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10 Netflix Releases You Need To Watch In April

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One small step for comedy.

As Spring has arrives to perk us out of the indoors, Netflix fires back with another month full of content to keep your butt sufficiently glued to the couch. But can you blame them? They’ve been fighting the good fight for their streaming service to remain relevant when so many will often complain that there’s nothing good on Netflix.

And with so many people binge-watching now more than ever, there’s a constant need for content. Thankfully, Netflix doesn’t disappoint this month with a hefty helping of new additions both original and noteworthy. Here are the 10 TV series/movies you should keep an eye out for in April on Netflix.

God’s Pocket (April 8)

If you’re seeking out every Phillip Seymour Hoffman film after his death, chances are God’s Pocket is the last picture you haven’t seen yet. Premiering at Sundance a few weeks before he passed, this dark dramedy finds Hoffman playing a blue collar worker trying to cover up the mysterious death of his son. But a nosey reporter threatens to reveal the darker side of this quaint town. Featuring a solid cast that includes Richard Jenkins and John Turturro, as well as the directorial debut of Mad Men star John Slattery, it’s a strangely quirky picture with its off-beat violence and dizzying story.

 

Netflix Look Who's Back MovieSpoonLook Who’s Back (April 9)

This may be the most politically incorrect and strangest comedy you’ll see on Netflix all year. Based on the best-selling novel, Look Who’s Back takes a stab at what it would be like if Adolf Hitler was alive in the 21st century. He attempts to use the internet and is fascinated with how much he can search about world domination. He begins appearing on television in hopes of making a political comeback. But the film goes one step further by placing the character of Hitler in German society ala Borat with unscripted segments of him interacting with unsuspecting people. The whole idea is so boldly absurd and Oliver Masucci plays the character with the perfect amount of comedic delivery in his baffling discoveries.

 

Moonwalkers (April 14)

If you’re looking for a comedy that is retro, satirical and wicked violent, look no further than Moonwalkers. Ron Perlman plays a CIA agent enlisted to hire director Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon-landing in the 1960’s. He seeks the help of a rock-band manager (Rupert Grint) that swindles him out of the money by passing off a stranger as Kubrick. Furious when he discovers that he doesn’t have Kubrick, Perlman is forced to come up with a plan to keep the fake moon-landing project going or he’ll be terminated in more ways than one. Loaded with conspiracy theories, drugs, strange visions and the weirdest moon-landing sequence, it’s absolutely bonkers how first-time director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet conceived such a zany and dark comedy based on such a popular myth.

 

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (April 14)

While director Danny Boyle did a fantastic job focusing on the man behind the curtain with Steve Jobs (2015), his picture probably left some audience longing for the whole story. The documentary feature Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, released the same year as Boyle’s movie, delivers on just that. No stone is left unturned as this biography addresses Jobs’ technological breakthroughs and his monstrous personality. Parts of his life have been covered over the course of many TV biographies and movies, but never as wholly and in-depth as this picture portrays him. In an age where Apple has become a household name with its vast array of products flooding the pop culture, it’s important to know the big picture of where all this came from. The picture doesn’t get much bigger than this.

 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (April 15)

Undeniably one of Netflix’s biggest comedic hits, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will return for its second season this April. Judging from the trailer, Kimmy seems to be working at a year-round Christmas store, starting therapy for her years in a bunker and making up songs about cats and bunnies. In other words, more of the crazy antics we’ve come to expect from Tina Fey’s strange world of odd and resilient characters trying to make it in New York City. With eccentric writing and amazing energy, it’s hard not to be taken in by the charm of Ellie Kemper and a strong cast of comedic veterans.

 

Netflix Minions MovieSpoonMinions (April 24)

Sure to be a staple for the kids in the household, Minions brings the pill-shaped character front and center for this spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me animated movies. While the slapstick of the babbling yellow dorks is still pleasing, its underdeveloped villain Scarlet Overkill may leave some audiences pining for the return of Gru. Such a misstep won’t matter much to the young ones that will find endless joy in the frenetic comedy.

 

Begin Again (April 27)

Director John Carney of Once fame returns to the music-themed dramedy genre again. Keira Knightley plays a musical artist discovered by a down-on-his-luck record executive played by Marc Ruffalo. With little money to work with, Ruffalo records her album across various outdoor areas of New York City. Similar to Once, Carney injects an even balance of enchanting comedy and drama that’s sometimes soft, but always engaging. And how could you resist that strong soundtrack?

 

Danger Mouse: Season 1 (April 29)

Classic cartoon fans most likely remember the absurd antics of secret agent Danger Mouse and his nervous hamster sidekick Penfold. Now the 1980’s animated classic from the UK has returned with a noticeably higher budget, but the same familiar characters and quirky humor. Everyone from the evil Baron von Greenback to the fame-obsessed Count Duckula is present. The series debuted last year in the UK, but American audiences will be able to view it exclusively on Netflix.

 

Special Correspondents (April 29)

Ricky Gervais’ new comedy movie, exclusive to Netflix, will feature him as a sound engineer teaming up with a radio journalist (Eric Bana) to fake a war report in Ecuador from New York. But when it’s reported that the two are missing in Ecuador, the scam artists find themselves heading to Ecuador to avoid being discovered. With Gervais’ dry wit and Bana’s straight delivery, Special Correspondents seems to play as a silly mixture of Wag the Dog and Tropic Thunder. And that’s enough to get this on my playlist.

 

Team Foxcatcher (April 29)

If you still can’t get enough of the true story behind the messy fiasco of John du Pont and his wrestling team, Team Foxcatcher is the documentary you need to see. Featuring more than just talking heads, Team Foxcatcher boasts exclusive footage never before seen on the du Pont estate as it delves into the dark tale of drugs, murder and paranoia. It’s sure to be a disturbing film with the revealing nature and disturbing contexts, but also an alluring companion piece to the 2014 dramatization Foxcatcher.

[author title=”Mark McPherson” image=”http://popstermedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/mark_mcpherson-300×221-150×150.jpg”]Movie nut Mark McPherson has been all about movies since working at a video store in his youth. His talents range from video editing to animation to web development, but movies have always been his passion to write about.[/author]

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—Agent: The following is for your eyes only—

Talk about a character who won’t live and let die! Just like our Andy from Key to the City (which you should check out now by the way!), James Bond has had many different faces over the years (though Andy’s face literally changes every morning he wakes up 😃), which got me wondering about the best James Bond flick of all time. So read on and find out which movie gets a license to kill! Ok, I’m done with the puns now.

 

Moonraker (1979)

Inspired by the success of Star WarsMoonraker is an awesome, spacey James Bond movie.

 

Golden Eye (1995)

We love Sean Bean in pretty much everything, and he’s perfect as villain Alec Trevelyan/Janus, a rogue former MI6 agent. There’s also Famke Janssen, who has super-powered killer thighs.

 

Thunderball (1965)

This movie has one of the most iconic James Bond moments ever–when a gorgeous woman in a bathtub asks Bond for something to wear, he simply hands her a pair of shoes.

 

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

As much as we love the actors who play James Bond, the villains are just as interesting. It doesn’t get much better than Christopher Lee playing a deranged assassin.

 

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale did a remarkable job at painting James Bond as a real human, a trend which would follow in Daniel Craig’s later Bond movies. Eva Green’s portrayal of Vesper Lynd was a welcome twist on the standard Bond girl.

 

Dr. No (1962)

The very first of the James Bond films featured Sean Connery facing off against Doctor No, a crazed nuclear scientist. It set the standard for every Bond movie that followed.

 

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Though Roger Moore may not be people’s favorite James Bond, the worldwide scenery and crazy sets–like the ocean hideout–gave The Spy Who Loved Me a grand scale.

 

Skyfall (2012)

From Adele’s beautiful theme to the gorgeous cinematography, it’s impossible for Skyfall not to make an impression. This was Daniel Craig’s best appearance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem provides a terrifying counterbalance.

 

From Russia with Love (1963)

Sean Connery is one of our favorite James Bonds ever, and for good reason. In his second stint as the spy, Connery shines alongside former Miss Rome Daniela Bianchi. This is one of the most spy-feeling movies of any of the Bond films.

 

Goldfinger (1964)

Hailed as the “ultimate Bond” movie by many sources, Goldfinger featured Sean Connery in his third run as James Bond. Plus, who can forget one of the most memorable exchanges in film history? “Do you expect me to talk?” “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!”

 

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16 Sultry Movie Vampires That Will Make You BEG for Immortality from Izzy

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen it comes to immortality, we’ve got you covered with the Gods and Goddesses in Izzy. But when it comes to sexy immortality, vampires are the clear winners. Seriously, who can possibly think werewolves are remotely close to being as enticing as vampires are? It’s in a vampire’s very nature to be seductive, using their charms to win over victims.

And by “win over,” we mean “suck the life out of.” They’ve got those pointy fangs for a reason, after all, and they know how to use them.

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We probably shouldn’t find vampires as attractive as they are, but we can blame the Hollywood bigwigs for casting ridiculously good-looking actors as our favorite monsters. Here are 16 of the Sexiest Movie Vampires ever:

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The 16 Greatest Villains That Will Make You Join the Dark Side

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s much as everyone likes to cheer on the hero, there are certain movies where you can’t help but feel some sympathy for the baddie. Sometimes, it’s good to be bad. Just ask Gabby… or better yet,  check out Gabby Goes to College and find out why. Sometimes though, bad just means plain ol’ bad… and we love it. Here are the 16 greatest movie villains ever:

 

#16. Commodus

Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator (2000)

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He murdered his father to seize the throne, which doesn’t really start his rule off on a good foot.

 

#15. Loki

Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers (2012)

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This was the movie that put Tom Hiddleston on the map. Who wouldn’t want to follow the charismatic god of mischief?

 

#14. Wicked Witch of the West

Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The flying monkeys may have been creepier, but the Wicked Witch of the West was the mastermind behind it all.

 

#13. Freddy Kreuger

Robert Englund, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Nightmares are already scary enough before Freddy Kreuger finds his way into your mind.

 

#12. Hans Gruber

Alan Rickman, Die Hard (1988)

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The German terrorist wouldn’t have been the same without the late Alan Rickman. Only his voice could leave such an impact on lines like, “That’s a very nice suit, Mr. Takagi. It would be a shame to ruin it.”

 

#11. Sauron

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)

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Sauron is massively powerful, but his full power isn’t realized without his trusty ring. Unfortunately for the rest of Middle Earth and especially Frodo, he wants it back.

 

#10. Hans Landa

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Quentin Tarantino refers to Hans Landa as the best character he’s ever created. Best, but possibly most chilling.

 

#9. Voldemort

Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter franchise (2005-2011)

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The darkest wizard of all time murdered Harry Potter’s parents before attempting to kill Harry himself, who was a baby at the time. Who does that? Only one of the greatest villains ever.

 

#8. Bruce the Shark

Jaws (1975)

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You only need to hear the music to know you’re in trouble.

 

#7. Michael Myers

Tony Moran, Halloween (1978)

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He wears a creepy mask that must be hard to see out of and never seems to run, but somehow he always catches up to his victims.

 

#6. The Joker

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)

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Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker was chilling. It won the actor a posthumous Oscar for his work.

 

#5. Count Dracula

Bela Lugosi, Dracula (1931)

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Not only is Dracula one of the most classic monsters, Bela Lugosi’s portrayal is a classic performance.

 

#4. Jigsaw

Tobin Bell, Saw (2004)

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Having a strong desire to live is one thing, but Jigsaw takes things too far when he tests other people’s will to do the same by making them mutilate themselves.

 

#3. Amon Goeth

Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List (1993)

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Goeth oversaw a Jewish labor camp during WWII, where he’d occasionally shoot prisoners just for the heck of it.

#2. Hannibal Lecter

Anthony Hopkins, Hannibal (2001)

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He eats people, but somehow you’re still rooting for this eerie movie villain.

 

#1. Darth Vader

David Prowse, Star Wars Franchise (1977-1983)

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Though he’s most known for his heavy breathing and telling Luke about that whole paternity thing, Darth Vader, above all, strikes fear into his enemies’ hearts.

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