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30 Days 30 Netflix Movies: Hick

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Hick (2011), written by Andrea Portes (who also wrote the novel), directed by Derick Martini (Lymelife) and starring Chloƫ Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie), Eddie Redmayne (Les Mis) and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) is strange and gorgeous. Luli (Moretz) is a thirteen year old bar baby, as her peers call her, that spends her time drawing lush pictures in her notebook and hanging out at the local bar.

Her mother is a professional barfly, her father is a fall down alcoholic and all the regulars know Luli, giving her gifts including a 7-11 keychain for her 13th birthday party in the bar. She’s also given a .45 that she points at Lux, her mother’s new guy, when Luli finds him in her house at 8am the next day. He mistakenly calls it a gun.

Luli has a fondness for classic movies, quoting them in the mirror as she wishes she was anyone else, anywhere else. She decides to run away to Vegas, meeting Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), a cowboy with a limp and an anger problem, and Glenda (Blake Lively), Luli’s smooth talking, optimist fairy godmother, along the way.

Because the world is impossibly small when you want it to be infinite, Glenda and Eddie know each other. Neither fills Luli in on their acquaintance and she, like us, isn’t exactly prepared for what she finds out on her way to Vegas.

It’s an independent film, to be sure, but one that knows what it is and what it wants to say. It’s strange but in an endearing way and Luli’s drawings help connect the dots in her past and present. ChloĆ« Grace Moretz is in virtually every scene and carries it well. Blake Lively was a nice surprise as Glenda. I’m pretty sure we don’t give her enough credit as an actress. Eddie Redmayne was both charming and terrifying. Translation: he did a phenomenal job.

Ray McKinnon showed up about 35 minutes in, which was a nice surprise for this Rectify and Ginny Mule Pictures loving girl. I see he’s also going to be in Mud, another movie on my playlist for this month, so I have that to look forward to.

Hick isn’t the happiest of movies but it manages to end in a positive way. For this series, I’m giving movies a Loved It, Liked It, Didn’t Like It or Hated It Like Poison rating. Hick gets Liked It from me, so check it out sometime.

30 Days 30 Netflix Movies

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If you’re anything like me, you add things to your Netflix queue and leave them there to die. I decided to change this by watching 30 movies from my queue during July. I’m calling it 30 Days 30 Netflix Movies. I’ll be watching all kinds of movies I’ve never seen: new, old, classic and possibly craptastic.

I know July has 31 days but James Gunn and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comes out on August 1, and I need a day to prepare. Seriously.

Day one hit a snag when Sexy Evil Genius with Katee Sackhoff, Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg was removed overnight. I replaced it on the list with In Bruges, which was probably a good idea all around.

The list below is not in any order and I’ll be choosing that day’s movie based on what I feel like watching / what my cat chooses / the weather / because reasons.

1 The Family
2 Girl Most Likely
3 Mud
4 Charlie Countryman
5 Star Trek Into Darkness
6 Cloudy 2
7 Don Jon
8 Tiger Eyes
9 Short Term 12
10 Odd Thomas
11 Kill Me Later
12 Hick
13 Sexy Evil Genius /removed. In Bruges
14 Paradise
15 My Week With Marilyn
16 To The Wonder
17 Upside Down
18 Safe Haven
19 The Ledge
20 Family Weekend
21 The Paperboy
22 Jeff Who Lives at Home /removed! Rapture-Palooza
23 Safety Not Guaranteed
24 Bully
25 Paranorman
26 Heathers
27 Compliance
28 Timer
29 Ondine
30 Say Anything

Join me and watch some from my list or your own queue. It’ll be fun or something! Comment here with what you’re watching or tweet me @boxcollection or using #30Days30NetflixMovies. I know it’s long. It’ll be okay. We’ve got each other and our Netflix accounts.

Christmas TV Episodes to Watch on Netflix

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Looking to mix up your Christmas watching a bit? Try out these great Christmas TV episodes.

Malcolm in the Middle
Christmas (season 3, episode 7) – Fed up with the boys ruining everything, Lois cancels Christmas until the boys prove they can behave. This upsets Hal, who very much loves Christmas. Cloris Leachman won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for this episode.

Christmas Trees (season 5, episode 7) – Hal is laid off before Christmas and decides to sell Christmas trees with the boys. Meanwhile, Lois and her team at Lucky Aide hunt down a possibly rabid squirrel.

Frasier
Frasier Grinch (season 3, episode 9) – Frasier and Niles hit the mall to find educational toys for Frasier’s son, despite Martin advising him the hot toy that year is the Outlaw Laser Robo Geek.

Many more below, including Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Buffy and Robert Downey Jr.

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New to Netflix

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It’s Saturday night and TV is mostly dead tonight. There’s no new SNL and unless you have HBO and can watch Beautiful Creatures at 8pm or are in for a Modern Family marathon on USA from 8-11:30pm, your options are slim. Never fear. That’s why you pay for Netflix streaming. Here are some new additions to the site you might want to check out.

Scenic Route – Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler are virtually the only people in this suspenseful drama about two old friends stuck in the middle of nowhere. I caught this flick a few weeks ago and recommend it if you’re looking for a good character driven movie.

Robin Hood – Disney’s animated classic is available to you any time you want to see it. Catch it again if you haven’t seen it in a while or introduce your kids to it this weekend.

The Sword in the Stone – Disney offers up another classic but this one is grossly underrated. It’s got Merlin, a young apprentice, magic and squirrels. People that love this movie love it to death.

My Week With Marilyn – Michelle Williams takes a turn as Marilyn Monroe in a movie that documents a week in the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. Kenneth Branagh plays Sir Laurence Olivier.

Red Dawn (2012) – Teenagers work together to protect their town from an outside invasion. This remake sports a pretty good cast with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It’s perfect viewing you never wanted to pay for but halfway wanted to see.

The Following Fox’s creepy serial killer series starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy returns with all new episodes on January 19th. So, if you wanted to try it out or just need a refresher before the second season starts, Netflix has all 15 episodes for you.

The Breakfast Club – Seriously, this classic should need no introduction. It’s perfect for a Saturday night or background viewing while you’re cleaning. Make sure you remember to look up during the big 80s library dancefest.

What are you watching tonight?

What to Check Out on Netflix This Weekend

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Looking for movies to watch this weekend? Here are some new additions to Netflix streaming and some older favorites you might want to check out.

Only God Forgives – At this point, if you don’t expect indie intensity from Ryan Gosling, you should. Only God Forgives is from the same director as the spectacular Drive, so if you didn’t like Drive, skip this. What Gosling lacks as far as dialogue in this film, he makes up for in violence. This has been on my gotta check out list for some time.

What Maisie Knew – Are you in need of an Alexander Skarsgard fix while True Blood is away? Try out this indie about a couple going through divorce. Reviews were pretty decent when it came out and its rating on Netflix is high.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – How about a complete change of pace? Ponies! For the kids or bronies in your life, see what your favorite Ponyville resident would look like as a person. Sort of. It’s an hour and 15 minutes so if you’re babysitting this weekend or want to catch up before Saturday’s all new MLP premiere, check it out.

Secret of the Wings – Disney’s Frozen comes out next week, which means it’s the perfect time to pregame with this cute Tinkerbell movie, also about an endless winter. How does Tinkerbell have a sister? Watch and find out.

Man on the Moon – So, the rumor that Andy Kaufman is still alive turned out to be a hoax. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this great movie about his life, starring Jim Carrey.

Super – James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead from 2004, Slither, Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy) wrote and directed this awesome dark superhero movie starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. I highly recommend this one.

Hit and Run – Written, directed by and starring Dax Shepard, this underrated movie is a good Saturday night choice. Annie (Kristen Bell) thinks she knows her boyfriend (Dax Shepard) but it turns out he used to be a getaway driver for some pretty bad people who are looking for him. Also starring a totally different Bradley Cooper, this movie is funny and fast paced.

Can’t Hardly Wait – An older school favorite of mine with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry and Seth Green. High school is over and now all that’s left is the big party. Look out for cameos from lesser known actors at the time like Sara Rue, Eric Balfour, Selma Blair and Jason Segel.

What are you watching this weekend?

Movies to Check Out on Netflix This Weekend

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Staying home tonight or just need some lazy Saturday viewing ideas? Check out what’s newly streaming on Netflix and some classics you might want to check out again.

Flight – Did you see the commercials and wondered how or why Denzel Washington landed a plane that was upside down but you didn’t care enough to pay $10.50 to find out? Now you can.

Olympus Has Fallen – Of the two White House attack movies released this year, this is the one with Gerard Butler and not Channing Tatum.

Sharknado – Syfy’s summer sensation is yours to watch and rewatch, with friends, snacks and probably a lot of booze. The acting is amazingly bad but if you ever wanted to see Ian Ziering chainsaw through a shark from the inside, consider your wish granted.

Safe Haven – Looking for some romantic drama this weekend? Try this one with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.

The Hunger Games – With Catching Fire coming out soon, this would be a great time to rewatch and refresh your memory.

Zoolander – I don’t care how many times you’ve seen this in the past 12 years, it’s time to watch it again. But just remember, it’s merman, Dad. Merman!

Boondock Saints – Having trouble surviving the six days between Daryl fixes on Walking Dead? Fill the gap with guns, accents and badassery. And Norman Reedus, of course.

Christmas Vacation – I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but it’s pretty much always time to watch this classic. At the very least, check out the animated opening credits (remember how that was a thing in the 90s?) with the grumpy reindeer and the Christmas Vacation theme song.

Find something else worth checking out on Netflix streaming? Let me know!

Things to Watch on Netflix Instant Right Now

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It’s almost Halloween so maybe you’re in the mood for a creepy, spooky, scary marathon. Here are some movies streaming right now on Netflix:

Cabin in the Woods – If you haven’t seen it, now’s the time. If you have seen it, now’s the time to watch it again.

Resident Evil – I’m talking the first one with the red dress, zombie dogs and lasers that slice and dice.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – What’s this? It’s streaming? Why, yes. Yes, it is.

Ghostbusters – The classics still hold true, which is part of the reason I lost $10 on a Ghostbusters slot machine this weekend.

Carrie – The original. The reason none of us misfit toys trusts when popular kids say we’ve won something.

Paranorman – I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard great things. If you haven’t seen it yet either, maybe it’s time to try something new this Halloween.

The Faculty – Definitely one of my all time favorites. Watch it again and remember the days when Jon Stewart was in movies. I still say he’s a good actor, even if he doesn’t think so.

Check out your Halloween recommendations on Netflix for more options, including Evil Dead, the Scream movies, Psycho, Slither, The Crow, Hellboy and much more.