Netflix Watch

We took advantage of Netflix on the 360 to watch a couple movies over the weekend. We luckily have enough bandwidth to get movies in HD, so we’ve been working our way through those offerings. I hope they start making more HD content available, but for now there’s enough to keep us busy.

Confessions of a Superhero

Confessions of a Superhero– Confessions of a Superhero is a fascinating documentary that looks at the stories of four people who dress up as superheroes and walk up and down Hollywood Boulevard, posing for pictures with tourists (hoping for tips). That might sound boring, but don’t be fooled. You won’t be able to stop watching.

The film takes most of its time following around the earnest Christopher Dennis (Superman) and splits the rest of the time between the guys who play Batman and The incredible Hulk and Jennifer Wenger, who dresses up as Wonder Woman.

They’re all “aspiring” actors (not sure at what age you go from being aspiring to sad, but a couple of these guys are bumping up against that line) who pose with tourists for tips. It’s compelling to watch these people’s lives and see what level their willing to reach to chase a dream while making ends meet. It’s sad, hopeful and touching all at the same time.

I strongly recommend it.

(Netflix Link)

Primer

Primer– I’d say this review has spoilers, but honestly, I don’t know if that’s true or not, because I’m not really sure what I actually saw as I watched this movie.

The nutshell is this: two guys inadvertently build a time machine. As all red-blooded males would, they use the it to get chicks game the stock market. Things don’t go according to plan. Things get confusing. Movie ends.

I had read/heard a ton of recommendations for this movie, so I had to check it out. We couldn’t stop watching, but we didn’t really understand what the heck was going on. I think this one will take multiple viewings to really understand what’s going on. If you’ve seen it and can make sense of it, do tell.

I recommend this with reservations.

(Netflix Link)

Comments

  1. Primer – SPOILERS!

    They have time traveled over each other and their doubles so much that in order to protect the time stream they have to basically knock each other out in order to protect themselves and time as they know it.

    They then separate as friends because of the lengths each had to go to to protect it/them.

  2. So that’s what happened in Primer. I watched it a year or two ago and liked it, but I think it was really late or something and I never paid enough attention to follow exactly what happened.

  3. I streamed Confessions last night before going to bed.

    • Supes and Batman are a little creepy. I don’t think Supes wears anything besides the suit.
    • Batman will never get a gig in Hollywood. I seriously thought it was Clooney numerous times and he was doing the documentary as a joke. Oh, and acknowledging that you’ve “killed” people in a documentary? Um….yeah. That’ll get you work.
    • Wonder Woman was hot but too naive for Hollywood.
    • Hulk was ‘da man. “Dude I just blacked out.”
    • Elmo gets busted. LOL
  4. @Nat – When you say they’ve traveled so many times that there were multiple versions of each guy? Because I thought it would only mean there were two copies. Makes sense, but still confusing.

    That whole scene w/ Batman and his psychiatist was strange and uncomfortable.

    I think Hulk was the favorite for both my wife and I and Wonder Woman seemed out of place.

  5. Each copy of each guy almost had the same idea until the original copies (I think) wised up.

    Time travel in entertainment. Rarely if ever pulled off right.

  6. Time travel should be confusing to a point. Time travel becomes a crutch in most entertainment, but in Primer I think they nailed it, because I was so confused!

  7. Back to the Future worked for me. *shrug*

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