This Week on Netflix Instant: Fargo, It Might Get Loud & More
by Ethan Anderton
April 20, 2010
This week's new releases on Netflix Instant are so few and far between it's like looking in the DVD bargain bin at Wal-Mart. So once again we've included a few other old titles to give you some more options for your viewing this week (feel free to include more in the comments). Next week looks better, but in the meantime you can take a look at a wide variety of titles below as we've included a brand new indie release with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a fantastic documentary featuring the majesty of the electric guitar, an Italian classic, and one film who's development and production was on display for all to see. So what's in our queue this week?
Serenity (Available Now):
With Joss Whedon stepping up to direct the highly anticipated adaptation of The Avengers, maybe it's time to take a look back at his feature directorial debut which picks up where his short-lived sci-fi series "Firefly" left off. The flick sees Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Alan Tudyk on the trusty transport ship Serenity as they find themselves at the center of a cosmic conflict, pursued by military forces and space-roaming savages. And if you'd really like to get into the flick, you can also check out every single episode of "Firefly" on Netflix Instant too.
Teeth (Available Now):
For some of us, a fine female is already a scary enough prospect no matter how much she is desired. But add some strategically placed teeth into the equation and a girl can become absolutely terrifying. Herein lies the horror of Teeth, an indie horror which was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago that follows virtuous high school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) who, after being the victim of sexual assault, discovers that she has an unexpected line of defense: vagina dentata, or, a vagina with fucking teeth! This flick is suspenseful, surprisingly/darkly funny and for those of us with penises, extremely painful. Enter at your own risk (no pun intended).
Stolen Summer (Available Now):
Here's a film that for better or worse had much of its development and production on display in the HBO documentary series Project Greenlight and, if anything, proved that not just anybody can make a major motion picture. As the winner of a huge contest, Pete Jones wrote and directed this family drama which follows the divine mission of Pete O'Malley (Adi Stein), an Irish-Catholic 8-year-old in Chicago who aims to get his terminally ill Jewish friend (Mike Weinberg) into heaven through religious conversion. Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollak and Bonnie Hunt round out a cast of a film that has its charms and came together despite many publicized problems.
8 1/2 (Available Now):
Federico Fellini is one of my favorite foreign filmmakers of all-time, so any opportunity to turn people onto his brilliant and surreal work I will take advantage of immediately. The winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign film, which was also inspiration for the recent musical Nine, is a semiautobiographical rumination on the joys and rigors of filmmaking as well as lovers past and present which come together as the main character, a filmmaker named Guido (a variation of Fellini himself) struggles half-heartedly to work on the film as a series of flashbacks and dreams delve into his memories and fantasies which are frequently interwoven with reality.
Uncertainty (Available Now):
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way since Angels in the Outfield, and has become quite the king of indie cinema. While (500) Days of Summer got a lot of attention, another film just might be worth a look as Uncertainty is an improvisational and experimental New York film made up of two parts as it follows a young couple facing a life-changing decision, Bobby (Gordon-Levitt) and Kate (Lynn Collins), as they stand on the Brooklyn Bridge, toss a coin and let the outcome decide their holiday plans. The action unfolds in intercutting scenes of both possibilities. Need more convincing? Check out the trailer right here.
Fargo (Available April 23rd):
The Coen Brothers are back for their second week in a row with a flick heading to Netflix Instant. Last week brought the film noir The Man Who Wasn't There, and this week brings a dark comedy which has Frances McDormand as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson as she investigates a mysterious murder conspired by the victim's husband, a car dealer (William H. Macy) to only be a kidnapping for ransom. But when the kidnappers (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stomare) screw it all up, there's bad blood in the snow up in Fargo, North Dakota. Fun fact: though the opening title card says it's based on a true story, the film is actually combination of several real crime cases turned into one.
It Might Get Loud (Available April 23rd):
If you're as obsessed and in love with the sound of the electric guitar as I am, then you won't want to miss this stellar documentary from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim who has assembled guitarists Jack White (The White Stripes), The Edge (U2) and Jimmy Paige (Led Zeppelin) for one big jam session which serves as the backdrop as each of the musicians talk about their creative process, technique and influences as cameras follow them to key locations in their own music history. The documentary is like a love letter to the electric guitar, and will make you fall in love with its amazing sound all over again.
And now the best of the rest online free movie websites' new additions for your online viewing pleasure...
The Auteurs: Your online cinema. Anytime. Anywhere.
Misery, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, The Band's Visit, Twin Peaks, The Outsiders, Elizabeth, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Broken Embraces.
That's all for this week's installment of new Netflix Instant titles and other free movies to check out online. And remember, if you ever want to look back at titles already released, look forward to movies on the way, or check out the entire library of Netflix Instant titles, you can head over to InstantWatcher (in my opinion the most complete listing of Netflix's instant titles, updated daily) or also FeedFliks, whose hawk-eyes are on the lookout for future streaming release dates. And of course we'll also be back next week with the latest line-up of new Netflix titles. Now go watch some movies! Are you satisfied with this week's new selection?