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Review Credits
Two of our frequent contributors have distinctively recognizable styles. In order to make reading through the page breezier, they are credited here:
> All details of Oscar wins and nominations: Pox Voldius
> All reviews with star-ratings: Eric Vandenberg (see Eric's explanation of his star ratings)
> Pox and Eric will be specifically credited where there would be any ambiguity without doing so.
> All other contributors will be credited at the end of their review.
> If others wish to mention Oscar awards or give a star rating, please feel free to do so. You will be clearly credited for your review.


September 23
Room 237 (2012)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting documentary on symbolism and subliminal images in Kubrick's "The Shining." I felt that the filmmakers were reaching a bit for some examples, and had too much time on their hands.

September 24
Delirium (2014)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Argentinian comedy-drama.

The Double (2013)  1.5 stars
Well acted, slow paced, bizarre, boring, relationship drama. Reminded me of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."

The Drop Box (2014)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced Korean documentary about abandoned children.

September 26
Headhunters, aka Hodejegerne (2011)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Norwegian thriller.

September 28
In the Loop (2009)
1 Oscar nom:  Writing (Adapted Screenplay)   — Pox Voldius, September 17, 2017

Well acted, moderately paced, annoying, political dark comedy. Strong supporting cast.  2.0 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, September 16, 2017

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
1 Oscar nom:  Music (Original Song - "Ordinary Love")   — Pox Voldius, September 17, 2017

Well acted, fairly well paced, biographical historical drama.  2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, September 16, 2017

September 29
9/11: Stories in Fragments (2011)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting look back at chroniclers and responders of twin tower destructions.

Babies Behind Bars (2011)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced documentary about pregnant women in prison. Completing stories sequentially rather than in tandem would have helped flow, and avoid repetition.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, biological horror.

Escorts (2015)  2.5 stars
Well paced, 46 min., British sex-workers biographical documentary.

Midnight's Children (2012)
Well acted, moderately paced, overly long, historical and relationship drama. Characters not developed appropriately; plot based around India's politics and history, and trying to draw a familial thread throughout, but characters too shallow for viewer to care.  2.0 stars  — Eric Vandenberg, September 19, 2017

If you want to supplement your viewing of Midnight's Children, BBC Radio is streaming an audio version of it. The hitch is that Part 1 expires in about 15 hours. Late notice, I know, but I didn't realize the movie version was going away until Carol posted it today. The good news is that on a Windows computer (haven't checked this out on my IPad or my phone), if you start an expiring BBC radio stream and then pause it, you can usually come back to it later, even though it's expired, as long as you leave the browser tab open, and don't refresh it (works with IE, Firefox, and Chrome). This is similar to what you can do with an expiring Netflix movie, except BBC is more forgiving. You can usually restart the paused stream days later (as opposed to about 15 minutes for Netflix), and usually can resume it after Hibernate as well.
[Editor's note: Part 1 has now expired, but you can access Parts 2-5 at the link that follows.]

Here is a link for the audio version of Midnight's Children, Omnibus, Part 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b092k3sc   — Ventum Mingit, September 18, 2017

My Online Bride (2014)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, 47 min., British documentary about men looking for foreign brides.

My Sex Robot (2010)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, 46 min. documentary about the state of animatronic dolls in 2010.

Revenge Porn (2015)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, interesting, 46 min. examination of how certain naked pictures appear, and spread on the internet.

Spiral - 4 Seasons (2012)
Maybe the best cop show I have ever seen. An incredibly gritty French cop show that highlights the interplay between a French police squad, prosecutors and defense lawyers, and various baddies. Well acted and outstanding, complex plots. While there is some character development, including relationships that develop as the series progresses, each season can stand on its own. If you can only watch one season, I would recommend Season 4, which has a great plot, as well as at least two incredible character plot twists that blew me away. Five stars (99% positive rating) for crime show lovers.   
— Wellesley72, August 31, 2017

In addition to what Wellesley72 said, with which I agree, this series shows the workings of the French (continental European) justice system, which is quite different from the Anglo-American system that we see in U.S. and British police dramas. The magistrate judge takes charge of the case from the very beginning, and directs the police and the prosecutor in their investigations, building a dossier for the case, and attempting to get a quick plea or a dismissal. It is nothing like the independent police investigation, which can be challenged by an adversarial debate between prosecution and defense, presided over by the presumably impartial judge. In both continental and common law countries, a case can go to a jury trial, but we see only a little of the trial stage in Spiral.   — CanandaiguaNY, August 31, 2017

September 30  (Note that Smithsonian Channel shows have their own list, which follows this one.)
Across the Universe (2007)
1 Oscar nom:  Costume Design   — Pox Voldius, September 22, 2017

Well acted, fairly well paced, teen psychedelic romantic musical. Interesting use of Beatles tunes.  2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, September 20, 2017

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced dark comedy.

Bachelor Night (2014)  2.5 stars
Moderately acted, well paced, copious nudity, romantic comedy-drama.

Barton Fink (1991)
3 Oscar noms
Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Lerner)
Art Direction
Costume Design

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)  2.5 stars
Well voiced and paced, animated monkey adventure / relationship comedy for children.

Dark Was the Night (2014)  2.0 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, supernatural horror.

Dowry Law (2003)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, British look at the role of dowries in Indian society.

The Face of an Angel (2014)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, mystery crime drama.

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
3 Oscar wins
Actress in a Supporting Role (Celeste Holm)
Directing (Elia Kazan)
Best Motion Picture
5 Oscar noms
Actor (Gregory Peck)
Actress (Dorothy McGuire)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Revere)
Film Editing
Writing (Screenplay)

Get The Gringo (2012)  4.0 stars
Well acted and paced, action crime thriller.

Glass Chin (2014)  2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, overly long, boxing crime drama.

Happy Feet (2006)
1 Oscar win:  Animated Feature Film

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
2 Oscar noms
Actress (Deborah Kerr)
Writing (Screenplay - based on material from another medium - John Lee Mahin and John Huston)

Indie Game: The Movie (2012)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, biographical documentary.

Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) (1980)
2 Oscar noms
Art Direction
Best Foreign Language Film (Japan)

Laura (1944)
1 Oscar win
Cinematography (Black-and-White)
4 Oscar noms
Actor in a Supporting Role (Clifton Webb)
Art Direction (Black-and-White)
Directing (Otto Preminger)
Writing (Screenplay)

Mean Girls 2 (2011)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, teen high school dramedy.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
4 Oscar wins
Actor in a Supporting Role (Morgan Freeman)
Actress in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank)
Directing (Clint Eastwood)
Best Picture
3 Oscar noms
Actor in a Leading Role (Clint Eastwood)
Film Editing
Writing (Adapted Screenplay - Paul Haggis)

Mulholland Drive (2001)
1 Oscar nom:  Directing (David Lynch)

The Squid and the Whale (2005)
1 Oscar nom:  Writing (Original Screenplay)   — Pox Voldius, September 17, 2017

Well acted, slow paced, family relationship drama.  2.0 stars   — Eric Vandenberg, September 18, 2017

The Third Man (1949)
1 Oscar win
Cinematography (Black-and-White)
2 Oscar noms
Directing (Carol Reed)
Film Editing

Titanic (1997)
11 Oscar wins
Art Direction
Cinematography
Costume Design
Directing (James Cameron)
Film Editing
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Music (Original Song - "My Heart Will Go On")
Best Picture
Sound (Gary Rydstrom)
Sound Effects Editing
Visual Effects
3 Oscar noms
Actress in a Leading Role (Kate Winslet)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Gloria Stuart)
Makeup

White Rabbit (2013)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, teen melodrama.

Wild Horses (2015)  2.0 stars
Fairly well acted, moderately paced, Western / crime / relationship mystery.

September 30 - Smithsonian Channel Shows     
America’s Secret D-Day Disaster (2014)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min. WW2 training disaster documentary.

Black Mamba: Kiss of Death (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min. nature documentary.

Black Wings (2012)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min. documentary about negro aviation in U.S.

Blondie’s New York (2014)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min. examination of a studio album.

Bombs, Bullets, and Fraud (2007)
Bombs, Bullets, and Fraud is a look at the Postal Inspection Service, probably one of the least-known and least-understood arms of the U.S. Postal Service. It shows the history of the postal inspectors, and follows some modern-day inspectors as they track down criminals that use the mail. A very interesting watch, especially if you are interested in law enforcement in general.   — Nica, April 25, 2017

Fairly well paced, 51 min., interesting amalgam of historical postal criminal incidents.  2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, April 25, 2017

Civil War 360 - 3 Episodes (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting historical documentary.

The Day Kennedy Died (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, historical documentary.

Day of the Kamikaze (2007)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, WW2 Japanese military strategy documentary. Good mix of archival footage and interviews. Particularly appreciated voice-over vs. subtitles.

Death Beach (2012)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, 46 min., shark-mystery nature documentary.

Hindenburg: The Untold Story (2010)  2.0 stars
Well acted, moderately paced, repetitive, overly long docudrama. Interesting subject matter.

Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes (2012)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, 69 min, heavily subtitled, musical documentary look at hip hop around the world.

Hitler's Riches (2014)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min. biographical, historical, forensic, economic investigation documentary.

The Hunt for Bin Laden (2012)  3.0 stars
Well paced, interesting, fairly comprehensive, biographical history and U.S. intelligence response. Good access to key players.

The Incredible Bionic Man (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., medical science documentary.

Leopard Fight Club (2014)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, 46 min., overly flowery narration, select animal biography. Some strange cutaways, semi-edited for family viewing?

Ninja: Shadow Warriors (2012)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min., Japanese historical documentary.

The Real Beauty and the Beast (2014)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., historical biographical documentary.

Samurai Headhunters (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., Japanese historical documentary.

The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min. WW2 documentary.

Titanic’s Final Mystery (2012)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, interesting, shipwreck examination, minimal repetition.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake (2012)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, nature investigation documentary.

Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine (2014)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, slightly repetitive and scattershot, 46 min., WW2 death-camp excavation documentary.

Truly Strange [The Secret Life of Breasts] (2014)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, somewhat interesting, 46 min. cancer documentary.

Venom Islands (2012)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., scientific nature documentary.

World War II Spy School (2014)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., WW2 historical documentary.

October 3
Man From Reno (2014)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced film noir. Too many subtitles.

October 14
Dinotopia: The Mini-Series - 3 Parts (2002)  2.5 stars
Moderately acted, fairly well paced, well done sfx, action adventure.

October 26
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)  4.0 stars
Well voiced and paced, highly amusing, animated children's relationship adventure comedy. Strong supporting cast.



Eric's star system and review process

"I use the Videohound rating system out of 4 stars. 
> Essentially, 1.5 or less, I do not consider to be worth watching for anyone.
> 2 stars may be greater enjoyment for others than what I derived from it.
> 2.5 is competent.
> 3.0 or more is very enjoyable.
The most important factors for me are acting and pacing."



Have you watched one of the expiring shows, and want to share your thoughts, feelings, reactions? All reviews are welcome, even if you would like to add your two cents about one of the titles above.

52 comments:

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    1. Thank you for sharing your Oscar Best Films list, Pox Voldius. Hard to complain about Netflix content when looking at all these titles. It might take me a couple days, but I want to give these a special place on the page. Sure hope these don't expire soon. I'm surprised by how many I haven't seen.

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    2. You're welcome. Perhaps at some point I'll search some of the other categories & post which ones are on NF. [Though, I can tell you right now that the nominees for Directing largely overlap with the nominees for Best Picture.]

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    3. You're right about the overlap - Best Film tends to overlap in a lot of categories. I'm on the fence about whether it makes good sense to list additional categories for all films on Netflix. Directing and writing, and usually acting overlap. While some people are into a great musical score, and others may like films that look terrific, not everyone cares about the same stuff. Those nominated for Best Film are not a guarantee of anything, but I think we can justify calling those out as something readers might want to consider. If you feel like it, it would be nice to have the same kinds of lists for Documentary and Animated films, but only if you feel like it. You've been more than generous already.

      Because evaluating the quality of titles isn't the main point here, I don't want to distract readers too much from why they came to this blog. But I do feel some sense of responsibility to give them something in the way of a suggestion or two. I did like that you called out the Oscar wins/noms for the expiring titles, (I also liked David's counterpoint to a couple of them.) I plan to put a link to this page next to any expiring title that has a review or other info to help with a decision.

      Thanks again for contributing the lists, both for the sake of the blog and for my own. And, any other thoughts you have on all of this are, of course, welcome.

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  2. Linklisa & Pox Voldius - A friend of mine came to the blog; As It Is in Heaven had already expired, but she ordered it from the library based on the reviews here. Also, she printed out the Oscar page. Kudos to both of you for all your efforts to help others get the most out of Netflix!

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  3. Braveheart (1995) [last day 1/15] - 5 Oscar wins: Cinematography, Directing [Mel Gibson], Makeup, Best Picture, Sound Effects Editing; 5 Oscar noms: Costume Design, Film Editing, Music (Original Dramatic Score), Sound, Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

    And anyone interested in reading a historian's take on everything that's wrong or amusing about Beowulf (2007), Braveheart (1995) [it may be a good film, but it's terribly inaccurate in regards to history!], Gladiator (2000), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and several other films & TV shows with historical settings, can check out the entries in this blog --> http://aelarsen.wordpress.com/ It's really quite a fascinating and entertaining read. ;)

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  4. Bus Stop (1956) -- The lead male character is a detestable pig that thinks women are property to be dragged back to his cave by their hair. This film would have been much improved if Marilyn Monroe's character had just snapped and kicked his teeth in when he barged into her bedroom uninvited.

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    1. Okay, technically the Academy considered Don Murray a supporting actor in this film, but he spent a heck of a lot of time chewing up the scenery.

      And the ending is like some kind of creeper's fantasy. He kidnaps the girl, then she changes her mind and they live happily ever after.

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    2. Well, it was released in 1956, when all men WERE pigs.

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    3. There have always been good men and women, and there have always been those who don't give much thought to whether their actions are really the right thing to do. Movies have a way of exaggerating examples of both, sometimes hoping to teach us something, sometimes just having fun - or what the filmmakers perceive to be fun. They are human, too.

      Bus Stop was a huge hit when it came out. My parents took me to see it, but it went over my head - I was in grade school. When I saw it later, as an adult, I felt the same way you do, P.V. I really didn't understand why it was supposed to be such a great movie. Maybe it was just the likability of the stars at the time, and something different in the way of a "romantic" plot.

      One of the things I love about movies is how they give us a snapshot of the socio-political thinking of the times in which they were made. In terms of male-female relationships, compare Bus Stop (1956) to Sunrise (1929). If I had to choose, I'd much rather be the Marilyn character. Then take a look at Borat (2006), by which time thinking had evolved to the point where we were making fun of the whole, "bag her (literally) and carry her off," mind-set. We're making progress.

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  5. To all contributors of 5/31 title reviews:

    I'm sorry the 5/31 reviews are not up yet. And now there's the new wrinkle of maybe-they-won't-expire-after-all. I want to give 5/31 titles their own review page. Larry G is working on making the whole process of putting up reviews more streamlined (thank you, Larry!). Please bear with me for a couple days more.

    In the meantime, titles for other dates will go up as usual. And, of course, your reviews will stay in the comments so people can see them here. Any 5/31 titles that turn out to not be expiring will have your reviews entered on the We Recommend/Or Not page for New and Existing titles.

    Thank you all so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and knowledge about movies and shows. It enriches the site, and gives a valuable personal touch that strengthens the feel of community. I always love reading all your reviews, and no doubt others do, as well.

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    1. When I chatted with NF customer service yesterday or the day before, they said there were actually multiple deals with Miramax rather than just the one.

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  6. Carol - re: The Mummy, I know it's supposed to be fantasy, but they didn't even try to get their supposed setting correct. I know some people are able to enjoy films that failed the homework that badly, but I'm not one of those people. For me, this is like setting a story in 20th century New York and then putting the Eiffel Tower in the skyline and dressing everyone in Roman togas.

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    1. *Particularly not when it comes to failing the homework on ancient history and pre-history, anyway. That's one of my favorite study subjects.

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    2. Thanks, P.V. The wonderful thing about preference is that everybody's always right. I completely respect - and understand - your preference here. You're obviously not the only one put off by gaping inaccuracies in historical and geographical elements. For me, though, fiction gets to be as fictional as it wants to be - I'm not looking for edification in the likes of The Mummy. And I would so totally see the movie you propose, with the Eiffel Tower and Roman togas in 20th century NY. Vive la différence!

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    3. I think that I would rather see the Eiffel Tower movie. That would likely indicate intent upon the part of the filmmaker rather than historical inaccuracy due to pure sloppiness.

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  7. 12/31--Believeland (2016): A great documentary summarizing 50 years of sports frustration for those of us who were born or lived in northeastern Ohio. I believe the documentary came out in 2014 or 2015 and had the 2016 Cavs win added on in 2016..

    1/5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). I have to disagree with Eric. I found the film faithful to the book and extremely riveting. In fact, I would rate this the best of the three film trilogy and greatly superior to the American remake.

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    1. W72, anyone is free to disagree with me at any time, it is only my opinion. In fact things that I rate as a 2 could be a 4 for some people. I have not read the book, but given the hype for this particular film I was quite disappointed.

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    2. Eric, thanks for the work you do on these reviews!

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  8. January 13
    The Act of Killing (2012) -- also on the Documentary list

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    1. Which Best Documentary list are you referring to?

      Thanks

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    2. The one on "Page 3: We Recommend - Oscar Winners & Nominees on Netflix".

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    1. Hi Carol,
      I noticed that there were 3 movies titled 'Love Me', so I put them all on my list and have watched 2 so far. I had the impression that this blog had already identified the 2013 title as the one expiring. In any case, however you want to run the blog is fine with me. Let me know if there are any tweaks you need me to make in the reviews.
      Also, if it is not intrusive, you might want to reconsider accepting advertising, the amount of work you do on this deserves some remuneration.

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    2. Hi Eric, sorry about the confusion over Love Me. My best guess is that the one you reviewed IS the right one, but want to wait until I can be 100% sure.

      Your reviews format is fine - thanks for all your work here. I do make copy edits where I think it will help with read-ability or clarify things, or sometimes, to keep style issues consistent. But that's just what I do - I'd copy edit Shakespeare.

      As far as accepting ads, I appreciate your sentiment, but I'm old-school internet - free sharing of information. If I didn't enjoy working on the blog, I wouldn't do it. :-)

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    3. Hi Eric - we were both right about which "Love Me" is expiring. I have put your review up, now.

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  10. Note to Linklisa:
    Hi, just want to thank you for your review of DamNation (exp. 5/1). I would never have watched it if not for your description, especially the part about being visually beautiful. I agreed with you completely, and learned about something I wasn't really aware of. For me, personal recommendations from people I trust beat out algorithms every time - thank you!

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  11. Following are 4 reviews sent by Wellesley72 yesterday. I have moved them here from higher on the page (I think they were mistakenly entered into a "reply" box to an old comment.)
    Please be aware that there are some unannounced spoilers. I will be putting the reviews up in the top section in just a bit, and have included Spoiler alerts with them.


    Wellesley72 July 7, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    With all due respect to Eric, I found The Last Survivors (last day 7/14) to be poorly acted and tedious until about the last ten minutes. Notwithstanding the premise of the movie, some apocalyptic event that has caused the rain to stop falling somewhere in the Western US and the takeover of all water wells by an evil "water baron", the teenage female protagonist (at least for 4/5ths of the movie) looked impeccably groomed, as if she had been showering twice daily. The climax of the movie comes after our heroine's boyfriend or brother (could never tell which) is killed by the water baron, after which the heroine goes on a killing spree with a rifle, shotgun and samurai sword. After killing the water baron, she goes after his daughter who is apparently also proficient with a samurai sword. Then comes a great line from the daughter: "Well I guess it's just the two of us now". After dispatching the daughter, our heroine and an orphan boy she has befriended get into what looks like a crop duster plane and fly off into the sunset, although it's not clear that things are better anywhere else. Cue the credits. I confess that I have never heard of any of the actors which gives you a sense of the quality of the acting.

    7/31
    The Heavy Water War (2015) is about the efforts of the allies in World War II to destroy heavy water factories in Norway which were being used to produce heavy water that could be used to create an atomic bomb. Well written and acted and good production values. In Norwegian and English. I highly recommend. Also streaming on MHZ Choice.

    7/31
    Lunch Monkeys, two seasons. A fairly bawdy British comedy about the antics of the back staff in a British law firm. Pretty funny if you are into this kind of humor, but clearly not for everyone. Aptly rated TV-MA.

    7/14
    Female Agents (2014). Fairly suspenseful, if somewhat derivative, story of four female Frenchwomen sent from England to France to rescue an English geologist who holds the key to where the D-Day landings will be held. After rescuing the geologist they are tasked to kill a German colonel, although the plot never says why. Plays like the Dirty Dozen if you replaced them with four women. Whoever thinks women are inferior to men never watched this movie. Recommended for devotees of action or war movies. Lots of violence and some brief nudity.

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    1. I meant to thank you for these, but got distracted, then busy, and now I'm catching up on all things left undone.

      Thanks for these excellent reviews. Very helpful. Eric and Pox Voldius do an amazing job of keeping us supplied with great reviews and info about the expiring titles, but it's nice to have some other voices, too. I appreciate the time you took to share these.

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    2. You are very welcome. Next time I will remember to scroll to the bottom of the page when I write reviews and will resist "spoilers".

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    3. To Wellesley72: As to Female Agents, the German Colonel task followed from the geologist's note.

      I also recommend The Heavy Water War, which follows actual events and characters, with some dramatic license. If you like languages, there's some German and Danish in here too.

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  12. Pontypool (2008)
    if you're a fan of weird movies, as i am, or small and intimate movies, as i also am, i found this one memorable and unique. it also may appeal especially to fans of radio given the setting.

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    1. Thanks Travis. It's nice to see you on this page. I hadn't planned to watch Pontypool, but you have piqued my interest. When I saw the positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, that cinched it.

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  13. 19-Sep Bombay Velvet (2015) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced Hindi crime relationship drama.
    28-Sep In the Loop (2009) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, moderately paced, annoying, political dark comedy. Strong supporting cast.
    29-Sep Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced biographical historical drama.

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    1. Everyone: please note that Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is last day Sep 28, gone on the 29th.

      Eric, I know this was because of a mix-up in main-page comments. I'm mentioning only to make sure no one is relying solely on the date in your comment.

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  14. 20-Sep The Pirates (2014) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced Korean action adventure.

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  15. Note to Pox Voldius: Hi, I have the Oscar details for the following films:

    9/28
    In the Loop
    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    9/30
    Gentleman's Agreement
    Happy Feet
    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
    Kagemusha
    Laura
    Million Dollar Baby
    Mulholland Drive
    The Squid and the Whale
    The Third Man
    Titanic

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  16. If you want to supplement your viewing of "Midnight's Children", BBC Radio is streaming an audio version of it. The hitch is that part 1 expires in about 15 hours. Late notice I know but I didn't realize the movie version was going away until Carole posted it today. The good news is that on a Windows computer (haven't checked this out on my IPad or my phone) if you start an expiring BBC radio stream and then pause it, you can usually come back to it later even though it's expired as long as you leave the browser tab open & don't refresh it (works with IE, Firefox, & Chrome). This is similar to what you can do with an expiring Netflix movie except BBC is more forgiving. You can usually restart the paused stream days later (as opposed to about 15 minutes for Netflix) and usually can resume it after Hibernate as well.

    Here is a link for the audio version of "Midnight's Children," Omnibus, Part 1:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b092k3sc

    As always, BIG thanks to Carole for her very hard work, & to Dave E. also, for creating this blog originally.

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  17. 9/30
    Barton Fink (1991) -- 3 Oscar noms: Actor in a Supporting Role [Michael Lerner], Art Direction, Costume Design

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  18. 24-Sep Delirium (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced Argentinian comedy-drama.
    29-Sep Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced biological horror.
    30-Sep The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced dark comedy.
    30-Sep Bachelor Night (2014) 2.5 Stars. Moderately acted, well paced, copious nudity, romantic comedy-drama.
    30-Sep Dark Was the Night (2014) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced supernatural horror.
    30-Sep The Face Of An Angel (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced mystery crime drama.
    30-Sep Get The Gringo (2012) 4.0 Stars. Well acted and paced action crime thriller.
    30-Sep Glass Chin (2014) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, slow paced, overly long, boxing crime drama.
    30-Sep Indie Game: The Movie (2012) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, biographical documentary.
    30-Sep Mean Girls 2 (2011) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced teen high school dramedy.
    30-Sep The Squid and the Whale 2.0 Stars. Well acted, slow paced family relationship drama.
    30-Sep White Rabbit (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced teen melodrama.
    30-Sep Wild Horses (2015) 2.0 Stars. Fairly well acted, moderately paced, western crime relationship mystery.

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  19. 24-Sep The Drop Box (2014) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, Korean abandoned children documentary.
    29-Sep Midnight's Children (2012) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, moderately paced, overly long historical and relationship drama. Characters not developed appropriately, plot based around India's politics and history and trying to draw a familial thread throughout, but characters too shallow for viewer to care.

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  20. 30-Sep Across the Universe (2007) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced teen romantic musical psychedelic romance. Interesting use of Beatles tunes.
    30-Sep Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well voiced and paced animated monkey adventure / relationship comedy for children.
    30-Sep Day of the Kamikaze (2007) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting WW2 Japanese military strategy documentary. Good mix of archival footage and interviews. Particularly appreciated voice over vs subtitles.
    30-Sep Death Beach (2012) 2.0 Stars. Fairly well paced, 46 min Shark mystery nature documentary.
    30-Sep Dowry Law (2003) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, British look at the role of dowries in Indian society.
    3-Oct Man From Reno (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced film noir. Too many subtitles.
    26-Oct Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) 4.0 Stars. Well voiced and paced, highly amusing, animated children's relationship adventure comedy. Strong supporting cast.

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  21. Note for Eric and Nica:
    I have a lot of reviews from you, Eric (25-30), and one from you, Nica (Bombs, Bullets and Fraud), from when the Smithsonian Channel docs were expiring before. Also have several prior reviews of the documentary movies from you, Eric (Babies Behind Bars, Escorts, My Online Bride, My Sex Robot, and Revenge Porn).

    I will get all of these up either tomorrow or Friday, but didn't want you to have to spend time putting them all in again.

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    1. All of the Smithsonian reviews are up, now (the 9/30 ones have their own list). Also, the documentary movies for 9/29 mentioned in my comment, above. Also all reviews sent to this point. And - please note, Pox Voldius - the Oscar nom info for Across the Universe.

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  22. September 30:

    Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)---Robin Williams plays alright against type, but script is a letdown lazily setting him in high pressure situations where you know he's gonna lose it. Supporting cast (Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones) is wasted.

    Laura (1944): Must see film noir about a detective trying to find out what happened to Laura, a disappeared woman who may or may not have been killed. Gene Tierney is lovely to look at and Dana Andrews tries hard, but film is a must see for Clifton Webb and Vincent Price.

    Million Dollar Baby (2004): Not quite a knockout, but as a film about Swank as a boxer who gets the reluctant help of former boxer turned trainer Eastwood, it still packs a punch as film highlights the advantages of the family that you make.

    Mulholland Dr. (2001): Twisty, moody mystery dealing with an actress, her amnesiac roommate, and a story that gets strange and bizarre. Well acted and worthy of its praise as one of the best films of the 2000s.

    The Third Man (1949): Admittedly, it took me two times to fully appreciate this story of a young writer who searches for his mentor in Vienna following World War 2. The mystery deepens when he learns his friend is dead. Although the score is of the love it or leave it variety, The Third Man is gorgeous to look at and great to ponder. And don't miss Orson Welles!

    Titanic (1996): The action sequences as the ship goes across its infamous voyage are strong; the romantic elements are more sappy and leave the story adrift.

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  23. 27-Sep Apartment 143 (2011) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced, shaky-cam supernatural horror.
    30-Sep A Love in Times of Selfies (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced Argentinian romantic dramedy.

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  24. 9/30
    Patton (1970) -- 7 Oscar wins: Actor [George C Scott], Art Direction, Directing [Franklin J Schaffner], Film Editing, Best Picture, Sound, Writing (Story and Screenplay--based on factual material or material not previously published or produced) [Francis Ford Coppola & Edmund H North]; 3 Oscar noms: Cinematography, Music (Original Score) [Jerry Goldsmith], Special Visual Effects

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  25. 9/29
    Dear Zachary (2008): Documentary about a man's letter to his friend's son explaining what happened to his friend when he was killed. Tissues will be needed, but be sure to google around for a short post-script that explains that Dear Zachary was useful in changing Canadian law!

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    1. Unfortunately, we used to be able to find this "then what happened" info on the IMBd user coments pages but Amazon, which owns IMDb, has eliminated these comments, apparently because it was too expensive to hire a competent blog administrator--they don't work cheap.

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  26. 28-Sep Lullaby (2014) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, slow paced relationship melodrama.
    29-Sep Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild (2011) 2.0 Stars. Well voiced, fairly well paced, children's flatly animated creature adventure.
    30-Sep The Beast of Xmoor (2014) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced, confusing Irish horror.
    2-Oct 3-Headed Shark Attack (2015) 2.0 Stars. Poorly acted, fairly well paced, ridiculous, silly, full of plot holes, campy, creature horror.
    5-Oct The Stranger (2015) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced, supernatural, violent crime drama. Creates tension well. Lead is a Jake Gyllenhaal lookalike.

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