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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.

November 15
The Divine Move (2014)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Korean action adventure / drama. Well done action scenes.

Dream House (2011)  2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, psychological thriller.

Joan Rivers: Don't Start with Me (2012)  2.5 stars
Well paced, somewhat amusing, stand-up. Some repitition from the biographical documentary, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," [also streaming on Netflix].

November 16
Back in Time (2014)  2.5 stars
Well acted, moderately paced, Chinese relationship romantic melodrama.

Breakup Buddies (2014)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Chinese road-trip relationship dramedy.

Dragon (2011)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Chinese martial arts action / relationship drama. Good fight scenes; some character actions seemed unlikely.

Lost and Love (2015)  2.5 stars
Well acted, moderately paced, Chinese road trip / kidnapped children / relationship drama. Seemed to be missing several minutes between a scene where the protagonist falls in the water, and is removing his motorcycle from the water.

Somewhere Only We Know (2015)  2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, Mandarin romantic drama.

Wanted 18 (2014)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced mix of claymation, interviews, and live footage of Israeli occupation of Palestine.

November 19
Brother's Keeper (1992)  2.0 stars
Moderately paced, legal-process-into-suspicious-death documentary.

Deep Water (2006)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, interesting, British yacht-race biographical documentary.

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, interesting, cultural, social, and political documentary.

Vernon, Florida (1981)  1.5 stars
Very slow paced, boring, interviews with small town residents who were the town's characters(?).

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)  2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, crime documentary; good breadth of viewpoints.

November 21
I Am Love (2009)
1 Oscar nom:  Costume Design

Outrage (2009)  2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, political documentary about sexual-identity effects on legislation.

Take This Waltz (2011)  2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, shallowly characterized, adultery drama. Will hold some interest for those wishing to see Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman nude. [Editor's note: Oh, Eric, what are we going to do with you? ;- ) ]

The Warlords (2007)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Mandarin, historical military / relationship drama.

World's Greatest Dad (2009)  3.0 stars
Well acted and paced dark comedy.

November 29
The Gambler (2013)  2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, Lithuanian drama. Director did not understand pacing, or which content moved the story forward. Pacing got slower and slower as the drama progressed.

Hatched (2013)  2.0 stars
Fairly well voiced and paced, small children's animated friendship / adventure comedy-drama.

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.


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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.

    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.]

    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.

  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!

  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. ;)

  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.

    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.

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

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

  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.

    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.

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

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

    1. Which Best Documentary list are you referring to?


    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.

    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. :-)


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


  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!


  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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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".

    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.

  12. 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!

    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.

  13. 14-Nov Indie Game: Life After (2014) 2.0 Stars. Moderately paced, repetitive, overly long, biographical documentary.
    16-Nov Back in Time (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, moderately paced, Chinese relationship romantic melodrama.
    16-Nov Dragon (2011) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced Chinese martial arts action relationship drama. Good fight scenes, some character actions seemed unlikely.
    21-Nov Outrage (2009) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, political sexual-identity effects on legislation documentary.
    21-Nov Take This Waltz (2011) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, slow paced, shallowly characterized, adultery drama. Will hold some interest for those wishing to see Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman nude.

  14. 14-Nov Dearest (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced Chinese kidnapped child relationship drama.
    16-Nov Breakup Buddies (2014) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced Chinese road trip relationship dramedy.
    16-Nov Wanted 18 (2014) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced mix of claymation, interviews and live footage of Israeli occupation of Palestine.
    19-Nov Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting crime documentary, good breadth of viewpoints.

  15. 16-Nov Lost and Love (2015) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, moderately paced, Chinese road trip kidnapped children relationship drama. Seemed to be missing several minutes between a scene where the protagonist falls in the water and is removing his motorcycle from the water.
    19-Nov Brother's Keeper (1992) 2.0 Stars. Moderately paced, legal-process-into-suspicious-death documentary.
    19-Nov Deep Water (2006) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, interesting, British yacht race biographical documentary.
    19-Nov They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012) 2.5 Stars. Fairly well paced, interesting cultural, social & political documentary.
    19-Nov Vernon, Florida (1981) 1.5 Stars. Very slow paced, boring, interviews with small town residents who were the town's characters?
    21-Nov World's Greatest Dad (2009) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced dark comedy.


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

  17. 22-Nov Bold Eagles (2014) 2.0 Stars. Fairly well paced, annoying children's animal adventure dramedy.
    22-Nov Happy Christmas (2014) 1.5 Stars. Well acted, slow paced relationship melodrama.
    14-Dec The Sixties - 10-Part Mini-Series (2014) 3.5 Stars. Well paced, interesting, in-depth 8.5 hour cultural, social & political documentary. Good mix of interviews and archival footage. I learned many historical details I had never heard of previously.

  18. 29-Nov The Numbers Station (2013) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced spy thriller.
    29-Nov Valhalla Rising (2009) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, very slow paced, almost silent, viking action adventure. Nice scenery.
    30-Nov Big Stone Gap (2015) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced small town relationship dramedy.
    30-Nov CBGB (2013) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced biographical historical drama.
    30-Nov Knights of Badassdom 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced LARPing supernatural action adventure comedy horror.
    30-Nov Mexican Gangster (2014) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced Mexican crime drama.
    30-Nov Reclaim (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced child trafficking action drama.
    30-Nov Rock the Kasbah (2015) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced musical dramedy.
    30-Nov VeggieTales: Where's God When I'm Scared? 2.5 Stars. Well voiced and paced children's 31 min biblical morality dramedy.

  19. 21-Nov Red Cliff: Theatrical Version (2008) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, variably paced Chinese war action drama. Exciting fast paced fight scenes intermixed with slow paced musical and romantic scenes.
    23-Nov A Hard Day (2014) 3.0 Stars. Well acted and paced Korean dirty cop action thriller.
    25-Nov Forever Strong (2008) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced sports relationship drama.
    29-Nov About Cherry (2012) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced porn industry relationship drama, brief nudity.
    29-Nov The Grand Seduction (2013) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced, charming remake of 2003 French-Canadian film "La Grande Séduction".
    30-Nov Black Snake Moan (2007) 2.5 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced relationship drama.
    30-Nov Christmas Wedding Baby (2014) 2.0 Stars. Fairly well acted and paced negro relationship melodrama.
    30-Nov Cousin Bette (1998) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, fairly well paced French 18th century relationship manipulation romantic drama.
    30-Nov Greenberg (2010) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, moderately paced, unfocused character relationship drama.
    30-Nov 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (2014) 2.5 Stars. Well acted and paced sports adversity drama.
    30-Nov This Must Be the Place (2011) 2.0 Stars. Well acted, slow paced drama. Penn channels Marilyn Manson.