7 Pajiba Favorites Currently Available On Netflix Streaming: Much Ado About Buttmonsters
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7 Pajiba Favorites Currently Available On Netflix Streaming: Much Ado About Buttmonsters

By Jodi Clager | Film Reviews | May 19, 2014 | Comments ()



Mud definitely feels like a more personal film. What kind of personal film is trickier to nail down. It’s about life living in Nichol’s home state of Arkansas, particularly river-life. It’s a coming of age story, two boys on a boyhood adventure. It’s about the relationship between fathers and sons. But primarily, it’s about love. The ideal of love, the heartbreak of love, the loss and failure and hope of love.” - Seth Freilich

Pain & Gain

“That’s not to say that Pain & Gain is a great movie, but it is a remarkable entry point into these lurid, fantastical, outrageous events, and at times, it can be outright entertaining. In fact, I’ve seen several people suggest that Pain & Gain is Michael Bay’s best film since Bad Boys II, and while that’s not particularly high praise, like the events depicted in the film, it is also true.” - Dustin Rowles

Star Trek Into Darkness

“Star Trek Into Darkness is both a fantastic space action film, and an excellent Star Trek film. The two are not necessarily coterminous, and they could easily be mutually exclusive. There are battles, a mystery to be unravelled, Benedict Cumberbatch utterly nailing the role of both villain and sympathetic foil to Kirk, a scattering of comic relief, and repeated call backs to the previous films of the franchise. And those call backs work most deeply because they are not simply references but partial reconstructions of scenes such that the new and old resonate like tines of a tuning fork.” - Steven Lloyd Wilson

Don Jon

“There’s a lot going on in Don Jon, and while not all of it works, that’s also part of its appeal. Gordon-Levitt is clearly on fire to try something here, and he’s written and directed an ambitious and awkward and occasionally clunky and often powerful movie about the way we lie to ourselves and what it takes to be honest with someone we love. It’s not a new topic, but that’s precisely why it’s so strong. He’s found a fresher way to get at something that pesters all of us, and in wrestling with ideas of authenticity and human connection, he’s continuing on the path he’s laying for himself one hard-carved brick at a time. Gordon-Levitt is determined to find new ways to forge relationships with the audience, and Don Jon is both a reflection of that desire and a solid execution of same. He has things he wants to say, and I want to listen.” - Daniel Carlson

Bad Milo

“All this works because the film is smartly put together. A film like Bad Milo could be a low-budget mess, but the practical effects don’t reveal any hint of a straining budget. Milo is wisely not made of CGI bits and bytes. Director Jacob Vaughn keeps things sharp but simple, smartly keeping things moving while staying out of the way so that his cast can do what they do so well. The writing (the film was co-written by newcomers Vaughn and Benjamin Hayes) is both funny yet natural. Well, as natural as it can be (demon, colon, etc.), all of which combines to give us a movie that is simply entertaining as all get-out. ” - SF

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

“So let’s being the answer to that question by stating one thing up front: Retaliation is by no means a good movie. It’s ridiculous, its plot is threadbare, it’s acting is uniformly dumbfoundingly overdone (yet at times, strangely enjoyable), and much of it is laughably illogical. And yet, it succeeds wildly in two things that its predecessor utterly failed at: its fidelity to the spirit of its inspirations, and its level of fun. (Close enough - JC)” - TK

Much Ado About Nothing

I don’t have a review for this, because the reviewer wasn’t crazy about it. However, I know (most) of you ‘Jibans love you some Joss Whedon and his regulars, so I think this is a worthy finish for a list of Pajiba Faves. - JC

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  • Nicholas O'Dosey

    Star Trek into the Darkness - which Trekkies rate the worst Star Trek movie.
    Pain and Gain based on a true story where they white wash the bad guys in this film (The bad guy in the film is the exact opposite in real life).

    Bad milo - awlful.

    Nice taste in movies here...

  • ljridley

    Because Trekkies are the only ones allowed an opinion of "Into Darkness"? Personally, I thought it was big, dumb, stupid and fun. Favorite? No, but I'll defend it just because Trekkies can be so snotty.

  • Cheetahdriver

    While I don't consider myself a "Trekkie", I did watch TOS when it came out originally, and TNG, although Enterprise and DS9 lost me eventually.

    Into Darkness is the antipathy of everything Gene Roddenberry dreamed of with Star Trek. It is filled with crap, has taken every storyline from all of the subsequent series and tried to stuff it into one movie. Imagined homages in the film are just garbage taken out of context. It is the 1993 "Young Guns go to Paris" compared to the 1973-4 definitive "Three Musketeers". Cumberbatch actually dropped in my estimation by taking on this film (I am sure he is devastated).

    It is the bad remake by which nearly all bad remakes subsequently can be judged, and elevates Michael Bay to a position of a better director than JJ Abrams because, for all the lense flare, at least Bay didn't entirely shit on the backstory of some damn toys.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Eh, depends on the reviewer. There still is that positive X-Men 3 review in the archive, which everyone else thinks is shit (including me).

  • Milton


  • Target_Blonde

    I'm getting over a turrible head cold so I spent an entire gorgeous spring day in bed with my laptop last weekend. My movie marathon included Mud, Don Jon, Short Term 12 and The Untouchables (also I got halfway through Greenburg until I realized how much I disliked Great Gerwig's character and couldn't watch it anymore.) I thought Mud was just a lovely lovely movie. Sam Shephard is the best kind of tough lovin' surrogate Dad to have.

    But seriously, Greta Gerwig. Is she that annoying in Frances Ha too? Should I even bother or save myself the headache?

  • Parsnip

    Frickking Disqus...sent you a reply, got lost in the internet ethereal. I'd say if you didn't take to Greta Gerwig's character in Greenberg (which I did actually enjoy) then there's a good chance you won't be too fond of her character in Frances Ha. I found Gerwig's character insufferable and annoying and it spoilt the entire movie for me. However, thumbs up for Mud and especially Short Term 12, those, I really enjoyed.

  • Jim

    We live in a small, fictional city in eastern Canada where movies (never "films") will stay forever as long as things explode and people yell a great deal. (Sigh)

    Imagine my shock with Much Ado appeared at one of the local cineplexes (cineplexi?) The timing of the first weekend didn't work for us so, the following Thurs I called to see if it would be showing the next weekend. The manager said it was, in effect, "stinking up the joint" and would be closing that day - in fact he was giving the theatre to a 'blockbuster' for the evening so the 4pm showing would be the last.

    Across town R and i to find we had a private viewing. It was too bad it wasn't more popular but at least no one was making noise or translating into french on the fly. Sad and bliss at the same time! (Sliss? Blad?)

  • cruzzercruz

    "Star Trek into Darkness can suck my dick."

    That's what I said to the middle aged man who awkwardly asked my opinion of the movie as I left the theater. That movie was two hours of facepalm.

  • ed newman

    I am not sure I totally agree with you on the content, but I love the way you've communicated it.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Star Trek Into Darkness?

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, Pajiba, no.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The first Abrams ST movie was a good one, despite the stupid story (but time travel in ST has always been stupid and it works as a setup device). STiD is just a sad, lazy and only mildly entertaining adaption of Wrath of Khan. Said entertainment comes from the actor's performances only.

  • Nicholas

    Star Trek Into Darkness.... :smh: please don't make me fall out of love with you sweet Pajiba...please!

  • Pain & Gain, despite The Rock's best efforts, is atrocious. Tonally it was all over the place.

  • Obviously number 8 was Frances Ha. No Pajiba recommendation list is complete without Frances Ha.

  • Jezzer

    ... >:(

  • I was only trying to make sure you reached proper levels of rage this week on the site. You're welcome.

  • Tinkerville

    Having just rewatched it the other night, I can say that watching Much Ado About Nothing is like being hugged by a good friend wearing a warm fleece blanket. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof are perfection.

  • llp

    Most, if not all, are available on Canadian Netflix (as per the note on the Facebook post). I sat and looked at the intro to Bad Milo last night for about five minutes, but couldn't quite pull the trigger.

  • John G.

    I think of Much Ado About Nothing as Whedon's Anti-Avengers. He went from one of the biggest movies of all time, with full armies of set people, cameramen, catering, movie star tantrums, a city full of special effects teams, and a thousand studio guys in suits hovering just over his shoulder, to a movie filmed at his house with his tv friends with a pre-written script, BYO-catering and a cellphone camera

    And I bet it felt great.

  • Ian Fay

    You should hear the commentary track on the Bluray. It basically is. He was decompressing after Avengers and just decided to throw this together with a crapton of his friends in his own home.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I've been looking forward to seeing Bad Milo. Thanks for posting the Netflix update.

  • crispin

    Bad Milo is AWFUL. It's not funny, not scary... and 100% disappointing.

  • Parsnip

    I'm a fan of Ken Marino and liked the premise, reminded me of the film How to Get Ahead in Advertising. I really wanted to like this, but no, sadly I found it disappointing.

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