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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.


April 24
Let Us Prey (2014)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, Scottish supernatural horror.

Triad (2012)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Chinese gangster action crime drama.

April 25
The Horde (2009)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, French athletic-zombies horror / revenge drama; good sfx.

The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear (2008)  2.5 stars
Well voiced and paced, animated high school action adventure / comedy romance.

You Will Be My Son (2011)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, French relationship drama.

April 27
Muscle Shoals (2013)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, musical documentary.

April 28
House of Good and Evil (2013)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced rural horror.

Weekender (2011)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, British crime drama.

April 29
Diana (2013)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, biographical drama romance.

The Mirror (2014)  1.5 stars
Well acted, slow paced, minimal plot, British shaky-cam supernatural horror.

April 30
11 Blocks (2015)  1.0 stars
Moderately acted, fairly well paced, repetitive, violent action crime drama. Some good fight scenes. Too much jumping around in time, and repeating scenes. Hero would not have done well against thrown objects or guns.

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

Bang Bang! (2014)  3.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Hindi action adventure / romantic musical.

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

Contact (1997)
1 Oscar nom:  Sound

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.

Doomsdays (2013)  2.0 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced dramedy. SPOILER ALERT: Plot = 2 entitled a**holes wantonly destroy other people's possessions, largely without consequences.

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)  2.0 stars
Well voiced, fairly well paced, young children's simplistic adventure dramedy.

Flicka: Country Pride (2012)  2.0 stars
Fairly well acted and paced, girls-and-horses family relationship drama.

Good Will Hunting (1997)
2 Oscar wins
Actor in a Supporting Role (Robin Williams)
Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Ben Affleck and Matt Damon)
7 Oscar noms
Actor in a Leading Role (Matt Damon)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Minnie Driver)
Directing (Gus Van Sant)
Film Editing
Music (Original Dramatic Score - Danny Elfman)
Music (Original Song - "Miss Misery")
Best Picture

Heart of the Country (2013)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, relationship melodrama.

The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
1 Oscar nom:  Art Direction (Black-and-White)
1 Oscar nom:  Art Direction (Black-and-White)

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011)  1.5 stars
Well acted, very slow paced, gory black-and-white cult horror. Well enough paced during setup, but then gets extremely slow paced and grotesque.

Jurassic Park (1993)
3 Oscar wins
Sound (Gary Rydstrom)
Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom)
Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Phil Tippett, Michael Lantieri)

Loosies (2011)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, crime / relationship / drama romance.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
1 Oscar nom:  Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randal M. Dutra, Michael Lantieri)

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

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
1 Oscar nom: Music (Original Song - "[Everything I Do] I Do It For You")

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.

Sinister (2012)  2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, mildly scary horror.

Steve Byrne - Champion (2014)  3.5 stars
Well paced, highly amusing, 69 min. stand-up.

Stripped (2014)  2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, comic [strip] documentary. Combination of Industry history and veterans discussing their lives, experiences, and influences.

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

To Catch a Thief (1955)
1 Oscar win
Cinematography (Color)
2 Oscar noms
Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Costume Design (Color - Edith Head)

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

Turnaround Jake (2014)  2.0 stars
Moderately acted, fairly well paced, religious spiritual drama. Well acted and paced at start, but then devolved into poorly acted, pious morality.

Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, college sex comedy. Characters somewhat stereotypical and shallow.

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

May 1
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
2 Oscar noms
Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published - Ethan and Joel Coen)

The Wedding Pact (2013)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced romantic comedy.

May 2
D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014)  3.0 stars
Well paced, amusing, 59 min. stand-up comedy.



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.

33 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. 24-Apr Triad (2012) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced Chinese gangster action crime drama.
    25-Apr The Horde (2009) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced French athletic zombies horror revenge drama, good sfx.
    28-Apr Weekender (2011) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced British crime drama.
    30-Apr Doomsdays (2013) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced dramedy. SPOILER ALERT: Plot = 2 entitled assholes wantonly destroy other people's possessions, largely without consequences.
    30-Apr FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998) 2.0 Stars. Well voiced, fairly well paced young children's simplistic adventure dramedy.
    30-Apr Flicka: Country Pride (2012) 2.0 Stars. Fairly well acted and paced girls & horses family relationship drama.
    30-Apr Heart of the Country (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced relationship melodrama.
    30-Apr Loosies (2011) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced crime relationship drama romance.
    30-Apr The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting 46 min WW2 documentary.
    30-Apr Steve Byrne - Champion 3.5 Stars. Well paced, highly amusing 69 min standup.
    30-Apr Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine (2014) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, slightly repetitive & scattershot 46 min WW2 death camp excavation documentary.
    30-Apr Turnaround Jake (2014) 2.0 Stars. Moderately acted, fairly well paced religious spiritual drama. Well acted and paced at start, but then devolved into poorly acted, pious morality.
    30-Apr Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced college sex comedy. Characters somewhat stereotypical & shallow.
    1-May The Wedding Pact (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced romantic comedy.
    2-May D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014) 3.0 Stars. Well paced, amusing 59 min standup comedy.

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  11. 25-Apr You Will Be My Son (2011) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced French relationship drama.
    30-Apr Ninja: Shadow Warriors (2012) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting Japanese historical 51 min documentary.
    30-Apr Samurai Headhunters (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting Japanese historical 46 min documentary.
    30-Apr World War II Spy School (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting WW2 historical 46 min documentary.

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  12. All reviews to this point have been formatted in the top section of this page.

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  13. 30-Apr Blondie’s New York (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting 51 min examination of a studio album.
    30-Apr Freedom Force (2012) 2.5 Stars. Well voiced and paced animated action adventure.
    30-Apr Grizzly Man (2005) 2.5 Stars. Slow paced, interesting man-living-with-bears-goes-insane nature docudrama.
    30-Apr Hindenburg: The Untold Story (2010) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, moderately paced, repetitive, overly long docudrama. Interesting subject matter.
    30-Apr The Secret Village (2013) 1.5 Stars. Moderately acted, fairly well paced horror.
    30-Apr That Gal. . .Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015) 3.0 Stars. Well paced, interesting examination of hollywood character actresses and their experiences with various facets of the business.
    30-Apr Titanoboa: Monster Snake (2012) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting nature investigation documentary.

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  14. 24-Apr Missing (2008) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced Chinese psychological horror, good sfx.

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