Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 26, 2011

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

New for July 26, 2011

The Sentiment of the Flesh (2010), directed by Roberto Garzelli, with Thibault Vin├žon, Annabelle Hettmann, Pascal N’Zonzi, Emmanuel Salinger, Claudia Tagbo, Pierre Moure, Philippe Rebbot and Etienne Durot – On the surface, this looks like any number of steamy foreign erotic thrillers available to watch instantly on Netflix. Not that I would know anything about that. Ah, but look closer. Reviews have described this film as a chip of the old Cronenberg. Not to mention that other articles describe screenings of this film in which a certain scene toward the end of the film resulted in audience walk-outs. Now, I’m really intrigued. Netflix sez: “A shared interest in human anatomy brings a female drawing student and a male radiologist together in an intense affair that moves toward obsession and danger as the couple explore each other’s “interior” secrets — both erotic and scientific.” That’s so vague, it could be anything. I’m hooked. I’m also getting a heavy Antichrist vibe. I loved Antichrist. It was so wonderfully fucked. BTW: The French title for this film does not translate into “Sentiments of the Chair.” You know, in case there was any confusion. (Available until July 25, 2012)

Sonatine (1993), directed by Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, with Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura, Susumu Terajima, Ren Ohsugi, Tonbo Zushi, Kenichi Yajima and Eiji Minakata – A long time ago, I rented this from the local video store where I worked. Takeshi “Beat” Tikano was on the cover and I loved Battle Royale. I can’t remember if I ever got around to watching it or if I watched the first 20 minutes and got bored, but either way … now’s a good time to give it a second chance. Thank you, Netflix. Love the poster, by the way. (Available until August 16, 2036?!?)

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