Greetings, loyal readers! Welcome to a new monthly staple here on The Robot’s Pajamas. I, Rev. Ron, the loveable movie dork who likes to contribute here with movie reviews is going to be popping up at the beginning of every month to give you the low-down on what’s coming to Netflix and going to be keeping us glued to our couches streaming away rather than facing the outside world. I’m going to go over a few of the highlights of the movie arrivals and give you a “Go or No-Go” on whether they are worth your time.
Here we go!
Legally Blonde & Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (Released on Friday May 1): This comedy hit about a sorority girl who goes on to be a lawyer was adored by enough people that a sequel was created and both are being released on Netflix at the same time. The sequel was pretty much universally hated but, in my opinion, I think they are both pretty unfunny. I would say Pass on these two.
Fruitvale Station (May 12): A powerful tale about an innocent man (Michael B. Jordan) trying to get his life together but sees it end at the hands of a cop with an itchy trigger finger. This story, based on actual events, is emotional, dramatic, poignant, terrifically acted and is quite appropriate with the current race issues we are facing with our nation’s police forces. I Highly Recommend this one.
Zombeavers (May 17): This film is, basically, about zombie beavers and, as silly as the title is, the film is pretty fun. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not and is a fairly decent and mildly enjoyable dark comedy that pokes fun at the zombie genre. If you like silliness and horror movies with a heaping dose of camp, I’d say check this one out.
Inglourious Basterds (May 22): I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino and pretty much love all of his films. This one, telling the story of a ragtag group of Jewish soldiers out to assassinate Hitler during the war, is filled with Tarantino’s trademark witty dialogue, unique camera work and disturbing violence. This is a Must Watch because of Tarantino’s work behind the camera and the performances in front of it.
The Boxtrolls (May 23): From the animation studio that created ParaNorman and Coraline comes The Boxtrolls. This film is one of those great stop-motion animated films that can appeal to the whole family. The animation is breathtaking, the voice acting is top notch, and the story is heartwarming and a whole lot of fun. I absolutely loved this one and I say don’t pass this one up.
So those are just some of the highlights that will be coming to Netflix this month. See you next month for what’s new for the month of June.
Rev. Ron is a semi-retired stand-up comedian, a wannabe Shakespearian actor in a drunken Shakespeare troupe, an amateur movie critic and a gigantic geek who loves video games, comics, movies, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You can read more of his reviews (including a more in-depth look at Avengers: Age of Ultronand various other films) on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com.