Saturday, January 15, 2011

Netflix Pix

This week's Instant Watch movie suggestions are from four different categories. There's a comedy act that parents will have a special connection with, a mind blowing indie film, a children's cult classic and a horror film sequel who's original was famous for being an all female horror film. Add them to your instant cue and tell me what you think of them.

Kevin Hart Seriously Funny is hilarious in a way that you never see coming. He talks about everyone imaginable from the young to the old, the rich to the poor, and even himself. His comedic point of view of marriage and fatherhood is reminiscent of Bill Cosby's Himself.

Unlike Bill Cosby, Kevin does use profanity in his comedy but it is mild in my opinion. If your child is the type to pick up every inappropriate word you'll want to watch this after you verify that he is in bed snoring. If you tend to use profanity on a daily basis as I am guilty of then this will be nothing your child hasn't heard before.

Out of a possible 5 stars I gave him three.

The Burning Plain is a gripping, mind bending Indie film starring Charlize Theron and Kim Bassinger. Every time you think you know where this movie is going it goes somewhere else. It is written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga screenwriter of Amorres Perros, 21 Grams and Babel. This is his directorial debut.

Typical of Arriaga's works, this film is told in a non-linear narrative, where events are revealed out of sequence. The following plot summary is in chronological order, and thus does not reflect the exact sequence of the events as seen on screen. I can't really tell you too much more about the film or it would unravel the plot for you. I can't tell you that it is a refreshing movie plot that has not been done a thousand and one times. Your jaw will drop in shock and disbelief.

The Descent Part 2 is the follow up to the highly underrated, all female horror The Descent. In Descent The film followed six women who become trapped in an unmapped cave system in the Appalachian Mountains of North America, where they are hunted by carnivorous creatures who have evolved and adapted to life underground.

In The Descent Part 2, two days after the events of the first film, Sarah Shauna Macdonald is washed away to safety with no memory of the events of the last time she was in the cave. She is taken to a hospital, where it is revealed some of the blood on her matches that of Juno Kaplan Natalie Mendoza. Sheriff Vaines demands that along with his deputy Elen Rios, Sarah and three specialists - Dan, Greg and Cath, must go back into the cave to find the missing women. A new entrance is found with the help of a sniffer dog. The team members are sent down via an old mine shaft operated by the old, mysterious Ed Oswald. Then, all hell breaks loose.

The Sandlot is another children's cult classic. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, comparing the movie to a summertime version of A Christmas Story, based on the tone and narration of both films. He said of one scene, "There was a moment in the film when Rodriguez hit a line drive directly at the pitcher's mound, and I ducked and held up my mitt, and then I realized I didn't have a mitt, and it was then I also realized how completely this movie had seduced me with its memories of what really matters when you are 12."

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