Last month wasn’t only spent in front of the PC screen, as Netflix had quite a few good movies and TV shows on offer.
I felt in the lighthearted mood to watch a couple of crazy comedies, most involving African American actors/actresses. While Meet the Blacks was a terrible idea, trying to rip off The Purge, Black Knight and White Chicks were a bit hit-and-miss and Big Momma’s House was overrated, Big Momma’s House 2 was surprisingly fun. Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera could also have been funnier, although it had genius moments thanks to Harold Ramis’ writing. Still no American Life of Brian material. Fusing drama with comedy is always hard, and while Goon succeeded in showing very violent ice-hockey scenes, it dragged on a bit, although I enjoyed this much more than the ‘classic’ Slap Shot. Not expecting much, but being pleasantly surprised how great it worked, Catfight was the perfect mix of touching moments, witty dialogue, and the best woman-vs-woman fight scenes since Kill Bill.
Of course a month without horror movies wouldn’t be complete, but I only got to see two, both episodic: Holidays had a great idea to tell stories for each holiday, but it was ultimately forgettable. XX might not sound like much, and I wasn’t really excited due to the fact that only female directors were involved, but it was simply entertaining with each episode, including lots of gore but also funny moments.
Big Momma’s House [7/10]
Big Momma’s House 2 [8/10]
Black Knight [6/10]
Holidays (2016) [6/10]
Meet the Blacks [4/10]
White Chicks [7/10]
Year One [7/10]
As with everything that takes more than a few hours to sit through, disappointment and excitement shook hands with the TV shows on offer. Penny Dreadful mixed all kinds of genres and monsters, but it was too slow and British for my taste. A much better attempt, but also less serious, was Wynnona Earp, a series that had so many twists and funny moments that it came close to my favorite Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Speaking of vampires, Van Helsing tried too hard to be more The Walking Dead than it was good for such a rather low budget production, while Slasher met the same fate due to too much talking, although it had some inventive kills. The less said about Castlevania, the better, as it was too much dialogue in an almost non-existent plot development. At least it was quite gory, but nothing special. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp continued to be the funniest show on Netflix and actually TV for a long time, while Trailer Park Boys was anarchic humor at its best with some ingenious ideas and dialogues.
Castlevania (Complete Season 1) [6/10]
Penny Dreadful (Complete Seasons 1+2+3) [6/10, 7/10, 6/10]
Slasher (Complete Season 1) [6/10]
Trailer Park Boys (Season 3, Episodes 4-8, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Episodes 1-4) [9/10, 9/10, 8/10, 7/10, 10/10]
Van Helsing (Complete Season 1) [6/10]
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Season 1, Episodes 3+4) [10/10]
Wynnona Earp (Complete Season 1) [9/10]
Netflix hasn’t really replaced buying and collecting movies, but it sure has taken up most of my time, with most BDs waiting on the shelves to be played. It’s like a vicious circle. If one is done with something on the Netflix watchlist, something else crops up very soon, making it worse than the Hydra of old… but it’s still fun, and that’s what counts. I read about people actually watching with 1.5x play speed in order to see everything. Seriously? This won’t happen…yet.
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