Random Netflix TV Night – The Ranch, part 2

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Part 2 of season 1 is all about relationships. The brothers got over their feuds and have bonded again. It’s great getting to see Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson continue their long-lived on-screen friendship in this show, especially as Wilmer Valderrama joins the cast as an old friend for a few episodes. At least we know where he’s from in this show, too. Continue reading

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Random Netflix TV Night — The Ranch

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Netflix recently added the new original series The Ranch to their line-up. The show follows the lives of a family of ranchers in Garrison, Colorado.

I really started watching it for the Kutcher-Masterson pairing. The brothers great when playing off each other, but the whole cast is what makes the show a success. Kutcher continues his lovable dumb guy routine from back in the day, but there’s an added maturity behind his character which I didn’t entirely expect, and Masterson keeps up the sarcastic banter that he’s known for.

Sam Elliot is fantastic as the stick-in-the-mud father, and balanced well with Oscar-nominated Debra Winger as the flighty and sometimes very wise mother. It was a nice surprise to see Elisha Cuthbert show up as Kutcher’s high school ex-girlfriend, and the episodes with the both of them were great.

As with many Netflix originals, it starts off slow. If you can push past the stilted, bad jokes of the first episode then you’ll find an endearing comedy with strong performances from everyone. Although the show can be quite predictable at times, overall it’s a really fun, enjoyable production.

3.5/5

Random Netflix Movie Night #5

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The Quiet (2005)

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Dot (Belle), a young deaf and mute woman, is sent to live with her godparents (Falco and Donovan) and their daughter (Cuthbert). The new addition to the household realizes that everything is not copacetic in the home, and the family’s dark come to light.

RT Rating: Audience 51% Critic 22%

Although I did enjoy this movie in general, I definitely did have certain problems with it as well. All together, the acting in this movie was relatively well done. Elisha Cuthbert is always pretty awesome, and she seems to be good with the creepy/thriller roles. I’m not sure how I feel about Camilla Belle’s performance though. I felt she didn’t do very well pretending to be deaf, but that may be how they wanted it, with the plot as it was.

The twist was given away within fifteen or twenty minutes (that I had already guessed immediately as the movie started) and that was really disappointing because they tried to do a reveal at the end. I enjoyed the dark tone of the movie, especially with all of the things that happened in the middle, but with the incredibly stereotypical high school characters and the common ending I lost a bit of my enjoyment from the movie. This movie was a slower paced thriller, so if you’re wanting something really exciting and intense then this probably isn’t a good choice.

Rating: 6/10

What did you think of the movie?