There are several new releases coming to Netflix Instant Watch; I won’t list all of them, but I wanted to recommend a handful of films, including an 80s comedy that received an astonishlingly meager DVD release. As always, click on the title links to go straight to each film’s Netflix page.
The 4th of November features a pair of intriguing recent releases that I did not get around to seeing in the theater:
Brooklyn’s Finest – This 2009 actioner boasts a fantastic cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin and Lili Taylor are all featured in this crime epic. Fuqua’s last crime film was 2001’s Training Day, which featured Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning (and overrated) performance. The story sounds generic, but the film’s pedigree makes it worth checking out.
Tetro – Speaking of pedigree, this 2009 independent film was written, produced and directed by one of the masters of modern cinema, Francis Ford Coppola. Tetro stars Vincent Gallo as the title character, a writer whose gift could be the key to bringing him together with his estranged brother. Coppola has described Tetro as autobiographical, and with it coming out so quickly on the heels of Youth Without Youth, it may signal a creative rejuvenation for one of America’s greatest filmmakers.
Spies Like Us – This 1985 comedy starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd received a half-hearted DVD release that’s received dozens of complaints on Amazon for its low quality. This film has rarely been screened in over a decade, and for children of the 80s, this is as good a time as any to catch up one of the decade’s forgotten comedies. Now let’s all sing Paul McCartney’s title song:
Ooh, ooh, what do you do?
No one else can dance like you.
So what’s all the fuss,
There ain’t nobody that spiiiiiies like us!
Strange Brew – Our tour of forgotten 80s comedies continues, with Bob and Doug Mackenzie saving the beer industry in their SCTV spin-off film, Strange Brew. Of all the 80s comedies that featured Max Von Sydow as an evil beer mogul, this is probably my favorite. Check it out, you hoser.
Casino – When I first saw Casino in 1995 (sigh), I dismissed it as “Goodfellas plus an hour,” a stunning disservice to an expertly made film. With time, Casino has stepped out of Goodfellas‘ shadow as an energizing, vicious crime epic. This is the peak of Scorcese’s frenzied style, with visual symbolism, delirious Steadicam work and multiple voiceovers all jockeying for position. It’s a bit overstuffed, and I never got why Sharon Stone was nominated for an Oscar, but it’s a Martin Scorcese crime epic, and that makes it a must-see.
Do you know of any underrated gems available on Netflix Instant Watch that deserve to be seen? Know of anything coming to Netflix Instant Watch soon? Leave them in the comments below, or drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter.