in the previous films. Not to mention, Statham’s character is like a Furious version of a Michael Meyers or Jason Voorhees, a near invincible human being popping up out of nowhere without explanation of how he got there, and wreaking havoc on anyone he can. Unfortunately, Wan doesn’t quite have the same eye for action, resorting to the old shaky cam, close-up shots, and quick cuts, making for quite a few nauseating fight sequences. But there are plenty of insane set pieces rivaling anything that has come before to make up for some of that. You’ve got cars parachuting out of an airplane, Paul Walker running on top of a bus teetering off the edge of a cliff, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson jumping out of tall buildings, and cars flying through skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi. A lot of great, crazy fun is packed into this movie, and if you ask me, it blows the sixth film right out of the water.

Now let’s look at a few of the things I had issues with. First off, I have to inform everyone that I’m a huge supporter of “The Rock” and that I believe he’s the best thing to ever happen to this franchise. I’m serious. Sure, the fifth film was good because it had united all these characters together and it was a cool heist movie that was wildly entertaining, but don’t even tell me the addition of The Rock had nothing to do with the turning point of this series. They threw him in Fast Five and he totally owned the screen. His character, Hobbs, is the most ridiculous character in the entire franchise, he’s got gigantic muscles and the cheesiest one-liners you could imagine, but best of all, he’s a badass–he’s got everything you would want in a character for this type of movie. It was a sin he was so under utilized, and whoever’s idea it was to reduce his role to a mere cameo needs a good old slap across the face. But I’ll admit he still owned the little screen time he had, which included scenes walking the streets of L.A. with a giant machine gun, busting out of an arm cast like the Hulk, and getting to say awesome lines like, “Woman, I am the calvary.” Long live Dwayne Johnson.

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Still on the topic of under utilization: Tony Jaa. I’m really not surprised, because with the exception of Gina Carano in the sixth film, the awesome fighters they cast in these movies usually get reduced to a small henchman role with little screen time. It sucks. He shined brightly with the small time he was given, though, but Hollywood really doesn’t know what to do with martial artists. Oh, and Ronda Rousey really needs to take some acting lessons if she’s going to be doing movies on a regular basis now. She’s a badass and I love her, but her facial expressions are ridiculous and she really gives Vin Diesel a run for his money on the bad acting front.

They also made Jason Statham’s character a bit of a side story, which I wasn’t expecting to happen. He doesn’t have as much screen time as you’d think, and I wish we could’ve had more of him. He was great and he makes a genuinely threatening villain, he can also throw a punch or two, or fifty, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.

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I also found it hilarious in the scene that’s supposed to take place on the same day Tokyo Drift ends, Lucas Black, who is supposed to be a high school student, looks like a 40-year-old dude now. He’s only 32, but man, it is obvious as hell this film is taking place nine years after that one, and it takes you right out of the movie for a bit. On the same kind of subject, the CGI’d Paul Walker face in the some of the scenes is a little noticeably distracting. I’m not going to complain, though, because what kind of a person would I be, right? I’m just saying, you’ll probably notice.

I’d be lying if I said that the sadness related to Paul’s death didn’t overshadow this movie a little bit. Dying young and so sudden like that is an awful thing, and seeing him in this is a bit like watching a ghost. There’s a few sentimental moments in the movie involving his character, Brian, and Mia (Jordana Brewster) as he struggles to adapt to the fatherly life, but the last few minutes of the film are a full blown tribute to him, allowing his co-stars and us as an audience to say good-bye to both Paul and Brian. Yes, I got choked up, really choked up, it’s hard not to when you’ve spent so many years of your life watching him. All I can say is that it was done in a tasteful way, and I’m pretty sure Paul would’ve been pleased.

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Furious 7 is totally over-the-top absurdity, but it’s some honestly good popcorn entertainment for sure. I really enjoyed seeing the characters again, I think that the theme of “family” that seemed so forced in the previous movies actually holds some real sentiment now, and I’m sure that Paul’s real life tragedy has something to do with that. I liked the addition of Kurt Russell and Jason Statham to the cast, there were some underused actors like Dwayne Johnson, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, and Statham to an extent, but the action makes up for some of what’s lacking in character.

In the end, it does a decent job delivering on what you’d expect, if you’re a fan of the franchise, you most likely won’t be disappointed. It’s good, dumb fun with a real emotional element, and includes a lovely send off to the late Paul Walker.

4/5

Netflix: What’s New on Streaming (April 2015)

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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 April. 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

4/1
29 Palms (2003)
50 First Dates (2004)
Affluenza (2014)
Agora (2009)
All Relative (2014)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
American Psycho (2000)
American Psycho 2 (2002)
Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014)
And Now…Ladies and Gentlemen… (2002)
Angela’s Ashes (1999)
Another Woman (1988)
Approaching the Elephant (2014)
Autumn in New York (2000)
Bandolero! (1968)
Barnyard (2006)
The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
Bebe’s Kids (1992)
Bella (2006)
Belly (1998)
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King (2012)
Beyond Borders (2003)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blue State (2007)
Bob’s Burgers – Season 4 (2013) (TV)
Bound (1996)
The Bounty (1984)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Braveheart (1995)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda (2014)
Chaos (2005)
Clockstoppers (2002)
The Closer You Get (2000)
Coldwater (2013)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
Cuatro Lunas (2014)
Cujo (1983)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Death in Paradise – 2 Series (2011-’13) (TV)
Death Wish (1974)
Death Wish 2 (1982)
The Devils’s Rejects (2005)
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
Down to Earth (2001)
Down to You (2000)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Drop Zone (1994)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
The Escapist (2008)
The Falls (2012)
A Field Full of Secrets (2014)
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Flesh + Blood (1985)
Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
Frankenstein (2004)
Gladiator (2000)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Godzilla (1998)
Going Overboard (1989)
The Graduate (1967)
Hercules in New York (1969)
A Horse for Summer (2014)
Hotline (2014)
James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge (2014)
Jewel in the Crown – Season 1 (1984) (TV)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Killer Legends (2014)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
Leprechaun 5: In the Hood (2000)
Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)
A Little Game (2014)
The Longest Yard (2005)
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Maravilla (2014)
MASH – Seasons 6-11 (1977-’82) (TV)
Maya the Bee – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Mommy Dearest (1981)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Nash (2013)
National Security (2003)
Natural Born Killers: Director’s Cut (1994)
Night Train to Munich (1940)
Nine to Five (1980)
Nurse (2014)
The Objective (2008)
Open Water (2004)
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Our Paradise (2011)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Punisher (2004)
Queen (2014)
Racing Stripes (2005)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Reckoning (2004)
Remember Me (2010)
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Rites of Spring (2011)
Saved! (2004)
The Seminarian (2010)
The Seven-Ups (1973)
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)
Shrink (2009)
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Space a Cowboys (2000)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Step into Liquid (2003)
Suicide Kings (1997)
Sunset Strip (2000)
Survival of the Dead (2009)
Tapeheads (1988)
TEDTalks: Animal Voices – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Thief (1981)
The Thing Called Love (1993)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Three Kings (1999)
Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)
Titanic (1997)
Twins (1988)
Two Can Play That Game (2001)
Unbreakable (2000)
Underworld (2003)
Unforgettable (1996)
Vic the Viking – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
What They Left Behind (2014)
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
Whiteboyz (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)
Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling (2009)
Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)
4/2
Flip or Flop – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Food Network Star – Seasons 1-2 (2013-’14) (TV)
Hitler and the Nazis – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
Iron Chef America Collection – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
The Layover – Seasons 1-2 (2011-’12) (TV)
Life Partners (2014)
Man v. Food – Season 2 (2009) (TV)
Moto 6: The Movie (2014)
The Sheik (2014)
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014)
Top Gear – Series 21 (2014) (TV)
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
4/3
Ace of Cakes Collection – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
All Hail King Julien – 5 new episodes (2015) (TV)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
The Circle (2014)
Derek – Special Episode (2015)
Nfinity Champions League Cheerleading Event (2014)
Starry Eyes (2014)
The Quiet Ones (2014)
Wooly Boys (2001)
4/4
Delta Farce (2007)
4/5
30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner (2015)
Cutthroat Kitchen – Season 2 (2013) (TV)
4/7
Actress (2014)
America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)
The Code – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
The Invisible Front (2014)
Louie – Season 4 (2014) (TV)
Monk with a Camera (2014)
Preservation (2014)
Road to the NHL Winter Classic – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Wilfred – Season 4 (2014) (TV)
4/8
Halt and Catch Fire – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Legit – Season 2 (2014) (TV)
4/9
Crank (2006)
Pioneer (2013)
Transformers: Rescue Bots – Season 3 (2015) (TV)
4/10
The Awakening (2013)
Breath of Freedom (2014)
Broken (2013)
Burning Bridges (2014)
Confusion Na Wa (2013)
Finding Mercy (2012)
Finding Mercy 2 (2014)
Flower Girl (2013)
Forgetting June (2013)
The Great Invisible (2014)
Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight (2009)
Hindenburg: The Untold Story (2010)
History in HD: Shooting Hiro Jima (2009)
The Hunt for Bin Laden (2012)
The Incredible Bionic Man (2013)
Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014)
Lagos Cougars (2013)
Lies Men Tell (2013)
Mad Couple (2013)
Mad Couple 2 (2014)
Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Matters Arising (2014)
Mission to Murder Hitler (2010)
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2015)
October 1 (2014)
Onye Ozi (2013)
Speed Kills: Jungle (2012)
Speed Kills: Ocean (2012)
Speed Kills: Savannah (2012)
Super 4 – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)
The Teacher Who Defied Hitler (2013)
Ties That Bind (2011)
The World Made Straight (2015)
Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
4/11
Brotherhood of Blades (2014)
Knife Fight (2012)
The Lookalike (2014)
One Small Hitch (2013)
Tracks (2013)
4/12
Bound (2015)
Bratz Kidz: Fairy Tales (2007)
Winnebago Man (2009)
4/13
Video Game High School – Season 3 (2014)
4/14
The Babadook (2014)
Goodbye to Language (2014)
Kink (2013)
Love Hunter (2014)
The Man with the Iron Fists 2: Sting of the Scorpion (2015)
Night Has Settled (2014)
4/15
All In: The Poker Movie (2009)
Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (2012)
The Canal (2014)
Colosio: El asesinato (2012)
El baile de San Juan (2010)
Flu (2013)
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Johnny Test – Season 6 (2013) (TV)
La Cama (2012)
Las Aparicio – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
Leaving No Trace (2000)
Lo que la vida me robo – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas – 2 Seasons (2010-’11) (TV)
Los Heroes del Norte – 2 Seasons (2010-’12) (TV)
Love Me (2014)
Nicotina (2003)
Paradas Continuas (2009)
Polo Polo VIP 1 (2009)
Polo Polo VIP 2 (2011)
Polo Polo Recargado 2 (2011)
Pompidou – Series 1 (2015) (TV)
Por Ella Soy Eva – 162 Episodes (2012) (TV)
Pump (2014)
A Second Chance (2001)
Scrotal Recall – Series 1 (2014) (TV)
Splatalot – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
Super High Me (2007)
Two Embraces (2007)
Wild Iberia – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Zurdo (2003)
4/16
Bob Zoom in English – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Key Man (2011)
4/17
Baby Daddy – Season 4 (2014) (TV)
Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible (2015)
Fed Up (2014)
Keep On Keepin’ On (2014)
Star-Crossed – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
They Came Together (2014)
VeggieTales in the House – Season 1 (Episodes 11-15) (2014) (TV)
4/18
Altar (2014)
Bhoothnath Returns (2014)
No Tears for the Dead (2014)
Noah (2014)
Skating to NY (2013)
4/21
Chasing Ghosts (2014)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)
4/22
Auschwitz: Blueprints of Genocide (1994)
Battle of Britain: The Real Story (2010)
Bears: Spy in the Woods (2004)
Churchill’s First World War (2013)
D-Day (2004)
Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories (2012)
Earth: Power of the Planet – 1 Series (2007) (TV)
Egypt – 1 Series (2005) (TV)
End Day (2005)
Expedition Borneo – 1 Series (2007) (TV)
Filthy Cities – 1 Series (2011) (TV)
The First World War From Above (2010)
From Here to Infinity (1999)
Generation Earth – 1 Series (2012) (TV)
Goering’s Last Secret (2011)
Great Raids of World War II – 1 Series (2003) (TV)
How to Grow a Planet – 1 Series (2012) (TV)
Killing Hitler – 1 Series (2003) (TV)
Life – 10 Episodes (2009) (TV)
Life on Location – 1 Series (2009) (TV)
Lions: Spy in the Den (2000)
Nature’s Great Events – 1 Series (2009) (TV)
Nature’s Great Events: Diaries – 1 Series (2009) (TV)
Nature’s Weirdest Events – 2 Series (2012-’13) (TV)
A Night with the Stars: The Science of Doctor Who (2013)
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial – 1 Series (2006) (TV)
Ocean Giants – 3 Episodes (2011) (TV)
Our World War – 1 Series (2014) (TV)
Planet Earth: The Complete Collection – 11 Episodes (2006) (TV)
Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice – Series 1 (2010) (TV)
The Search for the Holy Grail (1998)
Space Odyssey – 1 Series (2004) (TV)
Supermassive Black Holes (2000)
Supervolcano – 2 Episodes (2005) (TV)
Swimming with Killer Whales (2011)
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle – Series 1 (2008) (TV)
A Time to Remember – 1 Series (2010) (TV)
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest – 1 Series (2007)
The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of the Empire – 1 Series (2014) (TV)
4/24
The Humbling (2014)
4/25
The Dead Files – Seasons 1-2 (2011) (TV)
Inescapable (2012)
Left Behind (2014)
Sons of Anarchy – Season 7 (2014) (TV)
Zoey to the Max (2015)
4/26
Bratz: Genie Magic (2006)
Chef’s Table – 6 Episodes (2015) (TV)
The Last Nazis – 3 Episodes (2009) (TV)
The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear (2008)
Rocket Men (2013)
Watchers of the Sky (2014)
4/27
Bluebird (2013)
Kill Dil (2014)
National Treasure (2004)

Netflix Canada

4/1
10,000 B.C. (2008)
All Relative (2014)
Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014)
Approaching the Elephant (2014)
Baby Jake – Seasons 1-2 (2011) (TV)
Batman Returns (1992)
Berserk: The Egg of the King (2012)
Bus Stop (1956)
Call Your Mom (2015)
Do Your Homework (2015)
Eat Real Food (2015)
Exercise Your Mind (2015)
Family First (2015)
A Field Full of Secrets (2014)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Get Off Your Butt (2015)
Go Outside (2015)
Go to Sleep (2015)
Go to Work (2015)
A Haunted House (2013)
Hotline (2014)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Jewel in the Crown – Season 1 (1984) (TV)
Killer Legends (2014)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Let’s Be Cops (2014)
Let’s Make Love (1960)
Little Fockers (2010)
Little Nicky (2000)
Mad Men – Season 7 (2007) (TV)
Maya the Bee – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Must Love Dogs (2005)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012)
Peppa Pig – Season 1 (2004) (TV)
Queen (2014)
Red vs. Blue – Season 2 (2003) (TV)
See Your Friends (2015)
Seven (1995)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Shower (2015)
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)
Speed Racer (2008)
Taking Lives (2004)
TEDTalks: Animal Voices – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Texas Chainsaw (2013)
The Truman Show (1998)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
A Very Special Message (2015)
Vic the Viking – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Walk the Dog (2015)
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Watchmen (2009)
What They Left Behind (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
4/2
Cracked – Seasons 1-2 (2013) (TV)
Downton Abbey – Season 4 (2013) (TV)
Humshakals (2014)
Moto 6: The Movie (2014)
Mr. D – Seasons 1-2 (2012) (TV)
4/3
All Hail King Julien – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
The Circle (2014)
Derek – Season 3 (2012) (TV)
The Good Wife – Season 5 (2009) (TV)
Nfinity Champions League Cheerleading… (2014)
4/6
Batman (1989)
Blood Diamond (2006)
Boyhood (2014)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
The Last Stand (2013)
Maravilla (2014)
Michael Clayton (2007)
Monkey Business (1952)
4/7
Episodes – Seasons 1-2 (2011) (TV)
4/8
Halt & Catch Fire – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Preservation (2014)
4/9
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014)
Transformers: Rescue Bots – Season 3 (2011) (TV)
4/10
American Odyssey – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Brotherhood of Blades (2014)
Burning Bridges (2014)
Confusion Na Wa (2013)
Finding Mercy (2012)
Flower Girl (2013)
Forgetting June (2013)
Hansel vs. Gretel (2015)
Honeymoon (2014)
Keeping My Man (2013)
Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014)
Lagos Cougars (2013)
Lies Men Tell (2013)
The Lookalike (2014)
Mad Couple (2014)
Mad Couple 2 (2014)
Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Matters Arising (2014)
October 1st (2014)
Onye Ozi (2013)
Storm Surfers – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Ties That Bind (2011)
4/13
The Awakening (2013)
Episodes – Season 3 (2011) (TV)
Goodbye to Language (2014)
Video Game High School – Season 3 (2014) (TV)
4/15
About Alex (2014)
Ambassadors – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
The Canal (2014)
Devil’s Knot (2013)
Flu (2013)
Love Me (2014)
Pompidou – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Scrotal Recall – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Super High Me (2007)
True Justice: Angel of Death (2014)
True Justice: Violence of Action (2014)
True Justice: Violence of Action (2014)
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)
4/16
21 & Over (2013)
Bob Zoom in English – Season 1 (TV)
Homecoming (2009)
House of Lies – Season 3 (2012) (TV)
You May Not Kiss the Bride (2011)
4/17
Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible (2015)
Transit (2012)
4/20
Bhoothnath Returns (2014)
No Tears for the Dead (2014)
4/21
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2013)
Altar (2014)
The Green Prince (2014)
Life’s a Breeze (2013)
Rudderless (2014)
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
4/22
Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey (2011)
Life – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
Nature’s Great Events – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
Nature’s Great Events: Diaries – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
Planet Earth: The Complete Collection – Season 1 (2006) (TV)
Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014)
4/23
Blue Planet: Natural History of the Oceans – Season 1 (2001) (TV)
Frozen Planet – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice (2011)
Human Planet – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
Human Planet: Behind the Lens – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
Life on Location – Season 1 (2009) (TV)
The Making of Frozen Planet – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
4/25
Mirror Mirror (2012)
Zoey to the Max (2015)
4/26
Chef’s Table – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
4/27
Kill Dil (2014)
Love Is the Perfect Crime (2014)
Open Windows (2014)
4/28
Love Is Strange (2014)

Netflix UK

4/1
A Field Full of Secrets (2014)
All Relative (2014)
Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014)
Approaching The Elephant (2014)
Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse – 10 episodes (2012) (TV)
The English Teacher (2013)
Grimm – Season 3 (2013) (TV)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Maravilla (2014)
Maya the Bee – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
The Notorious Mr. Bout (2014)
Peppa Pig – Season 1 (2004) (TV)
Queen (2014)
Red Hill (2010)
Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)
Suits – Season 3 (2013) (TV)
Swearnet: The Movie (2014)
TEDTalks: Animal Voices – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Vic the Viking – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
4/2
Chimpanzee (2012)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
4/3
All Hail King Julien – new episodes (2015) (TV)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Nfinity Champions League Cheerleading Event (2014)
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
4/6
Afflicted (2013)
4/8
The Crucible (1996)
Faster (2003)
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Tremors (1990)
4/9
Norbit (2007)
4/10
Hot Lead And Cold Feet (1978)
Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
4/12
Spring Breakers (2012)
4/13
Video Game High School – Season 3 (2014) (TV)
4/14
The Babadook (2014)
Goodbye to Language (2014)
Kink (2013)
Love Hunter (2014)
The Man with the Iron Fists 2: Sting of the Scorpion (2015)
Night Has Settled (2014)
4/15
All In: The Poker Movie (2009)
Bob Zoom (2014)
Bobby (2006)
Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (2012)
The Canal (2014)
Chrysalis (2014)
Colosio: El asesinato (2012)
El baile de San Juan (2010)
Flu (2013)
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Johnny Test – Season 6 (2013) (TV)
La Cama (2012)
Las Aparicio – Season 1 (2010) (TV)
Leaving No Trace (2000)
Lo que la vida me robó – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas – Seasons 1-2 (2010-’11) (TV)
Los Heroes del Norte – Seasons 1-2 (2010-’12) (TV)
Love Me (2014)
Nicotina (2003
Paradas Continuas (2009)
Polo Polo VIP 1 (2009)
Polo Polo VIP 2 (2011)
Polo Polo Recargado 2 (2011)
Pompidou – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Por Ella Soy Eva – 162 episodes (2012) (TV)
Pump (2014)
Scrotal Recall – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
A Second Chance (2001)
Splatalot – Season 1 (2011) (TV)
Super High Me (2007)
Two Embraces (2007)
Wild Iberia – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Zurdo (2003)
4/16
Águila Roja – Seasons 1-5 (2005-’13) (TV)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Key Man (2011)
4/17
Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible (2015)
4/18
Peaky Blinders – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
4/19
Oblivion (2013)
4/22
Antitrust (2001)
Delta Force 2: Operation Stranglehold (1990)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Hit and Run (2012)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Irma La Douce (1963)
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Missing in Action (1984)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Testament (1983)
Will Penny (1968)
4/23
Derek – Season 2 (2014) (TV)
4/24
Cinderella (1950)
First Kid (1996)
Person of Interest – 3 Seasons (2011-’13) (TV)
4/26
Chef’s Table – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
4/27
Kill Dil (2014)
4/28
I Am Ali (2014)
4/29
Braquo – Season 2 (2011) (TV)

Genre Grandeur – Elite Squad (2010) – Justine’s Movie Blog

My entry for Movierob’s Genre Grandeur for the month of March (Latin directors) is Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a great foreign crime drama from Brazilian director José Padilha.

Thanks again, Rob!

intro_clip_image004For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Latin Directors, here’s a review of Elite Squad by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog

Thanks again to Anna of Film Grimoire for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by James of Back to the Viewer.  We will be reviewing our favorite movies featuring a dystopian world (past or future). Please get me your submissions by 25th April by sending them to dystopia@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice James!

Let’s see what Justine thought of this movie

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Brazilian director José Padilha may be more widely known for his recent attempt at a Hollywood reboot, RoboCop. I admit I still hadn’t bothered to watch the film, because…well, Hollywood reboots generally suck. I had read, though, that he was frustrated with the lack of creative control he had over the film. Welcome to Hollywood…

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