Films

The Princess Bride

This is the best story ever told. The movie is a classic, and I can’t believe you haven’t seen it yet. The book is an essential read–doesn’t matter if you...Read More »


Look Who's Back

A German film, subtitled and filmed in Germany, about Hitler appearing in current times. No logical explanation of how he gets there, just assume he does. Shocking, funny, disturbing,...Read More »


Ridiculous 6

Ridiculous 6 is an Adam Sandler Netflix movie that tries to blend the general theme of the classic western film The Magnificent Seven with the silliness of Mel...Read More »


True Memoirs of An International Assassin

This is a Netflix movie billed as an action comedy starring Kevin James. James plays an author whose stories of daring superspy adventures come true in Central America....Read More »


Mascots

Mascots is a mockumentary about a national competition for sports mascots. It is directed by Christopher Guest, who also directed similar films: Best in Show, A Mighty Wind...Read More »


Freakonomics: The Movie

As a fan of the book by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, I was expecting this to be good. It didn’t disappoint me. The scenarios were all featured in the...Read More »


Invincible

This is a 2006 Walt Disney movie about Vince Papale, played by Mark Wahlberg.  The story is about an ex-school teacher and Philadelphia bartender who tried out for...Read More »


No Country For Old Men

This is a film I don’t want to like, but I do.  I normally don’t like stories of violence, and drugs – central to this film. I’m a...Read More »


Pulp Fiction

Though I hate violent films, this very violent Tarantino film is a true American cinema classic that is excellent on all levels. There’s not a whole lot of...Read More »


The Usual Suspects

This film alone makes a year’s subscription to Netflix worth it. It is presented as a simple mystery, but it has more satisfying twists and turns than a...Read More »


The Last Samurai

This movie, made in 2003, is about American army Captain Nathan Algren, who was a notorious Indian fighter
and drunkard in the late 1800’s.  He was commissioned, for a mere $500,...Read More »

The Big Short

This film got a lot of acclaim and I don’t understand why. It feels like a seminar on intricate shady wall street practices. I guess there are some political...Read More »


Day of the Siege

I recently watched The Last Samurai on Netflix and reviewed it.  In my review, I concluded “it was the bloodiest field battle you can imagine”. Then in searching for another movie on...Read More »


Nightcrawler

Why people make movies like this I just don’t know. The title says it all…Nightcrawler…ick. It is about a creepy guy with a camera who runs to accident...Read More »


Alexander: The Ultimate Cut

If this was the “ULTIMATE” cut, perhaps it would have been wiser for Oliver Stone, the director of this 3 1/2 hour movie and Warner Brothers, to have been satisfied...Read More »


Zootopia

An animated film about a tiny female rabbit wanting to become a cop and achieving her dream, even though the rest of the cops are rhinoceroses and other...Read More »


The Siege of Jadotville

This 2016 movie is based on a true story.  In September, 1961 the United Nations, under the leadership of Dag Hammarsjold, sent a company of Irish soldiers to Katanga in...Read More »


Braveheart

The First Hour:

 

The movie says: William Wallace grew up in rural Scotland. When he was about 8, his father died. At the funeral, a cute girl gave William...Read More »

London Has Fallen

Wow! What a thrilling, exciting, bombastic, grandiose, ostentatious, highfalutin’, magniloquent, turgid, verbose, overblown cops and robbers shoot-out. Enough so five heads of state were killed, half of London was blown...Read More »

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

After watching this film I don’t feel at home watching Netflix original movies anymore. Was it a comedy? When the film started it seemed like a female version...Read More »


Odd Thomas

This 2013 film is based on the novel by Dean Koontz, and is almost 100% true to the book. I would say it’s always a bad call to leave Elvis...Read More »


The Way Back

This movie claims to be true, but most of it is fiction. It is based on the true fact that several Polish prisoners of the Russians held in Siberian gulags...Read More »


Chef

I saw this film in the theater when it was first released. It had great reviews. I hated it, so I want to warn you before you sit down to...Read More »


The Salvation

Out of the wreckage of the Danish defeat in the war of 1864, Jon and his brother crossed the Atlantic to forge a new future for themselves. For seven years,...Read More »

Field of Lost Shoes

Based on a true story, this 1 1/2 hour film depicts the lives of some of the ten Virginia Military Academy cadets who lost their lives during, or soon after,...Read More »

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

This 2 hour movie is based on a true story. The Indianapolis was a heavy cruiser commanded by Captain Charles McVay, which had the mission of transporting the atomic bombs...Read More »

Magnus

Magus Carlsen, at the current age of 27, is the youngest World Chess Champion ever. This documentary, pieced together from footage taken over the course of his life, shows us...Read More »


Midnight in Paris

I haven’t really cared for Woody Allen films since the movie Sleeper.  I can tolerate the star, Owen Wilson, but I find him ho-hum. And yet, Midnight in Paris...Read More »


The History of Future Folk

Weird, sweet, low budget romantic sci-fi fairy tale comedy with music. As Dee Snider says in the movie, “I can guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it before,...Read More »


Dirty Harry

This is the first of five films starring Clint Eastwood, who played the San Francisco police Inspector Harry Callahan.

With compelling background music, Inspector Callahan spent the entire 1 hour and...Read More »


Sand Castle

I’m a Korean War veteran but never got out of the States. The closest I got to “combat” was  mock combat maneuvers in the Louisiana swamps. All very mundane. All...Read More »

Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

This one let me think about a little … NO.

Well, that was easy, but I guess I should explain. A silly, slapstick comedy featuring Jeff Goldblum,...Read More »


iBoy

Never mind that I thought this was a series when I sat down to watch it. In my defense, the premise is very teen TV: a boy gets shot in the...Read More »


Pete's Dragon

I suffered through this film because other, less reliable critics, gave this film high praise. It is a remake of a Disney cartoon of the same name. It...Read More »


Resistance

In writing reviews for FlixTricks, I was instructed not to give away plots so as not to spoil the stories for eventual viewers.

I’m not going to do that with this...Read More »


Centurion

This is a one and a half hour British film set in northern Scotland, taking place about 100 BC.  One thing for sure is I never heard of the Picts...Read More »


Mindhorn

Remember back in the 80’s, that cool British mystery show on the telly about the detective with the bionic eye that allowed him to see when people were...Read More »


War Machine

Well. You probably would never think of Brad Pitt as a 4-star commanding General. He seems more the lowly Sergeant type. But here he is in all his glory with his grim...Read More »


War Machine

I don’t know the reasons… financial, fame, prestige? In any case, Netflix appears to be entering a new phase where it is trying to create theatrical quality films....Read More »


The Queen

With a simple title like The Queen, how could it be anyone other than Queen Elizabeth II of England? In fact, I can’t offhand name any other queen in the world.

The...Read More »


Shimmer Lake

When I was a kid, the broadcast networks would develop made-for-TV movies. These low budget Movie-of-the-Week offerings usually did not have the star power or the production value...Read More »


Inglourious Basterds

French:

Ce 2 1/2 heure film a d’abord été publié en 2009.

(This 2 1/2 hour movie was first released in 2009).

 

German:

Es wurde geschrieben und von Quentin Tarantino geleitet.

(It was written and...Read More »


Django Unchained

This 3 1/2 hour movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino was released in 2012, just 3 years after his Inglourious Basterdswhich I reviewed recently. It comes close, but I still...Read More »


In Like Flint

This 1966 film is the second of two Flint films (Our Man Flint was the first). Derek Flint, played by James Coburn, is a US super spy, a...Read More »


Big Trouble in Little China

This 1986 John Carpenter flick is one of the first movies that introduced the US to the weird and magical world of Chinese martial arts – ancient flying...Read More »


What The Health

While navigating through Netflix submissions for something to watch I came across this documentary and got curious. What the health. I guess I’ll watch it.

Early on it got my attention because it...Read More »


Catwoman

Though it shows up on my Netflix as 4 star rated, Catwoman is considered by many as one of the worst films ever made, but I love it....Read More »


Lost in Space

This is easy… NO.  Huh? You want an explanation? Well consider this … the film stars Matt LeBlanc, William Hurt and Gary Oldman. Can you imagine? It has...Read More »


Judge Dredd

There was a remake, but this is the original 1995 Sly Stallone film about a future where the police are also judge, jury and executioner. It is based...Read More »


Silver Streak

This is a classic 1970’s action comedy, which to me means it is light, fun and entertaining. It is a romantic comedy set on a runaway train …...Read More »


Spy Hard

After decades of playing it straight in shows and movies like Tammy and the Bachelor, Rawhide, The Defenders, Peyton Place, Bonanza and Love Boat, Leslie Nielsen made it big by becoming super...Read More »


The Astronaut Farmer

This is an inspiring Billy Bob Thornton movie even if it is entirely unbelievable. Or is it? It involves a Texas rancher named Farmer and his beautiful family. Farmer washed out as a...Read More »


Don't Think Twice

This is a TGFN film  (Thank Goodness For Netflix). Without Netflix I never would have seen it or even heard of it. It disappoints me that films like...Read More »


No Escape

Wow!  What a thriller. An American engineer was transferred by his company along with his wife and two young daughters to a unnamed southeast Asian country. The country is unnamed because the...Read More »


A Million Ways to Die in the West

An awful lot of the later good movies aren’t available for streaming on Netflix, but are available by way of their mail DVD program. That’s the case with this movie. So...Read More »


The Founder

This 2016 film is about Ray Kroc, the force behind the growth of McDonald’s and the fast food movement around the world. I’m not a fan of McDonald’s...Read More »


Wet Hot American Summer--Ten Years Later

All sorts of “stars” in this comedic reunion series – Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, and Amy Poehler for example. Based on the 2001 film of grossly irreverent kooky...Read More »


Sweet November

I watched this 2001 movie for the first time 4 years ago, a good 12 years after it was made. It got to me then and it got to me...Read More »