Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 16, 2011

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


New for July 16, 2011

Breathing Room (2007), directed by Gabriel Cowan and John Suits, with Ailsa Marshall, Michael McLafferty, David Higlen, Brad Culver, Kim Estes, Eve Sigall, Keith Foster, Austin Highsmith, Jeff Atik, Terri Marsteiner, Stevens Gaston, Sara Tomko and Brandon Stacy – I like high-concept horror flicks. In this one, 13 prisoners are stuck in a room with no escape. Each person is affixed with an electronic collar and each person is slated to die (a la Battle Royale – now THERE’S a movie I’d like to see on Netflix). Oh yeah … one of the 13 prisoners is a killer. (Available until August 1, 2011?!?)


Deathtrap (1982), directed by Sidney Lumet, with Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon – Here’s an oldie but goodie. Deathtrap is directed by the late Sidney Lumet, starring the late Christopher “Superman” Reeve, Michael “Alfred” Caine and “Whatever happened to” Dyan Cannon. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never seen this. According to Netflix: “Older, washed-up playwright Sidney (Caine), arranges to meet with younger writer Clifford (Reeve) at Sidney’s remote cabin to discuss Clifford’s first attempt at authoring a play. Sidney clearly covets the play, which casts doubt as to whether Clifford will leave the cabin alive. (Available until January 15, 2012)


Kung Fu Dunk (2008), directed by Yen-ping Chu, with Jay Chou, Eric Tsang, Gang Wang, Charlene Choi, Bo-lin Chen and Chu-he Chen – I guess this was inevitable, after the success of Shaolin Soccer and Battlefield Baseball. Yen-ing Chu apparently directed something back in 1994 called Shaolin Popey II: Messy Temple, with Michelle Yeoh, which can be identified on IMDb by the keywords “Beautiful Women” and “Flatuence.” Please bring this title to Netflix. Now.  (Available until May 17, 2013)


The Mighty Peking Man (1977), directed by Meng Hua Ho, with Danny Lee, Evelyne Kraft, Norman Chu, Feng Ku and Lin Wei-Tu – I’ve never seen this but its reputation precedes it. Better let the trailer speak for itself. A brief nip-slip might make this sort of NSFW.

I like it. (Available until January 1, 2012)


The Prophecy 2, directed by Greg Spence, with Christopher Walken, Russell Wong, Jennifer Beals, Brittany Murphy, Eric Roberts, Glenn Danzig, Steve Hytner, Bruce Abbott, Danny Strong, Elizabeth Dennehy – The first Prophecy was entertaining. <long pause> I don’t know anything about the sequels. Weren’t there four or five of them? (Available until January 1, 2012)


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