It's been a few weeks but rather than play catch-up, I'm gonna keep it short & sweet with recommendations added from just the past week:
This is one of those movies that you never would've paid money to see in the theaters but, hey, it's on Netflix now, so why not? It got horrible reviews (7% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) but with such a stellar cast (Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams), it's worth a glance.
Honestly, until this week I'd never even heard of Vampire Prosecutor. So why am I recommending it? Um, it's a show called Vampire Prosecutor. Why WOULDN'T you want to watch that? For background, this is a South Korean show that ran for two seasons (both now on Netflix), about a prosecutor who uses his vampire powers to solve crimes. It doesn't get any better than that, folks.
It's Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. I've had months to wrap my mind around that and I still haven't succeeded. Although, admittedly, he looks eerily similar to the real deal in that poster above. Reviews were mixed to negative, but I think it's worth checking out.
This is only the 4,000th movie made about Bruce Lee's mentor (see the Ip Man films — also on Netflix), but it stands out as the most highly rated. Starring Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this 2013 film was actually nominated for two Oscars: Best Cinematography & Best Costume Design. This one is at the top of my "must watch" list.
If you were a fan of Matthew McConaughey in HBO's True Detective, I suspect you'll dig his performance in this 2012 film, as well. I've been meaning to watch this one for more than a year, and it just keeps slipping through my fingers. It's the most highly-regarded film on the list this week (98% approval at Rotten Tomatoes), and the trailer looks simply amazing:
Oh boy...not sure where to start with this one. It was a huge bomb both with the critics and the box-office. So why recommend it? Well, this is one of the things I love about Netflix. Much like The Big Wedding above, having flicks like this one show up on Netflix gives you a chance to check them out without having to risk the extra money you might've spent at the theater or at Redbox. Maybe it's not as bad as they say? Harrison Ford rarely missteps, and we all love Gary Oldman; hell, it's even got a Hemsworth in it (even if it isn't the good one). I'll give it a spin.
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