Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix
New for July 29, 2011
Trainspotting (1996), directed by Danny Boyle, with Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald – My pick of the day. It’s been about 15 years since Trainspotting was injected into the bloodstream (thoughtstream?) of film fanatics worldwide and I’m happy to say that we are still coming down from the high and we may never crash. Trainspotting is some good shit. Trainspotting made the career of Danny Boyle and launched the careers of Ewan MacGregor and Robert Carlyle — I still remember the WTF moment when I learned that MacGregor had been cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the The Phantom Menace because it was hard to imagine MacGregor as anything but a heroin addict squatting in a rundown flat in
London BLOODY SCOTLAND. Trainspotting is about addiction. Compared with something like, oh — Requiem for a Dream — Trainspotting‘s overall approach to the subject is lighter (it’s supposed to be a comedy, in theory), except for when it gets dark. And when it gets dark — boy, does it get dark. There’s this nightmarish detox segment that I guarantee will stick with you. Throw in an incredible soundtrack and you’ve got a near-perfect movie. Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” is going through my head right now as I type this and I guarantee that if you’ve seen this before (or even seen the trailer), you’ve also got that song stuck in your head. Watch it. Now. (Available until November 1, 2012)
The Visitors (1993), directed by Jean-Marie Poire, with Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Bujeau, Isabelle Nanty, Gérard Séty, Didier Pain, Jean-Paul Muel, Arielle Sémenoff – This could be interesting. Jean Reno (The Professional, La Femme Nikita) is a medieval nobleman who, along with his squire, is magically transported to contemporary times. In addition to trying to find a way back, he has to try and reclaim his castle, which has been turned into a hotel. Okay … so, by interesting, I mean terrible. Okay, so it’s 50/50 between being terrible and awesome. But it’s definitely interesting. You know you want to look. This was remade by Poire as an American film called Just Visiting in 2001, with Reno reprising his role from the 1993 original. (Available until June 1, 2016)
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