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Netflix Rundown: December 08, January 09 by Barbecue Bros
February 11, 2009, 11:45 am
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An abbreviated rundown, since I am a few months behind…

December 08

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008 ) – 6/10 – Originally slated to be a direct-to-video release. I believe it probably should have stayed that way.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) – 6/10 – Great cinematography but very deliberately paced to the point of taking away from the movie for me.

Step Brothers (2008 ) – 7/10 – Really just a vehicle for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to eff around. Some funny parts, but a bit of a mess of a movie.

Get Smart (2008 ) – 7/10 – Surprised me a little bit by how much I enjoyed it. On second viewing at my parents house a few weeks later, it didn’t hold up as much. Still, Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway had some nice chemistry despite the obvious age difference.

The Foot Fist Way (2008 ) – 7/10 – Danny McBride has been stealing scenes in a lot of movies the past couple of years (All the Real Girls, The Heartbreak Kid, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder), and this is his first starring role in a movie written and directed by fellow NC School of the Arts alum Jody Hill. Some hilarious stuff here.

Persepolis (2007) – 8/10 – Very good coming-of-age story from the perspective of an Iranian child, a perspective I’ve never seen before.

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008 ) – 8/10 – I’ve always been fascinated by HST but never really knew much about his life. Apparently this is a good introductory documentary (narrated by Johnny Depp) but not really for those already intimately familiar with his life.

Man on Wire (2008 ) – 8/10 – Great documentary of the fascinating story of Phillipe Petit, who tightrope walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. Petit is kind of an egomaniac, which makes for a fascinating doc. Also, a nice touch to present the events leading up to the tightrope walking as a heist movie.

January 09

Into the Wild (2007) – 8/10 – After reading the book, I decided to take in the critically acclaimed movie. Emile Hirsch gives a great performance, and is almost exactly as I pictured Chris McCandless while reading the book.

Redbelt (2008 ) – 8/10 – I love the dialogue in David Mamet films, and Chiwetel Eljiofor portrays a man with an unflinching moral code well.

American Teen (2008 ) – 8/10 – Although its basically a documentary in the vein of Laguna Beach or The Hills, it takes place in Indiana and the teens are generally less vapid. Hannah is great.

Cloverfield (2008 ) – 7/10 – I have generally liked any JJ Abrams projects I’ve watched, and this is no exception.

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003) – 8/10 – I caught a bit of this doc on Trio a few years ago and then recently read the book and wanted to rewatch it. I tend to be more interested in the indie revolution of the 90’s, but I do find it’s important to know about the golden age of american cinema.

Mongol (2008 ) – 7/10 – I had higher hopes for this Kazakh film about the beginnings of Genghis Khan. There was some good action sequences but even through the language barrier I felt like the acting was bad.

Wanted (2008 ) – 6/10 – Decent b-movie with some cool effects


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Harold and Kumar 3 has been green-lit for a 2010 release. I love it!

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