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Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Indie, Superhero
Why You Should Watch It: When an asshole Kevin Bacon "steals" a weak man's wife, he finally takes life into his own hands. He becomes a "superhero" who takes out people ranging from drug dealers to line cutters. When he gets to deep in with the KB chacter who is a high level drug dealer type person he teams up with a young girl (Ellen Page). It's as weird, odd, and awkward as you would imagine a depressing indie superhero movie would be. If "superhero indie", "Rainn Wilson", "Ellen Page" do anything for you, you'll like this interesting, sometimes shockingly violent flick.
Director: Rob Delaney?
Writer: Rob Delaney
Starring: Rob Delaney
Genre: Stand Up Special
NR, Most likely heavy language.
Why You Should Watch It:
Phanteon Holder is writing something for this, will be added once it comes across my email box.
Director: Jesse Dylan
Writer: Adam Herz
Starring: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, January Jones, Eugene Levy
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Why You Should Watch It: It would be silly to say this movie comes close to being as good as the first American Pie but it is the last American Pie movie made that is worth watching. (Note: I never saw Reunion.) The genius of these movies is they released the movies to correspond when the the target demo would be at these parts in their life. Part 2: Being home for the summer during college. Wedding: Being the first of your friends to get married. And, I assume Reunion came out about 10 years after the first...who has time for quick research? Anyway, American Wedding follows the wedding of the main character, played by Jason Biggs (aka. the pie fucker) and his nerdy flute masturbating red head girlfriend. Things go wrong, predictably and humorously and the characters are their same old selves. Worth a watch if you liked the others, or if you 22-33 and like Hollywood interpretations of weddings.
Director: Duncan Skiles
Writer: Reggie Watts, Tommy Smith
Starring: Reggie Watts, Other people.
Genre: Comedy, TV Movie? Stand Up Special?
Why You Should Watch It: I really enjoyed this hour long stand-up special from Reggie Watts. You should watch this if...
- You like alternative comedy
- You like people you are creative and talented when it comes to beats and music
- You like the comedy makings of Tim and Eric
- You watch [Adult Swim]
- YOU LIKE TO LAUGH
Creator: Allan Cubitt
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Niamh McGrady
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Episodes: 5 Episodes (1 Seasons)
Why You Should Watch It: I'm currently watching this, so here are some thoughts not so well thought out. Only 5 episodes, at about an hour a piece; not a huge time suck. Very slow beginning that doesn't make sense but the plot lines converge and we find out who the creepy ass killer is in the first episode. Takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Characters have some sweet accents, which is nice. It's basically an Law and Order: SVU episode if it was drawn out for 5 hours, had no Ice T, and took place in Belfast. Basically, it's better in almost every way possible. If you like cop drama, thrillers you'll enjoy this. Watch it already!
I ended up finishing this in one night, my life is riveting, so that most say something positive about the show. I feel they could have grown some of the characters better and been deeper meaning in their actions. There is one point where Gillian Anderson (left, the cop) is talking over the motives and type of person the killer is while they show him in montage, it's a little over the top but over all the show was well done.
Director: Rob Minkoff
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Why You Should Watch It: Watching this tonight or tomorrow or whenever I watch it. Will provide useful comments then. Until then I'm guessing it's a semi-romance/comedy/crime movie that is playful and fun while having limited amounts of thriller-ness and action. It most likely ends on a slew of twists and turns.
There have been quite a few quality adds to the Netflix Instant Streaming Database in June 2013, other than what I mentioned here. Take a look and happy watching! Part 3 for the month of June is now here!
I was sad to see South Park go, and I'm fairly bitter about it. I always used it as a go-to background noise show. High reply-ability and funny. Can't ask for much else.
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Writer: Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, Pierre Boulle
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Why You Should Watch It:
I feel the return of this classic to Netflix Instant Streaming so close to the episode of Mad Men when Don takes Bobby to see this in the theater is no coincidence. (I even had an HILARIOUS tweet referencing this.) After seeing that episode of MM, it had upped my wanting to watch this 1968 quintessential Sci-Fi flick. I was not disappointed. Despite it's sometimes dialogue free scenes and awful “fight” scenes it was genuinely captivating and moved at a fairly quick pace (almost 2 hours long!). Even you “damn kids” could enjoy this movie if you put aside your preconceptions on what makes a good movie. Pop some popcorn, gather the kids, pour some drinks and enjoy this upside-down civilization.
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Writer: Mark Monroe
Starring: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson, Adam LeWinter
Genre: Documentary, British
Why You Should Watch It: If you don't believe Climate Change is real, or think humans have no effect on it speeding up, do two things. First, watch this documentary about a photographer who takes some stunning and beautiful images/time lapse videos of glaciers. Second read this. 97% OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE FIELD.
Director: Kinka Usher
Writer: Neil Cuthbert, Bob Burden
Starring: Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy
Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy
Why You Should Watch It:
I never saw this during my childhood, which was a shame because I probably would appreciate it more now if I had. It's not a terrible movie and it has it's funny parts but I wouldn't consider it in the same realm as other 90's comedies like Ace Ventura, Tommy Boy, Liar Liar, etc. It's certainly worth a watch if you never saw it, or if you did view it as a youngin' but haven't watched it since. B-B-B-B-Bonus: The cast is stacked with WHM, Ben Still (people close to him call him that...people like me), Hank Azaria, and Kel Mitchell.
Here are some new movies on Netflix Instant Streaming from May/June 2013. Give them a watch!
Director: Larry Charles
Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Jason Mantzoukas (from How Did This Get Made)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, High School
Why You Should Watch It: While the Dictator isn't Sacha Baron Cohen's best effort as an outrageous character it is still worth a watch. If you hated any of his previous characters, Ali G, Borat, etc. I wouldn't bother with this one, but if you enjoyed that cringe-worthy comedy you'll enjoy this.
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Why You Should Watch It: I have not yet watched this movie but it has a solid 85% over at Rotten Tomatoes. If you're into crime dramas, that most likely have lots of shooting, swearing and terrible people doing terrible things, this is right up your barrel. Get it?
Update: My parents and sister watched this movie. Sister and dad enjoyed the movie. Mother did not like it. Take that as you will.
The start of another month brings a solid stream of new movies and TV shows on Netflix Streaming. This includes the new Netflix Original Series, House of Cards. I gave House of Cards it's own post since it was deserving. Here are a few movies that didn't warrant their own post.
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jnnifer Grey
Genre: Comedy, Drama, High School
Why You Should Watch It: If you haven't seen this movie before please follow these easy to execute steps:
Yes, I realize they will have died twice and seen the movie at minimum three times. That's all part of my master plan.
Director: Tom Shadyac
Writer: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur
Starring: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes, Anne Haney, Jennifer Tilly
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Why You Should Watch It: As a fourteen year old this was one of my favorite movies. Let's just say I was a Jim Carrey fan, but what pre-teen/teen wasn't during the bridging years of the new millennium? Slightly less silly than his Ace Ventura character, Fletcher could still bring the PG-13 crude and silly together like no one else. I haven't watched this movie in probably five years but I remember it holding up well. Then again this was one of my favorite and most quoted movies as a young pup. Watch it, and if you don't like it please come and yell at me in the comments second below.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sports, Golf
Why You Should Watch It: I recently read a review of this movie by someone who first watched the film when they were far too old. That, and they were for some reason taking it seriously. It's a 90's Adam Sandler movie. You know, the guy who sings funny songs about Hanukkah and lunch ladies. The only thing serious about this movie, is the laughs! Boom, zing, zap! So if you have never seen this child-humor comedy classic, turn off your brain and have a few laughs. If you have seen it, and enjoyed it, watch it again and annoy whoever you're watching it with by quoting it throughout.
Director: Ron Underwood
Writer: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter
Genre: Sci-fi, Classic, Thriller
Why You Should Watch It: Tremors might be Kevin Bacon's gift to the world. It might also be the greatest campy, desert monster, cult classic movie ever made. A dozen or so REAL characters encounter and deal with the wrath of a large worm like creature that can swim through the earth like a parasite swimming through your lower intestine. With a mix of laughs, Kevin Bacon, and some suspense this movie is definitely worth a watch.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Nancy Oliver
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Independent
Why You Should Watch It: I had heard good things about this movie for awhile and thanks to Netflix I finally saw. I was not disappointed. The acting, especially from Gosling was great. The story was extremely touching and quite humorous. A man who clearly is having some issues in life finds new happiness when he finds a girlfriend who happens to actually be a "Real Doll". The town rallies around him and his delusions. It's really good and no longer dubbed in German. Watch it.
Director: Shane Carruth
Writer: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Sci-fi, Time Travel
Why You Should Watch It: Primer is cool low budget time travel movie. It is obviously low budget but the acting and writing make up for it easily. The dialogue is often technical and the story line can be hard to follow, so multiple watches is not discouraged. There are plenty of twists and turns in this 70 minute film to keep you wanting more.
Director: John Singleton
Writer: David Elliot, Paul Lovett
Starring: Marky Mark, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Why You Should Watch It: Four Brothers is the story of four interracial brothers from Detroit who all had the same foster mother. When she is murdered in a store heist gone deadly, they seek revenge on the plague that was the cause. It's a decent action/revenge movie. Worth a watch if you're into that sort of thing.
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Classic
Why You Should Watch It: Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a classic road trip comedy. Two mean keep running into each other trying to get back in time for Thanksgiving. John Candy, the lovable goof, is unknowingly annoying but means nothing but the best, pairs up with Steve Martin the stuck up business man who just wants to get home. PTA could easily be thrown into the frustrating comedy category but it somehow elevates above that. If you haven't seen this movie and enjoy comedy, stop what you are doing, and watch it.