August has begun which means, at minimum, two things: The summer is very close to peaking and Netflix has added new movies to their streaming service.
I wanted to get this up ASAP so there is currently no Why You Should Watch It for each movie. These may or may not be added throughout the next week. EDIT: I will be adding them but they will be short and sweet.
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael hall, Ally Sheedy
Genre: Comedy, High School, Drama
Why You Should Watch It: An 80's John Hughes movie, if you haven't seen it already, just watch it. If you have seen it, you understand why. A high school classic.
Director: Tony Scott
Writer: Robert Towne, Tom Cruise
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Why You Should Watch It: T. Cruise pre-crazy. Wait, was there actually a pre-crazy Tom Cruise? Maybe not. Either way, it's a quality drama. I believe it was the first time I heard "fuck" in a movie.
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton
Genre: Drama, Romance, The High Seas
Why You Should Watch It: "Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls." It may be a a little heavy on the romance side, but damn if I don't enjoy this Cameron masterpiece.
Director: David Fincher
Writer: James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Why You Should Watch It: Have not yet watch but a movie directed by David Fincher is bound to have some redeemable qualities.
Song of the Week/New on Netflix Instant Streaming: Regina Spektor – “You’ve Got Time”/Orange Is the New Black
This turned more into a New On Netflix Instant post than Song of the Week so it will just be both. Listen to the song and watch the show!
Creator: Jenji Kohan
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst, Jason Biggs, Pablo Schreiber, Kate Mulgrew
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Prison
Episodes: 13 (1 Season)
This is the theme song from a great new Netflix Instant Exclusive, Orange is the New Black. The show is about the life of a woman who spent 1.5 years in a New England prison. It's a hilarious show with some real characters. It's light-hearted enough but it hits on many themes such has race, socioeconomic status, LGBT issues and the powerful/powerless dynamic. It's well acted and has great subplots that weave together nicely. It's a must watch if you have Netflix.
During the first episode I said aloud, “why is this opening sequence so damn long?!” By the second episode I was enamored with the theme song “You've Got Time” by Regina Spektor. It's a powerful song that is catchy as hell. If it's not stuck in your head after your second listen, you are soulless. Despite that I really have trouble watching the screen during the song. There is something about close up mouths and eyes that I find almost disgusting. It's far to intimate for me. I understand it from cinematography/music video point of view, but that's a music video I'd only ever want to watch once and for only about 15 seconds. Do see the video I speak of, you'll have to watch the show!
Anyways rock out to this Regina Spektor jam.
Regina Spektor - "You've Got Time"
Here are a few more new Netflix Instant Streaming gems that were added in July 2013.
Did you see the first New on Netflix Instant Streaming: July 2013?
Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Writer: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green
Genre: Comedy, High School, Romance
Why You Should Watch It: I'm not entirely sure how old I was when I first saw this movie but it was somewhere between 12 and 15. Closer to 12 would make more sense but it actually doesn't matter. Can't Hardly Wait paved way for all of the great High School Comedies we know today, like American Pie and American Pie 2. Those were the only two, though.
Seriously though, it's a decent PG-13 High School movie that will give you a few laughs. If you're a younger teen, you'll for sure enjoy it and if you're any older you'll see why you would have liked it at that age too. Watch if you're looking for a light-hearted, easy to go down, fun flick.
Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Writer: Robert D. San Souci, Rita Hsiao
Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, Freda Foh Shen, June Foray, James Hong
Genre: Adventure, Cartoon, Disney, Family
Why You Should Watch It: I WAS A DEPRIVED CHILD AND NEVER SAW THIS DISNEY MASTERPIECE AS A CHILD. There, I said it and in all CAPS too. I will be watching it sooner or later and will update then. Or if you'd like to add your thoughts on why people should watch Mulan, let me know! Twitter or email at 20SomethingAwesome gmail com.
Director: Susan Saladoff
Starring: Joan Claybrook, Oliver Diaz, Joanne Doroshow
Genre: Documentary, McDonald's, Court Case
Why You Should Watch It: I have wanted to watch this since I saw it was on Netflix Instant. My thoughts coming soon...
Luckily for me, "soon" is a relative term.
July is upon us and this means barbeques are happening, people are losing arms in fireworks accidents and it's too damn hot to be outside. Sit down in front of your favorite Netflix Instant playing device and watch some of these new Streaming options from July 2013.
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Why You Should Watch It: It could be argued that The Truman Show is Jim Carrey's finest movie. I'm not sure I'd agree, but I'd appreciate the thought. It's certainly up there. The Truman Show is about the nicest man ever, who happens to have his life watched by all. It's is not a whacky comedy like Ace Venture or Liar Liar, but a touching film about Truman who is slowly figuring out why, who and where he is. If you haven't seen it before, it's a much watch.
Creator: Elizabeth Meriwether
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom, Cute
Episodes: 24 (1 Season)
Why You Should Watch It: I have only watched 2 or 3 episodes of this show and couldn't get into it. If you really enjoy it and would like to write a few sentences about why people should watch it, hit me up via email (20SomethingAwesome gmail com) or Twitter (@20SomeAwesome).
Creator: Ken Burns
Genre: American History, TV Mini-series, PBS, Documentary
Why You Should Watch It: After only catching an hour of this 4 hour mini-series on PBS, I was glad to see end up on Netflix Instant Streaming. If you're an American child you most likely touched on the Dust Bowl multiple times between middle school and high school but this goes into detail on what the daily life for people living in Middle America was really like during this time. With first hand accounts from many people who were only children during the Bowl and diary passages from farmers, it's quite interesting. Ken Burns does it again!
Director: Duane Journey
Writer: David Tillman
Starring: Lara Flynn Boyle, Molly C. Quinn, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Welch
Genre: Horror, Action, Comedy
Review: Stoner Horror has been around for a long time, maybe. I'm guessing it has because it feels like it's been around forever; like they were around during the days of opaque projectors. Despite being a fan of horror films I've never watched this particular sect of the genre, and I'm glad this was the first.
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked stands out with its comically bad performances and unevenness, but these are not bad things. Things like its credit music, absurd camera angles, and the fact it's made by Tribeca Films, aka American Express Studios only make the 86 minute run time all the better.
None of the characters, despite perhaps Octavio's (hereby known as Thug #2) transformation into a sheepish man-child, are likable in any capacity. The titular characters are both self-involved losers who dress like idiots. Lara Flynn Boyle (hereby known as The Witch) turns in a performance so brain-meltingly awful your pants will likely shit themselves before you have the chance.
BUT IT GETS BETTER FUCK!!! The murders perpetrated by The Witch are and will be unique and refreshing to even the light horror fan. Most all of the creativity used was in the way characters die which pays off for a film that lives or dies by its irreverence. This one is a stand-out sleeper film as long as you can take your movies with whimsy. I would absolutely recommend H&GGB.
Favorite line: "Maybe if I whistle you can follow the sound?" - Thug #2, spoken like a lamb mewing to his mother.
Favorite moment: Lara Flynn Boyle getting slapped in the face.
Rogue observation: Reynaldo Gallegos kills it as Carlos.