Ok, here we go. For those of you who are not aware, Netflix is a subscription based mail order movie rental site. In addition to the movies that you get on disc and mail back and forth (ranges from 1 to 8 out at a time) all but the cheapest plan includes unlimited access to a huge library of films to watch instantly on your computer, video game console, or many bluray players and other devices. (here’s my dated article about Netflix, I’m sure the prices have changed) The choices in this column will focus on titles available through this instant service.
Suggestions available now on Netflix Instant Streaming:
1) The Fall – I don’t have a review for this yet because I just watched it the other night. But, it is excellent! This is very similar to The Princess Bride with a slightly darker style to it. The basic plot has an injured girl and an injured man in some sort of hospital (the film is dated back a number of years). To pass the time, and for other reasons, the man tells the girl a fairy tale. So, the film switches back and forth to give you the fairy tale story and also the story of the little girl and the man. It is an absolutely beautiful film that was shot almost entirely on location with very few computer generated aids and the little girl is amazing. Check it out.
2) Mercury Rising – Here’s a Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin film from 1998. The story is quite interesting and the acting is very good, especially Miko Hughes, who plays the autistic boy. This boy inadvertently cracks a top secret government code and then agents (Baldwin) are sent after him. Bruce Willis plays the demoted FBI agent who must keep the boy safe. This is another perfect choice for instant streaming.
3) James Bond films – From what I can tell, it looks like about half or more of the James Bond movies are currently available on instant streaming (none of the newer Daniel Craig ones though). But, come on, how long has it been since you’ve seen some of these? And, with no charge, watch whenever you want as part of your Netflix subscription, this is a no-brainer.
4) The Naked Gun – Oh Leslie Nielsen, we do miss you! Here’s a comedy classic. Back in the day (which was a Wednesday), guys like Nielsen and Mel Brooks really knew how to do spoof comedies (unlike all the lousy attempts nowadays). This one spoofs cop movies and does so very, very well. I will say that these types of films do have a style where you have to be in a mood for some goofy, tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic humor. If you are, then check this one out.
5) Daybreakers – Here’s an interesting take on the vampire movie genre. In this one, humans are the minority. The vampire plague has already swept the globe and the humans must stay hidden or risk being sent to blood farms where the vampires milk their blood. Can the humans find a way to live at peace with the vamps…or perhaps, find a cure? A lot of hardcore vampire movie fans didn’t like this movie, but I found it quite entertaining and it’s perfect for streaming.
6) ‘Flashpoint’ – I can’t put my finger on what I like about this show, but it just works. The show follows the Strategic Response Unit (or SRU) which is a type of SWAT team in Canada (I have no idea if that is real or not, doesn’t matter). They get called out to hostage situations, kidnapping, spree shooters, etc. The team leader is played by Enrico Colantoni (‘Just Shoot Me’). Everything just works together and I find the character stories and the individual episode stories very intriguing. The show is well produced and entertaining. Give it a try for an episode or two. About 2 ½ seasons are available on streaming right 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?