Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 22, 2011

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

New for July 22, 2011

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008), directed by James Nguyen, with Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Tippi Hedren, Rick Camp, Colton Osborne, Patsy van Ettinger, Damien Carter and Danny Webber – There are quite a few films — and I’m using that term loosely — that set themselves apart by their sheer terribleness: any one of Ed Wood’s “masterpieces”, Myra Breckinridge, Troll 2, The Room. Then, in 2008, James Nguyen unleashed Birdemic upon the world and there was no looking back. It’s about killer birds — in case that wasn’t obvious. It’s also a romance. Vietnamese-born Nguyen was a computer software salesman before turning to filmmaking. Birdemic is the kind of movie that can only be made by a person with no training in directing. Nguyen is working on a sequel to Birdemic, to be shot in — 3D, naturally. (Available until July 21, 2013)

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