Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 21, 2011

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

New for July 21, 2011

Cool and the Crazy (1994), directed by Ralph Bakshi, with Alicia Silverstone, Jared Leto, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Flint, Bradford Tatum, Christine Harnos, Tuesday Knight, Christian Frizzell, John Hawkes, John Kapelos – The skinny: A Showtime-produced movie about high school sweethearts (played by Jared Leto and a barely legal Alicia Silverstone) in the 1950s who get married, only to discover that married life isn’t the easy ride they expected it to be. At the urging of a friend, Roslyn (Silverstone) embarks on an affair which has violent (but probably also sexy) repercussions. Cool and the Crazy is director Ralph Bakshi’s only foray into total non-toon territory. The general consensus is that it’s “not too bad.” Between Bakshi, Silverstone and Leto — I’m intrigued. (Available until January 1, 2012)

The Heroic Trio (1993), directed by Johnny To, with Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Shi-Kwan Yen, Damian Lau, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang and James Pak – Pay no attention to the horrible Photoshopped U.S. DVD artwork. This is a Hong Kong action movie with three sexy superheros, including Michelle Yeoh, fighting a villain plotting to reestablish imperialism in China by kidnapping male babies. Really, if you need to know any more than that to pique your interest, this probably isn’t for you. (Available until January 1, 2012)

Johnny Suede (1991), directed by Tom DiCilio, with Brad Pitt, Calvin Levels, Alison Moir, Catherine Keener, Tina Louise, Nick Cave, John David Barone, Joseph Barry, Samuel L. Jackson – Johnny Suede (Brad Pitt), with his enormous pompadour and not a whole lot else, wants nothing more than to be like his idol, Ricky Nelson. Featuring early performances by Catherine Keener and Samuel L. Jackson. Even Nick Cave shows up to get involved in the insanity. Another “only in the 90s” type of movie, a la Rubin & Ed. (Available until January 1, 2012)

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