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The following titles are scheduled to expire soon. One or more of our contributors has shared a review, recommendation, some relevant facts, or perhaps, a word of caution. Titles are listed by the last day to watch. Please scroll down to find the date and movie you want.
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> All details of Oscar wins and nominations: Pox Voldius
> All reviews with star-ratings: Eric Vandenberg (see Eric's explanation of his star ratings)
> Pox and Eric will be specifically credited where there would be any ambiguity without doing so.
> All other contributors will be credited at the end of their review.
> If others wish to mention Oscar awards or give a star rating, please feel free to do so. You will be clearly credited for your review.
Jackie & Ryan (2014) 2.5 stars
Well acted, moderately paced, romantic drama.
Jake Squared (2013) 3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, unique, relationship dramedy.
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself (2006) 3.0 stars
Well paced, amusing, stand-up comedy.
Make Believe (2010) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, teen-magicians documentary.
The Sixties - 10-Part Mini-Series (2014) 3.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, in-depth, 8.5 hour cultural, social, and political documentary. Good mix of interviews and archival footage. I learned many historical details I had never heard of previously.
Slow Learners (2015) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, romantic dramedy.
Step Dogs (2013) 2.0 stars
Fairly well acted and paced, talking-dog "Home Alone," children's crime comedy.
Time Out of Mind (2014) 1.5 stars
Well acted, very slow paced, overly long, homeless-man drama.
Blood, Sweat and Sequins (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, 50 min., Australian biograpical and cultural documentary about pole dancing. Blood, Sweat and Stilettos would have been a better title.
Dear Dumb Diary (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, tween middle-school musical dramedy.
The Road to Freedom Peak (2013) 2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, 52 min., biographical and cultural documentary about a [former] child soldier.
The Vasectomist (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 52 min., medical and cultural documentary.
Bo Burnham: what. (2013) 3.0 stars
Well paced, amusing, 60 min., musical stand-up comedy.
Straight A’s (2013) 2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, relationship drama.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) 2.5 stars
Well acted, variably paced, 8-episode, 6-hour Hindi film. (I am in the middle of the 5th episode, watching about one episode per day, but don't expect the quality to change.)
Ragnarok (2013) 3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Norwegian action adventure / creature horror.
Che (2008) two-part movie 2.0 stars
Well acted, moderately paced, overly long, Spanish historical-revolution drama. Part 1 jumped back and forth in time too much; Part 2 was very slow.
El cumple de la abuela (2015) 3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Mexican dysfunctional-family relationship comedy-drama.
Tiny Furniture (2010) 2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, boring, relationship drama.
The Mend (2015) 1.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, meandering, confusing, annoying, relationship drama.
Queen of Earth (2015) 2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, mental illness, relationship drama.
Boys Over Flowers - 1 Season (2009)
Boys Over Flowers launched my love for Lee Min-ho. Seriously, the show is pretty boys. After saving a kid's life at a very rich high school, Jan Di is invited to attend in order to help some of the media furor die down. There, she clashes with F4, the four most popular and attractive boys at school. Jun Pyo (Lee Min-ho) is the most annoyed by her - and seriously attracted by the fact that she is totally not into him (though he doesn't realize it at first). I do remember this show dragging on in spots, and as much as I love Lee Min-ho, I was not always rooting for Jun Pyo. This show introduced me to the concept of Second Lead Syndrome. A bit longer than Secret Garden [no longer streaming on Netflix], it is still a lot of fun, and made me want to stay up super late to keep watching. It is based on the Japanese manga, Hana Yori Dango.
— Nica, May 4, 2016
Invisible Sister (2015) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, teen high-school Halloween dramedy.
Amores Perros (2000)
1 Oscar nom: Foreign Language Film (Mexico) — Pox Voldius, November 21, 2017
Well acted, fairly well paced, Mexican intertwined-relationships drama. 2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, November 20, 2017
Backtrack (2015) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, Australian supernatural horror / crime drama.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
5 Oscar noms
Actor in a Leading Role (Johnny Depp)
Visual Effects (John Knoll)
A very fun movie! — Pox Voldius, November 21, 2017
Great pirate film that's a blend of fine acting (yes, including Johnny Depp), thrilling action, and light romance. Also significant because it marks the first DVD that I owned as a Christmas present.
— Brian Clarkson, December 12, 2017
The Eighties - 1 Season (2016) 3.0 stars
Well paced, interesting, in-depth cultural, social and political documentary. Good mix of interviews and archival footage. Good follow-up to previous mini-series, although some repetition between episodes.
The Seventies - 1 Season (2015) 3.0 stars
Well paced, interesting, in-depth cultural, social and political documentary. Good mix of interviews and archival footage. Good follow-up to "The Sixties" mini-series.
Ruby Gloom (2008) 3.0 stars
Well voiced and paced, animated friendship / adventure / comedy-drama. Aimed at children, but with many touches for adults. Netflix only has 13 of the 40 episodes that run about 22 minutes each.
The Switch (2010) 3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, romantic comedy-drama.
V/H/S (2012) 1.5 stars
Well acted, disjointed mishmash of shaky-cam "found" footage.
Eric's star system and review process"I use the Videohound rating system out of 4 stars.
> Essentially, 1.5 or less, I do not consider to be worth watching for anyone.
> 2 stars may be greater enjoyment for others than what I derived from it.
> 2.5 is competent.
> 3.0 or more is very enjoyable.
The most important factors for me are acting and pacing."
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