This is not a film review.
This is many film reviews.
Or rather, this is a review of Netflix, Inc.
Which, at the present time, is wasting your monthly fees (and mine) on subpar programming.
In the action genre:
-Silver Streak (almost good, but ultimately unwatchable)
-Barbarella (total bollocks…just like its watery “activist” star Jane Fonda)
-Good Guys Wear Black (sorry Chuck Norris, but this film sucks)
-Robinson Crusoe On Mars (sadly, no)
-Young Tiger/Rumble in Hong Kong (schlock by any other name…is still schlock)
-Return to the 36th Chamber (the Shaw Brothers are immensely overrated)
-Invincible Shaolin (ditto…crap)
-Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (epically unwatchable)
Yes, dear friends, I am a tough critic.
But this is to balance out all the things I call “masterpieces”.
When I say it, I mean it.
Children and family genre:
-The Nightingale (almost good…but ultimately unwatchable)
-Looney Tunes: Back in Action (thoroughly bollocks)
-Nancy Drew (a far cry from the Bonita Granville days…and, hence, total crap)
-The Parent Trap (the original…it’s not them, it’s me [in this case]…no verdict)
So generally another genre stuffed with wasted revenue.
-The Fly (not a classic…and not good)
-Out 1 (kudos to Netflix for getting some Jacques Rivette…but N.B. to the programmers…Out 1 is NOT AN HOUR-AND-A-HALF LONG…what the fuck version of the film is this?!? The real film is 13-HOURS-LONG! And the shorter version FOUR-HOURS-LONG! Epic fail, Netflix!)
Comedies (hold on to your hats!):
-Good Old Boys (unwatchable South American fare)
-Opening Night (immensely daft mise-en-scène)
-This Isn’t Funny (the title says it all…and it’s filed under comedy…not good)
-News From Planet Mars (bollocks)
-Fan Girl (bollocks)
-The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (les bollocks)
-Adult Beginners (forgettably-bad)
-Dial a Prayer (nice try, but shite)
-Free the Nipple (I’ve discussed the bollockness of this one elsewhere and I stand by that decision)
-Basic Sanitation, the Movie (less-than-bollocks…rubbish!)
-Len & Company (woeful…horrible)
-A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (quite possibly the worst film ever made)
-Rainbow Time (sad…amateur…not even close to watchable)
-Atomic Falafel (torturously-bad)
-Klappe Cowboy! (hell no)
-Buddies (bizarre…but unwatchable)
-Hirschen (extreme ennui)
-Brahman Naman (pitiful excuse for a motion picture)
-Love Me (maudlin excess to the point of unwatchability)
-Wet Hot American Summer (overrated shite)
-Scrooged (hasn’t aged well)
-The Beaver (can’t age [and decompose] fast enough)
-Say it Isn’t So (it isn’t)
-Tommy Boy (I feel bad insulting this film…but worse watching it)
-Lion Heart (had potential…but it just didn’t cut the Grey Poupon)
-Blind Date (yes…blind me…so I don’t have to watch this piece of shit!)
-St. Vincent (hipster fail)
-Only the Lonely (even John Candy couldn’t save this flick)
-Eisenstein in Guanajuato (almost great…but ultimately not even good)
-Price Check (pretty sure every Parker Posey movie sucks eggs)
Can you stand that much negativity???
Well, obviously I’m a tough critic (to reiterate)…but let’s roll on…through the multitudinous ways that Netflix is wasting your hard-earned cash.
-John & Jane (almost great…ultimately not even good)
-Ukraine is Not a Brothel (pitiful excuse for a film…propaganda should at least be artful)
-Marias: Faith in Womanhood (it’s not you…it’s me…or maybe it’s you…no verdict)
-kink (the decline of the West…artlessly documented)
-The Land of the Enlightened (not good)
See, that wasn’t so bad?
-Wet Bum (had potential…but ultimately daft…soggy…etc.)
-The Wonders (ugh…)
-No Quiero Dormir Sola (como se dice “unwatchable” in Espanol?)
-It Looks Pretty From a Distance (suicidally-boring…at any distance)
-The Nun (even Pauline Etienne can’t save this one…)
-I.D. (pathetic Indian flick…unimaginative…dire)
-Where the Road Runs Out (no way)
-Hector (almost…but ultimately…no thanks)
-Petting Zoo (ashamed to say this one hails from my city [San Antonio])
-Nymph()maniac Volume 1 (Von Trier is a talentless hack)
-Miss Stevens (bad bad bad)
-Before I Disappear (fucking horrible)
-The Girl in the Book (no)
-Lovelace (almost good…good concept…bad film)
-Stations of the Cross (intense…and boring…bad combination)
-The Other Sister (are there any OTHER other sisters? please???)
-In Your Eyes (ugh…dire viewing)
Ok…so we see a lot of money being thrown at bad films there.
And that is just my opinion, of course.
But as bad as Hulu was (and it was bad), I don’t recall ever not being able to find something to watch on Hulu FOR THIS LONG!
Really, Netflix…time to step up your game!
-The Tribe (no)
-Byzantium (even Saoirse Ronan couldn’t save this film)
And now on to my favorite category.
-1001 Grams (yikes…utter shite)
-Belgica (almost…but not…ugh)
-Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (no no no no no)
-Harud (no…for fucksake!)
Ok, so that was quick, right?
That was (let’s count) 73 (!) films which I’ve tried to watch (many in the past week) which have been a total disappointment.
Not one of these did I watch all the way through.
It’s like a French person purchasing a sandwich from an American grocery store.
They take one bite and throw it in the trash.
Come on, Netflix!
Don’t make me cancel your sorry asses!
I don’t even have a category for how bad you’re failing right now as a company.
They have goosd series here in France but some good movies on we get video streaming only here. I watch them for series most of the time. When I was in the states I used DVD one at the time and streaming. Nice post. Exactly.
I wish I had the French version of Netflix 🙂 Probably better than the U.S. one! –Paul
Life is to short to finish a bad movie. I usually give a film 15-30 minutes, and if I am not emotionally or intellectually engaged, I move on to the next one.
I enjoyed The Fly (1958). I may write on that one eventually.
And I also liked The Beaver. A moving portrayal of depression. Mel Gibson is my favorite actor and director.
Thanks Chris! I agree about the “grace period” for films. I’m merciless when it comes to streaming fare because there are so many choices. I’ve given up on several films before the titles even ended 🙂 Mel Gibson is an interesting fellow. I certainly appreciated Conspiracy Theory. I guess The Beaver just wasn’t for me. Perhaps I wasn’t in the right mood. But no disrespect intended. Mr. Gibson seems like a very talented fellow. Thank you, again, for your thoughtful comments! –Paul
Hulu was worth it because Criterion and I don’t have cable. I don’t want a million channels.
Netflix has almost nothing worth watching.
HBO is worth it simply for Veep.
Spend almost all my time on FilmStruck.
Yeah, Hulu lost me when they ditched Criterion. Glad I have someone with whom to commiserate 🙂 –Paul