Top Netflix Instant Streaming Newly Released/Recently Added Movies
Welcome to my list of my top personal recommendations of some newly released/newly added movies on Netflix Instant Stream. While I have not seen all of the newly released/newly added movies, out of the ones that I have seen these are the ones I felt most strongly about. I know some of you may disagree with my choices, and that's great. I would love to hear from you about what movies YOU felt were the best as well. I'm sure there are plenty of great movies out there just waiting to be watched that I have, for one reason or another, skipped past or missed. I will try to keep this list updated as much as possible(every month or so), so the list will change as newer movies are added to Netflix Instant Stream.
(In no particular order)
Drinking Buddies (2013)
Written and Directed by Joe Swanberg
Starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston
I absolutely loved Drinking Buddies the first time I saw it. Before watching it I had read some really positive, and some really negative reviews on the movie. I wanted to see it in theaters, but was unable to. Thank god for On Demand, or else I would not have been able to see this movie (at least until it hit Netflix). The movie centers on two friends, both who work at a brewery, who spend a lot of their time together hanging out, flirting, and drinking beer. Even though they seem like the perfect match for a relationship together, they are both seeing other people, which makes things between the two that much more complicated. It's a fairly simple movie about friendships, relationships, and beer. A lot of the complaints about the movie is that "nothing happens" or "the characters don't do anything" which can be both true and false, but it's what makes the movie so great. It's real life. The characters feel real, their situations feel real, and their lives feel real. I'd say that Drinking Buddies is one of the closest depictions of real life that you're going to get in film (outside of documentaries and such). Highly recommended.
Directed by Franck Khalfoun
Written by Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur
Starring Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg, America Olivio, and Liane Balaban
Maniac, a remake of the 1980s film with the same name (best known for it's brutal shotgun scene), was easily one of the best horror films of 2013. When the movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, it was said that audience members fainted/vomited in the theater while watching the movie. When things like this come out, it's more often than not a PR stunts to raise awareness of the film, but it could have happened. The violence in the movie is hard to watch at times, even for someone who loves gory horror films like myself. What makes this so is the fact that it's portrayed in such an ugly, gritty, realistic way that it doesn't have that typical horror movie violence feel to it. Elijah Wood delivers one hell of a performance in this as a sick, twisted mannequin shop owner. If you're a fan of horror films, and don't get put off by too much blood in movies then I highly recommended this movie, if you haven't seen it already.
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Blackfish is a gripping, emotional, and at times horrifying documentary on the captivity of Orca Whales (also know as Killer Whales), and the life of Orca Whale Tilikum, who has spent most of his days in captivity at SeaWorld. While the movie does only portray one side of the story (SeaWorld declined to be interviewed multiple times), it's a very powerful side of the story that really makes one question the need and morality of keeping wild animals in captivity. Tilikum has been responsible for the death of three people during his time kept in captivity, and his story serves as a cautionary tale that creatures this big, and this dangerous, should not be forced to be the entertainment of humans. Also, the treatment of Tilikum inside the walls of SeaWorld was disgusting (being starved until he performed correctly, etc). Since the release of the film, many musical artists have cancelled their scheduled performances at SeaWorld in support of the film. I for one will never set foot inside of SeaWorld again. If there was one film from this list you would choose to watch, make it this one.
American Mary (2012)
Written and Directed by The Soska Sisters (Jen and Sylvia)
Starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, and Julia Maxwell
After reading the synopsis, about a medical student who ends up getting heavily involved in doing extreme body modifications, I thought it sounded interesting, but I didn't think I was going to like it. I gave it a shot, and now it's one of top favorite films of 2013 (like Maniac it premiered in 2012, but wasn't actually released until 2013). I'm really glad I gave it a chance as it surprised the hell out of me. The movie is fascinating as I knew near nothing about body modifications going in, but left the movie with some understanding of why they do it, even if I don't agree with it. The movie is well written and directed, featuring great performances, and enough blood to make the die-hard horror fan in me smile. I'm excited to see what the Soska Sisters come with next.
American Psycho (2000)
Written and Directed by Mary Harron
Starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny, and Justin Theroux
An older movie which I'm surprised took this long to make it to Netflix Instant Stream. If you haven't seen it, stop reading this right now and go watch it. American Psycho is a horror/dark comedy classic, based on the book of the same name, that stars Christian Bale as a wealthy business man who has a psychotic alter ego. Bale delivers an absolutely fantastic and hilarious performance. There are too many great moments in the film to discuss all of them (the ax scene and the chainsaw scene among others), especially without spoiling things.They are currently in production to create a TV show based off of it, which will serve as a true sequel (while ignoring the terrible American Psycho 2 starring Mila Kunis). Horror fan or not, you'll be crazy not to have seen this film at least once.