Please note these are not new to Netflix Instant today but merely in the past month or so.
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar (Beerfest, directs lots of TV shows)
Writer: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan (Beerfest, The Slammin’ Salmon), Steve Lemme(Same), Paul Soter (Same), Erik Stolhankse (Same)
Starring: All the Same people as above. Daniel von Bargen (Malcolm in the Middle, O’ Brother, Where Art Thou), Marisa Coughlan (Freddy Got Fingered)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Why You Should Watch It: If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you are either really young, or you probably don’t enjoy laughing. That or you don’t enjoy being entertained so chances are you wouldn’t like it anyways. For the youngins, watch this movie, it’s a classic. For everyone who has seen it already, watch it again and laugh your ass off. It was at one point, by far, the most quoted movie between my friends and I. I’m sure more people can say that than probably should. A good movie to watch while having a few drinks or bong rips with some friends.
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans (White Chicks)
Writer: Shawn Wayans(Scary Movie, In Living Color), Marlon Wayans (Requiem for a Dream)
Starring: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Anna Faris (The House Bunny), David Cross (Arrested Development), James Woods (Casino, being James Woods), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Genre: Comedy, Parody
Why You Should Watch It: I’m not into the past decade rush of parody movies that have become common place after the first Scary Movie. That being said and I’m not sure what it is so different about Scary Movie 2, but it is one of my favorites and I watch it most of the time I see it playing on Comedy Central. This Scary Movie is about a group of students who have to live in this old mansion aptly named “Hell House,” where they inevitability encounter sexually charged ghosts, killers and everything scary. It’s stupid, vulgar and a raunchy. Watch it with the kids. “Take my good hand.”
Director: Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks I & II)
Writer: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks (Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2), Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River), John Goodman (Roseanne, The Big Lebowski)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Horror
Why You Should Watch It: Kevin Smith is mostly known for his dick and fart joke riddled Jay and Silent Bob Movies, other than that smash hit Jersey Girl, but Red State is nothing even close to that. Red State is a thriller about a small town’s, gun toting, religious nut bags. We’re not talking evangelical, we are talking certifiably insane cult like religious sect (although I’m sure that line is sometimes blurred in some parts of the country). A few kids, looking to score some older lady sex, for the first time, get caught up in quite the situation with the cult and the craziness ensues. If you like blood, crazy people, or just a good thriller, you’ll want to see this movie. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this Kevin Smith thriller but at the same time it still felt like it was missing something. Still worth the time just to see a smaller John Goodman.
Director: Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs, also has the most British sounding last name ever)
Writer: None credited, Mostly improvised
Starring: Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder), Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story), Claire Keelan (Hush, Tristram Shandy)
Genre: Comedy, Mockumentary
Why You Should Watch It: You may remember my recent love for British television and film. I decide to give this comedy mockumentary a shot, which follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing themselves) who go on a food-trip across England. A lot of the movie is improvised dialogue between the two, often involving impersonating actors, most of them British (you should recognize a few if you are a Yank), so I often had no idea what they were talking about or why. The comedy is unique, probably more enjoyed by the Brits but I had a few good laughs and enjoyed the mid-life crisis story that was also intertwined in between meals, impersonations and bangs.
Creator: Linwood Boomer
Starring: Frankie Muniz (My Dog Skip, Agent Cody Banks), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive), Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Jane Kaczmarek (Pleasantville)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sitcom
Episodes: 151 (7 Seasons)
Why You Should Watch It: I have recently gained a new obsession with another stereotypical, dysfunctional TV family, the last being Roseanne. Malcolm in the Middle is an odd sitcom that started in 2000. It centers on Malcolm, a genius, who is constantly having to deal with his less-gifted family. I feel like Malcolm in the Middle was greatly ignored or misunderstood when it was originally aired, but anyone who is a fan of the show will probably tell you it’s a classic. Surprisingly, it features some great acting (Bryan Cranston) and creative story telling, and I really enjoy how episodes always culminate into some type of disaster (much like Curb Your Enthusiasm). Whether Malcolm and the boys are trying to defy their bitch of a mother, Lois, or Hal, their father, is trying to hold on to a lost memento of his youth, there is always a laugh to be had.
*This write up was written by an old friend, you may remember him from the Music Reviews for Idiots days, Aaron. He really loves MitM. Follow him on twitter @WhiteAaronHall. His father, @BlackAaronHall, is a famous R&B singer from NYC.