Instant Gratification Weekly Wrap-Up: July 17-23, 2011 and July 16

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

Greetings from beautiful central Utah, where I’m on vacation this week visiting my wife’s family — some of whom have flown in all the way from Germany. And let it be understood that when I say “beautiful Utah,” I’m not just being my typical snarky self. It actually is quite gorgeous out here, especially when you head southwest toward Arches National Park and Colorado. In video game terms, Utah’s landscape resembles Mexico from Red Dead Redemption — sagebrush, desert, mountains. In film terms, it’s Cannibal: The Musical. It’s Rubin & Ed. It’s any number of Westerns. I’m from Delaware. I don’t get to see stuff like this that often, so I’m enjoying it.

Of course, I haven’t allowed family time to cut into my movie-watching — you gotta have your priorities, you know? As long as I have Netflix, a laptop and a steady internet connection, I’m always good to go. Which means I was able to participate in Drive In Mob‘s totally awesome Kaiju double-feature tweet-along Thursday night. Ladies and gentleman, if you haven’t considered getting involved, next week’s tweet-along will be The Mighty Peking Man and Godzilla 2000, which should be a lot of fun and a good place for newcomers to begin.

Then, on Friday, I watched Birdemic. The less said about that, the better.


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 and others – I like high-concept horror flicks. In this one, 13 prisoners are stuck in a room with no escape. (Click here to read the rest) (Available until August 1, 2011)


Deathtrap (1982), directed by Sidney Lumet, with Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Dyan Cannon – Here’s an oldie but goodie. (Click here to read the rest) (Available until January 15, 2012)


Kung Fu Dunk (2008), directed by Yen-ping Chu, with Jay Chou, Eric Tsang, Gang Wang and others – I guess this was inevitable, after the success of Shaolin Soccer and Battlefield Baseball. (Click here to read the rest) (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. (Click here to read the rest) (Available until January 1, 2012)


The Prophecy 2, directed by Greg Spence, with Christopher Walken, Russell Wong, Jennifer Beals and others – 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)


New for July 18, 2011

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, with Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas and others – I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! I mean, I had an idea. I had seen one or two films by Almodóvar before and had a grasp of what he was all about. (Click here to read the rest) (Available until January 1, 2012)


New for July 19, 2011

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981), directed by Just Jaeckin, with Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant and others – There have been countless film adaptations of D.H. Lawrence’s famously controversial 1928 novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover — but only one has been directed by Just Jaeckin. (Click here to read the rest) (Available until January 1, 2013)


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… (Click here to read the rest) (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. (Click here to read the rest) (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. (Click here to read the rest) (Available until January 1, 2012)


New for July 22, 2011

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008), directed by James Nguyen, with Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore and others – There are quite a few films — and I’m using that term loosely — that set themselves apart by their sheer terribleness… (Click here to read the rest) (Available until July 21, 2013)


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