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)

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One Year Blogiversary!

Blogiversary

Well here it is, my one year blogiversary! This blog has now officially lasted longer than any of my relationships. Ha ha ha…wait, that wasn’t a joke. I haven’t posted nearly as much as I’d like, but for whatever reason, there’s people out there who actually read this stuff. So thank you to all you wonderfully loyal and curious readers. As much as I would’ve loved to do something fun and unique for this milestone in history, it creeped up on me and I was not prepared. Such is life.

Before I reached this landmark, there’s two things I really wanted to do: change my blog name and keep up on at least 3 posts per week. Well, I didn’t do either of those things, so it’s looking like the horrible blog name and the sporadic posts are here to stay for a while.

I also have not yet gotten around to writing my Mad Max: Fury Road or Pitch Perfect 2 reviews. But for the record, I loved Mad Max, it’s the first film of this year I’d give a perfect 5/5 to for being such a beautiful and pure action movie. Seriously, action fanatics such as myself can only pray for a movie like this once a year. Pitch Perfect 2 would probably get a 3 for being a lesser version of the first and for trying way too hard to be funny. Pitch Perfect 2 is like that one inappropriate person who’s always cracking the worst jokes at the party and you only laugh to be polite. Hopefully within the next few days I can find the time to actually write them up. In the meantime, if you’re ever curious, I keep a ranking of all the 2015 movies I’ve seen and I always keep it updated. You can find that here: http://boxd.it/lV1e

Anyway, I thought I’d take this time to share with everyone a list of blogs I’ve spent the past year reading, because let’s face it, I would’ve never lasted this long if it weren’t for the other people on this site. So treat this as a sort of blogger appreciation post, if you will. Some of them I’ve been reading from the beginning of my blogging adventures, and some I’ve only just discovered these past few months, but they’re all amazing. I know a lot of the movie blogging community is already pretty tight knit, but there’s always more popping up all over the place with writers who are incredibly talented and well-versed on their subjects. There’s also plenty that have been around longer than I have and I have yet to discover, but that’s another story. Seriously, if there’s anyone on this list you haven’t checked out yet, please do so.

Also, thanks again Emma, Sherise, The Vern, RobbinsRealm, Zoe and The Wolf of Starbucks for nominating me for a bunch of awards that I haven’t had the chance to pass on yet. If I forgot anyone, shit, I’m sorry!

In alphabetical order:

4 Star Films
Abbiosbiston
Abstracticality
Alex Raphael
All My Life…I Wanted to Be a Blogster
Back to the Viewer
Basilmarinerchase
Ben Lane’s Reviews
Canadian Cinephile
Cinema Axis
CinemaClown
The Cinema Cynic
Cinema or Cine-meh?
Cinema Parrot Disco
Cryangosling’s House of Horrors
Damian Thomas Films Etc.
Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
Drew’s Movie Reviews
Dynamite Review
Emmakwall (explains it all)
Film Grimoire
Film the Madman
Film Munch
FilmNerdBlog
Film and Nuance
A Film Odyssey
The Fluff is Raging
Gareth Rhodes Film Reviews
The Girl that Loved to Review
Girls Do Film
Grog’s Movie Blogs
Hard Ticket to Home Video
The IPC
Irish Cinephile
The ISCFC
Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)
Keith & the Movies
Let’s Go to the Movies
A Life in 24 FPS
Life of This City Girl
Lukas + Film
Marshall and the Movies
Movieblort
Movie Man Jackson
Movie Reviews 101
Movierob
The Movie Talk Blog
NrdGZM!
Oh! That Film Blog
Oracle of Film
Permashift
Popcorn Nights
Reel Affinity
The Review Club
RobbinsRealm
Screenkicker!
Seroword
Sidekick Reviews
Sinekdoks
The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger
SSP Thinks Film
The Stub Collector
Sweet Archive
The Telltale Mind
Ten Stars or Less
That Moment In
Thistles and Whistles
Three Rows Back
ThyCriticMan
Tranquil Dreams
The Ü
The Vern’s Video Vortex
Views From the Sofa
Vinnieh
What the Craggus Saw
The Wolf of Starbucks
Writergurlny
Writer Loves Movies
Zobo With a Shotgun

Even if I’m not posting that often, just know I’m still reading your stuff all of the time. I’ve probably said this before, but a lot of you have become my go-to critics. Screw rotten tomatoes.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read my long ramblings. Stay classy, WordPress.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Edited by: Pat Aldo (cousin, co-author, Marvel expert)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is an exciting, action-filled spectacle and a new mark in the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since the first Avengers, I’ve been waiting for this group of heroes to team up again, and here it is. I thought it would be hard to recreate the same kind of magic as seeing them assemble for the first time, but it wasn’t. There’s more character development this time around and we get to see the relationships within the team evolve. Everything I loved about The Avengers is back in Age of Ultron, with the addition of some new, interesting heroes and a different kind of villain. Marvel fans will likely be pleased with the result, but for those who aren’t quite on that bandwagon, it’s still a pretty fun blockbuster and there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it too.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are back together as an epic team to take down a HYDRA bunker run by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), who is in possession of Loki’s scepter and is using it to experiment on humans. Siblings Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are two such humans who have developed abilities as a result. Scarlet Witch is capable of telekinesis and mind control, while Quicksilver can run at the speed of light. Because they have a personal vendetta against Stark, they allow him to take back the scepter, knowing full well what he’ll use it for will backfire. Ultimately, he and Banner use it to jump start a peacekeeping program called Ultron. Ultron, after seeing the kind of destruction people like the Avengers can cause, becomes a new threat who believes the only real path to peace is their extinction.

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Despite whatever feelings one might have about the movie’s flaws, Joss Whedon deserves a ton of credit for creating such a giant film that successfully juggles a large group of characters, ties up loose ends from the previous events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and sets up for the next few films to come, while at the same time, still maintains its own unique story. That may sound daunting, I know, but it never gets as overwhelming as you’d expect. What’s necessary to accept about the MCU is that “it’s all connected,” which means you’re going to get a lot more out of every film if you’ve been following the timeline up until this point. That’s not to say that none of the movies can stand up on their own, because many do, including Age of Ultron, but knowing what’s going on in regards to the bigger overall story is certainly going to affect your experience with it.

For me, there’s a special nerdy excitement I get out seeing these characters that I’ve been watching for the past 7 years interact with one another. What makes this experience different from the first Avengers is that the characters all know each other now so the relationships between each have had a chance to evolve. The smaller moments in the film where the team’s hanging out together are some of the best scenes, like when they’re partying at Avengers Tower and Thor challenges his fellow Avengers to try and lift Mjolnir. It’s also nice to see that some of the supporting characters from other movies aren’t totally forgotten about, like James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) from the Iron Man movies and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) from The Winter Soldier.

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The action is just as good, if not better than in the first movie, starting out with a tracking shot following the team while they work together to breach the HYDRA bunker. It’s quickly paced and full of adrenaline, and of course, you’ve got the trademark humor and one-liners spread throughout. Take it how you will, some people enjoy the humor and others don’t. The jokes are excessive at times and it does down play the threat a little bit, but Marvel’s thing isn’t to be super serious, and that’s a theme that runs throughout all its films. If you haven’t accepted that by now, you probably never will.

The formula for Age of Ultron is definitely cut from the same mold as the first. There’s some build up of story which leads to a climactic battle, and then it winds down towards the end. Most, if not all superhero films follow this formula, so it may seem a bit repetitious, but the way it is executed definitely helps. There are plenty of epic moments in the action that make up for the over-familiarity and I love seeing the teamwork in play.

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One thing I was somewhat disappointed with was that Ultron wasn’t as menacing as the trailers made him seem. I think James Spader did a good job, but the most threatening aspect of his character was the fact that he can travel through the internet and access anything he wants, gaining him the upper hand. He’s also able to upload his consciousness to any of his robot legion as well. But these individual bots are pretty easily defeated, and thus prevent Ultron himself from contributing to the larger battle sequences. I think that besides Thanos, who’s been portrayed as the puppet-master of sorts, Loki remains the MCU’s best villain to date.

Additionally, I wasn’t overly fond of what they did with Black Widow’s role in this film. I like how both her and Hawkeye have more to do this time around, and Hawkeye’s character development is great, but I can’t help but feel like Widow was reduced to a stereotype. The romance between her and Banner seemed unwarranted, and it was too random for me to get behind. Their scenes together seemed cheesy and forced, and basically, I just wish they hadn’t made the only established female character on the team a love interest. I enjoyed finally discovering Widow’s backstory, but her character can be so stiff at times. This could just have something to do with Whedon’s take on her. Something my cousin, Pat, actually pointed out to me was that Widow and Scarlet Witch don’t exchange any dialogue in the film. I think if Marvel can improve on anything in the future, it’s the way they handle their female heroes, and I’m eager to see how they fare with the Captain Marvel movie, since it’ll be the first film in the MCU centered on a female character.

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The Maximoff twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, are both incredibly welcome additions to the film. The Witch’s abilities are, admittedly, cooler than Quicksilver’s speed, but they both work well together. I found her capability to manipulate the Avenger’s minds particularly awesome, allowing the team’s human nature and vulnerability to be revealed. Though the twins’ Eastern European accents may have proven to be a struggle at times, I think Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson fit their roles perfectly. I only wish that they had a little more screen time.

The best addition, however, would have to be the Vision. Hands down, Vision is the MCU’s latest breakout character, and his presence was insanely rewarding. This beloved comic book character, often referred to as “the Android Avenger,” is especially visually appealing, showcasing phasing abilities and powerful energy blasts. It’s fantastic to see Paul Bettany, who has been voicing Tony Stark’s A.I. program JARVIS for years now, finally assembling with the Avengers on-screen in physical form. He serves as a wealth of knowledge and powerhouse for the team, moving forward, and his addition to future installments is incredibly exciting!

The next adventure for our heroes will be in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Judging by the emerging conflicts shown between Stark and Rogers, I’d say Age of Ultron has already set a pretty solid foundation for this upcoming plot. Despite whatever small faults I may have had with it, I think Whedon did a job worth recognizing with such a difficult task. Avengers: Age of Ultron is an enjoyable addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and an exciting reunion for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I truly loved it.

4.5/5

Opinion Battles Round One – Comic Book, Graphic Novels Films

I’m happy to be a part of a new feature created by Darren from Movie Reviews 101, where a group of writers get to share what we think is the best film of a particular genre and the readers get to vote among the choices.

So go visit his site and vote!

Thanks, Darren!

Movie Reviews 101

Movie Reviews 101 would like to introduce our newest feature, Drumroll please.

Opinion Battles

We would like to welcome all our fellow participants into this and we would like you to pick who has selected the best choice. We will continue these battles over the year and whoever gets the most points will be crowned champion. If you would like to join in message us at moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

The first subject is going to be Comic Book and Graphic Novel Movies, if you want to take part in the next subject we are going to pick best Sequels, email your choice to the address above.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

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I had to rack my brain to think of my selection and I had it down to three but I have ended up picking this one. Snowpiercer is adapted from French comic Le Transperceneige and it…

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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)

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