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February Netflix Comings and Goings

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February is full of  important dates. Groundhog’s day (the only day a year we consult a source more accurate than a meteorologist about the weather), Valentine’s Day (the day either my heart or my wallet gets to be happy….but NOT both), and a trio of great birthdays, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s (which we as a nation decide to pull the “your birthdays are so close together lets just have one party for both of you” with President’s Day) and the birthday of yours truly. I wonder what Netflix is going to get me for my birthday. I really hope it’s not every season of The Big Bang Theory.

Arrivals:

Available 2/1/17

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks (2016)
Babe (1995)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Balto (1995)
Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2001)
Balto 3: Wings of Change (2004)
Contact (1997)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Disney’s Finding Dory (2016)
Eleven P.M. (1928)
From This Day Forward: A Trans Love Story (2016)
Gun Runners (2015)
Hell-Bound Train (1930)
Highly Strung (2015)
Hot Biskits (1931)
I Am Sun Mu (2016)
Invincible (2006)
Les beaux malaises: Season 1-4 (2014)
Magic Mike (2012)
Masha’s Spooky Stories: Season 1 (2012)
Mother with a Gun (2016)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Project X (1987)
Silver Streak (1976)
The Blair Witch Project (1990)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005)
The Five Heartbeats (1995)
The Furchester Hotel: Season 1-2 (2014)
The Girl from Chicago (1932)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Twilight (2008)
Women in Gold

Available 2/2/17

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016)
Frequency: Season 1

Available 2/3/17

Daniel Sosa: Sosafado–NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Imperial Dreams –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Santa Clarita Diet – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/4/17

Superbad (2007)

Available 2/5/17

Elvira I Will Give You My Life but I’m Using It (2014)
Los herederos (2015)

Available 2/6/17

Girls Lost (2015)
Me, Myself and Her (2015)

Available 2/7/17

Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/8/17

Tiempos Felices (2014)
Girl Asleep (2015)

Available 2/10/17

Abstract: The Art of DesignDavid
Brent: Life on the Road—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/11/17

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (2016)
Stronger Than The World—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/12/17

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Available 2/13/17

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (2016)
Magicians: Life in the Impossible (2016)

Available 2/14/17

Girlfriend’s Day –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
King Cobra (2016)
Project Mc 2: Part 4 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
White Nights –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/15/17

Aram, Aram (2015)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Fire Song (2015)

Available 2/16/17

Milk (2008)
Sundown (2016)

Available 2/17/17

Chef’s Table: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 4 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kill Ratio (2016)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 2 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/19/17

Girl Meets World: Season 3 (2016)
Growing Up Wild (2016)
Tini: El Gran Cambio De Violetta (2016)
When Calls the Heart: Season 3 (2016)

Available 2/21/17

Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/23/17

Sausage Party (2016)

Available 2/24/17

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Legend Quest: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ultimate Beastmaster—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ultimate Beastmaster Mexico—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
VeggieTales in the City: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/26/17

Night Will Fall (2016)

Available 2/27/17

Brazilian Western (2013)

Available 2/28/17

Be Here Now (2015)
Michael Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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LAST CALL

Leaving 2/1/17

A.C.O.D.
An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky
An Inconvenient Truth
Ashby
Black Hawk Down
Bratz: Babyz: The Movie
Bratz: Super Babyz
Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure
Clerks
Elizabeth
Extract
Failure to Launch
Frida
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Jackass 2.5
Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School
Last Holiday
Mission Impossible: III
Sahara
Save the Last Dance
Serving Sara
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Kite Runner
The Machinist
The Original Latin Kings of Comedy
There Will be Blood
Trainspotting
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Leaving 2/7/17

Justin Bieber’s Believe

Leaving 2/12/17

Grounded for Life: Season 1 – Season 5

Leaving 2/13/17

Scary Movie 5

The Nut Job

Leaving 2/15/17

Brothers in War
Chris Porter: Ugly and Angry
Closure
Exile Nation: The Plastic People
Jack Frost
I Am Not a Hipster
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Prince of Broadway
Stephanie in the Water
The Man on Her Mind
Unlikely Animal Friends: Season 2

Leaving 2/16/17

Santa Claws
Somewhere

Leaving 2/17/17

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

Leaving 2/19/17

Problem Child: Leslie Jones

Leaving 2/28/17

Clueless

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Underworld Blood Wars

Underworld: Blood Wars is a disappointing addition to a decaying franchise.

Despite I myself being unable to grapple with the concept that this could possibly be a viewers first Underworld film (for the sole fact that you wouldn’t be watching it unless you were charmed by a leather-clad Kate Beckinsale back in 2003), the film’s team figured it would be a good idea to bring new viewers up to speed by recapping the highlights of previous Underworld films. For fans, you know, the only people choosing to watch Underworld: Blood Wars in the first place, this highlight reel is a complete waste of time. And frankly, the inclusion of said highlight reel only goes to point out the fact that Underworld has gotten far too ‘complex’ to be enjoyed by newcomers. Sure, there’s gratuitous amounts of violence and ‘epic’ Vampire v. Lycan battles, but at this point, we’ve been watching all of that for like thirteen years now, and unfortunately, it’s gotten old. And look, I enjoy watching Kate Beckinsale kick Lycan ass as much as the next guy, but we’ve been seeing the same vampires kick the same Lycan asses (and vice-versa) for a while now…

Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship) reprises her role as Selene, Vampire Death Dealer, and performs equally as well as she has in the past. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to say in terms of what she brought to the table this time around, she is the same as she ever was.

Yet again, Selene is caught in the middle of the centuries old Vampire/Lycan war and finds herself, again, being hunted by both factions. Why are they hunting her? Her ‘purebred hybrid’ daughter’s blood is the key to winning the war, and yes, before you ask, she is a purebred hybrid…whatever that means. The only problem here is, Selene has no idea where her daughter is, and apparently, neither of the clans know this and inadvertently waste a great deal of time hunting Selene. Bummer. Theo James (Divergent) plays Selene’s Vampire ally, David, and discovers that his blood is worth almost as much as Selene’s daughter’s blood is. Unfortunately, there isn’t nearly enough of that dark-vampire-chemistry between them to make their shared on-screen time worth watching. The same goes for Charles Dance (The Imitation Game), who plays David’s father, Thomas. Simply put, Dance’s talent is wasted here. Lara Pulver (Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow) does a solid job portraying the backstabbing Semira, but her performance gets lost in a rather messy plot.

The messy plot that I am referring to really isn’t even worth trying to summarize. The plot of Underworld: Blood Wars feels as though it is the combination of several Underworld films that could have been made, but weren’t. Again, it was messy and felt incomplete. There were some interesting aspects of the story, but none of them were given enough time to develop. Here, we have ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag. Underworld: Blood Wars is just another film that was thrown together ‘for’ fans of the franchise…which really means, for money.

Prior to actually watching the film, I was glad to know that a female, Anna Foerster, would be directing a film like this, in a genre(s) that is very male dominated. Unfortunately, the Action/Horror flick that she directed, isn’t worth watching…

Score: 4 out of 10

Golden Globe Awards (2017) Predictions

Alright folks, it is that time of year again, where we fans of film and television find ourselves waiting anxiously to see if our favorites are acknowledged by the people who (apparently) matter most in the industry. Rather than just sit back and watch the awards, Evan and myself (Charlie) have decided to make some predictions about who is going home with some gold this year. And, in addition to our predictions, we have also included our personal picks of who we would like to see win. Once the winners are announced, he and I will put together a reaction article where, I am sure, we’ll have some complaining to do. Until then, here is our list of predicted 2017 Golden Globe Award winners and personal favorites:

Best Motion Picture – Drama 

Evan’s Pick – Hacksaw Ridge
Charlie’s Pick – Hacksaw Ridge
Prediction –  Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Evan’s Pick – Andrew Garfield
Charlie’s Pick – Andrew Garfield
Prediction –  Casey Affleck

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Evan’s Pick – Amy Adams
Charlie’s Pick – Natalie Portman
Prediction –  Natalie Portman

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

Evan’s Pick – Deadpool
Charlie’s Pick – Deadpool
Prediction –  La La Land

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Evan’s Pick – Hailee Steinfeld
Charlie’s Pick – Emma Stone
Prediction – Emma Stone

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Evan’s Pick – Ryan Reynolds
Charlie’s Pick – Ryan Reynolds
Prediction – Ryan Gosling

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Evan’s Pick –  Mahershala Ali
Charlie’s Pick – Jeff Bridges
Prediction – Mahershala Ali

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Evan’s Pick – Octavia Spencer
Charlie’s Pick – Viola Davis
Prediction –  Viola Davis

Best Director – Motion Picture

Evan’s Pick – Mel Gibson
Charlie’s Pick – Mel Gibson
Prediction –  Damien Chazelle

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Evan’s Pick – Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Charlie’s Pick – Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Prediction – Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Evan’s Pick – Kubo and the Two Strings
Charlie’s Pick – Moana
Prediction – Moana

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

So, we’re just going to be honest and tell you that we haven’t seen any of the films in this category that are currently up for a Golden Globe Award, but according to some pretty important people on the internet, Toni Erdmann has a solid shot at winning…so that’s our ‘prediction.’

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Evan’s Pick – Arrival
Charlie’s Pick – Arrival
Prediction – La La Land

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Evan’s Pick – “How Far I’ll Go” Moana
Charlie’s Pick – “City of Stars” La La Land
Prediction – “City of Stars” La La Land

Best Television Series – Drama

Evan’s Pick – Game of Thrones
Charlie’s Pick – Stranger Things
Prediction – This is Us

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Evan’s Pick – Atlanta
Charlie’s Pick – Atlanta
Prediction – Atlanta

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Evan’s Pick – The Night Manager
Charlie’s Pick – The Night of
Prediction – The Night of

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Evan’s Pick – Bob Odenkirk
Charlie’s Pick – Liev Schreiber
Prediction – Rami Malek

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Evan’s Pick – Evan Rachel Wood
Charlie’s Pick – Winona Ryder
Prediction – Evan Rachel Wood

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Evan’s Pick – Jeffery Tambor
Charlie’s Pick – Nick Nolte
Prediction – Donald Glover

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Evan’s Pick – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Charlie’s Pick – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Prediction – Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Evan’s Pick – Tom Hiddleston
Charlie’s Pick – Loki
Prediction – Riz Ahmed

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Evan’s Pick – Riley Keough
Charlie’s Pick – Sara Paulson
Prediction – Sara Paulson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Evan’s Pick – John Lithgow
Charlie’s Pick – John Lithgow
Prediction – John Lithgow

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Evan’s Pick – Lena Headey
Charlie’s Pick – Thandie Newton
Prediction –  Chrissy Metz

That’s all folks! The 74th Golden Globe Awards air Sunday, January 8th, at 8pm.

La La Land (2016) Movie Review

Dazzling, and at times, utterly breathtaking, ‘La La Land’ methodically tugs at the heart-stings, applying just enough pressure, at the just the right moments, with unrivaled passion and spirit when necessary. Truly magnificent, La La Land is a modern, must-see musical. Brimming with life, and vibrance, La La Land inspires equally as much as it exhilarates. This, ladies and gentleman, is not a film that you watch, it’s one that you experience – it’s one that you feel and never forget.

The plot is delightfully simple: Sebastian, a jazz pianist, falls in love with Mia, an aspiring actress.

Throughout the film, Mia and Sebastian, the ever-dreaming, star-crossed lovers, battle with Fate for control of their serendipitously intertwined destinies. Watching their emotional story unfold on the big screen is a wonderful experience. Ah, young love…

Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) does a great job capturing the essence of what makes Sebastian not only great, but also so easy to relate to. Passionate and truly talented, Sebastian is a man who’s willing to give everything up for the woman that he loves.

Emma Stone’s (Zombieland) performance, portraying the beautifully complex Mia, is spot-on, she is witty throughout and inspires as many smiles as she does tears. The on-screen chemistry between Stone and Gosling is intense and sincere. Sure, the writing was great, but seeing Stone and Gosling together, pouring their hearts out, was spectacular.

Director and writer Damien Chazelle, the brilliant mind behind ‘Whiplash’ (2014), has created a visual and emotional spectacle with ‘La La Land.’ Cinematographer Linus Sandgren’s (American Hustle) warm and luscious style was evident throughout the film and paired perfectly with Justin Hurwitz’ sure-to-be-award-winning soundtrack. Sangren and Hurwitz and Chazelle artfully attack the entire emotional spectrum, and in doing so, end up crafting a truly unique cinematic experience.

Several times throughout the film I found myself slack-jawed and wide-eyed as I watched in utter amazement. And while I wasn’t brought to tears, and neither was my wonderful fiancee for that matter, I can assure you that there were some in the crowd who couldn’t help but sob through the credits.

The team behind this film deserves some serious credit and recognition for the apparent effort put forth. There is no doubt in my mind that La La Land is going to fair well this awards season. Go see it. If you don’t, you’re really missing out on something great.

 Score: 9 out of 10

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