Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 12, 2011

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

New for July 12, 2011

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas and Sakda Kaewbuadee – This Thai film was this year’s Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival. That’s one good reason to watch this film, even before knowing what it’s about. It also leads me to wonder: They make films in Thailand?

I’ve eaten lots of Thai food. One of the best meals I’ve ever had in life — ever — was a massaman curry I had at a tiny Thai restaurant on the Strøget in Copenhagen, Denmark. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Thai film. That’s another good reason to watch this film — it is for me, at least.

Uncle Boonemee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is an avant-garde, experimental narrative film about a dying man reminiscing about his life with his family.

Cool poster. Cool title. Now go watch it. I plan to. (Available until July 12, 2012)

Visible Secret (2010), directed by Ann Hui, with Eason Chang, Qi Shu, Anthony Wong, Sam Lee, James Wong, Yiu-Cheung Lai, Wai Ling Hung and Tony Liu – Visible Secret professes to be romance, a comedy and a horror film. That’s a lot of hats to wear. I can only think of a few movies that have pulled off this balancing act successfully — the most obvious being 2004’s Shaun of the Dead. The reviews of Visible Secret lead me to believe that it’s not scary or gory enough for horror fans, not funny enough for comedy fans and not sentimental enough for fans of romance.

Still, if you’re willing to give Visible Secret a chance, it does have everyone’s favorite “pork bun” chef, rapist and cannibal, Anthony Wong, star of 1993’s nasty little Category III shocker, The Untold Story. Of course, in real life, Wong isn’t really a maniac any more than Anthony Hopkins is a serial killer. Wong is one of Hong Kong’s most notable actors. Bad news for Wong fans is that he only appears briefly in one scene.

I’m not going to try and recap the plot, especially since I have yet to watch this. It has something to do with ghosts — although saying that a Hong Kong movie has something to do with ghosts is like pointing out that a Michael Bay movie will contain explosions. If you’re interested, you can read about it here. (Available until January 1, 2012)

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