Since there are as many slow days from a quality news standpoint in this industry as there are, I figured I would go ahead and do a recap of some of the movies I have recently seen from my Netflix queue. These will just be quick shots, mini-reviews of these dvd rentals; just my feelings on the films I have seen. I’ll try to update a post like this every so often, once I have enough to report on. Maybe every month or two, something along those lines. Just work with me on this, cool? I’ll even throw in my Netflix rating, based on their 5-star system. Not the same system I use here, so my official The Film Nest ratings might be different. Anyway, here are the latest movie rentals I have seen from my Netflix queue.
This is a movie I was really excited about upon first hearing about it, but then mediocre reviews led me to skip it in theaters. (This is a common theme with many of my Netflix movies BTW.) Nevertheless, the movie didn’t do it for me. I was hoping for a mini-New Jack City or Training Day, but while in some ways it came off as Training Day 2, with Ethan Hawke still there, I’ve never been a huge Richard Gere fan, though he was fine here. Visually the film was good looking, it just didn’t have any emotional resonance and the script was a bit jumbled. Essentially a talking head movie, when I was hoping for something more action oriented. The suspense was there, but something was just missing. 2 stars of 5
Benicio really didn’t need much make-up to become the Wolfman, based on the original film. Cheesy graphics didn’t help this. The film had a strange tone. Really, Emily Blunt’s character is going to fall for the Wolfman even though her husband/fiancee just died? Silly really. There wasn’t enough rhyme or reason to why certain things were the way they were in the film. Hopkins was actually tolerable as Wolfman senior, but this was just a poor effort overall. 1 star/5
Edge of Darkness
Mel Gibson’s return to the big screen before we heard the recent tapes from dude’s personal life. He is thrashed, but again, I was down with seeing him return to his action roots. Unfortunately, this was far too much if a talky to ever get too involved. Where was the action? This was basically him investigating the entire time. Disappointed. The best part was (spoiler!) when that chick got killed by a car when exiting Mel’s vehicle. That was cool. 2 stars/5
I’d already seen it in theaters, so you can see what I felt about it right here. Very good movie.
The Book of Eli
Denzel and the Hughes Brothers sounded like an intriguing combination. The look of the film was cool, with the washed out film stock. I actually liked this about as much as I expected to. I didn’t find the spiritual elements too overwhelming and actually thought that the end of the movie was pretty cool. Maybe a little unrealistic for Denzel to care about the Mila Kunis character enough to worry about her the way he did, but it made for a decent film. 3 stars/5
Un Prophete (A Prophet)
This was a bit of an unexpected movie in terms of the way it played out. It is set nearly entirely in prison, on the inside. Not what I was expecting from a story about the rise of a kid into a gangster, baller. Still, it was unique, a little gritty and pretty cool direction. I was overall pleased. If you can handle the foreign aspect of the film, I recommend it. It was a little graphic in its violence and had some weird undertones with the ghost hanging around as much as he did, but still a nice work. 4 stars/5
The Burning Plain
I’ll watch a lot of Charlize Theron since I respect here so much as an actress. This movie qualifies as one I wouldn’t otherwise have seen. Catching Charlize naked was enough to make me finish the film. Unfortunately, it all takes place the first five minutes of the movie. Still, the story was interesting, if a little uneven. I was down with the youngsters forbidden love storyline. This was one of those full circle sort of films. Not enough to recommend it highly though. 2 stars/5
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
I expected this to be unwatchable and it essentially was. Its a guy movie through and through and yet it plays the happy-ending card at the end. Completely lame, with marginal acting, an unbelievable story in some ways (that was supposedly based on true events); I am just shocked I actually sat through it all. A rare movie I watched during daylight hours just to finish the film. Highly unrewarding in every way. 1 star/5
District 9 (Note: o.g. review not mine)
Saw it already last year and liked it enough to re-watch it. Not quite as good the second time through, but still an original story. Check it if you are a sci-fi fan. 4 stars/5