Saturday, April 12, 2014

Perflix of the Day

It has been awhile since I've posted anything, mostly because I've discovered House of Cards and have been squeezing in episodes whenever I can, largely at the expense of writing and watching movies.  So yeah, if you haven't picked up on House of Cards yet you are totally missing out.  I daresay it is one of the best dramas ever, rivaling The Sopranos in my opinion.  Breaking Bad is probably first for me, with House of Cards and Sopranos one notch below.  [If you haven't seen the "One Minute" parking lot assassination attempt or the "What's My Name" episodes of Breaking Bad, you should stop what you're doing and watch them right now!]  Anyway back to House of Cards. This political drama puts Scandal, Homeland and The Americans - all very good TV - to shame.  Kevin Spacey is perfection as politician Frank Underwood who is like a shark - ruthless, relentless, unfeeling, remorseless, fearless.  He is the terminator of the US Congress and later the White House.  Kyle Reese's plea to Sarah Connor in The Terminator could have easily applied to Underwood:  "Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead."  Underwood will literally stop at nothing to get what he wants, which is ultimately the Presidency.  Robin Wright, perhaps most famously known for her role as Jenny in Forrest Gump, is brilliant as Frank's beautiful and sophisticated, but equally ruthless, wife Claire.  Put this on your must-see list today!

Blue Jasmine (2013) is overrated.  If something is acclaimed by critics and gets awards and nominations but get's mediocre polling from the audience (both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb had it at 78% favorable) there is obviously something else at play (i.e., insular Hollywood).  Woody Allen movies make me feel nothing.  I admit I haven't seen them all, but honestly I'd have to keep a record because they are so unmemorable.  I vaguely remember liking Vicky Cristina Barcelona but looking over his bio I don't have any immediate recall of any other of his films.  I think I'm a reasonable guy, so I'd say this is a Bad Sign.  My advice - skip it.

Moon (2009) is good!  Not great but I'd say give it a chance.  Starring Sam Rockwell (Choke) and with Kevin Spacey providing the voice for his robotic assistant, Moon is a very interesting psychological thriller and social commentary.  I have a science fiction lean to me and I really liked the plot.  The execution probably could have been done better.  The screenplay could've moved things along a bit quicker and shown more of a conflict with the corporate satan that is using and abusing Rockwell's character(s) for profit.  If they would've put more money into this in terms of screenplay and cast it could've been a Big Movie on the order of Prometheus.

I would put Man of Steel (2013) in your queue and watch it before the '14 summer blockbusters come out. Having seen the previews I was stoked to watch it but came away disappointed.  It started strong with the backstory but then from the halfway mark forward devolved into an endless city-wrecking battle with General Zod.

That's all for now.  Glad to be back! (Now off to watch more House of Cards…)

  1. Alien
  2. Top Gun
  3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  4. The Road
  5. Warm Bodies
  6. The Shining
  7. School of Rock
  8. Say Anything
  9. High Fidelity
  10. Fight Club
  11. Risky Business
  12. Star Wars
  13. Brokeback Mountain
  14. Animal House
  15. Jerry McGuire
  16. Silver Linings Playbook
  17. Dallas Buyers Club
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  19. No Country for Old Men
  20. Tangled
  21. Children of Men
  22. War Games
  23. 28 Days Later
  24. The Graduate
  25. From Dusk Till Dawn
  26. Lost in Translation
  27. The King's Speech

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