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Netflix Rundown: April 09 by Barbecue Bros
May 5, 2009, 12:42 pm
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Quantum of Solace (2008)
– 8/10 – While taking on a new director in Marc Forster, QoS more or less maintains the same feel of Casino Royale, and not just because it picks up it action about an hour after that film ended. Thankfully, it didn’t last 2 hours 20+ minutes like Casino Royale did.

Wall-E (2008)
– 9/10 – Re-watched this after seeing it in the theaters last summer. Still found it to be engaging and was still awed at how it is able to hold the audience’s attention for the first almost-silent third portion of the film.

Bloody Sunday (2002
)  – 8/10 – After taking a trip to Ireland a few months back, LAM and I wanted to watch a film documenting the Bloody Sunday incident that took place in Croke Park outside of Dublin. This movie was actually about another incident dubbed “Bloody Sunday” that occurred in Northern Ireland in 1972. It details from a Northern Ireland perspective how a peaceful protest against England turns violent through a series of mistakes from the leadership of the British army on down. This incident also inspired the U2 song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (a live version of this plays over the closing credits. I generally dig Paul Greengrass’s visual and cinematic style, so I enjoyed this.

Michael Collins (1996)
– 8/10 – After realizing Bloody Sunday was about the Northern Ireland incident a few minutes in, we researched that the movie we were really looking for was Michael Collins, and that it was available for Instant Viewing on Netflix. We fired up the Xbox 360 and watched this movie starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Julia Roberts. It was cool to see all of the places we saw in Dublin in the historical context – Croke Park, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, etc. As a film, it was a solid historical epic.

Shampoo (1975) –
5/10 – I rented this after being enthralled by Being There, also by director Hal Ashby. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a lot to love with this earlier movie of his which stars Warren Beatty (who also co-wrote), Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn (who likes strikingly like her daughter Kate Hudson here). Admittedly I may be too young to really grasp its satire of 70’s sexuality. Carrie Fisher has a very memorable line in her first role.

Sunshine (2007)
– 9/10 – A great modern sci-fi story from director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland. On Blu-ray the color and visuals were pretty amazing. Nice sound editing as well. Some have criticized it for changing its tone for the last third of the film (kinda similar to I am Legend, actually) but it didn’t ruin the movie for me.

Frost/Nixon (2008)
– 7/10 – I’m generally not a fan of Ron Howard’s but have been surprised every once in a while (A Perfect Mind).  For me, the middle third of this film dragged down the wheeling and dealing of David Frost in the first third and the actual final interview of the last third. Frank Langella was as awesome as advertised as Richard Nixon though.


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