Netflix Hits and Misses for October 2014

THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL- Fernando Trueba (director of Oscar-winning BELLE EPOQUE and Oscar-nominated CHICO AND RITA) collaborates with legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière to present this exquisite tale of a quest for beauty and artistic inspiration. Sumptuously shot in black and white by Cinematographer Daniel Vilar, and with captivating performances from Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale and Chus Lampreave, THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL is a delicately crafted contemplation on life, death and art that won Trueba the Best Director award at San Sebastian Film Festival.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS- Revisiting the movie it continues to reward, and becomes more enjoyable. Grade: A.

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE- John Malkovich and William Dafoe star in this dark fable take, on Murnau’s filming of NOSFERATU. Solidly enjoyable. Grade: B.

BIG ASS SPIDER!- Far better and more enjoyable than recent stabs at the B-movie monster quickie. This one is solidly aware and embracing of its influences. Well performed and engaging bit of 90 minutes. Grade: B.

STATE OF EMERGENCY- Beautifully filmed, this claustrophobic little film is definitely a slow burn, takes a while to get going, but stick with it, I find its content and quality belies its idiotic poster. I am not a zombie fan, I think the first two seasons of the Walking Dead TV Show are both idiotic and annoying, but I like this film. Grade: B/B+
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI- Inventively told Documentary is good, if a bit overhyped and overlong. Grade: B-/B.

COUNT YORGA VAMPIRE- An interesting take on the Vampire craze, sensuous and bloody, this takes Vampire out of Hammer’s Victorian age and deposits him into the Free Love Movement and the age of Aquarius 70s. Equal parts ludicrous and engaging, this movie is better than I initially thought it would be. C+.

THE MACHINE (2013)- Fantastic looking poster, and solid visuals throughout, however this scifi film feels overlong, like a retread of better films and already well trod cautionary tales. Worth a look.
SPACEBALLS- Huge fan of Mel Brooks films like HIGH ANXIETY and BLAZING SADDLES, I don’t like this film. I want to like it I just don’t particularly find it well cast, funny, or interesting.
UNREST- Start interestingly, this tale of a cadaver that may be more alive than it should be, devolves quickly into utter nonsense. Grade: D.

SACRAMENT – Ti West has three movies on NETFLIX, the great HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, the tedious INBETWEENER, and this film an intriguing but flawed looked at cults and massacres. Just underwhelming. Grade: C-.

DOOMSDAY PREPPERS -hit
CHOPPED -hit
CUTTHROAT KITCHEN -hit
DEATHNOTE -hit
ARROW Season 2 -hit
BEING MARY JANE -hit

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