If you aren’t sure what Netflix Streaming is, check out my dated article. I’m sure the prices have changed.
*NOTE – Once again I apologize to the two people out there who may have been upset at the fact I missed this column last week. I did have a legitimate excuse this time, vacation. I was out of town and, well, on vacation. Sorry…moving on.
Suggestions available now on Netflix Instant Streaming:
1) The Boondock Saints – I’m pretty sure I haven’t suggested this one yet (I really need to make a master list and update it each week to avoid confusion…I’ll get to that later). This is one of those Independent films that really hit it off. It certainly has a ‘cult’ following but the movie is a really cool action film. The basic premise has a couple of Irish brothers on a vigilante kick. They feel that killing for the right reason is ok by God and that they are on a holy mission to cleanse the Earth of evil. It’s really, really good. Check it out.
2) Die Hard 1-3 – I don’t want to say that Die Hard is the greatest movie ever made, but it certainly is the greatest movie ever made. For those of you who just don’t like American history, Die Hard is the Bruce Willis film that launched him into stardom. He actually got lucky landing the role since his hit show ‘Moonlighting’ went on hiatus while Cybill Shepherd was pregnant. Thanks Cybill! The story in the first film has a N.Y. detective locked in a L.A. skyscraper with a bunch of terrorists and hostages. Since they planned the crime so well it is up to him alone to take them out from the inside, one by one. The sequels are not nearly as good since the premise only works really well in the building setting, but they are worth a watch (the fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard is not on streaming yet but is my second favorite of the series).
3) The Joneses – (my review) Here’s another comedy that is perfect for streaming. I gave this one a 6.75 out of 10 because I thought they could have done more with the premise. Still, it’s a pretty unique concept where a group of professional actors/marketers pose as a family in an upper middle class neighborhood to sell products to their neighbors by showing off the cool stuff they own, which of course are the products they are supposed to sell. David Duchovny and Demi Moore star as the main couple and this is a decent watch if you’re in the mood for something like it.
4) Jerry Maguire – It’s a classic. You know it. You love it. You’ve seen it 3 or 4 times. Watch it again! Tom Cruise is great. The story is great. The little kid (Jonathan Lipnicki) is great. Notice how when I don’t need to sell you on a movie my sentences get a lot shorter. Well, that’s enough explanation for this one.
5) Dirty Dancing – Sorry guys! Hopefully your girlfriend, fiancé, wife or partner didn’t read this column if you hate sitting through movies like this. But, the bottom line, it’s actually a pretty good movie. Let’s put it this way, there are a lot of ‘chick flicks’ out there that are tougher to sit through (like 70% of romantic comedies) so you might as well try to enjoy the good ones. This one stars Patrick Swayze (rest in peace) and Jennifer Grey in a film about, well, dancing. Of course the film has a little bit more depth than that…a little bit. Seriously, if you’ve never seen it, give it a try. There are reasons why films like this get so popular.
6) ‘Mad Men’ – Ok, so I’m only 2 episodes into this series but it has been getting great reviews, winning awards and making people smile all over the world (ok, that last one is an optimist’s assumption). The show focuses on the ‘ad men’ of the 1960s. The best part of the show (at least from the two episodes I’ve seen so far) is the fact that it is a superbly written period piece drama that makes you feel like you’re back in the 60s. These guys smoke everywhere, the women couldn’t get the good jobs (hey, I’m not saying that was a good thing, but it happened), the ‘lingo’ is spot on, and much, much more. I am enjoying the heck out of it so far and from what I hear it just gets better. The first four seasons are available now.
Well, I think that’s enough for this issue. Let the world now what you think of these films and shows. Did you check them out on Netflix?