Most of the movies and TV series I watch come from my Netflix Instant Queue. It has been my go to for over five years now. I like to use it to find hidden gems, but not everyone wants to commit two hours of their free time to a decent looking movie poster. I’ve watched a ton of garbage over the years, but have missed even more, so there’s always something I want to watch, whether it’s revisiting an old favorite, or finally catching something I missed over the years. Instant Cinefessions will list some weekly recommendations based on what’s new on the Netflix service. It will also include my “Pull List”, which are films I’m interested in watching in the coming weeks. Look for reviews of the movies in my pull list in future columns. Also featured are brief reviews of films I’ve watched off the Pull List.


Netflix BigNew Films added to Netflix as of 04/01/2015
29 Palms (2003)
50 First Dates (2004)
A Field Full of Secrets (2014)
A Horse for Summer (2014)
A Little Game (2014)
Above All Else (2014)
Affluenza (2014)
Agora (2009)
All Relative (2014)
Allies (2014)
Amadeus (1984)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
American Psycho (2000)
American Psycho 2 (2002)
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)
Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014)
And Now . . . Ladies and Gentlemen. . . (2002)
And So It Goes (2014)
Angela’s Ashes (1999)
Animal (2014)
Another Woman (1988)
Approaching the Elephant (2014)
Ask Me Anything (2014)
Atari: Game Over (2014)
Autumn in New York (2000)
Bandolero! (1968)
Barnyard (2006)
Bebe’s Kids (1992)
Before You Know It (2013)
Bella (2006)
Belly (1998)
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King (2012)
Beyond (2014)
Beyond Borders (2003)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blue State (2007)
Bound (1996)
Bratz: Desert Jewelz (2011)
Braveheart (1995)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda (2014)
Chaos (2005)
Charlie Victor Romeo (2013)
Clockstoppers (2002)
Coldwater (2013)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Common (2014)
Cuatro Lunas (2014)
Cujo (1983)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Death Squad (2014)
Death Wish (1974)
Death Wish 2 (1982)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Devil’s Backbone Texas (2014)
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
Down to Earth (2001)
Down to You (2000)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Drop Zone (1994)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
Eva (2011)
Evolution of a Criminal (2014)
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Flesh + Blood (1985)
Flight 93 (2006)
Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
Frankenstein (2004)
Frankie & Alice (2010)
Garfield’s Pet Force (2009)
Gladiator (2000)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
God’s Not Dead (2014)
Godzilla (1998)
Going Overboard (1989)
Hercules in New York (1969)
Hotline (2014)
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge (2014)
Jasper: Journey to the End of the World (2008)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Killer Legends (2014)
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
Leprechaun 5: In the Hood (2000)
Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)
Life Itself (2014)Love Me (2013)
Love the One You’re With (2014)
Maravilla (2014)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Monica (Lap Dance) (2014)
Monster High: Haunted (2015)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Nash (2013)
National Security (2003)
Natural Born Killers: Director’s Cut (1994)
Night Train to Munich (1940)
Nine to Five (1980)
November Man (2014)
Nurse (2014)
Open Water (2004)
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Our Paradise (2011)
Peacock (2010)
Pet Pals in Windland (2014)
Queen (2014)
Racing Stripes (2005)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
Remember Me (2010)
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Rites of Spring (2011)
Salvation Army (2013)
Saved! (2004)
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)
Shrink (2009)
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Something, Anything (2014)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Step into Liquid (2003)
Suicide Kings (1997)
Sunset Strip (2000)
Survival of the Dead (2009)
Swearnet: The Movie (2014)
Syriana (2005)
Take Care (2014)
Tapeheads (1988)
The Aviators (2008)
The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Bounty (1984)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
The Closer You Get (2000)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
The Devil’s Violinist (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
The Escapist (2008)
The Falls (2012)
The Foxy Merkins (2013)
The Graduate (1967)
The Green Prince (2014)
The Houses October Built (2014)
The Last Samurai (2003)
The Longest Yard (2005)
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
The Objective (2008)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Phantom of the Opera: Special Edition (2004)
The Pirates (2014)
The Punisher (2004)
The Reckoning (2004)
The Sandlot 2 (2005)
The Seminarian (2010)
The Seven-Ups (1973)
The Thing Called Love (1993)
The Universal Force: The Seer Squad (2013)
Thief (1981)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Three Kings (1999)
Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)
Titanic (1997)
Traitors (2013)
Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Twins (1988)
Two Can Play That Game (2001)
Unbreakable (2000)
Underworld (2003)
Unforgettable (1996)
V/H/S: Viral (2014)
Valley of Saints (2012)
Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Viva la liberta (2013)
Water & Power (2013)
What They Left Behind (2014)
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
Whiteboyz (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)
Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling (2009)
Wolfcop (2014)
Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)
Yume to kyoki no ohkoku (2013)

Ashe’s Seal of Approval
These are the films or series that are on Netflix that get my seal of approval. In lieu of something not showing up that I’ve seen with recent additions to Netflix, which is a good problem to have if you’re looking for something new, I’ll recommend something that I’ve seen recently or that I know will be on the service for a while. This week we’ve got a monster load of new additions that I really liked.

Mad Men – Season 7 (Episodes 1-7) (2014)
This is one of those shows that took me a number of episodes to really let me decide if I liked it or hated it. Considering I’ve devoured every season as they’ve hit Netflix since, I’m leaning towards loving it.

M*A*S*H – Seasons 6-11 (1977-1982)
This is actually my favorite section of M*A*S*H. While I liked the show at the start, when they bring in Winchester and really start trying to do things a little differently here and there with the formula of the show is when I really started to enjoy it. I’m actually into season 8 now of my DVD set I picked up a few years ago and it’s still fantastic. I haven’t checked to see if Netflix has it with or without the laugh track but I recommend it without as it’s not needed at all.

Amadeus (1984, dir. Miloš Forman)
The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. Before last November, the last time I had watched this it was still the late ’80s or early ’90s. This is still an amazing film. The casting is perfect, the dialogue and pacing is still right on the money, and being a former band geek, the musical choices are even better. I watched this a lot when I was a kid because I loved the portrayal of Mozart in the film, but now that I’m older it’s definitely Abraham that steals the show. While liberties may have been taken, the drama here is perfect and is one of those Oscar winners that doesn’t leave you wondering why it won.four_stars

The Phantom of the Opera: Special Edition (2004, dir. Joel Schumacher)
The classic musical comes to the big screen for the first time. Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House, terrorizing the owner with demands and murder while fostering a singer he’s fallen in love with, Christine, who falls for someone else. This is a very pretty film. I like most of the casting choices here as they actually went young for Christine and Raoul and it works. They do change up some of the events from the musical and in doing so end up altering song lyrics and, of course, cutting some, but unlike Into the Woods, this doesn’t feel like the second half has been gutted. Definitely recommend this unless you want the real stage version, in which case the anniversary edition is also on streaming.three_stars

Deep Blue Sea (1999, dir. Renny Harlin)
On a remote former submarine refueling facility called Aquatica, a team of scientists are searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by genetically engineering sharks so they can harvest the tissue for their cure. The sharks are too smart and dangerous and things fall apart when the sharks fight back. I was really expecting to hate this film. It’s not a great one, but it’s a creature feature in the vein of Leviathan and Deep Star Six and obviously a bit of Jaws in that the sharks are after them underwater. The cast is a bit hit or miss, but it’s a fun romp with sharks.three_stars

Snake Eyes (1998, dir. Brian De Palma)
All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It’s up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. It’s actually been well over a decade since I last saw this one but I do remember enjoying it. So take that for what it’s worth as I can’t really go into it too much more than that without watching it all over again.three_stars

American Psycho (2000, dir. Mary Harron)
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies. There are a lot of great moments and dialogue in this film. So much crazy to enjoy and so worth it. On top of that it has a fantastic cast that really sells it.three_stars

The Dead Zone (1983, dir. David Cronenberg)
Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact. Based off the Stephen King novel, Walken does a great job in the lead role. This isn’t my favorite Cronenberg film, but he does a decent enough job bringing all of this together, and the rest of the cast is pretty good as well. It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen this one and I was still a teenager, so I’m betting I’d get more out of it now, but I enjoyed it either way.three_stars

Frankenstein (2004, dir. Marcus Nispel)
Two hundred years after Mary Shelley’s novel, the brilliant-but-mad Doctor has sustained his creature and himself for over two centuries through genetic experimentation. In present-day America, Detective O’Connor is investigating a series of horrific murders which leads her to the doctor and his creature. What she uncovers reveals the strange evolution the doctor and his creation undergo over the course of two centuries and the divergent paths creator and monster take in pursuing good or evil. This was actually meant to be a two hour pilot episode to a TV show, and is based off a Dean Koontz novel, but is actually pretty decent based off that. The series never got picked up, and, because of this, the film ends on a cliffhanger, so the ending is pretty unsatisfying. I liked some of the ideas but it’ll leave you hanging.two_stars

The Phantom of the Opera (1989, dir. Dwight H. Little)
A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those that oppose himself or the young singer. Made at the height of Freddy’s popularity, Robert Englund stars in this as The Phantom, and this is definitely more in line with a slasher horror flick than the more romanticized musical. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen this one, but I’m willing to give it another shot just to see how cruel time has been to it. I liked it when it first hit home video, though.two_and_a_half_stars

Nurse (2014, dir. Douglas Aarniokoski)
Abby Russell, a beautiful, dedicated nurse with a sinister side, has a secret life in which she targets and punishes dishonest men. I love bits and pieces of this, particularly the voiceover, but they opted for some bad CG in different parts, including added blood, which just doesn’t work. They weren’t totally in love with the 3D shots, either, so it’s still watchable but watching this at home you can tell what’s meant to come at you with glasses. The acting is pretty decent and I love how insane the lead comes across, but it wasn’t nearly as twisted as I thought it could have been, especially after American MaryCheck out our podcast on this film here.
two_and_a_half_stars

Survival of the Dead (2009, dir. George A. Romero)
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state. Not really even close to one of my favorite of Romero’s. Interesting ideas with characters I just couldn’t get into.
one_and_a_half_stars

Cujo (1983, dir. Lewis Teague)
A friendly St. Bernard named “Cujo” contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. Another one based off a Stephen King book. I haven’t seen this one since the early ’90s, so I can’t really tell you how it’s held up, but I remember being terrified of it as a kid.three_stars

Driving Miss Daisy (1989, dir. Bruce Beresford)
The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship that grew in 25 years to a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of relationships where shunned upon. Chalk this one up to being a pretty decent tragic comedy and a great cast. Based off a play of the same name, this I remember being really good.three_stars

Dead Man Walking (1995, dir. Tim Robbins)
A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution. Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn are both phenomenal in this film. It has some great moments but never really capitalizes on the potential.three_stars

Twins (1988, dir. Ivan Reitman)
Julius and Vincent Benedict are the results of an experiment that would allow for the perfect child. One of them is the perfect athlete and naive philosopher, the other is a criminal with loan sharks after him. Hilarity ensues. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are actually pretty great in this. They play off each other well and a film that could have been terrible comes out pretty amusing.three_stars

50 First Dates (2004, dir. Peter Segal)
Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it’s possible to fall in love all over again … and again, and again. One of the few Adam Sandler films I find really charming. Drew Barrymore and Sandler play off each other really well in this, and it’s a fun romantic comedy on top of that.three_stars

Natural Born Killers: Director’s Cut (1994, dir. Oliver Stone)
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. Oliver Stone directing off a Quentin Tarantino script can produce some, shall we say, interesting results. The cast is pretty good in this, but it’s tonally all over the place. Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are really the glue holding this together and their performances are probably the biggest reason I enjoyed this as much as I did.three_stars

The Longest Yard (2005, dir. Peter Segal)
Pro quarterback Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game. I’d actually watched the original before I saw this one, and while this one is a lot funnier, the first film was put together a bit better. Another of the few Adam Sandler flicks I really enjoy, but a lot of that has to do with the little touches and changes they made from the original to make this one work as well as it does. That, and it has Burt Reynolds and Chris Rock to help.three_stars

The Big Lebowski (1998, dir. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money. I am not the audience for this film. It’s just never clicked for me at all. I get why people like it, having sat and watched it, and I love John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in this, but overall I just never got into it. It’s on here, though, because there are a lot of people who would enjoy this film and I’m planning on revisiting it again with an older head space on myself.two_stars

Nine to Five (1980, dir. Colin Higgins)
Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up? I actually watched this on TV when I was a kid way back when, so I only vaguely remember it. I do remember it was fun, though.two_and_a_half_stars

Godzilla (1998, dir. Roland Emmerich)
When a freighter is viciously attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the giant lizard is loose in Manhattan, destroying everything within its reach. I actually prefer this Godzilla over the 2014 version for entertainment purposes. The new one is much prettier but Emmerich’s has characters that are fun, if a bit cliché. Hank Azaria is great as the cameraman friend of our female lead, Maria Pitillo. Mathew Broderick hams it up as one of the specialists. What kind of kills it is the utter incompetent, but slapstick funny, antics of the army, and about a fifty percent return on decent effects shots. It’s entertaining by being both corny, and following a lot of the formula that worked from Emmerich’s previous jaunt, Independence Day. If you’re looking for a more serious, modern take on Godzilla, see the one from 2014. It’s just not as entertaining and has far less of Big G.two_and_a_half_stars

Wild Wild West (1999, dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)
Legless Southern inventor Dr. Arliss Loveless plans to rekindle the Civil War by assassinating President Grant. Only two men can stop him: gunfighter James West and master-of-disguise and inventor Artemus Gordon. The two must team up to thwart Loveless’ plans. Somewhere in this mess is the fantastic film I know this could have been. I’m not sure how you manage to bungle what could have been a great blend of a spy and western film like the TV show by mangling in steampunk that never works. Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Selma Hayek do their best with this, but this version of the Wild Wild West channels too much of the issues that Batman Forever and Batman & Robin had, instead of going with what worked in the TV show and what the actors could do with the material. But hey, giant steampunk spider, right?two_and_a_half_stars

Gladiator (2000, dir. Ridley Scott)
General Maximus’ success in battle earns the favour of an elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor’s son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a gladiator to gain his freedom, and his revenge. This is a great Roman tragedy with a fantastic cast. Although kind of predictable, it’s shot amazingly well and all comes together in a way that it just manages to suck you into this world that Ridley Scott put together for the film.four_stars

Braveheart (1995, dir. Mel Gibson)
Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, legendary Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord’s soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule. There’s some great acting in this. It’s shot pretty well. The battles are particularly bloody and brutal. The cast in this one does a lot to make the material that could have been completely bland come to life. If the pacing was a bit better on this it’d be perfect, but as it is Braveheart is still pretty good if completely off the mark with actual history.three_and_a_half_stars

Space Cowboys (2000, dir. Clint Eastwood)
Four pilots were hotdog members of Project DAEDALUS, the Air Force’s test program for space travel. Their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA. They blackmail their way into orbit when Russia’s mysterious Ikon communications satellite’s orbit begins to degrade and threatens to crash into Earth. This is one of those films that I watched because, hey space, and was kind of disappointed. There are a number of great moments and funny dialogue, but this just feels way too lighthearted given the reason they’re sent up into space, and by the time we’re really supposed to be concerned, it’s already to the point where we don’t care. It ends up being kind of a mess.two_and_a_half_stars

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989, dir. William Shatner)
Kirk leads his crew on a mission to free kidnapped diplomats and discovers that their captor is a Vulcan who happens to be Spock’s half-brother and wants their ship to find God. There are so many things wrong with this film, but there are a few things that do work. There’s a decent film here but they miss the mark so many times it’s pretty painful. This film basically feels like an episode of the third season that got rushed through production. The effects aren’t up to par, there’s a lot of silly nonsense, and it’s something they’ve done already in the feature films with trying to find our creator instead of a machine doing it.one_and_a_half_stars

The Punisher (2004, dir. Jonathan Hensleigh)
FBI agent Frank Castle had it all: a loving family, a great life, and an adventurous job. But when all he held dear is taken away by a ruthless crime lord, Castle returns from the dead as “The Punisher,” serving as judge, jury and executioner. I’m nowhere near all that familiar with the character in the comics, but as a somewhat smart revenge flick, this works pretty well. I liked Thomas Jane in the lead and Travolta is his usual over-the-top villain performance.three_stars

The Last Samurai (2003, dir. Edward Zwick)
Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare. Pressed to destroy the samurai’s way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist. Playing extremely fast and loose with actual events from the 1870s, particularly the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion, Cruise takes the lead as Algren and he’s meant to be an outsider’s view into a lost culture that was on the verge of dying. It’s beautifully shot and the actors bring some great depth to characters that could have very easily been cardboard cutouts. While I would have liked something more historically accurate to what actually happened, I’ll let it slide a bit because the film works so well.three_stars

Underworld (2003, dir. Len Wiseman,)
Vampires and werewolves have waged a nocturnal war against each other for centuries. But all bets are off when a female vampire warrior named Selene becomes smitten with a peace-loving werewolf, Michael, who wants to end the war. I’l be the first to admit this one is all over the place. Its action is really good and it has this slick feeling like the first Matrix film had. Kate Beckinsale and Bill Nighy are really the reasons to watch this one, though. Sophia Myles and Michael Sheen are both sadly underutilized, but play important parts. This is one of those films you go in for the pretty visuals and action and just kind of let it roll.three_stars

Titanic (1997, dir. James Cameron)
84 years after the Titanic disaster, a crew looking for a priceless diamond in the wreckage of the ship gets a lead from a 101 year old woman who begins telling them a story of the ship that would change, not only how they looked at the ship, but the reasons why they were even looking in the first place. “From the director of Terminator 2 and Aliens.” I still remember seeing that poster with the ship sailing into the sunset before the Kate and Leo poster became the dominate one. Sure Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio do a fantastic job with this, but Billy Zane plays the smug millionaire to perfection in this and the rest of the cast manages to work with the Cameron-penned script and direction to help recreate one of the worst disasters in maritime history. Do they get it all right? No, but Cameron manages to tell a compelling story using fictional characters as well as historic figures well and it’s one that still resonates today.four_stars

Ashe’s Pull List
The Pull List is a list of films I’m interested in but haven’t seen that have been added to Netflix since the beginning of the year. These listed below are the films that have been added to the Pull List since last issue. Look for reviews of some of these in future issues of Instant Cinefessions. Don’t be surprised if I don’t end up clearing out this entire list either. Even I can be picky sometimes.

A Little Game (2014)
Agora (2009)
Allies (2014)
American Psycho 2 (2002)
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)
Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014)
And Now . . . Ladies and Gentlemen. . . (2002)
And So It Goes (2014)
Angela’s Ashes (1999)
Animal (2014)
Ask Me Anything (2014)
Atari: Game Over (2014)
Autumn in New York (2000)
Bebe’s Kids (1992)
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King (2012)
Beyond Borders (2003)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blue State (2007)
Bound (1996)
Charlie Victor Romeo (2013)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Common (2014)
Death Squad (2014)
Death Wish (1974)
Death Wish 2 (1982)
Devil’s Backbone Texas (2014)
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
Eva (2011)
Flesh + Blood (1985)
Frankie & Alice (2010)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge (2014)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Killer Legends (2014)
Life Itself (2014)
Love Me (2013)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Monica (Lap Dance) (2014)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
November Man (2014)
Open Water (2004)
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Peacock (2010)
Remember Me (2010)
Rites of Spring (2011)
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)
Shrink (2009)
Suicide Kings (1997)
Syriana (2005)
Take Care (2014)
Tapeheads (1988)
The Bounty (1984)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
The Devil’s Violinist (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
The Escapist (2008)
The Graduate (1967)
The Houses October Built (2014)
The Pirates (2014)
The Reckoning (2004)
The Seven-Ups (1973)
The Thing Called Love (1993)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Three Kings (1999)
Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)
Traitors (2013)
Unbreakable (2000)
Unforgettable (1996)
V/H/S: Viral (2014)
Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
Wolfcop (2014)
Yume to kyoki no ohkoku (2013)

Ashe’s Pull List Picks of the Week
So what did I watch off my Netflix Pull List this week? It’s only been a few days since my cruise, so I only had time to sneak one in off my list this week. So what made it off the list? Here we go.

The November Man (2014, dir. Roger Donaldson)
An ex-CIA agent emerges from retirement to protect an important witness, but he soon discovers that old friends can make the most dangerous enemies. I watch this and I can’t help but think of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, and that this would have made a fantastic Bond film as a send-off. As it is, this is still pretty tight, and although they advertised it as the old guy versus his protégée, and there is some of that here, this is a far more in-depth spy thriller. There are a few points where the plot meanders a bit and a few of the scenes just don’t work quite right with what we know of the characters and circumstances, but the rest of it is more than solid and the action is slick.three_stars

Make sure to check on April 11th for more reviews and recommendations from the Netflix Instant Queue in Issue 12 of Instant Cinefessions! Note that Instant Cinefessions is normally a Friday column, but due to April in The Asylum, for the month of April, the column can be found on Saturdays.


Source: Whats on Netflix and Netflix

Ashe Collins
Film Critic at Cinefessions
Born the same year as Star Wars, it seems Ashe was destined to be into films with big impacts, explosions, and laser swords. With a love for sci-fi and horror, Ashe has a thing for games of both the tabletop and video variety. He is living a charmed, married life of sixteen years, along with several cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon. Ashe currently writes for Diehard Gamefan, covering video and tabletop games since 2008. Starting with Cinefessions just a few years ago, he has decided to tackle one of his original passions: film.