Netflix: What’s New on Streaming (June 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 June. I will try to keep this list updated as I find more titles are being added later on in the month.

I totally missed what’s new and expiring last month, so sorry to anyone who actually uses this as a reference!

Netflix US

6/1
009-1: The End of the Beginning (2013)
All Over the Guy (2001)
Amar (2009)
Amor Xtremo (2006)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
The Aviator (2004)
Bad Habits (2007)
Big Muddy (2014)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
Bleach – 3 Seasons (2004-2005) (TV)
Brian’s Song (1971)
Brian’s Song (2001)
The Burbs (1989)
Celia’s Lives (2006)
The City (1998)
Dead Snow (2009)
Deeper (2010)
Delivery (2014)
Dragon Eyes (2012)
Edge of the Earth (2014)
El Gringo (2012)
Elias: Rescue Team Adventures – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Employee of the Month (2006)
The Escape Artist (1982)
Expelled from Paradise (2014)
Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)
A Feast at Midnight (1994)
Fishtail (2015)
Four Brothers (2005)
Further (2012)
Girl on a Bicycle (2013)
The Good Guy (2010)
The Great Escape (1963)
Hammett (1982)
Heterosexual Jill (2013)
Hidden Kingdoms – 3 Episodes (2014) (TV)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Higher (2014)
Hits (2014)
Iesodo: Believe (2013)
Innocent Voices (2009)
The Island of Dr. Moreau: Director’s Cut (1977)
Kickboxer (1989)
Kickboxer 2 (1991)
Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992)
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
Redemption: Kickboxer 5 (1995)
Kidnapped (2010)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
La Dictadura Perfecta (2014)
Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902)
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Maria de todos los Angeles – 13 Episodes (2009) (TV)
Mexico Pelagico (2014)
Mooz-Lum (2010)
Never on a Sunday (2006)
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
Nine Months (1995)
On the Way to School (2013)
One from the Heart (1982)
The Others (2001)
Out of the Dark (2014)
Oveja Negra (2009)
The Paper Chase (1973)
People Will Talk (1951)
The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)
Pet Sematary (1989)
Pet Sematary 2 (1992)
Philly Kid (2012)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
Pretty Little Liars – Season 5 (2010) (TV)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Beginnings (2012)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Eternal (2012)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (2013)
Purgatorio (2008)
The Queens of Comedy (2001)
The Quiet American (2002)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007)
R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly (2008)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Sex Ed (2014)
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Orlando (2012)
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Atlanta (2013)
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Las Vegas (2014)
Something Wild (1986)
Stash House (2012)
Sucker Punch (2008)
Tear this Heart Out (2008)
Tetro (2009)
Transit (2012)
Troll (1986)
Troll 2 (1990)
Una familia de diez – Season 1 (2007) (TV)
Virgingate (2009)
We Are the Giant (2014)
A Wonderful World (2006)
6/3
Best of Me (2014)
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
6/5
Sense8 – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
6/6
On the Road (2012)
6/7
Words and Pictures (2013)
6/8
Grace of Monaco (2014)
6/9
Free the Nipple (2014)
It’s Tough Being Loved by Jerks (2008)
6/10
Nightcrawler (2014)
Rosewater (2014)
6/11
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 2 (2014) (TV)
The Legend (1993)
The Legend 2 (1993)
6/12
Champs (2015)
The Cobbler (2014)
Life of Crime (2013)
Orange Is the New Black – Season 3 (2015) (TV)
6/13
Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)
Scandal – Season 4 (2014) (TV)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
6/15
Bindi’s Bootcamp – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Danger Mouse – Seasons 1­-10 (1981-’92) (TV)
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)
Really Me – Season ­2 (2012) (TV)
Rodney Carrington: Laughters Good (2015)
Team Toon – Season 1 (2013) (TV)
Wizards vs. Aliens – Season ­3 (2014) (TV)
6/16
Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of (2015)
Curious George (2006)
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
Two Days, One Night (2014)
6/17
Heartland – Season 6 (2012) (TV)
Point and Shoot (2014)
6/19
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Some Assembly Required (2014)
6/20
Cake (2014)
6/23
Advantageous (2015)
6/24
Beyond the Lights (2014)
6/25
Ballet 422 (2014)
6/26
Dragons: Race to the Edge – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour (2015)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Young & Hungry – Season 2 (2014) (TV)
6/27
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

Netflix Canada

6/1
009-1: The End of the Beginning (2013)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Airplane! (1980)
Amar (2009)
Amor Xtremo (2006)
Bad Habits (2007)
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Bleach – Seasons 2-3 (2004) (TV)
Bloodlands – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
The City (1998)
Commando (1985)
Dead Drop (2013)
Deeper (2010)
Delivery (2014)
Django Unchained (2012)
Elias: Rescue Team Adventures – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
The Enemy Below (1957)
Expelled from Paradise (2014)
Further (2012)
Gone Girl (2014)
Grease (1978)
The Hangover: Part III (2013)
Heterosexual Jill (2013)
Higher (2014)
Hits (2014)
Iesodo: Believe (2013)
I Origins (2014)
It Might Get Loud (2008)
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
Life of a King (2013)
Little Red Wagon (2012)
Metro Manila (2013)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Series 1-2 (2012) (TV)
Movie 43 (2013)
Never on a Sunday (2006)
The Numbers Station (2013)
On the Way to School (2013)
Oveja Negra (2009)
Plan B: True (2014)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Beginnings (2012)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Eternal (2012)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion (2013)
Purgatorio (2008)
Sabah: A Love Story (2005)
Saving Face (2005)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Sex Ed (2014)
SheZow – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Snitch (2013)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) (TV)
Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
Strange Empire – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Super Troopers (2001)
Virgingate (2009)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Wing Commander (1999)
Your Worst Nightmare – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
6/2
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Vitus (2006)
6/5
Sense8 – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
6/8
The Conjuring (2013)
Whiplash (2014)
6/11
Suits – Season 4 (2014) (TV)
6/12
Orange Is The New Black – Season 3 (2015) (TV)
6/15
Bindi’s Bootcamp – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
Danger Mouse – Seasons 1­-10 (1981-’92) (TV)
6/16
Backstreet Boys: Show’em What You’re Made Of (2015)
6/18
Foxcatcher (2014)
6/23
Advantageous (2015)
6/24
Young Ones (2014)
6/26
Dreamworks Dragons: Race To The Edge – Season 1 (2012) (TV)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
6/30
The Maze Runner (2014)

Netflix UK

6/1
Advanced Style (2014)
All This Mayhem (2014)
The Apartment (1960)
Continuum – Season 3 (2014) (TV)
Deeper (2010)
Delivery (2014)
Elias: Rescue Team Adventures – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Fishtail (2015)
Further (2012)
The Guvnors (2014)
Half Nelson (2006)
Higher (2014)
Hits (2014)
Iesodo: Believe (2013)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – Seasons 1-2 (2012-’13) (TV)
Nurse (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
On the Way to School (2013)
Partners – Season 1 (2014) (TV)
Plan B: True (2014)
The Prince (2014)
Redirected (2014)
Severe Clear (2009)
SheZow – Season 1 (2012)
TEDTalks: Life Lessons & Confessions – Season 1-2 (2015) (TV)
Wish I Was Here (2014)
6/2
Angel (2007)
The Eternal Zero (2013)
Trespass (2011)
6/5
Sense8 – Season 1 (2015) (TV)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
6/8
The Expendables 3 (2014)
6/12
Orange is the New Black – Season 3 (2015) (TV)
6/15
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
6/17
Flatliners (1990)
6/21
The Purge (2013)
6/29
The Guest (2014)

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

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)

It Follows (2015)

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For those looking for a mainstream horror film where the story and characters are sacrificed to provide a gamut of cliché and conventional scares, you’ll probably be disappointed in what It Follows has to offer. Writer/director David Robert Mitchell has created what some critics are calling “the best horror film in years.” That’s a little too much of a superlative statement for me, but I can agree that it is smart, unique, stylish, and a breath of fresh air to the horror genre, much like The Babadook was last year. If you liked that film, you’ll probably enjoy this one. It’s a slow burn horror in that it takes its time building up tension and suspense in a very effective way through the use of setting, a wide-angle lens camera, and an awesome synth score. You may go home afterwards and have no trouble sleeping, but you might be looking over your shoulder on your way back to the car.

The movie opens with a young girl running out of her house in high heels (serious props to her, I couldn’t run in those things), looking past the camera in fear of something we can’t see. She runs in a half circle, back into the house, grabs her purse and keys, and then we see her on the beach, talking to her father on the phone and apologizing for ever being a pain in the ass. Later we see her with her body mangled in an awkward position, thus setting the tone for the horror that will ensue. Focus shifts to Jay (Maika Monroe), a 19-year-old college student living in suburban Detroit, who contracts what can only be described as a sexually transmitted monster after a night of consensual sex with a guy named Hugh (Jake Weary). Hugh does the gentlemanly thing by tying Jay to a wheelchair and forcing her to feast her eyes upon the monster that will now be relentlessly following her until she decides to pass the curse to someone else. It’s slow, but not dumb. It can take the form of a stranger or someone you know, but don’t let it reach you, because if it does, it will kill you and then it will make its way back down the line of people who contracted it. That’s pretty much the gist of “It.”

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Mitchell does a great job of bringing us into this almost dreamlike world. The time period is irrelevant, although it’ll be sure to confuse and maybe even frustrate some. The characters watch black and white movies on old television sets that look like they’re from the ’70s or possibly even earlier. On the other hand, you have the girl in the beginning scene using a modern day cell phone, and another character reads books on what looks like a kindle in the shape of a clamshell. The ambiguity of the setting is supposed to make us feel like this isn’t our world, this is like some alternate universe where sexually transmitted monsters might exist, a world I wouldn’t want to live in. Most of the film takes place in suburban areas of Detroit, where poverty hasn’t yet spread to their turf. But you would never know it was Detroit unless one of the girls didn’t mention how her mother warned her never to go past 8 Mile (I can thank Eminem for even knowing what that is).

The cinematography plays a big part in the suspense of the film. The 360 degree panning shots are wonderfully effective, as well the wide-angle lens that always leaves more than enough background in view just in case “It” decides to creep into the frame at any point. No matter what’s going on in the foreground, you’re sure to always be looking behind the characters, because you know it’s coming, but you don’t know when. Along with this, the music is a complete mood setter. It’s composed of a John Carpenter-esque synth soundtrack that works so well in helping create and maintain the tension throughout the film.

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The most obvious connections you can make with the plot is that “It” is an allegory for an STD, and Jay is a symbol for “innocence lost.” Yeah, that works on some level. There’s a lot more than that you can take from it, though. For example, if you look past the surface you can find themes of morality, mortality, trust, love, and fear of entering adulthood. After Jay sleeps with Hugh, she lets him in on a little fantasy she used to have about being an adult and having the freedom to go on dates, but when she reaches adulthood and obtains this freedom, it’s not what she expected. Freedom isn’t really freedom at all when there’s responsibility and consequences that come with any action. Ultimately, she and the other characters, like Paul (Keir Gilchrist)–the childhood friend who clearly has a thing for her–end up reminiscing of the days when they were young kids without a care in the world.

When you reach adulthood, that’s usually the time when you become most aware of your own mortality as you shed the naïve image of yourself as being almost invincible. For Jay, this mortality is as real and fearful as ever, because, well…there’s a horrifying monster following her now. One of Jay’s friends, Yara (Olivia Luccardi) spends a lot of the time in the film reading Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot, of which she quotes at one point, speaking about the inevitability of death. Death is an obvious symbol in a lot of horror films, but It Follows has a distinct way of showing how our main character figures out how cope with it.

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There are a few ways you can watch this movie. You can try and pick out whatever deeper meaning or symbolism you can possibly find in the plot, and I’m sure any one person can find quite a few if they tried, or, you can just sit back and enjoy it for what it is. It’s a stylish Halloween meets Final Destination meets whatever throwback to ’80s horror you can think of. Or you can choose to dismiss it as a “not scary at all” arthouse piece of crap. I’ve seen plenty of mixed audience reviews regardless of the mostly positive critics’ opinions, and when it comes down to it, this type of movie isn’t going to work for everyone. If you want a lot of gore and a lot of jump scares (and it’s okay if you do), you aren’t going to find that here.

For me, personally, I loved it. It’s visually stunning, I loved the soundtrack, I thought the acting was definitely above average, and the story is a refreshing and unique take on horror. I like how Mitchell created this very unsettling, creepy atmosphere without having to rely solely on gore and jump scares. Is it the most terrifying movie in recent years? I don’t think so. Does it get a little weird towards the end? Yes. But I’ll stand by my initial response to it, I liked it, it stuck with me when I left the theater, and I think that it’s a very well-made film in general. And admit it, being followed is scary, if you were being followed by even a non-paranormal being–especially if you’re a girl or maybe a drug dealer who screwed over your boss recently–you’d be scared, am I right?

4.5/5

Netflix: Expiring Soon (March 2015)

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Below you will find lists of titles expiring on Netflix during this month (March) 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

3/19
House Hunting (2013)
Miss Dial (2013)
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)
3/20
The Silence (2010)
3/21
Entre Nos (2009)
My Way (2011)
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
3/23
Edgar – 1 Season (2007) (TV)
Family Affair (2010)
Love Free or Die (2012)
Upside Down (2012)
3/24
Gerard Richter Painting (2011)
Girl on a Bicycle (2013)
High School Record (2005)
Hostel: Part III (2011)
L.I.E. (2001)
The Pool (2007)
Towheads (2013)
Walter Latham’s Comedy After Dark (2013)
3/25
All Together (2011)
Citadel (2012)
My Engine’s Fragile Sound (2012)
The Silent Army (2008)
3/26
Janie Jones (2010)
3/27
Faster (2003)
In Our Nature (2012)
The Nine Muses (2010)
Tales of the Night (2011)
Vampire Prosecutor – 12 episodes (2011) (TV)
When Strangers Click (2010)
Where the Yellowstone Goes (2012)
3/29
Adventure Time – 2 Seasons (2010-’11) (TV)
Childrens Hospital – 2 Seasons (2010) (TV)
Delocated – 1 Season (2009) (TV)
Metalocalypse – 1 Season (2006) (TV)
Regular Show – 2 Seasons (2010) (TV)
Young Justice – 1 Season (2010) (TV)
3/30
2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)
Bamako (2006)
The Brothers (2001)
ETXR (2014)
The Inner Life of Martin Frost (2007)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders (2011)
Nightmare City (1980)
3/31
48 Hours (1982)
All.I.Can. (2011)
Amanda (2009)
America Declassified – 1 Season (2013) (TV)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
Amityville 3 (1983)
Annie (1982)
Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – 1 Season (2006) (TV)
Astonishing X-Men – 3 Seasons (2009) (TV)
Baby Boy (2001)
Blue Mountain State – 3 Seasons (2010) (TV)
The Brian Boitano Project – 4 episodes (2014) (TV)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
The Cable Guy (1996)
Caught Up (1998)
Chalet Girl (2011)
Clue (1985)
Color Splash Collection – 1 Season (2010) (TV)
Company of Heroes (2013)
Coneheads (1993)
Cousins on Call – 1 Season (2013) (TV)
The Craft (1996)
Cutthroat Kitchen – 1 Season (2013) (TV)
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Diggstown (1992)
The Evening Star (1996)
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012)
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
Face 2 Face (2012)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
Friday the 13th – Parts 1-8 (1980-’89)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Get Shorty (1995)
Good Boy! (2003)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Grassroots (2012)
Guess Who (2005)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Heleno (2011)
Holmes Inspection Collection – 1 Season (2011) (TV)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011)
In & Out (1997)
Income Property Collection – 1 Season (2011) (TV)
The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson (2013)
The Innkeepers (2011)
Insomnia (2002)
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Jane Eyre (1944)
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Les Miserables (1935)
Madeline (1998)
A Man Called Peter (1955)
Miral (2011)
Mumfie’s Quest: The Movie (2014)
Murder at the Presidio (2005)
Murder by Numbers (2002)
My Bodyguard (1980)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Mystic River (2003)
Notting Hill (1999)
Now Is Good (2012)
The Other End of the Line (2008)
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Philadelphia (1993)
Pi (1998)
The Pioneer Woman Collection – 20 episodes (2012) (TV)
The Player: Secrets of a Vegas Whale (2014)
Poetic Justice (1993)
The Princess Twins of Legendale (2013)
Puzzled Love (2010)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Raaz 3: The Third Dimension (2012)
Rehab Addict Collection – 1 Season (2010) (TV)
Reincarnation (2006)
Reindeer Games (2000)
Restaurant: Impossible Collection – 25 episodes (2011) (TV)
Retornos (2010)
The River’s Edge (1957)
The Robe (1953)
Sabrina’s Secret Life – 1 Season (2003) (TV)
Saint Nick (2010)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Sidewalls (2011)
A Slipping Down Life (1999)
Stuart Little 2 (2002)
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (2005)
Submarine (2011)
Taking Lives (2004)
The Turning Point (1977)
Walking Tall: Part II (1975)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

 

Netflix Canada

3/21
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
3/27
American Masters: LENNONYC
3/29
Gandhi (1982)
Joe Dirt (2001)
National Security (2003)
Pineapple Express (2008)
RV (2006)
Snatch (2000)
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Taxi Driver (1976)
We Own the Night (2007)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2007)
3/31
The French Connection (1971)
The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson – 6 episodes (2013) (TV)
The Iron Giant (1999)
Slacker (1991)
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Wayne’s World (1992)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Yes Man (2008)

 

Netflix UK

3/19
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
3/20
Act of Valor (2012)
3/21
9 (2009)
3/22
Rambo (2008)
3/23
Movie 43 (2013)
Won’t Back Down (2012)
3/25
The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)
3/30
Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero – 2 episodes (2013) (TV)
Brazil with Michael Palin – 4 episodes (2012) (TV)
The Iceman (2013)
Last Tango in Halifax – 6 episodes (2012) (TV)
Les Miserables – 2 episodes (2000) (TV)
Outcasts – 8 episodes (2011) (TV)
The Paperboy (2012)
Redemption (2013)
Rev. – 2 Seasons (2010-’11) (TV)
Stolen (2012)
3/31
3 Ninjas: Kick Back (1994)
Beauty & the Briefcase (2010)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
The Crew (2008)
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior – 1 Season (2011) (TV)
Crimson Tide (1995)
The Dark (2009)
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Down Periscope (1996)
Greek – 4 Seasons (2007-’09) (TV)
Homecoming (2009)
The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson – 6 episodes (2013) (TV)
Insomnia (2002)
Melancholia (2011)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
The Messengers (2007)
The Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009)
Pandorum (2009)
Patriot Games (1992)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Reaper – 2 Seasons (2007-’09) (TV)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Slacker (1991)
Soul Food (1997)
Stripes (1981)
Trapped (2002)
Trust (2010)
Two Can Play That Game (2001)
Ugly Betty – 2 Seasons (2006-’07) (TV)
Walled In (2009)
White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

Chappie (2015)

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Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi is a bit more intelligent than people are giving it credit for. It’s a flawed film, for sure, but it hits a lot of the right notes. Chappie touches upon the surface of themes like morality, humanity, consciousness and religion, but sometimes fails to really peel back the layers to expose something deeper and more meaningful inside. Where it does really succeed is in humanizing the titular character and allowing us to see him like we would a child, a pure soul that is molded by his environment. Chappie might not present a whole lot of new ideas, but it has a lot of heart, and it isn’t afraid to be silly, and that’s what I liked most about it.

Among one of the many resemblances to District 9, Chappie starts with talking heads giving exposition about what’s going on in the world. Thanks to people like Anderson Cooper, we find out that the police force has been replaced by robots called Scouts, and Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) is the creator. Thanks to Deon’s Scouts, crime in Johannesburg has decreased dramatically.

One robot, Scout 22, suffers a big blow in the field, causing his battery to become fused inside him, so he’s due to be crushed. Deon, who has recently figured out a formula to give the robots a mind of their own, steals 22 to test it. Before he can, he is kidnapped by Yolandi and Ninja (of “Die Antwoord” fame), and their partner Amerika (Jose Pablo Cantillo). They want Deon to turn off the robots so they can carry out a successful heist. When he assures them this isn’t possible, they force him to reprogram 22 so that they can train it to work for them. When he wakes up, Yolandi gives him the name “Chappie” and he eventually becomes a part of their gangster family.

Chappie is essentially a child. When Deon gives him a mind of his own, it’s like a baby being born, not knowing how to speak or being able to recognize the world around him. Deon, as the creator, is a God-like figure if you’re looking at this in terms of religion. Chappie actually learns morality from him. Before Deon leaves him with Yolandi and Ninja, he makes Chappie promise that he won’t hurt other people. It’s like God giving Moses the Commandments, you know…”Thou shalt not kill,” that sort of thing. The funny thing is that it sticks with him. Throughout the film, he remains adamant about not using guns on people, despite Ninja successfully molding him into the gangster lifestyle in other ways.

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Yolandi is the compassionate mother figure who comes to really love and care about Chappie. She teaches him about mortality and “the beyond.” Ninja, aside from being a selfish jerk who tries to manipulate him, is the father who tries to teach Chappie that the world isn’t a nice place, and that he has to be tough if he wants to survive in it.

Chappie’s consciousness is brought into existence by humans and shaped by humans, and so he logically becomes a human in a robot body. He feels fear, sadness, love, and like all humans, becomes fearful of his own mortality. As his irreplaceable battery begins to run out, he questions why a creator would bring him into the world just so that he could die, a question I’m sure plenty of us have asked before: what is the purpose of life if we are only meant to die? Now this is what I mean when I say this film touches upon the surface of interesting themes. Unfortunately, it eventually does get bogged down by action, violence, and a couple insignificant and ridiculous characters.

I haven’t yet mentioned the role Hugh Jackman plays in this, and that’s mainly because I hated his character. No, not because he was evil (yes, he’s evil), but because he was mainly dull and annoying, and I got tired of him really fast with his stupid mullet and cargo shorts. Hating Hugh Jackman? Yeah, that’s a first for me. He plays Vincent, who is a bastard former soldier and an engineer obsessed with wrecking Deon’s robots and promoting his own human-controlled, giant robots who are decked out with all the weapons you’d need for destroying an entire city, let alone fighting urban street crime. For most of the movie, he seemed like nothing more than an insignificant side story, and his character was like an annoying fly buzzing about that you couldn’t swat down. I’d like to just pretend he didn’t exist. Sigourney Weaver can join him in the void of wishful nonexistence because she was equally as stupid and even more insignificant.

Let’s talk about the purpose of having “Die Antwoord” as main characters in this film. I mean, why? I have to assume it’s for the same reason Blomkamp wanted Eminem to play Matt Damon’s role in Elysium. What that reason is, I’m not sure, weird fascination with rappers I guess? I went into this fully expecting to be annoyed by them, but truth be told, the scenes with them teaching Chappie how to live the gangster lifestyle was hilarious and very entertaining. Yes, it’s a little annoying that they wore their own merch and that the soundtrack was basically all Die Antwoord, making this film kind of seem like a 2 hour music video at times, but I still enjoyed most of their scenes, and I thought they had an interesting and dynamic relationship with the main character.

The CGI and mo-cap in this film is excellent. Along with these things, Sharlto Copley, who plays Chappie, does a great job with making him feel human. For example, in scenes like when Chappie was getting abused by thugs I felt like I was watching an innocent child being abused, I was actually upset and disgusted by it. He’s a piece of metal, but you care about him like you would any other human in any other story. It’s the same way I felt watching the aliens being oppressed in District 9. Blomkamp may miss the mark sometimes, but he knows how to present those human elements and make them feel real, and of course, having the right actor to portray them is a plus.

The only other issues I had with this film is the ending. I can’t get into it without giving too much away, but I felt like it was rushed. I wanted the film to spend more time with the idea, and for those who have seen this already, you know what I’m talking about. Instead, what we got was a long scene involving a shoot-out and Ninja making ridiculous facial expressions. I didn’t like how some of the truly interesting sci-fi elements took the backseat to the ultra violent action. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an action fanatic, but I know when it is and isn’t appropriate. Blomkamp does know how to handle action scenes well, I’ll admit, but I just wanted…more, more than just that.

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In the end, I feel like most critics were overly harsh on Chappie. It wasn’t perfect, but I think it’s far from the derivative piece of crap some are making it out to be. Chappie is an extremely likable character who is easy to sympathize with and care about. The film does touch on interesting themes, focusing more on an A.I. discovering consciousness and mortality, as opposed to focusing on clichèd plot devices like the A.I. threatening humanity. Unfortunately, the action does drag the plot down a bit, and there are a couple of characters who I wish were never written into the script, but Blomkamp does a mostly good job presenting plenty of silly and humorous elements to remind you this is a sci-fi film involving a child-like robot being raised by rappers. Let yourself have fun with it, and you may come out with a more positive view.

3/5

’71 (2015)

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’71 places Jack O’Connell in yet another impressive role as a British soldier who is left behind by his unit in a hostile territory in Belfast during “the Troubles” in–you guessed it–1971. This is director Yann Demange’s feature film debut, and it safely borders the line between action movie and political thriller.

What was the Troubles, you ask? As someone born and raised in the U.S. and never taught a single thing about Irish history in my 19 years of schooling aside from maybe where St. Patty’s Day comes from, I asked myself the same question. As the movie quickly describes it, there was a conflict going on between the Protestants and the Catholics. From a British point of view, the Protestants were the “friendlies” and the Catholics were the “hostiles.” To be more specific, it was a political conflict between Protestant loyalists and Catholic nationalists or republicans. There were quite a few issues going on between the two groups, one of them involving whether or not Northern Ireland should stay within the UK. Without giving a history lesson or sounding stupid to those who were better educated than I was, let’s just say militant groups on both sides, like the IRA for example, were rioting and killing each other. The British army was involved, the government and police force was corrupt, and so on and so forth.

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So how does O’Connell fit into all of this? He plays a British soldier named Gary Hook, who, upon being caught in the middle of a riot, is accidentally left behind by his unit and has to try to survive on the deadly streets on his own. He is hunted and helped by people from both sides, and he is never really sure about who is a friend or a foe.

Last year was a break out year for O’Connell, after having starred in the critically acclaimed drama Starred Up and the not-so-acclaimed Unbroken, as well as the really terrible 300: Rise of an Empire. Regardless of how good or bad the movie was, his performances never failed to impress. It’s the same deal here, although thankfully, this movie does not suck.

’71 is seemingly a simple story about a young man who has to try and survive the night in a foreign land, but there’s actually a lot more going on in the plot than just that. You’re dealing with corruption, double agents on both sides, civilians who are coerced into acting out violently due to blind loyalty, children suffering the consequences, and many people living in fear. Hook is at the center of all of it, never knowing where to turn, having people shoot at him and bombs going off around him, you can sense his confusion and desperation to get to safety.

O’Connell is mostly silent throughout this film, but still affecting. You don’t get to know much about his character aside from the fact that he has a younger brother who is in some kind of state care facility, yet you still care about what happens to him. I will admit that the most thrilling scenes in this movie are the ones that are focused on him. His attempts at survival are, if nothing else, suspenseful. There’s an intensity I felt while watching him running down alleys and ducking into the shadows. It’s mostly well balanced, though, with O’Connell’s scenes being something closer to an action movie, and the secondary characters setting up for what would seem like more of a political thriller. Captain Browning (Sean Harris), for example, is playing both sides of the field throughout the film, but his true intentions are clear to the viewer, he is not a good guy. The suspense in these scenes come from whether or not the other characters will figure this out before it’s too late, and if there will even be consequences when they do.

Demange depicts a world where corruption goes far up the ranks, where young people get caught up fighting for causes they probably don’t fully understand, struggling between what they know is right and what they’re being told is right, and where innocent people are shot at and blown to bits. I’m not sure how true this depiction is, there are some people out there who have actually lived through these conflicts and witnessed them first hand and maybe think this plot is too simplified or not political enough, whereas others will think the opposite. I like the balance, but then again, what do I know?

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Aside from the sometimes excessive shaky cam, the cinematography successfully captures the essence of a war torn city, there’s fires in the streets, people running about and shouting, and a general dark and grittiness to the film. Jack O’Connell, as usual, excels in the lead role and so do a lot of the supporting characters, especially Sean Harris, as well as a young, foul-mouthed boy O’Connell meets at one point in the film. Good people die, bad people live, and justice isn’t always served, ’71 is an emotional and thrilling film that illustrates these sad but true elements that often accompany violent, political conflicts. I really enjoyed it and I believe it’s one of the better movies released in the U.S. this year.

4/5

What We Do in the Shadows (2015)

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Who knew that a mockumentary about four vampires living together in a flat in New Zealand could be so genuinely entertaining? Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi co-wrote, directed and starred in this gem of a comedy that has sadly seen very limited release in the U.S. despite positive response. What We Do in the Shadows is a fresh twist on the vampire genre and it delivers consistent laughs while never straying far from old vampire clichés, and that’s not a bad thing.

So many vampire movies are either focused on horror elements or romantic elements. This movie throws both of those out the window, and what we’re left with is a lot of deadpan humor involving legitimate problems you could imagine would arise in a household of centuries-old vampires. Tension over someone not doing their chores, accidentally hitting main arteries while feeding on humans and spraying blood all over the place, not being able to enjoy a night on the town without being invited into nightclubs, and the difficulties getting dressed while not having a reflection to judge yourself in. The mundane issues that follow a group of immortal creatures who are out of touch with the modern world actually provide a lot more laughs than you would think.

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Viago (Taika Waititi) is a 379-year-old vampire who is a bit of compulsive character. He calls flatmate meetings so that he can discuss who is and who isn’t doing their chores, and why it’s necessary to put down newspaper when one of them decides to sink their teeth into their victims while sitting on the living room sofa. He still dresses like a 18th century European aristocrat with the puffy-sleeved shirts, and he tries to maintain a semblance of civility, but in the end, he’s still a vampire who needs to feed on people. The difference is he tries to give his victims a good time in the last moments of their lives, like a true vampire gentleman.

Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) is an 862-year-old vampire whose appearance is reminiscent of the Gary Oldman type in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. When we first see him, he’s in a red silk sheeted bed with three women, hissing at the camera. We learn later that he has his own torture room, although he rarely uses it anymore. He also used to have a skill for mind control, but has never been the same since an encounter with a creature only referred to as “The Beast.”

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Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) is the “cool, young vampire” at a ripe 183-years-old, looking like he stepped right out of a slightly older version of The Lost Boys, with his leather pants and stereotypical “vampires are sexy” attitude. He gets scolded for letting the dishes pile up for five years, and he has a “familiar” named Jackie (Jackie van Beek), who he orders to do daytime errands for him with the false promise that one day he might turn her. One of these errands involves finding two virgins to bring to the house for dinner. The fact that virgins are hard to come by is just one of the many problems these vampires face on a daily basis. While there’s no real need to have virgin blood, Vladislav explains the preference, saying, “I think of it like this. If you are going to eat a sandwich, you would just enjoy it more if you knew no one had fucked it.” Fair enough.

One of the humans she brings to dinner is Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer). When he figures out he’s just been lured into a pit of vampires, he tries to escape, leading to a hilarious chase down dark hallways, with some funny wire work and use of CGI. Fortunately, he’s caught by Petyr (Ben Fransham), the fourth flatmate who has a habit of turning people instead of killing them. He doesn’t speak and he lives in the basement and sleeps in a cement tomb. He’s the Nosferatu of the four vampires, and he’s relieved of household duties and flatmate meetings due to the fact that he’s 8,000-years-old.

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With the addition of Nick, the vampires lives become a little less mundane. Now they are dealing with a very young vampire who can’t keep his mouth shut about who and what he is. His struggle to adapt is hilarious. He has trouble flying in through windows, but has an incessant need to do so just because he can. He doesn’t know that eating chips leads to projectile vomiting of blood. He also comes out to his best friend, Stu (Stuart Rutherford), who accepts him as a vampire. Stu is quickly accepted as a friend by them all for being a genuinely likable guy who works at an IT company. He helps the old vampires get reconnected with the modern world through technology. It’s funny how they take to him like a new pet.

Oh, and if the vampires weren’t enough, there are werewolves, too. The vampires run into a pack led by Anton (Rhys Darby), who insists that his pack maintain their tempers, reminding them, “We’re werewolves, not swearwolves.” Yes, there’s a lot that this film offers in terms of fantastical details, and they’re all presented humorously.

Is this one of those corny, cheap parody type films? No. It’s so much better. It’s witty and the actors have a great sense of comedic timing. I laughed the whole way through. The mockumentary style of filming is so fitting, it’s never distracting, and it contributes to the bizarreness of what goes on in the movie. What We Do in the Shadows is more on the level of films like This is Spinal Tap than anything else. There isn’t too much beneath the surface here, it’s a simple plot, but it’s a worthwhile comedy and at a brisk 84 minutes, it’s a very easy watch. It didn’t get the wide release it deserved, but if it happens to come to a theater near you, you should drop what you’re doing and go see this.

4/5