Netflix Picks of the Week (4-25-2011)
Posted on Monday, April 25 @ 15:03:36 Eastern by Blake_Morse
Daniel: Rumble in the Bronx - Did you know that Jackie Chan invented parkour? That's the theory my girlfriend has impressed me with and after seeing Rumble in the Bronx, a movie made WELL before parkour took the internet by storm, I have to agree. Look at the way this mother fucker moves. He's crazy! If that's not your kind of thing then maybe you'd like a hovercraft chase or an entire building being pulled down by a truck or maybe you just like to laugh at horrible voice dubbing. Oh and someone gets run over by the hovercraft and their ass gets all scraped up. Seriously, just watch the movie.
Nick: Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirits - Within the first three episodes, it becomes abundantly clear that Moribito is brilliant for one reason only: no gimmicks. No hyperactive 14-year-old lead, no annoying melodrama, no schlocky dialogue, no simple-minded villiany. This is an action historical and mystical drama set in the time of samurais and rituals, about a spear-wielding female bodyguard who is charged with protecting a young prince seemingly possessed by the spirits. If this site was called Anime Revolution, this would receive a grade the A-range without a shadow of a doubt.
Josh: The Fast and the Furious - Man, I feel kinda dirty already writing this... but hey, Fast Five comes out this week so it's timely, and I haven't watched much else lately. The first movie in the series is the only one I find legitimately entertaining, albeit in a roll-your-eyes every five minutes kind of way. At least it's not like the lame copycat sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious or the bile-inducing abortion that is Tokyo Drift. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel get minus points for their acting, but are very good at furrowing their brows while driving fast and blowing shit up. Morepver, I needed to see this one again to prep me for when my friends drag me to Fast Five this week, which (if nothing else) has the strong draw of a scene with Vin Diesel and the Rock beating the shit out of each other. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go take a long shower.
Blake: The Other Guys - While this is by no means a "great" movie it's actually got a lot of really funny parts in it. The pairing of Mark Wahlberg with Will Ferrell as two desk jockey who get caught up in a whirlwind of espionage may not be as critically acclaimed as DeNiro and Pacino, is bound to make you lol at least a couple of times. It's the perfect type of movie to put on when you've got nothing better to do then sit around and veg out for a couple hours and a light comedy strikes your fancy. Sure, it has those WTF, giant plot-hole for the sake of slapstick scenes, but just ignore all that and laugh at how funny a lot of the jokes are.
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