This February marks the addition of hours of new material to watch on the wonderful world of Netflix. Here is just a brief overview of some of the more interesting movies and television series being added to the catalog. Although no one is really in danger of not having anything to watch on Netflix, new series and movies are always a nice occurrence. Additionally, especially in the case of House of Cards, many fans are delighted with continuations of their beloved series.
“King Arthur” (2004)
A “historical” look at the legend of King Arthur, set in fifth century England and starring Kiera Knightly, Clive Owen, Mads Mikkelson, Hugh Dancy, Ioan Gruffudd, Stellan Skarsgard and Ray Stevenson. Full of Romans, pagans, bloody battles, and romance, this film is reminiscent of 300 and Gladiator, though a bit less grand.
“Gucci: the Director (The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts)” (2013)
Produced by James Franco, this documentary showcases the life and career of Frida Giannini, Gucci’s creative director. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2013. Think perhaps of The Devil Wears Prada, only that this is a real insight to the fashion industry and into the life and creative process of one of the individuals who drives it.
“M*A*S*H” Seasons 1-5 (1972-1976)
The first five series of one of the funniest and most heartfelt comedies have come to Netflix. Set in the 1950s during the Korean War (though decidedly making commentary about the 1970s), a M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit is fighting to save lives and maintain their sanity in any way possible—which normally translates to many, many zany practical jokes and antics. It primarily follows the life of Dr. Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda, Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit), Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr), “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff), and B.J. Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell).
“Magic City” Seasons 1-2 (2012-2013)
A short-lived Starz series set in 1959 Miami about hotel owner Ike Evans (Jeffery Dean Morgan), who is wrangled into a deal with local mob boss Ben Diamond (Danny Houston).
“Spartacus” Seasons 1-4 (2010-2013)
This Starz series is full of blood, gore, enslaved gladiators, violent battles and sex– lots of sex. Fans of this show should be most pleased to see the fourth and final season added to Netflix, thus completing the series.
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (2014)
A story about a dog and his boy…quite literally. Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is a genius dog business man, inventor and adopter of a young boy, Sherman (Max Charles). In this film they must save history from being accidentally unraveled.
This remake of the classic 1987 version of the same name isn’t bad, necessarily– just a bit lackluster and somewhat overreaching. Having said that, it certainly tries to be a good movie, though it still falls short of expectations. There is a lack of satire and wry humor that was present in the original. The fact that RoboCop has some big names attached to it (Samuel Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Ehle, and Jay Baruchel), makes this slightly more disappointing. What is best about having this film on Netflix is that it allows viewers to compare the original and the remake and make judgments for themselves.
“House of Cards” Season 3 (2013-2015)
Naturally, this is one of the most popular Netflix series, and is highly anticipated by its many fans. Frank Underwood (the brilliant Kevin Spacey) is back to his ruthless ways in life and politics. What lies in store for the new POTUS? Key characters’ lives are in limbo, quite literally, and there are many questions waiting to be answered. Will this be the final season, or will the show go on? Let the countdown to binge watching begin.
Claire Farrow can be reached at Claire.Farrow@spartans.ut.edu