If you aren’t sure what Netflix Streaming is, check out my dated article here, I’m sure the prices have changed.
Suggestions available now on Netflix Instant Streaming:
1) The Fighter – (my review) Here’s a movie that could have won Best Picture in 2010. It didn’t take that one home but did manage to take a couple supporting acting awards. The film focuses on a real life boxer, his brother and family and his climb to the top when everyone had counted him down and out. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale (with arguably the best performance, lead or supporting, of the year) and definitely has a Rocky feel to it as the story is really a character drama with a few boxing scenes. Watching this man tackle obstacle after obstacle without being deterred is truly inspiring. This was one of my favorite films from last year and one of my few perfect 10 out of 10s. You know what to do.
2) Let Me In – This is the first film I’m recommending that I actually haven’t seen yet. This is the American remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In and, based solely on the word of my fellow critics, is one of the remakes that actually lives up to the original. Sure, the original seems to have the slight edge since it was first, but the word on the streets is this one is pretty darn good too…oh, and it’s a vampire movie. Sorry, Twilighters…it’s a good vampire movie. Well, to be fair it has a vampire in it at least. Anyway, it’s in my queue to watch and it should be in yours as well. The original Swedish film is also available on streaming if you would like to watch them both and compare.
3) Gamer – (my review) This is the perfect movie for streaming. Gamer is an action film with a lot of shooting and explosions with only the basic level of acting and story. I gave this one a 7 out of 10 which is why it’s perfect for you to watch at no additional charge. Gerard Butler stars as a man who is literally put inside a video game. I won’t give anymore of the plot away than that since it at least gets a few points for a fresh take on a concept that has been done before. Oh yeah, and Michael C. Hall is in this one and is his usual super creepy self. If you want to see lots of bullets fly and lots of bad guys die, then this one’s for you.
4) Short Circuit – Ah, the memories! You remember Johnny 5, don’t you? He’s only the best robot EVER! Well, this is a classic 80s movie that is just a lot of fun. Basically, a robot ends up ‘short circuiting’ and believes he is a human being. Cue the fun 80s music and silly hijinks and you have yourself a good old time. If you’ve never seen it, watch it. If you have and it’s been a while, take that trip back down memory lane.
5) The Majestic – Here’s a Jim Carrey gem that may have come and gone without you realizing it. The basic story follows a guy who’s in a bit of a spot when he gets into a car accident and then has amnesia. He wanders into a town where the local folks mistake him for a long lost townie named Luke. For all this man knows, maybe he is this Luke. This is just a cool story with great performances and a touching ending. Some may call it your basic forgettable drama. I call it an overlooked sleeper hit. If you liked The Truman Show, you’ll probably like this one too.
6) ‘Pawn Stars’ & ‘Parking Wars’– I’m lumping these two shows together because they are half hour shows (so, like 22 minutes without commercials) and they are reality shows that you probably won’t watch consecutively (ok, so a lot of ‘Pawn Stars’ stuff is clearly staged), but they are great to have in your queue for that time when you have a half hour to kill and don’t feel like channel surfing. ‘Pawn Stars’ follows the guys who run a famous pawn shop in Las Vegas. The cool thing about this show is seeing all the interesting stuff people try to sell. They also give you quick, basic history lessons to give context to the items. It’s a very interesting show. ‘Parking Wars’ shows the various jobs involved in parking enforcement, ticketing, towing, booting and impounding. If you like ‘people watching’ (observing human behavior) then this show is for you. It amazes me how upset people get over trivial things. I know money is not trivial for most people, but they get so upset you would think someone punched their mother instead of give them a $26 ticket. Interesting stuff to check out there too. Both series have a lot of episodes (like 80 some and 50 some).
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?