Continuing to delve in to the plethora of new material available to stream last week has been nothing short of fun. Whenever upwards of 20 hit movies, and 30 more classics from the last fifteen year come online, there is no shortage of movies to recommend.
There are a lot of great movies in store for next week, and my instant queue is growing by leaps and bounds daily. For this week, the portfolio is well diversified between the hits and hidden movie classics.
One of the movies on this week’s list, The Goods, features a Will Ferrell cameo that GotchaMovies named Will Ferrell’s best ever, which is quite a high honor. You can check out his Five Best Cameos if you wish too.
So get your internet capable devices ready, Flicks to Stream has six more movies ready to add to your instant queue.
Here are this week’s picks!
Popcorn Movie of the Week
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Take you expectations down a notch. Not a huge notch, just a little bit. LIke when we all watched Fight Club and realized we weren’t going to be rock gods and movie stars… down just a peg or two. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is a prototypical example of a comedy that has some great lines, great personalities, but is essentially a little flat. That being said, if you enjoy Ari on Entourage, you’ll enjoy Jeremy Piven playing a cocky asshole with an actual heart deep down, much like Ari. If you can’t stomach an hour of pure sex and fart jokes, then you may want to stay away. Everyone else… it’s guilty pleasure time. Don’t expect Knocked Up, and you’ll enjoy The Goods.
The Haunting in Connecticut
There were a lot of contenders for surprisingly good horror movies around the time of The Haunting in Connecticut. The Unborn being the most legitimate. While it wasn’t bad, The Unborn just didn’t have a certain pop that was expected, especially with Gary Oldman in it. If you feel the same way, then The Haunting in Connecticut is for you. It’s PG-13, but it could be the best PG-13 horror movie out there. The suspsense isn’t built through gore, but through story. In fact, much of the movie is actually a real-life drama about a family with a child who has cancer. The ghost story actually weaves its way into the drama, which seems to make the (supposedly real) story seem that much more plausible. And, in the end, the conclusion doesn’t suck. In fact, the movie actually ends. Thank god for that. It’s not a given nowadays. Check it out.
The One That Got Away
Hidden in the cinematic spectrum of great little movies lies The Commitments. Following the formation of a soul group in Ireland, the Commitments is a story about real life, real people, and real dreams. Music is the center of life for a lot of people, but it’s not their life. A group of Irishmen get together to do something special with their lives, amidst the mundane routine of dead-end jobs and relationships, and form a band that changes their lives forever. No, they don’t make it big, but they do make big music. It’s off the radar, but anyone who enjoys good music, or a good movie about music, shouldn’t miss it.
Daniel Craig does a lot of great work outside of Bond. In fact, most of his best work is outside of Bond. Defiance is one of Craig’s best performances, but it largely went unnoticed. Defiance, as a movie, is a bit slow. It just creeps and crawls until the plot finally emerges, only to be survival flick for most of the movie. Finally, towards the end, there is some good action. Action that actually has some emotional weight behind it. For most, the movie will drag a bit too much to get towards the end, but for others, Defiance will prove to be a movie and raw look into what human beings will do to survive.
For the Movie Buff
The Royal Tenenbaums
Luke Wilson has never been a top-notch actor. Besides his work in Bottle Rocket and Old School, Wilson has mainly been in mediocre, bland comedies and dramas. Actually wait, I forgot about Idiocracy, which will always be on par with Office Space in terms of low-budget genius. Besides that work, Luke was fantastic in The Royal Tenenbaums, his only dramatic triumph. He plays fantastic tennis player who is in love with his adopted sister (Gwyneth Paltrow), and while it’s not illegal, “it’s probably frowned upon”. Owen Wilson has a nice coke-head accident or two, and Gene Hackman tries to hold it together, while it all falls apart. Wes Anderson movies are a unique and acquired taste, but if there is a movie to start with, Tenenbaums is it.
Sphere was such a great movie when I saw it years ago. Now, time has been pretty kind to the sci-fi thriller. Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dustin Hoffman each play a significantly reserved and sullen role, which is a bit of a departure for each actor. When three actors known for yelling and being wicked find themselves in a slow moving, highly dramatic thriller, magic is in the air. The plot isn’t too bad either. A group of scientists goes to an underwater base to investigate a strange disturbance. One by one, everyone around seems to start losing it, like Sigmund Freud himself was pushing their subconscious to the surface. It’s a monster movie, without a monster — well, unless you think the heroes are the monsters themselves.
Sweet Streams. See You Next Week!
All movies this week are available on Netflix.
Past Weeks of Flicks to Steam
Week 25 – Star Trek, Iron Man, The Cove, Super Size Me, She’s The One
Week 24 – Did You Hear About the Morgans?, How to Lose Your Lover, Kicking and Screaming
Week 23 – Fired Up!, White Squall, The International, The Answer Man, Wonder Boys
Week 22 – The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Hunted, One Last Thing…, Teeth
Week 21 – Dude, Where’s My Car?, Sex and Breakfast, Never Back Down, Multiplicity
Week 20 – X-Men, Airheads, Revenge of the Nerds, Good Will Hunting, Visioneers
Week 19 – Zombieland, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Radio, Pollock, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Article written by Lee C. Jaster on GotchaMovies.com. Reposted with permission.