Though the selection is still not as great as users would hope, Netflix continues to add a few gems to its streaming collection. This week we’ll take a look at a few of the better titles recently added.
Directed By: Pete Travis Rated: R, 95 min
In a dystopian future, justice is doled out by the judges, who act as the police and judicial system. One of the top judges, Dredd, is charged with training a new judge. The two take a murder call in a high rise tower, and end up having to fight their way through a powerful drug gang who runs the tower.
If people remember the name Dredd, it is because of the terrible Sylvester Stallone movie, Judge Dredd, from the 1990′s. Dredd, starring Karl Urban as the titular character, is much grittier and extremely ultra-violent, clearly a departure from its earlier film incarnation. Urban turns in a solid performance, showing little emotion, as Dredd would, while kicking major ass in the process. Olivia Thirlby also turns in a good performance as Anderson, the rookie on the force with her own little secrets. A good shoot em up is not as good without a nasty villain to root against, and Lena Headey, Circe Lannister herself, steps into that role as Ma-Ma, the head of the gang, and chews up the scenery quite well. This was definitely a surprise when first seeing it and a pleasant one at that.
The Other F Word
Directed By: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins Rated: NR, 98 ,min
Anarchy, nihilism, free spirited revery. These are some of the basic tenets of the punk lifestyle, embodied through the lives and music of some of the biggest punk rock musicians in the world. What happens though when these hard partying souls, who spend most of their lives on the road, are faced with fatherhood? The Other F Word explores the lives of many of the biggest names in punk music after they become fathers and see how their views and lifestyles have changed to adapt to life with children.
As someone who enjoys a good punk band every now and again, I found this documentary to be quite engaging. With interviews from members of Rancid, Blink-182, NOFX, Bad Religion, Black Flag and many other bands, The Other F Word gives viewers a glimpse at the softer side of these rockers, when they get to spend time with their families and also see how fatherhood has impacted, not only their musical careers, but their lives as a whole. The juxtaposition of seeing heavily tatted, mohawk having, leather jacket and chain wearing men act like regular suburban dads gives you an initial chuckle, but the stories of each person and their tales of sacrifice in becoming a parent end up being quite touching.
Directed By: Peter Berg Rated: PG-13, 104 min
Beck is a man who just wants to become a chef. But he has a certain set of skills and is hired to bring back a man’s son, who was last seen down in The Amazon. Beck travels down to South America to find Travis, the son in question, but upon finding him becomes embroiled in a fight to free a town from a corrupt mining operation.
This is a fun little movie, another one that takes you by surprise the first time you see it. In of The Rock’s first starring roles, he does a solid job as Beck, not relying entirely on the eyebrow arch he became so famous for in the wrestling ring. Seann William Scott is amusing in this film as well, as Travis, the kid that Beck is hired to track down. Christopher Walken turns in another Walkenian performance as Hatcher, the man who runs the small Brazilian town for the mining company. With snappy action scenes and fun dialogue, The Rundown is a great movie to throw on, on a lazy Saturday afternoon and enjoy a few laughs.
Other new additions: The Road, Greenberg, A Haunted House, Stander, Donnie Darko, Boondock Saints, Arbitrage