Netflix Binge Reviews

I’ve had some free time on my hands the last couple of weeks, and I have been on a horror/thriller binge. Some good, some bad, and some ugly. Read on below.

Viral

This movie was okay. One of the better in the bunch that I watched. It’s a coming of age type of movie set in a horror setting. There is family drama and a girl likes boy scenario going on, all the while they are being quarantined for a viral outbreak. The acting is good enough and the story was fun enough for me to keep watching.

6/10

Clown

This was a fun one. They created an entirely new mythology for this movie for clowns. It is insidious and frightening. I enjoyed the acting and effects and even though I don’t get scared by horror movies, I imagine it would be scary for people who do. Especially those with an aversion to clowns.

6/10

Gantz:o

This was a fun computer animated Anime. The action was excellent and the monster design was cool and incredibly random, which made it fun. There was an out of place naked lady giant monster that I could have done without, but whatevs. Worth a watch.

5/10

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Satanic

Hot garbage. Incredibly predictable. Skip it.

1/10

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Cheap Thrills

Here is one that is a bit of an enigma. I really liked it but I think that admitting that makes me kind of a bad person. The people in this movie are not to be rooted for, yet I rooted anyway. It is violent and weird and a lot of fun. David Koechner steals the show.

7/10

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I Am Not a Serial Killer

I loved this movie. It starts off weird and takes a sharp right turn fairly quickly into even weirder. Christopher Lloyd is amazing. I won’t spoil anything, but this was a good one.

7/10

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Re-Kill

Skip this one. The setup is as if you are watching a reality tv show set in a zombie infested world. The top show? Re-Kill. They follow elite soldier teams live on camera and chaos and mayhem ensue. The commercials were an attempt to be funny, but they all fell flat. Robocop did it better already.

2/10

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First Born

This was a so-so affair for me. I enjoyed the premise but the execution didn’t reach me like the filmmaker intended. I never felt the impending danger that was supposed to be associated with the demonic presence. The acting was good though…. Not much else to say.

3/10

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Pandemic

More found footage. More blood and gore. More mediocre acting. Alfie Allen steals the show, he’s great. It’s worth a watch if you really love zombie movies, but all in all the story structure was weak. It has been done better many times over. Found footage is played out people, try just making a movie.

3/10

Loving – Movie Review

Jeff Nichols is one of my favorite filmmakers working today. So, let’s check off the Jeff Nichols boxes:

First and foremost, Michael Shannon. Check.

Artful direction. Check.

Emotionally resonant story. Check.

Phenomenal acting. Check.

There you go. They are all there. go ahead and watch the movie now. Oh yeah, and if you didn’t already know, this movie is based on the couple behind the landmark Loving v. Virginia case. If you are not familiar with the case then this movie will help out a bit. After you’ve finished watching it you can go deep dive through Wikipedia and get the rest of the info.

8.5/10

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 – Movie Review

A lot is being said about this movie not being as good as the first movie, or that it isn’t anything new or perhaps that it is just a rehash of the formula that made the first one great.

Well, I think that is all bull crap.

I thought this movie was a progression forward for almost every character. The only thing this movie might have going against it was there were a few points where things felt rushed, they could have used a couple of extra minutes here and there to flesh out some things with certain characters. Yes, my only gripe is that I wish it was longer… That being said, it isn’t much of a gripe and I was perfectly satisfied with the movie as it was presented. It was more of what I wanted, even more funny and more charming than the original, more growth for Peter Quill, and most importantly the team goes through some stuff and becomes even closer by the end of the movie than they were when the movie began.  I think the main reason why people aren’t giving it the love it deserves is that the first one caught everyone off guard. It would be impossible to do that again because now we know what to expect. So why would anyone cry about getting exactly what they wanted?

This review is spoiler free, so I won’t be divulging specifics, but I just want to finish with this: Rooker, Russel and Stallone are all fantastic in the movie with an emphasis on Rooker.

Believe the hype. It was an amazingly fun time at the movies.

9/10

Love – Season 2 Review

So this is a tough show to review objectively. While it is a show that is well written and filled with great performances from everyone involved, the characters are so unlikable that it’s hard to root for them. Picture a show that was serious, but every person was Michael Scott. It’s a difficult concept to get behind.

But I love this show. I watched the first season and though “wow, what a trainwreck” and I was excited to get to season 2 when it was released. It took a while but get to it I did. Season 2 is filled with more of the same awkwardness between Gus and Mickey and their friends and co-workers. This show feels super niche, and it just might be, but if you enjoyed season 1 or are into super awkward comedy, then you’ll probably like this season. Available on Netflix now.

7/10