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What I'm Watching on #Netflix

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This week's picks from Netflix Instant Watch:

TV Show:
Death ValleyDeath Vallley. This is another Damon discovery. The Los Angeles police department assigns a special "Undead Task Force" to rid the San Fernando Valley of vampires, zombies and werewolves, but these monsters lust for more than your blood and brains (think about what the Valley is famous for exporting) and the cops have their own documentary film crew to capture their hilarious incompetence. It's like watching The Walking Dead crossed with Reno 911.

Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror. This modern update of the Snow White fairy tale was released around the same time as Snow White and The Huntsman, but they are completely different movies. This is a comedic revisionist take on the storybook classic. I think the writers were shooting for wink-wink tongue-in-cheek humor more so than belly laughs. The opulent costumes and set designs recall the Capitol lifestyle of The Hunger Games, all which leads me to believe that the movie is really a satirical love letter on Hollywood's obsession with youth, beauty, fashion and the money that buys it. Julia Roberts put just the right amount of wicked and funny in the Evil Queen, but she isn't believable as an aging beauty queen desperate to hold onto her title. Noteworthy performances by The Prince and the Seven Dwarfs round out a cast of crazy characters. Overall, I found the movie quite charming.


Anonymous said...

I keep seeing Mirror Mirror on my list but always skip it for some reason. I think I'm going to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Maureensk said...

We actually saw Mirror Mirror at the theatre. My oldest daughter and I really enjoyed it, but I was surprised that the Little Miss sat through it. Okay, so I am being slow here, especially given that I was raised in Southern Cal. and you probably don't explain this because it is crude or something, but what the heck is Death Valley famous for exporting, besides death, of course?

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