Did Netflix’s Hemlock Grove leave me wanting more?

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Netflix are firmly stamping their mark on the TV streaming industry. Now in the business of making their own series we have been given a super natural thriller, set in rural ish America the trailer promised a fast paced, special effect driven thrill ride which gets rather gruesome and horrific at times.

Take a look here.

Here we are a month after the entire first series was released, many have watched it all, loved it & eagerly awaiting another series. Others were left disappointed and haven’t got any further than two episodes. I’ve heard cries of dull acting & terrible dialogue through to the “I quite liked it” and when you liked it, you defended it with all you have.

Eli Roth directs so we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy watch. From the trailer I have to admit I was apprehensive about watching the series, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to blood & flesh. Things that go bump in the night are not normally my cup of tea. With this in mind I chose to watch in my lunch break, in the day light, surrounded by lots of people.

I’m half way through first episode so loud of setting the scene & even had a flash back. So far, I’m intrigued, nothing too shock factor or scary yet. The initial sequence & murder (I didn’t spoil anything there, the synopsis on Netflix did reveal there’s a murder) did leave me expecting more but I think they may just be letting me in gently.

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I’ve now watched the first episode and I’m not that inclined to watch any more. Perhaps I should, do let me know. I was left underwhelmed and disappointed. I felt if could have been so much more. As pointed out previously the acting was a tad wooden, which wasn’t held by the cagey dialogues.

Don’t get me wrong, the effects were good. I believed there was something different about this community. The atmosphere created was great, moody and dark, something you need in a super-natural show. I watched using a kindle and it still sent shivers through me, I can imagine in the big screen this would be amplified immensely. Music and sound track were very fitting and added to the intensity. It’s a shame it couldn’t back this up with a steady story and powerful acting.

I really wanted to like it, I did. Always support the under-dog but I really couldn’t. I’m sorry to all those fans who adored it. I may pick it up again and his it another go but until that day I will go back to spending my lunch hour drinking coffee.

What did you think? Let me know if you think I’m missing something.

Netflix Signs The Wachowskis – *Another* Original Series Due Late 2014

Keen to keep whetting subscribers’ appetites with a flow of original content, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it’s being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5.

Details are very thin at the moment, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season. You can find the press release below. Continue reading

Netflix Top Picks – 03/07/2013

Here’s this weeks Top Picks! If you see anything that you think the whole world should know about – just leave a comment below.

American History X (1998)
A California neo-Nazi gets sent to prison for murder and comes out a changed man. But can he atone for his sins and prevent his younger brother from following in his hate-filled footsteps?
Netflix rating: 4.2 – IMDB rating: 8.6
Available on Netflix Canada, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Norway and Sweden – Also available on Vudu

Big Fish (2003)
In this disarming fantasy told largely through flashbacks, young reporter William Bloom attempts to learn more about his dying father by finding the truth behind a lifetime of his fanciful tall tales and legends of epic proportions.
Netflix rating: 3.7 – IMDB rating: 8.0
Available on Netflix USA – Also available on Crackle USA and Vudu

Call the Midwife (2012)
Set in the 1950s, this period drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth follows new midwife Jenny Lee and the other midwives and nuns working in a nursing convent in an impoverished section of London’s East End.
Netflix rating: 4.3 – IMDB rating: 8.2
Available on Netflix Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden & USA – Also available on Vudu

Finally…

With hundreds of TV shows available to watch on Netflix we thought we would take a look at some of those that are worth a second look, perhaps you missed them first time round or maybe you just didn’t know they were available to stream or where to find them.

Covert Affairs (2010-2012)
Annie Walker is a CIA operative who is yanked out of training and thrust into active duty. As she contends with the intrigues of international spy rings, she comes to understand she’s being used as bait to lure a villain from her past.
Netflix rating: 4.1 – IMDB rating: 7.2
Available on Netflix Brazil, Ireland, Mexico & UK – Also available on Vudu