Please note these are not new to Netflix Instant today but merely in the past month or so.
Director: Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, Robin Hood)
Writer: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain), Mark Addy (Robin Hood, Game of Thrones), Rufus Sewell (The Tourist, The Illusionist), Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code), Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure, Drama, Old-timey
Why You Should Watch It: This movie is one of my most prized VHS films. Once you see it it’s pretty easy to tell why. What’s better than a semi-serious, semi-time piece masterpiece with fake cultural customs all set with a 70’s rock soundtrack? I mean Queen classics like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” are really what any Medieval England movie needs. Ok, so clearly the movie isn’t in anyway serious but it is still a fun ride that stars every ones now deceased favorite actor, Heath Ledger. At PG-13, and a fairly tame one at that, it’s a movie you can watch with the whole family. Your kids might not get all the innuendos, but when they inevitably ask you what they mean, just do what any good parent would do, send them to the Internet.
Director: Kevin Smith (Jersey Girl, Red State, Dogma)
Writer: Kevin Smith
Starring: Shannen Doherty (Beverly HIlls, 90210, Charmed), Jeremy London (Party of Five, 7th Heaven), Jason Lee (My Name is Earl, Almost Famous, Dogma), Clarie Forlani (Antitrust, Meet Joe Black), Ben Affleck (Gigli, Daredevil), Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II), Joey Lauren Adams (Big Daddy, Chasing Amy)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance(sorta)
Why You Should Watch It: I’m pretty sure this was on Netflix Instant for quite awhile already but apparently it was gone and now back. This is a very different Kevin Smith film than Red State, that I wrote about the other week. It’s crude, funny, and full of young stars. Jeremy London as the young love troubled 20 Something, Jason Lee as the loud arrogant friend who guides him through it and also has problems of his own, and a slew of smaller roles from Ben Affleck to Shannen Doherty. Stoners, and dick and fart joke aficionados, Jay and Silent Bob, also have an important role in London’s mall back dropped quest for love justice. It’s a damn funny movie and has a cute teen-like love stories intertwined. Any self respecting 20 something would really enjoy this flick.
Creator: Lorne Michaels (SNL)
Starring: Will Ferrell (Land of the Lost)
Genre: Comedy, Skit, SNL
Why You Should Watch It: In the past year or so they (Netflix) have put up a lot of SNL content. They originally started with the Best of’s, such as these Will Ferrell specials, along with other longtime cast members. Apparently some of them were gone for awhile, but they are now back, and this should make you happy. The SNL: Best of Will Ferrell is arguably some of the funniest SNL content in the past two decades. Celebrity Jeopardy, Craig the Cheerleader, David Goulet, and the cowbell skit. You’ll be rofl-ing all over the place, even if it’s your 3rd time seeing it. If you’re not laughing, I don’t want hear about it or know you exist, because you are a terrible person.
Director: Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes 2)
Writer: Kevin Williamson (Scream 2, The Vampire Diaries)
Starring: Neve Campbell (Party of Five, Wild Things), Courteney Cox (Friends, Ace Venture: Pet Detective), David Arquette (Never Been Kissed, Eight Legged Freaks), Drew Barrymore (E.T., 50 First Dates)
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Why You Should Watch It: The classic 90’s teen horror flick that any 20 Something remembers and loves. Having never seen this movie when I was a teen because a) I was deprived (and beat mercifully with a belt, just kidding, I shouldn’t crack jokes about child abuse, it’s not funny, those parents are loopy) and b) I was too well behaved to sneak into an R rated movie (aka too cool), I watched it when it had it’s last short stint on Netflix Instant. I was surprised that after 15 years it was still that entertaining. I then went on to watch the second(no longer on Netflix) and third (also on Netfix), because I enjoyed it so much. I think even if you are a youngin’ you’d still enjoy this movie, especially after having to deal with movies like High School Music during your childhood. If your a 20 Something and have seen it already its a great movie to get nostalgic with and watch it while you are wearing some Jellies, and chatting on your corded phone.
Director: Penny Marshall (Riding in Cars with Boys)
Writer: Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), Anne Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks (The Burbs, Turner & Hooch), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds, The Flintstones), Robert Loggia, (Independence Day, Scarface), John Heard (Home Alone 1 & 2), Jon Lovitz (Rat Race, The Benchwarmers)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Why You Should Watch It: Tom Hanks. Watching it yet? Tom Hanks as a man-child. Watching it yet? Hilarious 80’s Tom Hanks as a man-child. Still not watching it yet? What is wrong with you? Sure the 80’s were a weird time for everyone, including Tom Hanks, but that doesn’t mean all the movies were terrible. Big is a movie that transcends generations and ages. A 50 year old in the early 90’s could love this movie and so could a 12 year old in 2011. When Hanks’ character one day wakes up 18 years older, with a completely different life but with the same 12 year old brain, things get silly and fun. Any child has dreams of the living in the loft he creates with all of his real job money. I still have day dreams of one day having “real job money” and re-creating that apartment.