The Lincoln Lawyer: Netflix Streaming Surprises

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If you're a fan of courtroom-style dramas, you're going to absolutely love The Lincoln Lawyer.

I'm a big fan of smart movies, and this movie is definitely on the level of "thinking-ness" (that's a word, right?) that I generally look for in a movie. Meaning, of course, that this is the kind of movie that you can watch, and it really isn't possible to be able to predict what's going to happen next. You have to be following the plot without taking any bathroom breaks, and you have to be paying great attention to detail in order to really get the most out of it.

I like to over-think movies, so movies that invite me to do so I appreciate even more.

I really enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer, and it was great seeing Matthew McConaughey step outside of the realm of cookie-cutter romantic comedy character to finally play something that takes some range.

The movie is set to a grand pace, and it's definitely something that you'll likely want to watch more than once. It's too bad this movie didn't get more recognition, because it really is a legitimate drama and a fantastic addition to the Netflix streaming collection. Add it to your queue!

Trollhunter: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

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I know what you're going to say: "Oh man, not another found-footage movie."

I thought the same, and I've complained about the genre being done to bits at this point. But for some reason, I still got pulled into watching this film, and it's still a slightly different take on the same general plot line structure we've all become accustomed to.

This movie takes place in Norway, and it follows a group of cameramen who are trying to do a documentary on bear poaching. Little do they know, this turns out to be a much more complicated situation than they originally thought, and of course, as the title suggests, the real animals that have been attacking things in the region are... trolls!

But really cool trolls that are actually scary. Not stupid small lame trolls.

This is a fun movie because it knows how to lead to suspense without having to really rely on violence or jumpy-scare tactics. The movie's not perfect, because there are a lot of long lulls that are kind of annoying to have to sit through (where the characters discuss what's going on), but it really allows for a good setup to the action that does take place.

Add it to your queue if you're a fan of the found-footage genre, for sure.

Nearly 1,000 movies expring February 29

There has been a list put together that lists the (nearly) 1,000 movie titles (981 to be exact) that will be expiring from Netflix Instant on February 29th.

After skimming through the thousand, here are the notable titles from the bunch that we find noteworthy, and that you should check out asap:

Airheads
Almost Heroes (see our post here)
Apocalypto
Astro Boy (see our post here)
Batman Forever
Beetlejuice
Big
Billy Madison
A Christmas Carol
The Crazies
Final Destination 2
Gnomeo and Juliet
Hellboy
Hulk
Jingle all the Way
Mallrats (see our post here)
Mars Needs Moms
Nine Months
Orgazmo
Party Down (see our post here)
The Pixar Story
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Scream
Sorcerer's Apprentice, The
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
Twister

Portlandia: Netflix Streaming Surprises

Click to watch Portlandia on Netflix streaming here!

If you haven't been paying attention, SNL has been pumping out a lot of legitimately funny comedians as of late. One of which being, Fred Armisen (along with his friend Carrie Brownstein) have created a single-cam sketch comedy show that really takes making fun of hipsters to a new level.

The show takes place in Portland, which, according to the show, is where the "dream of the 90's" is still alive. We're to assume that this is a major implication that everyone in the city is a huge hipster. And then the show tears them apart.

It's really very funny, especially if you know people who act in the ways that they're portraying. I personally know of people (you know the type - the really artsy fartsy people) who have irritated me before, it's it's awesome to finally have a comedy show that targets them out for their annoying habits and lifestyle.

If you're a fan of Fred Armisen, you're undoubtedly going to love the show, but if you're not, you should check it out. It's one of the best sketch comedy shows I've seen in a very long time, and although there aren't many episodes, the humor is really fluid and compact. I think it's hilarious.

Add it to your queue!

Workaholics: Netflix Streaming Surprises

Click to watch the show on Netflix here!

Workaholics came on after South Park on Comedy Central one day when I was watching, and seeing it, I thought it was just easy, stupid humor. I immediately wasn't interested, because I'm just not a fan of what (I'm pretty sure I'm getting this right) some have dubbed "alternative humor."

I've always felt like there are some weirdness factors that are just easy ways out of sticky drama situations in comedies, and it makes the writing actually worse because of it. I feel you probably know some of those "weird" comedies I'm talking about.

Anyway, I was completely wrong about Workaholics. Each episode is a well-crafted plot, with the full story usually being positioned in such a way that makes it worth watching every minute, in case you miss something amazing on the way.

I've heard it compared quite a bit at this point to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which I'd say is a pretty accurate comparison. There's a similar level of naivete and nihilism, minus the darkness of Always Sunny. To this point, Workaholics seems almost just like a brighter version. (Don't get me wrong, Always Sunny is my favorite comedy currently on TV).

Check this show out, there's a good chunk of episodes available that are definitely worth watching and will make you laugh. Add it to your queue!

The Next Three Days: Netflix Surprises

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

I've come to realize that Russell Crowe movies can be pretty hit or miss. There are some that I love (ie Gladiator) and some that I have no interest in even checking out because I assume they're going to be long, drawn-out, watered versions of Gladiator (ie Robin Hood).

This falls into the "Wow, I'm surprised how much I liked that Russell Crowe film" surprise category, as, before I watched it, I wasn't expecting much. Little did I realize, this would be a genuinely fun and exciting prison-break style movie, that really kept me on the edge of my seat.

One of the fun things about prison-break or heist movies is the fact that you're never really able to be able to guess what's going to happen next, and therefore the level of stress in the movie is (supposed to be) pretty high. I had a bit of stress watching this film, and therefore I know they were doing something right.

The runtime of 133 minutes seemed a bit long at some parts, but, like all movies in this category of film, the climax makes it all worth watching. Let me know what you guys thought of the movie, and if you felt like the payoff was worth it as well.
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