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Suggestions available now on Netflix Instant Streaming:
1) Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead – This is one of those ‘just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in’ type of gangster movies. This one stars Andy Garcia in the lead role with a truly great supporting cast including Christopher Walken and Christopher Lloyd. It’s a pretty classic tale of ‘just one more job’ and, of course, things don’t go according to plan. Can Garcia’s character make things right before his time runs out? The best part of this movie is the acting. The entire cast is fantastic and, with a decent story to go with it, turns out to be a pretty great film. Give it a shot.
2) Exam – Here’s a British psychological thriller that is basically set entirely in one room. Single location movies are generally hit or miss. If done right they can be the edge-of-your-seat nailbitters that keep you guessing to the very end. Or, they could just be dull and unimaginative with pretty much no budget. Fortunately, Exam is the former as a group of people are put in a room to take a test as part of a hiring process for a very prestigious job. But, what exactly is the test? How do you pass? What are the questions? These are just a few of the things these participants must figure out. This is one of those non-American, ‘no-name cast’ films that most people have never heard of. But, it is actually an excellent movie. For a change of pace, check this one out.
3) Risky Business – I know, I know, you’ve all seen this one already, haven’t you? Well, sometimes it’s nice to kick back with an old, tried-and-true film that you know you’ll enjoy watching again. For the 6 of you in the entire world who don’t know, this is a Tom Cruise film that arguably launched him into stardom. The movie follows a young man who is trying to enjoy the summer before college and the weekend without his parents. Well, crazy things happen and a beautiful ‘call girl,’ Rebecca De Mornay, complicates things a bit. Can he get things back in order before his parents get home? “Sometimes you just have to say, ‘What the f—!’”
4) Secretariat – You know it’s not too hard to make an underdog sports’ story emotional or uplifting. Look at the success of all the boxing movies. Those stories pretty much write themselves and you just have to fill in the blanks. Well, sometimes a movie comes along about a dominate sports figure that feels like an underdog story. Disney managed to pull that off with Secretariat. Most racing experts agree that he was the greatest racehorse that ever lived. Many said he had the perfect racehorse physique. He didn’t break records, he demolished them and many of his records are still unbroken today, nearly 40 years later. Once again, Disney put together a fine family film with a lot of heart, emotional moments and places to laugh, cry or cheer. I didn’t expect much out of this one and I absolutely loved it.
5) My Cousin Vinny – Joe Pesci has had a lot of great roles in his career. He’s a pretty funny dude. However, most of his best roles are supporting characters with small amounts of screen time. My Cousin Vinny is arguably his best movie as a lead character. Two young men get falsely accused of a serious crime in a rural town and have no one else to turn to except cousin Vinny (Pesci), a born and raised New Yorker who barely passed the bar exam after several attempts and has no courtroom experience. What follows is a culture clashing courtroom comedy (say that 10 times fast). The performances are great and this is also my favorite Marisa Tomei movie.
6) ‘Heroes’ – You know, this is one show that really suffered during the 2007-2008 screenwriters strike. The show had a fantastic first season and a half, 2 seasons, but then after a long break due to the strike, wasn’t able to fully recover and the last couple seasons suffered. But, it is still definitely worth a look since the first 2 seasons are great and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to check out the last 2 seasons. Basically, the show follows a group of people who discover, usually by accident, that they have super powers. But, each person usually only has one or two special abilities, so it really takes cooperation for them to accomplish any large tasks. And, as usual, there are some who choose to use their abilities for evil. Those that choose good feel obligated to protect the world from the evildoers. This show was a huge hit when it first aired, and for good reason. Even if you watched it on TV here’s a great chance to go back and enjoy some episodes all over again. All 4 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?