Best Netflix New Releases

Monday, July 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Netflix, the world leader in online movie rentals, has 28 new films and television shows available. The following 10 are my picks for the best Netflix new releases, and they range from South Korean murder mysteries to Kristen Stewart’s take on rocker Joan Jett.

As brick and mortar video stores continue to decline, it’s clear that Netflix will soon reign supreme. In fact, I’m waiting for one of those dark future films where the company rules the planet through a combination of no late fees, pre-paid postage, and bloodthirsty cyborg mercenaries. Joining Netflix is easy, with subscription plans to meet even the most finicky budget.

Green Zone (2010) – Director Paul Greengrass, who also helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, reunites with star Matt Damon for this action/thriller/war film about a U.S. soldier (Damon) teaming with a C.I.A. agent (Brendan Gleenson) to investigate Weapons of Mass Destruction in Irag (or the lack thereof). Amy Ryan co-stars as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and Greg Kinnear plays the requisite slimy politician. Not as good as the Bourne movies, in my opinion, although the venerable Roger Ebert did refer to it as “one hell of a thriller.”

The Runaways (2010) – Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll–this time from the perspective of The Runaways, an all-female band from the 1970s. Featuring members such as Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Lita Ford (Scout Taylor-Compton), the short-lived band proved highly influential on later generations of female rockers. Based on the novel Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by former lead singer Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), the film focuses on the band’s formation in 1975 and the often complicated relationship between Jett and Currie. Also starring Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, and Stella Maeve.

Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season 1 (1999) – Running for four seasons on The Cartoon Network, this animated series features a pink dog named Courage who lives in Nowhere, Kansas with his elderly owners. But Nowhere is far from normal, and Courage must constantly overcome his fears to take on the likes of Bigfoot, a”weremole,” a demonically possessed mattress, and alien teddy bears. Filled with dark humor and frequent references to the horror and sci-fi genres.

The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009) – Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this Judith Ehrlich/Rick Goldsmith film centers around Daniel Ellsberg, a high-ranking government employee who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the media. These top-secret documents detailed the less-than-idealistic reasons for continued U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, and Ellsberg would later face espionage charges for his actions. A fascinating look at political scheming and one man’s crisis of conscience.

The Professional (1981) – No, this isn’t the film with a jailbait Natalie Portman and a deranged Gary Oldman. It’s the Jean-Paul Belmondo flick starring the Breathless lead as a French secret agent sent to kill an African dictator. Double-crosses and shootouts abound, and the score is handled by none other than Ennio Morricone. Modern action/thrillers could learn a lot from this French classic.

Mother (2009) – When her simple-minded son (Won Bin) is arrested for murder, a South Korean widow (Kim Hye-ja) must conduct her own investigation to find the real culprit. If you like foreign films and/or inventive whodunnits, then be sure to give this Bong Joon-ho (The Host) project a look.

Look Around You: Series 1 (2002) – British comics Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun’s uptight roomie on Shaun of the Dead) and Robert Popper poke fun and pay tribute to the British educational programs of the ‘70s and 80s. American viewers may not get it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a try. Witness deadpan examinations of water, germs, and ghosts, and find out all kinds of interesting facts (germs come from Germany, for example).

A Town Called Panic (2009) – Horse just wants to be alone with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, his pals Cowboy and Indian try to surprise him with a birthday present…with unexpected results. This leads to all manner of surreal adventures, including trips to a parallel underwater universe and the center of the Earth. A unique synergy of stop-motion animation and plastic toys, A Town Called Panic is a Belgian film inspired by the same country’s cult TV series.

Entre Nos (2009) – Paola Mendoza co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, and starred in this tale of a Colombian immigrant who brings her two children to America to be reunited with her husband, only to find herself abandoned on the mean streets of Queens. A desperate struggle for survival ensues, allowing the power of the human spirit to become manifest.

Hung: Season 1 (2009) – Another critical darling from HBO, this series stars Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, a down-on-his-luck high school coach who decides to use his large penis to make some extra money as a lady-pleasing male prostitute. As Ray tries to deal with his two difficult kids and ex-wife (Anne Heche), he must also contend with a pair of female pimps and a collection of oddball clients. It’s humor for an adult audience, but what else would you expect from HBO?

Those are my picks for the best Netflix new releases this week. If you’re not already a Netflix subscriber, you can quickly join by clicking on the provided link. We do get a commission when you join, but it adds nothing to your cost and goes right back into the website.

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July 29, 2010


I’m excited about Look Around You being available on Region 1 DVD’s now. The moment I saw it was coming up for release, I added it to my queue. Now if we can just get them to release Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace or Man to Man with Dean Learner, I’ll be able to enjoy my British absurdist comedies anytime I see fit.


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