Stream Police: Themed Versions Be Damned!
This week's Stream Police is being helmed by none other than yours truly, and boy do I have some picks for you. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent trawling Netflix trying to find something great to watch, only to resort to re-watching episodes of The X-Files for the umpteenth time. Now I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but in my searches I have stumbled across some gems that span the gamut of genres, so join me won't you?
Mortal Kombat might be the best video game movie ever made. That isn't a very hard task since 99% of video game movies are absolute trash, cough Bloodrayne and Doom. Mortal Kombat is all fighting and very little plot which is how a video game movie should be as opposed to trying to shoehorn in a silly plot about policing the world ala Street Fighter. If you haven't seen Mortal Kombat, I guarantee you've heard the iconic title song as it is one of the most memorable parts of the film.
For fans of: Video games, kung-fu movies, four-armed karate monsters
American Psycho is one of those movies that is extremely polarizing, mainly because of the ending of the film. While I honestly don't allow an ending to determine how much I enjoy a film or not, I can see the frustration with American Psycho. The film follows Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street yuppie dead set on making a name for himself as a killer in 1980's New York. There is no shortage of blood, gore, and graphic sex in the film, along with a killer soundtrack, and a Oscar-worthy turn from Bale.
For fans of: Dexter, psycho thrillers, Huey Lewis and the News
Doctor Who is one of Britain's finest exports, and the fact that the show has been on since 1963 more or less interrupted is a testament to its staying power. The show has had a revolving door of actors as Doctors, namely Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston, David Tennant, and more recently Peter Capaldi. The show is irreverent sci-fi, with many of the stories being absurd, bizarre, or downright confusing. The draw of the show is the fantastic performances by the various Doctors, along with their companions. While my Doctor will always be Eccleston, the debate wages on between fans as to who "their doctor" is.
For fans of: British television, sci-fi, fish fingers and custard
The Iceman is a film that wasn't well received by the critics primarily due to the sluggish pace of the film. While I will agree that the film isn't the most expertly paced, it does have some knockout performances from the always intimidating Michael Shannon, a bit part from James Franco, and a surprisingly interesting turn from Chris Evans. The film follows the life of Richard Kuklinski, a family man that moonlights as a mob assassin, as he shoots, chokes, and stabs his targets in 70's New York. The film is underrated and got no press on its release, but it should get more views as time passes due to Shannon's excellent performance.
For fans of: true crime, character studies, Chris Evans not as Captain America
I love documentaries, especially ones that clean, smart, and done with their own sense of style. While many will know Alex Winter from his role as Bill in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, he has since directed film including the criminally underrated Freaked. Downloaded follows the story of Naptster, and its two co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker as they inadvertently change the face of the music industry forever. The film focuses more on the transformative aspect that Napster had as opposed just a rote retelling of the Napster story. It's slick and well done, and if Downloaded is any indicator, Winter's new doc Deep Web should be as interesting.
For fans of: technology, The Social Network, game-changers