Netflix: What's worth Watching ? 20 June 2017

 It's been a while.

Movie watching....dropped
TV watching...increased
Netflix...all the time

It's been over 2 years since my last post.  and its been 2 years of Netflix in Canada.

What's on Netflix is often a question I ask colleagues, friends and of course google. Netflix does a fabulous job of suggesting what I should watch and usually gets it right. Power of analytics I guess.  Here's what I have watched recently and a very brief view on wether you should watch it.

Paranoid:  Watching it now, recommended by Netflix.
A mother is murdered on a playground setting off the plot for this TV series. With 1 season, it seemed like a good investment of time. Will let you know soon...

Marauders: A crime drama starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Adrian Grenier, it starts with a series of bank robberies. These heists target banks owned by one man, Hubert (Bruce Willis). The FBI investigates... and so goes on the story for over 100 minutes. Worth watching ? Well... on a day of loneliness when you are not in the mood for a glass of wine instead.

The Prince: There is a legend, a mobster assassin who could do the impossible, who bullets couldn't kill...then he finds love but is drawn back into the game. heard this before ?  well...that is what makes this movie predictable and utterly boring.  Wonder what Bruce Willis, John Cussack and Jason Patrick are doing in this. Maybe, it was a money thing...Worth watching ? Nope...

Animal Kingdom:  Based on an Australian Movie of the same name, 1 season is on Netflix. Strangely I found this series engaging and watched it all the way through over a weekend. 10 episodes keep you hooked from start to end. The story is of J Cody who after his mother's death by OD gets to live with his grandmother, Smurf and her family. Consisting of his uncles Baz (the leader), Pope (oldest and dangerous), Craig and Deran the family is a criminal enterprise leading to some nail biting moments and of course the journey of J and how he assimilates into a crime family (does he really assimilate ?) . Worth watching ?  Yes... great performances by the whole cast, an engaging storyline especially the power dynamics between 'Smurf' and her sons make it a treat for a binge watch. I absolutely love the performance of Shawn Hatosy as Pope.  Every scene he appears in brings that strange tension of not knowing when he will snap and what he will do.  And yes for those with a deeper philosophical bent of mind the comparison to the actual animal kingdom etc are not too difficult to make. Am eagerly waiting Season 2.

What are you watching on Netflix, let me know in the comments below.


American Sniper

#AmericanSniper #vedsviews Based on the true life story of Chris Kyle and his book by the same name (I have just commenced reading it), Clint Eastwood's directorial effort- American Sniper. There is one thing you cannot fault Hollywood with, and that is portraying the heroics of war and soldiers. American Sniper does that with the tale of a texan cowboy turned soldier sniper.

A buffed up Bradley Copper desperately tries to shed his  looking-good-and-charming image and does succeed. The movie almost made me think I was watching a Kathryn Bigelow one (Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) as I missed the deep emotional connect that are a constant run through Flags of our fathers or Milion Dollar Baby or Gran Torino or Mystic River or the many other Eastwood helmed films. He does try and show the emotional disturbance Chris goes through but there is just not enough time to build on that. What you distinctly remember are the long distance sniper shots and the noisy battles. Siena Miller as Taya, Kyle's wife puts in a confident and composed performance. The supporting cast fits right in and the performances of all actors, including the lead ones lift this movie beyond just tale of war. When you finish watching this movie you think it is a good one but know not why, for it engrosses, entertains but does not strike a lasting chord. This could also be because we in India do not relate to war jingoism as much, or it's just me  !

Is it worth watching ? yes !  Its expected to make  $200mn worldwide and an Oscar contender



‪#‎I‬  ‪#‎vedsviews‬ Director Shankar means lavish sets, vast canvases, striking color schemes, some great visual FX and CGI. The Movie I does not disappoint on these fronts. What could have been a visual spectacle and thriller turns out to be a tale of love and revenge though is made into a 3.5 hour saga which begins to fell like a chewing gum many months old already. Vikram (as Lee) and Amy Jackson(Diya) do what they can and provide enough visual relief for the women and men respectively, this pretty much is only the value for money. While the production values from Shankar are always a given you want a storytelling experience, which you don't get. Is it worth watching ? Hmmm.... for Amy, maybe once :)   
ps: I watched this movie in its original Tamil language so while I followed most of it I may have missed out on the nuances of dialogue.



‪#‎baby‬ ‪#‎vedsviews‬ Baby is pretty much Neeraj Pandey's worst film so far. if A Wednesday and Special 26 were gems of movies, then this one is possibly a pebble that too unpolished. What could have been a slick modern action-intelligence caper turns out to be a damp fantasy. Not worth watching on the big screen.

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