Last Five Watched, aka Holiday Weekend Netflix-a-looza

Nothing like a long holiday weekend to catch up with some of the latest offerings from Netflix streaming, adding one more “F” to Scott Baio’s tweet of four things to be thankful for on the fourth Thursdays of November: family, friends, food, football … and flicks!


  • The Iceman – Michael Shannon basically a mini-Ray Liotta in the same mob movie with Ray Liotta? Fuhggedaboudit!
  • “Rules of Engagement” – finally finished steamrolling through the entire series (took about two months), after which I learned it employed a few of the writers from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” No wonder I laughed far more often than not in every episode, even at David Spade, who previously only worked for me in much smaller doses. Oh, Patrick Warburton = the man.
  • Dealin’ with Idiots – Not the greatest movie, especially with an ending which felt way too lazy, but a fun cast – including Gina Gershon, Fred Willard, Hope Dworaczyk (that was for you, Outlaw), Bob Odenkirk and Jami Gertz … plus Timothy Olyphant, ladies and anyone looking to get a non-Raylan Givens fix in before Season 4 on DVD later this month, and Season 5 in a few short weeks – and some nicely appreciated jabs at youth baseball parents who just don’t know how to let their kids have fun, make it worth your just-shy-of-90 minutes.
  • Red Dawn (2012) – Setting aside my unending love of the original, this movie really should have gone all-in as a re-make instead of peppering in far too many too-forced homage scenes amongst the clumsy battles/raids. Not a total waste of time, but only so much urgency which can be built up against a North Korean enemy.
  • Messenger of Death – Standard Bronson revenge movie from the 80s, this one involving avenging angel Mormons. What more do you need?


Howsabout you, Threedonia? What’d you sandwich in amongst the relatives and football.

9 comments to Last Five Watched, aka Holiday Weekend Netflix-a-looza

  • 1. The Illusionist with Edward Norton Jessica Biel(!), Rufus Sewell and Paul Giamatti… fin de siecle magician in Vienna, palace intrigue, romance, and cool illusions with Ricky Jay as magic consultant.

    2. The Dark Knight Rises. Matt is flat wrong. Great movie — epic and operatic.

    3. The Hunger Games — Catching Fire… yeah I plunked down the dough for the entire family. Great movie — I never read the books.

    4. My Man Godfrey… William Powell, Carole Lombard and Gail Patrick (!!)

    5. And on Netflix I made my way through both seasons of Sherlock again. Damn if that shwo doesn’t get better with each viewing. Come on Season 3… hurry!

    Getting pumped for Season 2 of Lilyhammer on Netflix with Little Steven Van Zandt as a mafioso doing a Witness Protection stint in Norway… Season 1 was high-larious and interesting

  • Don’t tease with that Lilyhammer S2 without a date, please. God forbid I look it up myself. 😉

    Got it — December 13th.

  • Pubicus

    “…a fun cast – including Gina Gershon, Fred Willard, Hope Dworaczyk (that was for you, Outlaw)…”

    I’m thinking, who cares about anyone else once Gina Gershon is involved? Who’s Hope Dworaczyk? Dang; thanks so much for indirectly having me Google her….

  • JimmyC

    1. Christmas Vacation. To be honest, I never got the appeal of Chevy Chase – even in his best roles, he comes off as kind of an ass – but one thing he does really well is anger, and the best parts of this movie involve his Clark Griswold attempting to hide his frustration in barely-conceived hostility as his family Christmas goes horribly wrong, and the scene where he finally explodes about his boss is a real gem. Gotta love Cousin Eddie, too.

    2. Olympus Has Fallen. Excellent thriller, with Gerard Butler in his best role in years, as a John McClaine-type fighting off a bunch of commie terrorists who attack the White House. The initial attack is a fantastic sustained sequence, bloody, intense and gut-wrenching.

    3. The Watch. Surprisingly funny (given the bad reviews) sci-fi comedy. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade (from the hilarious IT Crowd) play off each other beautifully as a bunch of goofy Neighborhood Watch members who discover a nasty alien invasion happening in their suburb. As expected with this crowd, many of the jokes are improvised, but they’re funny more often than not, and for once Hollywood makes a movie set in the suburbs without any American Beauty-style bashing of them.

    • JimmyC

      4. Phantom. Tense submarine thriller with Ed Harris as a world-weary Soviet submarine captain who in the course of one mission has to deal with American enemy subs, ghosts from his past (literal ones), and a nefarious KGB agent (a very slimy David Duchovny) trying to hijack the sub to start WWIII. It’s a low-budget movie and it shows, but Harris keeps things grounded. The main conflict is between him and Duchovny’s character, a Soviet zealot who spouts Party-line clichés about the evils of America; the movie is refreshingly pro-U.S. in showing anti-Americanism portrayed so negatively. The supporting cast is full of familiar faces, and the ending is surprisingly touching. Good stuff.

      5. Ted. It had some funny moments, but Seth MacFarlane just isn’t my bag. He tries too hard to gross us out, then he tries too hard to be touching. He knows the words, but not the music.

    • Was all set to watch Olympus Has Fallen when Iceman and Red Dawn flew across the radar. Hopefully will get to it this week, or Saturday morning if I’m not reffing. Thanks for the heads-up on Phantom, too!

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