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Netflix Rundown: May 09 by Barbecue Bros
June 2, 2009, 9:57 am
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Lots of 8/10’s this month…

The Endless Summer (1966) – 8/10 –
The groovy surf documentary that follows a couple of surfers travelling around the world, chasing the perfect wave in remote spots in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawaii. It’s actually a very funny and cool documentary (albeit  a bit politically incorrect by today’s standards at times).

Dirty Harry (1971) – 6/10
– I can’t deny that Clint Eastwood is a badass in this movie, and the jazzy score was pretty great. But what sullied the movie for me was the awful overacting of Andy Robinson as The Scorpio Killer.

Green Street Hooligans (2005) – 7/10
 – I had watched the first half of this movie a month or two ago at the prompting of a friend, so I decided to finish it on Netflix. Pretty cool movie about the ultra-violent soccer hooligan culture in England. Charlie Hunnam was pretty great.

Sex Drive (2008) – 5/10
– My palate cleanser for the month. However, much better than the dreck I watched a few months back in College. A pretty basic teen sex roadtrip comedy with the usual assortment of dick jokes and gross out moments. One thing though, Clark Duke is not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.

“Party Down” (2009) – 8/10
– This is a Starz emsemble comedy co-executive produced by Rob Thomas (not the MB20 dbag) and Paul Rudd with a great cast starring Adam Scott (Knocked Up), Ken Marino (“The State,” Wet Hot American Summer), Jane Lynch (The 40 Year Old Virgin and lots of other stuff), Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars”), Martin Starr (“Freaks and Geeks”) and Lizzy Caplan (“True Blood”).  It goes for the uncomfortable type of humor a la “The Office” (with Ken Marino playing the Michael Scott role as the team manager of a catering company) but it works most of the time. Come to think of it, the parallels with “The Office” don’t end there, with the Henry and Casey characters playing the Pam and Jim of the show. In any case, it has been renewed for a second season and is a welcome addition to the tv landscape. Mad props for Starz and Netflix for putting this as a Watch Instantly selection while the season was still airing.

The Thin Blue Line (1988) – 8/10
– My first Errol Morris film. The Thin Blue Line is a documentary about a wrongly imprisoned man from a 1977 murder of a Dallas cop. Morris presents the facts pretty plainly along with interviews and re-enactments of the murder scene (which cost the film from being nominated for a best documentary Oscar that year). Ultimately what is fascinating about the film is that it resulted in Randall Adams’ case (the wrongly imprisoned man) being reopened. He was exonerated. Oddly enough, Adams then filed suit against filmmaker Errol Morris over the rights to his life.

The Wrestler (2008) – 8/10
– Finally got around to seeing this movie after the Oscar hype had died down. And man, what a bleak, depressing film. There is some redemption scattered throughout the film, but mainly it is about a man who does not know how to function in any other life than that of a C-level wrestling star. Mickey Rourke certainly had legitimate beef for not getting the Oscar for Best Actor.

Currently have out:
United 93 (2006)
The Wackness (2008)
The Good German (2006)


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i’ll check out PARTY DOWN. thanks for the h/u.

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