This week’s streaming and video on demand picks feature a little of everything, from comedy and action to foreign intrigue and documentaries. In fact, I included two documentaries on this list, because I’m just feeling so damned edgy this week. Some of these movies I have watched, others I have not. Some of them sucked, and some of them are awesome (hint: I really liked the first one), but whichever you shall watch is a choice to be made by only you.
Our Idiot Brother
Gabe the Cupid Dog
A Haunted House
The Last Tycoon
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Good Ol’ Freda
Man of Tai Chi
Want some help in picking which movies to watch this week? Great, that’s why I even do this thing in the first place. Let’s break these movies down, shall we?
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Langley Kirkwood
Plot: The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
One Random Review Quote: “While not for the squeamish, Dredd 3D is an effectively gritty B movie accentuated by stylish visuals and irreverent humor.” – Claudia Puig, USA Today
Should You Watch It? Despite the fact that it has surprisingly great scores on Rotten Tomatoes, Dredd still had a lot of people on the fence earlier this year. My advice to them is to watch Sylvester Stallone in Judge Dredd first and then ask themselves again, “Should I watch this?” because the answer will almost certainly be, “F*ck it, anything must be terrific after that crap.”
Our Idiot Brother (Netflix)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Coogan
Plot: Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.
One Random Review Quote: “The cast members, beginning with Rudd, have an improvisatory ease, and the director, Jesse Peretz, working from a script by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, doesn’t indulge in the sort of nail-on-the-head comedy that currently reigns.” – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
Should You Watch It? I think I need to watch this again, because I didn’t really care for it the first time around, and I refuse to believe I could dislike anything involving Paul Rudd.