TV REVIEW: The Netflix files: Safety Not Guaranteed, Nesting, Veronica Mars


Hitting a run of bad luck recently what with plague and now the act of God that took the satellite dish out in the bad storms. So I am bereft without my little sky box and no date for the engineer to come and fix it in the foreseeable future –guess a lot of people are in my position. So, trusty Netflix has been set up on the games console and for the next few weeks we are taking time out from terrestrial TV and entering the world of Netflix.

Now I know most of you watch Netflix, catching up on your House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, or revisiting Walter White in Breaking Bad so I’m not going to insult you by telling you that’s what you should watch or review it for you. To be honest I haven’t watched any of the above yet myself. I’ve been catching up on a few flicks that are maybe too indie to have made it into the multiplex and enough trashy reality tv to keep me going through the 5am feeds.

My first suggestion for you is Safety Not Guaranteed which is a 2012 sci-fi comedy inspired by a classified ad that turned up in the “Backwoods Home Magazine”. The ad in question requested a companion to time travel and although the original ad was a filler joke by the editor, the ad in the movie turns out to be anything but. Darius, played by Aubrey Plaza, plays a disillusioned college intern working for a magazine in Seattle. Once a happy-go-lucky girl, everything changes when her mother is murdered one night on the way home. One of the magazines writers, Jeff, decides that the ad placed in the classified’s that reads: Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before, is worth investigating. Together with another intern, Arnau, the trio head off to find the person and story behind the ad. For Darius, if this ad is real, it could give her the opportunity to change what happened in the past. Safety Not Guaranteed debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 where it won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award. It is a really charming movie with a good cast so well worth a watch.

The premise of getting movie ideas from classified ads may well be a future trend as Kevin Smith’s next horror movie Tusk, is also based on an ad. So keep your eyes posted future screenwriters! You never know what gems you might encounter in the small ads.


My second big screen to small screen pick is Nesting (2012). Nesting is a simple tale of married 30 something’s who are disillusioned with their lives and want to go back to their 20 something days. It was a little bit like Mallrats if Brodie had gotten a job at the mall and was still there 10 years later. Middle-aged married couple Neil and Sarah, in the midst of a home renovation, break into the apartment they lived in when they were first going out and live the life they left behind. One of the interesting things about this movie’s imdb page is, while not going full out Alan Smithee, one of the writers is down as merely providing “occasional funny asides”! Nesting is a mumble core film where everyone annunciates but nothing really happens.


Good news for all you Veronica Mars fans from Kickstarter headquarters! European distribution means that it will be shown in movies@Dundrum on March 14th! I’m looking forward to being the happy recipient of a digital download and can gleefully share that there is only 19 more sleeps till I find out if Veronica and Logan finally get it together!

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