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First Friday – Netflix Reviews

Every month Netflix gets a whole list of new titles to watch! Check out what’s worth your time this week.

Kurtis – Cool Runnings:
Okay, this movie just hit Netflix September 1st and it’s important you all know about it. Cool Runnings is now streaming on demand, any time you want it. If you thought the addition of the Mighty Ducks was a big deal, now there’s even more mid-90s goodness to enjoy. For those unfamiliar, Cool Runnings is based on the true story of the rag tag group of Jamaicans who dreamed of being at the Winter Olympics as a bobsled team. There were some problems to start, but eventually, the first Jamaican bobsled team makes their way to Canada for the Olympics. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are laughed at because no one can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a previously disgraced trainer seriously. But, like so many other Disney movies, we learn that heart and character help all heroes overcome. Starring John Candy as the coach and featuring so many quotable lines (“Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! Cool Runnings!”) this movie features some powerful nostalgia for all of us who grew up in the 90s. If you look at this from solely a technical standpoint, it doesn’t blow anyone away. It doesn’t have an incredibly unique story, the writing, while funny, is pretty straightforward and nothing particularly interesting is going on with the direction. But it’s a kids movie, and it’s fun, and it’s funny and heartwarming, and it stirs great memories of when you actually had to go to a store to borrow a movie you didn’t own. So don’t miss this blast from the past on Netflix.
Bottom Line: If you grew up with this movie like I did, you owe it to yourself to revisit it. If you’ve never seen it before, go in expecting something light and entertaining, and I think it’ll totally hold up.
Rating: 3/5

Morgan – Forces of Nature:
This week I watched Forces of Nature, with Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. And let me start out by saying that it was bad. So, so, painfully bad. The storyline is okay; it’s about a guy named Ben who is about to get married, and on his way to his wedding his plane crashes (sorta). He meets Sarah (Bullock) on his flight, who is also trying to get to Savannah, and they decide to take the rest of the trip together. After that, just about everything goes wrong. From then on, he takes it as a sign that he isn’t supposed to get married, and every one and everything is telling him he shouldn’t. I thought I would maybe slightly enjoy this movie, despite the fact that Netflix predicted it as a 2/5 stars for me. I mean it’s a rom-com, what’s not to love? I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I just hated it. I feel like it was trying to hard to be more than it was. It wasn’t really that funny. It was pretty boring, even though I felt like a lot happened. It doesn’t end how you think it should, which I hated, but was also kind of happy about.
Bottom Line: There were few things I liked about this movie, totaling seven minutes, maybe. However, not worth your time. And I love Sandra! Just skip it.
Rating: 1/5

Jordan – Jerry Maguire:
I always love when Netflix adds new movies. It forces me to try something new. Or in this case, something twenty years old that I’ve never seen. Jerry Maguire popped out to me because Kurtis said part of it was filmed in Arizona, and I’m all about AZ pride right now. Starting the movie, I realized I knew nothing about the movie other than the one liners. The story opens with Jerry (Tom Cruise) as a big shot sports agent who grows a conscience. His firm fires him and snatches all his clients except Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). An accountant Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) also leaves the company with Jerry. As they start working together, Jerry bonds with Dorothy’s son Ray. Dorothy is totally enamored and they start a relationship that can only be described as toxic. The two leads are not my favorite actors. And instead of being together, I think their characters need counseling.
On the other hand, Jonathan Lipnicki is a diamond in the rough. He is adorable. Cuba Gooding, Jr. and his movie wife (Regina King) are phenomenal and steal every scene. The famous lines are way better with context, for sure.
Bottom Line: if you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch! Get some major pop culture. If you haven’t seen it in 20 years, watch it and enjoy the 90s nostalgia.
Rating: 3.5/5

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Netflix Review Friday

We’re back from hiatus with post number TWO this week! (Go check out our first post about Leo Month here.)

We decided to start back with a fan favorite: Netflix Reviews!

Morgan – I Give It a Year (2013):
It’s the story of newly weds Nat and Josh who fell in love and got married after only seven months of knowing each other. Almost immediately after coming back from their honeymoon, they discover that being married to each other is more difficult than they thought. Both their families and their friends think they won’t make it past the first year. I thought the plot was interesting, however, the execution fell short for me. It’s a British rom-com, making the humor sometimes funny and sometimes terribly, terribly awful. I usually really enjoy British love stories, but this is no Love Actually. Rose Byrne and Simon Baker were both huge pluses for me which made the movie semi-bearable. And while it ended how I thought it should, the road map to get there was ehh at best.
Bottom Line: It’s a great movie to watch for a girls Pinterest night. In other words, if you’re not totally paying attention.
Rating: 1.5/5

Kurtis – Prince Avalanche (2013):
I was really excited to watch Prince Avalanche; an offbeat buddy comedy starring two of my favorite actors, sign me up. My excitement was soon met with disappointment as Prince Avalanche delivers a story far more scattered than nuanced. Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) are two road workers spending the summer isolated in the mountains repairing and rebuilding from a devastating wildfire. The two men start out at odd with one another because their ages and personalities greatly differ and over the course of the film they become trusted confidants and even friends as they each try to work through the demons in their personal lives that have brought them out into the mountains for the summer. The film, however, tries so hard to be existential and contemplative that the subtext and unspoken messages are too muddied to take the viewer in any direction. All in all, Prince Avalanche is too thin on substance to be an engaging feature-length film and would have been better suited as a short film, as it moves too slowly making 90 minutes feel more like 180.
Bottom Line: Prince Avalanche feels as though it were made for critics to drool over and not for viewers to engage with. Skip it, much better options on Netflix right now.
Rating: 2/5

Jordan – Can’t Buy Me Love (1987):
I love high school teen romantic comedies. I don’t know why, but I do. Can’t Buy Me Love starts with Ronald (Patrick Dempsey aka McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy”) as the biggest nerd in school. He mows lawns during the summer while all the popular kids get to blow their parents money on clothes at the mall. Cindy (Amanda Peterson) is the most popular girl in school. In comes the She’s All That plot line. Ronald pays Cindy to pretend to be his girlfriend for one month. Slowly, they become friends and Cindy falls for Ronald. But Ronald falls for popularity.
It’s a fun movie. Great laughs, great characters, and always fun seeing the current heartthrob in his dorky teenager days. It’s definitely kick back and relax movie. Like on a Saturday when you’re cleaning your house. Bonus: it was filmed in Arizona, and that’s always a plus in my book.
Bottom Line: Not as iconic as Clueless, but would be great as a part of a high-school-movie marathon.
Rating: 3/5

 

What have you been watching on Netflix lately?

First French Friday – Netflix Reviews

Without consulting each other, we all picked movies this week very closely related to France: an American family relocated to France, the French resistance in East Germany, and a French-language film.

But that’s where the similarities end.

Check out our reviews of what we found on Netflix this month!

Jordan – The Family (2013):
Run Time: 111 minutes
Rated: R (For violence, language, and brief sexuality.)
Directed By: Luc Besson
I had no idea what I wanted to watch this week, but luckily the Netflix algorithm came to save the day! The Family is the story of Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro), a former mob boss in Brooklyn. He rats on his former friends and is relocated to Normandy under witness protection. His family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo) are having trouble fitting in as well. In the first half hour of the movie, Dad buries a body, Mom burns down a convenience store, Sister beats up a creeper, and Brother takes over the cigarette sales at school. Overall, the plot is fun, engaging, sarcastic, and action-packed. You’re rooting for this family the whole time, even though a priest does call them “the incarnation of evil.”
Bottom Line: Don’t take it too seriously and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Unlike Rotten Tomatoes…
Rating: 4/5

Kurtis – Top Secret! (1984):
Run Time: 95 minutes
Rated: PG
Directed By: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Top Secret! was added to Netflix on May 1 and it’s definitely cause for spoof-lovers to rejoice. Top Secret! is the second major film from Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, the directors of Airplane! and follows along the same lines. It’s a combination of an Elvis-style film and a WWII spy movie but it touches on multiple different movie types perfectly. The great thing about this movie is that it features plenty of music spoofs as well, as American Rock Star Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) is in Germany on a goodwill tour. Rivers falls in love with Hillary Flammond whose father is being held captive by the Germans. The two join with the French Resistance to rescue Dr. Flammond from prison. It’s a bit juvenile and the jokes are pretty simple, but that’s some of the allure of this style of spoof film, right? Abrahams and Zucker are able to create a great, silly atmosphere that allows over the top and simple gags to land perfectly and move on to the next one. This has got to be one of the great comedic classics and is a must-watch for fans of Airplane!, The Naked Gun, or the Police Academy movies. The simplicity and desperation of the story keep Top Secret! from becoming one of those movies you watch multiple times a year or a movie that you would just put on whenever you wanted to watch a movie (a movie like Spaceballs or Dumb and Dumber for me, personally) but it’s still a solid spoof that fans of the genre will enjoy.
Bottom Line: You need to take advantage of its availability on Netflix if you’ve never seen the movie, as the gags are really well done and Val Kilmer is perfect in the role. Just don’t expect this to become your new favorite movie.
Rating: 3/5

Morgan – The Intouchables (2011):
Run Time: 113minutes
Rated: R (For language and some drug use.)
Directed By: Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano
If you’re home on a Friday night with no plans (aka reading this right now) I want you to stop what you’re doing and go watch this movie right now. Okay, after you finish reading this. The Intouchables is an incredible story of a very rich and very French quadriplegic who is in need of a caretaker. He ends up hiring Driss, and eventually they form a friendship and bond that is so unique and wonderfully told that you can’t help but be touched. The film unfolds so perfectly, making you truly fall in love with these characters and feel such a range of emotions. I had no expectations when I first watched this movie, and it quickly made its way into my top favorites. It’s the type of movie that you really won’t understand how amazing it is until you see it for yourself.
Bottom Line: Just a heads up, it’s in French with subtitles. And it’s still amazing. Even if that’s not your thing, it’s a must see.
Rating: 5/5

Read some of our other Netflix reviews!

Bonus:
Buzzfeed posted this video about Netflix yesterday, and it’s perfect.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EglLfaECsdU

#flashbackfriday

Are you ready for a blast from a past?

We watched some classics on Netflix this week. The only rule was it had to be at least 50 years old this year, but other than that we covered a huge range of styles. Check out what we thought!

Morgan – West Side Story (1961):
This week I watched West Side Story. If you don’t know, it’s the story of two young people involved in rival gangs who fall in love. I cannot tell you how many people have seemed shocked that I’ve never seen it before now. Because of this, I assumed it was pretty good. It’s a musical, and I love musicals, so I was pretty amped to finally cross it off my list of movies to watch. Honestly, it was a little disappointing. Maybe the old-timey movie scene just isn’t for me, but I was pretty bored throughout the film. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really great and iconic scenes that define this movie as a classic, and fantastic songs. I can’t say that I would watch it again, but I’m glad I saw it.
Bottom Line: It’s not a movie for everyone, but if you like this type of stuff, it’s for you.
Rating: 3/5

Jordan – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964):
So I knew NOTHING about this movie going into it. It’s just one of those off-kilter cult classics from a long time ago that I hear about every so often. Well, now I’ve joined the cult. Stanley Kubrick writes a beautiful satire about the rising tensions in the Cold War era. A delusional general decides to take matters into his own hands by sending the signal for dozens of bombers to release their atomic bombs onto Soviet targets. The movie follows the actions that must be taken to stop a full-out nuclear war with the “Rooskis.” With such a heavy and scary topic (especially since this was an actual fear at the time), I was surprised at how often I was laughing. Peter Sellers, who plays three different roles, is a genius. His improv and his timing are perfect. And the ending is just lovely.
Bottom Line: This is a masterpiece. Watch this if you love history and/or comedy. Or even if you don’t, because I want to talk to you about it.
Rating: 5/5

Kurtis – Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964):
Everyone’s favorite gift giver is abducted by Martians to bring joy and Christmas Spirit to the children of Mars. Yes, that is ACTUALLY the plot of this movie. The Mars kids have no happiness because they’re hooked up to a machine at birth to learn everything an adult needs to know, so they never really have a childhood. The leader of Mars decides it would save the children to bring Santa to Mars to bring toys and cheer to all of them. One of the Martians in the “government” thinks it will destroy their way of life and he vows kill Santa. All of this is wrapped up in an attempt at a feel-good, family Christmas movie that becomes the lowest of all the B-Movies. When you watch something called Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, you don’t necessarily expect a cinematic masterpiece, but you hope for a bit of self-awareness to how bad of a film it is. Sometimes, that acknowledgement is enough to make a bad movie “so bad that it’s kinda good”. That’s not the case here, as the movie comes across embarrassingly genuine, given the subject matter, and with awful acting as a cherry on top of the world’s worst sundae.
Bottom Line: Even expecting a bad movie was not enough to make this hour and a half very enjoyable. Only those who are really into B movies will find this one worth a watch.
Rating: 1.5/5

What are some of your favorites oldies but goodies?
Your suggestions could be in our next #flashbackfriday!