This week’s movies: April 20-26

Now You See Me

Netflix summary: Brainy magicians Atlas and Henley lead a troupe of illusionists who specialize in robbing from the rich, in the form of banks, and giving to the poor, their audiences, all while trying to outwit a team of FBI agents determined to bring them down.

★★★ Actually pretty entertaining considering the director, Louis Leterrier also worked on the oh-so-bad Clash of the Titans (2010) and The Incredible Hulk (2008), both of which I gave two stars. This movie did genuinely have me laughing. And I just can’t say no to a movie with Michael Caine in it.

Monsters University

Netflix summary: This prequel to Pixar’s popular animated tale Monsters Inc. once again features eccentric monster pals Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. Set during their college days, the film tells the strange and amusing tale of how the pair became friends.

★★★ The best way to watch this is to be a kid (or watch it around 4:20). I find almost every Pixar movie delightful and this one is pretty good considering it’s a prequel.

The Killing

Netflix summary: A young Seattle girl’s disappearance sets in motion this moody crime series centering on a conflicted detective who’s working on the case.

★★★★ While this isn’t so much a movie as it is a television series (owned by Netflix!) I still count it. From the first episode I was hooked. Being a Seattleite, I appreciate the attention to detail concerning the location (willing to forgive them on overdoing the rain). If you crave series marathons or crime drama, this is something  you should check out.

How do I rate my Netflix movies?

Let me first start by saying that five stars is not enough to accurately rate how you feel about a movie. I’d be more down with a ten star rating. Netflix offers its definition of its star rating when you hover over the icons: hated it, didn’t like it, liked it, really liked it, and loved it. I’ve broadened my own definitions of the ratings below. Mostly I use the rating system to keep a running count of all the movies I’ve seen in my entire life (as of 4/24/2014 I am at 1367). My default rating is usually a three.

 

★ “Hated it”

= Loathed it to the point of getting angry when I think about its existence.

★★ “Didn’t like it”

= Disinterested and possibly offended.

★★★ “Liked it”

= Enjoyed myself but wasn’t amazed. Might watch it again, might not.

★★★★ “Really liked it”

= Liked it and will probably watch again or recommend to someone.

★★★★★ “Loved it”

= On a level with Star Wars and I should probably buy it.

Netflix is my Boyfriend

I decided to try a free trial of Netflix the summer of 2006. I was back home after freshman year of college. The days were long and I couldn’t get a job to save my life, so I got Netflix. The original plan was to use it just for the summer and then quit when I got back to college and studying….I’ve had the three-DVD-at-a-time plan, uninterrupted, since that summer. I witnessed them add streaming, back when you were limited to 18 hours streaming a month. I witnessed them piss everyone off by trying to separate the DVD service from the streaming (didn’t even cross my mind to cancel even though I thought it was a dumb business move). I witnessed them create their own shows. It’s been a roller coaster of a relationship, me and Netflix.

People wonder how many movies you’ve seen with a Netflix account for eight years. I’ve rated 1360 movies.

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