Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 3, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

If you haven’t read last week’s recap of new releases — in addition to a more in-depth look at Switchblade Sisters — check it out here.

New for July 3, 2011

The Fly (1958), directed by Kurt Neumann, with Vincent Price, David Hedison and Patricia Owens – It’s said that many consider the horror/sci-fi film The Fly, which inspired David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake (also available on Netflix Instant (Click here to add it to your queue)), to be a classic in its own right. I am not among that “many,” for I have never seen it. But I intend to now that I can watch it for free — glorious free! Hey, it’s got Vincent Price and that’s worth the price of admission alone. (Available until July 1, 2012)

The Fly 2 (1989), directed by Chris Walas, with Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga and Lee Richardson – You had me sold with Eric Stoltz. Throw Daphne Zuniga (Princess Vespa!) into the mix, and … yeah, okay … I’ll watch this. Oh, wait. This is The Fly 2. This could be ugly. Stoltz apparently plays the son of Jeff Goldblum’s character from Cronenberg’s film and has inherited some of his father’s insect genes. “…powerful CEO Anton Bartok has nefarious plans for him, and now, Martin must use his fly powers to stop the madman’s schemes.” – Netflix. “Fly powers?” Vomiting on donuts? So he’s a superhero now? Holy shit, this sounds terrible. (Available until July 1, 2012)

Good Dick (2008), directed by Marianna Palka, with Marianna Palka and Jason Ritter – What? A rom-com can’t be odd or offbeat? Ritter (The Event) plays a video store clerk who takes an interest in a peculiar woman (Marianna Palka) who he notices continually coming into the video store where he works and renting soft-core pornography. Thus begins one of the most unconventional romances ever committed to screen. Really, to call Good Dick a Rom-Com is misleading, as the film veers into some pretty dark territory. For a lesson in the difficulties in film marketing, check out the difference in tone between this DVD artwork for Good Dick and this poster — and this British DVD artwork. (Available until June 29, 2013)

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1993), directed by Don Coscarelli, with Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury – The good news is that this is directed by Don Coscarelli, who created the Phantasm franchise. The bad news is that this is directed by Don Coscarelli, who created the Phantasm franchise. I’m pretty indifferent toward the original Phantasm, but I like the Tall Man character, so maybe this could be worth my time. Rotten Tomatoes says it’s 40 percent rotten, so it looks like this is a love it or hate it type of film. On a completely unrelated note, I wonder if Ghoulies II is on Netflix Instant? Also, this movie’s only available for a month? That’s kind of odd. (Available until August 1, 2011)

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