Instant Gratification Quick Takes: August 1, 2011

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

New for August 1, 2011

Babysitters Beware (2009), directed by Douglas Horn, with Trenton Rogers, Rico Rodriguez, Chris Cleveland, Brittany Renee Finamore, Kate Orsini, Taylor Negron, Luis Anthony, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, Mercedes Colon – A group of babysitters is rumored to have created a “No Sit” list to avoid taking care of bratty kids. Danny Parker, age 7, devises a plan to behave badly and get himself placed on this fabled “No Sit” list so that his busy parents will quit leaving him with sitters and spend more time with him. And, yes … that is Danny Trejo on the box cover, along with Rico Rodriguez, the fat kid from Modern Family. Apparently Trejo’s part — as a babysitter, no less — is limited, but it still cracks me up to imagine him in the role. (“Kids, this is my machete…”) Without getting off on too much of a tangent, I think more kids movies should feature Danny Trejo. Can you imagine a Home Alone reboot with Danny Trejo and — Oh, I don’t know … Rutger Hauer — playing the burglars? You’d watch that. Don’t lie. (Available until August 1, 2013)   

Ride with the Devil (1999), directed by Ang Lee, with Bill Hicks, with Tobey Maguire, Jeremy W. Auman, Scott Sener, Skeet Ulrich, Glenn Q. Pierce, Kathleen Warfel, David Darlow, Jewel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Simon Baker and Jeffrey Wright – Civil War drama about two lifelong friends, played by Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, who join a team of Southern guerrilla fighters. Otherwise known as “the Western with Jewel”, in spite of the fact that:

A. It’s not a Western, and

B. The real question is not “how did Jewel get into this movie” but “What ever happened to Skeet Ulrich?” (Available until October 1, 2013)

River’s Edge (1986), directed by Joseph H. Lewis, with Crispin Glover, Dennis Hopper, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck and Danyi Deats – A disturbed high school student kills his girlfriend and shows off the dead body to his friends, who can’t decide what to do next. Keep their mouths shut? Tell the cops? My biggest problem with this movie is that they didn’t cast Crispin Glover as the “disturbed high school student,” instead, casting him as one of the friends (along with Keanu Reeves.) Daniel Roebuck — better known to Lost fans as “Arzt” — plays the killer. River’s Edge has been compared in some ways to Larry Clark’s Bully (Also available to watch instantly on Netflix), as both films deal with kids dealing with the consequences of having made some really fucked up decisions — as kids often do (make fucked up decisions, that is). Both films also draw their inspiration from true stories. (Available until October 1, 2011)

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