Movies Watched: Darkman, American Psycho, Red, Salt & More

Darkman (1990)

I haven’t blogged in a while but I’ve watched more than a couple movies for the entire month of July.

This month I finally signed up with Netflix and got the free trial for the first month. My experience is that they have some movies that I’ve wanted to see that are on my IMDB watchlist but they don’t have more of the movies that I’m actually looking for.

I’ve added the movies I’m going to check out to my watch list on Netflix so that should keep me busy as more movies become available for streaming.

I like the quality and that you can instantly stream the movies you select but I don’t like that some of the movies have annoying subtitles in a foreign language that you can’t turn off in some cases. Also, there should be a list of movies that are going to be removed as well as a list of newest additions. Don’t know if I missed these somehow.

The movies I’ve watched in July were exclusively watched on Netflix. No Youtube or other sources like television or in theatres. Here they are:

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

So I just joined Netflix, and the first movie that I watched is the utterly crappy version of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” with Brendan Fraser.

I thought I wanted to see this film because I read Jules Verne’s book when I was a kid and really liked it. Loved the idea of going down a cave or volcano and finding a lost world.

This movie referenced the book multiple times (Fraser carried a copy with him to the lost world), and was a bit different. I hated it though for the way the events happened plus it was as if the movie was made for a younger audience. You’ll have to look for other versions of the movie if you want something more true to what Jules Verne wrote.

Aeon Flux (2005)

This was a decent movie with a great concept. Great special effects, stunts and everything. Not Oscar material but you’ll definitely enjoy this movie if not only for the concept of the future.

Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

This was one of the movies I’ve always wanted to see from the time I saw the trailer back in 2011. The idea of a western with aliens is intriguing. Combining two genres so different is genius. I’m sure it has been done before but how often do you see space ships gunning down cowboys on horseback?

I enjoyed the movie and my other half, who watched it with me, enjoyed it as well.

The Nude Bomb (1980)

I totally watched this movie on impulse while going through Netflix to see if I could find anything interesting to watch. I have never seen any of the Get Smart movies, Get Smart tv series or anything related to the brand. I’ve seen the trailer for the movie with the guy from 40 Year Old Virgin but this movie is ancient.

I don’t know what got me to watch this movie – maybe the promise that it was supposed to be hilarious (I’m thinking like Airplain! because 1980) or maybe the premise of the movie where a bomb turns everyone nude. Or as the villain in the movie says “nee-uude”.

Either way, not a bad watch

Darkman (1990)

Been wanting to see this movie like forever. I’ve seen the “Darkman III: Die Darkman Die” with Arnold Vosloo and had wanted to catch the original and the sequel but never got a chance til now.

I still need to watch “The Return of Durant”.

This is a really good superhero type movie starring Liam Neeson as the title character. Love the way he played the people that tried to kill him. Definitely one of the better movies I’ve seen on Netflix so far.

Red (2010)

Funny, adventure, action movie with Bruce Willis playing the ‘retired & extremely dangerous” CIA agent being targeted for assassination although he’s hard to kill.

“Red” has been on my IMDB watchlist since the sequel came out. I think it was on YouTube for a while but I never got to see it as it was taken down quite fast.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie especially the parts with John Malcovich. He sticks a gun in a woman’s face and accuses her of following him. Everyone else thinks he’s crazy and lets the woman go. Later on he has to defend himself and the team from bullets, bazookas and insults as the same woman attacks them.

The movie combines action, intrigue, suspense and humor – the exact blend that makes a movie work for me. Looking forward to the sequel.

The River Wild (1994)

I’ve wanted to see this movie since 1994 or 1995 when it was just released in local theatres. I never got to see it and it never showed on any of the local cable channels that they carried. Had it on my IMDB watchlist and looked for it on YouTube but no luck.

I had to watch it when I saw it on Netflix. Although it’s a good movie it came as a bit of a disappointment because probably after all these years it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. What should I have expected from a movie where 99% of it is on a river anyway?

Putting all that aside, all the actors did great and I never though I would be able to watch anything with Meryl Streep all the way through.

Mac & Devin Go to High School (2011)

Yeah, it’s one of those rapper movies. You can tell this movie is chit because there’s a full music video at some point in the middle of the movie.

Seriously!

Wiz Khalifa can’t act for chit. Neither can Snoop Dogg or half of the other cast anyway. But this movie wasn’t supposed to win any Oscars let alone get nominated or even considered.

You have to watch it for what it is. A stoner movie starring a couple of rappers. I don’t even know what the story is about and how Snoop Dogg is even in school. There probably wasn’t even a script – just do a movie with whatever comes to mind.

It’s short – 74 minutes I think  and if you don’t enjoy it you can always blame it on not being high at the time which is a per-requisite for viewing this flick.

Salt (2010)

This is an ok action flick. I’d say great because I really enjoyed the action and story but I got confused a couple of times during the film. It’s supposed to be realistic but a some points things just didn’t seem plausible. Holes in the plot maybe.

Other than that Salt is a fine action film featuring some really good chase scenes, MacGyver type heroics and espionage intrigue. A good watch if you’re in the mood for some action.

American Psycho (2000)

Finally, this one is fresh in my mind as I watched it last night. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did but this is an awesome film.

Sometimes I wish I could be a lot more like Bale’s character but without the craziness and murderous tendencies. He says whatever the hell he wants because he doesn’t give a chit.

The movie is well done and you just don’t realize what they’re getting at until maybe the last 20 minutes. Surprising twist for me but I get it and it works.

The movie was interesting enough for me to want to explore it further and I actually dug up quite a bit about the meaning of the film and how it should be interpreted.

Here’s someone on YouTube explaining American Psycho. It contains spoilers so check out the movie first before you watch the video.

Those are the movies that I’ve seen for the month of July. You can catch them all on Netflix or stream them on Amazon with a subscription to Prime. I’m not sure if I’ll do a monthly wrap up or a weekly review of the movies I’ve been watching. We’ll see.

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