What To Watch On Netflix: In Bruges

in bruges movieIn Bruges (thriller/dark comedy – 2008) 9 out of 10 stars (9/10)

Netflix provides recommendations based on your previous viewings and ratings. We try to watch videos that have ratings greater than 3 out of 5 stars and we’re noticing our selection is becoming limited for certain genres, such as science fiction, action, and thrillers.

In Bruges has a 3.5/5 rating on Netflix and Roger Ebert gave it his highest rating, so we decided to watch it; we’re glad we did – it’s a great movie.

In Bruges is about (click link there for wiki entry) a couple criminals in hiding (in Bruges, Belgium), waiting for their boss to call with further instructions after their last job didn’t go well. It’s violent, interesting, emotional, and laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended.

Netflix Complaint: During the last 20 minutes of the movie the video paused a lot – every few minutes. I had to rewind it 30 seconds or just wait a minute or so before the video started again. It was very annoying – all during the climax too. I suspect the Netflix servers were being overloaded since it was around 10:30pm Atlantic, which is probably prime viewing time on a Saturday night; but still, it was distracting and frustrating.

Phillip posted about In Burges back in 2009.

Astro Boy: The Movie – A Review

astro boy movieI hadn’t heard of Astro Boy before this movie, but apparently it’s popular somewhere – was even a TV series.

Astro Boy the movie is a computer-animated movie about a robot kid. The movie has a dark tone similar to Wall-E, where humans abuse the environment and are complacent about their comfortable life style. Robots are self-aware but are predictably treated as inanimate objects. The movie’s about the kid robot acceptance AS a robot and his place in society.

My nine year old daughter enjoyed it, but she found some scenes a bit intense: intense action, characters in dire situations, and uncomfortable moments for characters.

Roger Ebert thought Astro Boy was better than Kung-Fu Panda, but I disagree: Kung Fu Panda was funny, exciting, and thoughtful. Astro Boy wasn’t funny and not too original. Astro Boy’s interaction with the other kids and his dilemma about being different (i.e. his robot-ness) was interesting and well done, but it was the only thing that engaged me. The action scenes were too over-whelming, like most action movies these days (although the scene in the stadium where Astro Boy has to combat other robots was cool).

Astro Boy fans may like this (I don’t know any) and kids will enjoy the robot-side of things, but adults may just find this ho-hum.