If you aren’t sure what Netflix Streaming is, check out my dated article here, I’m sure the prices have changed.
**My apologies to the 2 of you out there who look forward to this article each week since I missed the one from last week (Thanks for reading, Mom!). I have no excuse and bow my head in shame.**
Suggestions available now on Netflix Instant Streaming:
1) Iron Man 2 – (my review) Sadly, the first Iron Man is not currently available on Streaming, but I’m hoping most of you have seen it. If you missed the sequel here’s your chance to check it out instantly. Even though this film did not live up to its predecessor, it is still a fine comic book movie with plenty of action and comedy. Out of all the recent comic book film series I think the Iron Man franchise has the strongest start. Now, as long as they don’t pull a Spider-man 3 on us with the next one it could turn out to be the best trilogy in the genre. But, let’s not forget the third of the recent Batman films is due out soon as well. Until then, check this one out, or watch it again if you already have.
2) Nice Guy Johnny – I had the rare opportunity to screen this film with writer/director/star Edward Burns. There was a great panel discussion about independent film and then Burns gave us a brief intro before the movie. Here is my review and my piece about the event (my apologies if the pictures don’t load, I have no way of editing my older articles now). Many times Indie films have a certain feel to them that makes it clear they are Indies. Most people either like this feeling or don’t. Personally, I am a big fan of independent film. They have a ton of passion and heart since these movies are made with usually no budget and the filmmakers have to get creative to get the job done. Nice Guy Johnny is a great example of this as Burns had a passion for this film and did whatever it took to make it happen. Check out my review for more.
3) Kick-Ass – (my review) Here’s a superhero movie with a twist. In this film the superheroes have no powers. They are just ordinary people who decide to either fight crime or commit crimes (villains). The newest member of this odd group is a young boy who just decides he’s done being pushed around. He puts on a costume, takes the name ‘Kick-Ass’ and hits the streets, often times literally. Check out my review for more, but this one is a lot of fun.
4) The Bourne Identity – The movie that brought us a spy for a new generation! Matt Damon stars as the man who wakes up with no memory and no idea who he is, or where he is. As the pieces slowly come together he starts to find out he’s no ordinary man. Really, my only complaint with this film is the use of the ‘shaky cam’ during some of the fight scenes. It makes it hard to tell what’s going on and can actually give you a headache. Other than that, everything about The Bourne Identity is great, especially the story and writing. If you haven’t seen this one, see it very soon. If you have seen it, chances are it has been a while. Go back and watch it again.
5) Stripes – Have I suggested this one already? I don’t think so, but I can’t kick the feeling I did. Anyway, even if I did, this film is so good I would suggest it twice anyway. Bill Murray stars in this hilarious comedy about a deadbeat and his buddy (Harold Ramis) who join the army since they ‘have nowhere else to go’ (stole that line). If you are a fan of Murray’s older comedies chances are you are a fan of Ramis’s writing. Harold is responsible for writing some of the best comedy of the last few decades and this film is on his list of successes. The movie also has some other great comedians and the cast works great together to deliver a lot of laughs. My one complaint about it is the fact that it didn’t end when it should have. If the movie had ended with the basic training graduation scene (or just after with some closure scenes) it would have been perfect. Instead it opens up another whole chapter in the story and seems to drag.
6) ‘Star Trek’ series – I’m lumping them all into one suggestion (I apologize to any hardcore fans of any individual one). All the ‘Star Trek’ television series’ are available now on Streaming. At least I think it’s all of them. Who can keep track of all the spinoffs and remakes? This is an amazing opportunity to go back and watch them again. Anyone who has looked into getting this show knows that they have never really been available to rent in traditional stores and the retail price on them has always been ridiculous (we’re talking over $100 a season when first released in some cases). The makers of the shows knew they had a hardcore fan base and seemed to take advantage by keeping these sets exclusive and expensive. Finally, casual fans can enjoy them without taking out a second mortgage. So, enjoy. It looks like all the seasons for each show 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?