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 06/10/2015
Asmodexia (2014)
Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015)
Best of Me (2014)
Coach Carter (2005)
Diplomacy (2014)
El Nino (2014)
Farewell Herr Schwarz (2014)
Free the Nipple (2014)
God’s Slave (2013)
Grace of Monaco (2014)
Happy Valley (2014)
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
It’s Tough Being Loved by Jerks (2008)
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2014
Killers (2014)
Mortal Kombat: The Movie (1995)
My Mistress (2014)
On the Road (2012)
Primer (2004)
Remote Area Medical (2013)
The Lost Boys: Special Edition (1987)
The Nun (2013)
The Sisterhood of Night (2014)
Words and Pictures (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.

The Lost Boys (1987, dir. Joel Schumacher)
A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice, quiet, coastal Californian town, yet soon find out that it’s overrun by biker gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a few mysterious murders, and restore peace and calm to their town. A kick ass soundtrack, some great action pieces, lots of mayhem, and then you throw vamps into the mix and you get a really fun ’80s vampire flick with quite a bit of laughs to go along with the vampire scenes.

three_and_a_half_stars

Mortal Kombat (1995, dir. Paul W.S. Anderson)
For nine generations an evil sorcerer has been victorious in hand-to-hand battle against his mortal enemies. If he wins a tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, desolation and evil will reign over the multiverse forever. To save Earth, three warriors must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, their own inner demons, and superhuman foes. This is one of those films that shouldn’t be as fun as it is. The disaster that is the sequel proves that. Instead, it’s not only fun, but manages to turn a fighting game into something a bit more epic.
three_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.

Asmodexia (2014)
Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015)
Coach Carter (2005)
Diplomacy (2014)
El Nino (2014)
Free the Nipple (2014)
Grace of Monaco (2014)
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2014)
Killers (2014)
My Mistress (2014)
On the Road (2012)
Primer (2004)
The Nun (2013)
The Sisterhood of Night (2014)
Words and Pictures (2013)

Ashe’s Pull List Picks of the Week
So what did I watch off my Netflix Pull List this week? With Cinefessions Summer Screams Challenge 4 in full effect I have to be a bit pickier than my normal whims when it comes to my Netflix and film choices. In it to win it and all that. I did manage a few films off my list, although I’m not sure how that’ll work out for next week with the Italian director’s film week going on. So what have I got for you? Here we go.

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977, dir. Don Taylor)
A shipwrecked man floats ashore on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island is inhabited by a scientist, Dr. Moreau, who in an experiment has turned beasts into human beings. My only other experience with The Island of Dr. Moreau was with the 1996 film, which had some interesting ideas, but wasn’t all that great even though the make-up effects were amazing. The make-up effects here aren’t nearly up to the ’96 version, but the actors more than make up for it. If I feel a need to revisit the Island again, it’ll probably be this version I go to first.
two_and_a_half_stars

Make sure to check back here on the site next week for more reviews and recommendations from the Netflix Instant Queue in Issue 21 of Instant Cinefessions!


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.